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What Do Avocados Do to Your Cholesterol?

Can guacamole lower your cholesterol as well as other whole-food fat sources like nuts, or is that just spin by the avocado industry?  “Avocados are the richest known fruit source of phytosterols,” the cholesterol-lowering nutrients found in plant foods, brags a review sponsored by the HASS Avocado Board. The operative word, though, is fruit.  Yes, avocados contain more...

Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen Healthiest of Healthy Foods 

In my book How Not to Die, I center my recommendations around a Daily Dozen checklist of everything I try to fit into my daily routine.  In my book How Not to Die, I suggest we try to center our diets around whole plant foods. Some plants are healthier than others, though. Apparently, you can live for extended periods eating practically nothing but...

The Dangers of Oil Pulling 

In my previous articles on oil pulling, I discussed how the ancient practice may be no more effective than swishing with plain water for plaque and gingivitis, doesn’t whiten your teeth, and may even worsen dental erosion. What about oil pulling to treat tooth sensitivity? About a quarter of people have sensitive teeth, for example, experiencing aching...

Check Out My Daily Dozen Resources

By now, you are probably familiar with my Daily Dozen checklist, a simple tracker that can help you get into the habit of including some of the healthiest of healthy foods and exercise into your everyday routine. But, if you need some extra support and inspiration to get those boxes checked off, join our free Daily Dozen Digest—an 11-week email series...

Oil Pulling May Worsen Dental Erosion

A review of the effects of oil pulling concluded that, indeed, the ancient practice “may have beneficial effects on oro dental hygiene,” or oral and dental health. I’ve talked before about studies investigating oil pulling and dental health, but what about oral health? That’s the subject of my video Oil Pulling for Teeth Whitening and Bad Breath Tested....

Does Oil Pulling Help Dental Plaque or Gingivitis?

Oil pulling is put to the test head-to-head against chlorhexidine mouthwash for oral and dental health measures.  What are the potential risks and benefits of the ancient practice of oil pulling, in which oil is swished or “pulled” between the teeth for 15 minutes or so and then spit out? There are wild, unsubstantiated claims online and even in the...

Oil Pulling for Cancer? 

What evidence exists to suggest oil pulling can effectively treat serious diseases, such as paralysis, meningitis, cancer, and AIDS?  I’ve produced videos on how coconut oil is safe to put on your hair or put on your skin, but you certainly don’t want to eat it. In fact, you may not even want to be in the same kitchen when coconut oil is being heated....

Fasting for Weight Loss Infographic

Fasting has been branded the “next big weight loss fad,” and about one in seven Americans report using some sort of fasting as a means for weight loss. This infographic is a guide to explore some of the key facts to help you to make your own choice. Dr. Greger compares the advantages and disadvantages of different types of fasting based on the latest...

Treating Canker Sores with Honey

What works better against aphthous ulcers? Honey applied with a cotton swab three times a day after meals was compared head-to-head against an over-the-counter soothing pain-relieving paste and a prescription steroid cream.  We’ve known about painful aphthous ulcers, commonly referred to as canker sores, for thousands of years. “They are the most common...

Risks and Benefits of Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism  

What did the most comprehensive double-blind study of diet for autism find, and what are the potential downsides? When you read in alternative medicine journals that there is “a great deal of evidence that foods containing casein or gluten contribute significantly to ASD [autism spectrum disorder] and should be eliminated from the diet” and that “implementation of...

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