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 the Treatment of Alzheimer’sJust the Flax, Ma’am; and Amla Versus Diabetes. Plants are powerful; check out Power Plants!

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  • 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). 

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

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  • 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.

  • 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, 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.


    Fred L. Peterson

  • Wade Patton

    Well I’ve been offered a free package of “supplements” from the supplement people. I bought some B12 from them. Now they want me to get another supp, on the house. What? I just looked and they don’t have amla, so I don’t think they have anything else to offer me. They have everything else-it’s crazy what all they do have (powdered green coffee beans?!).

    If the B12 wasn’t a 300-year supply, I’d get another package of that. Am I overlooking something? Or am I right in thinking that WFPB eaters in good apparent health only need to supplement with B12.

  • oceanwild

    oh. wow. what is that for? I take the [url=]supplement[/url] every week. and it is amazing to see those oils in the container. I guess the oil is more powerful than some medicine.

  • Barbara Fuller

    I have had high cholesterol for a number of years but recently was told my brain scan showed my frontal lobe wasn’t getting enough blood flow and was told to take a Staten I have not taken it but do take (Red Yeast Rice) (Magnesium) (Niacin) and Maga Red how can I get this in high doses in food I am on a fixed income and the source that I have for food is going down to $16 a month PLEASE HELP

    • Christine Kestner

      Hi, Barbara! I am Christine, a NF Volunteer Moderator. Are you saying you will only have $16 per month to spend on food? If so, I think that just one of those supplements could take your entire budget. Oatmeal is inexpensive, especially if you buy the least processed kind, not the instant kind, and it can help to lower cholesterol through dietary fiber that binds with cholesterol in the intestines and carries it out of the body. If you can stir in a tablespoon or two of ground flax seeds, that is even better. Circulation may be improved by eating high-nitrate vegetables such as beets and chard, and fruits high in vitamin C, such as citrus. Definitely avoid oils and fats, except for small amounts of preferably raw, unsalted nuts and seeds.You may want to see this video: I hope that helps!