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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

What's Driving America's Obesity Problem?

Michael Greger MD | March 24, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Big Mac, body fat, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, diabetes, Europe, exercise, fast food, fat, french fries, heart disease, heart health, lifespan, low-fat diets, metabolism, nutrition myths, obesity, prediabetes, sexual health, soda, weight loss

Currently, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. By 2030 it is estimated more than half our population may be clinically obese. Childhood obesity has tripled, and most children will grow up to be overweight as well. The United States...

Food Manufacturers Get to Decide if Their Own Additives Are Safe

Michael Greger MD | March 19, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, FDA, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, Marion Nestle, mortality, Pepsi, processed foods, safety limits, trans fats, USDA

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their plans to all but eliminate trans fats from processed foods, citing a CDC statistic that the elimination of partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply could prevent more than...

Introducing Joseph Gonzales, R.D.

Michael Greger MD | March 17, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Currently, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. By 2030 it is estimated more than half our population may be clinically obese. Childhood obesity has tripled, and most children will grow up to be overweight as well. The United States may...

Meat Industry Wins Right to Sell Tainted Meat

Michael Greger MD | March 12, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Campylobacter, chicken, cooking methods, cooking temperature, farm animals, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, food recalls, foodborne illness, industry influence, Mexico, poultry, safety limits, Sweden, turkey, USDA

In my last post, I talked about a particularly virulent strand of Salmonella traced to Foster Farms. But while even Mexico banned the importation of Foster Farms' chicken on public health grounds, it was still sold in the United...

Chicken Salmonella Outbreaks Show Food Safety Systems Failure

Michael Greger MD | March 10, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antibiotics, CDC, Center for Science in the Public Interest, chicken, children, Consumers Union, elderly, factory farming practices, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, industry influence, meat, mortality, Pew Commission, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, USDA

Salmonella causes more hospitalizations and more deaths than any other foodborne illness, and it's been on the rise. Salmonella causes a million cases of food poisoning every year in the U.S., and over the last decade or so the...

Viral Food Poisoning from Pesticides?

Michael Greger MD | March 5, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal products, chicken, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, fruit, mortality, norovirus, organic foods, pesticides, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, vegetables, viral infections

Although the most serious causes of food poisoning like Salmonella come largely from animal products (for example, most foodborne-related deaths have been attributed to poultry), millions of Americans are sickened by produce every year, thanks to noroviruses. Noroviruses can...

The Reversal on Fish Oil

Michael Greger MD | March 3, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, DHA, fat, fish, fish oil, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, lifespan, medical profession, men's health, mortality, nutrition myths, oils, omega-3 fatty acids, seafood, stroke, supplements

Are the purported benefits of fish oil supplementation for the prevention and treatment of heart disease just a "fish tale"? Thanks to recommendations from organizations such as the American Heart Association that individuals at high risk for heart disease...

Are Multivitamins Just a Waste of Money?

Michael Greger MD | February 26, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cost savings, fruit, Harvard Physicians' Study II, heart disease, heart health, Iowa Women's Health Study, lifespan, longevity, mortality, multivitamins, stroke, supplements, vegetables, women's health

About one in three Americans take a multivitamin. Is that helpful, harmful, or just a harmless waste of money? In 2011, the Iowa Women's Health Study reported that multivitamin use was associated with a higher risk of total mortality,...

Understanding Lifestyle Medicine From the Heart

Michael Greger MD | February 24, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: amputations, blindness, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, eye disease, eye health, heart disease, heart health, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, smoking, stroke, tobacco, Yale

I talk a lot about numbers and statistics, but as the Director of Yale's Prevention Research Center Dr. David Katz put it in an editorial in the American Journal of Health Promotion, to reach doctors, our fellow colleagues, maybe...

Don't Forget Fiber

Michael Greger MD | February 19, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Africa, animal fat, animal products, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, corn, dietary guidelines, Dr. Denis Burkitt, fiber, heart disease, heart health, Japan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, Native Americans, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, squash, standard American diet, stool size, sugar, vegans, vegetarians

The famous surgeon Denis Burkitt is better known for his discovery of a childhood cancer now known as Burkitt's lymphoma than for his 1979 international bestseller, Don't Forget the Fibre in Your Diet. Anyone asked to list the twenty...

Organic Milk and Prostate Cancer

Michael Greger MD | February 17, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: almond milk, cancer, dairy, eggs, estrogen, factory farming practices, farm animals, growth promoters, hormones, Japan, meat, men's health, metastases, milk, mortality, organic foods, organic milk, prostate cancer, prostate health, steroids

Researchers have expressed concern that since cow's milk contains estrogens, dairy could stimulate the growth of hormone-sensitive tumors. The thought is that the consumption of dairy products could both "promote the conversion of precancerous lesions or mutated cells to...

Now Hiring! New Employment Opportunities at NutritionFacts.org

Michael Greger MD | February 12, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

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It's been a long-time dream of mine to bring a dietitian or other nutrition or medical professional onto the team to help answer everyone's questions. When NutritionFacts.org began in 2011, I was able to personally respond to every comment,...

Who Should be Careful About Curcumin?

Michael Greger MD | February 10, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, bladder cancer, bladder disease, bladder health, calcium, cancer, complementary medicine, curcumin, DNA damage, flax seeds, gallbladder disease, gallbladder health, gallstones, gout, heavy metals, India, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, kidney stones, lead, liver disease, liver health, medications, mercury, oxalates, plutonium, pregnancy, safety limits, side effects, spices, supplements, turmeric

Following flax and wheatgrass, turmeric is the third best-selling botanical dietary supplement, racking up $12 million in sales. Currently, sales are increasing at a rate of 20%. "Curcumin is a natural plant product extracted from the turmeric root and...

Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels

Michael Greger MD | February 5, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, aspirin, asthma, butter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, complementary medicine, curcumin, curry powder, fat, heart disease, heart health, herbs, India, liver health, malaria, medications, pepper, piperine, quinine, spices, tea, turmeric

"Historians from all around the world have produced evidence to show that apparently all primitive peoples used herbs-often in a sophisticated way. Quinine from Cinchona bark was used to treat the symptoms of malaria long before the disease was...

Dr. Greger Takes on Mediterranean Diet in New DVD

Michael Greger MD | January 29, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: DVD

The Mediterranean Diet is an "in" topic nowadays, in both the medical literature and the lay media. More than 450 papers were published in the medical literature during just the last year alone, more than one a day. As...

The Spice That Helps Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Michael Greger MD | January 27, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, bone health, bone marrow health, cartilage health, complementary medicine, curcumin, curry powder, eye health, ginger, Ibuprofen, immune function, inflammation, joint disease, joint health, lifespan, liver health, medications, pain, rheumatoid arthritis, side effects, spices, turmeric, World Health Organization

Accordingto the World Health Organization, "80% of the Earth's inhabitants rely upon the traditional medicine for their primary health-care needs, in part due to high cost of Western pharmaceuticals. Medicines derived from plants have played a pivotal role in...

The Top Three DNA Protecting Spices

Michael Greger MD | January 22, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, cinnamon, cooking methods, cooking temperature, curry powder, dairy, DNA damage, ginger, herbs, inflammation, milk, osteoarthritis, plant protein, protein, pumpkin, recipes, rosemary, soy, soy milk, spices, turmeric

In my video Which Spices Fight Inflammation? I profile a landmark study that compared the ability of different spices to suppress inflammation. The study also compared the spices' ability to protect DNA. Cloves, ginger, rosemary, and turmeric were able...

Superbugs on Retail Chicken

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

Read More: antibiotics, beef, chicken, children, Consumers Union, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, meat, medications, organic foods, penicillin, pork, poultry, Salmonella, superbugs, turkey, veggie burgers

One of the most concerning developments in medicine is the emergence of bacterial super-resistance--resistance not just to one class of drugs, like penicillin, but to multiple classes of drugs (so-called multi-drug resistance). In the 2013 Retail Meat Report, the...