Category : Health Posts

by Sally - 6 months ago

Plant-Based Diets Put to the Test for Diabetes

My Why Is Meat a Risk Factor for Diabetes? video shows how meat may play a role in increasing the risk of diabetes, and How May Plants Protect Against  Diabetes? and Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes discuss the potential protective role of healthy pla...

by Sally - 6 months ago

Risks vs. Benefits of Colonoscopies

Though colonoscopies can cause serious harm in about 1 in every 350 cases, sigmoidoscopies, procedures that use shorter and smaller scopes, have ten times fewer complications. But, do colonoscopies work better? Is their total risk-benefit better? We...

by Sally - 6 months ago

How to Ease the Pain of Colonoscopy

Peppermint was not “officially” discovered until 1696, but we’ve probably been using it for thousands of years. After-dinner mints are used to reduce the “gastrocolic reflex,” the urge to defecate following a meal. The stretching of nerves in the st...

by Sally - 6 months ago

The Best Diet for Depression

Depression affects more than 150 million people worldwide, making it a leading cause of losing healthy years of life as a result of disability. By 2020, depression may be second only to heart disease as the leading cause of healthy years of life los...

by Sally - 6 months ago

Are You up for the Challenge?

Take the Daily Dozen Challenge Today we are launching a Daily Dozen Challenge to help more people discover how easy it is to fit some of the healthiest of healthy foods into their daily routine. I’m kicking it off by publicly challenging three of my...

by Sally - 6 months ago

The Risks and Benefits of Calcium Supplements

There has been an assumption for decades that as a natural element, calcium supplements must intrinsically be safe. But, as I explore in my video Are Calcium Supplements Effective?, calcium supplementation is neither natural nor risk-free. The same...

by Sally - 6 months ago

How to Treat Fainting

Syncope, otherwise known as fainting, is the sudden, brief loss of consciousness caused by diminished blood flow to our brain. About one in five people experience this at least once, and about one in ten may have repeated episodes of syncope, causin...

by Sally - 7 months ago

How Bad Is Bacon?

How many years of life are lost to potentially preventable cancers? Every year, more than five million expected years of life are lost to lung cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer alone; “[t]herefore, identifying and improving strategies for...

by Sally - 7 months ago

What to Take After Surgery

Medicine is messy. One of the reasons researchers experiment on animals is they can create uniform, standardized injuries to test potential remedies. It’s not like you can just cut open 50 people and see if something works better than a sugar pill....

by Sally - 7 months ago

How to Prevent Gut Inflammation

When you count all the little folds, the total surface area of our gut is about 3,000 square feet. That’s larger than a tennis court. Yet, only a single layer of cells separates our inner core from the outer chaos. The primary fuel that keeps this c...

by Sally - 7 months ago

Dr. Greger on Alcohol

I recently took the stage at TEDxSedona to talk about Food as Medicine. Watch it here.  And if you missed my appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, you can still check it out here.         New DVD covers acne, aloe, and alcohol  My new DVD is out...

by Sally - 7 months ago

We Are Human-Microbe Superorganisms

The microbiome revolution in medicine is beginning to uncover the underappreciated role our healthy gut bacteria play in nutrition and health. Recently, it has become apparent that our DNA “does not tell the whole story of our individuality and othe...

by Sally - 7 months ago

Which Vegetables Have the Most Nitrates?

What is the optimal timing and dose of nitrate-containing vegetables? In terms of timing for improving athletic performance, since every person is different, two to three hours before a competition is about as specific as we can get. What about the...