Get My Favorite Apron (and New Fall Shirts!)

You may remember the fun broccoli apron I wore in my “In the Kitchen” videos (here and here). These aprons are back by popular demand, along with a fun new t-shirt and sweatshirt, designed by our talented summer intern (thank you, Bryan!). 

Support the continued nonprofit work of NutritionFacts.org and look cruciferocious at the same time! This limited-time fundraiser runs through October 4. Get your swag at http://bit.ly/NutritionFactscollection

Now on Facebook Watch

If you follow NutritionFacts.org on Facebook, you might have noticed a few changes in the way our page looks. That’s because we are now a Watch page. Facebook saw that our primary content was video and invited us to convert over. Now if you follow us there, you’ll be notified when new episodes are added, while still seeing all of our great non-video content. 
 
 
 
 

Calling More Volunteers

We are seeking volunteers experienced in translating into Sanskrit-Hindi to help make our videos more accessible to the Indian community and also looking for volunteers fluent in Mandarin with a medical or nutrition background to help answer questions on our Chinese Social Media profiles. For more information and to apply, visit NutritionFacts.org/volunteer.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Live Q&A TODAY

Every month now I do Q&As live from my treadmill, and today, Sept 27 is the day.
  • Facebook Live: At 12:00 p.m. ET TODAY go to our Facebook page to watch live and ask questions.
  • YouTube Live Stream: At 1:00 p.m. ET TODAY go here to watch live and ask even more questions! 
You can now find links to all of my past live YouTube and Facebook Q&As right here. If that’s not enough, remember I have an audio podcast to keep you company at http://nutritionfacts.org/audio.
 
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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.


18 responses to “Get My Favorite Apron (and New Fall Shirts!)

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  1. Dr. Greger, I am wondering what you feel is the minimum B12 serum level.
    Many doctors feel it is around 180 or 200, saying that even this can be
    healthy, but I read so much online that claims it should be no less than
    the 350 – 400 range, as a minimum. Do you have any thoughts on this?
    Yes, I am familiar with the methylmalonic acid test and homocysteine test,
    but the blood level test for B12 seems to hold a lot of debate, as far as
    minimum safe level.

    1. I have no idea what Dr Greger thinks about this and I know that your question is directed to him. So please excuse me for commenting.

      You have raised an nteresting question but it may be the wrong question. This is because

      ‘A particular drawback of testing vitamin B12 levels is that the current widely-used blood test only measures the total amount of vitamin B12 in your blood.

      This means it measures forms of vitamin B12 that are “active” and can be used by your body, as well as the “inactive” forms, which can’t. If a significant amount of the vitamin B12 in your blood is “inactive”, a blood test may show that you have normal B12 levels, even though your body can’t use much of it.

      There are some types of blood test that may help determine if the vitamin B12 in your blood can be used by your body, but these aren’t yet widely available.”
      https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamin-b12-or-folate-deficiency-anaemia/diagnosis/

      That said, the US Govt MedlinePlus website states

      “Normal values are 160 to 950 picograms per milliliter (pg/mL), or 118 to 701 picomole per liter (pmol/L).

      Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Some labs use different measurements or may test different samples. Talk to your provider about what your specific test results mean.”
      https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003705.htm

  2. Laughed my head off at your YouTube Confessional Q & A.

    You are such a cutie-pie!

    Adorable!

    The light on your glasses was so cool. Wondering what light source changed.

    Anyway, I like the pacing and longer answers. Great job! Clap Clap Clap

    1. traBryan, The sweatshirt is really attractive. I really like the choices you made. Friendly, pleasant-looking lettering. Dynamic use of the two colors and I like the strong line and the leaves!

      1. I am not understanding the design of the other one as well. Is it a sunshine pattern? It reminds me of fireworks and I find those lines disorienting because of that. I feel like whole food plant-based needs imagery which reflects what it is. Ideally, it would interact with the subconscious of the person who views the shirt and would draw them in. I feel like the sweatshirt accomplished that at a higher level, but felt like the t-shirt missed the mark but that is just my two cents and young people might respond to things differently nowadays.

        1. I feel like that one is a little too visually complicated. The word Food is too big and the little lines around whole are too busy and thin and I lose both “whole” and “plant-based” and those are the concepts, which are more important.

  3. Okay, now that I have given my honest feedback, I will also add that they also could have pointed to Dr. Greger more.

    “WFPB: Put it to the test”

    Would be the first concept, which jumped into my mind.

  4. I tried my own T-shirt design, just to see what I would do and it had

    an apple with the words Whole Food Plant Based curved around it

    With Put it to the test in different font below that

    And on the back, I put text: Did you know that studies show an apple a day really does keep the doctor away?

    Anyway, that is the type of direction I would go if I was designing t-shirts for you and I am not.

  5. But I will add agsin that that sweatshirt really is beautiful.

    I just was pondering if there would be a way to make the merchandise reflect Dr Greger more.

    If I was in the group of brainstorming, I would say

    Put it to the test

    With real studies on the back

    Would be the framework.

    Maybe health challenges

    With
    we didn’t know on the front

    And until now on the back with the answer.

    Something to proselytize for people.

  6. I am not explaining it very well.

    It would be something like

    Can the foods we eat reverse disease?

    We didn’t know….

    Until now

    Anyway, I am just planting a seed for future designs.

    1. Or it has to be more clever.

      If you Google Whole Food Plant Based and ho to etsy and see the t-shirts with your name on it.

      Then come back to yours.

      You are way too clever for pretty t-shirts and way too smart to just be cutsie without saying something real.

  7. Sorry that I went into stupid opinionated critic mode.

    Bryan designed a very very beautiful sweatshirt.

    I have this stupid mind and end up analyzing everything.

    They used to say that those who can’t do teach, but it is always backseat drivers and armchair quarterbacks who criticize too much.

  8. Maybe just a shirt with

    We didn’t know
    On the front

    And

    Until now
    On the back

    And a shirt with

    Whole Food Plant Based
    Put it to the test

  9. YR,

    Yes. My brain pauses more than most brains do, I think.

    I also tended to put a comma wherever my brain stopped, which turned out to be much too frequently.

    Each double line spacing is where I pause and contemplate.

    I was just thinking that there needs to be a WFPB Christmas commercial on the Hallmark Channel someday and Dr. Ornish or Dr Esselstyn could give the gift of reversing heart disease and Dr. Barnard could do Diabetes and Dr. McDougall could do the 95% of MS patients go into remission and Dr. Fuhrman could do the Cancer stops growing when animal products are 5% or lower. Someone gave the Medicare warning that 58% of Medicare costs are for high blood pressure meds and that Medicare could go bankrupt in 3 years if elderly people don’t start going low fat Vegan. Seems like it could be a Christmas Gift of life or something. Yes, I am probably doing it in the wrong place because Dr. Greger comes from a Jewish background, but I never would have ever seen any of these doctors, because they weren’t on the channels I was watching, except for PBS, but somehow, with my schedule, I only caught the brain doctors and they aren’t WFPB. Anyway, Hallmark starting in October is when all of my female friends start watching Christmas specials and they like the sappy commercials just as much as they like the sappy movies.

  10. Since I found Dr. Greger, November, one year ago, I have talked to multiple Cancer patients, multiple Diabetics, multiple people with things like MS and none of them have heard of any of you. The MS person recently has been dealing with MS since she was 20 and, 15 years later, she still had never heard of Dr. Swank’s study and she lives in housing for MS people and none of them had heard of it. None of my friends or relatives had heard of any of it. None of it.

  11. Hi Dr. G:

    I became a vegan (no added fat) about 8yrs ago in order to eliminate dietary cholesterol from my diet. Just recently (I think it was on the Mayo Clinic site) they were saying that recent research has shown that dietary cholesterol is not the problem it was previously thought to be and it doesn’t combine with the chol our bodies make (and sometimes too much of the latter, of course). As a result, I am starting to get a bit confused re dietary cholesterol. Is it bad for you or is it no longer a problem? No matter what you say, I am a committed vegan and will live like this for the rest of my life (unless I get diagnosed with irreversible terminal cancer at which time I will start eating whatever I like.

    1. Hello Granville,

      Recently there have been some studies suggesting that dietary cholesterol does not affect your body’s cholesterol level; however, there are flaws in the design of these studies. Dr. Greger highlights in a video I linked below how industry influence can lead to such issues. One issue is that if your cholesterol is already high from eating animal products (the average American), it won’t be raised much by consuming even more cholesterol, whereas since you are vegan, if you were to consume more dietary cholesterol it would raise your cholesterol to a greater extent. There are other issues that can arise from study design as well and Dr. Greger talks about them below.

      I hope this clears up the confusion for you,
      Matt

      Egg Industry Studies (cholesterol): https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-the-egg-board-designs-misleading-studies/

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