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 heart health. And be sure not to miss Monday's blog post Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board accused of illegally deceptive claims. And as always, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!

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  • 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 heart health. And be sure not to miss Monday’s blog post Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board accused of illegally deceptive claims. And as always, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!

  • diane.borders

    It would be helpful (although perhaps too time consuming?) if the Sources Cited section included the URL for each website featured in the associated video. For example, after a bit of Googling, I discovered that “Table 3. Top Food Sources of Cholesterol Raising Fat among US Population, 2005-2006 NHANES” was part of the following:

    Sources of Saturated Fat, Stearic Acid, & Cholesterol Raising Fat among the US Population, 2005–06. Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch Web site. Applied Research Program. National Cancer Institute. Updated December 21, 2010. Accessed November 1, 2011.

    Google turned up another goodie that looks very interesting: The website for Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) enables users to download, free of charge, a 300-page textbook on the North Karelia Project. The publication was written by Puska Pekka et al and updated in 2009:

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      What a great find on the textbook Diane! I always link to the sources used in the video in the Sources Cited section, but the comments section is a great place to post related resources like that one. Thank you so much, and if you find anything else on this topic or the other 1,000 topics covered on the site please plug them in!

  • JakeForrest

    Imagine if the United States adopted programs like this one!


    • Michael Greger M.D.

      Shhh–us doctors would be out of a job! :) Seriously, though, there has been tremendous resistance within the medical profession to the use of diet to prevent, treat, and reverse chronic disease. See my video The Tomato Effect for one of the reasons why.

  • robzzz

    I can’t believe this! Found your site from the Forks Over Knives facebook posting and will definitely be checking back here daily. Why don’t we learn this stuff in school?

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      I love Forks Over Knives! I was so honored to be part of one of their early DC premieres. And you’re absolutely right, Robzzz. Turns out even medical students don’t get trained on this stuff in medical school. Check out my video Do doctors make the grade? and the other half dozen videos on the medical profession. So glad you found the site!

    • DrDons

      There are many reasons but most academics are doing research in other areas and most clinical faculty don’t know the studies and aren’t experienced in treating patients with a “nutrition prescription”. John McDougall has the most experience and he is involved in training medical students at his clinic. I believe in addition to medical schools nutritional information needs to be provided as a regular part of K-12 education. Of course many schools get money from deals with corporations putting dispensers in their schools and serving harmful foods in their cafeterias. Hopefully things will improve.

    • Susan

      Because vested interests do not want students to learn the truth, it means that students may be able to both think and question what they’ve been told.

      I’m not a teacher. But, was invited to speak before a class of Ethics at the University of Southwest Louisiana at Lafayette. I checked various references I had with the university library system to be certain that whenever I referenced an article, that the article would be available to the students. And told them, not to believe what I say, but to check the references themselves.

      I spoke of the heavy metals used in consumer products like fabric dyes and lipsticks, about endocrine disrupting chemicals and what they do to test animals, and mammals, including people. Some of the stuff was very scary, but made the kids think. I handed out a list of all my references to everyone in the class and told them the references were available in their university library.

      Some of the kids told their parents, who told the Dean, who had the professor dismissed. The parents told the legislators, who passed laws disallowing people like myself from talking to students of all ages UNLESS first cleared by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, Wildlife and Fisheries, oil and gas industries (Office of Conservation and Department of Natural Resources), and other vested interests.

      I did not say anything that would point the finger at any particular industry and only said what I had read and where it was read. But vested interests did not like that information from going to students. Instead, they wanted only “approved” lies to come in contact with our ears.

      When I was in school, I was taught to think and question, to look up studies and see who funded them. That apparently does not stand in the USA any longer.

      Based on how that one teacher was treated, my daughter was directed to schools outside of the South, where she would receive a more “liberal” and open-minded education, which she did. She has no desire to ever come back here, which is fine with me. I just wish we could get out as well.

      There is a reason that Louisiana is a dump for the rest of the nation, why people here are fatter and sicker as a whole than people elsewhere. I blame it on the “controlled” education students are receiving –controlled by corporations!

      • Thea

        Susan: That is a truly jaw dropping story. It would be bad enough if that situation happened at *any* grade level, but to happen at a university level is tragic.

        That mentality is so hard to understand. I feel for you. I hope you will be able to get out at some point too. Good luck.

      • Carmel

        Wow that is truly scary, yet why am I not surprised?

  • Michael Greger M.D.
  • Lisa Marie

    Why is it never mentioned what the animals are fed? This directly impacts what type of fats are prevalent in their meat/dairy. And the fat quality, as we all know, has a direct effect on ones health. Most meat/dairy is raised on corn and soy and grain and that spells bad fat in the products from those animals and bad fat for us on our plate. If they are grass-fed the fat is very different and does not pose the heart disease and other health risks. These distinctions need to be noted more often – perhaps you can pave the way for better nutritional science?

    • Toxins

       What is your evidence that because a cow is fed different food, that the inherent substances found in meat is somehow altered? Saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fats are still inherent compounds of meat.

      Endotoxins and increased IGF-1 levels are also unavoidable.

       Meat still causes inflammation whether it be wild game or conventional beef.

      The issue is not organic or conventional, but the inherent compounds found in meat that cannot be avoided by what the animal eats.

    • Lew Payne

      Please cite peer-reviewed scientific studies that support your flawed and unresearched hypothesis. From a credibility standpoint, facts take precedence over conjecture and hyperbole.

      • Jelena Evans

        Peer-reviewed scientific studies have led us to longer, but much worse quality lives so far. I think for every scientist open mind and critical thinking is much more important than acceptance by current peers. In fact, peer reviews and critical thinking very often leads to conflict of interests which,in turn, leads to calling some doctors – quacks.

    • Jelena Evans

      Good points Lisa Marie. Frankly, after all the movies and statistics (that always can be modified and control points changed in order to please or not to please) I’m still not convinced that natural, organic fat is bad for us! What nations or prehistoric societies did not eat animal fat? Our brain is nth but fat! What seems very unnatural looking through the history is eating grains. Considering that cultivating grains is pretty recent invention and all scary diseases pretty much started to appear around the same time.