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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.

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Vitamin B12: how much, how often?

Michael Greger MD | August 30, 11 at 06:36 AM | Health

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This week NutritionFacts.org celebrates the upload of its 300th video. Though the site is officially only 9 days old, it launched "preloaded" with 288 videos taken from the last four years of my Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series. My primary motivation to move this...

Soy and breast cancer: an update

Michael Greger MD | August 29, 11 at 03:06 PM | Health

Read More: breast cancer, estrogen, phytoestrogens, puberty, soy, soya milk, soymilk

We've known that regular soy consumption appears to both prevent breast cancer—the number one cancer killer of young women—and prolong survival in women battling the dreaded disease, but we haven't understood why. Soybeans naturally contain weakly estrogenic compounds called phytoestrogens...

Making day-to-day grocery store decisions

Michael Greger MD | August 28, 11 at 06:27 AM | Health

Read More: aluminum, blueberries, cholesterol, dairy, dog rose berries, Dr. Jenkins, JAMA, Lipitor, scombroid poisoning, soymilk, tuna

When I treasure hunt through the medical literature every year for NutritionFacts.org, there are three qualities I find myself using most often to sift the year's nutritional nuggets into video form. Is it groundbreaking? Is it interesting? Is it practical?...

Vegan B12 deficiency: putting it into perspective

Michael Greger MD | August 25, 11 at 04:00 AM | Health

Read More: Bill Clinton, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, plant-based diet, supplements, vegan, vitamin B12

As excitement builds towards the premiere this Saturday at 8 and 11pm ET of CNN's new documentary The Last Heart Attack—documenting Bill Clinton's attempt to reverse his heart disease through diet—pundits are eager to point out the downsides. Yes, eating...

How to live longer in four easy steps

Michael Greger MD | August 24, 11 at 04:46 AM | Health

Read More: alcohol, CDC, diet score, exercise, food pyramid, healthy eating index, lifespan, longevity, phytochemicals, phytonutrients, smoking, Standard American Diet, telomeres, vitamin C

The CDC published a paper this week in the American Journal of Public Health suggesting that eating healthy, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol intake can add more than a decade to our lives. And the criteria were...

Can antioxidant-rich spices counteract the effects of a high-fat meal?

Michael Greger MD | August 23, 11 at 04:51 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, chicken, cinnamon, cloves, Coca Cola, eggs, ginger, greens, lettuce, oregano, Penn State, plant-based diet, spices, triglycerides

In this month's Journal of Nutrition, researchers at Penn State report on their experiment in which overweight men were fed a high-fat (chicken) meal with or without a healthy dose of herbs and spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger,...

NutritionFacts.org officially launched!

Michael Greger MD | August 22, 11 at 06:13 AM | Health

Read More: animal products, Caldwell Esselstyn, Dean Ornish, diabetes, heart disease, last heart attack, Michele Simon, Nancy Chute, obesity, plant-based diet, Sanjay Gupta, vegan

Though bumped last night due to developments in Libya, the new CNN documentary The Last Heart Attack features Bill Clinton’s attempts to reverse his heart disease with a plant-based diet. In From omnivore to vegan: The dietary education of...

NutritionFacts.org launches in less than two weeks

Michael Greger MD | August 9, 11 at 05:13 PM | Video

Read More: NutritionFacts.org

Ever watch one of my DVDs and wish you could send some nutritional nugget to someone you know? Now you can! A year in the making, NutritionFacts.org features hundreds of my videos to share, search, rate, and discuss. Everything's...

My new Latest in Nutrition DVD released this week

Michael Greger MD | June 26, 11 at 02:15 PM | Health, Video

Read More: Greger, nutrition, science

I'm so excited to announce that the newest volume of my annual Latest in Nutrition DVD series is now available for pre-order and will ship out July 1.As usual, I scoured the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition so you...

Food Safety Modernization Act passes

Michael Greger MD | November 30, 10 at 02:42 PM | Animals

In 1999, President Clinton announced the government was taking "new action on food safety to cut in half, over the next five years, the number of Salmonella cases attributed to eggs. And our goal is to eliminate these cases...

Frankenfish and Screamer Disease

Michael Greger MD | October 19, 10 at 04:09 PM | Animals

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently considering the approval of the first transgenic farm animal for human consumption, the AquAdvantage Salmon. Genetically engineered for rapid growth with two stretches of foreign DNA--a growth hormone gene with an antifreeze...

Vegans "Significantly Less Polluted"

Michael Greger MD | August 5, 10 at 01:56 PM | Health

Every five years, the U.S. government measures the amount of toxic waste in our food supply. Dioxins are a class of industrial pollutants spewed into the atmosphere that "accumulates in the fatty tissues of humans and food animals consumed...

My new 2010 Latest in Nutrition DVD

Michael Greger MD | June 12, 10 at 02:51 AM | Health

I'm so excited to announce that the newest volume of my annual Latest in Nutrition series is currently in production and available for pre-order. As usual, I scoured the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition so you don't have to,...

The cause of our number one killer

Michael Greger MD | May 12, 10 at 05:54 AM | Health

The number one cause of death in the United States every single year for both men and women since 1918 (when a bird flu virus likely triggered the deadliest plague in human history) continues to be heart disease. William Clifford...

My debate with officials over antibiotic misuse captured on video

Michael Greger MD | May 11, 10 at 01:36 PM | Animals

Two weeks ago I participated in a forum on the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. Sponsored by a pharmaceutical industry trade group (and held in a steakhouse, no less), it pitted me against National Pork Producer's Association director Dr....

How factory farms poison rural communities

Michael Greger MD | April 30, 10 at 07:34 AM | Green

Read More: Antibiotic, Antibiotic resistance, Factory farming, Pollution

The latest salvo in the battle being fought in Ohio to prevent some of the cruelest factory farming practices was launched this morning, a new white paper which details the suffering wrought on neighboring communities by factory farms: noxious odors...

Egg industry claims "invalid...unconvincing, unsupportable and easily refuted."

Michael Greger MD | March 17, 10 at 08:38 AM | Animals

Like the tobacco industry before it, the meat, egg, and dairy industries have twisted science to justify certain indefensible practices. Case in point: Proposition 2 in California, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which won by a landslide victory...

Meat Industry Wants Consumers Clueless

Michael Greger MD | March 5, 10 at 08:55 AM | Animals

Read More: Factory farming, Ohio, The Humane Society of the United States

Professor Emeritus of Animal Science Peter Cheeke wrote the following in one of his college textbooks on animal agriculture: "One of the best things modern animal agriculture has going for it is that most people... haven't a clue how animals...

My swine flu DVD is now available free

Michael Greger MD | January 26, 10 at 06:06 AM | Lifestyle

Influenza pandemics, triggered by bird or swine flu viruses, have the potential  to kill millions of people. The influenza virus has existed for millions of years as an innocuous intestinal virus of wild ducks. What turned a harmless waterborne...

My 2010 Latest in Nutrition speaking dates

Michael Greger MD | January 23, 10 at 05:28 AM | Health

Every year I scour the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and develop this brand-new talk of the latest in cutting-edge research.  Focusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific nutrition journals,  I try to dig...