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Dr. Michael Greger: Why Do Heart Doctors Favor Surgery and Drugs Over Diet?

When he was a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. published a controversial paper in the American Journal of Cardiology noting that heart bypass operations carry significant … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Smart Chickens, Playful Pigs, Social Cows, Feeling Fish

Smart Chickens Like all birds, chickens are smart animals with complex and meaningful social relationships. In fact, their intelligence is so advanced that a recent study by the University of … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Physicians May Be Missing Their Most Important Tool

The leading causes of death in Western cultures — heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and auto-immune diseases — are caused by diet, and yet dietary recommendations for patients do not take … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: The Tomato Effect

Why does the medical establishment ignore highly efficacious therapies such as plant-based diets for heart disease prevention and treatment? In this video, Dr. Michael Greger recalls an amusing but sad example … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dr. Neal Barnard: Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease daily, with an average of one death occurring every 40 seconds. An estimated 7.1 million Americans have experienced a heart attack during their … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 28 Comments

Dr. Michael Greger: Eating Nuts May Extend Your Lifespan By About 2 years

We’ve known that increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. But do those who eat nuts actually … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Video: Interview with Pema Chodron

Bill Moyers interviews the legendary Buddhist teacher and author Pema Chodron. Ani Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter’s School in … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dr. Michael Greger: How curry kills cancer cells

It is estimated that the human body consists of ten or so trillion cells. Almost all of these cells get turned over within approximately 100 days. That means we’re like … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

High-Fiber Foods Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

A high-fiber diet may reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a cohort study published in Diabetologia. Researchers monitored fiber intake from cereal, fruit, and vegetables for participants … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sarah Lazare: Disturbing New Study Links Fracking Wells to Lower Birth Weights

These findings cannot be ignored,’ urges University of Pittsburgh researcher. In an alarming new study, University of Pittsburgh researchers revealed that pregnant women who live in close proximity to fracking … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wenonah Hauter: EPA’s Fracking Study, Explained

Don’t be fooled. Headlines in the New York Times and other news media about the EPA’s long-awaited study on the impacts of fracking on drinking water are another tragic case … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Are Organic Foods Actually Healthier?

In these two short videos, Dr. Michael Greger examines the latest scientific research on the health and safety of conventional food versus organic. …

June 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Half Past

for David Falk take fireflies for example when you were a kid you caught them in a bottle and let them flicker themselves to death in your bedroom fifty years … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Fowl Deeds

The astonishing, multiple crises caused by chicken farming. It’s the insouciance that baffles me. To participate in the killing of an animal: this is a significant decision. It spreads like … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

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