Top 10 Most Popular Videos of 2013

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2013 was a banner year for NutritionFacts.org. Thanks to the collective enthusiasm for sharing this work from our subscribers, twitter followers, and 100,000 Facebook fans, we averaged more than a million views per month. 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 volunteer my time to get new videos and articles up every day. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has made this public service possible. If you’d like to join others who have supported this free, nonprofit, noncommercial effort please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.

NutritionFacts.org arises from my annual review of the scientific literature. With the help of a team of fellow volunteers, in 2013 we downloaded and categorized 9,528 papers on human nutrition. Now I just have to read them all! Right now I’m in the process of recording the first batch of new 2014 videos. How do I choose which studies to highlight? In general I strive to focus on the most groundbreaking, interesting, and practical findings, but which topics resonate the most? I went back to see which videos were most popular last year to guide my selection and thought others might be interested in what I found:

#10 Canned Beans or Cooked Beans?

A bunch of the most popular in 2013 were practical videos like this one that focuses on day-to-day grocery store decisions. Why should we go out of our way to include beans in our daily diet? Check out the other three most  popular 2013 bean videos  Increased Lifespan From Beans, BRCA Breast Cancer Genes and Soy, and Beans and the Second Meal Effect. Concerns about gas? See my blog Beans and Gas: Clearing the air.

 

#9 Fukushima and Radioactivity in Seafood

A new study was just published suggesting Fukushima fallout damaged the thyroid glands of California newborns. The majority of radioactive compounds from the Fukushima nuclear power plant tragedy were absorbed by the Pacific Ocean, though, which is what I cover in this video. Three other popular seafood safety videos last year were How Long to Detox From Fish Before Pregnancy?, Fish Intake Associated With Brain Shrinkage, and Mercury vs. Omega-3s for Brain Development.

 

#8 Carnitine, Choline, Cancer and Cholesterol: The TMAO Connection

This is what I talked about on my brief stint on the Dr. Oz Show last year, a landmark article in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that choline in eggs, poultry, dairy and fish produces the same toxic TMAO as carnitine in red meat, which may help explain plant-based protection from heart disease and prostate cancer. More and more is being published on the important role our gut flora plays in health and disease. Other popular recent videos from this genre include Gut Feelings: Probiotics and Mental Health and Preventing the Common Cold with Probiotics?

 

#7 The McGovern Report

One of the things i struggle with is whether to include political topics. Should I just stick with the science? The fact that this video made the top ten list suggests there is indeed interest in the barriers that exist for translating the science into public policy, so maybe I’ll keep it up. The Tomato Effect was one that I did last year in the same vein.

 

 

#6 Starving Cancer with Methionine Restriction

I often learn just as much making these videos as people do watching them. Methionine restriction is definitely something I didn’t learn in medical school, but how exciting! This video can be considered a companion to Anti-Angiogenesis: Cutting Off Tumor Supply Lines.

 

 

#5 Strawberries versus Esophageal Cancer

Why isn’t this headline news? If there was instead some new drug that reversed cancer progression, you can bet it would be all over the place. But who’s going to profit from revelations about strawberries? Other than, of course, the millions of people at risk for this devastating cancer. Also check out Black Raspberries versus Oral Cancer.

 

 

#4 Treating Multiple Sclerosis With the Swank Diet

A plant-based diet may not only be the safest treatment for multiple sclerosis, it may also be the most effective. We’re still waiting on Dr. McDougall’s follow-up–stay tuned! I also had videos this year about preventing and treating Parkinson’s.

 

 

 

#3 Survival of the Firmest: Erectile Dysfunction & Death

Because erectile dysfunction can be a predictor of fatal heart disease, impotence can be a life-saver if it spurs lifestyle changes to return adequate blood flow to all of one’s organs. 50 Shades of Greens was another this year along these same lines. 

 

 

 

#2 Which Fruit Fights Cancer Better?

The ability of eleven common fruits to suppress cancer cell growth in vitro was compared. This can be thought of as a follow-up to one of my most popular early videos #1 Anticancer Vegetable. This same group of researchers also compared about a dozen different types of nuts–keep an eye out for that one in 2014!

 

 

#1 More Than an Apple a Day: Combating Common Diseases

Hands down the most popular video was my 2013 year-in-review. In my review last year, Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death,  I went through the list of the 15 leading causes of death, exploring the role diet may play in preventing, arresting, and even reversing our top 15 killers. This year I ran through the top dozen reasons people visit doctors to highlight some of the latest research on how a healthy diet can affect some of the most common medical conditions. The breadth of NutritionFacts.org is one of its strengths, covering more than 1,700 topics, but I realize it can be a bit overwhelming. My annual review talks are my attempt to bring it all together. Stay tuned for the 2014 review in July!

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Happy New Year!
-Michael Greger, M.D.

  • Ravi K

    Phenomenal information that is both timely and practical. Can’t wait to see what comes through in 2014. Would love to see/hear your thoughts on possible Mg and Iodine deficiencies in people who are on a plant based diet. Thank you for everything you do for the health and sustainability of the planet. Wish you a Very Happy New Year too.

    • Thea

      Ravi K: I’m not sure if this hits exactly what you are looking for, but in case you are not aware, Dr. Greger has already done several videos on the topic of iodine:

      http://nutritionfacts.org/index.php?s=iodine

      • Ravi K

        Thanks Thea, that is exactly what I was looking for. I did not have time to check, should have guessed though :-). I now have the entire set of videos.

  • ruth

    congratulations on a fantastic body of work! May you live long and prosper! Hurry for kindhearted altruism mixed with a really smart brain!!!!

  • Thea

    Thank you Dr. Greger for this great list. There is so much information on this site right now that I can’t keep it all in my head. This list helped remind me of some of the important and exciting things I learned this year!

  • Mike Quinoa

    NutritionFacts.org is an amazing resource. Also, a great forum where all can state their case without fear of censorship, reprisal, or goverment or industry meddling. In this day and age, a little concept called Truth needs all the help it can get, and thankfully, the Doctor is in.

  • Esther Salomon

    Thank you Dr Greger. It is AMAZING how many people you have touched and how much you are contributing to good health and informed decisions. I have been on a vegatarian diet for more than thirty years, but always in doubt if it was wrong. Now, with al the information available through your site i feel so confident and have moved to a vegan delicious, varied diet My husband, who was a little reluctant to eat a vegetarían diet is also a convinced and happy vegan. Our diet is as varied as possible, and we are pretty healthy. On our sixth decade we need no prescription at all and live an active, productive life. My H almost 70 stlii leads his business
    Thanks and keep the good work. Hopefully the information will keep on getting to moré and more people.

  • Tan

    Thanks for everything Dr. Greger.

  • John S

    Call me nerdy if you want to, I think finding out how to be healthy for my family is exciting. Thank you so much Dr. Greger for the informative and witty videos. I’m glad that learning to be healthy can be fun and funny. Great specific data points for engaging our friends and acquaintances too.
    Thanks,
    John S
    PDX OR

  • Catherine

    Any new research about how fish including salmon, does not improve health. I fight this battle big time in the pacific northwest despite the overwhelming campaign of how fish is so good for you. Not much out there to refute this myth.

  • Tom

    Really pleased to be able to access your work from Germany where – after growing-up in Michigan – I have spent most of my life. I thank you sincerely for having the courage, vision and drive to get such an important message out to the (global) public. Your effort is heroic and I am proud to be able to contribute to its financing once a year.
    Keep up the good work – lots of us out here count on your continuing support us as we cast off old infirmities and improve the way we live!

  • Giacomo Cariani

    Thank you for exist, Michael