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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. And check out the other “HHH” videos (Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?). Also, there are over a thousand subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Toxins

    WHEW! Good to know! I thought you were gonna say bad for you!

  • yummy

    Hi Doc…please discuss the irradiation of spices since many of the spices in the stores may have been through this process…is this harmful, helpful or neither….should we seek out organic spices instead? I love your short videos and have viewed most of them several times.

  • 7worships

    What about cayenne pepper? Is it harmful or helpful? Does it matter if you heat it. I heard recently that it is full of antioxidants in its natural state but can be toxic when heated. Is there any truth to that statement??

  • wchiwink

    i LOVE blackpepper, cayenne too (organic only) – eat ’em everyday – even put ’em in deserts!

  • uzma

    Does consumption of black pepper cause wrinkles?

  • Rene

    Does this study consider the fact that black pepper is derived from green peppercorns that are not yet ripe when picked and when dried and ground they are sharper than white pepper and can cause gastrointestinal irritation and micro-bleeding for some people?

  • Why have I been hearing for years the analog of how black pepper is insoluble and how it seals out our arteries like it would the a busted truck Radiator ? I’d really love if we could prove this wrong because greater bio-availability sure sounds appealing from using Black Pepper

  • zania

    hi, i need o know about carob powder if good or bad

  • M. K.

    So I know black pepper has great anti-oxidants and such, but is it possible that these good aspects can be negated in certain individuals who notice gastro-intestinal distress from black pepper?

  • dg

    “In order to maintain excellent health and true internal cleanliness, you
    must avoid all harmful, irritating substances (such as salt, pepper,
    and hot spices) and eat a diet rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants.” Says Dr Fuhrman on his blog. Is this true?

    • Thea

      dg: This video explains some of the benefits of black pepper. Other videos on this site share additional positive research about black pepper as well as other hot spices (cayenne, etc.).

      So, while I haven’t seen Dr. Fuhrman’s blog to see where he is coming from, I don’t think the data supports the sentence as written. Plus, since spices seem to be fully of phytochemicals and antioxidants, it seems to me that you would only be following Dr. Fuhrman’s ultimate advice if you add lots of spices to your diet.

      The salt reference is a different matter, though. This site has at least one video recommending that people stay away from table salt. Though I believe that there is a fair amount of controversy on the topic of salt.

  • Bhagavan Vedant

    is eating CORPSE of a MURDERED cow or a MURDERED chicken or a MURDERED sheep bad for my health DOCTOR? i think it should be bad for health of the COW and Chicken and Sheep. i guess even a VERY CLEVER DOCTOR like you (if thinks seriously hard) can (possibly) understand that DEATH is very bad for your health, esecially if you are a COW or SHEEP or PIG or Chicken. do you understand this you smart educated (in hell) expert in health? BUT i tell you why it is BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH. becasue VE WILL KILL YOU (very unhealthy) if you keep eating corpse. that is DEATH for your walking grave body…. details here:

  • Ricky Aldridge

    I am craving pepper, a lot of it on my food. I used to not put a lot, just a tad to add flavor but now add more and more. Is this a medical condition?

  • DarylT

    Who thinks that being a lab rat is bad for lab rats…….

  • Robert Kendall

    I recently took my 6 yr. old nephew out for dinner, he asked for the pepper and overly smothered his plate with it, I was very concerned. His father stated not to worry he loves pepper of any color. Is there such a thing as too much of the stuff in or on food?

  • Marvin

    I found in one of the websites while looking for pros & cons of black pepper that “powdered black pepper are bad”.
    Is that true? If yes, how?
    Thank you.

  • Joe Caner

    Intravenous black pepper abusing junky rodents and the lab technicians who loved them to death.