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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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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...

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?...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Vegan Workplace Intervention

Michael Greger MD | January 29, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: diet pills, Dr. Barnard, natural food store, PCRM, processed foods, supplements, weight control, weight loss, whole plant foods

A billion people in the world are now overweight. That's great news for the $13 billion weight loss supplement industry, but as I detailed in my 2-min. video Diet Pills Do a Fat Lot of Good, a recent review...

Biblical Daniel Fast Tested

Michael Greger MD | January 24, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, Bible, Daniel, diet, disease, EPIC study, inflammation, plant-based diet, poultry, University of Memphis

Researchers recently set out to replicate the "Daniel Fast," the biblical nutrition trial outlined in Daniel 1:8-16. In my last blog post Poultry Paunch, I featured results from the EPIC study, one of the largest studies ever performed. The...

Poultry Paunch: Meat & Weight Gain

Michael Greger MD | January 22, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: calories, EPIC study, meat, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, nuts, weight gain

Meat is considered fattening due to its caloric density and fat content. Nuts are also packed with calories and fat though, but as I noted in my blog post Nuts Don't Cause Expected Weight Gain so maybe we shouldn't...

Diet vs. Exercise: What's More Important?

Michael Greger MD | January 17, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: BMI, body mass index, exercise, weight loss, WHR

When trying to lose weight, which is most important: diet or exercise? The vast majority of those surveyed believe that both monitoring food and beverage consumption and physical activity are equally important in weight maintenance and weight loss. After...

The Ice Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 15, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: colon, fiber, firmicutes, fruits, gut flora, phtyonutrients, vegan, vegetables, vegetarians

Other than fiber, what else do plants make that animals don't that could help account for how dramatically slimmer those who eat plant-based diets tend to be? In my last article Boosting Gut Flora Without Probiotics I covered fiber....

Boosting Gut Flora Without Probiotics

Michael Greger MD | January 10, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: anti-inflammatory, bacteria, butyrate, colon cancer, fiber, flora, obesity, probiotics

Obesity is so rare among those eating plant-based diets (see my video Thousands of Vegans Studied), nutrition researchers have been desperate to uncover their secret. Yes, they tend to eat fewer calories, but not that many fewer. In the...