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Dr. Michael Greger on Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating The Most Common Diseases with Diet (Transcript)

Dr. Michael Greger

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Good evening. For those of you unfamiliar with my work, every year I read through every issue of every English-language nutrition journal in the world so you don’t have to. Every year, my talks are brand new, because every year the science is brand new.

I then compile all the most interesting, the most groundbreaking, the most practical findings to new videos and articles I upload every day, to my nonprofit site, NutritionFacts.org.

Everything on the website is free. There’s no ads, no corporate sponsorships; it’s strictly noncommercial, not selling anything. I just put it up as a public service, as a labor of love. New videos and articles every day, on the latest in evidence-based nutrition.

In my 2012 review, I explored the role diet may play in preventing, treating, and reversing our deadliest diseases. In 2013, I covered our most common conditions. And, in 2014, I went through our leading causes of disability. This year, I’d like to address some of our most dreaded diseases, and cancer tops the list in the latest Gallup Poll.

The number one cancer killer in the United States, of both men and women, is lung cancer. But, if you look at the rates of lung cancer around the world, they vary by a factor of ten. If there’s nothing we could do to prevent lung cancer, you’d assume the rates would be about the same everywhere, just having kind of randomly. But since there’s a huge variation in rates, you assume there’s some contributing cause. And indeed, we now know smoking is responsible for 90% of lung cancer cases. So, if you don’t want to die of the #1 cancer killer, by just not smoking, you can take 90% of your risk and throw it out the window.

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