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30 entries in the feed. is brought to you by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation in partnership with Michael Greger, M.D. Dr. Greger who scours the world of nutrition-related research, as published in scientific journals, and brings that information to you in short, easy to understand video segments. We also provide links to the original journal articles whenever possible so that you can source the information directly, if you so desire.

  • How to Eliminate 90 Percent of Heart Disease Risk
    Medical myths and dogmas die hard. Researchers creating a new body of knowledge for prevention and control of heart disease had to disprove a bunch of doozies. For example, we used to think that heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure were just inevitable consequences of aging. All these are now bygone notions, refuted […] (...more)
    2 Aug 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Inhibiting Platelet Activation with Tomato Seeds
    In the prevention of cardiovascular disease, the consumption of fruits and vegetables is crucial. Preventing the oxidation of cholesterol may be one of the mechanisms by which fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, hyperactivity of platelets is also critically important in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease, (...more)
    28 Jul 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease with Diet
    Up to half of Alzheimer’s cases may be attributable to just seven risk factors shown in my video, Preventing Alzheimer’s with Lifestyle Changes, which include diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, exercise, smoking, depression, and mental exercise; and that’s not including diet because there are so many dietary factors that researchers couldn’t (...more)
    26 Jul 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Preventing Alzheimer’s with Lifestyle Changes
    It’s safe to say that Alzheimer’s disease research is in a “state of crisis.” For the past two decades, over 73,000 research articles have been published, yet little clinical progress has been made. The reason a cure may be impossible is because lost cognitive functions in Alzheimer’s disease patients are due to fatally damaged neuronal […] (...more)
    21 Jul 2016 at 5:00am       

  • How Much Added Sugar is Too Much?
    In 1776, at the time of the American Revolution, Americans consumed about four pounds of sugar per person each year. By 1850, this had risen to 20 pounds, and by 1994 to 120 pounds. Now, we’re closer to 160 (See How Much Added Sugar is Too Much?). Half of table sugar is fructose, taking up […] (...more)
    19 Jul 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Caloric Restriction vs. Plant-Based Diets
    Hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States every year are attributed to obesity, now overtaking smoking as perhaps the main preventable cause of illness and premature death. In particular, excess body fatness is an important cause of most cancers, according to a meta-analysis of studies done to date. For some cancers, about half […] (...more)
    14 Jul 2016 at 5:00am       

  • GMO Soy and Breast Cancer
    In response to concerns raised about the toxicity of Monsanto’s roundup pesticide, which ends up in GMO foods (See Is Monsanto’s Roundup Pesticide Glyphosate Safe?), Monsanto’s scientists countered that these in vitro experiments used physiological irrelevant concentrations, meaning dripping roundup on cells in a petri dish at levels far above (...more)
    12 Jul 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Is Monsanto’s Roundup Pesticide Glyphosate Safe?
    GMO soy has been found to be contaminated with pesticide residues (see Are GMOs Safe? The Case of Roundup Ready Soy), but are these levels anything to worry about? I explore this question in my video Is Monsanto’s Roundup Pesticide Glyphosate Safe?. Researchers out of Norway described the amount of pesticide residues found in GMO […] (...more)
    7 Jul 2016 at 5:00am       

  • GMO Soybeans Compared to Conventionally Grown and Organic Soy
    As I discussed in the video, Are GMOs Safe? The Case of BT Corn, genes from GMO crops were found in pregnant women. There is debate on the direct threat of the inserted genes, but the real danger may come from pesticides associated with genetically modified foods. As stated in an article published in Science […] (...more)
    5 Jul 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Free Meal Plan with Dr. Greger-Approved Recipes
    The good news: I’m writing a cookbook. When I set out to write How Not to Die I wanted to create more than just a reference book. Yes, I tried to pull together all of the most compelling evidence on the role diet can play in preventing and reversing disease, but I also sought to […] (...more)
    30 Jun 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Is Insecticidal GMO Corn Safe?
    Recently, the prominent science journal Nature editorialized that we are now swimming in information about genetically modified crops, but that much of the information is wrong—on both sides of the debate. “But a lot of this incorrect information is sophisticated, backed by legitimate-sounding research and written with certitude,” adding that (...more)
    28 Jun 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Why Does the Meat Industry Routinely Feed Animals Antibiotics?
    When farm animals are fed antibiotics, they can develop antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts. Manure contamination of meat can then transfer these gut bacteria to humans. These bacteria can even spread to vegetarians, since drug-resistant bacteria in the animal feces can also spread to people through crops or the environment. Exhaust fans can (...more)
    23 Jun 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Fast Food Restaurants in Children’s Hospitals
    The food industry spends billions on advertising. Promotion costs for individual candy bars can run in the tens of millions. McDonald’s alone spends a billion dollars on advertising every year. Such figures dwarf the National Cancer Institute’s million dollar annual investment promoting fruit and vegetable consumption or the 1.5 million spent on (...more)
    21 Jun 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Dietary Estrogens and Male Fertility
    In my video, The Role of Diet in Declining Sperm Counts, I discussed the association between high saturated fat intake and reduced semen quality. But what’s the connection? One of the most recent papers on the topic found that a significant percentage of the saturated fat intake in the study was derived from dairy products. […] (...more)
    16 Jun 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Preserving Male Reproductive Health With Diet
    In 1992, a controversial paper was published suggesting sperm counts have been dropping around the world over the last 50 years. However, this remains a matter of debate. It’s notoriously difficult to determine sperm counts in the general population for obvious reasons. If you just go ask men for samples, less than 1 in 3 […] (...more)
    14 Jun 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Why Smoothies are Better Than Juicing
    Studies such as a recent Harvard School of Public Health investigation found that the consumption of whole fruits is associated with a significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas fruit juice consumption is associated with a higher risk, highlighting the dramatic difference between eating whole fruits and drinking fruit juice. Cholesterol serves (...more)
    9 Jun 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Virus in Chicken Could Be Linked to Obesity
    Recently, there has been research examining the connection between poultry consumption and weight gain. One study out of the Netherlands examining about 4,000 people, correlated chicken consumption with weight gain. Another study followed 89,000 people in four other countries and found that animal protein intake was associated with long-term weight (...more)
    7 Jun 2016 at 5:00am       

  • New DVD, New Staff, New Search Function, New Live Presentation, and Updated App
    The new batch of upcoming videos is done and it includes a new 6-part video series on vitamin D. The last time I covered this controversial topic was 4 years ago, during which time 15,950 scientific papers on the topic were published. Having an influential vitamin D supplement lobby doesn’t help matters, not to mention […] (...more)
    2 Jun 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Treating Pancreatic Cancer with Turmeric Curcumin
    Pancreatic cancer is among the most aggressive forms of human cancer, characterized by a very high mortality rate. It represents the fourth leading cause of cancer death in United States, killing 32,000 people annually. With a five-year survival rate of only three percent and a median survival rate of less than six months, pancreatic cancer […] (...more)
    31 May 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Preventing Breast Cancer with Flax Seeds
    I’ve previously discussed the role of dietary lignans in the reduction of breast cancer risk and improvement in breast cancer survival, based on studies that showed that women with breast cancer who ate the most lignans appeared to live longer (Flaxseeds & Breast Cancer Survival: Epidemiological Evidence and Flaxseeds & Breast Cancer Survival: (...more)
    26 May 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Children’s Supplements Found Contaminated With Pollutants
    A number of case-control studies have found that giving kids cod liver oil supplements may increase their risk of asthma later in life. Case-control studies are done by asking about past behavior in cases (those with asthma) versus controls (those without asthma) to see if certain past behaviors are more likely among the disease group. […] (...more)
    24 May 2016 at 5:00am       

  • No More Than a Quart a Day of Hibiscus Tea
    Over the counter antacids are probably the most important source for human aluminum exposure in terms of dose. For example, Maalox, taken as directed, can exceed the daily safety limit more than 100-fold, and nowhere on the label does it say to not take it with acidic beverages such as fruit juice. Washing an antacid […] (...more)
    19 May 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Aluminum Levels in Tea
    While aluminum is the third most abundant element on Earth, it may not be good for our brain, something we learned studying foundry workers exposed to particularly high levels. Although the role of aluminum in the development of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s is controversial, to be prudent, steps should probably be taken to lessen our […] (...more)
    17 May 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Rinse Your Mouth After Sour Foods and Drinks
    Hibiscus tea has been found to be as effective at lowering blood pressure as a leading hypertension drug without the potential side-effects (which include everything from lack of strength to impotence, including rare cases of potentially fatal liver damage). Hibiscus, though, may have adverse effects of its own. As I’ve reviewed previously in Plant-Based (...more)
    12 May 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Plant-Based Diets for Hypertension
    Recently, researchers from Taiwan pitted the herbal tea hibiscus against obesity. They gave hibiscus to overweight individuals and reported that subjects showed reduced body weight. However, after 12 weeks on hibiscus, subjects only lost about three pounds, only one and a half pounds over placebo. Hibiscus is clearly no magic fix for obesity. The purported (...more)
    10 May 2016 at 5:00am       

  • How to Treat Prediabetes with Diet
    For people with prediabetes, lifestyle modification is considered “the cornerstone of diabetes prevention.” Diet-wise, this means individuals with prediabetes or diabetes should aim to reduce their intake of excess calories, saturated fat, and trans fat. Too many of us consume a diet with too many solid fats and added sugars. Thankfully the latest (...more)
    5 May 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Are Sprouted Lentils Healthier Than Canned Lentils?
    Beans, chickpeas, split peas and lentils are packed with nutrients and play a role in the prevention of chronic disease, but most can’t be eaten raw. Some can be sprouted, though. Boiling is the most common cooking method, which is used for canned beans. Which is healthier, though, cooked or sprouted? The easiest way to […] (...more)
    3 May 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Egg Consumption and LDL Cholesterol Size
    Maria Fernandez has received nearly a half million dollars from the egg industry and writes papers like “Rethinking dietary cholesterol.” She admits that eggs can raise LDL cholesterol, bad cholesterol, but argues that HDL, so-called “good cholesterol,” also rises, thereby maintaining the ratio of bad to good. To support this assertion, she (...more)
    28 Apr 2016 at 5:00am       

  • How to Protect Our Telomeres with Diet
    In my video, Does Meditation Affect Cellular Aging?, I discussed how stress reduction through meditation might be able to lengthen telomeres, the protective caps at the tips of our chromosomes that tend to deplete as we age. What about exercise? We can’t always change our situation in life, but we can always go out for […] (...more)
    26 Apr 2016 at 5:00am       

  • How Many Minutes of Daily Meditation to Combat Stress?
    In the film The Holiday, Cameron Diaz exclaims “Severe stress … causes the DNA in our cells to shrink until they can no longer replicate.” Did Hollywood get the science right? The enzyme that builds and maintains the caps at the tips of our chromosomes (called telomeres) appears to slow the aging of our cells. […] (...more)
    21 Apr 2016 at 5:00am       

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