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During this uncertain time, there is nothing more important than staying safe and healthy. Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center has always been dedicated to educating the public on how to obtain and maintain optimal health through the numerous articles Dr. McDougall has written over the years on various medical conditions and topics. Now is the time for us to help as many people as we can. How? We are offering all digital content on our website free of charge. This includes:

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The Role of Taxpayer Subsidies in the Obesity Epidemic – Dr. Michael Greger

Why are U.S. taxpayers giving billions to support the likes of the sugar and livestock industries? And does this contribute to weight gain and obesity?

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If it really were a government of, by, and for the people we’d be subsidizing healthy foods if anything, to make fruits and vegetables cheap or even free, but instead our tax dollars are shoveled to the likes of the sugar industry or to livestock feed to make cheap fast food meat.

It’s funny, though. I‘ve been working on the How Not to Diet cookbook this week (which will be out in December) and I’ve got a bunch of sorghum recipes! So here I am in the video asking “When’s the last time you sat down to a bowl of sorghum?” and soon I hope you’ll all be like, “last night!”

I had never had sorghum before and it’s delicious! In fact, I wish I had discovered it before How Not to Diet (…) was locked down. Now I add to my BROL bowl (the purple barley groats, rye groats, oat groats and black lentils) sorghum and finger millet, so now the acronym is some unpronounceable BROLMS or something. Anyway, sorghum is a great rice substitute for those who saw my rice/arsenic video series (…) and were as convinced as I that we need to diversify our grains.

Anyway, now we turn to marketing. There was all this taxpayer subsidized glut of calories in the market; now the food industry had to find a way to get it into people mouths. So next: The Role of Marketing in the Obesity Epidemic (…).

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Thanks for watching. I hope you’ll join in the evidence-based nutrition revolution! -Michael Greger, MD FACLM

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Plant-Based Transformation for Beginners – Stephanie Spencer

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Although this last month has been difficult for many of us with so much uncertainty about the future,

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Emerging information about COVID-19 has shown a correlation between underlying chronic disease and a worsened outcomes with this illness,

but the good news is that decades of peer-reviewed research have demonstrated that a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet can significantly improve and frequently reverse these underlying diet-induced conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, and more.  People frequently notice a significant difference in how they feel in as little as a couple of days on a Plant-Based diet and research has demonstrated significant objective improvements in diabetes and heart disease in as little as a couple of weeks.

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How I Eat in a Day / Plant Based…Easy meals by Plantiful Kiki

Today I’m showing you some more of that yummy vegan food. I’ll be showing you how to make a delicious easy curry Dahl and vegetable pot pie. Ill also be going over some of the changes I’ve made like adding in more nuts and seeds to my diet. I’ve been reading “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and “How Not to Die” by Dr. Michael Greger, and adjusting my diet according to their recommendations. You can follow me on Instagram @Plantifulkiki or on Facebook @Plantifulkikipage for more food and lifestyle inspiration.


Do Most Oncologists Think Cancer Patients Should Avoid Fruit? Why Do You Think Your Opinion On Cancer Is Correct? Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D.

Cancer as a Mitochondrial Metabolic Disease: Implications for Novel Therapeutics by Thomas Seyfried

Thomas N. Seyfried is Professor of Biology at Boston College, and received his Ph.D. in Genetics and Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1976. He did his undergraduate work at the University of New England where he recently received the distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. He also holds a Master’s degree in Genetics from Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Thomas Seyfried served with distinction in the United States Army’s First Cavalry Division during the Vietnam War, and received numerous medals and commendations. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurology at the Yale University School of Medicine, and then served on the faculty as an Assistant Professor in Neurology. Other awards and honors have come from such diverse organizations as the American Oil Chemists Society, the National Institutes of Health, The American Society for Neurochemistry, and the Ketogenic Diet Special Interest Group of the American Epilepsy Society.

Dr. Seyfried previously served as Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee for the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Complimentary and Integrative Medicine, and the Uncompromising Science Award from the American College of Nutrition for his work on cancer for his work on cancer. He presently serves on several editorial boards, including those for Nutrition & Metabolism, Neurochemical Research, the Journal of Lipid Research, and ASN Neuro. Dr. Seyfried has over 180 peer-reviewed publications and is author of the book, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer (Wiley Press). His full list of peer-reviewed publications can be found on PubMed (

Regular Exercise Can Protect Against Deadly Coronavirus Complications, Study Says

Dr. Zhen Yan: “We cannot live in isolation forever. Regular exercise has far more health benefits than we know. The protection against this severe respiratory disease condition is just one of the many examples.”

According to a new study, regular exercise could hold the key to keeping patients from developing deadly complications like ARDS.

Continue reading here: Regular Exercise Can Protect Against Deadly Coronavirus Complications, Study Says

Why Are Immunocompromised People More At-Risk for COVID-19? – Dr William Li

The term “immunocompromised” has been flooding our televisions and inboxes as warnings about the Coronavirus continue to ring loud. Doctors and other health professionals across the globe warn that, along with elderly and severely obese people, immunocompromised individuals are among the highest risk for COVID-19. But there seems to be some general uncertainty about who constitutes immunocompromised.

Immunocompromised, sometimes also referred to as immunosuppressed, is a wide-ranging category that includes anyone who has an immune system that has been damaged or does not function properly. You can think of the immune defenses as an army of cells – each with unique weapons – that are strategically placed throughout the body to identify, warn of, and destroy invaders and other harmful substances. If these cells do not function properly, damaging organisms such as parasites, harmful bacteria, cancer and, yes, viruses may start to run rampant in the body.

I recently wrote an article outlining the different components of the immune system and their various functions. I recommend skimming through that to get an overview of immunity before proceeding.

Common Causes of Immune Defense Malfunction

Various disorders can affect every part of the immune defense process. Autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and lupus occur when the body attacks healthy tissue. Immunodeficiency diseases like HIV/AIDS and Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) also leave a person immunocompromised.

Chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, and diabetes have adverse effects on immune function. Malnutrition and smoking can further suppress immunity, and even treatments like chemotherapy and steroids can impair the immune response by destroying immune cells or hindering their ability to recognize pathogens (disease-causing agents).

As we age, the immune system naturally weakens as the numbers of defense cells in our bodies decline and strong evidence indicates that obesity negatively impacts immune function as well.

Compromised Immunity and Risk of Infection

Individuals with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to infections like COVID-19 because they cannot effectively recognize and respond to threat. If their second line of defense is damaged, for example, their immune system may not be able to identify pathogens and alert us with a fever.

Immunocompromised people may also lack the ability to effectively respond to vaccinations. If this is the case, they may assume that they are protected from certain illnesses when they are not. Both scenarios may lead to infections going undetected without treatment and becoming more severe.

Methods to Enhance the Immune System

Immunocompromised individuals must put extra effort into keeping their immune system as healthy as possible. If you have a suppressed immune system, be sure to continue exercising – even if that means just taking walks around your neighborhood each day. Limit stress by practicing yoga or meditation and prioritize sleep. People who are not immunocompromised would also benefit from these practices.

Certain foods, and the components within them, also stimulate immune function and I discuss them in detail in my book, Eat to Beat Disease. Some impressive immune-enhancing foods include white button mushrooms, broccoli sprouts, extra virgin olive oil, chestnuts, and blackberries. Many of the foods that I recommend can be found in grocery stores across the nation and can have significant effects on immunity; so, eat up and stay healthy.


Source: Why Are Immunocompromised People More At-Risk for COVID-19? – Dr William Li

Why Are So Many Authors Writing Books On Low Carb, Paleo, Keto Diets If The Evidence That A Whole Food Plant-Based Diet Is Healthier? Joel Kahn, MD

Joel Kahn, MD, of Detroit, Michigan, is a practicing cardiologist and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan Medical School and trained in interventional cardiology in Dallas and Kansas City. Known as “America’s Holistic Heart Doc”, Dr. Kahn is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and maintains sub-specialty board certification in Cardiovascular Medicine. He was the first physician worldwide to complete the Metabolic Cardiology curriculum in conjunction with and the University of South Florida.

Dr. Kahn has authored scores of publications in his field including articles, book chapters and monographs. He writes articles for MindBodyGreen, Thrive Global, and Reader’s Digest and has five books in publication including Your Whole Heart Solution, Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses and The Plant Based Solution. He has regular appearances on Dr. Phil, The Doctors Show and Fox 2 News. He has also debated plant diets on the Joe Rogan Experience and has been featured with Larry King Live in a recent heart special. He has been awarded a Health Hero award from Detroit Crain’s Business. He owns 3 health restaurants in Detroit and Austin, Texas.

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