Doctor's Note

The best way to avoid adverse drug reactions is to stay healthy enough to avoid drugs altogether. See Ornish's editorial Convergence of Evidence and Say No to Drugs by Saying Yes to More Plants. There are also a number of natural remedies that may work as well but have fewer side-effects such as Saffron for Alzheimer's, Flax Seeds for Prostate Enlargement, and Amla for Diabetes. Plants are powerful--check out Power Plants and videos on all the other 1,000+ topics!

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Health Food Store Advice: Often Worthless or Worst Plant-Based Workplace InterventionThe Science of Acai Berries, and  Probiotics and Diarrhea

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    The best way to avoid adverse drug reactions is to stay healthy enough to avoid drugs altogether. See Ornish’s editorial Convergence of Evidence and Say No to Drugs by Saying Yes to More Plants. There are also a number of natural remedies that may work as well but have fewer side-effects such as Saffron for Alzheimer’s, Flax Seeds for Prostate Enlargement, and Amla for Diabetes. Plants are powerful–check out Power Plants and videos on all the other 1,000+ topics!

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      Wow!  It’s always amazing to me how financial interests corrupt and supersede good, solid scientific evidence.
      Everyday I get someone in the office asking if they should take some supplement they saw advertized online or in a magazine.  It’s abhorent what the industry has become.
      And recently I have been getting more and more people coming in taking all kinds of porcine and bovine glandular supplements.  I worry that like other animal proteins these will get into the blood and cause an immune response eventually leading to an autoimmune disease.  I even have a problem with Armour thyroid for the same reason.  Not to mention from where they get the pig parts.  I would love to see a review on that issue.

  • Stefan Juhl M.D.

    Bottom line: Ask your vegan/plant strong doctor.

    Next bottom line: Prevent disease (eat plants, avoid animals – except if your want a pet).

    Next, next bottom line: A better term for “health care system” is “disease care system”.

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      Correct on all 3 counts Dr. Juhl !!!

      Bottom’s Up!

      • Stefan Juhl M.D.

        Thanks Dr Dynamic !

        And keep up your good work with plantstrong advice to your patients.

        I will now go eat my carrot ! :-)

    • WholeFoodChomper

      If only it were easier to find reputable plant-strong doctors (covered by health insurance). 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670735069 Tan Truong

    Wow, three doctors on the same page, promoting a plant-based diet. Today, the sun shines at night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580124234 Elizabeth Nedic Hawkes

    Are E cigarettes safe?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580124234 Elizabeth Nedic Hawkes

    Is Raw Protein (sprouted brown rice protein) safe?

  • PeacefulVegan

    I would say that supplements have the same dubiety as many pharmaceuticals and personally, I would rather take something my herbalist has recommended than something that is made, funded and marketed by billion dollar corporations that have a very poor track record. I worked at a health food store and witnessed many people have wonderful recoveries or an improvement in their health from utilizing alternative plant-based medicines. Of course, there was a lot of poor marketing and false claims, but I still wouldn’t discount all supplements as they can have a place in our well being.

  • http://www.facebook.com/couliseaux Brian Sigler

    Could you be more specific about the hypertensive supplements? Which ones are good? I take hawthorn and fish peptides.

  • Tobias Brown

    Is Dr Greger pulling his recommendation to take algae-based omega-3? I’m confused.

  • Fred L. Peterson

    Nutritionfacts.org, and Dr. Greger:

    There is popular a dietary supplement being promoted heavily over Facebook called Le-Vel Thrive. I have high concern and skepticism about Le-Vel Thrive. Being a dietary supplement – it is not regulated by any agency such as the FDA – to my knowledge. To my knowledge – there are no scientific reports or studies about its safety and efficacy. Just hundreds (maybe thousands) of personal testimonies. Most (if not all) of the testimonies are provided by people whom are also promoting it – thus making money from it. Users claim that they get a pleasant instant buzz from it – probably due to the synephrine, guarana, green coffee beans, phenethelymine, etc. in its ingredients.

    There are a number of Nutritional Supplements that fly across our personal radar and promise magical effects daily. They pretend to be “magic bullets” that if taken will immediately improve our health. Unfortunately little if anything is known about short term and long term health effects.

    I was wondering if you might be able to conduct some research about this dietary supplement. I have been contacting medical experts and professionals to gather information and impressions.

    Any feedback you might share with me would be appreciated.

    Best
    Wishes,

    Fred L. Peterson