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Third leading Cause of Death in America is the American Medical System

By Michael Greger M.D.
September 24, 2017
File under: Health Concerns, Medical Care, Practical Solutions

In my video Why Prevention Is Worth a Ton of Cure, I profiled a paper that added up all the deaths caused by medical care in this country, including the hundred thousand deaths from medication side effects, all deaths caused by errors, etc. The paper’s author concluded that the third leading cause of death in America is the American medical system.

What was the medical community’s reaction to this revelation? After all, the paper was published in one of the most prestigious medical journals, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and authored by one of our most prestigious physicians, Barbara Starfield, who literally wrote the book on primary care. …read more of Third leading Cause of Death in America is the American Medical System here

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Plant versus Animal Iron… and the winner is…

By Michael Greger M.D.
June 21, 2017
File under: Diet, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

It is commonly thought that those who eat plant-based diets may be more prone to iron deficiency, but it turns out that they’re no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than anybody else. This may be because not only do those eating meat-free diets tend to get more fiber, magnesium, and vitamins like A, C, and E, but they also get more iron.

The iron found predominantly in plants is non-heme iron, which isn’t absorbed as well as the heme iron found in blood and muscle, but this may be a good thing. As seen in my video, The Safety of Heme vs. Non-Heme Iron, avoidance of heme iron may be one of the key elements of plant-based protection against metabolic syndrome, and may also be beneficial in lowering the risk from other chronic diseases such as heart disease. …read more of Plant versus Animal Iron… and the winner is… here

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How Milk May Contribute to Childhood Obesity

By Michael Greger M.D.
April 5, 2017
File under: Dairy Free, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan, Weight Control


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 of human infants (see Formula for Childhood Obesity.)

The perfect food for humans, finely tuned over millions of years, is human breast milk. Remarkably, among all mammalian species, the protein content of human milk is the lowest. The excessive protein content of cow’s milk-based formula is thought to be what sets the child up for obesity later in life.

And then, instead of being weaned, we continue to drink milk. The question thus arises, as to whether consumption of a growth-promoting substance from another species throughout childhood fundamentally alters processes of human growth and maturation. …read more of How Milk May Contribute to Childhood Obesity here

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Are Soyfoods Safe?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
February 18, 2017
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Legumes, Vegan


Soy Bashing has become a cottage industry among a vocal contingent of anti-soy activists who have been spreading rumors about soy for more than a dozen years.

Soybeans are rich in phytoestrogens.

These phytoestrogens, AKA isoflavones have been a theoretical concern at the root of many shocking claims that have been quite distressing to health conscious consumers.

It has been implied that consuming soy adversely affects fertility and encourages feminization in men and boys and sexual abnormalities. …read more of Are Soyfoods Safe? here

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Holiday Hazards: Ten Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe

By Elizabeth Bublitz
December 14, 2016
File under: Health Concerns, Pet Safety, Pets


There is so much going on during the holidays and it is especially important to be aware of hazards at this time of year that can threaten the safety of  our pets. Here are some tips that can help keep our pets safe, both indoors and out.

Protect your pets with these ten tips:

1.    Holiday lights: Indoor/outdoor lights can entice pets, however they may be tempted to chew the wires and could be electrocuted. Monitor pets when they are near the lights.

2.    Ornaments and ribbons: Glittering ornaments and ribbons are hazardous to curious pets.  Glass bulbs can shatter and tinsel can get stuck inside your pet’s body.  Make sure to hang all these intriguing items high on the tree out of your pet’s reach.  Even beautifully decorated presents with bows, yarns, ribbons or plastic plants can be a hazard to your pet.

3.    Christmas trees:  The water in the basin beneath the tree and the pine needles that fall to the floor can upset your pet’s stomach.  Don’t let your pet drink the water.  Please note that some trees are chemically treated, with make the pine needles quite toxic. …read more of Holiday Hazards: Ten Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe here

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