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Michael Greger, M.D. blogs at "The goal of this website is to present you with the results of the latest in nutrition and health research, presented in a way that is easy to understand."

20 Jan 2017 at 5:10am
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Given the role our gut bacteria can play in affecting our weight, having family and friends who are obese may not just be socially contagious but actually contagious.

Subscribe to Dr. Greger’s free nutrition newsletter at and get a free excerpt from his latest NYT Bestseller HOW NOT TO DIE. (All proceeds Dr. Greger receives from the sales of his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements go to support the 501c3 nonprofit that runs

The earlier video I mentioned was Are Cats or Dogs More Protective for Children’s Health? (

Viruses may also play a role in obesity. See Infectobesity: Adenovirus 36 and Childhood Obesity ( An Obesity Causing Chicken Virus ( may help explain the link found between poultry consumption and weight gain (see Chicken Big: Poultry and Obesity (

The important question is Can Morbid Obesity Be Reversed Through Diet? ( That’s why I made the video!

More on the amazing inner world in our guts, see:

• Microbiome: The Inside Story (

• Prebiotics: Tending Our Inner Garden (

• What’s Your Gut Microbiome Enterotype? (

• How to Change Your Enterotype (

• Paleopoo: What We Can Learn from Fossilized Feces (

• Gut Dysbiosis - Starving Our Microbial Self (

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-Michael Greger, MD FACLM

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