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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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Are Microgreens Healthier?

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

Read More: alfalfa sprouts, antioxidants, microgreens, red cabbage

USDA researchers recently published a study assessing the nutrition content of 25 commercially available microgreens, seedlings of vegetables and herbs that have gained popularity in upscale markets and restaurants. Just a few inches tall, they boast intense flavors and vivid colors, but...

Aspartame: Fibromyalgia & Preterm Birth

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

Read More: aspartame, diet soda, erythritol, fibromyalgia, Nutrasweet, preterm birth, soda, vitamin D

When we learned how bad butter was, the food industry responded by giving us margarine, which turned out to be even worse. When dietary guidelines told us to lower our fat intake in hopes that we’d pick up an apple,...

Bugs & Drugs in Pork: Yersinia and Ractopamine

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

Read More: adrenaline, Consumer Reports, foodborne bacteria, gestation crates, National Pork Producers Council, pork, ractopamine, yersinia

Consumer Reports recently released a study in which they analyzed U.S. retail pork and found trace levels of an adrenaline-like drug called ractopamine in about 20 percent of the samples and a foodborne bacteria that sickens nearly 100,000 Americans every year called Yersina in...

Increasing Muscle Strength with Fenugreek

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

Read More: beet juice, botanical supplements, cancer, fenugreek, maple syrup, muscles, prostate cancer

The spice fenugreek appears to significantly improve muscle strength and weight lifting power output while possessing anti-cancer properties in vitro. In my 2-min video Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds I profile a study entitled “The effects of a commercially available botanical supplement on...

The Anti-Wrinkle Diet

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

Read More: antioxidants, apples, cholesterol, green tea, inflammation, ischemia, oxidation, oxidative stress, prunes, saturated fat, skin, tea, wrinkles

The skin is the largest organ in the body—about 20 square feet—and the most vulnerable organ in the body. It’s exposed to both the oxidizing effects of UV radiation from the sun and the oxidizing effects of oxygen in the...

Treadmill Desks: Stand Up For Health

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

Read More: exercise, lifespan, physical activity, treadmill desk, treadmills

A few months ago the New York Times ran a piece reiterating the hazards of prolonged sitting, which is associated with a shorter lifespan–even in those who exercise regularly. Our bodies were built to move. My 2-min. video Standing Up For Your Health is my contribution...

New DVD to Help Spring Clean Your Diet (proceeds to charity)

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

Read More: DVD

I'm excited to announce that last month the NutritionFacts.org podcast reached #1 on the iTunes health video podcast charts (subscribe here). What perfect timing to announce a new DVD! The newest volume of my Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series launches today....

Gerson Therapy for Cancer?

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

Read More: alternative therapies, cancer, chemotherapy, coffee enemas, Dr. Max Gerson, Gerson Therapy, health, oncology, pancreatic cancer

Gerson Therapy is a largely diet-based alternative treatment for cancer invented by the late Dr. Max Gerson. What have 65 years of medical research concluded about its efficacy and safety? According to a recent review out of Sloan-Kettering in the...

Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?

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

Read More: bio-identical hormones, breast cancer, heart disease, hormones, horse urine, International Menopause Society, menopause, permarin, stroke

Hormone replacement therapy for menopause grew to prominence in the 1990s when millions of women were sold hormones made from horse urine. Premarin (from the words pregnant mare urine) was promised to prevent age-related diseases. When the truth got out...

Countering Dietary Pollutants & Pesticides

Michael Greger MD | March 26, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

We have so polluted our planet that eight different pesticides were recently found contaminating the snow-capped tips of the Rocky Mountains. If they’re contaminated, then everywhere is contaminated. The best we can do is just try to eat as low...

Protecting Our Babies From Pollutants

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

For those of us starting new families, one of the myriad concerns that come up is how we are ever going to get our children to eat their veggies. One answer that I profile in my 3-min. video The Best Baby...

Pollutants in Californian Breast Tissue

Michael Greger MD | March 19, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Americans are walking chemical cocktails according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Organochlorine pesticides tend to build up in animal fat (see for example, Cannibalistic Feed Biomagnification, Avoiding Other Banned Pesticides, and Industrial Carcinogens in Animal Fat) so we...

How Chemically Contaminated Are We?

Michael Greger MD | March 14, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Every few years the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measures the levels of chemical pollutants in the bodies of thousands of Americans from across the country. What did the latest report tell us about our toxic burden? Find...

Saffron vs. Prozac for Depression

Michael Greger MD | March 12, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Millions of Americans suffer from depression every year, a disabling disease that can end up fatal (due to suicide).  In my last blog post, Treating PMS with Saffron, I noted remarkable benefits of the spice saffron on the emotional and physical...

What Is the Healthiest Meat?

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

Read More: arginine, bugs, grains, insects, maggots, octopus, protein, saturated fat, silkworm caterpillars, snail meat, vegan, vitamin B12, zinc

Thanks to the Chinese space program, scientists in Beijing recently published a formal nutritional analysis of what may be one of the least harmful animals to eat, silkworm caterpillars. As I profile in my 2-min video Good Grub, they appear to...

Lead Poisoning Risk From Venison

Michael Greger MD | February 26, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

The reason animal products trigger inflammation in the body within hours of consumption is thought to be due to the residual bacterial toxins that survive the cooking process (as l detailed in my blog post How Does Meat Cause Inflammation). The...

How Much Soy Is Too Much?

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

If animal proteins promote cancer because they boost our blood levels of the growth hormone IGF-1, what about the few plant proteins that have amino acid ratios similar to animal proteins such soy foods? One of soy’s selling points is...

Vegan Men: More Testosterone But Less Cancer

Michael Greger MD | February 12, 13 at 08:00 AM | Health

Just a few days of walking and eating healthy plant foods can lower the level of the cancer-promoting growth hormone IGF-1 enough to reverse cancer cell growth in a Petri dish. This is detailed in my last three blog posts Cancer-Proofing...

How Do Plant-Based Diets Fight Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | February 7, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Why do centenarians—those who live to be over a hundred years old—escape cancer? As you can see in my 3-min. video IGF-1 as One-Stop Cancer Shop, as we get older our risk of getting and dying from cancer grows year by...

Treating an Enlarged Prostate With Diet

Michael Greger MD | February 5, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

The majority of American men will develop a pathologically enlarged prostate gland (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). The good news, though, is that like many other epidemics of chronic disease plaguing the Western world, it can be prevented and...