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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

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....

The Best Foods: test your nutrition knowledge

Michael Greger MD | November 6, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: algae, antioxidant, apple, apple juice, beans, breast cancer, cancer, chia, chlorella, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cooking method, cranberries, edamame, flax, lemon, lentil, mushroom, nuts, onion, orange juice, rice, soy, spirulina, sweetener, tea, tempeh, tofu, tomato juice, vegetables, water

Today I'm highlighting twenty questions from twenty NutritionFacts.org "best of" videos ranking different classes of foods. Ultimately, the "best" apple, bean, vegetable, etc. is whichever one you actually eat (in the same way that the "best" exercise is the...

Supreme Court case: meat industry sues to keep downed animals in food supply

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

Read More: American Meat Institute, anthrax, campylobacter, cows, dairy, downed animals, downers, e. coli, Federal School Lunch Program, ground beef, hamburger, Humane Society of the United States, livestock, mad cow disease, meat, meat industry, National Meat Association, pigs, public health, Salmonella, sheep, swine flu, USDA

This week I participated in a press briefing to discuss National Meat Association v. Harris, a case appearing before the Supreme Court next week. The meat industry is trying to overturn a California law meant to keep "downed" animals--those...

Foie gras ban in California: human health implications

Michael Greger MD | November 1, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's, amyloid, amyloidosis, chickens, diabetes, duck, foie gras, goose, leprosy, liver, mad cow disease, New York Times, protein, rheumatoid arthritis, soup, toxocara, toxoplasma

Originally featured on One Green Planet. The New York Times recently ran a story on the upcoming foie gras ban in California. July 1, 2012, the Golden State will join over a dozen nations that have prohibited the production...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 7)

Michael Greger MD | October 30, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: apple cider vinegar, Aricept, BPA, cancer, erectile dysfunction, greens, infertility, obesity, pine needles, plastic, PMS, potassium, saffron, scurvy, tea, toxins, vitamin C

This is another sampling of the more than 600 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...

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board accused of making illegally deceptive claims

Michael Greger MD | October 24, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: children, dairy, milk, obesity, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, salt, sodium, weight loss, Wisconsin

A two-part investigation (1 & 2) released last week by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism revealed that the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board was making claims that may violate state laws prohibiting agricultural marketing boards from false advertising. The...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 6)

Michael Greger MD | October 23, 11 at 09:40 AM | Health

Read More: aloe vera, chlorophyll, dates, fiber, greens, horse meat, kale, peppermint oil, sodium benzoate, spices, titanium dioxide, wheatgrass

This is just a sampling of the more than 600 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...

Latest in Nutrition volume 6 DVD now available (all proceeds to charity)

Michael Greger MD | October 17, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

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

The genesis of NutritionFacts.org dates back to more than a decade ago. Like most doctors, I went into medicine because I wanted to help people, but found myself in some hospital-based practice often dispensing drugs to counteract the side-effects...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 5)

Michael Greger MD | October 16, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cruciferous, greens, hormones, infertility, iodine, kale, kimchi, licorice, sodium, soy, tanning beds, thyroid, vitamin D, vitamin D2, vitamin D3

This is just a sampling of the over 600 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...

Heart disease: there is a cure

Michael Greger MD | October 14, 11 at 08:00 AM | Health

Read More: Bill Clinton, China Study, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish, heart disease, Medicare, plant-based diet, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Tomato Effect, USDA

Decades ago, it was proven that heart disease could be reversed with a plant-based diet. And yet hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to needlessly die. Why the disconnect? That's the subject of this morning's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day The Tomato...

Multivitamins and Mortality

Michael Greger MD | October 11, 11 at 07:00 AM | Health

Read More: mortality, multivitamins, supplements, women's health

In my recent NutritionFacts.org video Multivitamin Supplements and Breast Cancer I profiled a study of 35,000 women published last year that suggested that those who take multivitamins are placing themselves at increased risk for breast cancer. A recent review...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 4)

Michael Greger MD | October 9, 11 at 10:30 AM | Health

Read More: blue-green algae, bones, breast cancer, calcium, cannabis, dairy, fish oil, flax, lung cancer, lycopene, multivitamins, nutrient absorption, omega-3, phytoplankton, produce, spirulina, toxins, vegetables, yeast

This is just a sampling of the 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...

Inflammation, Diet, and "Vitamin S"

Michael Greger MD | October 4, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: anxiety, arachidonic acid, aspirin, asthma, autoimmune disorders, Canadian seal hunt, cancer, chicken, cholesterol, cumin, depression, eggs, fish, fruits, heart disease, herbs, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, mint, mood disturbance, omega-6, paprika, rheumatoid arthritis, salicylic acid, seals, spieces, stroke, thyme, ulcers, vegetables, Vitamin 'S', volunteer

Last month an update was published on the intriguing suggestion that low levels of salicylic acid--the active component in aspirin--naturally found in plant foods may in part explain the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Some scientists go as...

Call for dietitians, nutrition students, and other healthcare trainees and practitioners

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

Read More: dietitian, healthcare professionals, interns, nutrition students, volunteer

The response to NutritionFacts.org has been overwhelming. Though only about 1% of visitors leave a question or comment, that still means more than a thousand questions/comments a month. My dreams of answering every one personally were swiftly dashed. I'm...