The Story of NutritionFacts.org

The Story of NutritionFacts.org
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Dr. Greger shares the story of his grandmother, who inspired him to go into medicine.

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Welcome to NutritionFacts.org, which all started with my grandma. I was just a kid when my grandmother was diagnosed with end-stage heart disease, and sent home to die. She already had so many bypass surgeries; was so scarred up inside; there was nothing more the surgeons could do. Confined in a wheelchair; crushing chest pain; her life was over at age 65.

Then, she heard about this guy, Nathan Pritikin, one of our early lifestyle medicine pioneers, and what happened next is chronicled in Pritikin’s biography. My grandma was one of the “death’s door people.” Like Frances Greger, my grandmother. Arrived in a wheelchair. “Mrs. Greger had heart disease, angina, and claudication; her condition was so bad she could no longer walk without great pain in her chest and legs. Within three weeks [though], she was not only out of her wheelchair…[she] was walking ten miles a day.”

This is a picture of my grandma—at her grandson’s wedding, 15 years after doctors had abandoned her to die. She was given her medical death sentence at age 65—but, thanks to a healthy diet, was able to enjoy another 31 years on this earth until age 96, with her six grandkids, including me.

That’s why I went into medicine.

When Dr. Dean Ornish published his Lifestyle Heart Trial years later, proving, with something called quantitative angiography, that indeed heart disease could be reversed in the majority of patients without drugs, without surgery—just a plant-based diet and other healthy lifestyle behaviors— I assumed this was going to be the game-changer. I mean, my family had seen it with their own eyes. But here it was in black and white, published in one of the most prestigious medical journals.

But, nothing happened, leaving me to wonder. Wait a second. If effectively, the cure to our #1 killer could get lost down some rabbit hole and ignored, what else might there be in the medical literature that could help my patients—but just didn’t have a corporate budget driving its promotion? I made it my life’s mission to find out. 

For those of you unfamiliar with my work, every year, I read through every issue of every English-language nutrition journal in the world—so busy folks like you don’t have to.

I then compile all the most interesting, the most groundbreaking, the most practical findings to create new videos and articles every day for my nonprofit site, NutritionFacts.org.

Everything on the website is free. There’s no ads, no corporate sponsorship.  It’s strictly non-commercial—I’m not selling anything. I just put it up as a public service, as a labor of love, as a tribute to my grandmother.

I hope I can do for your family what Pritikin did for my family.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Katie Schloer.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Videography courtesy of Grant Peacock

Welcome to NutritionFacts.org, which all started with my grandma. I was just a kid when my grandmother was diagnosed with end-stage heart disease, and sent home to die. She already had so many bypass surgeries; was so scarred up inside; there was nothing more the surgeons could do. Confined in a wheelchair; crushing chest pain; her life was over at age 65.

Then, she heard about this guy, Nathan Pritikin, one of our early lifestyle medicine pioneers, and what happened next is chronicled in Pritikin’s biography. My grandma was one of the “death’s door people.” Like Frances Greger, my grandmother. Arrived in a wheelchair. “Mrs. Greger had heart disease, angina, and claudication; her condition was so bad she could no longer walk without great pain in her chest and legs. Within three weeks [though], she was not only out of her wheelchair…[she] was walking ten miles a day.”

This is a picture of my grandma—at her grandson’s wedding, 15 years after doctors had abandoned her to die. She was given her medical death sentence at age 65—but, thanks to a healthy diet, was able to enjoy another 31 years on this earth until age 96, with her six grandkids, including me.

That’s why I went into medicine.

When Dr. Dean Ornish published his Lifestyle Heart Trial years later, proving, with something called quantitative angiography, that indeed heart disease could be reversed in the majority of patients without drugs, without surgery—just a plant-based diet and other healthy lifestyle behaviors— I assumed this was going to be the game-changer. I mean, my family had seen it with their own eyes. But here it was in black and white, published in one of the most prestigious medical journals.

But, nothing happened, leaving me to wonder. Wait a second. If effectively, the cure to our #1 killer could get lost down some rabbit hole and ignored, what else might there be in the medical literature that could help my patients—but just didn’t have a corporate budget driving its promotion? I made it my life’s mission to find out. 

For those of you unfamiliar with my work, every year, I read through every issue of every English-language nutrition journal in the world—so busy folks like you don’t have to.

I then compile all the most interesting, the most groundbreaking, the most practical findings to create new videos and articles every day for my nonprofit site, NutritionFacts.org.

Everything on the website is free. There’s no ads, no corporate sponsorship.  It’s strictly non-commercial—I’m not selling anything. I just put it up as a public service, as a labor of love, as a tribute to my grandmother.

I hope I can do for your family what Pritikin did for my family.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Katie Schloer.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Videography courtesy of Grant Peacock

Doctor's Note

This is the first time I’ve ever done a video like this. This came about because of user feedback we got in that survey we did a few weeks ago. Many of you asked for me to come up with more basic, introductory videos you can share with those new to both the site, and the whole concept that our food choices can exert tremendous power over our health destiny and longevity.

So with the volunteer help of videographer Grant Peacock, I came up with ten introduction and overview-type videos for both new users to orient themselves, and for long-time users to use to introduce people to the site. Stay tuned for:

What we’re going to do is alternate between these broader overview-type videos, and the regularly scheduled content, so as not to bore those who just crave the latest science.

If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here.

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  1. I am grateful. 4 years ago with multiple chronic diseases I reasoned that no one could be this sick for this long without dying. So I began updating my end of life decisions figuring I had maybe 2 months left. Ulcerative colitis had been wildly inflamed for 2 years and indications of advancing cardiovascular disease and cancer presented a trio that seemed insurmountable. I did not have insurance to cover this, so I began the process of updating my Will, and figured, . . . well, if I’m going to die anyway, I might as well ignore the recommendations of mainstream medicine on managing UC and eat what I like, which was mostly veggies and fruit. . . . the stuff they said to avoid. So I had a full plate of veggies for dinner. (Hint: when throwing a plate of veggies into a white hot colon, it’s wise to stay near a commode for at least 24 hrs.) When the smoke cleared, I noticed improvement. Coincidence? I got up the nerve to try it again in about a week. Same result. Once could be a fluke, but twice? So I tried to find a connection between what I ate and the UC inflammation. Some context. . .

    I had always followed recommendations from conventional doctors. But when I got really sick, didn’t have insurance, I began studying mainstream medical sources on-line like NIH and WebMD. They mostly talked about drugs and operations, and comments about food were mostly what NOT to eat. BTW, what they highlighted to avoid, is now mostly what my diet consists of. . . No kidding. . . They didn’t just miss the boat, they pointed in the wrong direction.

    Here’s a quote from WebMD:
    “”Diet doesn’t cause ulcerative colitis, and special diets can’t cure the disease,” says Walter J. Coyle, MD, director of the Gastrointestinal Program at Scripps Clinic Medical Center. “But it can help to avoid foods that your body has trouble tolerating or foods that irritate your bowels.
    Your doctor may give you a checklist of some foods that frequently cause problems, including “gassy” foods like broccoli, cauliflower, beans, and whole grains.”
    http://www.webmd.com/ibd-crohns-disease/ulcerative-colitis/features/ulcerative-colitis-talk-to-your-doctor

    They claim “diets can’t cure the disease”. Dr G has shown that WFPB diet is the most effective treatment for Crohn’s. Well, better than anything these guys recommend. And UC responds similarly. Further, the foods they highlight to AVOID, I found the most helpful, in particular cruciferous veggies and beans. I eat these daily.

    The problem was, I now wondered if the establishment was wrong but didn’t have anyplace to go I trusted. I was learning everything by trial and error. I was my own guinea pig. Conflicting views on the internet leave an unsolvable problem.

    Then I found Dr G, and now ask the question he always asks. . . what does the science say?

    I still study many in this field, many of which disagree on key points. But now I have the tools to discern science from opinion. And Dr G is my go-to source, and the one I recommend to my friends and family. In addition to the science based approach, the absence of a conflict of interest is refreshing, and the personal story is compelling.




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    1. Thanks for this story.

      It doesn’t take long studying the microbiome literature to suspect that the low fermentable fiber diets which offer symptomatic relief for bowel disorders, may be “band-aids” for dysbioses created by widespread antibiotic use and low fermentable fiber intake of the Western lifestyle. What we still lack is guidance on how to reintroduce fermentable fiber into the diets of those with bowel disorders (and beneficial microbes, most not found in prebiotics), so as to minimize short term discomfort on the path to longer term health benefits. It may just take staying near a bathroom.




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      1. Thank you. I am new to a plant-based diet and have IBS. I have been troubled with a lot of bloating and gas, occasional diarrhea, but I have noticed that some trigger foods no longer cause the same effect as before. I am able to eat green salads and cooked greens without spending time in the bathroom and my fruit consumption has gone up, too. There is no medical explanation for this and I think my doctor thinks it is a fluke that won’t last. I hope it is permanent, because I have wanted to do this for years and thought I couldn’t. It is so unbelievable that the thought of eating some ripe cantaloupe is now more exciting than having a fast food hamburger.




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        1. Isn’t it amazing how this happens. I wish more people would give diet a chance to help them improve their life! They would be surprised! Great work Patcee!




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        2. patcee14: re: “…doctor thinks it is a fluke…” Many, many people have reported similar experiences on this site. While I am not an expert, the usual explanation is that you have improved the bacteria is you gut so that you are now able to properly digest healthy foods. So, there is a medical explanation for why you are able to tolerate healthy foods more now. It’s just an explanation that your doctor does not know. This is no surprise. Most doctors have little to no nutrition education. (There’s even a video or two documenting this on NutrtitionFacts.)
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          Good for you for giving this a try. Let us know if there is some way we can help you with your transition.




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      2. Thanks Dr. G. For this video and thank you Darryl and basehitz for all these personal inspirational stories. Wishing you all good health.




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    2. It is interesting to note what you wrote abut WebMD where you mentioned that mainstream medicine never educates people on the true value of veggies and fruits, but only dishes out dire warnings about what foods to avoid. Also, I see the FDA and the AMA actually aggressively fighting any kind of non-patentabe form of what seems to be a beneficial therapy whether it is food, a vitamin, sunshine, reiki, visualization, or whatever. They will viciously stamp out anything that competes with their money making machine of surgery, pills, and radiation. And, like I said before, I believe the meat industry, egg industry, and milk industry are helping to financially spread the paleo diet myth in order to get people to eat meat, and eggs.




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      1. John, – I agree completely with what you have written. The only entity you missed with the Big Pharma – who controls the medical school education.




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    3. Nice i pretty much went through a similar story these last years~
      What do you think was the worst food for your GI tract? imo it is dairy especially cheese and probably bread which is very hard to digest…




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      1. Irritants: Fried foods, especially deep fried, but any fried foods are a very fast and severe trigger for me. Dr G has identified animal protein; I suggest a search here for IBS, IBD, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis to capture most of his postings. And most recently cow’s milk has been identified as a mild irritant.

        Benefits: Besides veggies, the largest gains in medication reduction were in the past year when I made legumes a daily input. I use beans mostly, some lentils with brown rice made in a soup loaded with carrots, garlic, onions, celery and tomatoes, and seasoned with tumeric + whole black pepper ground when used. Iodized sea salt also. Mostly soup is eaten cold to boost resistant starch. Daily soup provided more help in reducing medication than everything else combined up to that point. Since I suspected I already had colon cancer, the soup ingredients focused on capturing foods that interfere with cancer proliferation and upregulate the body’s ability to track it down and kill it. I continue with that even when everything is fine as preventative measure. Dr G. also highly recommends daily legumes, so nothing different here, just a method for me to do most easily.




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        1. Yup, crisps/chips and french fries are terrible indeed, cheese also because it is just concentrated and dehydrated fermented salted milk full of antibiotic/hormones/pollution/lactose/caseine/ unhealthy fat/salt, fruits saved me kinda especially the soft ripe ones at start but also cooked green vegetables, i have been on a ripe fruit based diet for years, i reversed a crohn diagnosis~




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  2. Sending one huge THANK YOU for all your work! The world would look differently if more people would follow their passion just like you. You are an inspiration :)




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  3. Your grandmother would be so, so proud of you Dr G <3 and we are so very happy to have found you. Thank you for all you do – so willingly – and with such good humour and humility xx




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  4. I think many of us out here in “Internet Land” owe Dr G many many thanks for opening our eyes to true nutritional knowledge! This is by far the greatest nutritional website around. I, of course, read/view it every day and learn something new either from the video or from the intelligent comments made here. Although there are other good nutritional websites which promote a WFPB diet, none have the enthusiasm shown by Dr G! And what I like about this website is that the information presented here is not just another Dr’s opinion, but it is based on science.

    Which brings me to mention Nathan Pritikin. It never ceases to amaze me that an engineer, not a nutrition expert by profession, discovered so much just by using logic and the scientific method! It kind of gives me hope of someday understanding the intricacies of nutrition since my profession is mathematics and I’m really a new comer to the world of nutrition. And the logic of Dr G in his presentations resonates so well with my way of thinking. Three cheers for Dr G and I hope he continues his superb work. Better stop here … Gotta go make a donation.




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  5. Thank you Dr. Greger. You opened my eyes to the fallacy of the quality of life created by my past diets, even my current ketogenic one. I’ve taken a lot of your advice and applied it to my lifestyle. I hope to become as informed as you one day in my future as a researcher in lipid metabolism.




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    1. Hello Gerardo, I have been reading about the ketogenic diet recently. I have been wondering how to incorporate it into a vegan lifestyle. I have begun intermittent fasting. I would be interested to hear your observations. Thank you.




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  6. This is great! I hope you’ll have them gathered under a single topic, for ease of sharing. Also, will you be eventually including your Daily Dozen recommendations, with serving sizes?




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  7. I think that at the end of our lives we would all like to know that we made a difference in the world. You do, you and all your team. Thank you.




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  8. Thank you Greger!
    My health wasn’t so good even though I am just 19 years old. I used to suffer from bad menstrual cramps that left me in bed every month – I made a lot of posts in this website searching desperate for help, as I thought it wasn’t working for me, I was already vegan 2 years ago and whole plant based a year ago but nothing improved, until now. Two months with NO pain AT ALL!
    I also suffered from migraines a few years ago, that disappeared after 8 months on a plant based diet.
    It just takes time, be patient and continue nourishing your body, it’ll be better.




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  9. i do have one major problem in trying to reconcile what i think are the common merits of the dr. greger crowd/proponents and the dr. wahl’s/paleo proponents. and that problem is the topic of leaky gut syndrome, and those who argue that at least some people have leaky gut issues, including autoimmunity, as a result of either grains, or legumes, both of which seem, otherwise, to be healthy foods for many people?




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    1. Craig: Dr. Klaper, a well-respected and well-known plant based doctor has a good talk on leaky gut. Unfortunately, I think it is a talk you have to pay for if you want to see it on-line. (I saw it live at a VegFest conference.) But if you are super-interested that is something you could check out. I found the information compelling.




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            1. That’s alright. He is really a good doctor who works with Dr McDougall. And I am interested in the topic. It would probably cost me something to hear it in person too.




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          1. WFPBRunner: I think Dr. Klaper basically gives various versions of the same talk all over the place, several of which are for sale on various sites. Sometimes hosts really limit the time he has, so I would be on the lookout for some version that is a combination of newest and longest so that you get the latest and fullest information. I don’t know if it is best, but it looks to me like you found a pretty good version…




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            1. Rebecca Cody: Thank you! My understanding is that you found the free excerpt. I think the whole talk is worth listening to, but for anyone who is unable to see the whole talk, the excerpt might be very helpful.




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      1. Also I am just so confused about Dr. wahl’s and this transformation she seems to have gone through. Her elimination diet 8 years ago was the first thing I tried and it wasn’t Paleo. I gave up dairy and gluten, ate much less animal, etc. But then I hear she is Paleo? Crazy because at the time of her “cure” she surely wasn’t Paleo. What do you know about this? And I ask this because I have a friend with MS and she used to be vegan but now eats Paleo and I am wondering if this is why.




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        1. WFPBRunner: I don’t have anything definitive to say about Dr. Wahl’s diet, but I can share my thoughts with you.
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          First, there is such a wide number of definitions of a “paleo” diet that I think Dr. Wahl could define her diet as paleo. Or paleo-light? You have to ask yourself why she would want to do that given what diets fall under the paleo umbrella. I know she endorses paleo diets in general, because according to Wikipedia (which I just looked at as research to respond to you), she wrote a forward to a paleo cookbook. These last two points are related to my next point.
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          I was never attracted to Dr. Wahl in the first place the way that you were. So, I’m not experiencing the disconnect. To me, it sounds like Dr. Wahl was a good “gateway” source of information for you. She was a gateway/transition point from a not so good diet to one that was a little better and then you took further steps to an even better yet diet. That’s not bad per say. It is a lot like Dr. Furhman for a lot of people.
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          But Dr. Wahl is not saying that her diet is a transition diet. She is selling it as the be-all, end-all diet for optimum health, or at least to address MS. And what does she base this position on? I haven’t read the book, but I understand that she primarily bases her position on her own anecdote. Period. Maybe some other anecdotes are thrown in too, but from what I have read, there is no real science to back up her claims. As you know, any one person’s experience is irrelevant at the level you and I are discussing. For all we know, she got better in spite of the organ meats, not because of them. For all we know, she had a misdiagnosis. For all we know, she would have spontaneously gotten better anyway. For all we know, there was some other change in her environment (some missing chemical or change in the winds) which account for her change. Who knows?
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          As you saw, another poster says that Dr. Wahl is engaging in some science now. But she has sold a ton of books long before any decent experiments have been done to support her claims. What makes her any different than Dr. Mercola? Or any paleo advocate?
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          My views are similar to other posters on this site. Here are two posts from Tom Goff and b00mer:
          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-are-the-healthiest-foods/#comment-2459472639
          http://nutritionfacts.org/2014/07/22/how-to-treat-multiple-sclerosis-with-diet/#comment-1499635229
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          What do you think? Was this any help in putting things into perspective?




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          1. Yes. She has definitely evolved since I first read her essay. She has added more meat.
            You are right reading her essay contributed to the idea that I should eliminate gluten and dairy. And what do you know–It helped. I like Dr. Furhman’s approach. Not everyone is as bad a– as you and me!




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        1. lilyroza: Thanks for that link! I’m not sure it is the same talk??? I haven’t listened to it. I just remember seeing the “Digestion Made Easy” talk listed separately on his website. So, either it is the same talk with a different name, or it is a different talk, though there may be some over lap. I don’t know. (Maybe someone can clear that up.) But either way, I would expect the Digestion Made Easy talk to be a very good one. Thanks a bunch!




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      2. I quite like Dr Klaper but I wouldn’t pay for this material. It is basic and biased. More and better info on Leaky Gut is available at other places on the net for free (refer to my previous posts, on Leaky Gut, in this forum).




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        1. rada: I have seen no evidence that Dr. Klaper is biased. I’ve seen several of his talks. I have seen some of your other references in various posts and would not generally recommend those to people. Sometimes you get what you pay for… Of course, your choice. Good luck.




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          1. Re Dr Klapers bias.

            I am only referring to the short version video on Leaky Gut.
            I am not generalising to his other material/videos as I haven’t looked at them.
            Anyway, I don’t tend to generalise.
            IMO the LG video is biased because when he lists the risk factors he only mentions alcohol and antibiotics and in his protocol he only focuses on dairy and wheat as the allergens to be avoided. He doesn’t mention other risk factors/allergens that are particular to vegetarianism diets.

            The video is also irresponsible in that it oversimplifies and under reports on this issue.
            The list of risk factors is way behind his simplistic presentation and ditto for the protocol.
            He must be fully aware of this so why does he stand up in public and present this fair ground spruik?

            Re your comment:

            ‘I have seen some of your other references in various posts and would not generally recommend those to people.’

            When I post a link it is just that, a link to a resource.
            Some might find them interesting.
            If they are of no interest to you that’s fair enough.
            A link to a resource is not a recommendation.
            They people/persons who write formal articles/books et.c and publish them via the web are accountable for their own creations, just as Dr Greger is accountable for the content and tenor of this site, not the people who join in discussion here. Ditto for videos.
            I’m not the one putting my hand up as a health guru.

            Dr Greger and Dr Klapper are qualified medicos who make themselves available, to the public, as experts on various public platforms.
            They have to expect robust criticism.
            Dr Klapper is charging for some of his material to boot.
            In fact they are both in need of it.

            Every website, like this, carries a disclaimer, “NOT FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES – EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY.
            Who’s fault is it if they read it but don’t believe it?




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          2. re: ‘I have seen some of your other references in various posts and would not generally recommend those to people. ”

            wrt Leaky Gut

            I have posted links to Dr Garland (MD), Dr Henriks (Naturopath) and a case report
            ‘Chronic Rhinosinusitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Case Report’, Mikhail Kogan, MD; Carlos Cuellar Castillo, MS; Melissa S. Barber, MS

            This material is amongst the best general knowledge available to the public and it is irresponsible of you to cast negative aspersions on it with your sweeping, but unproven, allegation.

            Further to that, I have personal experience with Leaky Gut and I am currently under the medical care of a qualified MD, with additional qualifications in complementary medicine, with whom I am discussing diagnosis and treatment and I am having ongoing testing to confirm the efficacy of what we are doing.
            I stand by my resources and my opinions on this subject.
            I only ever post reasonable opinion, that is likely to stand investigation, although I am sometimes wrong and will withdraw comments if they are proven so.
            In the interests of helping others I also sometimes speculate on matters ….. we cant wait for ever for science to catch-up. When I am speculating I usually make it clear to others.




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    2. Intestinal permeability has been a focus in my reading. The most common causes in the literature are not grains and legumes, but high alcohol, fat, and added sugar intake, as well as vitamin C deficiency. In fact a number of studies have improved intestinal barrier function with diets high in plant polyphenols and fermentable fiber (as found in whole grains and legumes). Whatever proteins these foods have (that may interact with enterocyte tight junctions in vitro) are more than compensated by their prebiotic benefits on the microbiota, especially in increasing microbes like Akkermansia that improve barrier function.




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      1. It’s important to note that the anti grain crowd, when they think about grains, they picture white flour with refined animal fat, and lots of salt and sugar (a cookie or pastry).

        Another thing is that fat impairs glucose metabolism, so starchy things (even healthy ones as whole grains) could be bad if you eat a lot of fat (oil). Of course I would remove the fat and not the carbs :).

        In fact, calorie per calorie, because oil is so caloric, what most people consider carbs, if you look at the ingredients and do the math, are more fat than carbs.




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      2. Hi Darryl,

        I like some of the resources you are turning up for Leaky Gut (LG) (a.k.a intestinal permeability) and you are coming up with some interesting thoughts on the matter.
        The review you highlighted is a particularly good theoretical introduction.
        You might have noticed, in my other posts here, that I have some experience with LG plus I have done some consulting with an LG experienced MD as well as quite a bit of reading.
        I would like to share some observations with you, but it might take a few posts.
        I think some of your statements, above, are open to debate and, perhaps,s even strong counter evidence.

        First, I don’t think anyone can point the finger at any diet, as the cause per se, because everyone implements diet differently e.g. no two vegetarians are exactly the same, or eat exactly the same things. IMO we can only list the risk factors and estimate the contribution of each. It also seems likely that all individuals, who have LG were exposed to more than one risk factor simultaneously e.g. high fat and high sugar might be independent risk factors.

        Note that the average vegetarian is just as likely to be eating a lot of fat and sugar; probably as much as a lot of non-vegetarians. The only difference would be the type of fat and sugar.

        My second point is that I doubt that anyone who has been diagnosed with LG can pinpoint the cause. I know I can’t because I don’t know when it started and I didn’t keep a log of what I was eating during the different phases of my life. In my experience it is difficult to recall exactly what we ate 3-4 days ago let alone 30-40 yrs.
        I believe my LG goes back a long way and the first symptoms occurred in a period when I was vegetarian with a substantial history of healthy eating i.e. not the standard western diet by any means. However I cant be sure of that so it doesn’t count.

        The third point is that there is a world of difference between preventing LG and treating it.
        Whether or not grains and beans are causative for LG is a discussion for another day but if people are trying to cure a Leaky Gut IMO they are better off without them. As anti-nutrients/bacteria et. c are translocating into the bloodstream it is precautionary to take the load off the liver as much as possible until the gut heals.

        F.Y.I

        I don’t drink, smoke, or take drugs (occasional beer or wine only).
        As far as I can recall I have only taken antibiotics once in 30 years.
        I have been on a healthy diet for 50 yrs, half of that as a vegetarian.
        For the whole of that time I did not take any pharmaceuticals nor eat junk food or any high fat/high sugar food.
        I ate a small amount of sweets but a lot of it was home made and based around fruit.
        Even when I resumed meat eating it was only in moderation and the choice cuts (I don’t sit down to eggs and bacon every morning).
        At different times I probably ate quite a bit of dairy.

        RE the protocol

        I tested mildly positive for LG plus gut dysbiosis (candida).
        I also tested nutrients, for adsorption, and liver metabolism.
        B12 and iodine were good (nutrients being absorbed OK?) but Vit D was down (if you look in the literature you will find the liver uses Vit D to get rid of the heavier toxic load so low Vit D is a proxy for LG maybe?)

        My Dr recommended no processed sugars, no dairy and no gluten.
        In his experience that is sufficient (so he blames gluten to some extent).
        He did not tell me to eat meat but he hinted that the AIP protocol might help.
        I tweeked his protocol to add meat and cut out all grains/legumes except rice (meat is the food believed to be the least allergic although some can be allergic to it).
        I started with a 4 week course of Nystatin and took supplements typical for LG (glutamine, flavonoids, pro and pre-biotics).
        I increased the fibre in my diet (I used the hi-FODMAP list to identify the hi-fiber foods as no one else has done much when it comes to categorising food fibre).
        After 10 weeks I returned to my Dr for an office based LG test (Indican?).
        My gut is healing.
        The diet and the reading continues :-)

        I will prob post again to critique your comments or at the least share some resources.
        After 10 weeks




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      3. Darryl,

        Re my earlier post, I forgot to mention a couple of things that might be relevant.

        I am not overweight and never have been.
        I don’t have any chronic diseases except arthritis that was diagnosed in my mid 30’s (I’m 64 now).
        I believe that ‘arthritis’ was my first Leaky Gut symptom (its an autoimmune disease?) … no proof of that though.
        I was pretty shocked to get that diagnosis as I thought I was eating a healthy diet.

        Re the protocol

        I had to tweak a few things as I went along:

        – I decided to supplement Calcium given that the meat is high in phosphorous;
        – I lost a little weight when I really didn’t need too. I found it hard to get enough calories without legumes/grains and given that I don’t like meat that much (especially the fat) I couldn’t keep up with my energy needs. I didn’t go 100% AIP but I was a little nervous about nuts and seeds, so, as they were ruled our as a source of high energy food I went for the coconut oil. I take about 2 tablespoons a day. I like it in cashew cream (no sweetener) poured over a fresh fruit salad.
        – I was also happy to take coco oil as it is rumoured to be an anti-fungal
        – I took raw garlic as an anti-fungal. It works fine but possibly burns a bit so I had to discontinue that one.
        – to clarify my point on FODMAPS – I need food fibre to keep the Candida in check so I ate more foods from the FODMAP list that they advice people with GI’s (IBS?) not to eat.
        – halfway through the protocol I decided to cut out my only ‘sweet’ drink == coconut water, as I didn’t want the fibreless sugar.
        – my Dr said I can eat honey and maple syrup but I’ve cut them for the same reason as coconut water.
        – I was surprised by my low vit D as I live in a sunny climate and am always outdoors in shorts and a short sleeve shirt. My doc told me to take 1000mg/day to get it up, which I did, but I am also experimenting with a few minutes a day sunbathing with the shirt off.
        – I supplemented the fibres with a commercial FOS (Fructo-olligosaccharide) and Inulin.
        – I am only eating enough meat/fish to get my protein. The rest of my energy comes from fruit, dry fruit, veges and a few nuts. Sometimes I include some rice but at other times I have zero, or near zero, grains.
        – at the moment I have also cut dry fruit but that’s only for a short while
        – I am 100% organic foods (no pesticides) and 100% off food additives.
        – organic food supply is limited in my town. Sometimes I can’t get certain lines so the diet is very constrained. To get around a shortage of organic lettuce I changed over to home-made coleslaw. It was pretty hard to get down so I drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil over it to add some flavour (its quite nice like that). I don’t consider that the EVO is a health food. As I said, it is there for the taste and also it keeps better in my lunchbox.I cant keep up with y workload now so I don’t have time to make no-oil dressings every day :-(

        I haven’t come across a tried and tested Leaky Gut protocol for Vegetarians.
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    3. There is also the possibility that the so-called “leaky gut syndrome” is in fact merely an invention of the alternative health crowd (or cranks if you want to be forthright about it).

      That is not to say that intestinal permeability does not occur, it does, but the concept of “leaky gut syndrome” is still not accepted by mainstream science. Unlike IBS, coeliac disease etc
      http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/leaky-gut-syndrome/Pages/Introduction.aspx
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaky_gut_syndrome

      Also the idea that such a condition, if it exists, is caused by grains and legumes seems bizarre. The common people of civilisations and cultures across the world throughout recorded history have eaten grains and legumes as their staple foods. And n much larger quantities than people in 21st century USA. Yet I am not aware of the historical record depicting such a condition in (significant numbers of) people.

      As Darryl writes, there are much better candidates for food causes of increased intestinal permeability. High fat diets are one:

      “Low-grade chronic systemic inflammation has been shown to possess the potential to cause obesity, metabolic syndrome, and insulin resistance. Numerous studies have provided insight into the mechanisms by which dietary fat can cause the absorption or permeation of lipopolysaccharides (LPS) present in the gut bacteria into systemic circulation. Additionally, studies have deciphered the vital role of the innate immune system in linking gut microflora and inflammation. High throughput sequencing has enabled metagenomic analyses, revealing changes in the gut microbiota composition incurred by high-fat diet. Further insights into the pathophysiological understanding of the interplay between innate immunity, metabolism, and microbiota would help improve therapeutics. This article focuses on the early events leading to the dysfunction of the intestinal epithelial barrier with additional emphasis on the technical problems encountered in in vivo and in vitro experiments. Emerging research results stress the importance of the interaction of LPS with dietary fatty acids and bile acids, as factors that impact the integrity of the gut barrier.”
      http://oatext.com/Low-grade-endotoxemia–diet-andgut-microbiota-an-emphasis-on-the-earlyevents-leading-to-dysfunction-of-the-intestinal-epithelial-barrier.php

      [Many thanks to Darryl for giving me the link to this very interesting article]




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  10. Dr. Greger’s work may be the most reputable source of factual information on nutrition that exists. Pushing dairy and meat to almost zero eliminated my ulcerative colitis. I need to, someday, shake this guys hand.




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      1. Dr Greger, if I will live another half a century then I owe my life to you.

        Now if you can stop an overzealous mod in your staff who has a gripe on me, from deleting all of my posts no matter what I say then I will appreciate you even more.




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      2. I’ve never seen him scheduled for the Pacific Northwest – Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Portland? Any possibility he will head up to this corner of the country?




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        1. Dr. Greger spoke in Portland last January. He comes to the west coast regularly and it is easier for him to combine talks along the west coast. If you know anyone who sponsors speakers you might consider having them invite him. The information on how to invite him to speak is on the website. Keep tuned to NF.org and check his speaking schedule periodically.




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    1. I watched Dr. John McDougall interview your grandfather on an old video that is posted on YouTube. He was a very smart man. No telling what fantastic inventions he could have come up with if he had the time to put his mind to it. But, he chose the most important expansion of knowledge to improve the human race by verifying and sharing with the rest of us the knowledge of a whole plant food diet.




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      1. As a young teenager, I found his diet ideas impractical. Things are a lot better now that avocado and nuts have been found to be healthy.




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  11. You are so loved and respected, Dr. Greger!!! Thank you for all you do for your fellow humans, as well as other animals and the environment through your tireless advocacy for a WFPB diet!!




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  12. You are one of my all-time favorite humans on the planet. I SO admire what you do. You’ve definitely changed my life (and those around me) for the better. Thank you for your wisdom and for sharing it for free.




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  13. Perhaps look at a low dose zinc supplement. Zinc intake is lower in WPBDs, zinc status is lower in vitiligo patients (1, 2), zinc supplementation helped in an animal study (3), though only modestly in a human trial (4), and an Iranian Dr. thinks vitiligo may be attributable the lack of a zinc containing protein 5).




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  14. Thank you Dr. Gregor for your invaluable public service, and for embodying what I believe a true physician’s calling to be….one who puts the health needs of others first by giving factual information so that we can all be proactive to make better choices to live the best quality of life possible. I consider NutritionFacts.org my “health” bible, and I share your site and information with as many people as possible! Your grandmother would be proud as you honor to keep her legacy alive, and I am so very grateful for all that you do!




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  15. Dr. Greger – Thank you for sharing this very moving and inspiring story! And thank you for sharing your knowledge so generously. It’s hard to know how many lives you have affected for the better – maybe saved – by spreading the gospel of good eating! As a cancer survivor myself, I am especially grateful.




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  16. This is my favorite video maybe of all time.
    #1 it tells a personal story and reason why we try to live healthy , not always just for ourselves, but usally for someone else , so they don’t have to suffer
    #2 Very seldom do we get to see this person Dr, Greger , that we listen to almost everyday .
    #3 got to see your grandma and a much younger Mr. Greger!
    cheers!




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  17. Doctor Greger, You are a mith and I am spreading the word about your book in Italy. Looking forward for the Italian edition so I can buy lots of copies and give them as a gift!




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  18. Dear Dr Gregor,

    Please some small dietary recommendation would be already very helpful

    i hope you can help me with my mother who’s 85 and is suffering from heart problems that started 10 weeks ago.

    Short General health summary:

    Not overweight
    Not vegetarian (traditional dutch breakfast and lunch sandwich with margarine thin slice meat, cheese or egg, Diner 4 times a week starters instant soups potatoes with small amount of vegg small peace of meat mostly baked in butter and salted.always sweet dessert.) filter coffee 4/5cups a day
    she was still daily Active in and around the house
    hyper sensitive for sun light, warmth, all animals, strong sense for all kind of smells!!
    lived a hardworking stressful live with a lot of worries

    They discovered recently that She had a little stroke 10 years ago
    6 weeks ago in hospital because to much moist in the lungs and heart rate problems and totally out of breath..
    after 5 days fired from hospital with a bunch of medicine
    she now complains she’s has no cravings for any food or any thirst, toilet visits twice an hour. Fatigue and sleeps a lot.
    Diagnose isn’t shared but she now takes several (12 different ) medications

    i have my doubts if the medication doing her any good and want to help her to give her the right type of food so she gets stronger again for a better recovery!!

    What do you recommend, or what do you miss for an advice or do you know anybody in the Netherlands who could help me out!!

    Thank you very much

    Frank




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    1. Frank – In addition to all of Dr. Greger’s very helpful information on this site, you could also get the same but additional information on the site of Dr. John McDougall. Here is his site link:
      https://www.drmcdougall.com/
      You will find information similar to Dr. Greger’s but also many recipes, suggestions as to how to implement the diet, more information than you could imagine. Very helpful and supportive site. Also look for Dr. McDougall’s YouTube video’s. Just google him.
      Also, if you write Dr. McDougall, he will write you back. Like Dr. Greger, he really cares.
      Good luck to you and your Mother :-)




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    2. I concur with Psych MD that a 100% whole plant food diet will give your mother the best shot at recovery. The root cause of nearly all of our modern diseases is our modern diets with large and frequent intake of animal foods and highly refined plant foods. By removing those foods from her diet (and I assume yours as well) you will be remove the fuel that keeps her diseases burning.

      And I suggest that she go 100% whole plant based while she recovers. Healthy people have the resources to deal with small amounts of these health damaging foods with no cumulative ill effects. The same is not the case with somebody whose resources are dramatically reduced due to illness. Sick people need a diet that supports their body as it heals, not place additional burdens on it.

      If she is reluctant you might try presenting this diet as a part of her medical therapy that can help her heal just like the medicines her doctors tell her that she must take even if they make her feel even worse (I would keep your reservations about the effectiveness of those medications to yourself so that she can see you as working with her doctors, not against them). And you can say that the diet doesn’t need to be forever. Once she has recovered, she might be able to add very small and infrequent amounts of things like butter and meat back to her diet. I would bet, however, that after a few months without them she won’t miss those foods so much, will like the taste of the food she does eat, and really likes feeling healthier and so not want to go back to eating foods that very likely played a major role in why she got so sick in the first place.

      One word of caution. By addressing the true root causes of diseases like heart disease, this diet can be so effective that it can reverse a number of medical condition, like blood pressure and diabetes, in just days or weeks. As such she (or you as her advocate) needs to let her doctors know that she is going to be eating a diet that can be reversing the conditions that they are treating her for and as such they might need to quickly reduce the amount of some of her medications and potentially completely eliminate some of them as her diet stops adding fuel to the fire and instead helps her to heal.

      Good luck!




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  19. Thanks Dr. G. Your work here has helped me change my life. I share as much as I think my friends and family can stand.

    But Culture and Commercialism conspire against us. The Truth tastes good and feels good, but is far from an easy sale in our Westernized world. Thanks again.




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  20. Good website. Thanks for creating a new counter narrative that explains disease and thus preventing becoming a possible victim of the ubiquitous medical fraudulent system ($$$). Hope others learn too.




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  21. Hi , I suffer a mental illness schizophrenia and take a medication Apirpozole which manages this very well , I am back in work for the NHS here in London and I have bought my own flat here in Battersea with a little help from the right to buy the government led drive to sell housing to people , I will cut the story short I had a weight problem. I am 5ft 7 in and weighed last year at 98 kg ,the doctor also checked the bloods , for kidney function and liver and for cholesterol and for diabetes and blood pressure all of these last year were in the danger zone and the Dr had the complicated task to medicate for nearly all of the above. I turned Vegan with the help of- how not to die- 4 months ago and the turn around is revolutionary. The Dr will not medicate me and congratulated me on turning my life around, she was frankly amazed, I had the meeting this morning I am so relieved that on the way back from work I cried a tear on the bus, I don’t mind dying but it is the manner of my death and the quality of my life. I think I will be around a lot longer now thanks to your work and others Thank you again , It is important what you have done. and what you do.




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    1. Peter, thank you for sharing your story with all of us. What you have done for yourself, your life, was so moving for me to read that I shed a tear for you too. Stay the course, have faith, and know all of us on this site support you.




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  22. Thank you for all the work you do interpreting for us lay people the latest medical literature to help make our lives better. I’m working on becoming a vegan but my diet is definitely more whole-food-plant-based than before and I feel very enlightened.




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    1. shirley: A whole food plant based (WFPB) diet typically excludes meat/fish, dairy and eggs as well as highly processed plant foods such as oils, white flours, protein isolates, etc. There are some exceptions to the rule. Some processed plant foods are known to be fairly healthy, for example tofu, cocoa powder, green tea. The goal of a WFPB diet is generally to aim for all the healthy plant foods, but most people agree that having a very *tiny* amount of foods that don’t fit the whole plant food criteria may be fine health-wise. In other words, the science shows that eating eggs in general is very unhealthy(http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/eggs/ ) , but what if you only had 1 egg every few months? That might not hurt you.
      .
      The question is where to draw the line. One of the problems with allowing animal foods in your diet is that most people do not know where to draw the line and their ‘little’ amount might involve more risk than they realize. Another problem with including animal foods in your diet is the ‘slippery slope’–where you start out with a little, but you start making more and more exceptions and the amount you consume grows over time. Another problem with including animal foods in your diet is that your taste buds are tuned to enjoy what you eat. If you constantly eat eggs or any other food, you will not be giving your body a chance to lose the taste for that food. That could mean setting yourself up to fail or have a constant life-long struggle with limiting the food. Just not eating it at all is ultimately easier for most people. Finally, including animal products in your diet could be a problem because every person’s body is different. While some people may be OK with a small amount of animal products in their diet, others seem more sensitive (especially if they have been eating unhealthy for years) and even small amounts of animal products cause harm. What is your risk tolerance?
      .
      Most people find it harder to abstain from cheese than from eggs. You could be an exception. Either way, you might want to look into options for replacing eggs. I could give some suggestions if you tell us how you are using eggs.
      .
      All that being said, don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. If you can do a whole plant food diet, except that you feel you need some eggs now, do the best you can. You can work on getting rid of the eggs as your next step.
      .
      What do you think?




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    2. I ate a LOT of eggs in my first 48 years. Now I might less than a dozen in a whole year. They simply aren’t healthy-no matter how you prepare it or what loving conditions(!) and/or splendid foods the hen may be pampered with. They simply do not coincide with any health benefit, no matter the lies made into lore.

      They are on my “permanently restricted” list. I count myself lucky that the way I ate didn’t kill me before now.

      Don’t focus on the “loss” of any certain food (if debating a “WFPB” lifestyle), focus instead on the GAIN of feeling better almost instantly and GETTING better over time (rather quickly), and living longer with better brain function until the end.

      There’s none of that in an egg or pill or surgery or supplement. Strongly Herbivorous I am for these reasons.




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  23. I am a grandmother – now 82 and plan to keep on living a long time to pass on this basic and very valuable information. I appreciate you so much. May you and may everyone be blessed. life is such a marvellous adventure.




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  24. Thank you again for all of the very helpful and life changing information. I am writing for advice. My wife after the birth of our 4th child has been afflicted with chronic itching. It is mostly in the arms, wrist, and shoulder areas and presents itself most significantly at night but seems to be present on a pretty regular basis. She has had multiple meetings with dermatologists, internal medicine doctors, allergists, and unfortunately all have not come up with any good treatment options or causes behind what she has. Any suggestions or ideas would be appreciated as we have tried many different things and unfortunately none have seemed to have much of a long term effect.




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  25. Great, as always. Thanks for your tireless efforts Dr. G.

    I don’t know where to post this off topic question so I’ll try here on the hopes that someone knowledgeable can answer: Why do older cruciferous greens get bitter? For example, an old collard or turnip is more bitter than a young plant. Are they equally nutritious? What is the bitter taste? Thanks.




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  26. Thank you Dr. Greger!
    Love listening to you. I wonder..can you say that whole spiel backwards?
    You are welcome back on The Plant Trainers Podcast Anytime and I look forward to volunteering here soon.




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  27. I too agree that you, Dr. Greger, have accomplished SO much and your Grandmother leaves a marvelous legacy in you.

    Sometimes I think of ways I might might show these videos in sequence just on a street corner or grocery store to see people’s reaction. I, as many in these comments, have serious disease but your videos have made a tremendous difference in my life.

    I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian since about 1985 and did eat better than most on the SAD diet however my diet had MUCH to be desired. My attention was mostly focused on the computer industry and I left the medical expertise to my GP. At 30 I was prescribed medicine for diabetes and by 45 I was on a dozen meds and disabled in severe pain with wide spread inflammation and joint destruction.

    I used my research prowess gained through the computer industry to start studying what exactly methotrexate does, which was going to be med 13. With such serious side effects this med motivated me to find an alternative. Surprisingly to me, I found many references to diet in controlling inflammation. These recommendations were not at all what I was getting from dieticians engaged to control my glucose level.

    Over the last 11 years my diet changed to be mostly vegan but I still ate cheese. Finding your web site gave me the confidence that I could do very well without any animal product and your found studies showed me in black and white the inflammatory effects.

    By the time I started watching and reading your work I did stop all drugs except pain killers and NSAIDs and was doing much better BUT your work has me as a vegan for a year, on NOTHING, not even aspirins and I feel pretty well.

    A few months ago I finally felt good enough to start using weight machines at a health club and have been riding a bicycle for years. This is in vast contrast to me a bit over a decade ago and could hardly walk. Will diet reverse effects of a seriously damaged skeletal structure? I’m not sure but the studies you have found show similar miracles.

    By trial and error I discovered the prolific effect diet could have on health even though the medical professionals in my life thought it was coincidence. Your work is the icing on my cake as maybe now I can not worry about organ, eye and other failures due to inflammation or pharmaceutical drugs.

    Thank you Grandmother! (and Dr Greger too)




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    1. Joel Wallach is a vet and a naturopath not an MD. He is also a notorious quack.
      https://abreathofreason.com/tag/joel-wallach/
      http://skepdic.com/wallach.html
      http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/DSH/colloidalminerals.html

      Gluten intolerance is a genuine condition which affects minority of people. However, the last thing people need is to get misleading and counter-factual information from somebody like Wallach. There is science-based information on this condition available from credible health sites including this one
      http://nutritionfacts.org/?fwp_search=gluten&fwp_content_type=video




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  28. Thank you.
    Love your website,
    very very grateful.
    Thank you.
    ( although im not going to become a vegetarian, but moving closer)
    Thank you
    Steve




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  29. A big THANK YOU to Dr. Greger and his team. I rarely read any other nutritional info on the web. NF does all the reading and comparing for us. Blessings.




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  30. Dr Greger, because of you we will all grow and be able to see our grandchildren grow and we will have the chance to see our parents grow old with us!!!

    I was saved from a blood cancer in my late twenties, but I was really saved when I found you (luckily very soon after my “adventure”) and was relieved from the constant fear that it would return back!!!!!!!!!! This was the real “cure” and the answers to why and how!!! You gave me physical and mental health!!!! Thank you!!!!!

    You are simple, funny, reliant !!!!!!!!!

    KEEP GOING DOC!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!




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  31. here is some information , the nutrition listed on the Government sites is out dated . For example You would have to eat dozens of apples to today to get the nutrition You did ears ago when the phrase was coined An apple a day keeps the Dr. away .. for instance The Gov. list all tomatoes has having the same nutritional value Truth be told there are conditions that apply here. Who grew it what did they use what climate what did they use on the soil after harvest, mos farms use formaldehyde to kill the bacteria in the soil regardless if they are good or bad. Agriculture to day grows for quantity not quality therefore no minerals inputs . Veges and fruit grown in foreign countries are even worse they poop and pee in the water used for irrigation poop in your food Yes it’s there , but they will never tell You. How do I know I have been in ag for over 40 years and my associate for 50 we have been through this time and again it is terrible to think or assume Ass of U n Me , that what is told or printed on sites for nutritional values of crops is correct , the only is to test the crops and that’s not going to happen. The info is from the 50’s read and learn Hidden Hunger a great book of facts on Commercial agriculture bulk yes nutrition no we are starve for it . As for nutritional supplements another lie the same applies . We have been awarded patents for our work on nutrition in agriculture inputs of nutrients extraction and preserving of them for later use. Our labels are USDA lab reports of 100% of the content not just the highlights like other done by their labs , Hope this helps the concerned people here




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  32. The introductory format is fine.
    I don’t think they should be interspersed with other formats though.
    Keep them separate with their own link on the menu bar.
    Perhaps the first one in the series ,’the story of NF’, could be the default for the homepage and visitors then link to the advanced level vids if they want them.




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  33. I found about How not to Die book in the FightMediocrity youtube channel, i am so happy that i learned about the whole plant based diet early in my life (i am 24y old). Thank you Dr. Greger, you saved my life, and probaly my family too.

    I wish i could have found before, so my grandma would know and live, she died last year from a second heart stroke, we miss her so much.

    I´ll send my email, i will be forever greatful.

    Cheers from Brazil.




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  34. I have a medical question. As of December 2016 my health has taken a dive.
    I have been feeling bad before this but more frequently off and on since Dec.
    A little background is that my husband and I have had 2 SUSPECTED boughts of food poisoning. The 2nd one affected only me and I took a week to recover. Since then Ive had all these symptoms.

    1. Back pain/joint pain, Muscle fatigue/Aches, legs aches crawling/need to move them. My back and torso and arms feel bruised and if I touch certain points I lock up in pain. Neck shoulder blades tops of my arms.
    2. Shakiness, fatigue, Anxiety/Nervousness
    3. Itchy neck face torso arms, Anal Itching- worse at night – rashes
    4. Trouble falling/Frequent waking/Clinching jaw
    5. Nausea, cramps, loose stools worse at night/after meals this comes and goes.
    6. Constipation/Gas/bloating normal for me when not having the loose stool issue.
    Appetite loss Cravings/hunger, still hungry after eating
    7. White seed like things, black specks, debris food in stool.
    8. Bladder/vaginal sensitivity/pains feeling of fullness/irritation
    9. Sore throat
    10. Random fevers/chills/feeling flushed 99.1- 99.5 last a day or so

    Feels like Im being poisoned….

    I have googled which led me to suspect parasites. I have 3 dogs which have recently been treated for unknown parasites. My husband worked in waste management so he came into contact with human waste unprotected almost daily.
    And as sick as it sounds back in the day I ate a lot of raw meat as a kid. And no surprise had parasites/worms as a baby.

    Ive seen 4 doctors in the span of a month. Had 3 negative stool tests. Bloodwork clean.
    No other tests and the doctors keep telling me its just anxiety and IBS. Unfortunately my husband and kids also have some of my symptoms which leads me back to parasites.
    Ive read a lot about how hard they are to find in common stool samples and seen loads of sites where people are just not getting adequate help with this.

    My sister in law suspects fibromyalgia. Which was mentioned by 1 doctor but quickly brushed aside as he thought I was too young. Im 34.

    I have been trying to get a referral to an infectious disease specialist, which has been brushed off by my doctors.
    I have 2 other appointments this week. Any insight would be helpful.




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    1. Hello! Unfortunately, Dr. Greger is unable to answer most of the questions posted here, however, we do have an amazing team of volunteer doctors, nurses, and dieticians who answer questions. I have forwarded your question to them.
      Please note that we don’t have enough volunteers to get all questions answered, so an answer is not guaranteed.




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    2. I am sorry to read you are dealing with so many symptoms. Although this site does cannot offer diagnosis or specific medical recommendations,as a nurse who deals with patients on the phone, I can give you some of the same thoughts as I give them. You’ve indicated you feel you are being “brushed off’ by doctors. That could be because you are voicing so many non-specific symptoms. Saying “I feel poisoned” is not specific and the doctors may take you less seriously than if you can write down symptoms, focusing on the main ones (with details available). Clarify how this is affecting you (cannot work? eat?)

      It’s good you’ve had 3 negative stool specimens and negative blood tests but that of course might lead the doctors to conclude anxiety rather than a physical cause. Perhaps having a definitive diagnosis of what parasite your dogs had would help. It would be good to have a referral to infectious disease specialist and try to have doctor direct care (avoid self diagnosis) Your case is frustrating for both you and your doctors because your symptoms have been persistent, but remaining as clear about symptoms as possible will help.
      Because this is a nutrition site, of course we can’t go much beyond this, but will encourage you to eat healthfully so your body can recover as well as possible as you try to get some answers. Best of health to you , Joan-NurseEducator




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  35. To Dr. Greger,

    I just want to leave a note to thank you, Dr. Greger, and everyone at NutritionFacts.org. This site helps me so much. I am increasingly frustrated at how medical professionals continue to fall behind the scientific evidence for eating a plant-based diet.

    My parents eat a typical American diet. They are in their mid-fifties and already suffer from significant health problems. Since I first began my plant-based journey two years ago, I have continually dealt with their, and many others’, misperceptions of what a healthy diet is.

    They thought that I was doing something unhealthy, unwise, unsafe!

    Since my step-father was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes, he is taking his health more seriously. BUT he just went to a nutritional class at Kaiser last week, and surprise! surprise! He was not even recommended a true plant-based diet. Instead, he was told to eat a 75% plant-based diet, and that the other 25% of his diet could still be from animal-based products.

    Now, I am sending him Kaiser’s very own recommendation on plant-based eating, and wondering why I have to do the nutritionist’s job for them.

    The amount of suffering this negligence causes — for people like my parents all over the country and the world, not to mention all of the animals that are exploited, and the damage to the planet — really makes me feel sick.

    If it weren’t for the pioneering of professionals like Dr. Greger, I would have never known. THANK YOU!

    Sincerely,

    Jody Strait
    UC Berkeley




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    1. Hi Jody: Thank you for your kind comments. We love to hear personal stories from our followers! Wishing you and your family all the best and good health!




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  36. Hello :-) Grateful to join. Curious tho…my screenshot (this page) is not like the one shown in the intro video. Health Topics, and the like (supposed to be listed to the left. don’t have that here!). thank you!




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  37. Dr. Greger, you should get a Nobel Prize for medicine. Thanks from the deepest of my heart. You are a source of inspiration.




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  38. After watching What The Health, I have decided to follow a plant based diet, my fats, sat fats and calories are all really low, but I keep exceeding my sugars by ALOT. Will this make me gain weight? Is it healthy? I have only eaten a banana, tangerine, small sweet potato with salad and ive gone over my sugars by 12g for the day.




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  39. Greetings,
    I am a 72 yo male who has been vegan and/or vegetarian, and very active all my adult life. My cardio stats and imaging have been perfect until 2011 when my MD said come see me if you have a problem, etc. In 2016 I had a serious heart attack and one stent inserted. I have a very good cardiologist, but he assured me even the pros are mystified by such occurances. What could occur internally in 5 years, as my stats were still perfect, eating WF 99% veg diet, remaining active, etc. that led to 99% blockage in one artery? I do have family history.
    Thanks




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  40. Robert,

    Great question and clearly a mystery until…… we dive in and check out what changes took place. To be clear without your history I’m offering some potential insights solely, not medical advise.

    In my practice when we have this type of occurrence we have the patient spend a 1/2 hour noting all the differences in their environment, for the last number of years…. I’d encourage you to take some time and do likewise. What generally takes place is that we find a change in exposures to chemicals, differences in medications/supplements, or a host of other issues, including stressor and other not clearly evaluated potentials.

    With that said it could be as simple that you experienced a change in your epigenetic expression due to some aging coupled with the above. It may not take much especially with a family history. I would ask that you also consider that it takes awhile, and yes 5 years is an adequate time frame to change situations so dive into changes for an extended period of time and compare the methods and previous imaging results. Were there indicators present prior to this time ?

    I’d be curious if you had the same testing, U/S or other vascular evaluations 5 years ago. You indicated that only one vessel was occluded which would have me evaluate the peripheral circulation (U/S for femoral/aortic/carotid) and see what’s flowing. (pun intended). Was this a unique occurrence due to a malformation of the vessel which took 70 yrs to manifest or…..

    I’d encourage you to check further into any other known aspects of the occlusive situation, have your vitamin K2 levels checked along with some of the functional medicine cardiac testing modalities. For some additional input consider some of these labs evaluation panels: Please see: Genova Diagnostics and others such as the previously known Berkley lab parameters now a part of Quest. As an FYI you can do these tests without a physician’s orders.

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




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