Preview the Cover of How Not to Diet

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March for Healthy School Food in NYC

Balanced, one of our favorite evidence-based nutrition advocacy organizations, along with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and The New York City Healthy School Food Alliance will be hosting a March for Healthy School Food in New York City on June 9. The march is bringing together policymakers, parents, chefs, doctors, athletes, and others, to demand more evidence-based nutrition in schools across the city. Click here for additional information, or email Balanced’s Executive Director at Audreys@balanced.org with questions or to learn more about getting involved.

 

New research journal

Our friends at The Plantrician Project are sponsoring the world’s first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing research that documents the effects of nutrition and lifestyle to arrest and reverse chronic lifestyle-related diseases—and it’s free! The first issue of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention is out now, and features research from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, and Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Check it out and register for free access by clicking here.

 

Live Q&A May 23

Every month now I do Q&As live from my treadmill, and Thursday, May 23 is the day.

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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.


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  1. Looking forward to reading the book! One of these days, hopefully soon, there will be greater opportunities to work in an industry that promotes the Plant Based lifestyle. Currently, my most important job within corporate is to pass on links for a truly healthy diet and lifestyle. Although I might be the only one who understands that fact:). Most of us in banking are clueless, and strongly resist the needed change.

    Many of you are probably aware of Beyond Meat, Inc. (BYND) going public… with phenomenal early market results.

      1. Oops, I posted the wrong link. I see the writer thinks the real thing is better than the fake burger….i.e. an animal product.

        Shame on me. :-/

        1. Not sure what ancestral nutrition is – cannibalism via eating your grandparents perhaps? You do like to link to the sites of opinionated bloggers though.

          However, Beyond Meat is clearly not a whole food It also contains far more fat than carbohydrates and is high in sodium. Not something I would choose to eat.
          https://www.myfooddiary.com/brand/beyond-meat

          Of course, real meat also contains far more fat than carbs and is high in sodium but it additionally has haem iron, IGF-1 and various natural cattle hormones. If you are in the US, it probably also has artficial hormones and antibiotic residues. Unlike the Beyond Burger though it contains no fibre whatsoever.

          We don’t really have any knowledge of the health effects of consuming this stuff but we do know about the health effects of consuming ‘real’ burgers and red meat. Even eating small amounts of real burgers etc may increase our mortality risk
          https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/11/3/622

          Real burgers are also ‘vomit-inducing garbage’ but with the added feature of killing people (not to mentioned the millions of animals cruelly slaughtered to produce them”) it seems.

          1. Real burgers are also ‘vomit-inducing garbage’ but with the added feature of killing people (not to mentioned the millions of animals cruelly slaughtered to produce them”) it seems.

            Laughing.

            1. “True, it wasn’t written by a scientist, so you will not consider it reputable.”

              I do prefer artcles by scientists discussing scientific studies to articles by bloggers/internet marketers expressing their opinions. Shame on me.

      2. Who ever wrote that blog about beyond meat must not be able to read . They list the ingredients and then start to criticize soy protein isolate . Problem here is there is none in the ingredients , there is pea protein not soy . There is a lot of fat in it as well , however very little saturated fat unlike dead cow burgers .
        Beyond meat target market is not vegans or whole fooders but the vast majority of people who have heard about the health benefits for themselves or the environment or animal rights yet for one reason or another can,t seem to get on a complete whole foods program .

      3. The artificial meat market is not aimed at current vegans per se, but is intended to help the unenlightened begin to ween themselves off of animal flesh. As far as “vomit inducing garbage” goes, have you ever been inside a working slaughterhouse? I have, and that is truly a vomit inducing experience. The blood, gore and smells are overwhelming. By the way, citing Dr. Mercola as anything resembling science is laughable. And

  2. Love the cover.

    I had to go back and compare it to the How Not To Die leafy greens. Love the touches of red and the delicate micro greens. My eyesight is slowly improving. Lets see…. Hmmmm…. Beans, blueberries, are those grape tomatoes or more berries?

    Congratulations to the volunteers for translating all of those videos into Hebrew and Portuguese! I would start to say, “You finished!” but I know that new videos pop up every week.

    International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention and it is FREE! I am already going to be bouncing from here to there.

    But I just wanted to pause and applaud all the hard work everybody has done!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  3. I already signed up for the journal. My first journal!

    I was excited to see the question of whether autoantibodies associated with T1D could be reduced by diet.

    Last night, I was looking up PEMF and it does something to the mitochondria – doubling its density, so I looked up to see if T1D has mitochondria and ROS issues and it does. People with T1D always get so discouraged. Good to see ANY study they can use.

    And, yes, the science is STILL 10 zillion miles over my head. I keep reading it and maybe someday I will have learned enough to have a mental breakthrough of some sort.

    Right now, it is mostly exciting that I have a concept of what Mitochondria means.

  4. So, is Mr. Nelson going to bring down all of the Whole Food Plant-Based science or just destroy Dr. Fuhrman?

    My heart breaks and no matter what Mr. Nelson won’t be someone I follow.

    Science itself is such a ridiculously big problem.

    So is the internet.

  5. Mr Nelson misrepresented how things were presented on this site left and right.

    That makes it so much harder to know whether he will end up being right about what he said about Dr. F’s study. If the whole thing was a scam study, then it becomes a situation where now all of his studies will be examined and all I do know is that Mr. Nelson is so prone to drama and exaggeration that I can’t even handle that he is the one doing any type of process at all.

    Well, I guess I am going to be praying for everybody this weekend.

    Feels like this is going to cause serious problems within Whole Food Plant Based and like any case of it being a movement is about to be shattered.

  6. I am putting it over here and I wish I could give you all hugs.

    But he accused the whole Adventist study of being outright fraud and has accused Dr. Fuhrman’s study of being totally fraud and made all kinds of dramatic exaggerations about videos he saw here.

    I genuinely am praying, but if the Adventist studies are genuinely frauds and if Dr. Fuhrman’s study was fraud and I go back to the Amgen not being able to replicate more than 11% of studies and Bayer was something like 25% of studies and someone was able to do a study which Ornish’s diet underperformed and I am not complaining about any of it, but wish it wasn’t an out of control drama king handling the topic.

    I genuinely wish Dr. Fuhrman had not poured gasoline on that ridiculous man’s fire and I will be sad if science itself is a fraud and it seems like it mostly is, but so is anti-science and politics and big medicine.

    I am not jumping off of any ship and I am not stopping watching your videos or Dr. Fuhrman’s videos, but I do know that man just injured and that Dr. McDougall is now being examined under a magnifying glass because he looked like someone with dementia whether he has it or not.

    You be careful out there and do not get near that man. He is dangerous for everybody and you have to stay on focus and not make him more popular.

    His representation of information on your site has been biased both with Vitamin D and with nuts and fake science aside, he doesn’t have a leg to stand on, except that he just started standing on Colin’s reputation instead of his own and suddenly that man has real weapons in his wild flailing hands.

    The fact that most people connect all of you doctors together because of the documentaries and because of the online conferences and debates means that this becomes a highly critical moment.

    But he is not accusing you of the same thing he is accusing Dr. F. of and I don’t know where the cards are going to fall but I do not trust that man no matter what.

    I am writing too much, but I am going to say that you are the one who needs to only do things with safe people right now.

    I genuinely am going to be praying this weekend and maybe this will be a time when God becomes a stronger factor for some people.

    1. He has no shades of gray for when you have given, “worth a shot” from small studies and acts like you called surveys studies and as if you don’t know the difference and he is so irresponsible on how he communicates those things, but if every detail of Dr. F’s study and if the Adventist studies are frauded, then it is science itself which should be under scrutiny and we already know that is the truth.

      How fake is all of it? And I mean all of it.

      1. Perhaps Nelson is the real fake?

        After all, accusing others (opponents/competitors) of possessing your own faults is a common tactic among politicians and marketers. Look at Karl Rove’s alleged playbook for example.
        eb.archive.org/web/20120510030543/http://www.webster.edu/medialiteracy/journal/FINALKARLROVE.pdf

        But it’s also common among trolls – I see it often among low carb YouTube trolls for example. It also seems to be a widespread defence mechanism in all people with psychological issues

        ‘Psychological projection is a defence mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.’
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

          1. Tom,

            Those first nut videos totally misconstrued what Dr. Greger said, for instance, and he did the same thing with Vitamin D and he threw out the science which he didn’t like, so he has ZERO credibility in my eyes, but the video where he quotes Colin genuinely makes Dr. Fuhrman, who I like, look pretty bad.

            If Dr. Fuhrman did one study and had someone cheat considerably, I still don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

            If he has a habit of faking science, then every study he does requires more scrutiny.

            But, YES, so does every sentence by Mr. Nelson, who IS STILL not credible, but things just ratcheted up in a way where it could technically be everybody is not credible.

            Science is power and money and reputation and influence and it has to be hard to not do the process with bias.

            People accused Colin when his data came out, too and people have said that people couldn’t adhere to Dr. Ornish’s diet when it was other people administrating it.

            I don’t need any of these men to be perfect, but that process just got ugly in so many directions and both Mr. Nelson and Dr. Fuhrman are people I need to listen to more carefully.

            If Dr. Fuhrman fakes studies, that still doesn’t mean that his diet isn’t reversing diseases, but if I was his counselor, I would be saying, “If you are faking lots of things, then just write books and only use real testimonials.” If he is faking testimonials, then it becomes time for him to retire, but I listen to his advice and don’t hear him recommending anything harmful. Nuts and seeds and Omega 3 are the questionable things and he is not the only one who does studies.

            Anyway, I am not negative toward him, but I will have to face whether I can trust his studies.

            I just read his T1D study. Was it real? I remain open minded and hate the process Mr. Nelson is doing and him saying that he never mentioned Dr. Fuhrman in his nut videos when there were images of Dr. Fuhrman showing and he mentioned both doctors and now says that Dr. Fuhrman wasn’t even on his radar.

            Plus, he is best friends with Dr. McDougall and there is NO WAY I believe that he didn’t know the Colin situation. There is no way he is that much of an “insider” and didn’t have this other information gossipped in social gatherings.

            I have insider information on so many people in Hollywood even though I am a total outsider. Same thing with politics, from having a married politician date my relative. There is no way he is telling the complete truth about anything. He is not credible.

            It just may, unfortunately, be that neither are other people.

            1. Tom,

              You nailed what I was thinking about Mr. Nelson exactly.

              It is Dr. Fuhrman who I need to examine more closely, but right now, I have been “examining him” basically by eating a diet very similar to his diet and it is helping me so much that I am separating that diet from the science done with his name on it, which I know may not even be him personally.

              I am not going to throw Dr. Fuhrman under the bus. But I am also not going to buy his DHA based on his studies and I will look for double-blind studies from other people to see if they agree with his. Sorry, Dr. Fuhrman, I will still listen to your videos and still enjoy them, but I will go to PubMed after listening like I always do. This is my way of beginning to separate the baby and the bathwater.

        1. I had assumed that Nelson was simply giving voice to another man’s view. In fact, I would be embarrassed to express those points that vit D is unnecessary, and nuts are for special occasions only since we hear them often from another doctor. They are all book sellers to me.
          This site is valuable in that I get a place to start in looking up the studies which I greatly appreciate.

          1. I still think that Nelson is misrepresenting the facts in some places (I have only looked at a few of his videos) for his own purposes. The thought has even occurred to me that he might be sailing under false colours to attack the WFPM movement from the inside! But that’s clearly ridiculous.

            At bottom though, I think that people like him serve a useful purpose because they cause us to question our assumptions and beliefs. That’s how science progresses after all.

            It’s certainly true that studies like PREDIMED and nut studies generally are usually conducted with some kind of assistance from the nut (and olive) industries so we need to treat the conclusions reached by the study authors with caution. Just as we do studies conducted by people linked with the animal food industries or by those who have strong beliefs on things like saturated fat. By the same principle, the papers about the Adventist health studies also need to be considered carefully – the authors of the study are on the staff of Loma Linda University and ‘Loma Linda University’s mission is “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.” ‘ That includes certain 7th Day Adventist beliefs about diet.

            Also, on vitamin D recommendations,. caution is equally appropriate because a 2013 Mendelian randomisation study of vitamin D polymorphisms in heart disease patients concluded

            ‘CONCLUSIONS: Genetic variants associated with 25-OH-vitamin D concentrations do not predict mortality. This suggests that low 25-OH-vitamin D concentrations are associated with, but unlikely to be causal for, higher mortality rates.’
            http://clinchem.aaccjnls.org/content/59/5/793.long

            In other words, low vitamin D many not cause increased mortality but a number of disease states may cause low vitamin D levels. However, a 2019 Norwegian study found

            ‘Conclusion Our study confirms a probable causal but weak relation between serum 25(OH)D level and mortality. The relation between rs12766939 and mortality needs confirmation in more homogenous cohorts.’
            https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/588871v1

            In brief, I think that some of the issues Nelson has raised are well worthy of further discussion but also that he is too combative, he unnecessarily personalises disagreements and does misrepresent some of the facts to make his case stronger.

            1. I agree Fumbles about Nelson misrepresenting facts. Take for example that brazil nut study, or many other ‘odd’ studies cited by Dr Greger. I had looked at that kind of video as part of my education in what features make a good study and what features should signal caution. I did try the brazil nuts lol, but I had no expectations there because of Dr G’s explanation.

              Thank you for the vitamin D links. Since I am outside everyday, rain or shine, I take a modest amount of vit D for now. It would be interesting to see vit D levels in healthy aging plant-eating populations, like blue zone types .

  7. Sorry for processing it here.

    Up until these last videos, he has just been a crackpot twisting everything for his own purposes, which he still is.

    And I had no problem with Dr Fuhrman including a woman who lived 15 years longer than she would have as a success story because it was one.

    The science is the big question mark.

    The thing is, I am a self-hacker and am reversing conditions and my dog is still alive and even if people like Mr Nelson AND all the documentaries AND all of the science is skewed, I have already benefited.

    It is just going to be so much harder to convince any of my friends and family about Whole Food Plant Based and the Food Schmooze already made fun of Dr Ornish and so many people are making fun of Dr McDougall and I respect all of you still and I am going to see what happens.

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