Michael Greger, MD on How Not to Die

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I admit I’ve been a bit behind the curve when it comes to the considerable force that is Dr. Michael Greger, author of the new (and gigantic) book, How Not to Die.

As one has always preferred reading text to watching video, it took me a while to discover what an incredible resource his site, NutritionFacts.org, is. There Greger posts daily videos about nutrition, based heavily on the distilled results of scientific journal articles and watchable in four minutes or less.

But when I watched several of his presentations on last year’s Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise — he gives more than 100 talks per year — I became an instant fan. What I didn’t know then was that he donates all of his speaking fees, doesn’t profit from his website, and gives away all his book royalties, too.

Benevolently, I’m sure, but with the pleasant side effect of preserving his scientific integrity, giving his recommendations that much more weight in my eyes.

Oh, and Dr. Greger is also the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. No big deal.

I was fortunate to get Dr. Greger to slow down (sort of: he recorded this interview from his treadmill desk, on which he walks 17 miles each day) to record a 40-minute interview for NMA Radio, and it’s my pleasure to share it with you today. It’s one of my favorite episodes to date, and when you listen, you’ll get an immediate sense for Michael’s enthusiasm and benefit from his immensely deep understanding of health and nutrition.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Do we not need “diet” books at all?
  • Why nobody needs to give up their favorite foods
  • When we might starting living forever (it’s sooner than you think)
  • How to deal with conflicting nutrition information on the internet
  • Dr. Greger’s interesting definition of whole foods — and when we can improve on nature’s foods
  • Should Twinkies be on the Paleo diet?
  • Coffee: good for bad?
  • Dr. Greger’s thoughts on oil

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  1. I love this guy… he ultimately helped me make the switch…

  2. I really enjoyed this podcast and got his book off of Amazon. It is easy to read and very informative.

  3. Dr. Gregor is a welcome blast of fresh air. At a time when any point of self-serving view can be cast all over the Net, Nutrition-facts.org provides a dose of reality, at least that which can be verified by science. I often check to see if he’s opined on whatever health topic I’m about to write on my site, and invariably he has and it’s useful.

    Re life extension… I study this in some detail and have a new website devoted to it. Yes, some measure of it is just around the corner. Ray Kurzweil, mentioned in the podcast, has a useful “Three Bridges” conceptualization of the likely process. The first bridge to cross toward life extension is paved with what’s now available toward that goal, such as a plant-based diet, supplements, exercise and meditation. The second bridge will be paved w/ biologically-based nanotechnology; for instance, a molecular-sized “machine” programmed to devour heart-clogging plaque. Finally, the third bridge will be the union of man and machine, whereby much of our biology that degrades will be replaced by non-biological interfaces.

    Brave new world.

    -Joe

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