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Dr Greger’s Annual Report

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English: Skull and crossbones

English: Skull and crossbones (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Greger’s annual report reviews last years top 16 causes of death and how diet can significantly change this. This year he discusses why we only see medical advances that costs money! You will never see ads for cost-free health solutions even if they are more affective. Water can improve your child’s performance at school (most children are slightly dehydrated). Exercise improves your bodies ability to fight infections. This is a must view video on how to improve your health and lives without drugs and virtually without cost.

The Past is Hurting our Health!

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Uric acid

Uric acid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michael Greger is back with an interesting story on why we retain body fat. My good friend David sent me this one. It seems some 15 million years ago two meteorites hit in Germany and caused a mass extinction event. Most species were wiped out. Food was hard to find. Our ancestors that became apes and humans developed an ability to keep uric acid which helps retain body fat. This is a good thing when food is scarce. Unfortunately it’s a bad thing when salt, fatty foods abound. It actually causes us to easily get fat.

This is a great example of epigenetics at work. It changes our genetics to help us survive but later hurts our health. Sometimes life extinction events can easily turn on or off an epigenetic switch. It is a lot harder to later reset those switches when life is easy.

What are Physicisns saying about Diet & Health

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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in Washington, DC has a new site on nutrition. The sites say, “It’s a fact-filled and entertaining site with bite-sized topical segments distilled from the scientific literature by Michael Greger, M.D.” If you are feeling overwhelmed by the changing stories in scientific studies, this site will help you.