Dr Michael Greger – How Not To Die
Dr Michael Greger is a graduate of Cornell University and the Tufts University School of Medicine, and has a New York Times bestselling book “How Not To Die” that examines the fifteen top causes of death in America.
He has appeared in numerous documentary films including
“What The Health”,
“Prescription: Nutrition” and
“Eating you Alive”
His website, nutritionfacts.org, has thousands of videos giving research-based advice, about specific foods and health-related issues.
01:42 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:34 Brian’s introduction.
05:15 The number one cause of death and disability in Britain is the British diet.
06:24 Heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity can be cured by lifestyle changes.
10:29 Public confusion over what is best to eat.
12:15 Food industry focussed on shareholder profit, not health of consumer.
13:49 Why Michael Greger has worked passionately for 20 years to get his message across.
15:44 The human body is a self-healing machine.
20:11 Parallels between the smoking message and lifestyle message in getting people’s attention.
22:51 Why we find the food, which is not part of a plant based diet, so enticing.
26:31 When Michael Greger started eating a plant based diet and how he sticks to it when travelling.
32:44 Why he advocates a wholefood plant based diet but does not call himself a Vegan.
35:51 You don’t know until you try, just give it 21 days.
39:35 How people can be persuaded to change their diet in the current culture.
46:29 What will it take for a national eureka moment?
51:40 The power of the dairy, meat and pharmaceutical industries and their political might.
1:07:18 Interpersonal interaction that sparks the interest and passes the message on.
1:11:02 How Michael answers his critics.
1:18:26 What drives Dr Michael Greger.
1:20:12 Michaels hope for evidence based medicine.
1:24:51 Michael’s views on Paleo and Atkins diets, soya, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, mental health,
1:34:51 …gluten, sugars, fruit sugars, chicken and Ketogenic diet.
1:40:54 Success secrets.
1:41:47 What is Michael’s super power?
1:46:10 What Michael has learnt about using the internet to get your message out there.
1:51:18 Why Michael never takes a holiday.
1:54:48 Michael’s future plans.
2:00:16 How a plant based lifestyle can affect cancer treatment.
2:02:48 Best and worst days of Michael’s life.
2:09:40 Plant intelligence and medicines.
2:11:39 What keeps Michael awake at night.
2:13:52 How he funds his lifestyle when he gives so much for free.
2:15:39 Phone call to the 20 year old Michael Greger.
2:17:22 Best advice he ever received.
2:19:21 Advice to the young person listening anywhere in the world for getting into a plant based diet.
2:22:15 Brian’s summing up.
Dr Michael Greger links:
Michael Greger’s website
Michael Greger’s Nutrition Facts website
Michael Greger on Twitter
Nutrition Facts on YouTube
Dr Greger’s Daily Dozen App
Michael Greger on Wikipedia
Dr Michael Greger Books:
How Not To Die
How Not To Die Cookbook
Bird Flu – A Virus Of Our Own Hatching
Carbophobia – Scary Truth about Americas Low-Carb Craze!
Heart Failure Diary of a Third Year Medical Student
What the Health
Eating You Alive
The Lancet July 1990
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad cow disease)
The Knick (TV drama)
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
People mentioned in this episode:
Sir Richard Doll
Professor David Nutt