Stroke Risk Webinar

Last Day to Register for Obesity Webinar & New Stroke Risk Webinar

I’m excited to announce my next webinar, taking place on February 19: 

Why Do Vegetarians Have Higher Stroke Risk?

Unlike the obesity webinar, which was put together mostly just to satisfy the intellectual curiosity of fellow nutrition nerds (more info below!), my February webinar is going to be of a more practical nature. Given that high blood pressure and inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption are among the most important stroke risk factors, you would assume those eating plant-based diets would be at significantly lower risk, just as they are with heart attacks. You might be surprised to learn that there had never been any studies on the incidence of stroke in vegetarians, though…until now. And if you think that is surprising, wait until you hear the results. Yes, they had lower heart disease risk as expected, but those eating meat-free diets appeared to have more stroke risk. If that is indeed the case, what might be the cause, and what can we do about it? I hope you’ll join me for this important event. For more information and to register, go here.

Date and Time: February 19, 2-4pm ET
Last Day to Register: February 13


Today is the last day to register for my next webinar on January 24 at 2pm ET:

Obesity webinarWhat Triggered the Obesity Epidemic? 

The obesity epidemic exploded throughout the industrialized world in the late 1970s. What happened? Any potential driver would have had to be global in nature and coincide with the upswing of the epidemic. So how do the various theories stack up? Was it the fat, the sugar, our genes, lack of exercise? If you are as curious as I was before I dived in, I hope you’ll join me as I sift through the possibilities and answer your questions in this 2-hour live webinar, which is (*spoiler alert*) based on the first part of my new book How Not to Diet

Update: Get the download of this webinar here, and to be the first to see announcements of future webinars, be sure you subscribe to our newsletter.

And speaking of my new book, I was thrilled to be back on Live with Kelly and Ryan and Fox Business to discuss it. 


Speaking Tour Kicking Off

Speaking tourI’ve started my 200-city speaking tour. This will take me all over the US and other parts of the world. Here are a few of the upcoming events that are open to the public. You can also see the full list here.

1/12/2020 Loma Linda, CA
Loma Linda University School of Medicine 

1/17/2020 Sedona, AZ
L’Auberge de Sedona for Health and Nutrition Conference & Sedona Performing Arts Center for VegFest

2/7/2020 Boise, ID
Plant Based in Boise

2/16/2020 Camarillo, CA
Whole Conference

Holistic Holiday at Sea


Seeking Chinese Translation Volunteers

Chinese volunteersWe’re currently seeking volunteers with experience in English-Chinese translation and editing as we continue to bring the latest research on nutrition to people in Chinese-speaking regions. You can find the volunteer position descriptions and applications here



Host a How Not to Die Screening

Over 30 How Not to Die Screening events have taken place around the world since last April. These events have brought communities together and have allowed this life-saving information to effectively reach wider audiences. Consider hosting a free event in your area. For more information and to apply, go here





Physicians Association for Nutrition

Physicians Assoc. for NutritionThe international medical organization Physicians Association for Nutrition (PAN International) is calling all health professionals supportive of a plant-based diet to add themselves to their latest website feature: an interactive map and list where patients around the globe can identify supportive practitioners near them. If you are a physician, physician assistant, registered dietician, or a nurse practitioner, please visit their website and consider adding your practice to the list!


Top 3 Videos of the Month


Are Pre-Cut Vegetables Just as Healthy?

Are Pre-Cut Vegetables Just as Healthy?

Endotoxins can build up on pre-chopped vegetables and undermine some of their benefits.


Are BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) Healthy?

Are BCAA (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) Healthy?

Why we may want to strive not to exceed the recommended intake of protein.


Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal for Weight Loss?

Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal for Weight Loss?

Is the link between breakfast skipping and obesity cause-and-effect?



Live Q&As January 23

Live Q&A


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

  • Facebook Live: At 12:00 p.m. ET go to our Facebook page to watch live and ask questions.
  • YouTube Live Stream: At 1:00 p.m. ET 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 on If that’s not enough, remember I have an audio podcast to keep you company at


In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my free videos here and watch my live, year-in-review presentations:


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. The webinar sounds really interesting!

    Just a suggestion: the sentence in todays blog that starts “Given that high blood pressure and inadequate fruit and vegetable intake….” needs rewording. I think you meant to say the opposite? High blood pressure and inadequate fruit and vegetable intake are two important factors that increase our risk of stroke.

    1. Good call on that one. It is amazing how word processing– the ability to transpose whole sentences into different parts of a paragraph– has made review of all completed work even more important than before. No person with a word processor (and a deadline to meet) has been spared this experience– to ready something for publication, leave for a five-minute coffee break, only to return to find errors in grammar, spelling and even logical coherence smiling back, waiting for correction.

  2. I think it would be more helpful in assigning a title to a document, video, blog, Webinar, etc., if the word “Vegetarian” could be spelled out in more detail. Since there doesn’t seem to be any concrete agreed upon definition of Vegetarian, it’s confusing. I’m from the “old school” where it meant the elimination of “meat” only, so eggs and dairy products were fine. And it’s use says nothing about whole foods vs processed foods. I realize it would make the title a lot longer, but I would rather have the accuracy rather than the brevity.

  3. Hello,

    Is there a way we can double-check whether our application went in properly?

    I clicked submit and then ended up with the same page all over again and I didn’t click again because I know it said that it could take time to process.

    I wanted to submit to both webinars and, boy, I would like you to have both of them together and let me enter them into a cart and do it in a way that I am used to.

    I am afraid because it is the last day for the obesity one, so send me back an email so I can not get confused and re-submit it again.


  4. I have received emails from you advising of webinars available on a particular day, namely Wednesday’s, which is a very bad day for me due to regular meetings scheduled. You require a donation of $20, which is okay, but I am not available at the appointed time. Is there a replay available that I can watch on my own time?

    1. Hi Glenna, I just want to confirm what Deb said – there is a replay available, and a digital download is also available on after the webinar is over.

  5. Okay, I registered for the other one and the first one hadn’t gone through, so I re-did the process.

    So I figured it out.

    I feel so happy about these Webinars and I thank you so much for doing the stroke one. I know that it has been your voice I have been waiting for since the UK study came out. Very excited that you are doing it.

  6. This is a link to a research study “Risks of ischaemic heart disease and stroke in meat eaters, fish eaters, and vegetarians over 18 years of follow-up: results from the prospective EPIC-Oxford study”

    I can read the entire article (though I haven’t yet), but I can’t print it out, not even in a pdf format.

    But the abstract included this statement: “vegetarians had 20% higher rates of total stroke (hazard ratio 1.20, 95% confidence interval 1.02 to 1.40) than meat eaters, equivalent to three more cases of total stroke (95% confidence interval 0.8 to 5.4 more) per 1000 population over 10 years, mostly due to a higher rate of haemorrhagic stroke.“

    1. Dr J, Thanks for the link to the research paper. I haven’t read it yet, either, but I have a hard time believing that a whole plant food diet would have a higher risk of stroke than a meat-eating omnivore,
      so I guess it’s the eggs and dairy products that vegetarians eat?

      1. WFPB, it could be partly due to the increased cheese consumption by the UK vegetarians, as well as other factors such as medications, and who is taking what. Read the second reference I posted.

        i guess we’ll have to wait for Dr. Greger’s webinar, or for future videos.

      2. After skimming through the paper that Dr J linked to, I found this statement:

        “Owing to the small number of vegans, vegetarians and vegans were combined as one diet group in the main analyses, but the two groups were examined separately for each outcome in secondary analyses.”

        However, I couldn’t find where they separated the two groups in a secondary analysis.

        So my conclusion is that the eggs and dairy in the combined group of vegetarians and vegans may explain the counter-intuitive finding. And again, processed vs whole foods might also be a factor.

      1. Dr J and Hal, when this topic came up in recent months I went looking around at studies. I came up with this, and although it’s just the abstract, it is probably the most informatove abstract I have come across to date.

        With vegans, IGF1 falls, and stroke risk increases. I will let you read it for yourselves. It includes the ‘solution’ to the problem. I am always worried about strokes since being vegan, eating veg, spices etc my blood is ‘thin’. I do get INR tests done once a year or so.

        1. Barb,

          The author of the article you linked is affiliated with Pantox Laboratories, about which Quackwatch had this to say: “Most of the laboratories listed below cater to practitioners who engage in nonstandard practices. All of these labs perform one or more nonstandard tests. Most also perform various standard tests. When evaluating practitioners, we would regard routine use of any of these laboratories as an unfavorable sign.”

          Unfortunately, I couldn’t see who funded the study, but I assume it was Pantox Laboratories. I also couldn’t read more than the abstract, so I can’t evaluate the article. But I always look for author affiliations and funding sources at the start. I wish I knew more about this company.

          1. Thanks Dr J, I am indebted! However, I keep the link for the checklist which for the most part is common sense lifestyle type suggestions. In my relative’s case it was alcohol, high blood pressure and salt… three biggies that put us at risk for stroke.

            I also call to mind the Adventists study where the women who were vegans did terrible as far as heart attack and stroke risk. The pescatarians however fared very well reducing their risk by a huge margin..

            So, maybe in this case we can shoot the messenger, but I will stay mindful of the message… it’s a good summary of what I have seen here at NF and other plant doc websites.

            1. High potassium (fruit and veg), aerobic exercise, whole grain consumption, moderate alcohol consumption, LOW salt, low dose aspirin, statins and/or policosonal, green tea, omega 3 (they said fish oil), and supplementation if required… B vitamins included. I don’t think Dr G would have a problem with that list for people with heart disease or increased risk of stroke.

            1. Thanks, Marylin,

              Looking forward to Dr. Greger’s talk on stroke.

              I do look at Quackwatch and other skeptic sites to hear the other side.

              Two years ago, hearing things from both directions was so stressful. Now, it is comforting. It means I didn’t put my head in the sand.

              Now, I feel stress listening to things like poor people have started to be put in a working type of debtors prison where they aren’t told how long they have to be there and they are strip-searched every single day and they can be there 5 years because the money goes to pay the courts before it goes to their debt.

              The poor people are ever in my mind with Whole Food Plant-Based and food, in general. One of the women who was in the strip working or prison program had damaged her neighbor’s car and didn’t have insurance or something like that.

              The concept that every single one of them will come out with severe PTSD devastates me.

              I went to Patch Adams site and he took Dr. Greger’s euthanasia concepts, but his concepts were broader. That people like Robin Williams didn’t commit suicide to him because Robin Williams had a neurological condition that would change the quality of his life.

              Can you imagine if every prisoner and every sick person and every depressed person and every poor person and abused teenager kills themselves?

              I talked about WFPB in response. The concept that I have gotten rid of hallucinations and night terrors and psychotic breaks with diet and Robin Williams who had money and support and could have gone anywhere killed himself breaks my heart.

              I fear that without WFPB it will become an epidemic.

              1. Shelters would be a good place for teaching it and serving the food.

                Lots of times people get poor and lose their house and career because of medical bills.

            2. Thank you Marilyn, I see what you mean ! I read the page – William Jarvis has such a low opinion of Neal Barnard, and I imagine holds others wfpb doctors in a similar view.

    2. It bears repeating that the study also found

      ‘ 10 fewer cases of ischaemic heart disease (95% confidence interval 6.7 to 13.1 fewer) in vegetarians than in meat eaters per 1000 population over 10 years……………. three more cases of total stroke (95% confidence interval 0.8 to 5.4 more) per 1000 population over 10 years, mostly due to a higher rate of haemorrhagic stroke.’

      In other words, 7 fewer cases overall for non-meat eaters vs meat eaters….. but all the media attention goes to the increased stroke risk. Presumably people want a reason – any reason – to keep on eating meat.

      1. Absolutely right Fumbles! It seemed obvious at first glance and we noticed it months ago… much ado about nothing.

        The neurologist confirmed for me that I was on the right track. After discussing the scans he said that usually they talk about incorporating positive lifestyle changes, but in my case there was nothing to say. Diet, exercise, sleep, no drinking or smoking. Usually lurking around in one’s behaviors/habits there will be something that has a greater than 3 out of 1000 over 10 years risk attached… and it isn’t the Daily Dozen.

  7. As a former vegetarian (and an all organic, homemade, non-processed, “mediterranean” one at that), my guess about stroke incidence has to do with the overwhelming tendency among vegetarians to load up on eggs and dairy, stoked by concerns about protein. That was true for me until a bad case of breast cancer got my attention, not to mention cholesterol in the 230s, and “Forks Over Knives” showed me another way. WFPB for 9 years now and all’s well.

    1. Hi John, I’m sorry to hear you had trouble accessing the fasting webinar! Did you contact our support team? If not, you can send a message using the green support button on the lower right, and they will make sure you receive the video, though I realize that is not a substitute for attending live. Again, sorry for your trouble!

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