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Dr. Michael Greger launches NutritionFacts.org

We just got an e-mail from Michael Greger, M.D., indefatiguable advocate for animal-friendly, evidence-based education and awareness on issues of nutrition and public health. He’s one of those people who seems to work more hours than there are in a day, and all of his work is good.

He wrote to tell us about his new website, NutritionFacts.org. Already preloaded with 288 videos excised from his Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series, starting on Monday, August 22nd, he’ll be adding a new video every day for at least one year. And he’s not taking weekends off. (Keep in mind that he’s doing this on top of his day job as Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at HSUS.)

Here’s the intro video for the project:

In addition to starting from a pro-animal baseline, Dr. Greger is unfailingly pro-science and pro-evidence–links to the original research cited accompany each video. He’ll undoubtably piss off many folks who are more faith-based in matters of medicine and nutrition, and I’m A-OK with that. I totally love it when Dr. Greger dispenses such truisms as “never believe anything you read in health food stores” (in a video about the harmfulness of kombucha) and dismisses homeopathy as useless. His “snake oil” category is totally great.

Now, Dr Greger also has lots of positive things to say, and it’s great when they’re about things I already like–say peanut butter or vinegar.

Putting well-indexed information on the internet is one of the best, most responsible things anyone can do in our day and age. This site sure beats the old format of hiding all this material away in DVDs. And whether you love tagclouds or hate ‘em, there’s no question that NutritionFacts.org’s is awe-inspiring. There’s a lot of stuff here, and there will be lots more.

I’m not much of a video guy myself–I’d prefer to read these as text, with relevant charts and figures included. But I know that a lot of folks do like videos, so, OK. For what it’s worth, most of the videos posted thus far seem to consist of Dr Greger narrating over images of the documents cited. So it seems pretty safe to listen without watching.

The site is totally noncommercial, funded by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation, a Canadian “venture philanthropy” organization I’d never heard of before.

Dr Greger says he’ll “take research requests, respond to comments, and answer any questions anyone has.” My topic request? Cleanses. I’d love to hear his take on whether regimens like the Master Cleanse healthy, harmless, or harmful.

Anyways, go check out NutritionFacts.org. It’s awesome!

5 Comments

  1. Comment by

    Gene Greger

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    Go Mike!!

  2. Comment by

    John

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    My sister refered me to your site and my first blush was to be very excited…but, after getting through 3 or 4 videos, I found Mike Greger to fly in the face of the teachings of some very credible other men like Linus Pauling, Hugh Riordan, Joel Fuhrman, Andrew Saul and Neal Barnard…and many others. How do you recommend that people who review Gregors’ positions reconcile his 180 degree different opinion on basic matters like the value of supplements like Vitamin C and whether or not eating meat substantially contributing to osteoporosis? Someone has to be wrong when their positions are 100% opposite of one another….I have a hard time turning my back on the teachings of people I think are brilliant (Pauling was a 2 time Nobel Peace Prize winner), especially when so many people disagee with Gregors’ position.

    Your thoughts?

  3. Comment by

    NotBuyingIt!

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    I just visited this site. I was NOT impressed. Views seem opinionated and trite to say the least. Maybe you should take into account that it is funded by an entity that you never heard of before.

  4. Comment by

    Mike H.

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    I have a couple of comments on what previous posters have said. First of all, most of the research Dr. Greger presents (remember, this is not his own personal research) is in agreement with the stances of Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Michael Klaper, etc. The prevailing medical wisdom can and does undergo changes (some slight) as new research comes onstream. Dr. Greger reports these latest scientific findings—they are not his opinions. New information can sometimes necessitate a change in mindset in all of us.

    “Views seem opinionated and trite to say the least. Maybe you should take into account that it is funded by an entity that you never heard of before.”

    I find Dr. Greger’s views far from opinionated, since he is essentially reporting studies undertaken by others, and the conclusions drawn by these researchers. Don’t shoot the messenger! And who cares who funds the site, as long as they don’t harbor a hidden agenda?!?

    I think it’s a most excellent site, and long overdue.

  5. Comment by

    Going vegan

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    I find Dr. Gregor and his site a wonderful resource. We need credible people like him to teach us the facts as science discovers them. So much so called natural medicine and alternative therapies are rubbish and they turn thousands of educated people off. Linus Pauling did not win his Nobel for his Vitamin C work which is not supported by science. I am new to all this and I need to hear facts not unsupported nonsence!

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