Across the web is “research” supporting or opposing every single diet and lifestyle from paleo to raw-vegan. You may find it difficult finding a trustworthy database of unbiased, factual information regarding nutrition. Well, luckily, Dr. Michael Greger is here to help.
Dr. Greger is a graduate of Cornell University and Tufts University. He decided to join the medical field after his grandmother, Frances Greger, was diagnosed with terminal heart disease at 65.
Frances became a patient of Nathan Pritikin following her diagnosis and fully recovered under his care. She lived another 31 years.
This all was accomplished quite simply: through a plant-based diet and exercise.
Such a miraculous event piqued Greger’s interest in medicine and eventually led him to focus on lifestyle medicine, specifically nutrition.
Greger’s main goal is to act as an accessible source for everyone to educate themselves about what they’re putting into their bodies and how they’re treating them.
The main way in which Greger spreads his message is through NutritionFacts.org. On this website, Greger presents the most up to date nutrition research in 5-10 minute videos every single day.
You can find anything you’ve ever wondered about nutrition and lifestyle on this website, I guarantee it.
The best part of this website and all of its resources is that it’s completely free.
Beyond just the videos, Greger also has a NutritionFacts podcast which is available on the website and most podcast platforms.
Additionally, it was launched with seed money and support from the Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation which funds research into nutrition’s role in disease prevention.
All of the proceeds from Greger’s books, DVDs, and speaking engagements go to this charity as well.
Today, the website relies purely on donations.
How Not to Die
Gregors first release, How Not to Die, elaborates on the 15 leading causes of death in the United States including: heart disease, lung disease, brain disease, digestive cancers, infections, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, blood cancers, kidney disease, breast cancer, suicidal depression, prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease and dying from over-medicalization.
He then goes on to detail the causes and measures of prevention on can take to avoid premature death at the hand of any of these diseases.
The main tenant of nutrition that Greger swears by is his Daily Dozen, which includes 12 practices and foods you should incorporate into your daily life.
The accompanying How Not to Die Cookbook includes over 120 recipes all of which focus on the Daily Dozen.
The Daily Dozen Challenge
In order to involve individuals around the world and across social media platforms, Greger started the Daily Dozen challenge.
The challenge involves challenging three people that you know to adhere to the Daily Dozen guidelines for one day, posting pictures of their meals with the hashtags #HowNotToDie and #DailyDozenChallenge.
Then, those three people each challenge three more people.
Here is what the Daily Dozen includes:
It’s now even easier to track your adherence to the Daily Dozen through an app which allows you to check off each component as you go throughout the day.
If you’re as much of a nutrition nerd as I am, or are just looking for a trustworthy source, Dr. Greger has all the resources you need and more.
Also published on Medium.