Doctor's Note

Every year I scour the world’s scholarly literature on clinical nutrition, pulling together what I find to be the most interesting, practical, and groundbreaking science on how to best feed ourselves and our families. I start with the 12,000 or so papers published annually on human nutrition and, thanks to a crack team of volunteers (and now staff!), I'm able to whittle those down to about 3,000 studies, which are downloaded, categorized, read, analyzed, and churned into a few hundred short videos. This allows me to post new videos and articles every day, year-round, to This certainly makes the site unique. There’s no other science-based source for free daily updates on the latest discoveries in nutrition. The problem is that the amount of information can be overwhelming.

Currently I have videos covering 1,814 nutrition topics. Where do you even begin? Many have expressed their appreciation for the breadth of material, but asked that I try to distill it into a coherent summary of how best to use diet to prevent and treat chronic disease. I took this feedback to heart and in 2012 developed Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, which explored the role diet may play in preventing, arresting, and even reversing our top 15 killers. Not only did it rise to become one of the Top 10 Most Popular Videos of 2012, it remains my single most viewed video to date, watched over a million times ( is now up to more than a million hits a month!).

In 2013 I developed the sequel, More Than an Apple a Day: Combating Common Diseases, in which I explored the role diet could play in treating some of our most common conditions. I've been presenting it around the country over the past year and it ended up #1 on our Top 10 Most Popular Videos of 2013.

Now I'm honored to bring you the third of the trilogy, From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food, in which I explore the role of diet in correcting some of our leading causes of disability. To more easily navigate through the menu of diseases, it is also available on DVD through my website or Amazon. If you want to share copies with others, I have a five for $40 special (enter coupon code 5FOR40TTA). All proceeds from the sales of all my books, DVDs, and presentations go to the 501c3 nonprofit charity that keeps free for all, for all time. If you want to support this initiative to educate millions about eradicating dietary diseases, please consider making a donation.

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  • veganchrisuk

    Excellent summary of the past few months – the Doc’s non-patronising delivery and sense of humor are at their best – don’t ever stop DR G

  • Ellen Lederman

    So passionate, engaging, and articulate! Keep on keeping on, Dr. G.

  • David

    Super! Superlative!!! Supreme!!!!!

    Thanks SO SO much!!!!!

    Love the transcripts and would love to see the transcript for this (these/summaries) as well. Know it is a good bit of work/am confident your wonderful team that you have built is up to the task.

    We learn X from listening, X+ from listening and visuals, and X+++ from reading too.

    Learning, assimilating and then applying is the essence. I know you have made a substantial difference in my life and I feel wonderful today. You have contributed mightily and I will be forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Greger!

  • David

    Greatly anticipating the publishing of your new book! Today IS a GrEaT dAy!!!!/with this video summary. The book, I think, will be magnificent!

    Thank you,

    Book Update

    Good news! When I announced my new book deal for
    How Not to Die with
    Macmillan Publishers, I expressed concern that I’d have to pull back on
    the new video schedule. Thanks to everyone’s support I
    now have a wonderful staff that helps with the logistics of the site (wait
    until you see the new look–coming soon!), but the primary research and writing
    falls to me. I didn’t know how I was going to do the book and keep the site going at
    full tilt, but I am honored to announce that Gene Stone, the
    best-selling author of Forks
    Over Knives (and 35 other books, including his new novel The
    Awareness), has generously agreed to co-author it with me. So now I should be
    able to do it all without any hiccups–full steam ahead!

    Gene wants to intersperse my science with personal narratives of those who were
    able to reap the benefits of a healthier diet. Do you or anyone you know have
    an inspirational story to share? Especially of interest would be those who
    successfully treated any of our leading killers–heart disease, cancer, stroke,
    diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, lung, liver, kidney or brain disease.
    If you’d be willing to share your story, please email a brief rundown to testimonials@NutritionFacts.orgBook Update

    Good news! When I announced my new book deal for
    How Not to Die with
    Macmillan Publishers, I expressed concern that I’d have to pull back on
    the new video schedule. Thanks to everyone’s support I
    now have a wonderful staff that helps with the logistics of the site (wait
    until you see the new look–coming soon!), but the primary research and writing
    falls to me. I didn’t know how I was going to do the book and keep the site going at
    full tilt, but I am honored to announce that Gene Stone, the
    best-selling author of Forks
    Over Knives (and 35 other books, including his new novel The
    Awareness), has generously agreed to co-author it with me. So now I should be
    able to do it all without any hiccups–full steam ahead!

    Gene wants to intersperse my science with personal narratives of those who were
    able to reap the benefits of a healthier diet. Do you or anyone you know have
    an inspirational story to share? Especially of interest would be those who
    successfully treated any of our leading killers–heart disease, cancer, stroke,
    diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, lung, liver, kidney or brain disease.
    If you’d be willing to share your story, please email a brief rundown to

    • veganchrisuk

      I truly wish I could help as I’ve been trying to persuade my neighbour to switch over to a PBD as he has prostate cancer that has spread to his bones – he’s just had his latest HRT injection to cover him for the next three months, he’s also on statins and other medications – notwithstanding being 5 stone, (20KG) overweight.

      Unfortunately my neighbours oncologist has no knowledge of the effects of a PBD, and my neighbour has himself also obtained a lot of information from the internet that at best can be viewed as misleading – he also had his operation to remove the prostate cancelled twice, on the third occasion (some nine months after diagnosis) the anesthetist refused this operation due to his previous strokes. The strokes were never a factor for rescheduling the first two operations and I can’t help but speculate that the lengthy delay may have contributed to the metastasis – I guess we’ll never know.

      One thing is for certain – I am incredibly grateful to you and your staff for the work that you/they do. I check your site daily and try to educate as many as I can for my part. Had I not been viewing a fitness forum re protein intake, I would never have come across a comment by one of the members referencing The China Study – I searched the internet, leading me to Colin T Campbells video’s, and then onto Dr John McDougall, Dr Esselstyn, Dr Barnard, Dr Klapper, Dr Ornish, and your good self. I only wish more of your profession were as caring and informative as you guys…..I hope that by adopting a vegan diet that you’ve changed my life, time will tell, but the signs are promising thus far…



  • Thea

    I watched this video a week or so ago and just loved it. I was wondering what Dr. Greger would come up with for a theme. This is another great one. Thanks Dr. Greger!

  • Chris Wark

    Awesome work as usual Dr. Greger!

  • BB

    Wonderful presentation. I would love to see Dr. Greger speak live someday. I appreciate your dedication and amazing effort! Looking forward to reading the new book!

  • David Kuttruff

    Wonderfully presented, with a plethora of solid research, and a good sprinkling of humor to boot!

  • David

    We are fortunate to have such a dedicated researcher who also happens to have great presentation skills!!!! You have come a long way in the past decade!!!!! Amazing how you are able to assemble the information, graphics and timing. Few may know of the effort that it takes and the sacrifices you have made for us. Thank you!!!!

    • So true and so well said, David. What a heroic, integrative, communicative, and dedicated doctor is Dr. Greger!

  • David

    The GREATEST SECRET IN MEDICINE in the 41st minute is excellent, and all too true; as noted/it has been known by some for well over 100 years/if not centuries; it got hijacked somewhere along the way. Having grown up in a family with knowledge of nutrition of the day as well as exercise, for some reason I was considered a “Health Nut”/not always easy to take along the way. If I was a “Health Nut”/what are “they”? In addition, I was raised in the Christian Science faith, my grandmother a “Practitioner/Healer”, again setting me up as “different”. One of THE founding principles of the Christian Science faith, based on the experiences of the founder, Mary Baker Eddy, around 1890, was that in fact, more often than not, the body does have the GOD given ability to heal itself, being allowed to do so. I am so very thankful that I was so blessed and at 60, have never felt better nor been in better condition/looking forward to and working on becoming 100 or so in good health. One of my relatives lived well to the age of 108!!!

    • Are you vegetarian/ vegan?

      • David

        Vegan, 95% of the time, for health, ethical and environmental reasons. At 60, and as always, health is a big one. Why not be as healthy as I can be while helping to ensure the health of the earth for my children and generations yet to come. To me, our anatomy dictates our predisposition. While I believe we are each an experiment of one, I can for sure say that I have never felt better, run stronger, nor required less sleep or recovery time. Enjoyed a solid 6.5 mile run at swift pace this AM. Greatly enjoyed a nine mile trail run on Saturday AM, with hills, full out. Here is to your best health yet.

    • Mike Maybury

      First time on this site. I find this post very interesting. Carry on, David, you’re obviously doing things right.
      I’ve reached my 80th year with no regular aches and pains. I’ve had ‘flu only once as an adult, and no colds for over 10 years. I became a wholefood vegetarian at age 17, having come from an orthodox medical family for two generations, who regarded me as the ‘;black sheep’ of the family.
      I went to one public meeting about Christian Science in my teens, but found that they seemed to exclusively deal with the ‘mind’ and did not seem to follow any sound health or nutrition ideas, unless you can tell me differently.
      My relatives die early, and I decided to aim for 100 a couple of years back!

  • HemoDynamic, M.D.

    I have gotten so burnt out with the daily practice of medicine that I have been losing my passion for spreading the healthy food message.

    Now don’t get me wrong I eat healthy as all can be and I do have a few patients that change, but the patient’s I mostly work with are the, drug addicts, uneducated (some I treat cannot read or write–Really!) and the “Slaves to their tongue” (Pleasure Trap) population (eg. Morbidly Obese, Diabetics, Polyarthralgia, Chronic Pain)–A constantly uphill battle!

    Your presentation reignited the flame within!

    • Dear Beleaguered, Dr. Hemo,
      Have you thought that it may be time to modify your practice? Feelings of burn out are symptoms, not to be ignored. How much of a beating can one take and still thrive? Many dedicated docs take too much punishment. Many practices are too specialized for the doctor’s heath. Could you decrease the number of patients who are caught in the pleasure trap and increase, start a new practice, or?… and treat those who are eager and willing to do their part? New, young, docs still want work with the addicts etc. You don’t owe them all of your professional practice. Good luck to you.

    • Mike Maybury

      It’s good to hear a doctor who tries to educate patients.
      Do you use simple strategies, like 5-a-day etc. and give simple leaflets or booklets? Obviously patients will need to read ! Others may be interested in a group meeting, when you promote health. Surely a few will be interested.
      Good luck

  • Tracey Charles

    Amazing presentation!!!! LOVED it! Thank you SO much for posting. I can’t wait to share this with friends & family. Please keep doing what you do.

  • Frank

    You are the backbone of our efforts to lead a healthy long life! Thanks for being who you are and the tremendous amount of hard work.

  • Joy Miller

    You are my hero – thank you, thank you, thank you. Do you have thoughts about microwaving – so many of those urban phobias have turned out to be true.

  • Mary J

    He’s the rock star of dietary experts!

    • val

      Ha! Mary J, someone on youtube dubbed Doc the “BADASS” of nutrition! I’d say he’s BOTH! This is a FABULOUS video! Thanks again Dr. Greger!

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  • justme

    When I FINALLY found the right information, I chose to eat plants vs animals. My body is healing itself. Thank you for your daily reminders of why I made this choice. This one is your best video by far. Thanks so much.

  • MaoJin

    Why is it just Ornish and Esselstyn that keeps popping in these CVD arresting and reversing studies? Hasn’t anyone else been able to replicate their studies?

    • Mike Maybury

      Probably because other researchers are not interested. There always have been just a small number of such dedicated doctors.

  • Carol J

    Grazie Mille!!!

    • Carol, E italiano? Parla italiano? Potresti tradurre alcune video in italiano? Ho degli amici che hanno bisogno di capirli.

  • Beetsbeansbutts

    How did Dr. G learn to become such a good public speaker?

    • Darryl
    • Juan Live

      no clogged arteries feeding his brain

    • David

      I came across a video recently detailing some of the sacrifices Dr. Greger has made in spreading the message and the repercussions. His zeal, and it is interesting to see his more primitive/recorded/graphics from a decade ago, motivated him to travel rather extensively and as I recall, cost him his marriage as well. A true servant of the people, all the money for speaking/books/ goes to the not-for-profit that helps to continue bringing you this information. There are many volunteers and I am hoping even more can be brought to bear the pleasure of contributing to the spread of this so very needed information – “The Dr. Greger Army”/so to speak. You can check out his speaking schedule on his website:,
      If you find this information as interesting and as helpful as I do – check it 7:00 AM Chicago time every week day!!!!/please make a financial contribution in any amount that you may wish to do so. The purchase of any of his DVDs also helps the cause/and he often has a deal to buy a package of them he has recorded over the years. They make GREAT PRESENTS for students/schools/and those you care most about.

      To your improved/better/best health yet!!!!
      Note above/he has a new book coming out. I have been mentioning that/and hoping for that/to be able to more fully assimilate this information. Hearing it is one thing/seeing it another/and being able to have it in reference form would be another dimension/component of learning/growing

      Note the transcripts of most of these presentations/and the references are noted as well for those who want to delve deeper.

      As Chef AJ mentioned/in regards to the great book whole, what you mostly need was summarized/contained on “Page 7”; easy to describe/and Dr. Greger has a summary of the ideal diet I am trying to track down. Not so easy in execution/but/more so if one focuses in on the essence of a Whole Foods/Plant Based Diet. Food as food. Food has no labels per se.

      • Mutus

        Hi David, do you remember where you came across this video you speak of?

  • Liam314

    Fantastic work as always Dr. Greger! I’m almost completely vegan now and
    I can’t thank you enough for pointing me in the right direction!
    However, if people on a WFPBD are far less likely to die from all the
    major causes of death, what do you expect these people will die from? Do
    you expect people on a WFPBD to live much longer?

    • Duke

      Whether longer or not, they will surely be healthier to whatever age they reach.

    • Thea

      Liam314: Congratulations on your progress to healthy eating!!!

      You raise two questions which come up often. Dr. Greger is in the process of writing a book about living longer. In the mean time, check out the information I included below about two studies on this very topic.

      The other topic is different. No one is saying that at WFPBD is going to make someone live forever. So, what do people on a WFPBD die of? It is a legitimate question. I heard Dr. McDougal answer it once, but I can’t remember what video it was in. I’ll paraphrase and hopefully get it right: You don’t actually have to die of a disease. There really is such a thing as dieing of old age. We are such a sick society, we don’t really see much of that any more. But it is a “thing”. Dieing of old age involves losing consciousness, and then your systems shutting down one at a time. According to Dr. McDougall, this is a very peaceful and natural way to die. If no disease is involved and someone is at the end of a long healthy life who dies in the way I just described, then that is dieing of old age. Sign me up.

      From PCRM Breaking News:
      “Vegetarians Live Longer
      Vegetarian diets can extend life expectancy, according to early findings from the Adventist Health Study-2. Vegetarian men live to an average of 83.3 years, compared with nonvegetarian men who live to an average of 73.8 years. And vegetarian women live to an average of 85.7 years, which is 6.1 years longer than nonvegetarian women. This study is ongoing and includes more than 96,000 participants. The results further indicate vegan diets to be healthful and associated with a lower body weight (on average 30 lbs. lower than that of meat eaters), and lower risk of diabetes, compared with diets that include animal products.”
      Fraser G, Haddad E. Hot Topic: Vegetarianism, Mortality and Metabolic Risk: The New Adventist Health Study. Report presented at: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic (Food and Nutrition Conference) Annual Meeting; October 7, 2012: Philadelphia, PA.


      From Meetout Monday:

      Living Veg Adds 10 Years

      Loma Linda University School of Public Health released a study based on the eating habits of 73,000 Americans. The results are in—those who follow a meat-free diet have a decreased mortality rate by a staggering 20 percent!

      “Based on this study and other recent research, on average, vegetarians and semi-vegetarians tend to add about 10 years to their lives,” said Sam Soret, co-author of the study.

      It’s so cool knowing that it’s possible make food choices that not only help animals, but that also are good for our health and wellness too!
      Read more about the study at:

      • JoAnn Downey Ivey

        I know a lot of very old people die after a respiratory illness – the flu for example. But the best joke I heard was that people who eat this extremely healthy way and exercise daily will one day find themselves old and in a hospital dying of nothing!

        • J.

          But they all have tons of extra time they enjoyed before moving on =) And wakefulness / conscious living too… Not disease / Alzheimer / dementia ridden life…

    • Pistachio

      I heard Michael Klaper and Dr. Fuhrman talk about the potential increased risk for hemorrhagic stroke in vegans and one thing we can do to combat this is be careful not to eat too much sodium.

  • Jill Sterner

    DrGreger love your great Talk Table to Able I clappedI Laughed
    I am a Vegan so Happy for you and your wonderful investigating of
    Everything That is Good for all of Us I wish you the Best & thanks for all you Do.
    I’m Jill Sterner My Daughter is JulieMarie Protective Diet .com

  • Allan

    Just thinking of all my loved ones who passed from diet-related illnesses brought me to tears at the end of this video. Thank you Dr. for shaping my vegan diet and for your excellent work. YOU ARE THE GREATEST SECRET IN MEDICINE!

  • george

    Great talk! Thank you Dr. Greger. Can somebody please post the links to 2012 and 2013 seminars?Thanks

  • So simple to be fit and in good health ! Thanks for your wonderful explanations !

    • Julot Julott

      Oh qui voila! ;D

      • Eh oui ! quand j’aime, je le dis :) !

  • Thank you Dr Greger. Your inspiring coverage of the overwhelming health benefits of a WFPB diet helps to keep my husband and I on track, never to look back!

  • Angie Bedson

    Perfect delivery once again of hugely important information. I’m sure your website is in part responsible for those ‘dive off the cliff’ diminishing meat eating levels! I am sharing this with everyone I know and cannot thank you enough for your invaluable work, Dr Greger.

  • Olivia

    Awesome speech, love it!

  • guest

    A few years ago a rainy day in would be accompanied by large meat feast pizza, coca-cola and some trashy movies. now it’s a big mug of matcha tea and this great video. Thanks Dr. Greger – you’re the inspiration I needed to turn my life around.

  • Liam314

    Don’t you think its interesting that the decline in per capita consumption of meat & poultry (35:55min)
    coincides with the economic crash of 2008? Is the decline simply due to
    economic factors or are people starting to get the message? Hopefully
    the latter.

    • Darryl

      While we may be seeing the sprouts of a cultural shift to whole plant based diets, I suspect lower disposable income and higher meat costs (due in part to the corn ethanol mandate) are largely responsible. See “retail meat prices, USDA” in this industry report.

    • Jocelyn

      I don’t think people ate less meat because of the economy – did they smoke less cigarettes? Probably did with less “fresh” meat and opted for more processed varieties.

  • Would you mind sharing the source for your info on industry paying the ADA $20,000 per ADA factsheet? (See video at 48:00) I’m a health journalist and plant-based fan and am working on a story about the food industry’s seemingly surreptitious influences, starting with the dairy marketing boards attempts to make us drink milk.

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  • Ray Tajoma

    PROOF that human is Herbivore – not omnivore.

    • Julot Julott
      • Ben

        Wrong. Humans are starchivores. We use starch for fuel. That’s why we can effectively break down starch and our fellow primates, the frugivores, cannot.

        Take it from a scientist who studies in this area.

        • Ben

          Here is more info from Dr. Nathaniel Dominy.

        • Julot Julott

          What a nonsense, it doesnt even exist in millions of species, starch have no taste(flour is pure starch then eat simple sugar and see the difference).
          And anyways ripe fruits have way more taste and hit our senses than bland starch even cooked and i recall natural is raw~

          • Ben

            Whole food sources of starch: legumes, grains, tubers… These are the foods that have fueled all large successful civilizations. A fruit based diet is sub-optimal for a starchivore. Eat a starch based diet WITH fruits and vegetables.


          • Julot Julott

            I know history of food but like peoples who ate animal product most of their life doesnt make their anatomy carnivore/omnivore this starch history doesnt make our anatomy starchivore even if most humans have significantly more amylase than frugivore monkey~
            And fruits digest much easier and faster than starch especially legumes and has less toxins which show again our anatomy is optimized for simple carbs from them~

          • Thea

            Ben: What a FUN video!!! And powerful. I got a real kick out of it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Another ground-breaking presentation! The section on fiber raised questions for us since we see we have been shy of enough insoluble fiber. Oh My!
    Soluble vs insoluble fiber! How much of each and from what? What is the hierarchy of best sources and what are usual serving sizes? We found
    It is pretty good, but a video from Dr. Greger would be much more fun and more inspiring!
    If any of the team experts have suggestions, we would appreciate them. We know Dr. Greger has already done his part and has much more good work to do!
    We are so very grateful to you all who contribute to this site. Thank you all!

  • Jon Rosenbaum

    Dr. Kellogg would be proud of you Dr. Greger. My Mother who recently passed at 105 was a student of Dr. Kellogg. She would be proud of you too. Jon Rosenbaum son of Beatrice Rosenbaum RN

  • Mike Quinoa

    Thanks Dr. Greger—amazing presentation. One day when a Plant-Based Doctors’ Hall of Fame is created, your portrait will be proudly hanging there.

  • Zazzels

    I always hear that we should eat whole plant based foods. How comes that people in Thailand (for example) eat loads of white rice (refined rice) and they are all slim? How comes? The standard size trousers are 28. I hardly found stuff for me as I have a 34 waist.

    What’s the leading causing death in Thailand? Heart disease as they eat so much refined rice?

    • Stewart

      Seems you answered your own question. Plant food stripped of the fiber and many phytonutrients will not likely cause obesity by itself since there is still, from your description, not a huge caloric surplus. Plants stripped of phytonutrients and fiber will also not protect against heart disease. And indeed there is a move to ever more animal foods in all parts of the world if they can get it. So with even small increases in animal products and with the plant nutrition reduced, it seems only logical that the diseases of affluence would be beginning to take hold.

  • Stewart

    There is a line from the Persian Book of Kings which we roughly translate as “knowledge is power.” When I first came to this web site citing mostly peer reviewed primary research sources, I felt empowered.

    I have been with the same doctor for 20 years or more and she does have some respect for me as I diagnosed and cured my own psoriatic arthritis with a plant based diet and at age 64 with type I diabetes I am the best controlled diabetic patient, type I or II, she has ever cared for.
    She deals with diabetic side effects routinely. This segment on diabetic neuropathy is more powerful than any of the daily videos. I would like to get her the whole dvd with citations. With a science oriented person, as MDs may be, the citations may lend credibility. So I want to download this to burn and present to my doctor and others. I also would like to get a comprehensive list of the sources cited to go with it. Any chance of that happening?

    • Thea

      Stewart: I don’t think the exact feature you are looking for is available as-is. However, if you were willing to do some work, you could get close.

      To start, you would purchase a DVD of this talk. Unfortunately, that doesn’t come with all of the citations. However, all of the information covered in the summary talk, is also covered in individual daily videos either already or coming up in the next few months or so. And as you (hopefully) know, the daily videos *do* include citations. So, you could put together the citations over time, even connected with the daily video transcripts for categorizing and further helping to assimilate the information.

      That’s all I can think of if you are very interested in spoon feeding the information to people. Another approach would be to give your doctor a link to this free video right here along with links to the daily videos that back up this summary video. Then if your doctor was intrigued she might take the time to look up the citations. That’s just another way to approach the situation.

      Hope you can find something that will work for you.

  • Patipnuts

    Why can’t we watch past 28.04 minutes? We’d like to see the remainder…

  • Juan Live

    who is better than Dr Greger for the position of United States Assistant Secretary for Health

  • Maggie

    Yes yes yes! This was incredible. I’ve watched it twice now. Thank you, Dr. Greger!

  • Kim

    He is AWESOME!!! I’ve been thinking about cutting meat out of my diet and now I have more info on why I should…..;-)

  • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

    If this video doesnt convince people to eat mostly plantbased, then probably nothing will…..

  • Julian Newhill

    Amazing talk! This should be essential viewing for everyone…

  • Ellen Lederman

    It was amazing to me that young kids are now having back problems and that atherosclerosis could cause back problems….and so a plant-based diet could lead to a healthier back! Who but Dr. G would have pointed this out?

    And also interesting that constipation and breast cancer may be linked. (Scary, too, since I’m not part of the 3 a day a club—a Super Pooper as the good doctor calls it, even though I eat a whole-foods plant-based diet.)

    Dr. G never seems to give up hope that people will see the light. I am more cynical about it since I’ve not seen many people make the switch from SAD.

  • Michael Miller

    Inspiring, much needed stuff here Michael. Thank you for your work. Such a noble cause that could change the world if enough of us jump up and help spread the message. Keep going.

  • Thule

    Wonderful presentation once again, but you keep getting better!

    You manage to present a lot of information and insights, while keeping people completely engaged and having a heck of a good time. :)

    And as always learning a lot. THANK YOU.

    We keep owing you.

  • Gary Lawrence

    2 years since I went plant based. 10kg lost, breathing better, sport better, focused and generally feeling happy. I live in France and eating large quantities of meat and dairy is quite normal here. In fact, the amount of obese people here is on the rise. The national health care budget in France is just enormous. heart disease , cancer… So don’t believe the hype about the mediterranean diet.

    • Val

      And last time I checked, Greece has the highest obesity rate in Europe or at least among the Mediterranean countries.

    • Thea

      Gary: It is so interesting when people from other countries give us peaks into the situation where they live. Thanks for your post. (And congrats on your 2 years of healthy eating. That’s great.)

  • cyndishisara

    When it comes to soluble and insoluble fiber, it is difficult to approach 25 g/day without supplementation. Furthermore getting information on the numbers is difficult on the web.

    • b00mer

      Hi cyndishisara, are you eating a whole foods plant based diet? I average around 70 g total fiber per day, or about 20-25 g per meal, with no supplementation. Just fruits, vegetables, and lots of whole grains and legumes. A typical meal might be lentil or chickpea stew with rice or whole grain bread and steamed broccoli.

      The only way to get less would be if I consumed more refined flours/sugars, oils, or more of the higher fat whole plant foods e.g. peanut butter.

      You can easily find total fiber values using the USDA database:

      Also is helpful for both searching for values and entering them in a journal format so you can track your intake.

      • cyndishisara

        I specifically said soluble fiber! Of course eating whole foods as I do without any extracted oils you get plenty of insoluble fiber. The web site that you referred me to does not distinguish between all forms of fiber. My diet is basically whole grains (hulled barley, oat groats, whole rye seed, soft wheat berries), beans (pinto, black and adzuki). kale and the other vegetables, white sesame seed, flax meal, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, apples, prunes, dates, white tea, coffee, pears, oranges and avocadoes processed by me either raw, pressure cooked or boiled.
        Insoluble fiber does not make up for soluble fiber. I do not supplement with inulin or psyllium. I am looking for real information.

        • b00mer

          Hi cyndishisara, reading “When it comes to soluble and insoluble fiber”, made it seem as though you were interested in both.

          Some real information, per your request, via google:

          Can I ask how many calories you are eating per day? I threw a typical day’s intake into the calculator (a few fruits, oatmeal, 2 pieces bread, rice, 2 cups beans, steamed broccoli, and a salad’s worth of vegetables) and it gave me a result of 24.95 g soluble fiber.

          • cyndishisara

            I eat 4.5 cups (1.5 cups dry) of beans black or pinto and 3 cups (1 cup dry oat, barley, rye, wheat or combo) of grain. I know this because I cook this every day or so in my pressure cooker. I also eat about 5 prunes and 2 dates, 2 apples or pears.
            Generally I eat enough to maintain my weight of 122 pounds at 5′ 7.5″. So I try to eat as much as I can and as off as I can!
            I find these sites to be very annoying including probiotin which I already new about!

          • cyndishisara

            I did learn an interesting point pears contain approximately twice the soluble fiber as apples. I just have trouble trusting all the numbers. I am looking for a workable chart not really for myself but to help others. I just see all these as inadequate. I want something just from tried measurements, basic and inclusive! Words like bread are not scientific!

          • cyndishisara

            Just want to thank you for the response. I now understand how I get my calories and all forms of of fiber, if I can get the 1.5 cups of beans and 1 cup of hulled barley (all raw) with fruits and vegetables and flax meal a sprinkle of sesame and a long mile walk it fits to together for a 122 pound 5′ 7″ person. I normally do not count calories but the big picture helps.

          • JoAnn Downey Ivey

            I just used your calculator bOOmer and got 22g soluble fiber. I think on this WFPB plan none of us has to worry about getting enough. Thanks for the links!

          • cyndishisara

            I just see a pattern the amount of soluble fiber in food is much lower than insoluble. Prunes are my best source of soluble fiber.

      • cyndishisara

        Sorry if I was not clear! I get a load of fiber! I know over 70 grams total. However in studying the subject I notice that it is hard to get enough soluble fiber and to get reliable information on just how much their is in food constituents. I want to be more versatile than consuming psyllium or inulin (sun chokes or chicory). I do know that dried prunes are a good source also.

    • JoAnn Downey Ivey

      I sometimes get 80 grams of fiber a day, never less than 50.

      • cyndishisara

        Soluble fiber without supplementation? I believe I do get 25 grams however it is not as easy as it seems.

        • Timar

          It is not that hard if you add a bit of FOS to your yogurt or smoothies (adds a nice sweetness, but use no more than 5-10 g per serving or you better stay close to a toilet ;-) and make a point to eat foods particularly high in soluble fiber (like oat bran and flax seed).

          • cyndishisara

            Yes I am aware of inulin (FOS) is powerful!

          • cyndishisara

            Tubers as sunchokes are especially high in inulin (FOS) only if picked early (not fully ripened). Inulin or FOS is a powerful soluble fiber.

  • Dan Miller

    Another excellent installment for us to share around and spread the word. :) Relax & Enjoy – Eat & Drink Plants to overcome degenerative disease and recover health.

  • Michael Miller

    This may be hard for some to believe. Today I had a doctors appointment. I found my physician standing at an elevated desk rather than sitting. He stated he had been doing desk work that way for a while due to chronic back pain.

    I mentioned to him what I had just recently learned in Michael’s video.

    Honest to God, his reply was that even if his arteries were partially clogged it was still akin to a freeway which was 50% jammed. That still meant that 50% was moving blood through his body.

    Kinda scary to me….

    • Thea

      Wow. Scary to me too.

  • Mary

    Awesome presentation as always. You are among the most eloquent and convincing of voices for the plant based diet. Your website and lectures have been invaluable to me in changing my diet. Thank you so much!

  • ham

    Hey can anyone suggest some help for chronic pain? Ive been eating a plant-based diet for a couple years but am tying to go vegan now and really ramp it up. I have chronic pain in my arms and shoulders everyday. Any ideas as far as natural foods for a remedy?

    • JoAnn Downey Ivey

      I’m a big believer in anti-inflammatory herbs and spices. I sprinkle Ceylon cinnamon on my baked potato. Turmeric is a good one. I think Dr. Greger has a video of anti-inflammatory foods. I got rid of osteoarthritis in hand and shoulder when I went vegan and also cut all added sugars, baked goods, processed foods, and all oils.

  • Beth P

    Thank you for adding the subtitles! I can now capture images, complete with YOUR WORDS when I view the video on my iPad or iPhone. This is very useful when sharing specific food facts with others.

  • Beth P

    I’m so glad you shared the Permanente Journal article (Nutrition Update for Physicians). A few months ago, I recorded a short video, where I simply read the highlights of this important article:

  • Ann

    You’re so freaking fabulous!! Your delivery is incredible. Thank you for what you do.

  • Elaine Gardner

    Once again Doc! Outta the park! I am going to send this to everyone I know!

  • Shall Jaclyn

    I LOVE your lectures and the special style you give to it. I love you Doctor!! :D

  • Jrae

    Thank you so much, Dr Greger! You are my hero!

  • crowlady

    My commentary would be – yes – cook your own food from scratch and eat natural fruits and veggies as much as you can afford-and canned and frozen are good too – as long as you don’t see a great list of added ingredients. My main no-no -and it should be for everybody -is to read labels and shun anything that contains Partially -hydrogenated oils or fats -of any sort. The process of adding the hydrogen extends the shelf life but shortens yours. It does not break down as it should in your body but accumulates as plaque in the arteries . I should know. I had a heart attack a few months ago -with 90 % blockage . I used to use a lot of margarine – straight and in cooking – no more for me thank you. I go easy on the butter but never use the margarine or cooking shortening. any more. There are plenty of healthful oils – just use them in moderation
    You can even make a quick and easy piecrust with oils -that is flaky and tender.NO more partially -hydrogenated anything for me – and if we all demanded that they stop doing it by boycotting those products – they wouldn’t be able to sell them-so they would have to stop doing it.

  • Calvin Leman

    I posted a document of your 3 summary videos (like this one) in Salmon Idaho, everywhere I could today: 25 copies so far.

  • BobK

    Great presentations. So encouraging to see science being used for our health rather than financial profits.

    But where does one get some advice on plant-specific diet items?

  • Irv

    Dr. Greger your straightforward remarks is truly informative and it will always be appreciated by anyone seeking the truth about the typical American diet. I have greatly benefited for your research and remarks, Please accept my appreciation for your efforts to open the eye’s of those looking for the truth about our lifestyle and diet in America.

  • Riley Wyna

    Hey ya all, I need some help .
    I’m doing a capstone on plant-based nutrition. I need 15 research studies, none older than 5 years. 2009.
    I have them , sorta, but I would like better studies and some of them randomized.
    Need help finding the best ones.

  • Riley Wyna

    Even a list of the articles used in this report?

    • Thea

      Riley: The information in this talk is repeated in the topic-focused video-of-the-day pages. You can find the studies referenced in this talk by going to the relevant videos-of-the-day and then clicking the “sources cited” link.

  • Paul Spring

    Just a correction for accuracy- according to a new study the active surface area of the intestinal tract is smaller than traditionally thought – more like 30 square meters not 300 sq m.

  • Carol Godwin

    I have MS and am on a vegan diet. I really believe it helps me. However, my family doctor told me I needed to eat “a lot” of fat for my brain to work. What is that all about? How much fat does a person need or does it depend on the person?

    • Thea

      Carol: I’m not a doctor, but my understanding of the science is that humans probably need about 6% of your calories from fat. I get that number from the traditional Okinawans who are some of the longest and healthiest people around. So, while you may be able to get away with eating more than 6% fat and still be healthy, you probably don’t *need* more than that.

      And that 6% will feel like a very little amount. From the anecdotes and papers from experts like say McDouggall that I have read, most people eating a pretty clean whole foods plant based diet in America, including consuming some nuts and seeds, seem to get around 10 to 15% of calories from fat in their diet. And this is with no oils and minimal nuts and seeds.

      Bottom line: I’m not a doctor, but I think your doctor is very confused.

      I’m sorry to hear about your MS. I hope you are able to stop progression. If you haven’t seen them already, check out the videos on this site regarding MS.

    • Your brain runs on glycogen, not fat. Your doctor is a total idiot if he thinks the brain runs on fats.

      • VegEater

        If it helps, I’ve had MS for about 30 years. I tried several of the drugs but stopped them. I’ve had many relapses but I recover pretty well. I’ve followed a healthy diet and I’m still backpacking, climbing mountains for two-week trips off-trail through wilderness. I exercise on the stairclimber for an hour most days at the gym. I do have a number of neurological problems, but they can be handled. I fall because I don’t pick up my feet as well as normal people do, but my bones are strong, and I’m not about to stop doing what I love. If I were you, I’d stop all sugar and fat except for walnuts. MS patients don’t seem to handle fats normally. Good luck!

    • VegEater

      If it helps, I’ve had MS for about 30 years. I tried several of the drugs but stopped them. I’ve had many relapses but I recover pretty well. I’ve followed a healthy diet low in animal foods, vegan now, and I’m still backpacking, climbing mountains for two-week trips off-trail through wilderness. I exercise on the stairclimber for an hour most days at the gym. I do have a number of neurological problems, but they can be handled. I fall because I don’t pick up my feet as well as normal people do, but my bones are strong, and I’m not about to stop doing what I love. If I were you, I’d stop all sugar and fat except for walnuts. MS patients don’t seem to handle fats normally. Good luck!

    • VegEater

      If it helps, I’ve had MS for about 30 years. I tried several of the drugs but stopped them. I’ve had many relapses but I recover pretty well. I’ve followed a healthy diet and I’m still backpacking, climbing mountains for two-week trips off-trail through wilderness. I exercise on the stairclimber for an hour most days at the gym. I do have a number of neurological problems, but they can be handled. I fall because I don’t pick up my feet as well as normal people do, but my bones are strong, and I’m not about to stop doing what I love. If I were you, I’d stop all sugar and fat except for walnuts. MS patients don’t seem to handle fats normally. Good luck!

    • VegEater

      I’ve had MS for 30 years. I don’t know where your doctor is coming from. A healthy low-fat diet and exercise has kept me in good shape. I still go on two-week off-trail trips climbing mountains and rocks. I’ve had a lot of relapses, but they didn’t leave me with severe damage. I can’t pick up my feet as well as normal people do, so I fall sometimes, but I have strong bones. I’m not about to stop doing what I love. I exercise for over an hour on the stairclimber at the gym most days. I don’t use any of the immune modifying drugs, although I’ve tried several. I agree about the vegan diet. I believe that people with MS have problems handling fat, so I would limit it to an ounce of walnuts, and drop all sugar except fruit. Good luck!

  • Carol Godwin

    Thank you Thea. I appreciate your response to the amount of fat needed. I am a great fan of this site and have had no relapses in the three years I have been diagnosed with MS. My problem is high cholesterol so rather than my doctor’s advice, I have been examining my diet to cut fats and sugars.

  • Heather

    How does one come to work for you?! I am studying to get certified in Holistic Nutrition Consulting. The program I am working through has given all of your videos and I am so grateful for your research! It definitely comes in handy when someone approaches me about why I believe what I do. The main point I get from all of your videos is this: GO VEGAN!

  • mdouble

    I am a huge fan of Dr Gregor and have been for some time. His style is engaging, but the facts he is able to turn up are simply astonishing. Dr. Gregor should be appointed as the surgeon general in the US. Of course that could never happen because the meat, egg and dairy industries would never allow it. I guess it’s up to the rest of us to simply get the word out about the wisdom of the advice he offers. Keep doing your work Dr Gregor, here’s wishing you many years of continued health – but being vegan, I’m confident that is almost guaranteed :-)

  • b

    The mike is positioned too low for the speaker. Every time he throws his head back you lose the sound.

  • Thank You for all you do to keep us informed!! I have been trying to find updated information in regards to flax and DHA supplements. I eat 2 tbsp of ground flax seed a day. Is that enough? Should we be eating more than 2 tbsp or should we also be supplementing with DHA even if we are taking flax daily? Thank You!


    • Thea

      Teena: To the best of my knowledge, Dr. Greger recommends about 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed per day per person. There’s no need for more than that.

      Supplementing with DHA is a bit controversial. Based on my research, I think someone eating a perfect or near-perfect diet would not need to supplement with DHA. However, I don’t know about you, but I don’t come anywhere near to eating the type of diet I would need to eat to say think I don’t need the supplement. My opinion is that supplementing with an algae-based DHA (and also EPA?) product might be a very good idea as insurance depending on the type of diet a person eats.

      Here are Dr. Greger’s nutrition recommendations. You can see that he does indeed recommend a DHA supplement:

  • Kelly

    Amazing video! Thank you so much for the work you put into videos and research. The facts are put together in such a way that the average person can understand them. Awesome!

  • michael bloom

    LMFAO. Excellent talk and insightful.

  • Robin

    What can be done for someone who has dementia and is in the hospital for a blockage in the small intestine? The patient keeps pulling out the tubes and we are trying to avoid surgery.

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Hi Robin. The only thing to do for that is sedate the patient so they stop pulling their lines out. This is more of a medical question for your doctor and less about nutrition. I hope the patient recovers.

      Warm wishes,

  • John

    Is their a way to get rid of clots in the blood?

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      We have some videos that mention blood clots. See if any of these help? Thanks, John.

  • sophi arianna

    people believe all too much the doctors that claim that the food we consume has “nothing to do with it”

  • I am not sure where to post this comment/question.

    My mother has Lupus for years (discord and systemic)! Her body hasn’t been responding to the drugs she is on and she isn’t doing so well. The doctors are now talking about putting her on Benlysta (Everything you read about it is followed by “can cause death.”)
    My question is: Have you found any research that suggests a plant based diet could help Lupus? She is a stubborn woman and I need leverage to make my case.
    Also, on top of Lupus she has been diagnosed with: Fibromyelgia, Raynauds syndrome, Non alcoholic fatty liver, and IBS.

    Please please please help me!

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      HI Andria. We have many videos on those topics. Here is a link to Dr. Forrester’s thoughts on Lupus. Just click the health topics above to find links to IBS, non-alcoholic fatty liver, etc. Let me know if any of these links help and if you have additional questions?


  • BB

    I always said, we will know who is powerful in this country…the HMOs or GMOs when Obamacare begins…I just wish Keiser Permanente would help us end Gmo’s

  • Kim Smith

    Dr. Greger,
    Do you have any research on a plant-based diet improving meniere’s disease? Thank you.

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Hi Kim. I have not come across any. If I do I’ll post here! Thanks.

  • Chris1961Smith

    I have two questions regarding materials mentioned in this presentation, and whether or not I can get a copy:

    At approximately time code 50:44 – update to physicians
    At approximately time code 52:27 – Kieser (?) brochure

    Are these available to the public?

    And by the way, these presentations rock. Style and content are outstanding!

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Thanks, Chris! Here is a great video explaining the work of Kaiser Permanente – the largest U.S. managed care organization that publishes patient education materials. Kaiser has established a very healthful meal plan/brochure. Lastly, here is a link to a free copy of the paper requested. Thanks for your patience! Let me know if you need anything else?


  • phillip legge

    Thanks doctor G i think you saved my life!

  • Elmer Fittery

    your stuff is great. how about something on marijuana.

  • mineralt

    Dr G, I mean this when I say that you really do God’s work. Your videos are so well done and you really help people understand how simple it is to have great health. I went plant plant based four years ago and have gone through the metamorphis from fat, angry, booze bag, heart attack victim to happy, zen like, ultra endurance athlete. I just went for a 30 mile run to celebrate my 49th birthday. You da bomb.

    • Thea

      mineralt: Wow! That’s a HUGE turn around. Thanks for sharing your story. I enjoyed your post.

  • the founderx

    Thank you so much Dr. Greger! I havent been more healthy or happy in decades. I check your website atleast four times a week lol.

    Thank you.

  • shary

    Thanks so so much for posting this!!

  • Eureka! The information about bile acids in breast tissue makes sense to me. I had a cholecystectomy in November 2006 and was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007 (age 42–my third primary cancer). I was on the Standard American Diet during that time. Since my mom died of breast cancer, I had genetic testing done and it was negative for CHK2, BRCA1 and BRCA2. Thank you for helping me to understand yet another possible cause of my breast cancer. I am almost a month into going whole foods plant based and your videos are helping to motivate me in a big way. I feel like this science is being kept from us by powerful corporate interests and a medical establishment that stands to lose a lot of profits, and doctors who think we can’t handle the truth or don’t really want to feel better and be healthier.

  • Joy Schwabach

    This is fantastic! Thanks so much. I’ve been following Dr. Furhman’s vegan approach and the only difference is, he says grains should be 20% or less of total calories. You say ideally we should have grains and beans with every meal! I’m going to try it and see if my cholesterol comes down from 243 (with LDL of 173). Even having only veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds (and beans), my cholesterol has been sky-high. I did get it down to 200 once but the LDL was still high and I was having only greens for breakfast, which was tough. My weight is 120, my height 5’6.”

  • Victoria Muller

    Have you ever thought about teaming up with Jamie Oliver? Together you would be unstoppable.

  • duchaspa

    Thank you Dr Greger. was always shy in offering a plant based diet but after this talk I am going to be explicit and I recommend your site of course.Continue your good work you are a living treasure for the world.

  • JudyMae8

    Yes, I have had multiple sclerosis for 30 yrs. now. I am doing pretty well in managing it with the drug tefedera. My question is are there any herbs good for this disease? Thanks

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    I’ll best this person who went on a vegetarian diet with no change in lipid profile had type O blood. Until they start factoring in for blood type, the studies are less accurate… and helpful. :-)


    Does anybody know if Congestive Heart Failure can be reversed ? I was just diagnosed with it. And in the same time frame my A1C (sugar control) went from 5.9 to 7.7 ! That’s a really big jump in such a short time (3 months). I’m a Diabetic. Renal failure killed my husband last year. He was a long term Diabetic. I’m just sorry I didn’t change our diet the year before last. I’m going to be juicing. I’m going on a juice fast, eating no food, only juicing vegetables and fruits, nuts, beans for 30 days. All raw, no cooking and all organic. Jolae

  • Kiminnette

    Ortho Static Hypo tension”
    Any suggestions

  • Needshelp

    Does anyone have nutrition recommendations for Trigeminal Neuralgia ?

  • Judy Fields Davis

    Thank you so much!

  • Karmen Velusa

    my family was wanting CT DRS Schedule CT-SI last year and found a document management site that has a searchable database . If others are searching for CT DRS Schedule CT-SI too , here’s a

  • ksuarez

    I’ve been searching for a omega3/dha supplement that has 250 mg in it and all ive been coming across is 200 mg or 300 mg. (particularly the deva brand) I’m not sure which one to pick. and most say they have Carragenaan in them is it safe to consume with that ingredient in it?