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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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Why Athletes Should Eat Nutritional Yeast

Michael Greger MD | September 2, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, children, cognition, common cold, exercise, fatigue, fiber, immune function, mood, nutritional yeast, respiratory infections, stress, yeast

Does powering up at the gym also power up our immune system? Research has shown that moderate exercise improves immunity and decreases illness rates. According to an article in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, "the most important finding...

How to Boost the Benefits of Exercise

Michael Greger MD | August 28, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, beans, berries, beverages, cherries, chocolate, currants, DNA damage, exercise, flavonoids, fruit, fruit juice, greens, herbal tea, hormesis, inflammation, juice, lemon verbena, muscle health, muscle inflammation, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, supplements, tea, tomato juice, tomatoes, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C, vitamin E

We all know exercise is beneficial to our health. Then why is it that ultramarathon runners may generate so many free radicals during a race that they can damage the DNA of a significant percentage of their cells? Researchers...

Chronic Headaches and Pork Parasites

Michael Greger MD | August 26, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aneurism, brain disease, brain health, brain parasites, brain surgery, brain tumors, cooking methods, dementia, depression, epilepsy, eye disease, eye health, eye parasites, food poisoning, foodborne illness, headaches, inflammation, meat, migraine, muscle disease, muscle health, neurocysticercosis, parasites, polyphenols, pork seizures, sprouts, surgery, tapeworms

Neurocysticercosis is the sciencey name for an infection of the human central nervous system by pork tapeworm larvae. The invasion of baby pork tapeworms in the brain "has become an increasingly important emerging infection in the United States," and...

Why the Egg-Cancer Link?

Michael Greger MD | August 21, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, cancer, cancer survival, carcinogens, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, carnitine, chicken, cholesterol, choline, Cleveland Clinic, dairy, eggs, Freedom of Information Act, Harvard, heart disease, heart health, heterocyclic amines, industry influence, inflammation, lecithin, meat, men's health, metastases, milk, mortality, poultry, prostate cancer, prostate health, red meat, steak, stroke, supplements, TMAO, trimethylamine, turkey

Two million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer -- but that's better than dying from prostate cancer. Catch it when it's localized and the five-year survival is practically guaranteed, but once it really starts spreading, chances...

How to Design a Misleading Study

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

Read More: animal fat, animal products, bacon, beef, butter, cake, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, Coca-Cola, Crisco, fat, fiber, fish, Harvard, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, meat, Pepsi, plant protein, pork, poultry, protein, saturated fat, seafood, smoking, soda, sugar, tobacco, turkey, Twinkies, vegetable protein

Imagine working for the now defunct Twinkie division of Hostess and wanting to take the tobacco industry tact of not just downplaying the risk of your product, but actually promoting it as healthy. How would we do that? Our...

Dr. Greger Addresses Gluten in New DVD

Michael Greger MD | August 7, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: DVD

Until recently, those complaining to their doctors about symptoms associated with the wheat protein gluten were commonly referred to psychiatrists. The medical profession has a tragic history of dismissing genuine diseases as all in peoples' heads. PTSD, ulcerative colitis,...

Does Animal Protein Cause Osteoporosis?

Michael Greger MD | July 31, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: acid/base balance, alkaline diet, animal products, animal protein, antacids, beans, beef, bone fractures, bone health, bone mineral density, burgers, calcium, chicken, eggs, fish, fruit, grains, hamburgers, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, meat, medications, osteoporosis, pork, poultry, protein, steak, stomach health, Tums, turkey, vegetables

For most of the last century, a prevailing theory within the field of nutrition was that by eating acid-forming foods such as meat, we were, in essence, at risk of peeing our bones down the toilet. And no wonder!...

Quadrupling Breast Cancer Survival

Michael Greger MD | July 29, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal fat, beef, breast cancer, broccoli, cabbage, cancer, cancer survival, cauliflower, chemotherapy, chicken, collard greens, cruciferous vegetables, exercise, fat, fiber, fruit, kale, low-fat diets, meat, Mexico, mortality, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, side effects, sugar, tamoxifen, turkey, vegetables, women's health, Women's Healthy Eating and Living Study

Half a million Americans are expected to die this year from cancer, equal to five jumbo jets crashing every day. The number of Americans who die from cancer each year is more than all those who have died in...

Cancer and the Animal-to-Plant Protein Ratio

Michael Greger MD | July 24, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: A/V ratio, aging, animal products, animal protein, bladder cancer, bladder disease, bladder health, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cance, cauliflower, chicken, cruciferous vegetables, Dr. Dean Ornish, eggs, fruit, Harvard, kale, men's health, metastases, mortality, plant protein, plant-based diets, poultry, prostate cancer, prostate health, protein, PSA, r cancer survival, turkey, vegans, vegetable protein, vegetables, vegetarians

It is now eight years since the famous Ornish study was published, suggesting that 12 months on a strictly plant-based diet could reverse the progression of prostate cancer. For those unfamiliar with that landmark Ornish study, see Cancer Reversal...

Dr. Greger's 2014 Year-in-Review Presentation

Michael Greger MD | July 17, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: DVD

Order my new live presentation on DVD or download it now (all proceeds go to charity). Every year I scour the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition, pulling together what I find to be the most interesting, practical, and...

Stopping Heart Disease in Childhood

Michael Greger MD | July 15, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, adolescence, aging, aneurism, animal fat, aortic aneurism, blood pressure, body fat, brain disease, brain health, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cholesterol, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, fat, flexitarians, gangrene, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, infants, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, low-fat diets, men's health, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, saturated fat, smoking, stroke, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

A landmark paper in 1953 radically changed our view about the development of heart disease forever. The study looked at a series of 300 autopsies performed on U.S. battle casualties of the Korean War. The average age was 22...

How Plant-Based Diets May Extend Our Lives

Michael Greger MD | July 10, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, animal products, animal protein, beans, caloric restriction, calories, cancer, cancer survival, DNA damage, flexitarians, legumes, lifespan, longevity, Mediterranean diet, methionine, mortality, oxidative stress, plant protein, plant-based diets, protein, protein powder, soy, soybeans, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

A recent review suggested that plant-based diets may prove to be a useful nutritional strategy for lifespan extension in part because they tend to be naturally low in the amino acid methionine (see my video Starving Cancer with Methionine...

Handling Poultry Tied to Liver/Pancreatic Cancers

Michael Greger MD | July 1, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alcohol, American Academy of Pediatrics, beverages, cancer, cancer survival, cancer viruses, CDC, chicken, children, EPA, industry influence, liver cancer, liver disease, liver health, lung cancer, lung disease, lung health, mesothelioma, mold, mortality, pancreas health, pancreatic cancer, penis cancer, penis health, poultry, poultry viruses, poultry workers, salami, salami brusher's disease, smoking, tobacco, turkey, virus, wart viruses, warts

Thousands of Americans continue to die from asbestos exposure decades after many uses were banned since the cancers can take years to show up. We are now in the so-called "third wave" of asbestos-related disease. The first wave was...

Improving Attractiveness in Six Weeks

Michael Greger MD | June 26, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, fruit, heart disease, heart health, junk food, mortality, physical attraction, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, sexual selection, skin health, soda, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption may kill millions around the globe every year, so the public health community is not beyond "appealing to vanity." How can we tell if someone's healthy? You can look for that golden glow that...