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[Health] How Many Bowel Movements Should You Have Every Day?

Most people have between 3 bowel movements a day and 3 a week, but normal doesn’t necessarily mean optimal. DOCTOR'S NOTE I know people are suckers for poop videos—I’m so excited to finally be getting these up! There was actually a recent one though– Diet and Hiatal Hernia –that talks about the consequences of straining on stool. Hernias are better than Bedpan Death Syndrome, though—that’s what I talk about in in my next video:  Should You Sit, Squat, or Lean During a Bowel Movement? I do have some older videos on bowel health: Stool Size Matters Food Mass Transit Bulking Up on Antioxidants Prunes vs. Metamucil vs. Vegan Diet Breast Cancer and Constipation For more on this concept of having “normal” health parameters in a society where it’s normal to drop dead of heart attacks and other such preventable fates, see my video  When Low Risk Means High Risk . If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by  clicking here .

[Nutrition Facts] Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death by Michael Greger, M.D.

Death in America is largely a foodborne illness. Focusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific medical journals, Dr. Greger offers practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat, and even reverse many of the top 15 killers in the United States. DOCTOR'S NOTE Dr. Greger: Today’s video-of-the-day is a  first. Though I don’t always succeed, I normally strive to make each of my videos about two minutes in length to match the typical online attention span. That’s why when this presentation was  serendipitously taped last month , I turned it into a short DVD rather than uploading it directly to the site. But the response it got was so positive, that I really wanted to get it online. If you too found it valuable, please share it and pass it along. And if you haven’t already, you can subscribe for free to my videos at… . Tomorrow we’ll return to our regularly schedu

[Health] Disease Mongering: Creating a Market from a Disease

Today we bring you - another golden gem of a video from John McDougall MD, this time discussing disease mongering.  Disease mongering is what the pharmaceutical and medical device businesses do in order to make money - to push questionable drugs, surgeries, potions, gimmicks and generally unnecessary (but profitable) treatments. The first step in disease mongering is to create a definition for a disease that will encompass a large portion of the population - be that a market for osteoporosis drugs, cholesterol drugs, vaccines - or other unnecessary treatments.   Doctors then sell the relative rather than absolute benefits. It's a great way to fool patients, to make them think there is a huge benefit - when the benefit is actually miniscule and the product possibly dangerous.  McDougall says doctors need to stop going along with this. In this classic talk from our 2005 Expo, McDougall doesn't hold back. He won't be involved in pushing useless treatments - it's unethica

[Health] How Smoking in 1959 Is Like Eating Now

Dr. Greger: ''In this video, I try to answer the question that arises in the minds of pretty much anyone dipping even a single toe into the lifestyle medicine literature: “Wait a second. If this were true, why didn’t my doctor tell me?” If, for example, our number-one killer can be reversed through diet, why isn’t it front-page news and taught to every medical student, broadcast from every mountaintop by medical organizations, and featured in our government dietary guidelines? Still confused? Go here Given that diet is the number-one cause of death and disability, nutrition is surely the number-one subject taught in medical school, right? And it’s certainly the number-one issue your doctor talks with you about, right? If only.   How can there be such a disconnect between the available evidence and the practice of medicine?

[Medicine] Magic mushrooms show promise in treatment for depression, study says

Trial suggests psilocybin combined with psychological therapy is as effective as antidepressant drug. Magic mushrooms have a long and rich history. Now scientists say they could play an important role in the future, with their active ingredient a promising treatment for depression. The results from a small, phase two clinical trial have revealed that two doses of psilocybin appears to be as effective as the common antidepressant escitalopram in treating moderate to severe major depressive disorder, at least when combined with psychological therapy. “I think it is fair to say that the results signal hope that we may be looking at a promising alternative treatment for depression,” said Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of the centre for psychedelic research at Imperial College London and a co-author of the study. Carhart-Harris said psilocybin was thought to work in a fundamentally different way to escitalopram. While both act on the brain’s serotonin system, he said escitalopram seemed to w