Dr. Greger on Alcohol

I recently took the stage at TEDxSedona to talk about Food as Medicine. Watch it here.  And if you missed my appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, you can still check it out here



New DVD covers acne, aloe, and alcohol 

My new DVD is out today and is available as a streaming video so you can start watching it immediately. I’m really excited about this one. Lots of good juicy practical bits—like How to Access Research Articles for Free—on a huge variety of topics including new research on cocoa powder and alcohol that have changed my clinical practice recommendations. All of these videos will eventually be available for free online over the next few months, but if you don’t want to wait, you can watch them all streaming right now. You can also order it as a physical DVD on DrGreger.org or on Amazon

Here’s the full list of chapters from the new volume—a preview of what’s to come over the next few months on NutritionFacts.org: 

  1. Does Chocolate Cause Acne?
  2. Does Cocoa Powder Cause Acne?
  3. How Much Lead Is in Organic Chicken Soup (Bone Broth)?
  4. Is Aloe Effective for Blood Pressure, Inflammatory Bowel, Wound Healing and Burns?
  5. Apple Peels Put to the Test for Chronic Joint Pain
  6. Can Alcohol Cause Cancer?
  7. The Best Source of Resveratrol
  8. Is It Better to Drink Little Alcohol Than None at All?
  9. Do Any Benefits of Alcohol Outweigh the Risks?
  10. How to Prevent Alzheimer’s with Diet
  11. Heavy Metal Urine Testing and Chelation for Autism
  12. Are Avocados Good for You?
  13. Does Marijuana Cause Permanent Brain Damage in Teens?
  14. Does Marijuana Cause Permanent Brain Damage in Adults?
  15. Do Mobile Phones Affect Brain Function?
  16. The Risks of Shark Cartilage Supplements
  17. Shark Cartilage Supplements Put to the Test to Cure Cancer
  18. Should Women with Fibroids Avoid Soy?
  19. Do Natural and DIY Tea Tree Oil Cleaning Products Disinfect as Well as Bleach?
  20. Coconut Water for Athletic Performance vs. Sports Drinks
  21. Are Sports Drinks Safe and Effective?
  22. Best Food for Hay Fever (Seasonal Allergies)
  23. The Benefits of Kale and Cabbage for Cholesterol
  24. How to Access Research Articles for Free
  25. Sci-Hub Opens Up a World of Knowledge
  26. Benefits of Blueberries for Artery Function

Order my new DVD at DrGreger.org/collections/dvds, on Amazon, or as a video download/streaming at DrGreger.org/collections/downloads.  

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One Day to Wellness

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Live Q&A March 22

Every month now I do Q&As live from my treadmill, and March 22 is the day.

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You can access all of my past live Q&As right here on NutritionFacts.org. If that’s not enough, remember I have an audio podcast to keep you company at http://nutritionfacts.org/audio.

In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

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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. We really enjoyed both the TEDxSedona talk and the Live with Kelly and Ryan segment–Fun and Informative! Seeing the beautiful display of the Daily Dozen foods, while Dr. Greger expounded on the health benefits of each, really helped instill what foods to eat every day.

  2. Excellent Ted Talk!

    Started watching at the beginning and thought maybe it would just be things I have already seen, but the “smoking gun” section was done so well!

    Excellent comic timing. (Last year’s Year in Review you were one beat off the whole talk. A cold? Perhaps you forgot to eat your button mushrooms?) I laugh, because I watched the old video of yours someone posted in a comment section and you have gotten better at this whole process.

  3. So, the fact that you seem to have forgotten to post a year in review this year, is it that you need to start sniffing lemon balm or try a little Saffron with your arsenic and rice dish?

  4. My pre-question, which I wouldn’t even know how to ask in a live question and answer would be based on the fact that most of the people around me are not eating fruits and vegetables almost at all and most of them either having out of control Diabetes or pre-diabetes or just plain having gone Paleo or Keto for weight loss or blood sugar.

    I have been pondering all the vegan plans and it seems like any of them would be so hard for them to do, except maybe just a simple McDougall Starch Solution – or Barnard’s when he just took the people off of the fat.

    I guess I am wondering what would happen if they just switched from all meat all the time back to the pasta, rice, bread, even if it has butter and even if they did white of all of it – or back to processed versions – even with the added salts and sugars – as a stepping stone away from the meat.

    I guess it isn’t much of a question. I am pondering it, because I know that the blood sugar is what would go up and the doctors would not like them doing that, but if that at least stopped the bad gut guys and unclogged the arteries a little bit and unplugged the pancreas, maybe it would be better than what they just went to?

    No, I don’t suppose I would ask a question like that in a live setting.

    It is just an internal math equation I am doing, because my sister-in-law is pretty much only eating chicken now and my brother, her husband is eating with her and my other friend is only having red meat and sausage and keto with her husband.

    1. this is why people with no nutritional backround and do not know how too cook should not be on this diet. you cant just eat chicken, sausage, and red meat and sustain it for any length of time. you also need quality meats which I can get but honestly this diet can get expensive

  5. Just got an inspiration from your videos for one of them.

    If they are going to just eat chicken, the veggie chicken patties are pretty good.

  6. Ron, I appreciate how you bring all these studies in.

    You are an asset to this community.

    I am not up to your level of scientific understanding.

    I am new to all of it and have just started watching beginning science videos and have been searching PubMed for a year, but I feel like I am starting to learn the basics and people like you help.

    1. Thanks but I am no expert nor qualifier of science. I only have expertise in the researching of things.. It has thus application to things of science but is not itself science. My application actually stems from in development, finance. Finance largely no longer interests me. Science requires study. I am a quick read in things that interest me. So I may devolve things with some rapidity. But that is not the result of the study of science or like matters. I easily bore however and so do not continue participation in most places unless a specific interest is present…

      Docs mention here, did not include any substance. So I included some so visitors may have at least a tiny bit to read if they visit.

  7. I am thinking about questions I would ask Dr. Greger.

    I am pondering things like why did the broccoli sprout capsules work in the initial studies of them and don’t work after that?

    I guess, because of the mammogram series, I feel like, if it is that we just can’t trust supplement companies, could there be flax seed and broccoli sprout as medicine done in prescription doses?

    I know that people can just eat them, but 90-something percent of people don’t eat them and Cancer rates are so high that I am wondering if they could do the things, which help in studies.

    People are often “fickle” about diet – saying, “I don’t like this” or “I don’t eat that” where they do take the supplements and pills.

    Back to the broccoli sprouts, they could be given to the COPD patients and smokers and so many categories.

    Seems like these things could be like statins and might make an impact. With fewer side effects.

    Why did the first studies work using pills, if the supplements don’t work?

    (I am eating my flax and broccoli sprouts every day, so it isn’t a personal question. I am thinking more of the big problem of disease rates and solutions.)

    1. If pharmacists could possibly have versions of things like Amla, Turmeric, Saffron, Matcha, flax, broccoli sprouts, beets And others which have tested powerful in studies, but are ineffective in supplements –

      I still haven’t started liking turmeric, but didn’t mind taking the pills, but I won’t now and my grandmother hated pomegranate juice, but took it years ago, when I told her it was heart medicine and she scrunched her face up every time, but was good at taking it as medicine.

      I am not sure that I could get there with some things.

      Is there no way to make medicine grade supplements or even wafers for people who don’t eat any of it?

      I have had relatives with Alzheimer’s and would bring them saffron wafers, but it would be such a pain in the neck to keep making saffron rice and getting them to eat it.

      I am confused why these things work in some studies and don’t work in the supplements.

      1. Why don’t they use these as adjunct therapies, even if the big pharma had to make them.

        When I researched Diabetes, there were studies of things like Berberine, which they say worked as well as the meds

        What happens between that study and Vitamin Shoppe that I can’t benefit the way they said?

        And yes I am eating my fruits and vegetables, but my sister in law is eating chicken and taking a multivitamin which might kill her if the chicken doesn’t get her and if Berberine worked she might at least eat her corn again.

  8. My question #2 would be related to the fact that people all over the place don’t eat their fruits and vegetables.

    I am pondering that and it has to be that kids aren’t being introduced to food properly and I am wondering what your thoughts on that are (with your pediatrics background)

    Is it the progression from mother eating junk food during pregnancy to baby drinking unnatural milk to artificial baby food to animal cracker and cereal snacks has already sent kids so far in the wrong direction that it is harder to correct.

    That multiplied times lunches revolving things requiring ketchup and calling that a fruit or did they call it a vegetable serving?

    Seems like the only way to cut it off might be to combine nutrition classes with expectant mothers tasting fruits and vegetables themselves or something.

    LOL! I don’t know how to write things as questions.

    1. Maybe cooking classes? Food preparation classes?

      Seems like Alton Brown’s kids probably will like fruit and vegetables versus someone who can’t cook, like the lunch ladies at school.

      1. Maybe you could give examples of how you introduce foods to your family.

        You said that your family is tolerant.

        I wonder why.

        I suspect it is a “How you think and communicate and teach them to think” thing, but I wonder if any of your kids were finicky or had a sweet tooth or balked maybe a little when you took away pizza. (Were you already married when you went vegan?)

        I suspect for adults, photos of the hardening of the arteries might work. (I watched the video with pictures of that progression yesterday and that might have helped my family when my mother was young. Not much helps them now, but when we were young and she was young, things could have helped.)

  9. And I am thinking that, after you take on How Not to Die and How Not to Diet, where can you possibly go next?

    And I am thinking kids books.

    Maybe combine with the guy who plays with his food and do a food as medicine type of thing?

  10. I can already envision you doing your grandmother story for the 6 year olds and having “Adventures of Dr. Greger” and have you turn into a muppet television program for kids.

    Seems like your creative, sophomoric humor is being wasted on the adults

  11. Now the question would be whether PBS, Disney or the Food Network would want a new show or whether you could have a muppet on Sesame Street modeled after you.

    Something to ponder.

  12. You could be like PEeWee’s big adventures and Have exercise like the wiggle people and teach the science.

    Maybe have a researcher character.

  13. It could be called:


    Food as Medicine

    the Adventures of Dr Greger

    And you could do travels to different kids towns and show their produce

    And you could do games and have you in the kitchen with your hat.

  14. And you could have an animated 6 year old version of you and have you be a champion of clean eating in a junk food world and have the adult you pop your head in with an “If I knew back then what I know now and have your young kid version be helping the adult you out in a back to Dr Greger’s future and have him protect your DNA and unclog your arteries and have him not eat in a way to cause acne and obesity.

    Or something like that?

  15. My brother and sister were both moral peoples once. But now they are poor and morality has not a thing to do with anything. So they give false hope with a worthless thing that none can benefit from but costs a pretty penny. And they involve god in the things somehow.

    They must eat I know. And morality with some need or small need or any need at all goes out the door.
    A person buying a thing with a real illness expecting a solution to that…..makes me cry.
    They will not get better and it provides false hope which will be dashed.

    Will you with no morality get better..or will my hopes for that be dashed?
    I expect in this thing of human you fail quite completely and there is no hope for you nor me.
    I do not deny need however it provides for all sorts of atrocity that thing,

  16. Ron,

    The hardest part of this whole process for me has been all the phony industries stealing from dying people.

    The harder part is watching studies like the powdered whole plant in the pills helping prostate cancer and knowing my family doesn’t eat pomegranate and doesn’t drink green tea and might not get enough broccoli and my brother has prostate cancer and they could ground real products into powders and have it help versus buying useless supplements.

    I don’t understand that there wouldn’t be a market for the whole foods ground to powder and I could buy my own gel caps and maybe have my brothers Cancer go away.

    I don’t mind as much that the supplememt people would steal from me, but could they at least give me something which would work?

    That was the part that I didn’t understand.

    Tiny amounts of the real stuff worked.

    Tiny amounts.

    Where are the tiny amount pill sellers?

  17. I just realized that the fourth thing was turmeric.

    Can I grind Turmeric and put it into a capsule?

    Is that what the tiny amounts pill people did?

    I already eat the pomegranate seeds and broccoli sprouts and drink green tea every day, but I would like turmeric a benefits without its flavoring.

    Can I sprinkle the stuff in the spice aisle into a capsulr? Or is the stuff in the spice aisle already fake in some way?

    Can my brother sprinkle turmeric and put matcha in capsules and is thst the real stuff?

    My friend told me that the material of tea bags in the bagged teas already take away half the antioxidant vslue. Is there anything else sneaky happening?

  18. I honestly already thought that green tea pills had green tea whole food in them.

    Does big pharma also own big supplement or something?

    I would like to see if John McDougall or someone who do the pills from the prostAte study without faking it.

    I am going to admit though that I looked at his oatmeal and the maple brown sugar looked almost the same as the brand I was buying and his had fewer packs, so I don’t know if logic changes once you start selling things or something.

  19. I have been awake all night wondering if it is that simple.

    Could we change maybe the mortality rates of every condition if we took the spices Americans won’t eat and just have them grind up the Amla and Turmeric and Cloves and Matcha Tea and put them in capsules.

    Is it that Americans spent billions on the fake stuff and the real stuff might change the equation somehow?

  20. ASPIRIN!


    A tiny bit of the real plant left in might change everything.

    Now just to get people their own grinders and a list of which foods to do!

  21. Aspirin might be proof of concept.

    Give all the meat eaters and junk food eaters who can’t change their diets one low dose pill from a plant and it radically changes mortality without increasing their fruit intake or decreasing their meat intake or junk food intake at all.

    What would happen if the dietary change drop outs got real antioxidants?

  22. I have Stage 4 CKD….My GFR count is now 18. I have asked my nephrologist and hematologist if I should change anything in my diet and they both say no. I don’t want to go on dialysis and I am fearful that if nothing improves that I will be on it before long. Can you recommend any information that might help me?

  23. Hello Nona Wilt! Many thanks for your question. I’m a volunteer here at NF.org.

    I’m glad you’re asking this, because Dr. Greger has lots of videos related to the subject, and I’m sure they’ll be from great help to your situation, I’ll give you the links from the topics so you can watch them all or the ones you think are more useful for you:





    Hope it helps!

  24. Hi. My partner has Cerebellar Atrofie. Can a WFPB diet heal or help him….?.
    His speech and walking is starting to detiriate ,,
    Has been diagnosed 2 years now,,,, and loads of tablets and physiotherapy is all doctors can give us,,, please help ,,,,

  25. Hi, Maria sofroniou. I am sorry you and your partner are dealing with this issue. I don’t know whether or not a WFPB diet could help. As far as I know, it has not been “put to the test.” It seems unlikely to worsen his condition, and could be worth a try, if nothing else is working. If alcohol is a factor in his disease, then he absolutely must stop drinking, if he has not already done so. This is a long shot, as it has not been tested in anything but a petri dish, which may or may not translate to effects in a living person, but Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) mushrooms show some initial promise for regenerating nerve cells. If you can get them affordably, it could be worth a try. If nothing else, they are delicious. You can find everything on this site about brain health here: https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/brain-health/
    Everything related to brain disease may be found here: https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/brain-disease/
    I hope that helps!

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