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The Traveling Vegan: France

Sarah Taylor | October 27, 2013 | Food, International

Read More: France, Paris, Vegan, vegan travel

France … the land of 35 hour workweeks, 2 hour lunches and Michelin 5 Star restaurants.  With the focus so heavily on food, you would expect the French would have come a long way in the realm of vegan dining,......

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Diet and Cellulite

Michael Greger MD | October 24, 2013 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, adiponectin, belly fat, biogenic amines, bologna, cellulite, cheese, cholesterol, colorectal polyps, fat storage, ground meat, gynoid lipodystrophy, ham, healthy weight, meat, nutrient-dense, pease, plant-based diet, polyamine, salami, spermidine, spermine, subcutaneous fat, turkey, vegan, vegetarian, waistline, weight loss, weight management

Two theories about the build-up of subcutaneous fat, involving the chemical spermine and the hormone adiponectin, suggest a plant-based diet may help with cellulite. Gynoid lipodystrophy, known colloquially as cellulite, is the orange peel-type or cottage cheese-like dimpling of......

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Industry Influence on Our Dietary Guidelines

Michael Greger MD | October 22, 2013 | Health

Read More: beef, cancer, cholesterol, dairy, degenerative disease, diabetes, dietary guidelines, eggs, fat, fish, George McGovern, Harvard, hypertension, International Sugar Research Foundation, ischemic heart disease, lamb, meat, milk, National Livestock and Meat Board, plant-based diet, poultry, public health, public policy, salt, Salt Institute, saturated fat, sugar, The National Dairy Council, The Senate Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, vegan, vegetarian

The story behind the first U.S. dietary guidelines explains why, to this day, the decades of science supporting a more plant-based diet have yet to fully translate into public policy. George McGovern, who died last year at age 90,......

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Flax and Breast Cancer Prevention

Michael Greger MD | October 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, atypical hyperplasia, berries, biopsy, breast cancer, cancer, carcinoma in situ, compound X, fecal flora, fiber, flax, flaxseeds, fruits, ground flax, gut bacteria, ki-67, lignans, nuts, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, precancerous, prevention, seeds, sesame seeds, urinary tract infection, UTI, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole grains, women's health

Just a teaspoon of ground flaxseeds a day may help protect against breast cancer. In 1980 a new compound was discovered in human urine. Researchers called it "compound X." Originally it was thought to be a new human hormone,......

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Flaxseeds for Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | October 8, 2013 | Health

Read More: A1C, antioxidants, blood sugar, cholesterol, diabetes, fasting blood sugars, flax, flax seed powder, flaxseeds, insulin, insulin resistance, oxidant stress, plant-based diet, sexual dysfunction, supplements, triglycerides, vegan, vegetarian, weight gain, weight loss, World Health Organization

Drug companies hope to capitalize on the fact that the consumption of certain plants appears to lower the risk of diabetes by isolating these plants' active components for use and sale as pharmacological agents. Though not as profitable, why......

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Flaxseeds for Prostate Cancer

Michael Greger MD | October 3, 2013 | Health

Read More: African Americans, alcohol, animal fat, animal protein, biopsy, breast cancer, cancer, Chinese, cholesterol, ductal carcinoma, ethnicity, exercise, fat, fat-restricted diet, flax, flaxseeds, fruit, isoflavones, Japanese, lignans, low fat diet, phytoestrogen, PIN, plan-based diet, prostate cancer, prostate disease, prostate gland enlargement, prostate health, prostate-specific antigen, prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, PSA, tumors, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

Why is there such a huge disparity in prostate cancer rates around the world? The incidence of malignant prostate cancer is highest in African Americans, some 30 times greater than in Japanese men, and 120 times greater than in......

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Best Treatment for Constipation

Michael Greger MD | September 17, 2013 | Health

Read More: bowel movements, bowel regularity, Bristol stool scale, California Prune Board, constipation, dried plums, finer supplements, home remedies, International Prune Association, laxatives, Metamucil, natural remedies, over-the-counter drugs, plant-based diet, plums, prunes, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, vegan, vegetarian

Constipation is a common problem that affects up to 20 percent of the world's population. Nearly 60 million Americans suffer from chronic constipation, which is particularly a problem in women and the elderly. It is a pathological condition that......

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The Vegan's Dilemma

Sarah Taylor | September 8, 2013 | Animals

Read More: vegan, vegan ethics

I’m in an ethical dilemma I bet many of you are in too:  Should I speak up or stay quiet when others order meat at restaurants?  The obvious answer most vegans give – and what I have always done –......

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Hibiscus Tea: The Best Beverage?

Michael Greger MD | September 3, 2013 | Health

Read More: amla, antioxidants, berries, chamomile, dementia, depression, erythritol, flor de Jamaica, flowers, goji, green tea, herbal, hibiscus, matcha, mint, oxidant stress, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, PMS, rose bush, roselle, saffron crocus, sorrel, stress, tea, vegan, vegetarian, zinger tea

A landmark investigation of the Antioxidant Content of 3,139 Foods put all previous rankings to shame. That's where I got the data to create my videos Best Berries, which compares hundreds of berries to common fruits, and Better Than......

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Treating Parkinson's Disease With Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, beef, berries, bioaccumulation, brown rice, caffeine, cancer, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, coffee, dairy, dopamine, fisetin, fish, Istradefylline, L-dopa, levodopa, meat, milk, N-hexacosanol, Parkinson's, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pollutants, Preladenant, protein redistribution diet, serotonin, strawberries, vegan, vegetarian, whole wheat, yogurt

Caffeine consumption appears to help prevent Parkinson's, but what if you already have the condition? A recent study found that giving folks the equivalent of about two cups of coffee a day worth of caffeine significantly improved symptoms of......

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In a vegan tomorrow, would vegans be happy?

Jess Parsons | August 30, 2013 | Animals

Read More: activist, Animal suffering, burnout, carnivores, companion animals, cow's milk, fur, junk food, vegan

(Hmmm. Fireworks aren't vegan.) Imagine it! Tomorrow - no animal farms torturing animals for profit. No enslaved mother cows and orphaned baby calves. No more animals being skinned alive for their fur. No more male chicks being ground up......

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Avoiding Dairy to Prevent Parkinson's

Michael Greger MD | August 27, 2013 | Health

Read More: brain damage, cheese, chemicals, concussions, dairy, exercise, head damage, hormones, industrial carcinogens, industrial pollutants, milk, Monsanto, neurotoxic chemicals, Parkinson's, PCBs, pesticides, plant-based diet, pollutants, Polychlorinated biphenyl, Tetrahydroisoquinoline, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

There are four things that may reduce our risk of developing Parkinson's disease: increase exercise, and avoid dairy products, pesticides, and head trauma (please wear your seatbelt and bike helmet!). What about avoiding pesticides and other industrial pollutants? A......

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The Science on Acai Berries

Michael Greger MD | August 20, 2013 | Health

Read More: açaí berries, acai berries, acai berry powder, and metabolic parameters, antioxidant content, antioxidants, arthritis, cancer, cholesterol, immune cell function, immune function, immune system, Indian gooseberries, insulin, metabolic parameters, metabolism, Natural Standards Research Collaboration, NSRC, obesity, osteoarthritis, pain, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pomegranate, pomegranate juice, rose hips, superfood, supplements, vegan, vegetarian, World Health Organization

An independent review of the effects of açaí berries was recently published, which included studies on immune function, arthritis, and metabolic parameters. The "Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Acai" was issued by the Natural Standards Research Collaboration (NSRC), an impartial......

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Why are Children Starting Puberty Earlier?

Michael Greger MD | August 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, beef, cancer, cheese, chicken, children, dairy, diet, early onset puberty, emphysema, endocrine disrupting chemicals, fish, IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor 1, kids, meat, menstruation, obesity, plant-based diet, premature puberty, puberty, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

Early onset of puberty is considered a risk factor for a number of diseases in adulthood, including hormone-related cancers, a shorter lifespan, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. The conventional thinking has been that the age of puberty has been......

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What's Wrong with Eating Dairy Products if Cows are not Slaughtered to Make Them?

Sarah Taylor | August 13, 2013 | Animals

Read More: dairy products, vegan

Many well-meaning vegetarians don’t eat meat because they know that animals are brutally slaughtered for their meat.  However, what many still wonder is what’s ethically wrong with eating dairy products when the cows aren’t slaughtered to provide us with milk?......

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Should We Avoid Titanium Dioxide?

Michael Greger MD | August 13, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, antibiotics, arachidonic acid, bacteria, beef, carbon monoxide, chewing gums, chicken, Crohn's disease, endotoxin, estrogen, fish, heterocyclic amines, inflammatory bowel disease, intenstinal flora, intestinal inflammation, marshmallows, meat, microparticles, nanoparticles, plant-based diet, powdered sugar, processed meat, titanium dioxide, toxins, ulcerative colitis, vegan, vegetarian

Two potential risk factors that may increases the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease) are animal protein and nanoparticles such as titanium dioxide. Of all dietary factors, animal protein from meat and fish......

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The Best Way to Prevent the Common Cold?

Michael Greger MD | August 8, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, antibiotics, arachidonic acid, bacteria, beef, carbon monoxide, chewing gums, chicken, Crohn's disease, endotoxin, estrogen, fish, heterocyclic amines, inflammatory bowel disease, intenstinal flora, intestinal inflammation, marshmallows, meat, microparticles, nanoparticles, plant-based diet, powdered sugar, processed meat, titanium dioxide, toxins, ulcerative colitis, vegan, vegetarian

Gargling is one of the best things to do to treat a sore throat. As one of my medical mentors Dr. Klaper instructs: Take a glass of warm water, add a pinch of salt, hold the glass of salt......

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Eggs and Your Health

Sarah Taylor | July 29, 2013 | Health

Read More: eggs, vegan, vegan health

Since I touched on Cage Layer Osteoporosis in my last blog entry – that painful condition that laying hens in factory farms suffer greatly from, due to the excessive number of eggs they are forced to lay – I thought......

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Do Vegans Get More Cavities?

Michael Greger MD | July 25, 2013 | Health

Read More: acid erosion, American Dental Association, apples, beef, carrots, cavities, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, chronic gum disease, citrus, citrus fruit, dairy, dentist, enamel erosion, fiber, fruit, fruit juice, gingivitis, grapes, high-fiber food, impotence, leafy vegetables, meat, oral cancer, oral care, oral disease, oral health, periodontal disease, plant-based diet, raw, saturated fat, sexual dysfunction, soda, tomatoes, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

A diet high in saturated fat, which can clog our arteries and lead to inflammation, is considered a key underlying causal factor for periodontal diseases like gingivitis. This may explain why chronic gum disease is associated with sexual dysfunction.......

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Broccoli Boosts Liver Detox Enzymes

Michael Greger MD | July 18, 2013 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, caffeine, carcinogens, cruciferous vegetables, detox, detoxifying enzymes, enzymes, fruits, heterocyclic amines, liver, liver health, phase II enzyme system, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

Researchers just found out that the boost in detoxifying enzymes triggered by cruciferous vegetable consumption may last for weeks! Last spring in my post The Best Detox I described this amazing phenomenon in which a phytonutrient produced by broccoli......

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Cage Layer Osteoporosis - Another Reason to Give Up Eggs ... For Good

Sarah Taylor | July 16, 2013

Read More: egg laying hens, eggs, factory farms, vegan

I have started posting a few excerpts from my upcoming book here on the Vegan Next Door’s blog, so you can get a taste of what will be in Vegetarian to Vegan.  As I mentioned in the last post, I......

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Fit Quickies - who wants to get fit fast?

Jess Parsons | June 27, 2013 | Health

Read More: Dr Campbell, exercise, Fit Quickies, Lani Muelrath, nutrition education, vegan

Lani Muelrath, I was so pleased to get my copy of Fit Quickies! (Lani and I both did Dr T Colin Campbell's Certificate of Plant-Based Nutrition... Introducing Lani and the Fit Quickies  The first two chapters cover the book's promises......

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Plant-Based Diets for Fibromyalgia

Michael Greger MD | June 27, 2013 | Health

Read More: anxiety, chronic pain, cognitive difficulties, depression, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, flexitarian diet, generalized pain, Hallelujah diet, headaches, inflammatory molecule, low back pain, Neu5Gc, pain, painkillers, plant-based diet, potassium, raw vegan, sleep disorders, vegan, vegetarian

Millions suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by months of widespread pain, often accompanied by fatigue, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, cognitive difficulties, headaches, low back pain, and other problems. Its cause is unknown and there is no known cure.......

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Apple Peels Turn On Anticancer Genes

Michael Greger MD | June 25, 2013 | Health

Read More: anticancer genes, antioxidants, apple juice, apple peel, apple peels, apples, breast cancer, cancer, fruits, genetics, juice, maspin, pesticides, plant-based diet, prostate cancer, tumor suppression, tumor suppression gene, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole foods

A new study calculated that if half the U.S. population ate just one more serving of conventional fruits and vegetables, 20,000 cases of cancer could be prevented. At the same time the added pesticide consumption could cause up to......

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Vegan Chocolate Crumb Brownies and 3 more frugal bread crust recipes

Jess Parsons | June 23, 2013 | Food

Read More: bread, frugal, holiday, kids, vegan, vegan Christmas, vegan recipe

 I love to transform leftover food so it is appealing and doesn't go to waste.  My family eats lots of bread, but not the ends. (Good luck with this trick to get rid of them. Let me know whether......

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