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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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Does Animal Protein Cause Osteoporosis?

Michael Greger MD | July 31, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: acid/base balance, alkaline diet, animal products, animal protein, antacids, beans, beef, bone fractures, bone health, bone mineral density, burgers, calcium, chicken, eggs, fish, fruit, grains, hamburgers, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, meat, medications, osteoporosis, pork, poultry, protein, steak, stomach health, Tums, turkey, vegetables

For most of the last century, a prevailing theory within the field of nutrition was that by eating acid-forming foods such as meat, we were, in essence, at risk of peeing our bones down the toilet. And no wonder!...

Quadrupling Breast Cancer Survival

Michael Greger MD | July 29, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal fat, beef, breast cancer, broccoli, cabbage, cancer, cancer survival, cauliflower, chemotherapy, chicken, collard greens, cruciferous vegetables, exercise, fat, fiber, fruit, kale, low-fat diets, meat, Mexico, mortality, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, side effects, sugar, tamoxifen, turkey, vegetables, women's health, Women's Healthy Eating and Living Study

Half a million Americans are expected to die this year from cancer, equal to five jumbo jets crashing every day. The number of Americans who die from cancer each year is more than all those who have died in...

Cancer and the Animal-to-Plant Protein Ratio

Michael Greger MD | July 24, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: A/V ratio, aging, animal products, animal protein, bladder cancer, bladder disease, bladder health, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cance, cauliflower, chicken, cruciferous vegetables, Dr. Dean Ornish, eggs, fruit, Harvard, kale, men's health, metastases, mortality, plant protein, plant-based diets, poultry, prostate cancer, prostate health, protein, PSA, r cancer survival, turkey, vegans, vegetable protein, vegetables, vegetarians

It is now eight years since the famous Ornish study was published, suggesting that 12 months on a strictly plant-based diet could reverse the progression of prostate cancer. For those unfamiliar with that landmark Ornish study, see Cancer Reversal...

Dr. Greger's 2014 Year-in-Review Presentation

Michael Greger MD | July 17, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

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Order my new live presentation on DVD or download it now (all proceeds go to charity). Every year I scour the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition, pulling together what I find to be the most interesting, practical, and...

Stopping Heart Disease in Childhood

Michael Greger MD | July 15, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, adolescence, aging, aneurism, animal fat, aortic aneurism, blood pressure, body fat, brain disease, brain health, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cholesterol, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, fat, flexitarians, gangrene, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, infants, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, low-fat diets, men's health, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, saturated fat, smoking, stroke, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

A landmark paper in 1953 radically changed our view about the development of heart disease forever. The study looked at a series of 300 autopsies performed on U.S. battle casualties of the Korean War. The average age was 22...

How Plant-Based Diets May Extend Our Lives

Michael Greger MD | July 10, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, animal products, animal protein, beans, caloric restriction, calories, cancer, cancer survival, DNA damage, flexitarians, legumes, lifespan, longevity, Mediterranean diet, methionine, mortality, oxidative stress, plant protein, plant-based diets, protein, protein powder, soy, soybeans, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

A recent review suggested that plant-based diets may prove to be a useful nutritional strategy for lifespan extension in part because they tend to be naturally low in the amino acid methionine (see my video Starving Cancer with Methionine...

Handling Poultry Tied to Liver/Pancreatic Cancers

Michael Greger MD | July 1, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alcohol, American Academy of Pediatrics, beverages, cancer, cancer survival, cancer viruses, CDC, chicken, children, EPA, industry influence, liver cancer, liver disease, liver health, lung cancer, lung disease, lung health, mesothelioma, mold, mortality, pancreas health, pancreatic cancer, penis cancer, penis health, poultry, poultry viruses, poultry workers, salami, salami brusher's disease, smoking, tobacco, turkey, virus, wart viruses, warts

Thousands of Americans continue to die from asbestos exposure decades after many uses were banned since the cancers can take years to show up. We are now in the so-called "third wave" of asbestos-related disease. The first wave was...

Improving Attractiveness in Six Weeks

Michael Greger MD | June 26, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, fruit, heart disease, heart health, junk food, mortality, physical attraction, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, sexual selection, skin health, soda, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption may kill millions around the globe every year, so the public health community is not beyond "appealing to vanity." How can we tell if someone's healthy? You can look for that golden glow that...

Want to be Healthier? Change Your Taste Buds

Michael Greger MD | June 24, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, body fat, butter, calories, cheese, dairy, eggs, fat, junk food, low-fat diets, meat, milk, obesity, salt, sodium, soup, sugar, taste buds, weight loss, yogurt

How can we overcome our built-in hunger drives for salt, sugar, and fat? We now have evidence showing that if we go a few weeks cutting down on junk food and animal products, our tastes start to change. We...

How to Get Parents to Eat Their Vegetables

Michael Greger MD | June 19, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal products, beans, beef, beef brains, body fat, brains, calories, chicken, children, cooking methods, fat, meat, obesity, offal, organ meats, plant protein, pork, pork brains, poultry, protein, rice, sheep, soy, soy milk, soybeans, U.S. Department of Defense, veal brains, vegetables, weight loss

Changing the name of healthy foods can have a significant impact on children's eating habits (See Tricks to Get Kids to Eat Healthier at School). Are adults as gullible? Yes. For example, in one study profiled in my video...

How To Get Our Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

Michael Greger MD | June 17, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: beans, broccoli, cauliflower, children, chocolate, cookies, cooking methods, dressings, fruit, grains, green beans, greens, junk food, kale, pasta, peanut butter, squash, tomatoes, vegetables, zucchini

When researchers offered kids broccoli or a chocolate bar, which do you think they picked? Four out of five picked the chocolate (though how proud are the parents of the one in five kids that chose the broccoli?!). But...

How to Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

Michael Greger MD | June 12, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, broccoli, cake, calories, carrots, cheese puffs, children, cookies, cupcakes, fat, fiber, fruit, green beans, hydrogenated fats, ice cream, junk food, New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, obesity, oils, School Lunch Program, Texas, trans fats, vegetables, Veggiecation

What happens if we give one group of kids a plate of cookies and the other group the same number of cookies, but cut in half, and tell both groups they can eat as many as they want? Researchers...

Food Dyes and ADHD

Michael Greger MD | June 10, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: ADHD, artificial colors, attention deficit, botulism, brain health, brain tumors, cancer, Center for Science in the Public Interest, children, Coca-Cola, cola, Europe, FDA, food additives, food dyes, heavy metals, hyperactivity, ice cream, Kraft, lead, margarine, nitrite preservatives, processed foods, processed meat, sleep, United Kingdom, USDA, vitamin B12

                There are currently thousands of additives in our food supply. Some are good—like supplementing foods with vitamin B12, for example (See Vitamin B12 Necessary for Arterial Health). Other additives involve weighing the...

Dr. Greger's New Nutrition DVD Now Available

Michael Greger MD | June 5, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

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Exciting news! I just signed a book deal with a new non-fiction division of famed science publisher Macmillan. The book is provisionally entitled How Not to Die: Simple Secrets for Longer Living. The manuscript is due by March 2015,...

How to Treat ADHD Without Drugs

Michael Greger MD | June 3, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: addiction, ADHD, alternative medicine, amphetamines, attention deficit, brain health, children, complementary medicine, dopamine, exercise, hyperactivity, medications, mental health, Ritalin, side effects

                Every year in the United States, doctors write 20 million prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin for kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Every year the number of prescriptions rises, more so than...

Avoid Butter-Flavored Microwave Popcorn

Michael Greger MD | May 29, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: artificial flavors, bronchiolitis obliterans, butter, butter flavor, diacetyl, FDA, food additives, industry influence, lung disease, lung health, microwaving, mortality, Orville Redenbacher, phosgene, popcorn, popcorn lung, safety limits, smoking

                What does chemical warfare and microwave popcorn have in common? The poison gas phosgene, first used extensively as a chemical warfare agent during World War I, can cause a horrific lung disease...