“is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on a number of important public health issues” (Greger, 2016, para. 1). Dr. Greger is a general medical practitioner who focuses on plant-based nutrition as a means to treating disease. He “…is a founding member and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine” (Greger, 2016, para. 3). As a public health advocate he runs a nonprofit website called Nutritionfacts.org which is a “non-commercial, science based” website that provides free, up to date, scientific literature presented to the public daily through videos and blogs regarding the benefits of a low fat plant based diet (Nutritionfacts.org, 2016, para. 4). The website received both financial and social support from the Jesse and Julie Rasch foundation (nutritionfacts.org, 2016, para. 4). The Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation provides funds through grants and charitable donations based on two areas of focus: “health & medical research and environmental stewardship.” The organization receiving funds needs to make a meaningful impact on society (The Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation, 2016). The goal of nutritionfacts.org is to present sound scientific data on the benefits of whole plant foods without industry bias and no financial motive, in fact all money raised through donations of the website are provided to charity, aside from the cost to continually update and provide content to the website (Nutritionfacts.org, 2016).
The motivation for Dr. Greger to create nutritionfacts.org and become a doctor stemmed from a childhood experience he had with his grandmother, Frances Greger, who was wheel chair bound at age 65 with chest pain and the inability to walk. Having previously had multiple heart surgeries, she was not a candidate for further surgeries and was unfortunately sent home to die (Nutritionfacts.org, 2016). Frances Greger heard about Nathan Pritikin’s work and visited the Pritikin Longevity Center. Her condition was so severe it was highlighted in Nathan Pritikin’s Biography. Within three weeks of being at the Pritikin Longevity Center, her condition changed so rapidly she went from being wheel chair bound to walking 10 miles a day and went on to live another 31 years following the low fat, low cholesterol diet Pritikin had prescribed (Nutritionfacts.org, Video, 2016).
Dr. Greger made it his life’s work to help other families improve their health by providing medical literature to everyone free of charge, he presents new topics every day for free “as a tribute to my grandmother. I hope I can do for your family, what Pritikin did for my family” (Nutritionfacts.org, Video, 2016).
Dr. Greger’s story can be viewed here. http://nutritionfacts.org/about
Beyond NutritionFacts.org Dr. Greger also has his own webpage which you can find here. http://www.drgreger.org/
Michael Greger Quotes:
“We should all be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it – because they do.”
“If (you are) over the age of 10, the question isn’t whether or not to eat healthy to prevent heart disease, it’s whether or not you want to reverse the heart disease you already have.”
“The most ethical diet just so happens to be the most environmentally sound diet and just so happens to be the healthiest.”
“I continue to be amazed by our bodies’ ability for self-repair. …our bodies want to be healthy, if we would just let them. That’s what these new research articles are showing: Even after years of beating yourself up with a horrible diet, your body can reverse the damage, open back up the arteries-even reverse the progression of some cancers. Amazing! So it’s never too late to start exercising, never too late to stop smoking and never too late to start eating healthier.”
Books by Dr. Greger
- Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching
- Carbophobia: The Scary Truth about America’s Low Carb Craze
- How Not to Die – an immediate New York Times best seller, which contains over 200 pages of peer reviewed medical literature in regards to our eating habits and their impact on our health.
- How Not to Die Cookbook
View Nutrition Facts.org here: http://nutritionfacts.org/
Greger, Michael (2016) About Dr. Michael Greger. Retrieved from https://drgreger.org/pages/about-us
Greger, Michael (2016, August 29) About NutritionFacts.org. Retrieved from http://nutritionfacts.org/about
The Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation (2016). Retrieved from http://www.raschfoundation.org/programs/
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