Dr. Michael Greger is an American physician, author and professional speaker. Here in this talk titled, “More Than an Apple a Day: Preventing Our Most Common Diseases”, he explores and discusses the important role that diet may play in combating the most common diseases. Below is the full transcript….
Dr. Michael Greger, MD
In my annual presentation last year, I ran through the 15 leading causes of death, exploring the latest science on the role diet may play in preventing, arresting, and even reversing some of our top 15 killers. Or, if you remember actually, our top 16 killers, since side effects from prescription drugs kill an estimated 106,000 Americans every year. The sixth leading cause of death may actually be doctors…And that’s just from adverse drug reactions. Add in medical mistakes, which the Institute of Medicine estimates kills at least 44,000 Americans every year, and that brings doctors, up to here.
Throw in some hospital-acquired infections, and we’re talking maybe 187,000 Americans dead every year, and millions injured by medical care. Even preventive medicine kills… in its own way.
The best way to avoid the adverse effects of medical and surgical tests and treatments is not to avoid doctors, but to avoid getting sick in the first place.
So this year I thought I’d run through the top dozen reasons people visit their physicians to highlight some of the latest research in hopes of moving me down the list of common killers.
The number 1 primary disease diagnosis at office visits is a respiratory disease, like a common cold. Most Americans report between 2 and 3 colds a year. This year, I featured evidence suggesting that simple water gargling is effective to prevent upper respiratory tract infections. This virtually cost-free modality would appreciably benefit people.