Sesame Seeds for Knee Osteoarthritis

Sesame Seeds for Knee Osteoarthritis
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Can the consumption of sesame seeds improve the clinical signs and symptoms of arthritis?

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Ever since the 1920s, doctors have been injecting arthritis patients with gold. Evidently, “gold-based medicines have been in use for thousands of years,” and remarkably, are still in clinical use as so called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs—meaning they can slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.

Unfortunately, such drugs can be toxic, even fatal, causing conditions such as gold lung, a gold-induced lung disease. “Although its use can be limited by the incidence of serious toxicity,” injectable gold has been shown to be beneficial. But maybe, some researchers suspected, some of that benefit is the sesame oil that’s injected, which is used as the liquid carrier for the gold.

Sesame seeds contain anti-inflammatory compounds, with names like sesamin and sesamol, which researchers suspect “may serve as a potential treatment for various inflammatory diseases.” But, these were in vitro studies. First, we have to see if it has an anti-inflammatory effect in people, not just cells in a petri dish. But, there haven’t been any studies on the effects of sesame seeds on inflammatory markers in people with arthritis, for example—until now.

“Considering the high prevalence of osteoarthritis…and since until now there has not been any human studies to evaluate the effect of sesame in [osteoarthritis] patients, this study was designed to assess the effect of administration of sesame [seeds] on inflammation…” And, they found a significant drop in inflammatory markers. But, what effect did it have on their actual disease?

Fifty patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were split into two groups: standard treatment, or standard treatment plus about a quarter-cup of sesame seeds a day, for two months. Before they started, they described their pain as about 9 out of 10—where zero is no pain, and 10 is the maximum pain tolerable. After two months, the control group felt a little better—pain down to 7. But, the sesame group dropped down to 3.5—significantly lower than the control group.

The researchers conclude that sesame appeared to have a “positive effect,” “improving clinical signs and symptoms in patients with knee [osteoarthritis].” But, the main problem with this study is that the control group wasn’t given a placebo. It’s hard to come up with a kind of fake sesame seed. But, without a placebo, they basically compared doing nothing to doing something. And, any time you have patients do something special, you can’t discount the placebo effect.

But, what are the downsides? I mean that’s the nice thing about using food as medicine—only good side effects. Though the results are mixed, there have been studies using placebo controls that found that adding sesame seeds to one’s diet may improve our cholesterol and antioxidant status. And, the amount of sesamin found in as little as about one tablespoon of sesame seeds can modestly lower blood pressure a few points within a month—enough, perhaps, to lower fatal stroke and heart attack risk by about 5%, potentially saving thousands of lives.

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

Ever since the 1920s, doctors have been injecting arthritis patients with gold. Evidently, “gold-based medicines have been in use for thousands of years,” and remarkably, are still in clinical use as so called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs—meaning they can slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.

Unfortunately, such drugs can be toxic, even fatal, causing conditions such as gold lung, a gold-induced lung disease. “Although its use can be limited by the incidence of serious toxicity,” injectable gold has been shown to be beneficial. But maybe, some researchers suspected, some of that benefit is the sesame oil that’s injected, which is used as the liquid carrier for the gold.

Sesame seeds contain anti-inflammatory compounds, with names like sesamin and sesamol, which researchers suspect “may serve as a potential treatment for various inflammatory diseases.” But, these were in vitro studies. First, we have to see if it has an anti-inflammatory effect in people, not just cells in a petri dish. But, there haven’t been any studies on the effects of sesame seeds on inflammatory markers in people with arthritis, for example—until now.

“Considering the high prevalence of osteoarthritis…and since until now there has not been any human studies to evaluate the effect of sesame in [osteoarthritis] patients, this study was designed to assess the effect of administration of sesame [seeds] on inflammation…” And, they found a significant drop in inflammatory markers. But, what effect did it have on their actual disease?

Fifty patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were split into two groups: standard treatment, or standard treatment plus about a quarter-cup of sesame seeds a day, for two months. Before they started, they described their pain as about 9 out of 10—where zero is no pain, and 10 is the maximum pain tolerable. After two months, the control group felt a little better—pain down to 7. But, the sesame group dropped down to 3.5—significantly lower than the control group.

The researchers conclude that sesame appeared to have a “positive effect,” “improving clinical signs and symptoms in patients with knee [osteoarthritis].” But, the main problem with this study is that the control group wasn’t given a placebo. It’s hard to come up with a kind of fake sesame seed. But, without a placebo, they basically compared doing nothing to doing something. And, any time you have patients do something special, you can’t discount the placebo effect.

But, what are the downsides? I mean that’s the nice thing about using food as medicine—only good side effects. Though the results are mixed, there have been studies using placebo controls that found that adding sesame seeds to one’s diet may improve our cholesterol and antioxidant status. And, the amount of sesamin found in as little as about one tablespoon of sesame seeds can modestly lower blood pressure a few points within a month—enough, perhaps, to lower fatal stroke and heart attack risk by about 5%, potentially saving thousands of lives.

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Image thanks to Taokinesis via Pixabay. Image has been modified.

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    1. I wonder if it works for spinal arthritis also??Or arthritis anywhere in the body.. As for the popups could they be creoky or dorepy???? I’m with you… One is ok but more??

      1. The pop-ups are still a bit creepy, whatever the reason for using them.

        My sister’s name is Susan Jones but it couldn’t be could it?

        I am not sure why you made the Multipure comment but the big problem where I live is excessive mineralisation of the water, furring up the tapware, showers etc. (not sure what it does to one’s health either) and Multipure is completely useless in that regard (or so I understand). So, no, I don’t think I will try one.

        1. Those who push and sell water softening systems (home or municipal) confuse people. In this burg they went ahead with it and then upped the acid level so high that the copper pipes atop my water heater needed to be replaced due to corrosion. I use a decent drinking water filter…but not sure how many people in town were poisoned by leached copper/lead/etc during this period.

          note: the toilet still has deposits in it…just about as difficult to remove as before….

          http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/12/As-We-See-It/Page-01

          This study showed a 33% reduced pancreatic cancer risk in overweight men whose average daily magnesium intake was 423 mg compared to 281 mg.40 Another study showed that for each 100 mg increase in magnesium intake amongst overweight men, there was a 21% decreased risk.39

          A large study evaluating Japanese men found that those with the highest dietary intake of magnesium were over 50% less likely to contract colon cancer.22

          There are considerable variations in the quality of drinking water in Norway. The researchers studied variations in magnesium and calcium levels in drinking water between different areas, as these are assumed to have a role in the development of bone strength. They wanted to examine whether there was a correlation between magnesium and calcium concentrations in drinking water and the incidence of hip fracture.

          The study results show that magnesium protects against hip fracture for both men and women. The researchers found no independent protective effect of calcium.

          It’s well known that cardiovascular deaths, including sudden cardiac deaths, occur far less frequently in areas that have hard water, which contains lots of minerals, compared to areas with soft water, which is relatively mineral free. British researchers took a close look at this data and narrowed the protective effects to one specific mineral: magnesium.

          Magnesium is a viable option for preventing sudden cardiac death because it plays key roles in several aspects of cardiovascular health, and deficiencies are linked to an increased risk of hypertension, heart attack, heart failure, and death. Subpar levels also promote electrical instability in the heart and are associated with a variety of rhythm disturbances, including ventricular arrhythmia and sudden cardiac arrest.

          1. Thanks Fred.

            One of the problems with observational studies is that they are prone to confounding. For example, the foods highest in magnesium include green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans,coffee, whole grains etc. Isn’t it possible therefore that observational studies showing higher dietary magnesium intakes are associated with better health outcomes, simply measuring a marker of a healthy diet?

            So possibly it is not the magnesium alone. For example, not all observational studies show an association between low serum cholesterol and poor health
            “In conclusion, data from this large, community-based cohort do not support the hypothesis that low serum magnesium is a risk factor for developing hypertension or CVD.”
            http://www.ahjonline.com/article/S0002-8703(10)00537-5/fulltext

      1. I agree …. let’s do without the pop-ups. I think most everyone is here for the information; we don’t need to be entertained in the process :-) Thanks anyway Dr. G.

    2. What would be the best would be for the good doctor to jog full profile across the screen…saying UNTIL NOW right in the middle……;-)…when ever this point needs to be made……

  1. I’m with you Tom. I love Dr. Greger’s videos and info. I am a massive fan!!! But the pop-ups? Noooooo . Please don’t do any more. I think they really hurt the credibility of the videos.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. Looking at the comments on the last video, the first to add the green-screen elements, looks like half liked it and half loathed it. I’m not sure what to do! So please everyone, continue to let me know what you think. Right now I think I’m going to back off on it and maybe just do it intermittently. And if the feedback is good I’ll do more, and if bad I’ll do less or scrap it entirely. Thanks everyone for your patience while I try to mix thngs up. I just so desperately want this potentially life-changing, life-saving information to get out there!

      1. It is hard to be objective because I am such a fan but I would probably vote against them. We love your humor but newbies might think you are nuts.

        1. Agreed. I posted on the last one that I send links from articles on the Guardian and NYT, assuring readers that Dr. Greger is legit, and the pop-ups undermine my claim for a newbie. George, below, sums it up well.

      2. Dr. Greger: Pop-ups are a distraction. It’d be better for you to appear at the end of the video in person, not just your voice, and summarize the message of the video in a few seconds. Thanks.

        1. I’ll second George’s recommendation. Rather than use a sprite that glides up onto the screen, then slides off, I think that some videos could be emphasized by concluding them with a ten second summarization that includes a full frontal view of Dr. Greger.

        2. Me, three! I like having your face being present at some point in the video. I’d actually support having a cameo at the beginning so that a viewer has a face to put with the narrating voice to come, *and* your face at the end again to give the video that human touch at the end.

          Regardless, I always appreciate and support the great work Doc Greger does for us all… literally life enhancing-extending if not lifesaving in my instance!

        3. Me four. Visually the pop-ups appear to be from American-International or Monogram Studios, while your subject matter and message deserve MGM. At those times when you magically appear, I have to remind myself that I’m watching your website and not a Roger Corman directed, cautionary tale of youth taking psychedelics and suffering from flashbacks. Integrate the video of yourself at the end, by all means, but please do so, at the end, as George suggests. We old people frighten so easily.

      3. What is the ROI? Are you attracting new viewership? Is it worth the extra work? Those that already follow you, will continue. I think it’s fun and quirky and neither distracts from nor adds to the content. So for me, the net sum is zero. And if that’s the case, then the effort is better spent elsewhere. I’ll vote for using it sparingly, avoiding the more serious subject content videos.

      4. Please….no more popups….they are way too cheesy and very distracting. You are adding work and detracting from the message….I have been viewing your videos for over a year and I really dislike the new popups….please…no more

      5. I just dont understand way to put your selff on top. I men i think some times you could break the scientific studies to put a litle animation to explain some basics for exsample, but here it is not clear way, if it is to give an extra opinion it mix up with the other facts, the audio is worst. At the moment in terms of comunication it have non sens.. if ylu use the body to point out like the whether chanel.. it may be.. but still i think you have better resources like the animation and graphics to share in the best way this life saving information.
        Also as a personal opinion i think is really good that your image is not in the videos.. because are so many nutrition gurus out there.. and you are not one. so your self your image is not the center of the question . So if i see nutrition facts for fist time i will trust more without to much personalism. (Even if i love your year talks!)but is like just the facts no matter who say it.
        Great job! and keep triying!

      6. Hi there, I have to agree with George, the pop-ups are a distraction and if I were new to this site I would not be impressed. Far better to appear in person if only for a short time. Thank you for everything you do.

      7. I agree that you should eliminate the pop-ups. While I have enjoyed your humorous take on these subjects, I think that this “makes light” of serious subject matter and detracts from the impact your videos will have in the future. I always watch your new videos and often forward them to friends and family who might be interested in a particular subject but I’d be more apprehensive about doing so with these jack-in-the-box additions. What’s appropriate for VH1 really doesn’t cut it here. If half love it and half hate it… I guess you’ll have to consider whether some of those who hate it will stop watching and whether those who love it will “spread the love” to a greater number of people than those who were put off.

      8. I find the popups off-putting, not helpful, and in the end they don’t improve the message in the video.
        At best, they might be described as cute (maybe a little too cute), and I don’t see the point of trying to be cute.
        Some people might like cute, but again, I don’t think it improves the message. I see it as a distraction from the message.
        I vote no.
        As the advisors are always trying to tell Donald Trump, “Stay on point !”

      9. I couldn’t agree more that there is a need to reach more viewers, but I’ll be honest with you: your videos need nothing quirky to be added to them. They were informative, compelling and engaging as they were without the pop-ups.

        There must be a better way… to spread the word.

        Thank you and please keep doing what you are doing!

      10. Hi Dr. Greger, I find the green screen pop-ups take away from the professionalism of the videos. They also distract me from following the logic of the narration. I’d humbly offer that the folks who like the popups probably won’t mind their absence whereas the people who dislike them do find they take something substantial away, both in terms of understanding the content you offer, but also in terms of the professionalism of the site, which after all makes it’s mark by reporting science that adheres to it’s own high standards of professionalism.

        More generally, thanks for all you do, I love your work though and have been sharing this website widely!

      11. I vote no on the pop ups. Too distracting. Although I love that you are clearly walking while filming it.

        Love your work, the NutritionFacts organization, and the book. Thank you for improving mine and my family’s health.

      12. I admit to having been briefly amused by the Doctor sprite, but I think it’s not right for the overall tone of the videos and is jarringly different in style. And I think it would get old pretty fast. But it was definitely worth a shot. I agree with George, too, that having you appear just at the end of each video could work well.

        1. I also feel the pop-ups are distracting BUT funny. I see they are taken while you are on your treadmill. Good ad for keeping fit. I don’t mind a few. They do lend a little humor to the site.

      13. I really dislike the pop ups! I think it detracts from the professionalism and importance of your message. In fact it makes me not want to watch the videos at all and instead just read the transcripts. Thanks for all your hard work Dr. Greger!

      14. Dear Dr Greger, thank you for every effort in bringing this message to all of us. For so many, it truly is a message of hope in healthful living. If I could make one suggestion, it would be to anticipate questions when doing a video on use of substances (like seseme, omega 3, vit D , green tea .. that type of video) and address those questions IN the video itself.
        I say this as a long time fan who has noticed that a percentage of folks out there wont check the written text, wont check sources for substances used in the trials themselves, wont google recipes.. I think you get my drift. In the end we end up with 550 comments asking if omega 3 from algae is contaminated, or , how do we eat whatever, raw or cooked? LOL
        Anyway I am truly thankful for the resources you provide. Peace

      15. Above all, the thing that differentiates NutritionFacts.org from other sources is that I trust you. I trust your knowledge (you and your team review thousands of studies), and I trust your integrity (you are committed to transparency – evidence is always presented in its published form). Plus, I switched to a 100% whole food diet myself 6 months ago, and have become objectively healthier (I was healthy to begin with!) That personal connection absolutely solidifies my trust, and by now I’m a committed near-daily viewer and have read your book. I believe that to reach more and different kinds of audiences, you should produce materials that build trust within different kinds of communities. Published materials carry some authority for me, but I studied biology. I think two key elements might build trust in more diverse communities.

        1. Improving accessibility. I studied biology and I can follow most of your evidence, but sometimes I need to pause and repeat a section, look up the paper, or think about exactly what the difference between a positive and negative control might be in the context of a certain study. For others without this background, confusion may compromise trust. More clarity about what was actually going on in the studies and how things work in the body might improve understanding, ability to relay a concept to a friend, feelings of ownership and identity around a concept, and ultimately trust in you. What might help? Maybe strategies from TED or Malcolm Gladwell (rather than glossing over mountains of evidence, patiently uncover that silver bullet. NOTE: I don’t think you gloss over mountains of evidence. Please don’t stop exploring the mountains, but some audiences might prefer a silver bullet approach). Maybe use strategies from TED Ed (clear animations), or SmarterEveryDay (join him on his personal exploration, and see the results of experiments/demonstrations just like he does. This is harder in medicine than in physics, but that’s what brings me to my next point).

        2. Another way to build trust in diverse communities is with personal stories. Not in the absence of large studies, but to illustrate them. Personal stories are powerful, and memorable. People need to get to know another person, to identify with him or her, see their confidence, and see what the outcome looks like. Lotteries know that if you can imagine something clearly, you’ll be more likely to believe it will happen (“Just imagine!”). Eating a whole-foods plant based diet offers something money can’t buy, and the odds are actually in its favour! If only people could imagine it. Perhaps do an interview/documentary series on members of the NutrionFacts community and relate their improvements to particular food or health concepts. Or, perhaps do a series where people who are just ready to make a switch in diet are followed from just before they switch for a period of months… illuminating that critical moment. Powerful examples in the style are Supersize Me and Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein.

        The bottom line, the green screen is not done in a way that improves trust, so skip it – there are so many other avenues to broadening appeal. Now, if someone could figure out a way to make your eerily disembodied pop-up head go viral on social media… there’s no such thing as bad press (or is there?)

        Oh, and one more thing. Not sure if this is a large audience, but what about audience of people who are already committed, but want to become more informed and more powerful advocates? What about NutritionFacts partnering with an educational institution on a Coursera course about evidence based nutrition?

      16. I think George said it best, just a brief appearance of you at the end with a summary. Thanks for all your work at getting the word out!

      17. I’m ultimately with Brian and the rest who suggest letting go of the pop-ups. I agree that they don’t enhance the credibility of the site and the message.
        However, I did find them eerily fun for Halloween in a creepy-Dr.Greger-sort-of-way :-)

        Another thought, though, is if you did a series of kids videos (which is what I liked about the cartoon videos you did: I thought they could speak well to children) perhaps Dr. G. dressed up as a broccoli speer talking to kids might be fun. That could be a nice outlet for some fun.

        But I think you must know how much we all just love what you do and always look forward to seeing what’s next.
        Big heart for Dr. G.

      18. I LOVE the pop-ups! Like I said yesterday, it’s great to see the expression on your face, especially when you’re making a joke! I don’t find them distracting at all.

        Dunno, but for those who do find them distracting, might it be because they have been watching your videos for so long that any change would be a distraction from your regular format? There are 2 things that keep me coming to this site: 1) The important information that you streamline so well into something comprehensible for the layperson (like me). 2) Your sense of humor.

      19. Above all, the thing that differentiates NutritionFacts.org from other sources is that I trust you. I trust your knowledge (you and your team review thousands of studies), and I trust your integrity (you are committed to transparency – evidence is always presented in its published form). Plus, I switched to a 100% whole-food plant-based diet myself 6 months ago, and have become objectively healthier (I was healthy to begin with!) That personal connection absolutely solidifies my trust, and by now I’m a committed near-daily viewer and have read your book. I believe that to reach more and different kinds of audiences, you should produce materials that build trust within different kinds of communities. Analysis of published materials carries some authority for me, but I studied biology. I think two key elements might build trust in more diverse communities.

        1. Improving accessibility. I studied biology and I can follow most of your evidence, but sometimes I need to pause and repeat a section, look up the paper, or think about exactly what the difference between a positive and negative control might be in the context of a certain study. For others without this background, confusion may compromise trust. More clarity in the videos about what was actually going on in the studies and how things work in the body might improve understanding. Greater understanding may allow a viewer to better relay a concept to a friend and allow a viewer to build feelings of ownership and identity around w-f p-b eating and ultimately trust in you.
        What might help? Maybe strategies from TED or Malcolm Gladwell (focused, fascinating talks: rather than glossing over mountains of evidence, patiently uncover that silver bullet. NOTE: I don’t think you gloss over mountains of evidence. Please don’t stop exploring the mountains, but some audiences might prefer extra time examining the silver bullet you found up there.) Maybe use strategies from TED Ed (clear animations), or SmarterEveryDay (join him on his personal exploration, and see the results of experiments/demonstrations just like he does. This is harder in medicine than in physics, but that’s what brings me to my next point).

        2. Another way to build trust in diverse communities is with personal stories. Not in the absence of large studies, but to illustrate them. Personal stories are powerful, and memorable. People need to get to know another person, to identify with him or her, see their confidence, and see what the outcome looks like. Lotteries know that if you can imagine something clearly, you’ll be more likely to believe it will happen (“Just imagine!”). Choosing to eat a whole-foods plant-based diet offers something money can’t buy, and the odds are actually in your favor! If only more people could imagine it.
        Perhaps do an interview/documentary series on members of the NutritionFacts community and relate their improvements to particular food or health concepts. Or, perhaps do a series where people who are just ready to make a switch in diet are followed from just before they switch for a period of months… illuminating that critical moment. Powerful examples in the style are Supersize Me and Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein.

        Oh, and one more thing. Not sure if this is a large audience, but what
        about audience of people who are already committed, but want to become
        more informed and more powerful advocates? What about NutritionFacts
        partnering with an educational institution on a Coursera course about
        evidence based nutrition?

        The bottom line, the green screen is not done in a way that will build trust in new communities, so skip it. Now, if someone could figure out a way to make your eerily disembodied
        pop-up head go viral on social media… there’s no such thing as bad
        press (or is there?) Kidding. Keep the things that make your videos great – the transparency, the rigor, the analysis, the authenticity, the integrity – and present the stories in new ways, with new audiences in mind.

      20. If the pop-up had a function to increase the comprehension of what was being presented in some way, it could work. For example, if you had a pointer to point to parts of a graph as it is talked about or parts of that super complex metabolism chart. -As is, it just seems gratuitous and hugely distracted from the content. Glad to see you looking radiant and the slight smirk is always enjoyable… but one more vote to ixnay the meaningless oppuppay.

      21. I love your videos, but the pop-ups are at best distracting, and at worst, creepy. After the first pop-up, I could no longer hear what you were saying. I just kept thinking, “what the….”. They are just so out of place. Please, please, please scrap them. I would give you money to scrap them. :)

      22. It caught me off guard the first time. Gave me a giggle at your second appearance. 3rd time I got acclimatized to pop-ups. I don’t see any negative downsides from your special effects as long the quality of information in your videos doesn’t worsen.
        Keep up the great work.

      23. Dr. Greger, for me your green.screen elements are not bad although I didn’t mss them before. I think the different opinions your audiendes based on such many reasens you never will find the golden way. For me the content of your message is the most important thing – mostly I read the transcript before I watch the video because my reading understanding is better then hearing. So as I looked your video afterwards I was surprised about your “pop up” and was laughing… it didn’t disturped because it was not to much – like a little salt in the soup or a little nuts over my morning cerals … ;-)

      24. Kevin and I thought the pop ups were fun and funny, but that is based on knowing most of your video work over the last 5 years. We are so fond of you and of your humor. I can see how new-commers might think it hoaky.

      25. I posted some detailed reasons (from science) why you should avoid it…
        You might take a different tack – several streams/types of videos…but the “extras” don’t add useful info, and in fact detract from absorbing facts. The extras might point people to the real deal (the usual videos)…but they do not add to it. Nobody complained before; now half do…it’s worse than 50/50.

      26. I love the experimentation with the videos. I think it is a great idea to see your face in some way in the some or all if your videos. You are visually entertaining to watch during your talks, however It is sort of jarring to see it pop in and out suddenly.

      27. I replied to to this two days ago AND IT HAS BEEN DELETED, AGAIN! Now who did this…Thea, Dr Greger?? Stop this vendetta against my feedback which has been given in detail, scientific facts, and in good faith. It is insulting to delete these comments and belies great weakness in the admin of our comments and indeed the approach.
        I insist my message is re-instated at which time I am willing to remove this comment.

      28. Dr G, fantastic vids, but the new style isn’t supported by the facts…the scientific facts – too distracting, not memorable, irritating, and unprofessional. See my recent comment on the last video for the facts. :)

      29. Ron Ninon: I have never deleted a single one of your posts. To the contrary, as I told you, I have only rescued your posts from the automated SPAM filter. I just reviewed the ‘deleted’ posts on the site and did not find that your post was deleted. If you are having trouble finding one of your posts, that does not mean that a moderator is out to get you. I’ll repeat again: the first approach to take when having a problem is to ask for help, not to jump to conclusions and make accusations.
        .
        You need to stop with the completely false accusations. This is your second and final warning.

      30. Dr. Greger , we love and truly appreciate your work that is changing our lives for the better. And you have a beautiful smile and a very pleasant demeanor however we can’t fully appreciate all of you with just flashes of your head and shoulders, it’s wincing at best and distracts us from the video.

        1. Suman: Have no fears. While about 20 more videos are pre-recorded with the popups, the experiment will not continue after that. Thanks for your feedback!

        1. MikeZP: Thank you for your feedback. NutritionFacts has several videos pre-recorded with the distractions already there. However, no new videos will be created with the popups after that.

      31. Man, you can do whatever you want with these videos, the valuable information that they contain overshadows any playfulness that you come up with.

      32. Dr. G, you are the greatest! Probably you have decided by now about the popups–I get them and think they are fine. I am sorry that so many have such a weak or even no sense of humor. Sort of recently I even had one of MY cheezey grins returned with quite a DARK statement. My mouth just fell open I was so shocked. Maybe this helps to mean that you should not use them, but I think that is sad. All the very best to you!!

  2. Would using tahini count toward upping the sesame seed use in diet? It’s helpful to have some info on adding these amazing foods to the diet. I am guessing tahini would be a great way…but not sure what the ratio of actual seeds to serving of tahini.

      1. There is, however, unhulled tahini which is 100% ground whole sesame seeds – at least where I live. And one can normally find both hulled (white) and unhulled (whole) sesame seeds to buy, so the latter is probably a better choice.

        1. Good point. That said, the clinical benefits have been demonstrated only for seeds not tahini (or so I understand). Also, store-bought tahini is more likely to be oxidised than the seeds themselves. Mind you, where I am now I can’t easily get either the seeds or unhulled tahini so I’ll stick with turmeric for now.

          1. Actually, it would be nice to know if they used whole or hulled sesame in that study, as well as what variety and whether it was roasted or not. I couldn’t find that information in the abstract, perhaps if someone has access to the complete study, they can tell us if that info is in there.

            Re: oxidation, that’s very interesting and it makes sense that the paste would oxidize more quickly than intact seeds, but have you seen actual data about it? I would really love to know how much of a concern this is, what’s a safe storage period etc.

  3. I will gladly forgo the injectable version of the treatment.
    My preference is for an oral administration of sesame seeds:

    – My current favorite delivery mechanism are these grilled extra firm tofu cutlets which I dry grill on low heat. The sesame seeds keep the tofu off the hot pan surface which keeps the tofu from laminating onto the pan.
    – Dosage, two sesame encrusted tofu cutlets PO. Not to exceed five (5) servings a day…
    – Ask your doctor if tofu may be right for you.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05dd27c5c92c497bc0741c3c605baa2f915d60e77d4b6d97380505089ed02297.png

    1. I like sesame seeds and I use them as an over-sprinkle on stir fry and such, but never thought about using them as ‘crust’ on tofu (love me some tofu). Great idea. I’ll try it out.

      The pop-ups don’t bother me one way or the other. I do wish the sound quality was the same, but they make me smile when I see them. I’ve gotten people to watch the videos for different health issues and I preface by saying, Dr Greger is quirky and I like it, so do they. Thanks for all the hard work you and your team does in bringing us these interesting and insightful videos and with no commercial pop-ups, other than you! =)

    2. GMTA, I do this too whenever I need easy release! Ha, my doctor recommended the South Beach diet and heaps of drugs…I need to find a real Dr!

        1. So true, but I don’t think he’d be able to be able to help with the hypothyroid issue I had when I quit her… been packing on the lbs and my diet hasn’t changed at all. Wish I could clone him!

          1. Have you tried almost-zero dietary fats? You should. A few tablespoons of ground flax seeds or chia seeds daily (for n-3), an uber-small palmful of other varying nuts or seeds (for n-6). No other dietary fats or cholesterol allowed.

            1. Absolutely. I lost almost 150 lbs, but have been slowly gaining without adding anything, especially fat. I NEVER use oil and rarely even nuts or avocados. I was diabetic and reversed it so I am very mindful.

              1. Your case of slow mass gain is interesting. Please tell us more. You lost 150 lbs over what time period? You have regained how much over what time period? Do you “feel” that your regain is adipose tissue? You’re sure the regain in mass is not muscle, bone remineralization, reconfiguration of alkali balance? And absolutely no dietary changes at all? You are also not a user of meat, dairy, eggs?

                1. Lost the weight over about a year and a half, about four or five years ago now. I eat no animal products and as I said, add no fats because of the diabetes I had. And yeah, the weight gain is just fat, not muscle. As I said, I quit my doctor in disgust because she was doing me more harm than good, but I was hypothyroid at the time and have yet to find a real doctor!

  4. Completely off topic…

    Dr. G., I suggest you put the DVD/book profits towards your efforts to reach out to more people. Charity is nice but, I think, more lives will be saved this way. Just my opinion.

    1. Richard W: FYI: At least at the moment, the “charity” mentioned is going toward keeping this very website running. I wasn’t sure from your post if you knew that.

  5. This is very interesting. Knee Osteoarthritis is a very common ailment – in fact life-threatening…….because of the treatment!
    Common painkillers for this condition (NSAID), can have serious side effects – gastrointestinal bleeding, heart failure, hypotension, anaphylactic reaction, acute renal failure, heart attack – just to name a few.
    The weight loss people will get from changing to a mainly plantbased diet will also ease the pain in the knees

  6. Doc, thanks for setting me straight on nutrition. Maybe I can help a bit on your marketing.

    Edutainment is a good thing. It keeps people engaged. And I think you’ve been doing a good job of that… until recently.

    What can I say about pop-ups… well it’s not the 1990’s anymore. Alpha channel tricks like green screen are old news. I know it’s fun to play with these cool tools that used to only be available to pros, but let me ask you a question. Do you find it hard to get Doctors or, people in general, to take your message seriously?

    A few weeks ago I posted your resveratrol video to my Facebook page. I mentioned how I fit the study participants to a tee, and how I’d ditched all my resveratrol pills. To my surprise, a family with serious medical credentials challenged the study, ignoring all the negative effects reported and the fact that I fit the study profile. My first thought was, “whose payroll are they secretly on?”.

    I’m now glad that video didn’t also include a green screen pop-up.

    You’ve wisely chosen to use the bully pulpit by invoking the power of the “white coat” with “M.D.” stitched on it. And like a modern day shaman you know how to engage the imagination to create change.

    Yet now… it’s like you’ve flashed open you white coat and yelled, “check out my cool new Speedo!”.

    Is this really the image people are expecting? (I don’t think so.)

    1. Adding to Don’s post: while most of us must know why the sprite is jiggling about, newbies may not! Showing you toward the end summarizing, while evidently exercising, teaches on more levels.

    2. I just had my comment agreeing with Don on pop-ups being distracting DELETED by the “Moderators” at NF!!!!!!

      disagree with the distracting pop-ups!
      Looks like we need to screen shot our comments now…just in case such HEAVY-HANDED tactics

      continue…
      This is amazing. THIS IS CENSORSHIP of an extreme and pernicious kind.
      Moderators, and MG should respond on this himself.
      This post has been screen shot.

  7. Don’t like pop-ups. I prefer seeing illustrations and research etc. and not Dr. Greger. No offense, just seems more professional and credible. This is excellent information…thank you. What is the preferred method of taking sesame? Do I teeth grind it sufficiently to absorb?

    1. Ryvita makes a rye cracker, it’s also the only fat free cracker I’ve seen at the store. They also make a rye and sesame cracker that is so good . Here is one I’ve tried , Ryvita sesame seed cracker topped with “fried” onion with a tablespoon of black sesame mixed with onion and a tablespoon BBQ sauce after it is cooked, top your cracker with that mix.
      i pulse the sesame seed in a blender or seed grinder.

  8. Love your work. On the pop-ups, I think if you did the entire video with a smaller you in one of the corners as a narrator, that would be better than the pop-up. JMHO. This sesame article is very good. I have OA in both knees and take a joint supplement + vegan omega 3 EPA DHA + tumeric curcumin. That 3-capsule cocktail makes a big difference. My wife makes several vegan dishes with sesame seeds, but getting enough as a daily dose seems difficult. Does it matter if the seeds are raw or toasted? How about sesame oil? Thanks and keep up the good work.

    1. Maybe. But we really don’t need to see the dude!! LOL. A small image may help convey gestural non-linguistic information. But the distracting pop-up is exactly that: it unexpectedly POPS UP for no good reason! Next it’ll say “SUBSCRIBE to NF…”

        1. I never want to remove fiber. That’s why I make my Hummus with whole sesame seeds. Plus tahini is a lot more expensive. I usually go with 3 tablespoons of sesame seeds for every two cans of chickpeas. Maybe I will try 5 tablespoons to get more sesame in.

    1. It’s hard to improve upon the whole food, so: whole seeds, or better still, grind your own at the time of use. Whole seeds with hulls are designed to be highly resistant to oxidation and other forms of degradation. Tahini does seem to have a much longer shelf life than, say, flax oil, and I do love the texture.

      I observe whole sesame seeds in my stool when I eat them, and I suspect that digestion may be more complete when I grind them.

  9. When I saw Dr Greger pop up I laughed out loud! Then I thought about my friends who are on the “nutritional edge” and who may be turned off by this “cartoony” addition. Great video otherwise!

  10. I love it. Keep ’em coming. Very intense colors too! For the people that are already signed on, they’re going to watch either way. The technical people don’t like them but the science is still going to win them over. I can’t even get the average meat head I know to watch a NF video. This might prove entertaining enough to keep them interested, entertained and amused.

  11. Thank You , Dr. Greger. I have a question:whether sesame seeds must be ground up (as linseed, flatseeds), because it is too small for chewing.

  12. Short and sweet: I love Dr. G., the pop-ups not at all :-( . Sorry. I don’t know how I would ever send this to a friend with osteoarthritis and have them take it seriously. They’re already against nutrition as medicine. The pop-ups don’t help.

    Still love you though Dr. G.!

  13. Okay, now I’m really confused. Nutritional Doctors that I trust: Mcdougall, Bernard, Esselstyn, Campbell all agree that fat or oil is bad. Ornish too, but I don’t totally trust him because of his suggestion of having egg whites. And I think you need to be cautious with Furhman for the same reason. I think Dr. Greger has also done videos blaming fat on heart disease, cancer, inflammation and diabetes. Also, fat might make you fat since it has more than twice the calories of carbs or protein. So, if all this is true and sesame is mostly fat or oil, why would Dr. Greger endorse its use in lieu of other anti-inflammatory foods- which include nearly every plant product that there is? Shouldn’t we avoid foods high in fat if we want to be healthy?

    1. I’m a really big fan of those first four doctors too and have read Dr. McDougall and T. Colin Campbell books. As well as “How Not to Die”. I think Dr. G. would agree that getting a lot of calories from fat, regardless of the source, is not a good thing. But I also think that the others would agree that a small amount of fat from a Whole Plant Source would not be bad either. In a relatively healthy individual at least. On the other hand, if you are trying to cure someone with terminal cardio disease, like Dr. McDougall does on a routine basis, you’re probably going to be a lot more strict on fat intake. Just my take on things.

    2. I think the group of physicians that advocate a WFPB diet advocate just that: WFPB diet. And they let you determine what your heatlth needs are depending on what your trying to accomplish. If you’re trying to reverse heart disease, then Esselstyn’s research suggests no added fat or extra fatty items in the diet (avocados, nuts, seeds, oils). But if you read his book, he will also state that if your health is good and you are not at deaths door trying to reverse heart disease one can have a little fat in the diet. Esselstyn has a recipe for a walnut sauce in his book. Walnuts are 83% fat:
      http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3138/2
      Sesame seeds are about 71% fat
      http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3072/2
      Broccoli is 9% fat; kale is 12% fat:
      http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2739/2
      All of the docs, including Dr. Greger all state that oil should be eliminated from the diet. They all make the point that oil is not a whole food – it is a very processed food removed from its whole food components. Esselstyne advocates for a 10% fat diet overall if one is trying to reverse atherosclerosis. If one sprinkled sesame seeds on their baked yam (1% fat), they would be close to having a 10% fat meal. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Greger say “No nuts”. I have heard him say an ounce or two per week within a whole food plant based diet. Greger et all make it clear we should not be eating high fat meals in a high fat diet. I don’t recall them saying not to eat a high fat food like nuts or seeds ever.

    3. Kevin, here’s how I look at it.. I dont see Dr Greger trying to “endorse its use in lieu of other anti-inflammatory foods”.. I see him as describing a trial that took place, and the result that clearly demonstrated the power of plants. Since arthritis patients suffer by their disease, and suffer again by the toll medications can have on their lives, any news of successful treatment by plants is good news ( I think anyway).. I dont see this as a general recommendation at all.. we have the daily dozen which does constitute Dr Greger’s recommendations for us in general. Just my thoughts

  14. Dr G, you are a very compassionate man and do so much more than “conventional mainstream” does. I’ll bet that you are even more compassionate and giving than anyone on this comment page, so go with your heart and don’t put too much into the negative comments. If someone doesn’t like your videos, that’s their problem. I actually enjoy your humor, it help resinate your point across to me and getting the info across to people is what’s important. Most of the time, I am not even watching your video as I am working. I’m not the type that sits on my butt and watches videos all day. Your information is what counts and that is what I get from your videos. PS: Thank you for the info on sesame seed oil, very helpful.

  15. Dr. Greger – Thank you so much for all the work you’ve done to promote the benefits of a WFPB diet. My 51 yo husband (whose father has the “typical” round of heart disease/diabetes/high BP/obesity, and whose two brothers seem to be going the exact same route) is trim and fit and back to the weight he was in university, all thanks to the information you’ve presented here and in your book, which we’ve both read. I’ve never commented before, but since you asked for feedback: please, please, please don’t do any more pop-ups!

  16. Ah Dr Greger. Can you be informative, insightful, and hilarious? The first pop up gave me a much needed chuckle this morning. Thank you. Keep experimenting. Thank you for what you do. Your key message is not lost on me.

  17. I am allergic to sesame seeds. Is there another way to get this benefit without eating the seeds? I can have a bit of sesame if I take an antihistamine first. A teaspoon of sesame seeds would be way too much.

  18. One knee hurts a lot when I kneel. the pain is on the cap whenever it gets even a mild pressure. Maybe some sesame seeds will help?

    Love the pop ups… try doing a narration from the corner for the whole vid

  19. Amazing! In traditional Ayurvedic medicine- the world’s oldest system of medicine, it is recommended to start the day by coating your skin with sesame oil! Just rub some on the painful joint three/four times a day and before bed. You can add some anti-inflammatory essential oils like Frankincense or soak some Boswelia powder in the oil. Primo! Keep the unused oil in the refrigerator or it will go rancid fairly quickly.

  20. Dr. Greger, The pop-up totally destroyed the continuity of the video. After the shock of it, I totally forgot what was being discussed and had to go back and start again. I look forward to your videos every day, but dread the disruptive pop-ups.

      1. Ron Ninon: For some reason (it’s not clear to me why), your posts have gotten caught up in disqus’s automated spam filter. I rescued this one and will look to see if others need to be rescued too.

  21. Hi,
    Does one have to grind the seeds (like we do to flax seeds) or eat as is? And 2 tbls. A day enough?
    I love your videos, with or without the pop ups. I did like watching you talk with the occasional refrerance too.

  22. RE: “THE POP-UPS” (which, by the way, caused me to GUFFAW LOUD AND LONG the first time I saw one!!!) . . . OH PULEEEEEEZE!!!!!……GIVE ME A FREAKING BREAAAAK!!!!!! WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH EVERYBODY???….WHERE IS YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR???!!!…..One of THEEEE MOST NOTABLE and *UNIQUE* ELEMENTS OF DR. GREGER is his WONDERFUL, “OFF-BEAT”, “QUIRKY” SENSE OF HUMOR! (As well as the FACT that it is a VERY FUNNY, enjoyable and STRESS-RELIEVING “comic” side of our dear Dr. Greger, at least to people like MYSELF, who POSSESS a sense of humor AS WELL!!!!!!) The very first thing that CAPTIVATED ME (IN ADDITION TO HIS STELLAR, BRILLIANT AND VERY OBVIOUS CONSCIENTIOUSNESS REGARDING THE VERY SERIOUS SUBJECT MATTER HE PRESENTS US WITH EVERY SINGLE DAY) was Dr. Greger’s WONDERFUL, and, in my opinion, HYSTERICALLY FUNNY (as well as ALWAYS BRILLIANTLY-PRESENTED) DRY SENSE OF HUMOR!!! . . . . .Dr. Greger, I HOPE you will read this, personally, yourself, and TAKE IT TO HEART (and yes, I am “YELLING” to everybody here, because I can’t comprehend why ANYBODY who even REMOTELY knows Dr. Greger’s “style”, would OBJECT to this little addition of the pop-ups!!!)……DEAR, DARLING, ASTUTE AND MAGNIFICENT DR. GREGER…..YOU ARE UTTERLY AND SPECTACULARLY UNIQUE!!….YOU MARCH TO THE BEAT OF YOUR OWN DRUMMER, and that is ONE of the many reasons we ABSOLUTELY ADORE YOU!!!……Dr. Greger, SWEET, LOVING, DEEPLY MOTIVATED and AMAZINGLY KNOWLEDGEABLE Dr. Greger…..PLEASE don’t listen to ANYBODY ELSE on this matter…..DO WHAT IS AUTHENTICALLY YOU, YOU, YOU!!!…..YOUR MESSAGE (and all this AMAZING, LIFE-SAVING INFORMATION!!!) IS GETTING OUT THERE BIG-TIME, and it will CONTINUE TO GET OUT THERE, REGARDLESS OF WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK OF YOU *OR* YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR…….IF I COULD SPEAK WITH YOU AS A FRIEND, I WOULD TELL YOU THIS: FOLLOW YOUR *OWN* FEELINGS (and NOBODY ELSE’S!!!) IN THIS MATTER OF THE “POP-UPS”…….YOU HAVE TRAVELED THE “ROAD LESS TRAVELED” THUS FAR IN YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER, AND WE HAVE ALL (yes, EVEN the people out here who DON’T appreciate—or “GET”—your humor!!!) BENEFITED TREMENDOUSLY FROM YOUR TRAVELS DOWN THAT ROAD……SO PLEASE “MY FRIEND”, DON’T STOP FOLLOWING YOUR OWN UNIQUE “STYLE” NOW!!!!……IT IS WONDERFUL AND SO ARE YOU!!!!…….And personally, I absolutely LOVE seeing your adorable, smiling, intelligent and handsome face popping up here and there, and I believe, WHOLEHEARTEDLY, that it ADDS TREMENDOUSLY to your ACCESSABILITY, not only as a brilliant researcher, but as a HUMAN BEING!!!…..I LOVE to laugh, and believe this world needs MORE of it than LESS……SO KEEP UP THE “POP-UPS” BABYCAKES!!!!…..They only demonstrate, ONCE AGAIN, how much you LOVE LIFE and want to help ALL of us LIVE LONGER AND PROSPER……..(Oh yeah, and also to help us to LAUGH a little more, and a little harder, in the midst of this VERY SERIOUS BUSINESS of trying to make the most of our lives in the tiny little SPECK of time we all have on this earth!!…..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK DR. GREGER……I AM MADLY IN LOVE WITH YOU *AND* YOUR UNIQUE AND HYSTERICAL POP-UPS!!!!…..(PS: BY THE WAY, nobody could be MORE serious about what Dr. Greger is trying to accomplish than DR. GREGER HIMSELF, in my observational opinion…..and his UNIQUE STYLE OF DELIVERY AND PRESENTATION has NEVER YET detracted from that seriousness, AND IT NEVER WILL!!!…..so, all of you “laugh-haters” out there……GIVE THE GUY A BREAK!!!…..He’s not only BRILLIANT……he is AMAZINGLY FUNNY!!!……LET IT SHINE, DR. GREGER……”my friend”!!! (I wish!!)…..very sincerely, Daryl Grant Lindsay

    1. I see, shouting in support of the pop-ups and all things MG is OKAY, but my own criticism, carefully argued, gets deleted??? You sound like a Moderator…

      I just had my comments in support of others who find the pop-ups annoying and distracting DELETED by the “Moderators” at NF!!!!!!
      My comment to them was simply…”Exactly”..same as I responded to another who happened to disagree with the distracting pop-ups!

      Further, my own carefully argued criticism of pop-ups, memory, forgetting, and distractions, in two posts was ALSO REMOVED!!!

      Looks like we need to screen shot our comments now…just in case such HEAVY-HANDED tactics

      continue…
      This is amazing. THIS IS CENSORSHIP of an extreme and pernicious kind.
      Moderators, and MG should respond on this himself.
      This post has been screen shot.

      1. Ron Ninon: There is no need to get upset. No moderators made any active decision to delete your posts. For some reason, your posts got caught up in the automated SPAM filter. When something like that happens, just let us know and one of the moderators can rescue the post. You might have to be patient and wait until someone comes on shift, but we usually catch these things fairly quickly. Thank you for your future patience. — Volunteer Moderator

          1. Ron Ninon: I don’t know what triggers the SPAM filtering. NutritionFacts contracts with a third party application for the comments sections. That 3rd party application is called ‘disqus’. Disqus is used on many sites, and disqus has their own (likely classified so the spammers can’t learn as easily) programming rules. I have no insight into it.
            .
            I do know that the SPAM filter is generally pretty good (you wouldn’t believe some of the posts that the general community is spared), but sometimes there are some false positives. It is not personal or censoring regardless of whatever message disqus is showing you. It’s automatic.

            1. Okay Thea, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt…but you are many – have other NF Mods been deleting me? It happens on facebook groups with FB “Admins” all the time…mini-fascists on their ego trips pressing the “delete” button like mad monkeys. But I don’t see why my single word-in-support responses to some others (“Exactly” is all I said) would be removed too, as they were. Maybe the first spam alert with a YouTube video URL triggered them??? I’ll check back in some hours and see what has happened. But if NF Mods are deleting me like little fascists, I’ll be quite rather unhappy…………………..

              1. Ron Ninon: You started with unfair accusations. Even so you got nothing but polite responses from myself and another moderator. Now you are making unfair insinuations and being incredibly rude once again. Let me be very clear: No one deleted your posts. Because of the way disqus works and the way that I monitor the posts, I know for a fact that the automated SPAM filter got involved. You have no call for the bad attitude or name calling. Stop now.
                .
                I recommend referring to the posting rules for this site, which you can find by clicking the green ‘Comment Etiquette’ button above the comments section.

                1. I started with comments not accusations! They were deleted! What was unfair about being concerned as to why??? I was NOT rude, not once. But now YOU are being rude, unfair, and accusing ME – after I have been especially nice to you! Is it fair to have UNFAIR deletions by whoever?? You explained YOU didn’t do it. I said maybe another mod did as why would a filter remove single word comments?? I explained that possibility – even – to you (all) – I gave you the benefit of my doubt, but now it seems you have zero appreciation or wisdom and are running for cover and getting all defensive at the possibility it was a mod who deleted it and who has been anything but disingenuous. I suggest you pull your head in and consider your role. Stop trying to intimidate!

  23. I was about to send this to a friend who told me recently that she suffers from arthritis, but then I saw the cute Dr. Greger jack-in-the-box. My friend doesn’t know NutritionFacts.org and trust it the way I do, and for her the idea of treating health with food would likely seem a little suspect anyway. But with the jack-in-the-box, I’m sure she would just ignore the video.

    I’ve always really liked the format of these videos, which make it really obvious that we are not just getting some guy’s opinion — there are way too many videos like that! — but rather the summarized results of research, research which is laid out before our eyes. I think we dilute that message at our peril.

    1. I just read another poster’s enthusiastic support for Dr. Greger’s sense of humor. Many times I too have felt that a bit of cleverness contributed to the effectiveness of one of these videos. But goofiness is a different story for me. Goofiness is NOT a plus in a video that I forward to a friend or relative with a medical problem in hopes that they will improve their diet.

      There are tons of videos in which some supposed expert is shown talking about nutrition. When watching such videos, I often wonder “Should I trust this person?” After all, it seems like you can find videos promoting an *incredible* range of dietary habits! How to make sense of all the variety? The reason I like Dr. G’s videos is that they are about the research, not about him. If his face is even in the video, it takes away from the real message: here’s some research, here’s what was good or bad about the way they conducted it, and here’s what the results mean. Showing the research paper headlines and graphs and quotes from them is what make these videos more than yet another person with a dietary book to sell telling us how to eat.

  24. CAN THE DOCTOR PLEASE EXPAND ON THIS PLEASE.https ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFCy5mJ2BWQ!!!

    This was 2011!!

    What is the up date ???

    Should we eat it or not ?

    You need to update this please Michael Greger M.D. as I’m growing the plants but think I’t might be harmful, with your knowledge.

    YOU NEED TO DO A UPDATE ON THIS PLEASE!

    Kind Regards.

    Edd

  25. No, the new pop ups definitely don’t work, but keep up your brilliant work Dr Greger, I’m spreading the word in the UK about you

  26. Great video! Considering I’m getting an MRI for my right knee tomorrow … This came in perfectly.
    I’ve been reading about isoflavones lately, however, all I can find is about menopausal women, but…I’m 24 and not there yet… hahaha. So I’m wondering if isoflavones (red clover in particular!) would do me any good. I can’t find anything helpful. Do you have an idea or any sources, Doc?
    I purchased your book a couple weeks ago (it’s awesome!!!) and I’m so excited for the cook book! Thank you so much for all your great work! – best wishes from Germany! Kat.

    1. There are nutritional differences:
      “Yes, there is a major difference between the calcium content of hulled versus unhulled sesame seeds. When the hulls remain on the seeds, one tablespoon of sesame seeds will contains about 88 milligrams of calcium. When the hulls are removed, this same tablespoon will contain about 5-10 milligrams (about 90-95% less).”
      whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=74

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  27. I wanted to share this video with my son who has arthritis but feel he will not view it as credible information because of the pop-ups. I’d really appreciate re-posting this without the pop-ups as I think he’d benefit from the learning.

      1. I am moderating comments for NF right now. I have not removed any of your posts. I looked for the ‘Exactly.’ post you mentioned and rescued it from SPAM. As Thea mentioned, please be patient with our system and an NF moderator will help you. I am personally baffled why a one-word post would get filtered into spam automatically.

        1. EvidenceBasedNutrition: My guess is the volume and speed with which this person posted a whole bunch of posts. That’s a common tactic among the spammers. But I’m just speculating.

          1. My first post that was shown “waiting for approval” had a YouTube URL (to a Greger talk). Would that then alert the filter and then my one-word responses were deleted. Either way it is a stupid filter! it was a Greger video, no bad language, in fact it used academic language. maybe I am over-qualified for this mode of communication?

            1. Ron Ninon: I don’t like the popups either, but everyone gets their say. Changing the situation is not about yelling the loudest or commenting the most. You have posted your opinion on the popups many times now. FYI: The best comment you made was on where you referenced good reasons for the comments being a problem.

              That’s enough from you on the popups, please. Rest assured, we know how you feel about the popups. If you have something to comment on the actual content of the video, that would be great.

              1. Can’t get past the pop up. It’s a serious invasion on my attention. I’d comment on the vid if I could. You do realize inattention and distraction is the leading cause of crashes world-wide. Attention is precious.

                1. I’m SO glad I came to the comments before the video. I wanted to comment about the “positive” nature of the last two videos, but ALAS find that he’s really bought into/pushing the limits of this “popup” bullshit.

                  I’m going in FOREWARNED and thanks for that. Shit like this drives me bonkers and I WILL leave the site, just like BAD ADVERTISING leads me to BOYCOTT the products/companies promoted.

                  1. Wade Patton
                    We appreciate your comments and will consider your opinion regarding the content but PLEASE, PLEASE cut the profanity or your comments will have to be deleted.
                    Thanks in advance.

                    1. Sorry I was just taking some pressure offa Ron Ninon. 8-D I cleaned it up.

                      Some of us struggle to retain our focus and find distractions MUCH more invasive and disrupting and thereby UPSETTING that the “normals”. This is what fueled my excited reply spiked with colorful words.

          2. NF Mod: I posted only two main posts, and about 3 with “exactly” and maybe 2 with a sentence. Hardly “volume and speed”. I suggest you check your weapons…contact the provider of your spam filters…they are trigger happy.

  28. Okay, seems the good doctor is going deaf to all the complaints! So here’s the science why he needs to dump the creepy pop-ups and gimmicks. Memory research recognizes two types of forgetting: proactive and retroactive inhibition. As another’s recent comment also said, your annoying pop-ups make one FORGET everything learned prior to the disruption, ie, “retro” inhibition (retroactive inhibition). Further, because the disruption is so alarming, annoying, and downright creepy, there is also PROACTIVE INHIBITION – the inability to remember what was heard and/or learned FOLLOWING the damned pop-up.
    With respect…Choose one: creepy comedian or uniquely well-informed nutritionist.
    We thought you had left behind the gimmickry and mimmickry of your earlier awful Seinfeld-voice that had so many commenting about it being obnoxious, unfunny, and condescending…
    Google YouTube video…titled:
    The Omega-3 and B12 Myth with Dr. Michael Greger

  29. I like the idea of you introducing the topic, or closing the topic better, dressed in appropriate Dr garb. I know it was your desire to reach the biggest audience that motivated these experiments, and the fact that in the survey people asked for general info for newbies… Maybe you can continue to make the traditional videos and occasionally do something a bit more general and/or experimental? Like you really need more work! Thanks so much for your dedication and caring!

  30. Um, did they specifically tell you they deleted it, because Disqus often screws up the posts. Moderators will always inform of deleted posts.

  31. Popup Future: Hey everybody. Whether you love em or hate em, please note that there are already several more videos with the popups that have been pre-recorded. NF staff are closely monitoring the comments and will decide what to do as time goes on for future videos. In the meantime, if you hate them, please be patient. These videos are pre-recorded some time in advance.

    1. Yes, I figured he had done a stack of ’em. I’ll keep covering the screen and just listening. Multiple-tabs/windows have many uses.

  32. GARISH and GOOFY

    Dear Dr, Greger, Your product stands on its own. You present good arguments and information based on your educated and experienced-guided assessments of current scientific and medical literature from valued sources. This is a rare and valuable service and should be treated as such. Please stop with the green screen. It’s bad.

    When you try to “dress up” the show, it becomes gimmicky and cheap and REALLY diminishes your apparent honesty by making your videos appear akin to those pushing products/information that have/has NO GENUINE VALUE but for the profits to be made by the interested parties. Capiche?

    I’ll always prefer Substance over Flashy, every time. It appears that you are trying too hard-or certainly to this commenter, going up the wrong avenue to achieve the results we’d all like to see. The videos need no further enhancements. Adding junk in the middle isn’t going to make them “more palatable” to Joe and Susy Sixpack.

    Of course we’d all like to see the Westernized world wise up, and you may become a HUGE part of that-BUT not this way. This way makes your stuff garish and goofy. If your videos continue down this path, you’ll quite likely lose a lot of us and who knows where we may re-unite. We don’t want to do that. I’ll be covering your videos with another tab if I have to-so as to get audio only.

    I hope I have been clear,

    WP

    1. Well said. actually, there is a whole SCIENCE behind how do do a good visualization, and the basis of attention and distraction. I alluded to it in my comment (THAT WAS DELETED!) regarding memory and forgetting – what we simply refer to as “distraction”. His vids were a breath of fresh air…then. There is NO need for this ego tripping nonsense. He can be funny (or rather, ironic)…we get that…but soon he’ll be saying “In Dr Greger’s opinion…”. Not sure if he gets THAT.

      1. Start it and turn away from the screen or use another image/tab/window to block the visuals.

        But whatEVER you do, DO NOT look at the screen when the audio changes tone and volume ever so slightly (the pop-in audio doesn’t exactly match the bulk of the audio) because that’s when it gets GOOFY.

        1. In research on attention It’s called “change blindness”…and is related to the phenomenon of “inattentional blindness”…the cause of the epidemic of distracted driver crashes esp. with younger drivers.
          Change blindness demo…the pop-up is equivalent to the grey screen in between and visual iconic memory gets wiped of previous screen so you don’t see any difference (until you eventually see it).
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtiOm9GVrws

    2. Dr. G, I’m all for expanding the audience, and adding personality by introducing topics with talking head shots, though doing so from the treadmill may be disconcerting to those unfamiliar with you. Adding the composited head popping up in the midst of explaining the papers struck me as gimmicky, and it doesn’t suit your style or subjects as it might others doing ¡ʎʞɔɐʍ ¡ƃuᴉʇᴉɔxǝ science-related videos for teen audiences (and I don’t think it works well, even there).

      One approach I’ve thought would be interesting for visual interest and humanize the material is occasionally bringing in the scientists and clinicians who’ve published the work and have brief Q&As (skype or just audio). Most scientists are enthusiastic about interest from the general public. I’d expect it would require editing down to fit the format, but the un- or less-edited talks could be shared as “extra” content.

      1. Once upon a time a scientist/researcher whose work had been utilized in the video did IN FACT appear in the comments section below the video. I enjoyed that VERY MUCH.

        That lends substance, not “flash”. The world needs more substance and less flash.

  33. Doctor, the information is always well researched and so helpful. I have arthritis in my knees and will start eating the 1/4 Cup/day sesame seeds on my oatmeal and my tofu (Thanks commentor for that idea), and try it on my roasted veggies. But, I think the pop-ups need to go yesterday. Very distracting from the video and unecessary in every way.

  34. In my opinion, people are making too big a deal about the pop-ups. They add a bit of humor, but certainly don’t detract from the information provided. Lighten up, people.

  35. The sudden pop-ups in the middle of the video is a bit awkward. I personally think it’s better to show your face through the entirety of the video or just show up at the end and summarize your doctor’s note. Also, I think you shouldn’t just pop up in the middle of the screen. It really gave me a shock. Maybe finding a small box on the corner of the screen to show up on is better.

  36. Stop with the “pop up” discussion please.
    If the doctor wants to play with his website–it’s okay with me.
    I’m only interested in the subject– and any additional information someone can offer– regarding the topic.
    This isn’t face book or twitter.
    Go play somewhere else!

    1. A. Bruton: I understand and share your frustration. But please note that Dr. Greger asked for opinions for the last video and repeated the request again today. People are voting with their (ideally single!/one per day) posts.
      .
      There’s been a bit of good discussion on this page for the actual topic of sesame seeds and hopefully in the future, the ratio of good discussion to popup voting will improve. Thanks for your post.

        1. abruton1: I do not have answers. I do have some speculation/thoughts that might prove hepful:
          .
          I don’t have the link at the moment, but if memory serves, Dr. Greger considers brown and golden flaxseeds to be the same nutritionally. I presume the same might be true for sesame seeds also. However, at the same time, Dr. Greger has noted that the colors in plant foods show the food’s antioxidants. (The colors *are* the antioxidants.) And this website says very positive things about antioxidants and health outcomes. So, its my guess that the brown flaxseeds or brown sesame seeds would be better at least marginally than the white ones. But I really don’t know. It is just speculation.

  37. I am very interested in the Sesame seed information.
    Please explain what is the best way to take the seeds–(whole –ground–soaked–cooked–raw–etc.) and the optimal dosage?

  38. The pop ups are rather distracting, and although I have been a subscriber for a few years, newer viewers may find them unprofessional.

  39. As much as I think Dr Greger’s info-fact-packed videos are by FAR the BEST on the internet, I need to say this:
    I have shared several of Dr Greger’s videos, such as on Facebook groups. In particular, I have attempted to spread the message that food IS medicine – for the sick and the healthy. But you can not imagine the *hostility* I have experienced on certain groups, such as those devoted to treating cancer patients, an issue I have intimate personal interest in. If I was to risk to attempt again, and this is debatable, to share one of MG’s new videos with these new unprofessional, irrelevant, cutesy distractions in them, the push back would be unimaginable!! Nobody would take him or the FACTS seriously!! Thus, IMO, it is imperative Dr G. carefully consults and considers his new innovations and the “image” he needs to project to the world. Several years ago, his persona in some talks you can still find on YouTube to be quite different – jokey, chatty, comedic, and according to many, cringe-worthy and unwatchable. Thankfully he toned it down from then. I hope he doesn’t stoop to such cheap tactics again. NO DISTRACTIONS!

    1. I agree with most all of Ron’s points here and have penned a few words about the popups already, so I won’t yak on about it.

      Oh, but of those “old videos”, the one where MG is walking on his treadmill-I simply could not watch it. I listened to it, but I couldn’t stand the “wobbly shot”. I’m not sure exactly why, but it was hugely distracting/irritating and I covered the shot with another tab in order to listen.

      It’s not unusual for me to watch any video three or four times to catch all the points-depending on how the “tide of distractions” is running locally. Adding more distractions into the video makes it triple bad. But this has more to do with me than you.

      Goofy and Garish and Credibility Assassinating.

      I shall speak of it no more.

  40. If sesame helps for inflammation it could be good for the body in overall inflammation control along with other good things for the body — Were the seeds raw? Dry roasted? or what?

    1. Hi there,
      I am a volunteer moderator for Dr. Greger and am happy to help! The study used sesame oil, which is usually cold pressed seeds. So in the anti-inflammatory effects can be obtained by cold-pressed oil or raw sesame seeds. The oils naturally present in sesame seeds are heat sensitive, so depending on how they are dry roasted (at what temperature), it is difficult to say how effective they may be. I hope this helps!

  41. Thank you for the new video. Dr. Greger!

    I’m curious about another topic but could not find a specific video that was active and relevant.

    I’m interested to know how one can live with a Systemic Nickel Allergy Syndrome (SNAS) and eat a plant based diet. SNAS is a bunch of bad skin and body responses to the presence of nickel either in diet or by contact of the metal. Unfortunately, most healthy foods, including legumes and dark green leafies are very high in nickel (if grown in nickel-laden soils).

    Given these severe reactions, many people choose a low-nickel diet, which means cutting out dark green leafies, nuts, whole grains, brown rice, and seemingly everything healthy. They often turn to dairy and high doses of Vitamin C supplements because it supposedly helps chelate nickel during digestion.

    Most doctors don’t know what to to with the SNAS folks and there isn’t a lot of info out there. I know there has to be a healthier path forward, and I’m hoping one of the Doctors here has a direction to point us in.

    Are SNAS sufferers just plain screwed with their diet choices?

    1. I will admit in the years I’ve been a physician I’ve not heard of this difficult malady. I did find a medscape article that gives a summary and discusses hyposensitization therapy. The only other option you might explore is planting greens in your own garden or a hydroponic type set up where you can control the type of growth medium. If you could find something without nickel you might be able to make that work. I have loved having a tower garden and although I do not know all the chemicals in the two growth solutions added to the water the method actually yields crops two to three times faster so you get quite a lot out of a small footprint. Here is the medscape article: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/753985_8

  42. What amount of sesame seeds should be taken daily? Is taking sesame oil every day just as effective and, if so, how much should be taken every day?

  43. This video has prompted me to review the value of seeds in my diet. I have come to the realization that I can dry the seeds from my Sunday squash that I put in a salad and grind them in a coffee grinder like I do flax seeds and put them in my bean salad that I eat during the week instead of throwing the seeds away. Thank you!

        1. They are my favorite. Up until last night my biggest source of consternation was that Harris Teeter disappeared all the delicatas some time last week. Poof! Gone! Back to just acorn, butternut and spaghetti. But unfortunately life has a way of putting these things into perspective.

          Have you tried kambocha and if so, how would you rate them?

            1. I think, if you’re still talking about squash, you mean Kabocha. It has a very thick skin which needs to be removed in order to eat, much like an acorn squash. They have a very buttery flesh and are quite versatile but you can’t just eat the skins like you can the Delicata.

              Kambocha is a type of fermented tea which is great for the digestion but has a small amount of alcohol from the fermentation so some people avoid it.

            2. Kabocha is my favorite squash. I find it to be sweetest and most flavorful of the commercially available squashes. The seeds are large and tasty but thick-shelled. One thing I have found is that the sweetness seems to vary a lot between suppliers. Shop (or ask) around until you find out who sells the sweet ones.

  44. For those curious about the cholesterol lowering, sesame seeds are common whole food with the highest phytosterol content (NF video).

    Sum of seven phytosterols (campesterol, b-sitosterol, stigmasterol, brassicasterol, 5-avenasterol, b-sitostanol and campestanol), mg/100 g, from this source.
    sesame seed 404
    sunflower seeds 322
    pistachio nuts 297
    flaxseeds 213
    almonds 208
    cashews 151

  45. Would not Tahini be a good option to take sesame seeds? Tahini is just like peanut butter, simply made by running whole sesame seeds in a high speed blender until it becomes smooth. Careful to find the none-rosted tahini as many brands roast the seeds to add taste.

    1. Thanks for your question Kathleen.

      When it comes to it’s nutritional value. It appears that sesame seeds have a slightly lower total fat, lower saturated fat, higher potassium, higher plant protein, higher fibre & much higher calcium, iron and magnesium compared to tahini. Therefore, if I was to chose between the two, sesame seeds would be my pick.

      Hope this answer helps.

  46. I don’t mind the pop-ups and find it weird that people can get so easily distracted by them, but I don’t think they really add to the message and therefore think they are unnecessary.

  47. Aloha,
    Gee the pop ups seem to be such a distraction that the vast majority of comments at least on the first page have nothing to do with sesame seeds and arthritis. My question- have there been any comparisons with the efficacy of sesame see oil compared to sesame seeds for knee OA,since the gold was injected with sesame seed oil as the carrier.

  48. Hi Doc
    Should the sesame seeds be taken raw, cooked or griiled? In which form are they the most effective?
    Regards,
    Mei Yu SINNO

  49. SAT = 14% of FAs. MUFA = 38% of FAs. Horrible PUFA n-6:n-3 ratio of 55:1. Sesame may help the knees, but with a fat profile like that I just can’t do it, captain.

  50. A great video . . . except for those 2 pop ups. They were startling and thoroughly distracted me from the content of the video. Dr. G, your devoted followers love your playful nerdy self, but the pop ups only serve to off-balance the viewer and cast doubt on your professionalism. (Not that doctors have to be stone sober all the time, but the pop ups just seem, well, “odd ball” is the phrase that comes to mind.) I liked your recent video format just fine and my guess is that others did, too, given your large following. Removing the stop lights and red curtains was a good change. No need to see you live. No need for distracting music and graphics.

    Thanks for being open and responsive to feedback such as this!

    1. SeedyCharacter: Have no fears, the popups will be going away. There are still about 20 videos pre-recorded with the popups, but based on feedback, the popups will not be included in future videos after that. :-)

  51. Sorry Dr Greger, I don’t think we need the pop ups. I have enough trouble as it is trying to read and listen to the information coming across without being taxed further by the pop up. A small picture of you is already on the screen and feel it is unnecessary to have any more

    1. Anne,

      There will be some changes forthcoming in the video’s to address your concerns. Stick with us and let us know how you like the new format. Dr. Alan Kadish Moderator for Dr. Greger

    2. Hi Anne – thank you for your feedback! We are not continuing these pop-ups in the next volume, but there are still scheduled videos that have the pop-up elements. Please be patient as we roll through those videos that are already recorded. I promise they will not return after this volume. Thanks again!

  52. Some of the cute little things going in recent videos make it difficult for me to share them where they’re needed. It’s harder to take the information seriously and if a weak joke or pop in makes me cringe it reflects poorly on me to subject others to it.

      1. I read the transcript (it’s faster than watching a video although I might miss a graph or two) and certainly will not venture back to the videos until those twenty popup ones have gone by.

        1. Kindy Kemp: Note that the side of the video tells you which ‘volume’ the video comes from. You can see that we are in volume 33. It’s my understanding that the popups will go away starting with volume 34. So, you can look for the volume change to know when it is safe again. :-)

  53. Love this. I had osteoarthritis in the knee and reduced my pain to less than 1 with glucosamine w/ chondroitin+msm and organic high-selenium yeast over 2.5 months. Maybe the sesame seeds would have made the pain reduction more instantaneous?! Here is an excellent read on Osteoarthritis and glucosamine: http://healthandscience.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=759:glucosamine-sulfate-is-effective-for-osteoarthritis-us&catid=20&lang=us&Itemid=374

  54. Dr. Greger,
    Will sesame seed oil be as effective as consuming the actual sesame seeds? If so how much is ideal?
    Many thanks for your great videos and articles.

    1. Like most seeds, the outer hull is protective and hard for the body to break down and retrieve what is inside. On the flip side, sesame seed oil is processed and not considered a whole food and is, of course, all fat. Like flax seeds it is probably advisable to crush the seeds in order to get the benefits of the oil without dealing with the processing side effects and the problem with a delicate oil going rancid. It would seem a perfect medium here would be to use Tahini in your diet which you can easily buy or even make yourself by putting sesame seeds in a high speed blender or food processor, like you would any nut butter.

  55. Hi Dr. G, wondering if you have any information in regards to spinal stenosis? My mother is suffering terribly and we aren’t sure how to help her. Will going whole food plant based do anything? Any input you may have would be incredibly appreciated.

    1. Hi Yodak, I am a volunteer for Dr. Greger. Thank you for posting. I would agree with you that eating a whole food, plant-based diet would benefit your grandma’s osteoarthritis. Instead of using a supplement of sesame seeds, curcumin, and rose hips, I would suggest eating sesame seeds, adding turmeric to foods when possible, and doing the same for rose hips. Most of the time we find that eating the foods whole has a greater health impact than eating the specific compounds of foods. I hope this helps!

  56. Hi, If roasting the seeds is not good, would blending the raw sesame seeds with hot water to make a drink/milk be beneficial?
    Thanks

    1. Hi, Mathangi. I am Christine, a NF volunteer. Yes, you could certainly blend raw sesame seeds with water to make a drink, although I do not think the water needs to be hot. A high-speed blender will make a smoother beverage. You might find it bitter. Maybe adding a banana or some other fruit would make it more palatable, if you do not like the taste. I hope that helps!

  57. Just some suggestions for spreading the good news of the PBD: I like the pop-ups and the timing seems to be better in this one so I’m not distracted from the content. I like the message they send: that even when we are busy or at our desks, we can be active, that this doctor has a sense of humor, and he thinks outside the box of mainstream medicine-to our benefit. Some people may not know why Dr. G looks like he’s walking, so I think this should be clarified. At first, I thought I wouldn’t worry so much about being “credible”. Dr. G’s work speaks for itself and, quite frankly, when a doctor has done as much as Dr. Gregor has to improve the doctor-patient relationship, I didn’t give credibility a second thought, but then, I’m a scientist who has been viewing the videos for quite some time. I do understand that we don’t want to be considered wacky when we are trying to convince our loved ones and friends to change, however a change in the status quo is just what is needed in all respects for these people to be pulled from the clutches of the SAD and their doctors’ advice and being more light-hearted couldn’t hurt any of us. So, perhaps, as one commentor suggested, these could come at more appropriate times such as the end of the video keeping in mind the fact that we are trying to teach old (and sick) dogs, new tricks. It is a difficult task to convince these patients that they CAN get off their medications and diet that are killing them slowly and that it really is as simple as food and exercise. Exacerbating the problem is the fact that we are literally addicted to the SAD. How do you explain to someone that what they are eating today will repulse them after 3-6 months of a low fat plant-based diet while they clutch their cream, sugar, fried, and medicated diet through the very symptoms their medications are supposed to address? Dr. Gregor, your commentaries throughout the videos have always lightened a serious topic and that is part of the charm of your information. I’ve tried to convince my family and friends-either diabetic-type 2, athletic, or die-hard meat eaters to change. The sick ones cannot imagine life without animal food and the very thought of going without the convenience and taste of the foods they are addicted to is enough that they give up from the get go. My experience for this group is transitioning is easier than cold turkey. The other category is athletes and they too have a difficult time with plant-based. They hear the message clearly and are willing participants but we fail on the every day trial. The common thread is getting enough calories to feel satiated. So, knowing HOW to accomplish this diet-and exercise-with the least frustration is really a video I would like to see developed so I can pass it on. For instance, one of my athletes rows, twice a day, expends 3000 calories and loses 2 pounds of water each workout. How on earth does a mother (cook) train them to replace that? What does it look like? I have both my athletes on much, much less animal products, but they still claim they are not satiated without it and this is after six months of trying. I’ve searched the web only to find that a plant-based diet for athletes is great. Ok. Noted. But I need HOW to accomplish the diet.

    1. Carol: You wrote: “How do you explain to someone that what they are eating today will repulse them after 3-6 months of a low fat plant-based diet while they clutch their cream, sugar, fried, and medicated diet through the very symptoms their medications are supposed to address?”
      .
      Of course, there’s no easy answer for that. One thought I wanted to share was that I think it is powerful just to share good food. It can take some time to acquire a taste for truly healthy food, but there is some great plant based transition food that omnivores really like. Seeing/feeling first hand that they would still enjoy their meals can make more of an impression than anything anyone can ever say. Of course, you can’t feed the world. I’m just staying that there is a middle ground between doing nothing and having full success. Potlucks and sharing food at the office, etc are great opportunities to start to change people’s views.
      .
      You also wrote: “How on earth does a mother (cook) train them to replace that? What does it look like? I have both my athletes on much, much less animal products, but they still claim they are not satiated without it and this is after six months of them trying, no animal products. I’ve searched the web only to find that a plant-based diet for athletes is great. Ok. Noted. But I need HOW to accomplish the diet with an athlete.”
      .
      I am not an athlete and do not have any particular expertise in this area. However, I have gathered a series of anecdotes of top athletes who are breaking world records and taking home the big metals — all after going vegan. After going vegan, they improve on their own performances. Those are just anecdotes, but I’m thinking that these anecdotes might be helpful inspiration for your own young athletes. I’m guessing that a good part of their problem regarding satiation (assuming they are getting enough calories) is in their minds, not a physical problem.
      .
      In addition, the list includes a book that is supposed to be a how-to book (according to one random person’s recommendation that I saw once). I can’t vouch for the book since I haven’t read the book and as I said, I’m not an athlete. But maybe it is something you could check out? Also included in the list is some websites that I’m guessing would have some great tips. It would just take a some digging to put things together.
      .
      This list/post I’m talking about is pretty long, so I’ll put it out there in a separate post.

    2. Carol: This is part 2 with the promised list/post that I have shared with others. The bottom includes a section on resources.
      *************************************
      Here’s a NutritionFacts video about body building: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/plant-based-bodybuilding/ In case you are interested, there are also some NutritionFacts videos dealing with muscle soreness/relief: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/reducing-muscle-soreness-with-berries/ and http://nutritionfacts.org/video/watermelon-for-sore-muscle-relief/
      .
      For body building, I also recommend checking out the following article on Strength And Protein for Athletes: http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/protein-strength.html
      .
      Also, while the list below is just a set of anecdotes, I think they are inspirational stories for people interested in building mucle or simply improving athletic performance. I don’t know which particular links would have tips for you, but I expect that you would be able to find some ideas from the information below.
      .
      Hope this helps.
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      ********************************
      (article from meatout mondays)
      Vegan Bodybuilders Dominate Texas Competition
      .
      The Plant Built (PlantBuilt.com) team rolled into this year’s drug-free, steroid-free Naturally Fit Super Show competition in Austin, TX, and walked away with more trophies than even they could carry.
      .
      The Plant Built team of 15 vegan bodybuilders competed in seven divisions, taking first place in all but two. They also took several 2nd and 3rd place wins.
      .
      For More Info: http://www.plantbuilt.com/
      .
      ———————
      When Robert Cheeke started VeganBodybuilding.com in 2002, being the only vegan athlete he knew of, he may not have imagined that the website would quickly grow to have thousands of members. Robert says, “We’re discovering new vegan athletes all the time, from professional and elite levels… to weekend warriors and everyone in between.”
      For More Info: http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/
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      —————–
      Then there is that other guy who broke a world record in weight lifting. “Congratulations to Strongman Patrik Baboumian who yesterday took a ten metre walk carrying more than half a tonne on his shoulders, more than anyone has ever done before. After smashing the world record the Strongman let out a roar of ‘Vegan Power’…” For more info:
      http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/vegan-strongman-patrik-babaoumain-breaks-world-record/
      another article on the same guy: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/09/08/vegan_strongman_shoulders_550_kg_a_record_perhaps_at_vegetarian_food_fest.html
      .
      And another article: “I got heavier, I got stronger, I won the European championship title in powerlifting, I broke three world records so everything was going perfect … my blood pressure went down, and my recovery time was so much faster so I could train more.” http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/06/health/vegan-strongman-patrik-baboumian-germany-diet/
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      —————–
      Here’s a story about a bodybuilder who doesn’t use any supplements. Just eats whole plant foods:
      http://www.forksoverknives.com/vegan-bodybuilder-plant-based-diet/?mc_cid=b8b1865825&mc_eid=09aaf03269
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      —————–
      Mr Universe – “Since going vegan, he has actually gained even more mass, now at 107 Kilos…”
      http://www.thediscerningbrute.com/2015/07/14/mr-universe-goes-vegan/
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      —————–
      Bite Size Vegan has a youtube channel
      “In this video series, you’ll hear from various vegan athletes from all walks of life and athletic abilities speaking to such topics as vegan athletic performance, building muscle on a vegan diet, vegan endurance running, bodybuilding, body image, and more!”
      https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmIqdlomtuSv9FQJgdj3Bwg9Nh9MNjKg4
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      —————–
      Here’s another site that I like, Great Vegan Athletes: http://www.greatveganathletes.com/
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      I found this story on the above site: “Pat Reeves has set a new world powerlifting record at the WDFPA World Single Lift Championships. The 66 year old lifter, who has been vegan for 46 years, lifted 94 kg to set a record for the under 50.5kg weight class while competing in France in June 2012. The lift was more than 1.85 times her bodyweight, which is exceptional for her division. Pat is now officially the oldest competing weightlifter in Europe.”
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      from Meatout Mondays: Vegan Bodybuilder Bucks Stereotypes
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      Vegan bodybuilder Joshua Knox shares his game changing and inspiring vegan story during a TEDxFremont, California presentation.
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      In this five-minute long video, shared by Mercy for Animals, Knox talks of his ‘meat and potatoes’ upbringing and what led him to give veganism a try. The results were nothing short of wonderful.
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      “Not only was I able to continue increasing my strength and performance but also saw massive gains in endurance as well… [and] rather than feeling like I was missing out on foods I really felt that I was opening my mind to so many things I would have never put on my plate…” Knox said during his presentation. Joshua also noted a drop in his cholesterol, while experiencing mental and emotional health improvements as well. Rock on, Josh! Thank you for sharing your story
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      Watch the short video on Mercy for Animals’ youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43f2qWARXnA
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      from Meatout Mondays: Professional Bodybuilding Couple Celebrate Veganism
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      Named 2014 Mr Universe, Barny Du Plessis and his fiance, named UK’s strongest woman, Josie Keck are excited to share and to celebrate their one year vegan anniversary this month. In a comprehensive interview by British publication, Daily Mail, the vegan (literal) power couple are “…serious about [their] crusade to save the Earth, the animals, [themselves], and our dignity as a species,” said Barny. The articles noted that, “Barny is on a mission to destroy the idea that eating meat is associated with manliness.” He said, “I’m living proof that you simply don’t need to eat meat or animal products to make great gains, be strong, healthy, fit, and feeling mighty.” We couldn’t agree more, Barny. Congratulations to you both on your anniversary! We’re so jazzed you’re passionate about veganism.
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      “When training for competitions Barny eats up to 4,500 calories a day, while Josie consumes 2,200 of vegan food. While preparing for a competition their typical diet consists of a wide variety of vegetables; fruit such as apples, bananas, dates and berries; grains such as basmati rice, quinoa and tapioca, pulses like chickpeas and brown and red lentils; as well as powders such as rice protein, hemp protein and vegan protein blend.” And the article includes a sample daily menu for each of them. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3495676/Obese-woman-met-fiance-gym-vegan-bodybuilders.html
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      from meetout Mondays
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      Weightlifting Record Set by Vegan
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      With a record-setting deadline of 452 pounds, Iceland native Hulda B. Waage says it was her vegan diet that helped her pull out the win. “You can be strong without eating meat and animal byproducts,” she said. “I’ve reached the age when the body produces more swelling. I believe my diet helps with this, and I recover more quickly after practices.” Hulda has her sights set on the 2023 World Weightlifting Championships. Awesome, Hulda! Way to represent vegan athletes in a most wonderful way. And thank you for all you do to help inspire and forward a cruelty-free world. http://org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=FiCd30wCeTG%2FBmw0po%2FMQXpx0aVdsgbp
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      OTHER THAN BODY BUILDING, VEGAN ATHLETES HAVE BEEN TAKING TROPHIES AND SETTING RECORDS IN OTHER AREAS TOO
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      Rich Roll is an ultra-endurance athlete and quite an inspiration. From his bio page:
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      “… Rich is a 50-year old, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete … In May 2010, Rich and his ultra-colleague Jason Lester accomplished an unprecedented feat of staggering endurance many said was not possible. Something they call the EPIC5 CHALLENGE- a odyssey that entailed completing 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week. Commencing on Kauai, they travelled to Oahu, Molokai and Maui before finishing on the Big Island, following the course of the Ironman World Championships on the Kona coast.”
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      And that was just for starters. Then: “But what makes Rich truly remarkable is that less than two years prior to his first Ultraman, he didn’t even own a bike, let alone race one. … Everything came to head on the eve of his 40th birthday. Defeated by a mere flight of stairs that left him buckled over in pain, he foresaw the almost certain heart attack looming in his near future. … The day immediately following his staircase epiphany, Rich overhauled his diet, became a dedicated vegan, put on his running shoes and jumped back into the pool.”
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      To learn more: http://www.richroll.com/bio/
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      Story of Mac Denzig, winner of season six of The Ultimate Fighter
      http://www.ufc.com/news/Mac-Danzig-Diet-The-Truth-About-Vegan
      http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Mac-Danzig-3396
      http://www.mikemahler.com/online-library/articles/mma-training/ufc-fighter-mac-danzig-vegan-diet.html
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      Another article from Meetout Mondays: Vegan Figure Skater Takes Silver
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      Canadian Olympian Meagan Duhamel and her partner Eric Radford won a silver medal in pairs figure skating at this year’s Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.
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      Duhamel proudly took to Twitter announcing that she is an “Olympian, vegan, yogi and nutritionist.” Wonderful! Congratulations to Meagan for being an outspoken and shining example of what healthy vegan eating looks like. …
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      from Meetout Mondays: Plant-Powered Athlete: Griff Whalen [NFL Player]
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      His teammates say he has the most enviable body on the team. They say he consumes an average of 6,000 calories and 200 grams of protein a day. They also say, he does it all by eating plants!
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      In a recent interview on IndyStar.com, Indianapolis Colts’ wide receiver Griff Whalen, talks about his vegan ways.
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      “I feel a lot lighter, faster, quicker on the field. There isn’t that heavy feeling, that groggy feeling after I eat,” says Whalen. Hooray for another plant-powered athlete for us to cheer on. w00t! w00t!
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      Read the full article on : org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=X9u7eAG%2FDmVet3kwZgrmHD5TipkEhWa4
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      from Meetout Mondays: NFL’s David Carter on Living Vegan
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      In an interview last month on Rich Roll’s podcast, 27 year old Chicago Bears’ defensive lineman, David Carter spoke of a day in the life of the NFL, what he eats daily, his vegan journey, and his commitment to animal advocacy.
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      “I can honestly say that being vegan is not only the most efficient way to be full-body strong, it’s also the most humane; everyone wins,” Carter said on the podcast.
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      Carter is also the founder of The 300 Pound Vegan, a lifestyle blog where the NFL player writes about his journey through veganism and shares plant-based recipes. If nothing else, Carter shows us that living on plants is not just for endurance athletes or yogis but can positively impact heavy hitters in terms of their size, speed, agility, power, and quickness. Aww, yeah! Thanks for being so rad, David. We love it!
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      Listen to the full interview on Rich Roll: http://www.richroll.com/podcast/david-carter-300-pound-vegan/
      Or for a written story with sample menu plan: http://www.gq.com/story/vegan-diet-of-nfl-player-david-carter
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      And another article from Meetout Mondays: Record Setting, 92 Yr Old Vegan Runner
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      Mike Fremont has been vegan for over 20 years, and has been setting single age marathon running records just as long.
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      “At age 88 [Mike] ran a 6H5M53S marathon in Cincinnati Ohio and at age 90 ran a 6H35M47S marathon in Huntington West Virginia. [He] also set a single age world record for 90 years old in the half marathon in Morrow Ohio in August 2012,” said Veg World Magazine.
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      According to an interview with Veg World Magazine, Fremont credits his vegan lifestyle for his continued record setting runs, at his age.
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      We love seeing vegans making positive media waves, and what better way to showcase the health benefits of plant-powered living than Mike’s awesome running career. Here’s to you Mike, and vegan athletes of all ages!
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      Learn more about Mike Fremont a VegWorldMag.com. http://www.vegworldmag.com/amazing-92-year-old-vegan-runs-another-half-marathon/
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      from Meatout Mondays: World’s First Vegan Pro Soccer Team
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      The Internet went wild last week as the news that English soccer (A.K.A football) team, the Forest Green Rovers, announced that the entire team and club is going completely vegan.
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      “We stopped serving meat to our players, fans and staff about four seasons ago,” said club owner Dale Vince (via a recent article on Edition.CNN.com). He continued, “We’ve been on a mission since then to introduce our fans to this new world.” The article explains that while the club has been vegetarian for the past few years, they’ve decided to take the next step in going fully vegan (including their beer and cider options). Also cool to know: the club’s field is organic and they collect rainwater to use for irrigation. This is seriously super cool, you guys. Keep it up!
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      Read the source article on: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/30/football/world-health-organization-meat-vegan-football/
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      from Meatout Mondays: Vegan Arm Wrestler: Rob Bigwood
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      “Some of his opponents say that since going vegan Rob is stronger, his stamina grew, and he became more difficult to pin,” notes an interview-style Facebook post by ‘Starry N Ight.’
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      A competitive arm wrestler since 2000, Rob Bigwood has been making a name for himself in the arm wrestling community—not only as the one to beat but also as the guy who eats plants. Rob has said, “I was concerned at first [about not eating meat for strength] but didn’t care. I made a conscious and ethical decision to give up meat…It is more important to practice what I believe in than to worry about being a strength athlete. I have never felt better in my entire life and it was one of the smartest decisions I ever made.”
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      Check out one of Rob’s interviews on http://www.scribd.com/doc/39221267/Interview-with-a-Vegan-Arm-Wrestler
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      from Meatout Mondays: Vegan Breaks World Record in Push-Ups
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      A vegan from Kerala (a South Indian state) has just broken the Guinness World Record for knuckle push-ups (press ups). K.J. Joseph—a manager of an ayurveda centre in Munnar—completed 82 push-ups in 60 seconds, beating out Ron Cooper from the US who held the record at 79 push-ups in 2015. “Joseph has already entered the Universal Record Forum by doing 2092 push-ups in an hour. He is currently the record holder in the India Book of Records,” notes OnManorama.com. Thanks for making us vegans look good, Joseph. And congrats on your win!
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      Check out the original story: http://english.manoramaonline.com/lifestyle/society/vegan-most-knuckle-push-up-guinness-world-record-joseph.html
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      From PCRM Weekly News Update:
      What do the world’s top male and female tennis players have in common? They love vegan food! In a new Huffington Post piece, Dr. Barnard talks about plant-powered Novak Djokovic’s recent win at the French Open. http://new.www.huffingtonpost.com/neal-barnard-md/plantpowered-novak-djokov_b_10282348.html
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      RESOURCES
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      Book: Vegan Bodybuilding And Fitness by Robert Cheeke
      http://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Bodybuilding-Fitness-Robert-Cheeke/dp/0984391606/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396982744&sr=1-1&keywords=vegan+bodybuilding
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      Comment from someone on Amazon: “For those who want a more thorough dietary guide, I suggest Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life by Brendan Brazier. His book is exclusively about vegan sports nutrition and contains a variety of great tasting recipes along with a 12-week daily meal plan.”
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      More about Thrive: Thrive Energy Cookbook
      Created by two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, Brendan Brazier, Thrive Energy Cookbook dives into Brendan’s philosophy on plant-based nutrition, showcasing 150 easy, health-enhancing recipes.
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      An expert on how diet affects performance and how not to waste energy, Brazier explores how foods in their natural state maximizes energy and health, lowers body fat, improves sleep, and peaks conditioning and physical performance.
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      Thrive Energy Cookbook includes the use of leafy greens, hemp seeds, quinoa, brown rice, and nuts as staples in an alkaline-forming, plant protein-packed diet regime.
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      In addition to being a best selling author, Brendan Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete. He is the creator of the ZoN Thrive Fitness Program and the award winning, plant-based VEGA product line.

      1. Thanks so much for all the help, Thea. I glanced over this list and maybe I missed it, but I’m looking for specifically rower athletes. Rowing is much, much different than body building or even other endurance sports such as marathon running or triathlon training. It expends much more effort and so the requirement for strength and endurance before, through, and after the workout is different. I know Dr. Colin Campbell rowed, but those were his meat eating days and I can’t get any information from him anyway. I’ll look at these websites and see what I can come up with for meals. I really don’t think being hungry is in his head because eating plant based is a pain in the rear when you have to eat this much. Who wants or has the time to make yet another meal and eat again? Really, it’s annoying.

        1. Carol: Good luck. You might want to specifically check out Rich Roll as I would think the energy needed for what he does is quite high. I’m not an expert, so I don’t know. I’ll keep an eye out for specifically rowing tips and examples.

  58. Today I had my first Dr Gr experience. I’m a fan of the doctor AND these popups. It’s kind of fun not knowing when one is going to happen and I’d even go so far as to say that the pop up in this video made me happy! I like all of the doctors silly puns and other clever geeky wordplay.

  59. Dr. Greger. I am a Nutritarian working (and succeeding) to reverse heart disease after experiencing a heart attack about two and a half years ago. Your body of work has been of significant value to me on this journey of increasing my nutritional IQ and putting it into practice. I have one small comment on your videos. You often say things like “there are no side effects to a plant based diet” (if I may paraphrase). While I completely agree that the side effects of nutritional excellence are tiny compared to those for medications, my experience is that there can be consequences. I developed a pretty severe case of reflux while on a strict nutritarian diet. After about a year of experimentation, I discovered that oatmeal was a big factor in the reflux. Eliminating it has made the issue completely manageable for which I am thankful. For others with autoimmune conditions, nutritional based treatments can be effective but the fact that some combinations of plant foods can produce autoimmune symptoms while others result in remission shows that there can be side effects when some people eat certain plants (or combinations of plants) that their system does not like. Thanks again for doing the work you do. It is amazing!

  60. Hello Peter!

    I am a volunteer moderator helping Dr. Greger answer questions posted to Nutritionfacts. I am a plant based dietitian nutritionist located in Scottsdale, Arizona. You make an excellent point and by sharing your experience you remind our visitors to the site that even on the “best” of approaches, nutrition can be a highly individual journey. I have worked with clients who have difficulty with what are called “FODMAP” carbohydrates – certain types of carbohydrates that digest poorly in some situations. Identifying which ones are causing them reflux or constipation or diarrhea is something I do regularly (pardon the pun) in my clinical private practice. Even for myself, I have recently switched from plain unsweetened soy milk to Ripple, a plant milk made from yellow peas. I have noticed a big decrease in gas and am enjoying that discovery!

    Thanks for being part of our community!

    Lisa Schmidt, MS, CN
    Mindful Benefits

  61. Thanks for the great info, Dr.G. But I wonder which would be better, hulled or unhulled? If it’s the oil, would the unhulled work better? Or do we digest the hulls of sesame seeds? I’m thinking of how flax needs to be ground to get the benefits. Thanks again. You are much appreciated.

  62. Yes, could someone please specify if these seeds of poppy should be ground or can be consumed whole? I was just diagnosed with osteoarthritis from swinging a 3-pound hammer (and machete, and brush axe) at work for two years. I quit that job mostly because of the joint damage (clavicle/sternum). I already consume turmeric regularly, will add sesame seeds but would like to know the most effective form of the seed for human digestion. THANKS.

  63. Seeds are naturally indigestible. It is a way of preservation so when animals eat the plant the seeds will survive digestion, be excreted with the feces, and start growing a new plant. If you want the benefits of the seed the most effective way is to have them ground.

    Here is another video about osteoarthritis and ginger. It also said how much the placebo effect actually improves pain levels so you could just pretend your treatment is working :)

    https://nutritionfacts.org/video/ginger-for-osteoarthritis/

  64. 50% of my medicarpal bone is gone in both hands. 1} Plant based diet should reduce inflamation, but will it promote new bone growth? 2} Getting very painful. Doc. wants to inject cortisone. Says I`ll get months of relief. Eventually facing Basal Thumb Joint Surgery. Any thoughts???

  65. Ken,

    Your circumstance is a bit unusual and to give a comprehensive answer would require a good history and reveiw of your records. With that said you might consider the following, yes the PBWF diet should reduce the level of inflammation and with a higher intake of nutrients especially the magnesium from the plants you should promote a higher level of bone growth. Again…. this is supposition based on limited data regarding your case. On another note you might want to explore the use of BMP’s , Bone Morphogenetic Proteins to accelerate your healing. These are now available orally and I have seen them be effective for some patients.

    You might also look into magnetic pulse or ultrasound therapy commonly covered by insurance companies for non-healing fractures. There is some question as to their usefulness however….. it’s a suggestion and I have seen some of the devices seemingly contribute toward fracture closures.

    I would encourage you to weigh the benefits vs the risks of cortisone injections. Yes it will potentially make a marked difference in your pain but has an adverse effect on bone growth……

    Dr. Alan Kadish moderator for Dr. Greger http://www.Centerofhealth.com

  66. Thank you so much Dr.Kadish. Knowing that the PBWF diet has some chance at restoring some bone mass is encouraging. I`ve only been at it for 3 months but am all vegan and having no trouble with it. Doesn`t make sense to take the shots if it defeats the possible growth of new bone. I`ll look into BMP`s. I really appreciate your help. Ken

  67. Hello,

    i just start my journey with plants diet and i need a little support (i didn’t find video about that topic, but if its somewhere and i just don’t notice that let me know;)
    I’m sport person and i have problem with my knees (chondromalacia knees II degree). Until now i used fish collagen as a supllement to support my joints, but i have no idea how i can support my knees from plants or other source… And i have no idea what exactly my knees need to be more healthy ;)

    Can u help me in that?

    Best regards,
    Ola

    P.S. Sorry for my broken english ;)

  68. We don’t know if you “need” it but the risk for trying it is low. If you try it and feel better, please let us know.

    Dr. Ben

  69. I have had 5 knee surgeries, mostly lateral releases. I had my last one in December, 2017. The doctor said the next step is a partial knee replacement. He recommends glucosamine with the Chondroitin/MSM complex. The brand he recommends says at the bottom of the ingredients that it contains shellfish. I have been taking it and it seems to help. But I’d like to know Dr Gregor’s thoughts on the shellfish and glucosamine in general. I’ll paste the ingredients list below.

    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size: 2 Caplets
    Servings per Container: 40
    Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
    Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 60 mg 100%
    Manganese (as Manganese Sulfate) 2 mg 100%
    Sodium 40 mg 2%
    Glucosamine HCl (1.5g) 1500 mg *
    Joint Shield™ Proprietary Blend (1.35g) 1350 mg *
    Chondroitin /MSM Complex
    (Chondroitin Sulfate, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Collagen (Hydrolyzed Gelatin), Boswellia serrata (resin), Vitamn C, Manganese, Hyaluronic Acid) 1250 mg *
    5-LOXIN Advanced™ AKBA
    Boswellia serrata Extract (resin) 100 mg *
    Boron (as Sodium Tetraborate) 3 mg *
    *Daily value not established.
    Other Ingredients: Crospovidone.
    Contanis <2% of: Caramel color, cellulose (plant origin), cellulose coating, silica, titanium dioxide color, vegetable magnesium stearate.

    Contains shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster, crayfish) ingredients.
    Warnings

    As a reminder, discuss the supplements and medications you take with your health car providers. If you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18.

    1. Sharon, I think whole tahini would be even better — ground up it can be absorbed.  Whole seeds often go right through us so little or no absorption takes place.Carol J.

  70. What KIND of sesame seeds were used in the study? There are so many choices! Hulled. Unhulled. Raw. Toasted. White. Yellow. Organic. I’ve never eaten them (other than on top of a bun), but it sounds like something to try to help my knees. Could you recommend a specific product (preferably from Amazon)?

  71. Dear Sue, As one of the volunteers for this site, I was glad to see you are interested in trying the sesame seed approach and based on the results Dr. Greger mentioned, I’m hopeful you will find some relief for your knee pain. Unfortunately, when attempting to identify exact sesame seed for benefit, I reviewed both the the studies Dr. Greger reviewed and other studies and no specific type of sesame seed was mentioned. In some cases, sesame seed oil and sesame capsules were used, although in the study Dr Greger cited, the seeds appeared to be ground so they would match the placebo ground powder.You can eat sesame seeds whole, but some sources indicate they may be easier to digest if ground. Hulling removes some of the calcium, so you may want to eat whole and if you decide to ground, do so just before eating to keep seeds fresh. Specific products are not mentioned on this site, but Amazon will have a variety of acceptable kinds for you to try. As with other food sources, the black sesame seeds may be slightly more nutritious, but none of the studies mentioned using black sesame seeds. 1 tablespoon is equal to 9 grams and in the study mentioned in the video the dose as 40 grains (about 5 Tbs) per day and the trial went on for 2 months. I hope this is helpful

  72. Hi Sue H! I’m a volunteer here at NF.org

    I checked the sources cited in this video, and none of them mention a special kind of sesame seed. They just refer in the Materials & Methods of the study as Sesame Seeds or its active compund sesamin. So, I guess that the most common product will give you the mention benefits for your knees.

  73. So in the experiment process description, it stated, “25 patients in the control group received standard treatment while 25 patients in the sesame group received 40 g/day sesame by oral administration during 2 months of the study along with standard drug therapy

    Does this mean both control and study groups received the same standard drug therapy? And what was that standard drug therapy?

    Thanks for any clarification!

  74. I pulled the original article. Both groups received acetaminophen (Tylenol) 100mg twice daily plus glucosamine 500mg once daily. The sesame group also received sesame 40mg daily.

    -Dr Anderson, Health Support Volunteer

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