Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out all the videos on dietary guidelines and industry influence. And as always, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Dietary Guideline Graphics: From the Food Pyramid to My Plate, Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate, and PCRM’s Power Plate.
  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out all the videos on dietary guidelines and industry influence. And as always, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ltldogg Scott Beavers

    Another great video highlighting important health issues. Keep it up!

  • Rob

    After watching the videos I can’t help but feel that America is some sort of evil (nutritional)
    Empire! It seems like other countries actually have in place people that care but we have food industries running things. Very disheartening.

    • debpate

      I agree it is very disheartening but being aware and keeping ourselves and others informed may help change the way we do the politics and business in the US. If people demand better oversight and actually start to organize and vote for changes there are opportunities. I think so of this IS happening.

  • berggren73

    Hello Michael Greger, do you have experience in treating seborrheic dermatitis without the use of medical drugs? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the root cause of seb derm? Regards/ Hakan from Sweden.

    • DrDons

      Seborrheic Dermatitis although multifactorial seems to related to the presence of several yeast species. They are supported by saturated fatty acids. The process also seems to involve human sebum. Acne although different than seborrheic dermatitis also involves sebum and is helped by the proper nutritional approach. See http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/dairy-acne-2/. General skin health is also helped by proper nutrition… see http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/produce-not-pills-to-increase-physical-attractiveness/. So pursuing a low-fat plant-based diet with B12 supplementation with particular attention to minimizing saturated fat intake by avoiding processed oils would be the first step. It is what I recommend. There are many effective topical agents in several categories. You should work with a physician who is familiar with the use of these agents and appreciates a minimalistic approach as far as medications occur. I have had patients see remarkable improvement in their condition with only the dietary change but some have required some topical therapy as well. Good luck.

  • wickedchicken

    So….what is the point here? Are you suggesting that the conflicts of interest indicate corruption? I think that rumours like this do circle around the internet, and I just think you have to be careful about turning people against health professionals. Suggesting corruption at the highest level creates doubt among the public that people’s health is a priority of HCPs [these board members are docs and dietitians after all]. As you can see above, people take from this video that guidelines are a result of greed, corruption ond “evil”. While I do recognise the conflicts of interest, their mere presence on these boards is not going to mean that mcdonalds french fries, m’n’m’s, or crisco will make it to the food pyramid. I try to avoid encouraging the potential paranoia-heads who go crazy extreme with this sort of info and jump to conclusions. How and ever, it is a very interesting video and thanks for sharing.

  • wickedchicken

    Are you suggesting that the conflicts of interest definately indicate corruption? I just think you have to be careful about turning people against health professionals. Suggesting corruption at the highest level creates doubt among the public that people’s health is a priority of HCPs [these board members are docs and dietitians after all]. As you can see above, people take from this video that guidelines are a result of greed, corruption ond “evil”. How and ever, it is a very interesting video and thanks for sharing.

  • MJ

    I agree that the public needs to be more knowledgeable about the conflicts of interests on the dietary advisory and decision-making bodies, and the lobbying that various industries are up to. Then, they can make up their own minds whether government is working in the best interests of the public or not.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1057176381 Josh Cadd

    Dr. Greger, thanks for much for sharing.  I just watched your video today on the Uprooting the Leading Cause of Death, and it prompted me to look back through some of your other videos.  When it comes to our government setting dietary guideline, that are taught in our schools, it seems in order to play the game the groups representing the vegetable farmers and nutrition science need to get on the committee. But who are those groups?  Who should we be supporting?

  • Toxins

    The link doesn’t work on the sources cited

  • http://www.facebook.com/meagan.parsons Meagan Parsons

    i’m curious how different it is in canada! probably the same story…

  • Coacervate

    I am playing this vid in my mind, only this time its about animal huggers pushing veganism. conflict of interest? or bleeding hypocrisy.

  • Janice Retherford

    The writer of a vegan cooking blog wrote that cooking flax seeds (as in flax muffins) caused the seeds to be toxic and carcinogenic. Do you have any information on this? Thanks for all the nuitrition information – I really enjoy your videos.