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Dr Greger Interview


GIANNA SIMONE & DR. MICHAEL GREGER
Hello and welcome back to Love, Gianna Today I’m here with
the incredible Dr. Greger. Happy to be here. Please tell us a little bit about
yourself and how you became a leader in the field,
NutritionFacts.org, and any books that you’ve written
that you’d like to talk about. Wow! I am a physician, specializing in lifestyle medicine
using diet and exercise to not only prevent disease, but
to treat and reverse it as well. And it all really goes
back to my grandma. You know, I think the
spark for many kids to want to be a doctor when they grow
up is watching a grandparent get sick or even die, but for me was
watching my grandma get better. She was diagnosed with
end stage heart disease. Already had so many bypass surgeries,
nothing more the doctors could do. She was sent home in
a wheel chair to die. Crushing chest pain. But then she heard about
this guy, Nathan Pritikin, one of our early lifestyle
medicine pioneers, and what happened next is actually
detailed in Pritikin’s biography, they talk about Frances Greger, my grandma.
She was one of his early patients, featured in his biography as one
of his early success stories. They wheeled her in, and she
walked out a few weeks later. She was walking 10 miles a day,
and though she was given her medical death sentence at age 65, thanks to a healthy diet was
able to enjoy another 31 years on this planet to age 96, to continue
to enjoy her six grandkids including me. And so that’s why I went into
medicine. That’s why I practice the type of medicine I do,
lifestyle medicine. That’s why I started
NutritionFacts.org. That’s why I wrote the book,
“How Not to Die.” That’s why all the proceeds
from all my books all go to charity. I just want to do for your family
what Pritikin did for my family. That’s amazing. First question: how
much fat and protein do we need daily? What are the best sources? And how
much should athletes be eating? Well, you know, we don’t eat macro
nutrients; we don’t eat micronutrients. We eat food, and I think that’s one of
the ways in which the food industry is able to become a trillion dollar—
the processed food industry has become a trillion-dollar
industry because if you just care about carbs or fat or protein or
magnesium, vitamin C, whatever, they can give you, you know,
junk food to match. You want Paleo junk food,
we’ll give you vegan junk food, we’ll give you fat free
junk food, we’ll give you— I mean any kind of junk food you want
because it’s all about macronutrients or it’s all about whatever
particular thing, right? On Fruit Loops, they can say, “with
fiber, vitamin D” with all this stuff, and that gives us this kind
of health halo, when in fact it should all be about food. And the reason people
don’t talk about food is there’s no money
to be made in food. In fact, produce goes bad;
it’s like the worst possible investment. There’s no markup value. Can’t sit on the shelf like
a Twinkie for a couple weeks. And look, even a broccoli grower
is not going to put an ad on TV for broccoli because, you know,
they’ll just buy a competitor’s broccoli. There’s just no money to be made. You’re never going to see
an ad on TV for sweet potatoes because there’s just
no money to be made. That’s not where the profit is.
The system is set up to reward just the unhealthiest
but most profitable behavior. And so, I mean, so that’s just kind of
falling into the food industry’s trap to speak of kind of this reductionist
view of nutrients as opposed to food. Like what’s the best food, right?
So like are carbs good or bad for you? Well, carbs are jelly
beans or kidney beans, lentils or lollipops.
They’re both carbs, right? I mean so fat, fat’s
walnuts or lard, right? So that’s why you
can’t talk about it. That’s why the industry
wants you to talk like that, but it really has to come down to
is what are the healthiest foods? So like, look, the dairy industry
can say “the calcium in dairy…” Yeah, you know what
else is in dairy? It’s the number one source
of saturated fat in this country. People think like
steak or something. No, the number one source
of saturated fat is [dairy]. Yes, the number one source of [calcium],
but yes, there’s protein in pork, yes, there’s iron in beef, right? But what about the baggage that
comes along with all those nutrients? I mean as much as Burger King
says you can “have it your way,” you can’t be like, “Yeah, can I get
the protein but hold the saturated fat, hold the hormones,
hold the cholesterol.” I know, it’s a package—
food is a package deal. So the thing about that—so if you
get your calcium from, you know, dark green leafy vegetables
instead, then it’s like, well, the baggage
is actually a bonus. You get the fiber and the folate
and the iron and the antioxidants— all these things missing from
kind of the dairy source. So that’s how we think
in terms of food. So if you ask me what are the best
foods that happen to have fat in them, well, it would be nuts, seeds,
avocados, because then it’s just— you just get the bonus
instead of the baggage. In terms of protein sources, anyone
who doesn’t know how to get protein on a plant-based diet
doesn’t know beans, right? Beans, split peas, chickpeas,
lentils, legumes— the protein superstars
of the plant kingdom. And then also some of the whole grains,
nuts and seeds and all sorts of things. So whole plant foods are the healthiest
way to get almost all your nutrients, and that’s really, I think, how we should
think about those macronutrients. Question number two: what are your
thoughts on alkaline and distilled water, and which is best for athletes? Most of the kind of alkaline
water nonsense is just bogus, scam kind of stuff. I have a video on NutritionFacts.org
that goes into the science around that. Distilled water just kind of seems
a waste of energy to me. I mean it’s the same thing
with like, you know, kind of reverse
osmosis distillation; it’s just a very kind of wasteful process.
But you can get rid of a few little trace minerals, but that’s
not really the issue. I mean tap water is typically the cheapest,
safest source of drinking water. What about fluoride in it? Fluoride is the reason why we don’t
grow old and lose all our teeth. Should we be consuming fluoride though? It’s not necessary, but from
a public health standpoint— rich people can go to the dentist
and afford all sorts of gizmos, ultrasonic gizmos for their teeth—
but from a public health scale, I mean that’s how you reach impoverished
populations which may not have the dental care that you have, and so if you have a dental problem,
no big deal, go to the dentist, right? But if they have a dental problem,
they could lose their teeth, which means losing a lot of their
nutrition or being in chronic pain. And certainly from a public health
standpoint fluoridated water is— in fact, according to the
Centers for Disease Control, one of the greatest public health
innovations over the last century. Question number three: are there any
guidelines or special tips for women who choose to eat a plant-based diet
while pregnant, and who also choose to raise children plant based, after
the breast milk stage is over? When you’re eating for two,
it’s just that much more critical to get all the nutrition you need, and so it’s basically all the same
advice you’d give to anyone consuming a healthy diet,
consuming a plant-based diet. Critically important: vitamin B12. So there’s two vitamins
that aren’t made by plants. One’s vitamin D, which is made by animals
such as yourself when you walk outside; it’s the sunshine vitamin.
And the other one’s vitamin B12. Not made by plants, not made by
animals either; made by little microbes that blanket the earth. So, you know, we could get
all the B12 we needed drinking well water or out of a mountain
stream or something a long time ago, but now we chlorinate our water
supply to kill off any bacteria, so we don’t have a lot of
B12 in our water any more. Don’t get a lot of cholera either. It’s a good thing that we live
in a nice sanitary world, but because of that we need to
get a regular reliable source of B12. Critically important, particularly for
pregnant women, but for everybody. During pregnancy iodine’s critical, a mineral often missing
from prenatal vitamins, so it’s important, if you’re getting
a prenatal, to make sure it has iodine. Recommended daily allowance
is 150 micrograms a day. And for children being raised vegan, do
you recommend any books or any videos to watch? Is that something
that you would recommend to raise children whole
food, plant based? Should we raise our kids healthy?
I say yes, indeed, and so does the most esteemed pediatrician in
human history, Dr. Benjamin Spock, in the 7th edition of
Child and Baby Care, which is like one of the
best-selling books ever, second only to the Bible
perhaps in this country. Where in his last edition he wrote,
in his 90s before he died, recommended all children be raised
with zero exposure to meat and dairy, and he did that because he could see
what the grandparents were dying from and see this burgeoning
childhood obesity epidemic. So absolutely we should raise our
children in the healthiest possible way. That means not having
them smoke cigarettes. That means having them put on seat
belts, smoke alarms in the home, and a whole food, plant-based
diet—really basic, simple. And even the ADA, well, what’s now
the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, in their official position paper
says strictly plant-based diets are appropriate for all
stages of the lifestyle, including pregnancy and infancy
and on through old age. So absolutely, we should all
be raising healthy kids, and in fact, Dr. Scott Stoll is currently
writing a book on raising vegan kids; he’s got six, so he knows
one or two things about it. OK, number four: please help
explain soy and hormones, and why both men and
women need not fear it. Soy is a misunderstood bean. All
sorts of nuttiness out on the internet. If you look at the science, though,
it’s really just kind of a remarkable scientific consensus
in terms of humans. I mean, the laboratory animal studies,
it depends if you’re a hamster or a rat, or different strains of mice
have different effects. When we finally had human data,
so for example breast cancer, you can see concerns on the internet
about, look, soy has phytoestrogens. When you think of estrogen
receptor positive breast cancer, should women with breast
cancer be eating soy? And so we didn’t know until 2004,
the first study that actually put it to the test and actually
followed breast cancer survivors, some that ate soy
and some that didn’t, just to see who lived longer, who
had less breast cancer recurrence. And in that study and in all of five
studies done to date, every single one found that women with breast cancer,
whether estrogen receptor positive or negative, whether they were
on Tamoxifen or not— all consistently greater survival; put them all together, greater survival,
lower cancer recurrence rate. And so we’ve known that eating soy,
particularly during adolescence, can reduce the risk of getting
breast cancer in the first place, but now we know it’s associated
with improved survival as well. So wait a second. How is that possible
when it has estrogenic effects? Well, no, see you don’t understand.
There’s actually two types of estrogen receptor cells—
it’s a long story: alpha, beta— so basically your own estrogen, your
endogenous estrogen produced by your ovaries attaches
preferentially to alpha receptors. Soy attaches to a different
type of estrogen receptors. So it matters, the effects of soy
on the body matters on the ratio of these different receptors and
different organs of the body. And so it actually has pro-estrogen
effects where you want it, like in the bones, skeleton.
It actually reduces bone loss compared to dairy milk, for
example, in studies of soy milk. But it has android
estrogenic effects where you want it, for
example in the breast, reducing breast cancer risk and
improving breast cancer survival. So it’s what’s called a selective
estrogen receptor modulator, a fancy term for basically
the best of all worlds. So it reduces hot flashes, anti-estrogen
effect, strengthens the bones, pro-estrogenic effect,
reduces breast cancer risk. And so you don’t have to eat it;
all the legumes are healthy, and I encourage people to eat
whole soy sources like edamame, immature green soybeans;
you can get frozen bags of it, sprinkle it on your salad,
a fantastic choice. Tempeh, miso, these are
all whole soy foods, as well as some of the
more processed stuff. And so you look in the
scientific literature, it’s clear. We’ve got tons
of videos about it. So yeah, you just don’t believe the
craziness you read on the internet. And just for the males out there that are
concerned that they might grow breasts or something like that from soy. Can we help debunk that for men
so they don’t fear it as well? Sure. So there’s three case reports
in literature of gynecomastia with excessive soy consumption.
But by excessive soy— they were literally drinking gallons
of soy milk a day, so I forget— I think some people, like
40 servings of soy a day, and at that level you can actually
get enough alpha receptor activity to actually have pro-estrogenic effects.
So the answer is not to avoid soy, but not drink four gallons
of soy milk a day. So men aren’t going to grow breasts
if they’re eating soy here and there? No, and in fact it would be healthy. So soy consumption in men
is associated with lower prostate cancer risk, which is the
number one cancer killer specific to men. OK, question number five: Can
a whole food, plant-based diet help heal autoimmune diseases
like thyroid issues and colitis? So eating an anti-inflammatory diet,
no surprise, can be one of the best dietary treatments for
inflammatory diseases in general, including auto-immune disease. So for example, multiple sclerosis,
which is an auto-immune disease where your body attacks
your own nerves, the single best recorded intervention—
medical, surgical, anything, no drugs— have ever beaten out a plant-based
diet: Roy Swank’s anti-MS diet, so the most effective. So it’s
not just safer, cheaper. No, the most effective treatment
ever published in the peer reviewed scientific medical literature,
a plant-based diet. Crohn’s disease, same thing. A study
out of Japan using a plant-based diet, some of the best relapse
prevention rates ever. Crohn’s disease is an auto-immune
inflammatory bowel disease. Rheumatoid arthritis, one of the
most powerful interventions for rheumatoid arthritis—whether
we’re talking about objective measures such as grip strength and inflammatory
markers in the blood stream or just in terms of quality of life for
people suffering from these diseases. Auto-immune disease, we just
don’t have a lot of good data for. We have data, so the Adventist 2 study
found that those who eat strictly plant-based diets have the highest
rates of what’s called euthyroid, meaning normal thyroid function, and
so it may prevent thyroid problems. But there’s never been any
study that actually put plant-based diets to the test in
terms of treating thyroid dysfunction, unless we’re talking about
something like iodine deficiency. There’s other types of inflammatory
diseases that we don’t have data for, but it would make sense if it works for
all these other auto-immune diseases, it works for these other
inflammatory diseases, eating an anti-inflammatory diet
would have this effect. And part of that anti-inflammatory
power is from the fiber. You say, fiber?
Who would think fiber? We think like bowel health or something.
It’s just kind of an inert substance. Not at all. We can’t digest fiber,
but our good gut bacteria can. We have trillions of bacteria in our gut.
And we used to think that was just gut health, but now we know that
our microbiome, our friendly flora down in our colon actually can have
effects on our immune system, even our psychological health. And what do they eat, what
do our good bugs eat? They eat prebiotics, which is
fiber and resistant starch found in abundance in only
one place: whole plant foods, and some of these compounds
have anti-inflammatory effects. They’re break down products of fiber,
they get absorbed into your system and circulated throughout your body. So that’s one of the reasons why plant-
based diets are so anti-inflammatory. Number six: What are your thoughts
on vitamins and supplements, vegan based, either taken orally or
intravenously like vitamin C drips? Well, certainly vitamin B12 is critically
important for anyone consuming a healthy diet, so I’d
recommend 2,500 micrograms of what’s called cyanocobalamin,
which is the cheapest source. Once a week is all you need.
Costs less than $5 a year. You’re going to get
all the B12 you need, but critically important
from a regular reliable source. If you’re not getting enough sun…
Now, if you’re light skinned enough and young enough and thin enough and
live at a latitude that’s sunny enough, then getting 10, 15 minutes
of mid-day sun, you’ll get all the
vitamin D you need. But it doesn’t matter how sunny it is
if you’re stuck at a desk job all day, not getting outside, in which case
you’d need to supplement your diet with vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. I recommend 2,000 international
units of vitamin D3 a day. So, I mean intravenous vitamin C has
been used as a cancer treatment, going back to the 1970s
with Linus Pauling’s work. It was since—interesting—
kind of debunked by Mayo Clinic, where they
gave people a whole bunch of vitamin C; didn’t see the kind
of miraculous results that were originally seen, but they
were using oral vitamin C. We used to think, well, oral
vitamin C is the same as intravenous vitamin C, but no,
our body actually clamps down on vitamin C absorption. At very small doses it doesn’t
matter either way, you’ll absorb it all. But once your body gets over
about 200, 250 milligrams of vitamin C—which is about five servings
of fruits and vegetables worth— your body starts clamping
“that’s a little too much.” Your body starts clamping
down on absorption, so they actually weren’t
exposed to the same amount. And so I have a whole series of videos
on intravenous vitamin C for cancer if you’re interested in that;
I encourage people to check it out. Should we be cooking
cru—your favorite— should we be cooking
cruciferous vegetables, like steaming broccoli, or is blending
raw kale in a smoothie effective enough, and is it bad for the thyroid
to eat them raw? Oh, my God. We should eat cruciferous
vegetables in whichever way gets us to eat the most of them. You like raw broccoli?
Eat raw broccoli. You like steamed broccoli?
Eat steamed. Whichever way will get
you to eat the most. In fact cruciferous vegetables
are one of my Daily Dozen. It’s a free app on iPhone, Android:
“Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen.” I talk about all the foods
I encourage people to get and fit into their daily routine. So, you know, greens every day are the
healthies vegetables, beans every day, berries every day are
the healthiest fruits. A tablespoon of ground flaxseeds, a
quarter teaspoon of ground turmeric. You know, the best beverage, the best
sweeteners, how much exercise to get— just to kind of inspire people
to try to fit some of the healthiest of healthy foods into the diet.
And one of those boxes I encourage people to tick off every
day, you’re not going to fit— you’re not going to check
off the day unless you get some form of cruciferous vegetables,
which is about half a cup of cooked cruciferous vegetables,
about a cup of uncooked. And so that’s like kale,
collards, bok choy, and Brussels sprouts, and collard
greens, all these wonderful greens. And so basically however you
get them in your diet, the better. During the summertime,
green smoothies are a great go-to way to get greens
in your breakfast, you know? And I kind of smash some white beans
in my oatmeal just to get my legumes, got to check those off. But,
yeah, put them in a smoothie, put them anywhere, as long
as you’re getting greens, that’s the most important thing. Now you can overdo, I mean you can
overdo raw cruciferous vegetables that have this so called goitrogenic
compounds which are found in lots of healthy foods, not only broccoli, but
also flaxseeds and a number of other healthy things. But the answer is not
to avoid these really healthy foods; it’s just to get enough iodine
because these goitrogenic compounds just interfere with the uptake of
iodine, which is the thyroid gland. So if you’re actually marginally
not getting enough iodine, then eating a lot of raw cruciferous
can actually affect your levels. So the answer,
you just make sure you’re getting a source of iodine;
the healthiest one is sea vegetables, so you can munch on
those seaweed snacks, and then just like dark green
leafies as a snack. Ah! I mean the more ways you can
get them into your diet, the better. There was this famous case in the
New England Journal of Medicine, a woman who—I forget, it was like
literally thousands of pounds of raw bok choy, she was on
some crazy diet, and actually did run into thyroid problems,
so 1000 pounds— OK, but… It’s like the soy. …I encourage people, right. And look, we’re talking about
foods with medicinal effects. I mean we should assume
like if you can eat as much— I mean if there’s an unlimited amount of
something that you can be exposed to, probably doesn’t have
much “uumph” to it, right? But the fact that, look, no, some of
these foods can have powerful effects on our biology, so no surprise
that there’s a certain level which you want to stay within,
but thankfully they’re all easily within any kind of typical culinary dose. Number eight: is sprouting
nuts, seeds, grains, and beans better for digestion?
If so, why? Oh, well, see, part of the reason
that people soak or sprout nuts is to get rid of the phytates.
So there was this thought, based on studies on
puppies back in the ’50s, that phytates were
mineral inhibitors. And so the way you can
get rid of the phytates, you soak nuts or
you sprout nuts to get rid of the phytates, and then
you’d maximize your calcium absorption and other important minerals. But we
now know not only is that not the case, but phytates are actually healthy for you,
actually beneficial effects of phytates, so we should really try to get as much
phytates in our diet as possible, and the way we do that is by eating our nuts
un-sprouted, eating our nuts un-soaked. And so, yeah, I encourage people to
eat raw nuts, seeds, and seed butters. The reason we’d rather not roast them
is because of the formation of AGE’s, Advanced Glycation End products,
which are these glycotoxins associated with increased risk of kidney disease
and Alzheimer’s and accelerated aging and all sorts of really bad things. And it’s formed when high fat,
high protein foods are exposed to extremely high
heat, dry heat. And so almost all
AGE exposure is meat— so like barbequed hot dogs, so
barbequed, grilling, grilled chicken, that kind of thing—extremely high.
So if you look at it, whereas plant foods have almost nothing
no matter what you do— I mean you can grill a bell pepper and
you’re not going to produce a problem, but there are rare plant foods
that are high in protein effects, such as nuts, such as soy. So we
should really, ideally should not— like Cajun blackened tofu, not a good idea
on a regular basis because of these AGEs. So that’s why we really
shouldn’t roast our nuts. And why do you recommend nut butters
as opposed to just the whole nut? Oh, actually whole nuts are better
because you actually chew down to little particles—no
matter how well you chew, you typically only fracture
down to about 2 mm, which is a thousand times
larger than the particles found in nut butters.
And the reason that’s important is because those cell walls and
those little cubes, which contain hundreds of thousands of intact
walls, actually protect all the nutrients inside from absorption
in your small intestine, and that creates a bounty
for our gut flora. So when we eat just acellular foods,
powders like flour products, even if it’s 100% whole wheat flour— so if we eat 100% whole
wheat flour bread or pasta or something, we’re getting all the
nutrients; they didn’t take away the fiber, but all the nutrients are out,
exposed to be absorbed. They get absorbed
in the small intestine, leaving very little for our
gut flora at the end. Whereas if you eat whole
intact grains or whole beans, then there is actually these
little clumps of food that’s leftover for
our good bacteria, and that improves our gut health
and improves our microbiome. I love it. Since so much of our
soil is depleted of minerals, where can we get great
sources of minerals? So that’s some scammy
trace mineral seller talk. Somebody should look
at crop nutrient decline over the last half
century, maybe 15%. So people trying to sell you mineral
supplements will make this, will say, oh, “our crops are depleted,” just because
they’re trying to sell you something. We can actually look at the data;
the USDA tracks nutrients in the soil going back for a century:
15% decrement. So that means, OK, instead
of five florets of broccoli, now you have to eat six florets of
broccoli instead of a half century ago. Fine, eat six florets of broccoli. There’s no need to take
mineral supplements. OK. Number ten: For people
who say everyone’s different, so we all require different diets. Yeah. What is your advice on this, and
does a whole food, plant-based diet help us live longer,
healthier lives, all of us? So, it’s not like—like at a zoo, there’s
a gorilla diet and there’s a lemur diet. It’s not like, oh, you’re lemur #12,
so you get some crazy diet. No, there’s a diet that’s naturally
tuned to our biology. We evolved for millions of years. So we broke from our last great ape
ancestors about 20 million years ago. So for the first 90% of our evolution
until about 2 million years ago we ate what our fellow great apes ate,
which is basically greens and fruit. We were a plant-based diet,
almost exclusively plant-based diet, and only in the last 10% of our
evolution did we start knowing how to make tools and hunting, etc.
And so our biology is tuned to eating whole food, plant based—so no
wonder that the same kind of diet that reverses heart disease, the
number one killer of men and women, is the same diet that
also reverses diabetes, and the same diet that
reverses high blood pressure. And so a kidney healthy diet,
is a liver healthy diet, is a brain healthy diet, right? And it all makes sense because, look,
an anti-inflammatory diet is a diet that helps your arteries everywhere
throughout your body. I mean, look, if that’s all a
plant-based diet could do, reverse the number one killer
of men and women, shouldn’t that be kind of the
default diet until proven otherwise? In fact that it can also prevent, arrest,
or reverse other leading killers would seem to make the case for plant-
based eating simply overwhelming. We have one bonus question. Bonus! What do ya’ got? What is the most effective way to help
people convert to being plant based? So I think sharing resources with them.
So sometimes it’s hard; people put up their defenses when someone
tries—when anyone comes to us with some new idea that conflicts
with what we believe, there’s just this kind of natural reaction
to kind of want to hold on. That’s why sharing kind of third-party
sources: “Here’s a great documentary, here’s a great website, here’s a great
book,” and then they can kind of take it in on themselves, and then kind of
the motivation comes from within rather than feeling someone’s trying
to tell them to do something. So that’s one of my favorite ways.
And share great food! They have this sense that, oh, yeah,
it doesn’t matter how— will I live that long or just
feel like I lived that long? But no, it’s really the
best of both worlds. Some of the yummiest,
like berries, right? Wait a second. Tastes great
and you get to live longer? That’s what plant-based
eating is all about. Thanks for tuning in,
Love, Giana, and—[silence]. You have to say, “Dr. Greger.” Oh, I didn’t know my line.
Where’s my cue card? Thank you for joining in.
Love, Gianna… …and Dr. Greger.

100 thoughts on “Dr Greger Interview

  1. Plant based should not equate to vegan. Almost all my diet is plants but we also eat meats. I consider that plant based.

  2. The plants make vegans so angry and demented…
    (sugars are made from plants)
    "What can Baby Brains tell us about Alzheimer's? (Type 3 Diabetes)"
    https://youtu.be/yooNuOKsa1Q

  3. I don't bet for drinking tap water filled with flouride. Alkaline or mineral water from springs is still a lot better. Distilled is almost zero nutrition, and causes aging faster.

  4. "Oh, look fellors. Dis doctor can't sit still. Reeee."
    He is just having fun and is gifted with a high IQ that is further boasted by his consumption of berrys. The American diet needs to be changed. Everyone is fat, ugly, smelly, and so fucking stupid that the Australians are openly racist towards us.

  5. Dr. Greger has a healthy beta-carotene glow going on!

    By "almost" all your nutrients, mind you, he means B12 and vitamin D (which we get primarily through the sun) and if you want to supplement with preformed long chain omega fatty acids (DHA/EPA), algae oil supplements are available. DHA/EPA actually are found in plant foods, though, such as purslane (was surprised to read that on pubmed) and some sea vegetables like nori, but not in extreme amounts. High in algae which is how fish get it in the first place, but concentrated in the algae oil.

    Also, it's even more complicated than he had time to explain. For example, yeah you can get iron from animal flesh, but it's HEME iron and not the iron our bodies are equipped to metabolize properly… with non-heme iron (from plants) we can't get too much, our bodies absorb it and once we've had enough, we developed a mechanism to stop absorption. From heme iron (from animals), we developed no such mechanism so our bodies will continue to absorb excess iron and this can be dangerous.

  6. Sorry, but I have to call bullshit on the water thing. I COMPLETELY disagree about his take on fluoride, that is crap. It's typical government reasoning without giving the people a choice and yes, poor people deserve to CHOOSE what they put in their bodies, too. Explain to me, by the way, how kids are drinking and breathing lead in inner cities which the government could care less about but apparently are hugely concerned about their dental hygiene… REALLY?! Come on Dr. Greger… I love you, but no freakin way. Plus, fluoride toothpaste is pretty damn cheap. Also, the fluoride added to public water supply is not even natural fluoride but lab produced synthetic fluoride. I'm by no means rich, I would qualify as poor right now and I definitely don't want someone deciding for me that I need toxic crap put in my water… In fact, BECAUSE I'm actually in the poor class right now, it's a greater expense to me to have to buy a special filtration system so that I don't have to have that poison shoved down my throat. If anything, it's an added EXPENSE to the poor class and an added worry. I don't need the government making sure I take care of my teeth which is complete bs in the first place. Now, tea, is an awesome way to get fluoride in your diet if you should so happen to wish to.

  7. Distilled water the only water you should ever drink under any condition.

    https://youtu.be/_7Is4cfazoo

    Water is alive!
    https://youtu.be/qnZm1KvlvgA

    Aquarius the water-bearer

    http://aquariusthewaterbearer.com/

    : )Tyler

  8. sodium fluoride purchased by U.S. cities to dump into the public water supply is openly labeled and promoted by the Chinese suppliers as:

    * An agricultural insecticide

    * A flux chemical for soldering and welding

    * A chemical used in the refining of metals

    * An adhesive preservative chemical

  9. …GOOD TO KNOW! After watching this I sold my whole home Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System, posted it on Kijiji for five dollars or best offer, Went Quick¿ and I received my asking price! was given the $5 for it! : ) not one low-ball offer. Tomorrow, when I have the time to write another ad I will post my 40 gallon Water Distiller most likely for the same asking price or less, hope it goes as quick as the Reverse Osmosis System did!. "You get rid of a few little trace minerals but that's not really the issue". If anyone is interested in my 40 gallon water distiller message me here to let me know.
    Tap Water! Who Knew, The Only! Water for me from this point on, Thank you for the information dr. greger, Greatly Appreciated!!!!!! I had No idea.
    : )Tyler
    Forgot to mention, We don't have fluoride in the water where I live but I plan to start Adding small quantities of my Heavily Fluoridated toothpaste to each glass of Tap Water to Insure my teeth stay Healthy up until the End.
    Thanks Again dr. greger, your Advice will Help Many.
    5:14

  10. Most cities do not use pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride in their drinking water. They use instead hydrofluorosilicic acid (or its salt). This is concentrated directly from the smokestack scrubbers during the production of phosphate fertilizer. It is shipped to water treatment plants and trickled directly into the drinking water. It is an industrial grade fluoride and it is contaminated with trace amounts of heavy metals such as lead, arsenic and radium. Many scientist feel that these heavy metals are also harmful to humans at the levels that are being added to fluoridate the drinking water. In addition, using hydrofluorosilicic acid has an added risk of increasing lead accumulation in children.

  11. When Dr Greger says: “Fluoride is the reason why we don’t grow old and lose our teeth,” 5:59, the way he words it suggests—but is probably not intended to—that fluoride prevents us from getting old, AND ALSO, prevents us from loosing our teeth. A better wording might be something like: fluoride is the reason we don’t lose our teeth when we get old. Not that I believe that fluoride is helpful in any way. He says it’s not necessary. I believe fluoride is harmful and to be avoided! But what do I know? I’m not authority. Has Dr Greger put fluoride to the test? Is Dr Greger buddy’s with BIG FLUORIDE? I hope not. I respect and admire Dr. Greger. I consider him an authority, and I heed his recommendations. This is one instance where I question his judgment.

  12. I used to be vegan for a while now i am a keto carnivore and i feel better and health has imporved and also my mood. I believe we are all different and things work for some people and sometimes they don't there is no one way to do things. But for me ill stay on a meat based diet and i am stronger then i have ever been and everything went from 395 to 263 have about 40 pound's left. But yeah find a diet that works for you something you can stick to is what i think.

  13. FLUORIDE???
    Oh, Dr. Greger… look at the research… look where it comes from..
    http://fluoridealert.org/faq/
    Please UPDATE your stance of FLUORIDE!!! 🙂

  14. Does anyone think it benefits teeth to ingest fluoride? I thought fluoride only supposedly benefits teeth when it's applied topically like in toothpaste.

  15. All this information just rolls off the tip of his tongue without even having to think about an answer…soo impressive. I wish everyone would hear him.

  16. It’s sad that Gregor doesn’t know the truth about Fluoride or vaccines? Very disappointing, everything else about what he speaks is awesome

  17. I lost a little respect for him when he started talking about fluoridation tape water being the best water compared to distilled water. He seems to be an 80% truth 20% nonsense of American doctors who are doing the same thing Dr. Max Gerson has been doing long before them but at least his therapy keeps it 100. For example Dr. Alan Golhammer great stuff in his book and lectures and then out of nowhere says he dosent believe coffee enemas have any proof of working what the heck. What about the Floride being a by product of the aluminum industry Dr. Micheal McGregor is aluminum all of a sudden healthy to ingest In any form? What about all the other things in tap water such as the heme iron that you have a video saying it's bad for you well it's in tap water so how is that better than distilled purified water it dosent make sense your contradicting yourself why are you defending poison being put in tape water I thought you were trying to help people. I guess you have to keep people sick somehow or you would be out of a job. Love your book Micheal but maybe you should look up the study's that were not funded by the aluminum industry about floridaded tape water you copy cat of Gerson. Also on top of it he points out that the chlorine in the tap water kills good bacteria so it's obviously not good for your gut flora the microbiom you even talk about in this video sheesh. I feel as thought he is put there to distract people from the Gerson therapy his book is called how not to die well he is the type of doctor who would probobly suggest for you to do chemo if you got cancer when the Gerson Therapy will save your life with the same thing he preaches but will actually save your life cure you of cancer without chemo treatment. The real how not to die is called The Gerson Therapy for anyone who is interested and they dont promote tap water.

  18. He has a recent video on soya that he is saying not to eat too much soya. Something about cancer I find the whole soya thing confusing

  19. Target shooting is far from violent. It's like saying that owning an automobile promotes running over pedestrians. What a narrow judgement. After all, automobiles are the most deadly machines in the modern world. I have practiced martial arts all of my life and am NOT a violent fighting person whatsoever. Guns prevent far more violence and death than they administer, if one can get beyond the media driven hype and agenda. It is good to know that this woman has a broad spectrum of interests and is not subject to hysterical brainwashing. Guns, after all, secured a nation of free people and also stopped the murderous onslaught of numerous dictators and tyrants over the generations, in addition to countless individuals who lawfully defend themselves from criminal attack.

  20. Wow now that I heard him talk about Fluoride the way he did, I now will have a strong dose of skepticism about everything else he says now

  21. In the same support of plant based food to look up for is Anthony Williams known as Medical medium… His book is amazing basically same idea of how not to die but better yet how to heal what doctors don't 😉 I am just grateful that doctors are finally speaking up about diet control and how to turn to plant base to heal and have better health many of them are more and more speaking up… One of our Canadian doctor told in an interview that when studying in the state all students and professors were plant base eating that was back in the 70…so there you have it they've always known!!

  22. Pls what about tifu? How much , How Often pls? I luv soy products specifically Tofu, I often eat it all week long sometimes all meals , sometimes just twice a day.
    I'm a guy, I have not issues or side affects… Should I still limit consumption? I'm a vegetarian so I eat a lot of soy, I also have stopped eating TVP cuz I heard it's cancer causing due to the process when it's mfg.

  23. Best dr. Greger interview ever. You asked all the best questions. The only question I wish you had asked is the one about the internet meme concerning fruit sugar and cancer.

  24. Dr Greger , I’m not sold on your opinion of fluoride in water and drinking (tap) water vs alkaline..
    can you please do a study on this so we can get the facts? I try to avoid giving my kids toothpaste with fluoride as I’m told constantly it’s a toxin. Can you please verify this ASAP?? Seeing as we are supposed to drink so much water a day I feel it’s very important. I’m in Australia 🇦🇺Thank you! Your videos and book are amazing! I watch them all and I’m half way though your book. Keep up the awesome work 👍❤️

  25. Thanks to this man I got rid of my pre-diabetes and even more important, I was able to get back working arteries and get rid of the pain in my chest. Dr. Greger is a true lifesaver and can't be thanked enough! 😄

  26. Love his message, but it would be nice if could get RID of his "ummmm-ahhh"s. Highly distracting.

    The message NEEDS to get out, but he may be driving some who are on the fence away with his repetitive, repetitive, repetitive 'schtick' and mannerisms. Unfortunately, people DO shoot the messenger…

    We should expand the term 'vegan' to also including doing no harm to the art of public speaking! 😁

    Either way, the guy is rockin' the right message. Keep it up!

  27. His point on soil depletion, while correct, is too shallow. In 50 years, we've depleted our soil by 15%, which is a horrifying reality. The rate of depletion is increasing, so in 50 years from now, assuming 15% isn't a low estimate, we'll have somewhere between 1/3-1/2 less nutrients. This is a crisis

  28. I really want to believe the soy part but I get instant pimples after eating soy the next day and my skin is more agitated/hormonal ( I eat oil free ) So I feel it really does do something to me…and eat it verrryy occasionally because I don't think its a good reaction of my body…

  29. Yeah, I like him on treadmill, also. His Joseph Mercola, interview, was particularly good. He apparently walks over 15 miles a day. At best, I walk 10. ( but not on a treadmill )

  30. The interviewer did NOT ask about mineral supplement salespeople. She presented a valid question about soil depletion and more specifically, the continuous loss of mineral content in soil. Dr. Greger went on a rant about people trying to sell supplements as though he was predisposed to an opposing posture before the question was asked (and was never actually answered). The fact is, our soils are indeed depleted of numerous minerals because of the manner in which we farm the land today. Mineral depletion and soil compaction are two of the leading risks to food production in the modern world. Crop plants remove a full spectrum of nutrients from the soil and we replace three basic elements by the use of typical commercial fertilizer made from petroleum extracts and sometimes from other sources. This is a known scenario that has been "put to the test" over the years. Low mineral content in food, whether being told to us by USDA retirees (like myself) or by mineral supplement salespeople is a very real crisis that we should face in a serious manner.

  31. Thank you for the most excellent interview. "Medical science is only in its infancy, yet it has shown that our natural food is that which grows out of the ground." ~ Baha'i Faith

  32. When he recommends B12, what kind was it? Syanica balm? Newbie to the lifestyle, I’m concerned that supplements aren’t regulated and want true B12 without any unwanted fillers.

  33. Gianna, have you ever thought about creating a study guide to go along with these interviews? This would be one idea to gather friends and family in the living room once a week, watch a video, and then have a discussion afterwards. You ask some very thought provoking questions!

  34. Great interview! It would have been great if Dr. Greger had answered the first question directly though, as it is something I was asked about recently. There are so many people who think they need to consume a ton of protein, especially weight lifters I was hoping to hear his recommendations.

  35. The two main causes of death in meat eaters are heart disease and cancer and the two main causes of death in vegans /vegetarians are heart disease and cancer 🤔 🤔

  36. Who believes what the CDC says?! I’m shocked that he says to drink tap water! Maybe, just maybe, you can apply fluoride to your teeth to prevent cavities, (but it’s not necessary). But you should not ingest it.

    The CDC promotes vaccines and covered up the dangers of the MMR vaccination and it’s link to autism, so we should believe them on the safety of fluoride in tap water? No!

  37. I have to disagree with him on the fluoride. If you drink tap water you really need to check levels of fluoride and heavy metals here: gapmaps dot org slash gap dot protected

  38. It's surprising that Gr. Greger believes in CDC's statement about fluoridated water. Fluoride doesn't help in our oral health. It is another scam like cheese.

  39. I cannot believe that someone like dr Greger believes that fluoride prevents dental caries. It is well known that it is a big scam and fluoride actually destroys human health. Also as to soy products there is too much controversy and it is best to avoid it altogether.

  40. Dr. Greger is my lifeline! Anything I know, I learned from his website and book. Totally changed my life and health!

  41. I love how he makes it so interesting and makes you want to learn more he’s a great teacher and is so inspiring which is not what school teachers are like I wish school teachers were like him 💗💗💗

  42. Need to remove 100% of ALL oils from our diet too. Canola, olive, sunflower, etc. See Dr. Joel Fuhrman's website. Cheers

  43. Thank you both for this interview. The only thing I was shocked by was the statement on fluoride.
    I would love to see more studied and evidence that fluoride is not harmful, not to mention healthy.

  44. While Watching Eating you alive this recommdtn shows….& thats an awesome recommendation …💚💚💚👏 All my beautiful sensible people talking n no music. 👍👍
    Hv subscribe d will watch all of them💚👍👍

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