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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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The Vitamin Everyone on a Plant-Based Diet Needs

Michael Greger MD | December 18, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, China, cholesterol, cognition, depression, eggs, health, heart disease, heart health, homocysteine, hypertension, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, LDL cholesterol, meat, mental health, neuropathy, omnivores, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, stroke, supplements, triglycerides, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin B12

A new study from China found that compared to omnivores, those who ate egg-free and meat-free diets had all the typical benefits of eating more plant-based: lower body mass index, lower blood pressure, lower triglyceride, lower total cholesterol, lower...

Comparing Vegans' Arteries to Runners'

Michael Greger MD | December 16, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: beef, blood pressure, body fat, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, LDL cholesterol, low-fat diets, meat, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, seafood, standard American diet, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

We know from the work of Drs. Dean Ornish and Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. that switching to a plant-based diet can reverse heart disease, opening up arteries in some cases without drugs or surgery. We can't wait until our...

Add Beans, Berries, and Greens to More Meals

Michael Greger MD | December 11, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, bananas, beans, beef, berries, beverages, blueberries, carrots, chicken, cucumbers, dates, dietary guidelines, fish, fruit, green tea, ham, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, kidney beans, lettuce, meat, oregano, oxidative stress, peaches, peas, pork, poultry, seafood, sleep, smoking, spices, standard American diet, tea, tobacco, turkey, vegetables, watermelon

After we eat, our bodies create free radicals in the process of breaking down our food. That's why we need to eat antioxidant-rich foods with every meal to counteract this oxidation caused by metabolism. We can't just have berries...

Dr. Greger Addresses Saturated Fat Confusion in New DVD

Michael Greger MD | December 9, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

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Considering concerns over saturated fat to be the #1 threat to their growth, the global dairy industry launched a covert campaign to "neutralize the negative image of milkfat among regulators and health professionals." This would be no small task,...

How to Get Enough Antioxidants Each Day

Michael Greger MD | December 4, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, bananas, beans, beef, berries, beverages, blueberries, carrots, chicken, cucumbers, dates, dietary guidelines, fish, fruit, green tea, ham, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, kidney beans, lettuce, meat, oregano, oxidative stress, peaches, peas, pork, poultry, seafood, sleep, smoking, spices, standard American diet, tea, tobacco, turkey, vegetables, watermelon

We need to get a daily minimum of 8-11,000 antioxidant units a day in our food just to stay out of oxidative debt (see my video on The Reason We Need More Antioxidants). To reach that minimum, all we...

The Reason We Need More Antioxidants

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

Read More: antioxidants, chronic diseases, dietary guidelines, energy, fat, fruit, fruit juice, heart disease, heart health, immune function, juice, mortality, orange juice, oranges, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, standard American diet, sugar, vitamin C, vitamin E

Glucose is the primary fuel of the human body. We consume glucose and breathe in oxygen to make the energy needed to power our bodies. Plants then take the water and carbon dioxide we breathe out to make oxygen...

How Avoiding Eggs Could Help You Avoid Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | November 27, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, amputations, Asia, blindness, chronic diseases, diabetes, eggs, Europe, eye disease, eye health, Freedom of Information Act, Harvard, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, lifespan, mortality

Type 2 diabetes is becoming a global pandemic. We know the consumption of eggs is related to the development of some other chronic diseases, what about diabetes? There appears to be a stepwise increase in risk as more and...

Guest Blog: Healthy Holiday Eating

Michael Greger MD | November 25, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Imagine if, instead of a Thanksgiving dinner or winter celebration meal that left you and your guests overweight and over-stuffed, you had a meal that was both superbly satisfying and healthful! It could be the perfect opportunity to introduce some...

How Beans Help Our Bones

Michael Greger MD | November 20, 14 at 05:00 AM

Read More: animal studies, antinutrients, beans, bone fractures, bone health, bone mineral density, calcium, chickpeas, Fosamax, grains, legumes, lentils, medications, nuts, osteoporosis, phytates, polyphenols, seeds, side effects, split peas, sprouts, women's health

Health authorities from all over the world universally recommend increasing the consumption of whole grains and legumes--beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils--for health promotion. But what about the phytates? Phytate is a naturally occurring compound found in all plant...

What is Actually in Chicken Nuggets?

Michael Greger MD | November 18, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal fat, chicken, children, farm animals, fast food, fat, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, meat, obesity, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, pork, poultry, processed foods, processed meat, USDA

In a scathing expose of the USDA's new meat inspection program, the Washington Post quoted a representative from the meat inspectors union, who said: "pig processing lines may be moving too quickly to catch tainted meat... Tremendous amounts of...

Does Caramel Color Cause Cancer?

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

Read More: artificial colors, beer, beverages, California, cancer, caramel color, carcinogens, Coca-Cola, food additives, gravy, industry influence, Pepsi, safety limits, soda, soy sauce

Used as a coloring agent in products ranging from colas and beer to gravies and soy sauce, caramel coloring may be the world's most widely consumed food coloring. It helps grocery stores sell more than a billion servings of...

We Can End the Heart Disease Epidemic

Michael Greger MD | November 11, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: abdominal pain, Africa, appendicitis, beans, body fat, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, colon cancer, colon health, constipation, corn, diabetes, diverticulosis, fat, fiber, gallbladder health, gallstones, heart disease, heart health, hemorrhoids, hernia, hiatal hernia, hypertension, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, medical profession, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, rectal cancer, standard American diet, stomach health, stomach ulcers, stool size, surgery, Uganda, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

Many of the diseases that are common in United States are rare or even nonexistent in populations eating mainly whole plant foods. These so-called Western Diseases are some of our most common conditions: Obesity, the most important nutritional disease...

How to Prevent Heart Disease

Michael Greger MD | November 6, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Africa, animal fat, animal products, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cavities, cholesterol, corn, dental health, exercise, fat, fruit, greens, heart disease, heart health, junk food, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, medical profession, medications, millet, mortality, mouthwash, oral health, plant protein, plant-based diets, plantains, Pritikin, protein, pumpkin, trans fats, vegans, vegetable protein, vegetables, vegetarians

Many of today's lifestyle medicine doctors, myself included, were greatly influenced by Nathan Pritikin, the nutrition pioneer who started reversing heart disease with a plant-based diet and exercise back in the 70s. (More on Nathan Pritikin in Engineering a...

How Seafood Can Impact Brain Development

Michael Greger MD | November 4, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: adolescence, algae, attention deficit, birth defects, brain health, children, cognition, DHA, EPA, epilepsy, FDA, fish, heavy metals, infants, mackerel, mental health, mercury, omega-3 fatty acids, persistent organic pollutants, pregnancy, salmon, seafood, supplements, sustainability, swordfish, tuna, vision, women's health

In my video Fish Intake Associated With Brain Shrinkage, I discussed evidence suggesting that mercury exposure through fish intake during pregnancy may decrease the size of the newborn's brain. However, just because fish-eating mothers may give birth to children...

Why Pregnant Women Should Avoid Tuna

Michael Greger MD | October 30, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: birth defects, brain health, children, cognition, fish, heavy metals, infants, mental health, mercury, microcephaly, persistent organic pollutants, pregnancy, safety limits, seafood, tuna, women's health

All fish contain small amounts of methylmercury, the most toxic form of mercury, and "fish consumption represents the main source of methylmercury exposure." In my videos Nerves of Mercury and Fish Fog, I discuss how mercury exposure through fish...

How Fatty Foods May Affect Our Love Life

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

Read More: addiction, animal fat, animal products, body fat, brain waves, burgers, caloric restriction, calories, cheese, cocaine, dopamine, energy, fat, hamburgers, ice cream, industry influence, junk food, low-fat diets, medications, mental health, plant-based diets, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, smoking, soda, sugar, sweeteners, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, water, weight loss, yogurt

The food industry, like the tobacco companies and other drug lords, has been able to come up with products that tap into the same dopamine reward system that keeps people smoking cigarettes, using marijuana, and eating candy bars (See...

Can One Become a Sugar Addict?

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

Read More: abdominal fat, addiction, alcohol, body fat, brain waves, Coca-Cola, cocaine, dopamine, fat, fruit, obesity, processed foods, soda, sugar, sweeteners

People have chewed coca leaves for at least 8,000 years as a mild stimulant without any evidence of addiction, but when certain components are isolated and concentrated into cocaine, we've got a problem. The same may be true of...

Where are Phosphate Additives Found?

Michael Greger MD | October 16, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aluminum, animal products, cheese, chicken, dairy, fast food, food additives, industry influence, junk food, meat, phosphate additives, phosphorus, poultry, preservatives, processed foods, processed meat, turkey, World Health Organization

In my videos Phosphate Additives in Meat Purge and Cola and Phosphate Additives in Chicken, I talked about the danger of phosphate and phosphate additives, and how phosphates are often added to chicken and turkey to help preserve the...

Phosphate Additives in Chicken Banned Elsewhere

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

Read More: Campylobacter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, Europe, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food additives, food poisoning, foodborne illness, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, meat, medical profession, medical training, phosphate additives, phosphorus, poultry, preservatives, turkey

In my video Phosphate Additives in Meat Purge and Cola, I talked about the danger of phosphorus additives in food. However, when surveyed, most future medical professionals were insufficiently aware--in fact, two-thirds had no clue--of the risks related to...

What Do Meat Purge and Cola Have in Common?

Michael Greger MD | October 9, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, animal products, antinutrients, beef, bone fractures, bone health, bone mineral density, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, Coca-Cola, cola, food additives, glycotoxins, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, hormonal dysfunction, iron, junk food, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, lifespan, meat, mortality, osteoporosis, phosphate additives, phosphorus, phytates, phytic acid, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, preservatives, soda, turkey, vegans, vegetarians

In my video, Treating Kidney Failure Through Diet, I profiled research suggesting that the use of a plant-based diet for patients with kidney failure would be beneficial. An important function of our kidneys is to filter out excess phosphorus...