Saturday, August 17, 2013

Zeff's Spectrum Resources


Since Dean Ornish, MD published his revolutionary paper on heart disease in 1990, ( 

 ) the foundation of his program has been diet, stress relief, and exercise. He calls his program The Spectrum ( ) and achieves remarkable results curing heart disease. Mimi Guarneri ( ) adopted the same three pronged approach and achieves similar remarkable results at her clinic. The Pirtikin Longevity Center ( ) also uses Ornish's three pronged approach and achieves the same results. All three of these organizations regularly publish their results in peer reviewed journals. There are many, many papers. And there are many hospitals and medical centers around the country that are adopting the program.

Besides heart disease, there are many papers on telomerase, gene expression, prostate cancer, diabetes, pre-diabetes, hypertension, depression, ... For example, Ornish shows that his program will suppress oncogenes, express tumor suppressor genes, and put early-stage prostate cancer into remission ( ).

So, I will address all three: diet, stress relief, and exercise. Well, I only have very, very little to say about exercise.

Caveat Emptor: These are what work for me. They may not work for you.


To start a vegan diet, first learn what foods to buy and what not to buy. Then, acquire some cookbooks, and finally, know how to eat in restaurants.

Novick's Rules

Jeff Novick ( ) is a well know speaker and advocate of the vegan lifestyle. He has developed some very easy rules to help one shop in a grocery store.

Read the label how to make quick judgments. He has simple steps.

1. Look at the calories per serving.

2. Look at the fat from calories per serving. The fat from calories per serving should be no more than 20% of the total calories per serving.

3. Look at the salt per serving in mg. The salt per serving in mg should be less than the total calories.

4. Make sure there is no refined sugar or other toxins.

That's it. He has a wonderful DVD that explains this in very simple terms ( ). In the DVD, he visits a Whole Foods grorcery store and comments on specific products, explaining the label and what to take into account.

A short web page that explains the rules in detail can be found at ( )

The DVD contains extensive notes on products carried by Whole Foods in PDF form that can be printed and taken to the store.  You can find the PDF files in my public Google Docs directory at ( ). Please download them and print them for yourself.


I have found understanding supplements, when to use what, and the interactions a very difficult field. Moreover, there are not regulations about sufficient labeling and product formulation. So, when you supplements at the grocery or almost any supplement store, you do not know what you are buying or how it will work.

There are supplements, however, that are formulated to the same standards as prescription drugs. They are used by medical doctors for patient protocols. Farmacopia ( ) in Santa Rosa, CA sells these supplements. Almost anything you need is available and you know what you are getting.

To understand what you should take and how it might interact with other supplements you are taking contact Lily Mazzarella at Farmacopia ( 707-528-4372 ). She is very well trained and can help you develop a program and protocol that will work for you. Personally, I read a lot in Natural Standard ( see below ), then call Lily.



Food Data

But what is the food content of the items in the recipes. How much omega 6 is there in an avocado or coconut milk. One is wonderful and the other is very toxic. Where is the data? You can find a complete analysis of the natural foods at ( ). The information is presented in nutrition label style format. Quantity conversions are simple. You can easily compute the data for your recipes.

Alkaline Body Chemical Balance

Russell Jaffe

80% of you calories should come from alkaline foods from the left side of the chart. Down load the chart here ( ).


Vega One

Balanced Omega-3 and Omega-6, protein, fiber

15 g protein. 6 g fiber. 1.5 g omega-3 and 1 g omega-6. 

Wrote for soluble and insoluble content on 10/1/13.

Need Calories and sugar and salt from label

Raw Fiber

Contains 6 g protein. 9 g fiber per serving. 5 g soluble, 5 g insoluble.  1 g Omega-3. Calories 85, calories from fat 35. Should have only 20% fat but is 41% fat. Balance fat against rest of daily diet.  2 g sugar. 0 g salt.

Wrote for omega-6 contents on 10/1/13. Contains coconut. Could be high in omega-6.

                  |    Vega One     |    Raw Fiber   | Total |
protein           | 1  15g | 3  45g | 1  9g | 2  18g |   63g |
soluble fiber     | 1   ?g | 3   ?g | 1  4g | 2  10g |   10g |
insoluble fiber   | 1   6g | 3  18g | 1  5g | 2  10g |   28g |
omega-3           | 1 1.5g | 3 4.5g | 1  1g | 2   2g |  6.5g |
omega-6           | 1 1.0g | 3 3.0g | 1  ?g | 2   ?g |    3g |
calories          | 1 141  | 3 423  | 1 85  | 2 170  |  593  |
calories from fat | 1  29  | 3  87  | 1 35  | 2  70  |  157  |
salt              | 1 135mg| 3 405mg| 1  0mg| 2   0mg|  405mg|
sugar             | 1   3g | 3   9g | 2  2g | 2   4g |   13g |

Restaurant Guides

Happy Cow

Also has Android and iPhone application. Good international coverage.

Bay Area Restaurants

A very good guide to San Francisco


To try in SF

Web Sites for San Francisco Bay Area Vegan Activities

Bay Area Vegetarians


The San Francisco Vegetarian Society


Nutrition Science

The Science of Raw Food Nutrition

The Living Light Culinary Institute ( ) offers three courses on vegan nutrition: The Science of Raw Food Nutrition I, II, and III. See the web page at ( ) for a summary of the courses.

These courses are about vegan nutrition in general and not specifically about raw vegan nutrition. Also, the courses are very comprehensive and answer almost all general questions one may have about vegan nutrition.

The courses are taught by Dr. Rick Dina, D.C., and Dr. Karin Dina, D.C. ( ). You can see more about the courses at ( ). The first course takes a weekend. The second and third courses each take four days. An FAQ on the courses can be found at ( ).

I took courses I and II in 2011 and course III in 2013. I have scanned all the notes and they are available for download from from my Google Docs public directory at ( ). 

There are about 400 pages of course notes written by Rick and Karin. They really are notes. I do not advise you try to read them without help. However, if you have a question, you can download the notes and we can arrange a telephone call in which I can explain a particular section and how the science relates to your question.

Natural Standard

If you have any questions on integrative health I have an online subscription to Natural Standard and can provide a quick answer to many questions. Natural Standard is well indexed and can provide answers to questions such as "What are all the supplements that might treat a specific symptom? or What are all the uses for a specific supplement? Natural Standard is not so much about nutrition. It is more about supplements and therapies.

"Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine including dietary supplements and integrative therapies. Grades reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition."

For the Natural Standard, I need to login and do the query. If I know you, I will make a PDF of the query results and email it to you.

Michael Greger, MD

Dr. Greger scans every nutritional and medical journal, every year, for every article about vegan nutrition. He gathers together important new research into themes and make short two to five minute videos on specific topics. Every video is based on articles from peer-reviewed medical journals yet they are very easy to understand. On you can find citations for the original papers. You can follow links to the original papers. If you start reading the references to the original papers, you will soon discover there are thousands of studies behind the research in these videos.

Dr. Greger can, at times, be overly enthusiastic. And, at other times, he can be too simplistic. If you have any doubts at all, I strongly recommend you both read the original papers and consult Natural Standard.

Dr. Greger's personal web page is at ( ).

I have been following Dr. Greger for a few years and have watched every video. If you have questions and you cannot find answers on his site, ask me. I may remember where to find an answer.


Often, when you follow the links in a Greger video, you can only see the abstract. To see the complete paper, you must have access to PubMed.

"PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books."

Again, if I know you, I will login to PubMed and email you a copy of the paper.

Stress Relief

PolyVagal Theory ( )

The Scientific American article "Psychology beyond the brain" explains the Polyvagal Theory and the connection to heart rate variability (HRV). "In particular, heart rate variability (HRV), variation in the heart’s beat-to-beat interval, plays a key role in social behaviors ranging from decision-making, regulating one’s emotions, coping with stress, and even academic engagement. Decreased HRV appears to be related to depression and autism and may be linked to thinking about information deliberately. Increased HRV, on the other hand, is associated with greater social skills such as recognizing other people’s emotions and helps people cope with socially stressful situations, such as thinking about giving a public speech or being evaluated by someone of another race." ( )

"The Coherent Heart: Heart-Brain Interactions and Psychophysiological Coherence by Molly Roberts, MD, MS are slides from a talk I attended that outline the importance of HRV in healing. ( ). Over many years, The HeartMath Institute as studied HRV ( ). I have collected many of the research papers in my Google Docs directory at ( ).

I have found the HartMath emWave very effective for helping me achieve a coherent heart ( ). Some of the emWave manuals are available in my PolyVagal Google Docs directory.


Background and Ann


CDs and DVDs

Lee Pulos, PhD

Recordings at

There is no research that shows the recordings work. But, they seem to work for me.

Posit Science

As we age, our fine discrimination skills and memory seem to deteriorate  There is a lot of stress associated with this. Here's something one can do.

Not only does the stress diminish, but one can hear better, see better, remember names better, ... All good stuff.

There is lots of research and peer reviewed published papers showing this works.



For cardio exercise. Cannot put pressure on joints; walking, treadmill, elliptical  ... damage me. My experience.


For strength building. Watch joints; equipment, weights, yoga damage me. Need to train instructor.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Gun Deaths vs. Gun Ownership

Gun Deaths vs. Gun Ownership

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School there was a flurry of discussion about gun control in my Twitter and Facebook feeds. One statistic from an April 2012 New Yorker article caught my attention:
The United States is the country with the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world. (The second highest is Yemen, where the rate is nevertheless only half that of the U.S.) No civilian population is more powerfully armed.
I posted this quote on Facebook and was asked whether there was any correlation between rates of gun ownership and gun-related deaths. After 20 minutes of grabbing some data on worldwide gun ownership and gun deaths from Wikipedia and running it through R I produced the following graph.
Gun deaths vs. Gun Ownership for OECD countries
Gun-related deaths per capita vs. gun ownership per capita in OECD countries.
Update - 19 Dec. 2012: The above graph was correct for the data I obtained for Wikipedia on the 17th. It has since been updated. See the update at the end of this post for details.
I posted this graph on Twitter late on Sunday night and woke up this morning to find it had been retweeted over 200 times. In addition, there were a large number of questions and requests for different graphs.
So that others can analyse the data I used themselves, I thought I would write up how I created the graph.

The Data

The first step was finding data on gun ownership and gun-related deaths and getting it into R.
A quick search revealed Wikipedia articles on countries by firearm-related death rate andNumber of guns per capita by country. I cut and pasted the tables in these articles into atext editor and saved them as CSV files. I also grabbed a list of OECD countries from Wikipedia and converted it. You can grab the resulting files here:
Update - 19 Dec. 2012: The above data was what was available on Wikipedia when I wrote this post. It has since been changed. See the discussion at the end of this post for details.

The Code

The R code I used to create the plot is given below. It simply reads in the data from the guns and deaths CSV files, merges them, adds a column denoting whether a country is in the OECD, and then plots the results.
guns <- read.table("data/guns.csv", sep="\t", header=TRUE)
deaths <- read.table("data/deaths.csv", sep="\t", header=TRUE)
oecd <- read.table("data/oecd.csv", sep="\t", header=TRUE)

data <- merge(guns, deaths, by="Country")
data$OECD <- data$Country %in% oecd$Country

with(subset(data, data$OECD == TRUE), {
 plot(Deaths ~ Guns,
  main="Gun Deaths vs Gun Ownership",
  xlab="Guns per 100 people",
  ylab="Gun deaths per 100k people",
 text(Guns, Deaths, Country, pos=1)
You can get all the code I used to generate the figures in this post here:

Other Graphs

I was asked a number of good questions about the graph I posted on Twitter. In particular, several people were surprised at the number of gun-related deaths for Switzerland. As the following graph of gun homicides vs. gun ownership shows, most of those deaths are actually suicides.
Gun homicides vs. Gun Ownership for OECD countries
Gun homicides per capita vs. gun ownership per capita in OECD countries.
Gun homicides vs. Gun Ownership for OECD countries (Detail)
Detail of gun homicides per capita vs. gun ownership per capita in OECD countries.
Finally, here is a plot of homicide vs. ownership across all countries — not just those in the OECD. The mass of countries in the lower left corner is unreadble but you can see those countries with either high homicide rates or high gun ownership clearly.
Gun homicides vs. Gun Ownership for all countries
Gun homicides per capita vs. gun ownership per capita in all countries.
Just to be clear, I am not making any claims about the effect of gun ownership on shootings. I just wanted to show how easy it is to use freely available data to help answer reasonable questions about heated political issues like gun control.
I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.

Update (19th Dec. 2012)

The response and attention to these plots — both positive and negative — on Twitter, in the comments below, and via email has been a little overwhelming. So much so that my site went down yesterday due to me hitting the (usually sufficient) bandwidth cap my host provides.

Data Updates

Several people noted that the data I plotted for Switzerland was inconsistent with what was on Wikipedia. If you look at the edit history for the firearm-related death rate page on Wikipedia you will see that someone updated the Switzerland data late on the 16th of December. Taking into account that Canberra, Australia is GMT+11 this update occurred after I scraped the page for the data I used here.
I have redone the OECD plots with data scraped from the same pages as of 3:30pm on the 19th. You can see the results and get the new data below.
Gun Deaths vs. Gun Ownership for OECD countries Gun homicides vs. Gun Ownership for OECD countries
Gun deaths (left) and homicides (right) per capita vs. gun ownership per capita in OECD countries (click to view larger images).
The new data is here:

Other Analyses

A number of people pointed me to analyses they had done of similar data, criticisms of this post, and alternative sources of data. Here is a summary of some of those other contributions:


Finally, in light of some of the more vocal criticism I’ve received, I feel I should reiterate a few points:
  • At no point have I ever claimed that this is even close to a rigorous analysis. In my original tweet and here I have made it clear that I have used data from Wikipedia. Since I thought it was common knowledge that Wikipedia should never be used as a primary source for any kind of real research, I didn’t expect people to confuse this post with a serious study.
  • I have not attempted to use these plots to draw any kind of conclusion about the relationship between gun ownership and gun deaths. Indeed, I do not think there exists a simple explanation. All I intended to do was attempt to shed some light on a question I was asked about a possible correlation.
  • I will not run any kind of statistical test on the above data (e.g., rank correlation coefficients). For any such quantity to be meaningful I would need to assume that the data I collected was much more carefully controlled for. Since I just grabbed it from Wikipedia, this is clearly not a valid assumption.
  • I do not intend to create more graphs showing other data or other statistics. Other people (see the links above) have already done so for a variety of alternative data. Also, I realise their are better sources of data out there than Wikipedia. However, as I’ve said before, my intention was not to do a definitive study but rather show how a readily accessible source (i.e., Wikipedia) can be used to quickly get an overview of a topic.
I will probably not the last person to use Wikipedia for this sort of amateur analysis. Therefore, if you believe the data I have used is incorrect or out of date, I suggest you solve the problem at the source and update (with references) the relevant entries on Wikipedia.
If you have a question about other possible correlations or relationships, feel free to apply the code above to what ever sources of data you think might help answer it. I’d appreciate it if you link to what you find in the comments below.
Mark ReidDecember 17, 2012Canberra, Australia

Friday, May 24, 2013

Cooked Meat, Carcinogens, and Other Diet Issues

20130513 Diet Notes for fb version 2.3

Friends have been asking me to explain why I am so convinced a plant-based diet leads to better health. Here is an overview. These are short, two to four minute videos by Dr. Greger. They are based on articles from peer-reviewed medical journals yet they are very easy to understand. On you can find citations for the original papers. You can follow links to the original papers. If you start reading the references to the original papers, you will soon discover there are thousands of studies behind the research in these videos.

If you have any questions on integrative health I have an online subscription to Natural Standard and can provide a quick answer to many questions.

"Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine including dietary supplements and integrative therapies. Grades reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition."

And, if you want to see the original research papers, I also have access to PubMed.

"PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books."

Dr. Greger can, at times, be overly enthusiastic. And, at other times, he can be too simplistic. If you have any doubts at all, I strongly recommend you both read the original papers and consult Natural Standard.

My interest first started when I discovered T. Colin Campbell and The China Study

About the same time I discovered the work of Caldwell Esselstyn, MD.

I was so taken by the Campbell and Esselstyn videos that I began to read and read and read. I have stayed away from the popular press and especially discussions on fad diets. I want evidence so I look to large scale epidemiological studies, in vitro studies, and in vivo studies. I want to see causal explanations based in biochemistry. And, I want to see multiple, independent studies where the preponderance of evidence converges.

In my reading, I was often inspired to follow new paths by Dr. Greger’s DVDs ( and ). In 2011, he made all the DVD segments available on-line at What follows are the videos that most influenced me.

The Tomato Effect

“Why does the medical establishment sometimes ignore highly efficacious therapies such as plant-based diets for heart disease prevention and treatment?” 20111014

My Personal Favorites

“How to essentially eliminate the great scourge of the Western world.” 20110217

“Dr. Dean Ornish proved decades ago that heart disease could be reversed solely with diet and lifestyle changes.” 20111011

“Dr. Dean Ornish turns from reversing heart disease to trying to reverse prostate cancer.” 20110218

“Profile of an editorial published by Dr. Dean Ornish in the American Journal of Cardiology describing the optimal diet and how simple choices can be as powerful as drugs and surgery.” 20110611

For many more videos and papers on cancer and diet see Especially interesting are

“Researchers discovered a dietary intervention that may slow the progression of cancer.” 20100818

“Two weeks on a plant-based diet appears to significantly enhance cancer defenses against breast cancer and colon cancer cells. The blood of those eating a vegan diet for a year suppresses cancer cell growth nearly eight times better.” 20120918

“Breast cancer can take decades to develop, so early detection via mammogram may be too late.” 20110919

Stem Cells

“A new theory of cancer biology—cancer stem cells—and the role played by sulforaphane, a phytonutrient produced by cruciferous vegetables.” 20120312

“In a test tube, the broccoli phytonutrient sulforaphane appears to target breast cancer stem cells, but how do we know it’s even absorbed into the body? Have women undergoing breast reduction surgery eat some an hour before their operation and directly measure the level in their tissues.” 20120313

See more at


“Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) is a natural human growth hormone instrumental in normal growth during childhood, but in adulthood can promote abnormal growth—the proliferation, spread (metastasis), and invasion of cancer.” 20120925

“Lower cancer rates among those eating a plant-based diet may be a result of reduced blood levels of IGF-1 and enhanced production of IGF-1 binding protein.” 20120927

“Those eating vegan had significantly lower IGF-1 levels and higher IGF binding proteins than those just eating vegetarian, suggesting that the more plant-based one's diet becomes, the lower one's risk of fueling growth hormone dependent cancer growth.” 20120928

“Animal protein consumption triggers the release of the cancer-promoting growth hormone IGF-1.” 20121001

“The reason animal proteins trigger the release of the cancer-promoting growth hormone IGF-1 more than plant proteins may be because the relative ratios of amino acids in animal proteins more closely resembles our own.” 20121002

“While animal proteins increase levels of the cancer-promoting growth hormone IGF-1, and most plant proteins bring levels down, “high quality” plant proteins such as soy may not significantly affect levels in either direction. This, however, may depend on the quantity consumed.” 20121003


“A single meal of meats, eggs, and dairy can cause a spike of inflammation within hours that can stiffen one's arteries. Originally this was thought to be the result of saturated animal fat causing our gut lining to leak bacterial toxins into our blood stream leading to endotoxemia.” 20120704

“The endotoxemia (bacterial toxins in the bloodstream) that follows a meal of animal products and results in inflammation and stiffened arteries may come from the food itself rather than from one's own gut bacteria.” 20120705

“The high bacteria load in raw or cooked animal foods and fermented foods may trigger an endotoxemic surge of inflammation that may be exacerbated by the presence of saturated animal fat.” 20120706

Protein and Heart Disease

“Why is the intake of animal protein associated with heart disease–even independent of saturated fat—and the intake of plant protein protective?” 20121109

“Because certain tumors such as breast cancers thrive in settings of low-grade inflammation, our immune response can sometimes facilitate tumor growth.” 20121210

“Because certain tumors such as breast cancers thrive in settings of low-grade inflammation, our immune response can sometimes facilitate tumor growth.” 20121210
“This is the first of a seven video series that takes a deep dive into the human immune system to bring you Neu5Gc, a molecule in meat that human tumors may use to facilitate growth. It's one of the most fascinating topics in modern day nutrition—stay tuned! I've done similar in-depth series on reversing cancer cell growth, why animal products cause inflammation, changing vitamin D recommendations, arugula athleticism, why nuts don't appear to cause expected weight gain, as well as the latest dietary guidelines.” 20121210

“We may have a billion different types of antibody-releasing cells in our immune system, such that each recognizes a different molecular signature.” 20121211
“Isn't our immune system spectacular?! In Wednesday's video of the dayClonal Deletion Theory of Immunity we'll explore the flipside—how our immune system avoids attacking us. See yesterday’s video-of-the-day Cancer as an Autoimmune Disease for an explanation of the autoimmune theory of cancer. Why all this background? This is all a set up so everyone can understand the dietary implications of Thursday's video The Inflammatory Meat Molecule Neu5Gc.” 20121211

“Plant-based diets may be protective against multiple sclerosis because IGF-1 can prevent our immune system from eliminating autoimmune cells.” 20121212
“This is the third video in a series on understanding the autoimmune theory of cancer outlined in Monday's video Cancer as an Autoimmune Disease, followed up with Tuesday's video-of-the-day Clonal Selection Theory of Immunity. For the story of how dietary manipulation of IGF-1 may affect cancer risk, see The Answer to the Pritikin Puzzle and How Plant-Based to Lower IGF-1? IGF-1 also appears to affect prostate gland growth. See Some Prostates Are Larger than Others, Prostate Versus Plants, and Prostate Versus a Plant-Based Diet. Tomorrow we'll finally get around to the star of this video series, The Inflammatory Meat Molecule Neu5Gc.” 20121212

“Plant-based diets may help rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing exposure to an inflammatory compound found in animal products.”20121213
“Bacterial endotoxins are another reason animal products may trigger an inflammatory immune reaction. See The Leaky Gut Theory of Why Animal Products Cause Inflammation, The Exogenous Endotoxin Theory, and Dead Meat Bacteria Endotoxemia. For more on arthritic joint disorders, see Diet & Rheumatoid Arthritis and Preventing Arthritis. For the role saturated animal fat may play in heart disease and cancer see Blocking the First Step of Heart Disease, Breast Cancer Survival, Butterfat, and Chicken, and Trans Fat, Saturated Fat and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero. What does this video have to do with the previous few about Cancer as an Autoimmune Disease? You'll see in tomorrow's video of the day How Tumors Use Meat to Grow: Xeno-Autoantibodies.” 20121213

“Cancer may use a molecule found in animal products to trick our immune system into feeding it with inflammation.” 20121214
“Make sure you see the "prequels" to this video Cancer as an Autoimmune Disease and yesterday’s video-of-the-day The Inflammatory Meat Molecule Neu5Gc. Why else might those eating plant-based diets have lower risk of all cancers combined? It could be the lack of IGF-1, heme iron, inflammation, viruses, antibiotics, saturated fat,nitrosamines, and arachidonic acid associated with animal product consumption. Or it could be the DNA repair, cellular stress defenses, anti-inflammatory properties, soy, lignans, phytonutrients, and fiber associated with healthy plant food consumption.” 20121214

“The foreign meat molecule Neu5Gc builds up in human tumors and atherosclerotic plaques and may play an inflammatory role in the progression of both diseases.” 20121217

“See The Inflammatory Meat Molecule Neu5Gc for background and Friday's video-of-the-day How Tumors Use Meat to Grow: Xeno-Autoantibodies for the role it might play in cancer growth. Inflammation (also caused by exogenous endotoxins) is one of the three steps en route to fatal heart disease. See Arterial Acne, Blocking the First Step of Heart Disease, and Making Our Arteries Less Sticky. Antioxidants found predominantly in plants may also decrease inflammation within the body. Nuts may be particularly useful in this regard. Tomorrow we'll close out the Neu5Gc story with Meat May Exceed Daily Allowance of Irony.” 20121217

“The foreign meat molecule Neu5Gc may not only contribute to the progression of cancer and heart disease by supplying inflammation, but also set children up for life-threatening reactions to E. coli toxins originating in the same animal products.” 20121218

See a summary at


“DNA-damaging chemicals formed when meat is cooked stimulate breast cancer cells almost as much as pure estrogen and can infiltrate the ducts where most breast cancers arise.” 20120116

“The cooked meat carcinogen PhIP found in fried bacon, fish, and chicken may not only trigger cancer and promote tumor growth, but also increase its metastatic potential by increasing its invasiveness.” 20120118

“Those who eat meat risk food poisoning from undercooked meat, but also exposure to cooked meat carcinogens in well-cooked meat. By boiling meat, non-vegetarians can mediate their risk of both.” 20130121

“Even vegetarians could potentially be exposed to the carcinogens typically formed by cooking meat though eggs, cheese, creatine sports supplements, and cigarette smoke.” 20120121

“Using the cooked meat carcinogen PhIP to turn normal breast cells cancerous, researchers explore the use of green tea to interrupt this malignant transformation.” 20130125

“Garlic and flavonoid phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, greens, and grains appear to protect against DNA damage induced by mutagenic chemicals found in cooked meat.” 20130128

“The boost in detoxifying enzymes triggered by cruciferous vegetable consumption may last for weeks!” 20130130

“The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the vapors released from cooking meat may be hazardous for fetal development and increase the risk of cancer.” 20130201

A popular press summary article. 20120201

Real Anti-Aging

“The first dietary intervention shown to boost telomerase activity.” 20110222
Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death 

“Death in America is largely a foodborne illness. Focusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific medical journals, Dr. Greger offers practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat, and even reverse many of the top 15 killers in the United States.” 20120726

More Than an Apple a Day: Combating Common Diseases

Dr. Greger has scoured the world’s scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and developed this brand-new live presentation on the latest in cutting-edge research on how a healthy diet can affect some of our most common medical conditions." 20130715