Dr. Greger Updates His Stance on Coffee






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This program provides resources for advocates to lead successful healthy menu campaigns in their communities. It includes a downloadable advocacy guide and resource toolkits, an optional 30-day training series, support from the Balanced team, connection to a network of like-minded advocates across the country, and specially tailored resources for each campaign.

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New DVD updates the latest on coffee, chlorella, and the CHIP program

My new DVD is out today and is available as a streaming video so you can start watching it immediately. All of these videos will eventually be available for free online over the next few months, but if you don’t want to wait, you can watch them all streaming right now. You can also order it as a physical DVD.

Here’s the full list of chapters from the new volume—a preview of what’s to come over the next few months on NutritionFacts.org:
  1. Aloe for the Treatment of Advanced Metastatic Cancer
  2. Can Aloe Cure Cancer?
  3. Are Apples the Best Food for a Better Sex Life in Women?
  4. Ground Ginger to Reduce Muscle Pain
  5. Alternative Treatments for Autism
  6. What Is the Optimal Diet?
  7. The Weight Loss Program that Got Better with Time
  8. CHIP, the Complete Health Improvement Program
  9. A Workplace Wellness Program that Works
  10. Benefits of Lentils and Chickpeas
  11. Benefits of Blueberries for the Brain
  12. Benefits of Cabbage Leaves for Relief of Engorged Breasts
  13. Effects of Smoking Marijuana on the Lungs
  14. Smoking Marijuana vs. Using a Cannabis Vaporizer
  15. Is Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Real?
  16. How to Shop for, Handle, and Store Chicken
  17. Does Coffee Affect Cholesterol?
  18. How to Treat Jet Lag with Light
  19. Are Melatonin Supplements Safe?
  20. How to Treat Jet Lag with Melatonin-Rich Food
  21. Detoxifying with Chlorella
  22. Is Henna Safe?
  23. Is Tea Tree Oil Safe?
  24. Does Tea Tree Oil Have Hormonal Side Effects?
  25. Best Supplement for Canker Sores
  26. The Best Advice on Diet and Cancer
Order my new DVD at DrGreger.org/collections/dvds or as a video download/streaming at DrGreger.org/collections/downloads. And remember, if you watch the videos on NutritionFacts.org or YouTube, you can access captions in several different languages. To find yours, click on the settings wheel on the lower-right of the video and then “Subtitles/CC.” 




If you were a regular supporter, you’d already be a coffee expert by now, having already received a link to the new DVD. New DVDs and downloads are released every nine weeks. If you’d like to automatically receive them before they’re even available to the public, please consider becoming a monthly donor.

Anyone signing up on the donation page to become a $25 monthly contributor will receive the next three downloads for free, and anyone signing up as a $50 monthly contributor will get a whole year’s worth of new DVDs (as physical DVDs, downloads, streaming, your choice). If you signed up for physical copies, your copy is already on it’s way to you, if you do not have it by June 25th, please email DVDhelp@NutritionFacts.org and we’ll make everything all better.

Get Dr. Greger’s Free Daily Dozen App

Want to know which healthiest-of-healthy foods I suggest eating on a regular basis?  Find out by downloading my free Daily Dozen app where you can see the list of foods, examples, and even links to videos about each item. Just search for Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen in your Apple or Android app store and get started tracking your progress right away. Then take the Daily Dozen Challenge by checking off all of the boxes in one day; share your success with us by using the #dailydozenchallenge hashtag. 

The How Not to Die Cookbook

The How Not to Die Cookbook is packed with over 100 recipes for delicious meals, snacks, and beverages made with 100% green-light ingredients to help you eat your way to better health. I was fortunate to work with skilled recipe-developer Robin Robertson who helped turn my Daily Dozen and Dining by Traffic Light strategies into delicious recipes. Get a taste right now at nutritionfacts.org/recipes

*100% of the proceeds I receive from all of my books are donated to charity.



Live Q&A Today, June 28th

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

  • Facebook Live: At 1:00 p.m. ET go to our Facebook page to watch live and ask questions.
  • YouTube Live Stream: At 1:30 p.m. ET go here to watch live and ask even more questions! 

You can now find links to all of my past live YouTube and Facebook Q&As right here on NutritionFacts.org. If that’s not enough, remember I have an audio podcast to keep you company at http://nutritionfacts.org/audio. 


In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

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Diet Can Trump the Alzheimer’s Gene ApoE

Back in the 1990s, a major susceptibility gene was discovered for Alzheimer’s, called ApoE4. If we have one ApoE4 gene, either from our mom or dad, like about 15 percent of the U.S. population does, our risk of getting Alzheimer’s is tripled. If we’re like the 1-in-50 folks who have ApoE4 genes from both parents, we may be at nine times the risk. But there are ways to minimize that risk, which is the focus of my video The Alzheimer’s Gene: Controlling ApoE.

The highest frequency of ApoE4 in the world is in Nigeria, but Nigerians also have some of the lowest Alzheimer’s rates. To understand this paradox, one has to understand the role of ApoE. What does the ApoE gene do? ApoE is “the principal cholesterol carrier in the brain.” So, the Nigerians’ diet appeared to have trumped their genes, with their low cholesterol levels from their low intake of animal fat from living off of mainly grains and vegetables.

Indeed, Nigerians have high ApoE4, but Alzheimer’s is a rarity, thanks, perhaps, to low cholesterol levels, which any of us can achieve by eating healthfully. These findings suggest that “long-term changes in plasma cholesterol…can lead to changes in brain ApoE expression.”

Just because we may have been dealt some bad genetic cards doesn’t mean we can’t reshuffle the deck with diet.

We cannot change our genetic makeup, but we can “reduce or prevent high cholesterol.” In a study of a thousand people for more than 20 years, ApoE4 doubled the odds of Alzheimer’s, but high cholesterol nearly tripled the threat. So, the “risk for Alzheimer disease from treatable factors—elevated total cholesterol level and blood pressure—appears to be greater” than that from the dreaded Alzheimer’s susceptibility gene. In fact, projecting from their data, controlling lifestyle factors could reduce a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease from nine or ten times the odds down to just two—even if they have the double barrel ApoE4 gene from both parents.

“People tend to have a fatalistic view toward developing Alzheimer disease,” as though it’s going to happen if it’s going to happen, but such a view has been undermined. We just need to emphasize the need for preventing and treating high blood pressure and cholesterol in the first place to reduce our risks for heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease, and, “as a result, potentially enhance quantity and quality of life….Of equal importance, these data should be comforting to anyone interested in attempting to reduce the risk for and future burden of Alzheimer disease.”

So what are these dietary changes that help lower our risk? See some of my latest videos on preventing Alzheimer’s disease:

If you’d like to learn more about the exciting world of epigenetics and this concept of switching genes on and off, see BRCA Breast Cancer Genes and Soy and Cancer Reversal Through Diet?.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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Does Vitamin C Help With Terminal Cancer?

Studies in the 1970s showed an extraordinary survival gain in terminal cancer patients with vitamin C, a “simple and relatively nontoxic therapy.” It’s no wonder it got a lot of attention, especially when reported by a world-renowned scientist, Linus Pauling. But studies in the 1980s found no such benefit, so scientists were “left with the inevitable conclusion that the apparent positive results [in the original study] were the product of case-selection bias rather than treatment effectiveness.” In the 1990s, though, an alternative explanation arose: The disappointing ’80s research only used oral vitamin C, whereas the apparently successful ’70s experiments also gave vitamin C intravenously, and we didn’t realize until the ’90s that the same dose given intravenously can lead to dramatically higher levels in the bloodstream than when taken orally. So maybe high dose vitamin C does help in terminal cancer, but maybe only when given intravenously. This is the topic of discussion in my video The Role of Vitamin C in the Treatment of Terminal Cancer.

Encouraging case reports continued to be published. Regression, remission, and cure had been documented in individual cases of advanced kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and lymphoma, but that was three success stories out of how many? If it was three out of a hundred, or even three out of a thousand, then okay, if the treatment is sufficiently nontoxic. But there is evidence that IV vitamin C is widely used in the alternative medicine world, as in 86 percent of 172 practitioners surveyed. Just those 172 practitioners alone treated about 10,000 patients a year, and manufacturers are selling hundreds of thousands of vials of this stuff in the United States. It’s not all being used for cancer, but, presumably, at least thousands of cancer patients are being treated every year with IV vitamin C, making the publication of three remarkable case reports seem less impressive. So no matter how amazing these cases seemed, it’s possible the cancers just spontaneously regressed all on their own, and it was just a coincidence that it happened after the patients were given vitamin C. To know for sure, you have to put it to the test.

To date, there have been some small pilot studies, and the results so far have been disappointing. The good news is that even insane doses of IV vitamin C seem remarkably safe, but failed in a study of two dozen patients “to demonstrate anticancer activity.” Similar small studies have been published, all the way through to the present, with results that are tantalizing but inconclusive. What we do know is that the present state of cancer chemotherapy is “unsatisfactory.” People have a perception that chemotherapy “will significantly enhance their chances of cure,” but if you put all our cancer-killing chemo together, the overall contribution to five-year survival is on the order of 2 percent—all those side effects for a 2.1 percent survival rate bump, at a cost of maybe $100,000 per patient per year. So, it may be worth looking deeper into therapies like IV vitamin C. However, the lack of financial reward (since vitamin C can’t be patented and sold for $100,000) and bias against alternative medicine “could dissuade conventional investigators and funding agencies from seriously considering this approach.”

So, decades later, what can we conclude? “After trials which have included at least 1,609 patients over 33 years, we have to conclude that we still do not know whether Vitamin C has any clinically significant antitumor activity.” Although “there is currently no definitive evidence” of benefit, the Mayo Clinic’s randomized controlled trials “do not negate the potential benefit” based on what we now know about oral-versus-IV routes of administration. So, we’re kind of back at square one: Does it work or not? There are highly polarized views on both sides, but everyone’s working off the same incomplete data. What we need are carefully controlled clinical trials. The question, though, is what do we do until then?

If it was completely nontoxic, one could argue, “Well, what have you got to lose?” But it is not—it’s only relatively nontoxic. For example, there have been rare but serious cases of kidney injury reported. After all, if it’s so safe, why did our bodies evolve to so tightly control against excess absorption? It can also be expensive and time-consuming. Each infusion can cost $100 to $200 out of pocket since insurance doesn’t pay for it, which can be quite a boon for alternative medicine practitioners. About 90 percent of the millions of doses of vitamin C being dispensed are in for-profit arrangements, so there are financial pressures pushing in both directions, for and against this treatment.

Given the relative safety and expense, though, if controlled studies even find a small benefit, it would be considered worthwhile. And if they don’t, the vitamin C question can be put to rest once and for all. But “[i]n cancer treatment we currently do not have the luxury of jettisoning possibly effective and nontoxic treatments. We should revisit promising avenues, without prejudice and with open minds…”

This video is the third installment in a three-part series. For the complete saga, watch the other two videos Intravenous Vitamin C for Terminal Cancer Patients and Vitamin C Supplements for Terminal Cancer Patients.

I discuss the conundrum of what do to about funding research of non-patentable natural treatments in Plants as Intellectual Property: Patently Wrong?.

Additional videos of interest include:

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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