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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

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#18)

Michael Greger MD | February 9, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: algae, astaxanthin, BPA, canned vegetables, celery, chlorella, colon cancer, fish, fluoride, pesticides, phytonutrients, spirulina, supplements, vaccination, vitamin D, water

This is another sampling of the more than 800 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site 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...

Atkins Diet and Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Greger MD | February 2, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: atherosclerosis, Atkins, carbs, cholesterol, eco-Atkins, erectile dysfunction, Harvard, heart attack, heart disease, low carb, stroke

Yesterday's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day, Atkins Diet: Trouble Keeping It Up, discusses a case report of a man who went on a low carb diet, lost his ability to have an erection, and nearly lost his life. That was just one...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#17)

Michael Greger MD | January 28, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: amla, antioxidants, apples, apricots, asthma, blood pressure, cancer, cavities, cholesterol, cinnamon, diabetes, food synergy, gum disease, hibiscus tea, indian gooseberries, iron, oxalates, pepper, plaque, polyphenols, prunes, raisins, salt, sodium, spice, sulphur dioxide, turmeric, vitamin C

This is another sampling of the more than 800 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....

Acai to Zucchini: antioxidant food rankings

Michael Greger MD | January 25, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, animal foods, animal products, antioxidants, apples, argon laser, berries, boiling, breakfast, cholesterol, cooking, Dragon's blood, fruits, goji berries, green tea, lutein, lycopene, microwaving, mitochondria, oxidation, pills, plant foods, produce, raw, selenium, steaming, stress, supplements, vegetables, vitamin D, vitamin E

Today's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Dragon's Blood wraps up a ten-part series based on a groundbreaking study that measured the total Antioxidant Content of 3,139 foods, beverages, herbs, and spices. Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods presents the best...

Paula Deen: Diabetes drug spokesperson

Michael Greger MD | January 18, 12 at 01:24 PM | Health

Read More: blindness, burgers, butter balls, diabetes, doughnuts, Dr. Neal Barnard, drugs, Graham Kerr, kidney failure, pancreatitis, Paula Deen, pharmaceuticals, Philadelphia cream cheese, plant-based diet, Smithfield ham, The Galloping Gourmet, thyroid cancer, United States, Yul Brynner

The year before he died of lung cancer, actor Yul Brynner taped a commercial for the American Cancer Society. "Now that I'm gone," he pleaded into the camera, "I tell you: Don't smoke, whatever you do, just don't smoke."...

Amla: Indian gooseberries vs cancer, diabetes, and cholesterol

Michael Greger MD | January 17, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: amalika, amla, antioxidants, apple, Ayurveda, dried fruit, goji berries, green tea, Indian gooseberries, nuts, pecans, plant foods, raisins, saffron, snacks, trail mix

I'm out on the road speaking so much that I'm always on the lookout for handy, healthy snacks. Trail mix has been my standby, a homespun mix of nuts and dried fruit that has evolved as I've learned more...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 16)

Michael Greger MD | January 14, 12 at 06:13 AM | Health

Read More: allergies, cancer, cheese, children, chocolate, coffe, dairy, DHA, ear infections, eggs, fish, Heiner Syndrome, ice cream, iron, meat, moringa, pregnancy, soy milk, tannins, tea, vitamin B12, vitamin K

This is another sampling of the more than 800 comments and questions I’ve responded to at the NutritionFacts.org site (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions there on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand...

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...