Doctor's Note

This completes my 13-video series on the latest research on cruciferous vegetables. The "sulforaphane story" I refer to in the video is explained in Smoking Versus Kale Juice and DNA Protection From Broccoli. And in terms of growing your own broccoli sprouts, that was in my video-of-the-day a few days ago, Biggest Nutrition Bang For Your Buck. This video talked about survival; I cover a bit of prevention side of the story in The Healthiest Vegetables. Wasn't there some story downplaying the role of fruits and vegetables in cancer prevention? Watch my take on it in EPIC Study. And, of course, there are always the hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects. Note that three of the sources for this video are open access, so you can download them by clicking on the links above in the Sources Cited section.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Health Food Store Advice: Often Worthless or WorstBreast Cancer Stem Cells vs. Broccoli, Gerson Therapy for Cancer?, and Foods That May Block Cancer Formation

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    This completes my 13-video series on the latest research on cruciferous vegetables. The “sulforophane story” I refer to in the video is explained in Smoking Versus Kale Juice and DNA Protection From Broccoli. And in terms of growing your own broccoli sprouts, that was in my video-of-the-day a few days ago, Biggest Nutrition Bang For Your Buck. This video talked about survival; I cover a bit of prevention side of the story in The Healthiest Vegetables. Wasn’t there some story downplaying the role of fruits and vegetables in cancer prevention? Watch my take on it in EPIC Study. And, of course, there are always the hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects. Note that three of the sources for this video are open access, so you can download them by clicking on the links above in the Sources Cited section.

  • paul3917

    Recently a friend showed me a video about the Gerson Institute which claims spectacular success in curing cancer with fruit and vegetable juices and coffee enemas. I’d appreciate your comments on their techniques and on how well founded in the science they are.

  • hcdr

    Off topic, just a little fun: With all this great broccoli info, I thought you may all enjoy this video, about “Dr Brock” – https://vimeo.com/30984371

    • Thea

      hcdr: That’s just hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cihd/staff/dibari filippodibari

      really cool! I loved it…

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please also check out my associated blog post Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. Broccoli!

  • http://www.facebook.com/estherthaler Esther Thaler

    I can spend hours just watching and reading your work and videos. I share them with all my friends, family and patients. Thank you so much, Dr. G

  • http://www.facebook.com/neil.williams.393 Neil Williams

    Cruciferous vegetables are a potent source of Salvestrols – naturally occurring compounds that cause apoptosis of cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. See the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds5HuuYhJ_o

  • S Ryan

    Hi Dr Greger; As an animal-lover extraordinaire I often wonder how much of the whole-foods-plant-based diet could apply to my companion canines. It would seem that if animal foods increase the proliferation of cancer in humans, then in could also do that in dogs. There are a lot of pets these days which have their lives cut short by cancer. Do you ever come across research for canines which might help us vegans make healthier choices for our animals. Already I only feed my dogs half the kibble recommended and the rest of their calories is in whole plants.

  • esther4

    amazing, just once a month yields such fantastic payback from gagging down (kinda kidding!) raw broccoli. Wont be a hard sell, it’s so beneficial.
    Thank you, Dr. Greger -another amazingly informative video in under 2 minutes

  • Robert Wolfe

    Dr. Greger I watched your excellent talk on BIRDFLU at the U in Minneapolis in 2006. I was the one in the audience that suggested filming your talks and posting them on your site for the world to share. Nice work here! My Chloe cat has bladder cancer. I don’t smoke, but my 1922 house is loaded with asbestos. She had not been correctly diagnosed for a year and four months. 3 vets and 8 office exams and not until 3 weeks ago did anyone check her BLADDER. I have been mashing up broccoli sprouts for the juice (about 3ml) and mixing it with unsalted chicken broth and giving to with a feeding syringe. Because of the tumor I have to express her bladder. It seems to me to be less inflammation. Any idea how much juice I can give her to be effective?

    • Thea

      Robert: I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. I can’t answer your question, but I do understand how important our non-human animal family members are. I hope you are able to get some results.

      I also wanted to say thanks for your idea about doing videos on the web. Who knows, maybe your comment sparked the entire idea for this website. If so, we all owe you a big thanks.

      Good luck with your cat.

      • Guest

        Raw Broccoli with Black Bean no oil hummus (loaded with garlic) every day thanks to Dr. Greger!

  • Mark

    Raw Broccoli with Black Bean (no oil) hummus (loaded with garlic) every day thanks to Dr. Greger! Keeps Cancer and my Boss away all day!

    • dogulas

      LOL! Four months later I’m reading your comment. Thanks for the laugh. We could all keep our bosses away a little more ;)

  • http://www.maketempeh.org/ Tempster

    My husband of 40 years just died of bladder cancer in early May. We have been vegetarians for 40 years and vegan for 20! We ate all the right veggies, fruits, exercised daily with tennis, had great book discussions with friends and all of a sudden this cancer erupts in late Dec. so after cat scans, pet scans, we went with radiation/chemo. Unfortunately where the tumor was located in the lower bladder wall, a hole developed causing a fistula meaning all the urine was passing through the rectum. He was in terrible pain and completely exhausted from all the treatments and finally said enough since the doctors said that he would have to undergo major bowel surgery. So he decided on hospice which helped he a great deal. My husband, friend, guru died at the age of 82. He is the inventor of Betsy’s Tempeh and the world has lost a great person and mind.

    • Thea

      Tempster: Thank you for sharing your story. Your husband sounds like he was a great man who contributed much to this world. Please take care of yourself.

      • http://www.maketempeh.org/ Tempster

        Thanks so much Thea. It would be wonderful to know that a good plant based diet + exercise would keep away the cancers, but alas, that is not the case. I still believe in a healthy plant based diet and exercise; however, I will remind people that cancer has its own mind set and a “will” of its own. I remember Gunter saying, it would be great if one could take a piece of the cancer cell and figure out what could be injected into it to decrease its potential for growth. Some cells divide so rapidly. I think that if we spent much more money on research vs money for weapons, we would be so much further ahead with this deadly disease.

        betsy shipley

        betsyandgunter@gmail.com

  • Stef

    Hi Doc, my dad just went for a ct scan because his tumor is back (bladder) and I was wondering if you could share some other thoughts and studies, if it is reversible with a vegan diet and what foods to avoid. I’ve seen so much bias stuff I thought if you could point me in the right direction, my family and I would really appreciate it. (I am vegan and I’m trying to gather more and more information to share with him). I’d really appreciate it, thanks! (huge fan)