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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

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...

How Tumors Use Meat to Grow

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

Read More: breast cancer, cancer, immune system, immunosuppressive drugs, inflammation, inflammatory meat particle, inflammatory response, Neu5Gc, tumors, vegan, vegetarian

Certain cancers--like breast cancer--can be thought of in part as an autoimmune disease. When people get heart or kidney transplants, they must be given immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection of the new organ. What do you suppose happens to...

How to Gain Weight on Diet Soda

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

Read More: diet soda, erythritol, junk food, sugar, weight gain

Erythritol, the too-good-to-be-true nontoxic, low-calorie, tooth friendly sweetener that I profiled in my last blog post "Is There a Safe, Low-Calorie Sweetener?" may even act as an antioxidant. So what's the catch? Well, there are three ways that all...

Is There a Safe, Low-Calorie Sweetener?

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

Read More: agave, date sugar, erythritol, headaches, hypertension, maple syrup, stevia, steviol, sweetener

The natural sweetener erythritol does not appear to carry the adverse effects associated with other low and non-caloric natural and artificial sweeteners and may actually have antioxidant potential. For a while it was only available in Japan but now it's...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...