Reverse & Prevent Heart Disease

The Scientific Foundation of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Reverse & Prevent Heart Disease We examined the ability of patients enrolled in the Lifestyle Heart Trial to sustain intensive lifestyle changes for a total of five years and the effects of these lifestyle changes on coronary heart disease. We measured adherence to lifestyle changes, changes in coronary…

Boosting Heart Nerve Control

Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  September 25th, 2009  Volume 3 Which food was found to improve heart rate variability? Next, everyone feel for your pulse. Stick your hand out, thumbs up, feel for the knobby bone at the top of your wrist. Then, if you slide your hand down across the front of your wrist, you’ll feel these…

Plant-Based Diets Recognized by Diabetes Associations

Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  July 29th, 2019  Volume 47 Plant-based diets as the single most important, yet underutilized, opportunity to reverse the pending obesity and diabetes-induced epidemic of disease and death. Dr. Kim Williams, immediate past president of the American College of Cardiology, started out an editorial on plant-based diets with the classic Schopenhauer quote that “All…

Are Keto Diets Safe?

Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  September 11th, 2019  Volume 47 The effects of ketogenic diets on nutrient sufficiency, gut flora, and heart disease risk. Given the decades of use of ketogenic diets to treat certain cases of pediatric epilepsy, a body of safety data has accumulated. Nutrient deficiencies would seem to be the obvious issue. Inadequate intake of…

Is fasting for weight loss safe?

Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  November 4th, 2019  Volume 48 Although fasting for a week or two can actually interfere with the loss of body fat, eventually, after the third week of fasting, fat loss starts to overtake the loss of lean body mass in obese individuals. But is it safe to go that long without food? Proponents speak of…

Hearts Shouldn’t Skip a Beet

Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  February 21st, 2012  Volume 7 Those of you paying close attention to this discussion of how beets can boost athletic performance may have noticed a term that sounded familiar—nitric oxide, which I talked about before in The Power of NO. It’s a vasodilator; helps open up blood flow. That’s how those nitroglycerine pills work…