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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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Head Shrinking from Grilling Meat

Michael Greger MD | July 23, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: bacon, barbeque, BBQ, birth weight, carcinogens, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cooking meat, COPD, DNA, fetal development, frying meat, lung cancer, lung disease, lung health, meat fumes, mutations, newborns, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pregnant women, respiratory tract cancer, restaurants, young children

A year ago I posted a two minute video entitled Carcinogens in the Smell of Frying Bacon, in which I described the ability of the fumes generated by frying meat to mutate DNA. This helped explain both the increased...

Broccoli Boosts Liver Detox Enzymes

Michael Greger MD | July 18, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: breast cancer, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, caffeine, carcinogens, cruciferous vegetables, detox, detoxifying enzymes, enzymes, fruits, heterocyclic amines, liver, liver health, phase II enzyme system, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

Researchers just found out that the boost in detoxifying enzymes triggered by cruciferous vegetable consumption may last for weeks! Last spring in my post The Best Detox I described this amazing phenomenon in which a phytonutrient produced by broccoli...

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

Michael Greger MD | July 16, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

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Watch my new live presentation online at More Than an Apple a Day or order it on DVD (all proceeds to charity). Every year I scour the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition, pulling together what I find to...

Dr. Greger's New DVD (all proceeds to charity)

Michael Greger MD | July 11, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: DVD

The newest volume of my Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series launches today. Order on my website or through Amazon (all proceeds go to keeping NutritionFacts.org up and running). The current batch of videos from volume 13 on NutritionFacts.org...

Foods That May Block Cancer Formation

Michael Greger MD | July 9, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, antiangiogenesis, apigen, beans, berries, breast cancer, breast health, broccoli, cancer, cancer survival, celery, citrus, exercise, fisitin, flavonoids, fruit, luteolin, metastases, peppers, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, rice, spices, strawberries, tea, vegans, vegetarians, VEGF, weight loss, women's health

More than 85% of breast cancers are sporadic and attributable to long-term exposure to environmental carcinogens, such as those in the diet, through a multistep disease process progressing from non-cancerous to pre-cancerous to malignant stages. How can we interrupt...

Avoiding Cooked Meat Carcinogens

Michael Greger MD | July 4, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: bacon, baking, barbecuing, beef, birds, boiled, breast cancer, carcinogens, cheese, chicken, cigarettes, coffee, cooked meat, creatine, diesel fumes, E. coli, eggs, estrogen, fast food, fish, frying, grilling, heterocyclic amines, incinerator ash, lung cancer, mammals, meat, nitrosamines, pancreatic cancer, PCBs, PhIP, prostate cancer, protein supplements, roasted, smoking, well cooked

When the muscles of mammals, fish, or birds are cooked at high temperatures carcinogenic chemicals called heterocyclic amines are created that may increase the risk of breast, colon, lung, pancreatic, and prostate cancer (see my last post Estrogens in...

Estrogens in Cooked Meat

Michael Greger MD | July 2, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal protein, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer, cancer-producing substances, carcinogens, cooked meat, ductal carcinoma, estrogen, heterocyclic amines, IGF-1, Indian gooseberries, meat, metastatic potential, mutagens, National Cancer Institute, PhIP, three strikes, tumor, tumor growth

We've known since 1939 that there were "cancer-producing substances" in roasted meat. Scientists have since identified these compounds as heterocyclic amines, described by the National Cancer Institute as "chemicals formed when muscle meat, including beef, pork, fish, and poultry,...

Plant-Based Diets for Fibromyalgia

Michael Greger MD | June 27, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: anxiety, chronic pain, cognitive difficulties, depression, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, flexitarian diet, generalized pain, Hallelujah diet, headaches, inflammatory molecule, low back pain, Neu5Gc, pain, painkillers, plant-based diet, potassium, raw vegan, sleep disorders, vegan, vegetarian

Millions suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by months of widespread pain, often accompanied by fatigue, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, cognitive difficulties, headaches, low back pain, and other problems. Its cause is unknown and there is no known cure....

Apple Peels Turn On Anticancer Genes

Michael Greger MD | June 25, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: anticancer genes, antioxidants, apple juice, apple peel, apple peels, apples, breast cancer, cancer, fruits, genetics, juice, maspin, pesticides, plant-based diet, prostate cancer, tumor suppression, tumor suppression gene, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole foods

A new study calculated that if half the U.S. population ate just one more serving of conventional fruits and vegetables, 20,000 cases of cancer could be prevented. At the same time the added pesticide consumption could cause up to...

Uric Acid From Meat and Sugar

Michael Greger MD | June 20, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, BHA, Butylated hydroxyanisole, carcinogens, crystal deposits, diabetes, evolutionary heritage, fat retention, Germany, gout, heart disease, high blood pressure, meat, plant-based diet, preservatives, salt retention, sodium, stroke, sugar, uric acid, vegan, vegetarian

Human beings lost the ability to detoxify uric acid millions of years ago. What implications does this have for our health today? Our story starts about 15 million years ago. It was the Miocene epoch. Things seemed to be...

Go Nuts for Breast Cancer Prevention

Michael Greger MD | June 18, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: African-American, almond, Asian, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, breast lumps, fiber, fibroadenomas, fibrocystic breast disease, lifespan Tree Nuts or Peanuts for Breast Cancer Prevention?, longer life expectancy, lumpectomy, nuts, peanut, pecan, plant-based diet, precancerous, soy, That Black Women's Health Study, true nut, vegan, vegetarian, women

The Black Women's Health Study I profiled in my last blog Prevent Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary was out of Boston University. Across the Charles River, the Harvard Nurse's Health Study also tried to determine which plants may...

Prevent Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary

Michael Greger MD | June 13, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: African, African-American, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, collards, diabetes, fruits, high blood pressure, Nathan Pritikin, plant-based diet, That Black Women's Health Study, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, women

Recently a study of 50,000 African-American women was published, a sadly neglected demographic when it comes to nutritional science and, in fact, medical research generally. Certain African populations were among the healthiest on earth, inspiring one of America's lifestyle...

Why Less Breast Cancer in Asia?

Michael Greger MD | June 11, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Asia, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, cold steeping, dried mushrooms, estrogen, green tea, mushrooms, soy, soy milk, white mushrooms, white tea

Though breast cancer is the most common cancer among women around the world, the rate in some areas of the world, such as Asia, is up to six-fold lower than in North America. Maybe it's the green tea and...

Mushrooms For Breast Cancer Prevention

Michael Greger MD | June 6, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: anti-aromatase, aromatase, aromatase inhibitors, bell peppers, bioidentical hormones, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer prevention, cancer treatment, carrots, celery, chemotherapy, colon cancer, estrogen, green onions, lung cancer, mushrooms, ovarian cancer, postmenopause, prostate cancer, spinach, tumors

Breast cancer can take decades to develop, so "early" detection via mammogram may be too late. The breast cancer you may feel one day as a lump in the shower, may have started 20 years ago. We now suspect...

Plant-Based Diets for Metabolic Syndrome

Michael Greger MD | June 4, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: abdominal obesity, antioxidants, cancer, cataracts, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, hypertension, liver disease, metabolic syndrome, obesity, phytates, plant-based diet, refined grain, stroke, syndrome x, vegan, vegetarian, white bread, whole grain, whole grains

Metabolic syndrome, also known as syndrome X, is a medical disorder characterized by the so-called "deadly quartet": abdominal obesity, high fasting blood sugars, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome can set people up for liver disease, stroke,...

Plant-Based Diets for Psoriasis

Michael Greger MD | May 30, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: allergies, arthritis, autoimmune arthritis, fibromyalgia, glucocorticoids, inflammation, pain, plant-based diet, potassium, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, steroid hormones, steroids, vegan, vegetarian

Plant-based diets appear to decrease inflammation via a variety of mechanisms, including boosting our adrenal gland function. Glucocorticoids are circulating steroid hormones produced by our adrenal glands that suppress inflammation and also help our kidneys excrete potassium. When we...

Dr. Greger's Natural Nausea Remedy Recipe

Michael Greger MD | May 28, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: after-surgery, anti-vomiting agent, antiemetic, apple, chemo, Dramamine, ginger, lemon, lemon-ginger apple chews, mangoes, motion sickness, natural remedies, nausea, nauseous, oxalates, post-surgery, pregnanacy, radiation, traditional healing systems, travel, turmeric

I travel a lot. When I was on the road full time, there were months I'd give over 40 presentations in 30 days across dozens of cities. My speaking schedule is still fuller than I'd like (especially now that...

98% of American Diets Potassium Deficient

Michael Greger MD | May 23, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, bananas, cardiac disease, cardiac health, eggs, eyesight, fiber, healthy diet, heart disease, minerals, plant-based diet, potassium, potassium-rich foods, stroke, vascular disease, vascular health, vegan, vegetarian

Less than 2% of Americans achieve even the recommended minimum adequate intake of potassium due, primarily, to inadequate plant food intake. If you take any plant, burn it to ash, throw the ash in a pot of water, stir...

Plant-Based Diets for Multiple Sclerosis

Michael Greger MD | May 21, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antibodies, auto-immune disease, B-cells, cancer, growth hormone, IGF-1, immune system, multiple sclerosis, plant-based diet, prostate, prostate gland growth, vegan, vegetarian

The distinguished neurologist Roy Swank's low saturated fat diet remains the "most effective treatment of multiple sclerosis ever reported in the peer review literature." In patients with early stage MS, 95% were without progression of their disease 34 years...

Plant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Michael Greger MD | May 16, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, arthritis, atherosclerosis, autoreactive antibodies, cardiac disease, E. coli, hardening of the arteries, heart disease, immune system, inflammatory meat particle, joint inflammation, Neu5Gc, rheumatoid arthritis, tumors, vegan, vegetarian

Plant-based diets may help rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing exposure to an inflammatory "Trojan horse" compound found in animal products called Neu5Gc. On Tuesday in my post How Tumors Use Meat to Grow I talked about the role Neu5Gc may...