New Audio Podcast Launches Today

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Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” as its 2016 word of the year, noting it could become “one of the defining words of our time.” For those of us in the field of nutrition, the trumping of objective facts with blatant falsehoods is certainly nothing new, but with Cabinet appointments like the fast food magnate that brought the world the Monster Thickburger, I’m afraid that nutrition facts may be more important than ever. This is especially important now that life expectancy in the United States is in decline.

Today is the start of our annual end-of-year fundraising drive. Year after year, more than half of our entire annual operating budget has been raised around these final few weeks of the year. So we count on your giving season generosity to make a tax-deductible donation to keep NutritionFacts.org going and growing. Where does the money go? Watch my Behind the Scenes at NutritionFacts.org video for a peek behind the curtain.

I may be the face (well the voice, really) of NutritionFacts.org, but there’s a veritable army of volunteers and staff behind the scenes. They churn through about 2,000 articles a week to stay on top of the 100,000+ nutrition studies published in the peer-reviewed medical literature every year. This is all so we can bring you daily videos and articles on the latest in evidence-based nutrition. This is only possible because of you. Our average online donation in 2016 was $31. That means thousands of people stepped forward to express appreciation for our work. Hundreds have even signed up to be monthly donors, which helps ensure a predictable steady stream of support.

One new expense we have for 2017 is me! I’ve given up my public health director day job to devote my life to NutritionFacts.org full time. I’ve always prided myself on never having taken a penny from the site, but I realize this work is my true calling. So now that I’m going to be drawing a salary from NutritionFacts.org, your support now includes helping me put kale on the table. All the proceeds from my books, DVDs and speaking engagements will continue to be funneled directly into the site. Please “root” for me by helping us fill the carrot.

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If you have donated to NutritionFacts.org in the past please be on the lookout for an email tomorrow regarding our new personalized donor portal. You will be able to view your donation history, update your personal information, and even opt in to a birthday surprise starting in 2017! Please check it out here: https://nutritionfacts.org/donate/
 

My new “Nutrition Facts with Dr. Greger” podcast

We have lots of exciting things planned for 2017. We are revamping the website, including a bunch of new features including “Crashcourses in Nutrition” to help deepen your knowledge. We may even be able to start offering continuing medical education credit for physicians. (After all, How Not to Die is now being used as a textbook at graduate public health and medical schools!). One new addition starts today, my new audio podcast.

We commissioned a 10-episode pilot podcast series to run over the next 10 weeks and the first episode is available now. Now you can learn life-saving tips while you run, cook, or commute. To check out the trailer and subscribe (for free, of course, like everything else on NutritionFacts.org) go to our new podcast page. If folks find them useful I’ll make them a regular weekly feature. The podcast is being produced by Joseph Ram of Issues and Advocacy, LLC and Kerry Thompson of Thompson House Productions.

Happiest of holidays and a wonderful, healthful, fact-filled new year.

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.


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  1. I’ve had tremendous success cutting out avocado from diet. Was eating a half of one a day. That’s only 18% or so of total RDA of fat.

    What’s interesting is that my morning blood readings have dropped significantly. Iinterestingly, I have not reduced total daily fat consumption, I just replaced avocado with tahini and olive oil. Is there correlation/causation of avocado actually being harmful for insulin issues? The link provided below seems to suggest so.

    http://blog.sethroberts.net/2010/09/21/avocado-raises-blood-sugar/

  2. Podcasts are awesome and I am really looking forward to them! They are usually 45-75 minutes, though. It’s going to be hard to cover broad topics in only 16 minutes. Videos, which are very specific, can be half that length already.

    1. I do not think that it implies that these Paleolithic humans ate an entirely vegetarian diet but it certainly refutes the notion that plants were only a minor part of Paleolithic diets
      “Our knowledge of the diet of early hominins derives mainly from animal skeletal remains found in archaeological sites, leading to a bias toward a protein-based diet. We report on the earliest known archive of food plants found in the superimposed Acheulian sites excavated at Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov, Israel. These remains, some 780,000 y old, comprise 55 taxa, including nuts, fruits, seeds, vegetables, and plants producing underground storage organs. They reflect a varied plant diet, staple plant foods, seasonality, and hominins’ environmental knowledge and use of fire in food processing. Our results change previous notions of paleo diet………”

      1. While not 100% vegan, the plant based diet could influence the bacteria which ffects behavior. There are questions like for example, did European ancestors had the healthiest diet (ethnocentric view)? Did the Europeans for example started with a different microbiota (meat based diet due to geography) that influenced their behavior through the enteric nervous system?

        1. Panchito, You might be interested in the book “10% Human – How Your Body’s Microbes Hold The Key to Health and Happiness” by Alanna Collen, Ph.D., (biologist). She discusses the issues, question, and research that your discussion, above, brings up. The issue of a different microbiota, meat based, and/or geography based is something she goes into. And yes, the research shows that our microbiomes do change with our diet and location. And also affects us in other ways – too large a subject for me to synopsize here.
          I found this book through another NF post who got the recommendation for this book directly from Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D. I recommend picking it up – its definitely worth the read.

      2. I like to keep in mind that the paleo information – what our ancestors ate – is a very useful topic to know about and understand. Our history gives us foundational information. And it could be that our ancestors ate meat and were not entirely WFPB eaters. I’m ok with that – they were struggling for survival and did the best they could with what they had. For me, the question isn’t so much “What did they eat back then” but what is the best diet for me to eat today to support my long term health in comfort and with as few drugs as possible until my eventual end. And those are two completely different topics. From my perspective, just because our ancestors ate meat it does not mean that meat-eating translates into excellent health in our later years. Most of our ancestors didn’t live past 20-30 years. So who cares if they ate meat 24/7? I don’t – I just find it a useful point of interest and knowledge.

        So I have no beef (so to speak) with the paleo advocates if they think their eating habits are best for them. Time will eventually illuminate whether paleo is a good way to go. I think it’s better than SAD because it eliminates dairy. But I, personally, cast my vote with WFPB because the science is so strong and also because of all the beginnings of the diseases of aging that I have reversed in my own physiology. I did “go paleo” for a while before the term “Paleo” was known. And it didn’t work for me – all blood work going in the wrong direction. Went WFPB and everything is in normal range. I am my own experiment of one. But WFPB, at 64 years old, works for me today. .. no matter what our ancestors did.

  3. Question for Dr Greger. You mentioned that your book is now being used as a textbook and I am wondering if there is a teaching package available with testing materials such as multiple choice test questions for each chapter?

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