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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 Prevent a Heart Attack
    In my video Arterial Acne, I described atherosclerotic plaques as inflamed pockets of pus. Our coronary arteries start out healthy, but then the saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol in the standard American diet increases the cholesterol in our blood, which accumulates in the artery wall. This triggers an inflammatory response. This so-called (...more)
    28 Mar 2017 at 5:00am       

  • The Five Most Important Dietary Tweaks
    Generally, adherence to healthy lifestyle patterns has decreased during the last 18 years. Obesity is up, exercise is down, and the number of people eating just five servings of fruits and veggies a day dropped like a rock. And we didn’t start out that great to begin with. Only 3% of Americans at the turn […] (...more)
    23 Mar 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Clostridium difficile in the Food Supply
    Clostridium difficile is one of our most urgent bacterial threats, sickening a quarter million Americans every year, and killing thousands at the cost of a billion dollars a year. And, it’s on the rise. As shown in C. difficile Superbugs in Meat, uncomplicated cases have been traditionally managed with powerful antibiotics, but recent reports suggest (...more)
    21 Mar 2017 at 5:00am       

  • How Milk May Contribute to Childhood Obesity
    We’ve known that breastfed infants may be protected against obesity later in life for more than 30 years, but why? It may be the formula. Giving infants formula based on cow’s milk presents an unusual situation. Cow’s milk is designed to put nearly two pounds a day onto a growing calf, 40 times the growth rate […] (...more)
    16 Mar 2017 at 5:00am       

  • How Much Fiber Should You Eat Every Day?
    High dietary fiber intake may help prevent strokes. The belief that dietary fiber intake is protectively associated with certain diseases was postulated 40 years ago and then enormously fueled and kept alive by a great body of science since. Today, it is generally believed that eating lots of fiber-rich foods helps prevent obesity, diabetes, and […] (...more)
    14 Mar 2017 at 5:00am       

  • How Exactly Does Type 2 Diabetes Develop?
    Insulin resistance is the cause of both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Ok, so what is the cause of insulin resistance? Insulin resistance is now accepted to be closely associated with the accumulation of fat within our muscle cells. This fat toxicity inside of our muscles is a major factor in the cause of insulin […] (...more)
    9 Mar 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Deep Breathing Exercise for Nausea
    One of the most common fears patients express when facing surgery is postoperative nausea, which can range from minor queasiness to protracted periods of vomiting. Feeling sick to one’s stomach and throwing up after surgery is a common problem, affecting between a quarter and a half of those placed under general anesthesia, and more than […] (...more)
    7 Mar 2017 at 5:00am       

  • New DVD, “Platinum,” and Research Training
    My new DVD came out last week and is available as streaming video so you can start watching it immediately. In this new volume, I have videos on practical tips to improve brain function, cramps, and asthma; not to mention a video entitled Best Foods to Improve Sexual Function. I cover avocados, red wine, flax […] (...more)
    2 Mar 2017 at 5:00am       

  • White Meat May Be as Cholesterol-Raising as Red
    In light of recommendations for heart healthy eating from national professional organizations encouraging Americans to limit their intake of meat, the beef industry commissioned and co-wrote a review of randomized controlled trials comparing the effects of beef versus chicken and fish on cholesterol levels published over the last 60 years. They found (...more)
    28 Feb 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Can You Eat Too Much Fruit?
    In my video If Fructose is Bad, What About Fruit?, I explored how adding berries to our meals can actually blunt the detrimental effects of high glycemic foods, but how many berries? The purpose of one study out of Finland was to determine the minimum level of blueberry consumption at which a consumer may realistically […] (...more)
    23 Feb 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Foods Linked to ALS
    As explored in my video ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease): Fishing for Answers, there may be a link between the consumption of the neurotoxin BMAA, produced by algae blooms, and increased risk of ALS. It now appears that BMAA could be found in high concentrations in aquatic animals in many areas of the world. This could […] (...more)
    21 Feb 2017 at 5:00am       

  • What Is the Cause of ALS?
    Lou Gehrig’s disease, known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, strikes healthy, middle-aged people seemingly at random. Of the major neurodegenerative diseases, it has the least hope for treatment and survival. Although mental capabilities stay intact, ALS paralyzes people, often from the outside in, and most patients die within three years (...more)
    16 Feb 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Benefits of Nutritional Yeast to Prevent the Common Cold
    Natural immunomodulators that can help regulate our immune system without side-effects have been sought for centuries, and all the while they’ve been sitting in the produce aisle. Plants produce thousand of active compounds, many of which modulate our immune system, but we can’t forget the fungi (see Boosting Immunity While Reducing Inflammation). (...more)
    14 Feb 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Benefits of Oatmeal for Fatty Liver Disease
    If oatmeal is so powerful that it can clear up some of the ravages of chemotherapy just applied to the skin (see my video Oatmeal Lotion for Chemotherapy-Induced Rash), what might it do if we actually ate it? Oats are reported to possess varied drug-like activities like lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar, boosting our immune […] (...more)
    9 Feb 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Does Oatmeal Lotion Work?
    A review in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology notes oatmeal has been used for centuries as a topical soothing agent on the skin to relieve itch and irritation in dermatology. Of course, that was coming from Johnson & Johnson, which sells a brand of oatmeal lotion. But if it helps with dry skin or […] (...more)
    7 Feb 2017 at 5:00am       

  • What Not to Add to White Rice, Potatoes, or Pasta
    Rice currently feeds almost half the human population, making it the single most important staple food in the world, but a meta-analysis of seven cohort studies following 350,000 people for up to 20 years found that higher consumption of white rice was associated with a significantly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, especially in Asian […] (...more)
    2 Feb 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Why Is Milk Consumption Associated with More Bone Fractures?
    Milk is touted to build strong bones, but a compilation of all the best studies found no association between milk consumption and hip fracture risk; so, drinking milk as an adult might not help bones, but what about in adolescence? Harvard researchers decided to put it to the test. Studies have shown that greater milk […] (...more)
    31 Jan 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Are Sugar Pills Better than Antidepressant Drugs?
    We’ve learned that exercise compares favorably to antidepressant medications as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression (in my video Exercise vs. Drugs for Depression). But how much is that really saying? How effective are antidepressant drugs in the first place? A recent meta-analysis sparked huge scientific and public controversy (...more)
    26 Jan 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Exercise as a Treatment for Depression
    We’ve known for decades that even a single bout of exercise can elevate our mood, but could it be enough to be used as a treatment for major depression? We’ve known that physical activity has been associated with decreased symptoms of depression. For example, if you look at a cross-section of 8,000 people across the […] (...more)
    24 Jan 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Four Ways to Improve on the Mediterranean Diet
    The traditional Mediterranean diet can be considered mainly, but not exclusively, as a plant-based diet, and certainly not a whole foods, plant-based diet. Olive oil and wine can be considered essentially fruit juices. Even if one is eating a “vegiterranean diet,” an entirely plant-based version, there are a number of problematic nutritional aspects (...more)
    19 Jan 2017 at 5:00am       

  • What Do All the Blue Zones Have in Common?
    What accounts for the benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet? An anatomy of health effects was published, and the single most important component was the high consumption of plant foods. In contrast, fish and seafood consumption, the only animal foods promoted in the Mediterranean diet, did not seem to help. If you look at four of […] (...more)
    17 Jan 2017 at 5:00am       

  • The Two Most Active Ingredients of the Mediterranean Diet
    Olives and nuts are plant foods, and as such, are packed with antioxidants, raising the antioxidant level of our bloodstream resulting in lower fat oxidation and free radical DNA damage, but what’s happening inside people’s arteries? Researchers measured the amount of atherosclerotic plaque in the neck arteries going to the brain in folks who for (...more)
    12 Jan 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Benefits of Nuts for Stroke Prevention
    In the PREDIMED study, from the Spanish “PREvencio ́n con DIeta MEDiterranea,” a whopping 7,447 patients were randomized into three groups. These were folks at high risk for a heart attack.  About half were obese and diabetic and most had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but they had not yet had their first heart […] (...more)
    10 Jan 2017 at 5:00am       

  • The Mediterranean Diet vs. a Completely Plant-Based Diet
    Recent studies have shown that higher Mediterranean diet adherence scores are associated with a significant reduction of the risk of death, heart disease, cancer, and brain disease. The problem with such population studies is that people who eat healthier may also live healthier, and so how do we know it’s their diet?  I explore this […] (...more)
    5 Jan 2017 at 5:00am       

  • What’s the Mediterranean Diet’s Secret?
    The Mediterranean Diet is an “in” topic nowadays in both the medical literature and the lay media. As one researcher put it, “Uncritical laudatory coverage is common, but specifics are hard to come by: What is it? Where did it come from? Why is it good? Merits are rarely detailed; possible downsides are never mentioned.” […] (...more)
    3 Jan 2017 at 5:00am       

  • Top 10 Most Popular Videos of 2016
    Thanks to the collective enthusiasm for sharing by our subscribers, Twitter and Instagram followers, and 1.3 million Facebook and G+ fans, we averaged nearly 3 million page views a month this year. But it’s not about the numbers; it’s about the people whose lives we’ve touched, changed, or even saved. That is why I’ve (...more)
    29 Dec 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Dr. Greger’s New DVD Now Streaming
    Thank you for your incredible support! We blew the top off of our donation drive carrot in less than a week! Thank you for your flood of encouragement. It’s such an honor to be able to dedicate my life to helping and healing. All of us at are able to do that thanks to your […] (...more)
    27 Dec 2016 at 5:00am       

  • Striving for Alkaline Pee & Acidic Poo
    More than 30 years ago, an idea was put forward that high colonic pH promoted colorectal cancer. A high colonic pH may promote the creation of carcinogens from bile acids, a process that is inhibited once you get below a pH of about 6.5. This is supported by data which show those at higher risk […] (...more)
    22 Dec 2016 at 5:00am       

  • How to Prevent Ulcerative Colitis with Diet
    What has driven the dramatic increase in prevalence of the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn’s disease in societies that rapidly westernized—a disease practically unknown just a century ago? What has changed in our internal and external environment that has led to the appearance of this horrible disease? Japan suffered one of the most dramatic increases, (...more)
    20 Dec 2016 at 5:00am       

  • New Audio Podcast Launches Today
    Help Me Keep Thriving Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” as its 2016 word of the year, noting it could become “one of the defining words of our time.” For those of us in the field of nutrition, the trumping of objective facts with blatant falsehoods is certainly nothing new, but with Cabinet appointments like (...more)
    15 Dec 2016 at 5:00am       

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