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A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. His latest book is How Not to Die. More than a thousand of his nutrition videos are freely available at NutritionFacts.org, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.

Blog Entries by Michael Greger MD

Dioxins in U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish

Michael Greger MD | April 5, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, catfish, chicken, China, dairy, dioxins, eggs, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, feed additives, fish, heart disease, heart health, industrial toxins, meat, milk, mineral clay, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, plant-based diets, poultry, Taiwan, vegans, vegetarians

Dioxins are highly toxic pollutants that accumulate in tissue fat. Almost all dioxins found in people who don't work in toxic waste dumps or something similarly hazardous are believed to come from food, especially meat, milk, and fish, which...

Dr. Greger's new Google Talk

Michael Greger MD | March 31, 16 at 10:15 AM | Health

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I was recently honored to be invited to Google to present on How Not to Die, and they made it into an official Talk@Google! View the presentation I've been giving around the country on my book tour for free...

When Charities Collaborate With the Food Industry

Michael Greger MD | March 29, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal products, beans, breast cancer, breast health, calories, cancer, chicken, Coca-cola, exercise, fat, fruit, frying, industry influence, junk food, obesity, Pepsi, poultry, processed foods, salt, smoking, soda, standard American diet, subsidies, sugar, tobacco, vegetables, weight loss, women's health

When the history of the world's attempt to address obesity is written, one researcher writes, "the greatest failure may be collaboration with and appeasement of the food industry." For instance, Yum! Brands, who owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, linked up...

Four Brazil Nuts Once a Month...

Michael Greger MD | March 24, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: brazil nuts, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart healtha, kidney health, LDL cholesterol, liver health, nuts, safety limits, selenium, statins

One of the craziest studies I read all year involved feeding people a single serving of Brazil nuts to see what it would do to the cholesterol levels of healthy volunteers. They gave ten men and women a single...

The Effects of Dietary Cholesterol on Blood Cholesterol

Michael Greger MD | March 22, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, animal fat, bacon, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, eggs, fat, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, meat, pork, saturated fat, sausage, smoking, tobacco, triglycerides

Blood cholesterol levels are clearly increased by eating dietary cholesterol. In other words, putting cholesterol in our mouth means putting cholesterol in our blood, and it may also potentiate the harmful effects of saturated fats, meaning when we eat...

Why Don't More Doctors Practice Prevention?

Michael Greger MD | March 17, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, athletes, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, complementary medicine, depression, fiber, Framingham Heart Study, fruit, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, mood, nuts, plant-based diets, statins, vegans, vegetarians

Why don't more doctors practice preventive cardiology? Time availability is a reason frequently cited by physicians, but if you probe a little deeper, the number one reason given was their perception that patients fear being deprived of all the...

Using Cherries to Treat Gout

Michael Greger MD | March 15, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, arthritis, cherries, complementary medicine, frozen fruit, gout, industry influence, joint disease, joint health, juice, pomegranate juice, uric acid

Over the last 40 years, the burden of gout, a painful inflammatory arthritis, has risen considerably, now affecting millions of Americans. In fact, gout is now the most common inflammatory arthritis in men and older women. In my video,...

Antibiotic-Resistant "Superbugs" in Meat

Michael Greger MD | March 10, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antibiotics, CDC, drug residues, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, feed additives, fish, food poisoning, foodborne illness, lifespan, mortality, MRSA, pork, staph infection, surgery, World Health Organization

As a rule, "high-ranking public-health officials try to avoid apocalyptic descriptors. So it's worrying to hear those like the Director of the CDC warn of a coming health 'nightmare' and a 'catastrophic threat.'" A number of prominent publications recently...

Drugs vs. Lifestyle for Preventing Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | March 8, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, amputations, blindness, chicken, complementary medicine, dairy, diabetes, diarrhea, exercise, eye disease, eye health, fatigue, fiber, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney health, Lifestyle medicine, mortality, muscle soreness, nausea, pork, poultry, prediabetes, saturated fat, side effects, vision

In just one decade, the number of people with diabetes has more than doubled. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by 2050, one out of every three of us may have diabetes. What's the big deal?...

Hummus for a Healthy Heart

Michael Greger MD | March 1, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, antioxidants, beans, bone health, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chickpeas, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, DNA damage, heart disease, heart health, legumes, lentils, liver disease, liver health, longevity, obesity, osteoporosis, phytates, phytonutrients, prediabetes, saturated fat, split peas, statins, weight loss

I've talked previously about the anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effects of various phytonutrients in beans, but beans have protective effects on the cardiovascular system as well. As one academic review suggested, plant-specific compounds can have a remarkable impact on the...

What To Do if You Suspect Gluten Problems

Michael Greger MD | February 25, 16 at 01:00 AM | Health

Read More: allergies, anemia, autoimmune diseases, bacon, bagels, blueberries, bread, candy, celiac disease, chocolate, depression, doughnuts, fast food, fatigue, food sensitivities, fructose, fruit, frying, gluten, grains, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, junk food, kale, lactose, marshmallows, pasta, plant-based diets, pork, processed foods, rash, Twinkies, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, wheat

Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include irritable bowel type symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel habits, as well as systemic manifestations such as brain fog, headache, fatigue, depression, joint and muscle aches, numbness in the extremities,...

How a Gluten-Free Diet Can Be Harmful

Michael Greger MD | February 23, 16 at 05:00 AM | Video

Read More: allergies, bagels, barley, bread, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, celiac disease, chronic diseases, diabetes, FODMAPs, food sensitivities, fructans, gluten, grains, gut flora, heart disease, heart health, immune function, obesity, pasta, prediabetes, probiotics, rye, viral infections, wheat

Until only a few years ago, almost the whole of the scientific world maintained that the wheat protein gluten would provoke negative effects only in people with rare conditions such as celiac disease or wheat allergies. But by the...

Gluten Sensitivity Put to the Test

Michael Greger MD | February 18, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: allergies, asthma, bagels, bread, celiac disease, dairy, depression, diarrhea, eggs, FODMAPs, food sensitivities, fructans, gluten, grains, industry influence, irritable bowel syndrome, mental health, migraines, milk, mood, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, pasta, stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, United Kingdom, wheat

In 1980, researchers in England reported a series of women with no evidence of celiac disease (the autoimmune disorder associated with gluten intolerance), who nevertheless resolved their chronic diarrhea on a gluten-free diet. The medical profession was skeptical at...

A Simple Yet Neglected Cure for Childhood Constipation

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

Read More: allergies, anal fissure, anal health, animal protein, asthma, bowel movements, children, chronic diseases, colon health, constipation, dairy, eczema, fiber, milk, rice milk, soy milk

Back in the 1950s, it was suggested that some cases of constipation among children might be due to the consumption of cow's milk. But it wasn't until 40 years later that it was finally put to the test. We...

How to Cook Broccoli

Michael Greger MD | February 9, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: breast cancer, breast health, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cancer, cauliflower, collard greens, cooking methods, cruciferous vegetables, enzymes, greens, kale, mustard greens, mustard powder, mustard seeds, radishes, spices, sulforaphane, vegetables, women's health

When I used to teach medical students at Tufts, I gave a lecture about this amazing new therapeutic called "iloccor-B." I'd talk about all the new science, all the things it could do, its excellent safety profile. Just as...

The #1 Dietary Risk Factor is Not Eating Enough Fruit

Michael Greger MD | February 2, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: allergies, arthritis, aspirin, berries, blood clots, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, fruit, grape juice, grapefruit juice, heart disease, heart health, inflammation, joint disease, joint health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, mortality, orange juice, platelets, rheumatoid arthritis, saturated fat, side effects, strawberries, stroke, trans fats, vegetables

The Global Burden of Disease Study published in 2012, is the most comprehensive and systematic analysis of causes of death undertaken to date, involving nearly 500 researchers from more than 300 institutions in 50 countries, and starting with almost...

Why are Chickens Fed Prozac?

Michael Greger MD | January 26, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal protein, antibiotics, antihistamines, arsenic, birth defects, caffeine, cancer, carcinogens, chicken, DES, drug residues, estrogen, factory farming practices, farm animals, feather meal, feed additives, fish, fungicides, growth promoters, hormones, industry influence, medications, miscarriage, poultry, pregnancy, Prozac, sheep, turkey, vaginal cancer, vaginal health, women's health

Between 1940 and 1971, the synthetic estrogen DES was prescribed to several million pregnant women with the promise that it would "help prevent miscarriages." Problems were first highlighted in 1953 when it became clear that DES was not only...

Making Your Own Mouthwash

Michael Greger MD | January 21, 16 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: amla, antibiotics, antioxidants, antiseptic, beans, cancer, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chlorhexidine, dental health, diabetes, diarrhea, DNA damage, drug residues, grains, green tea, heart disease, heart health, lentils, mouthwash, oral health, oxidative stress, peas, periodontal disease, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, potatoes, prediabetes, side effects, smoking, spices, standard American diet, sugar, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, vomiting

The effects of a vegetarian diet on systemic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases have been studied and have revealed predominantly less systemic diseases in those eating plant-based diets. However, there have only been a few studies on...