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Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues.

Blog Entries by Michael Greger MD

Plant-based Benefits Extend Beyond the Top Killers

Michael Greger MD | January 10, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Study, allergies, antacids, aspirin, asthma, blood pressure, blood pressure medications, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, insulin, laxatives, obesity, pain-killers, sleeping pills, stroke, tranquilizers

The Adventist Health Studies offer some of the best science on the impacts of plant-based diets on health and longevity. Based in California, they include both the longest running study of vegetarians in history as well as the largest...

Hibiscus tea: flower power

Michael Greger MD | January 8, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidant, beverage, calories, chamomile, dates, erythritol, Green tea, herbal tea, hibiscus, matcha, white tea

In Friday's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Better Than Green Tea? I compare the antioxidant content of a number of common beverages. This is part of a series based on the landmark study "The total antioxidant content of more than 3100 foods,...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 15)

Michael Greger MD | January 7, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: ALA, annato, artificial coloring, dyes, e. coli, flax, green tea, hibiscus, hormones, hydrogen peroxide, kidneys, lisinopril, pasteurized, prostate cancer, raw milk, saffron, skim milk, stroke, Tuberculosis, turmeric, whole milk, World Health Organization

This is another sampling of the more than 750 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a...

EPA dioxin limit has National Chicken Council worried products could be declared "unfit for consumption"

Michael Greger MD | January 5, 12 at 11:05 AM | Health

Read More: American Meat Institute, cardiovascular disease, chicken, diabetes, dioxin, endometriosis, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fish, fish oil, Food and Drug Administration, International Ice Cream Association, menopause, mercury, metabolism, National Cheese Institute, National Chicken Council, PCB, pregnancy, salmon, testosterone, thyroid

Dioxin, industrial pollutant of Agent Orange infamy, has been called "the most toxic compound synthesized by man." Not only is dioxin considered a known human carcinogen, adverse health effects may include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, endometriosis, early menopause, reduced testosterone...

Aortic aneurysm prevention: Jeff Green and his aorta

Michael Greger MD | December 27, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: abdominal aortic aneurysm, aneurysm, aorta, Boston Celtics, cardiovascular disease, diet, fruits, Jeff Green, meat, Mt. Sinai, plant-based diet, prevention, risk, screening, smoking, symptoms, treatment, vegetables

Last week the Boston Celtics announced that forward Jeff Green will miss the 2012 season due to an abdominal aortic aneurysm, set to be operated on next month. Jeff is lucky. An estimated million other Americans have aortic aneurysms,...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 14)

Michael Greger MD | December 25, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: amia, cancer, garlic, gooseberries, kale, nutrients, onions, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D

This is another sampling of the more than 750 comments and questions I’ve responded to on NutritionFacts.org (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand topics covered on NutritionFacts.org....

Generic Lipitor is not the answer to our heart disease epidemic

Michael Greger MD | December 23, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: American Journal of Cardiology, cancer, cholesterol, cigarettes, diabetes, dietary cholesterol, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. William Clifford Roberts, eggs, fast food, Happy Meal, heart attack, heart disease, LDL, Lipitor, meat, muscle damage, obesity, plant-based diet, polypill, poultry, saturated fat, statins, trans fat

The cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin) is the best-selling drug on the planet. Nearly a million Americans filled their prescriptions the first week after it went generic this month. Over the past 25 years, this one drug raked in $100...

Latest in Nutrition vol. 7 DVD now available (proceeds to charity)

Michael Greger MD | December 19, 11 at 06:00 PM | Health

Read More: diabetes, disease, doctor, emphysema, heart disease, hospital, Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation, medical school, medicine, NutritionFacts.org, public health, science

The current batch of videos from volume 6 are set to run out before Christmas, and so starting December 26, and running through March here on NutritionFacts.org, I'll be rolling out the videos off my new Latest in Nutrition...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 13)

Michael Greger MD | December 18, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: AMD, baking soda, beans, fructose, fruit, gas, genetic engineering, GMO, lentils, neti pot, nosewashing, raffinose, vinegar

This is another sampling of the more than 750 comments and questions I’ve responded to on NutritionFacts.org (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand topics covered on NutritionFacts.org....

Vitamin D: Shedding some light on the new recommendations

Michael Greger MD | December 15, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: American Endocrine Society, bone health, Institute of Medicine, vitamin D

Earlier this year, the U.S. Institute of Medicine upped their official vitamin D recommendation for most adults from 200 to 600 IU a day. Where did they get the original number, why did they triple it, and why are...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 12)

Michael Greger MD | December 10, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: acai, arsenic, erythritol, frozen fruit, rice, soy lecithin, Tuberculosis, vitamin D

This is another sampling of the more than 700 comments and questions I’ve responded to on NutritionFacts.org (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand topics covered on NutritionFacts.org....

Beans and Gas: Clearing the air

Michael Greger MD | December 5, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: bismuth, cauliflower, colon, corn syrup, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, fiber, flatulence, garlic, gas, lactose, Pepto-Bismol, sorbitol, sulfur, xylitol

More than a decade ago, the Quarterly Journal of Medicine published a review entitled: "Vegetarian Diet: Panacea for modern lifestyle disease?" The answer was in the affirmative, noting those eating vegetarian appear to have less obesity, high blood pressure,...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 11)

Michael Greger MD | December 3, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: acid reflux, anemia, antioxidants, apples, bananas, Barret's esophagus, beans, blueberries, chai, cloves, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Dr. Michael Klaper, greens, iron, oatmeal, probiotics, smoothies, spinach, yogurt

This is another sampling of the more than 700 comments and questions I’ve responded to on NutritionFacts.org. Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand topics covered on NutritionFacts.org. And...

Alzheimer's Disease: Up to half of cases potentially preventable with lifestyle changes

Michael Greger MD | November 29, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's, Amyloid, apple juice, cholesterol, cognition, cranberry, dementia, fruit, fruit juice, ginger, meat, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pomegranate

November was proclaimed National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, in recognition of the five million Americans stricken with the devastating terminal illness, now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. A new analysis suggests that up to...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 10)

Michael Greger MD | November 26, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: algae, alkaline water, American Heart Association, amyloid, apple juice, baking soda, chicken, cholesterol, DDT, Dukan Diet, fish oil, flax, Gardein, krill oil, milk protein, nuts, obesity, plant-based diet, Quorn, salt, sodium, soy protein, strokes, veggie chicken, vitamin D

This is another sampling of the more than 700 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a...

Talking Turkey: 9 out of 10 retail turkey samples contaminated with fecal bacteria

Michael Greger MD | November 21, 11 at 07:55 AM | Health

Read More: bacteria, CDC, contamination, e. coli, food safety, meat, MRSA, Pew Commission, poultry, public health, staph, staphylococcus, turkey

Ben Franklin's tree-perching "Bird of Courage" has been transformed into a flightless butterball so top-heavy they are physically incapable of mating (necessitating artificial insemination). Turkeys are bred to grow so fast, a group of veterinary researchers concluded, "they are...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 9)

Michael Greger MD | November 19, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: cancer, coffee, colitis, ganoderma, Green tea, inflammatory bowel disease, medical school, Semmelweis reflex

This is another sampling of the more than 650 comments and questions I’ve responded to on NutritionFacts.org (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand topics covered...

Nutrition education in medicine: A doctor a day keeps the apples away

Michael Greger MD | November 14, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: doctors, Dr. John McDougall, medical education, medical profession, medical school, nutrition, nutrition education, physicians

This month in the journal Academic Medicine yet another editorial was published decrying the sorry state of nutrition knowledge in medical education, a problem diagnosed yet untreated for the last 50 years. What is the profession doing about it?...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 8)

Michael Greger MD | November 12, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: blood type, calcium, celiac, cinnamon, dairy, diet, drugs, durian, fruits, kidney stone, meat, Methotrexate, orange juice, oxalates, rheumatoid arthritis, salt, sugar, vegetables, water

This is another sampling of the more than 600 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand...

Dietary Guideline graphics: From the Food Pyramid to MyPlate, Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate, and PCRM's Power Plate

Michael Greger MD | November 7, 11 at 05:19 AM | Health

Read More: agribusiness, American Meat Institute, beans, berries, candy, CDC, Coca Cola, dairy, dietary guidelines, disease, egg, Finland, fruit, Greece, Harvard, McDonald's, nuts, obesity, plant-based diet, protein, saturated fat, trans fat, USDA, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole grains

In last week's New England Journal of Medicine, Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, and David Ludwig, founding director of the childhood obesity program at Children's Hospital, published a commentary on the latest dietary guidelines....