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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we have the privilege of talking to Dr. Michael Greger the genius behind If you are part of the Plant Power Revolution, Dr. Greger needs no introduction….but he definitely deserves one. He’s known for his online videos and keeps us up to date with all the research and science being done on nutrition. He uses the hard facts mixed with humor to let the population know the good, bad and ugly on all things nutrition. Aside from Dr. Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

His newest book, How Not To Die, was just released December 8th and has already hit the New York Times Best Seller List! All proceeds from the book help fund So if you have not bought one yet, click on the link below and do so now! There is something for you in this episode whether you are looking to get to know the man behind the videos, you’re looking for some nutrition information for yourself or you want to know the truth about plant-based pregnancies and raising plant-based children.  As per usual there is a lot of good information in this episode, but it is also quite entertaining.

We hope you enjoy the show!


In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr. Greger
  • Heart Disease
  • Pregnancy and a plant-based diet
  • Fish and heavy metals
  • Eggs and choline
  • Yes, it’s perfectly healthy for children to be plant-based
  • Doctors and nutrition education
  • Understanding research, biases and conflicts of interest
  • The benefits of meta analysis
  • The study with the most impact
  • Stop eating your chinese tea
  • Coffee
  • How Not To Die
  • The daily dozen
  • 15 most common ways to die
  • Physical activity and physical inactivity


Links to things we mentioned:

Ask Me Anything 

How Not To Die: Discover The Foods Scientifically Proven To prevent And Reverse Disease, by Michael Greger, M.D. 

How Not To Die – Trailer 

Nathan Pritikin 

WHO and Processed Meat 

Processed Foods – A Health Nightmare

Dr. Greger’s Annual Review 

Baby and Child Care by Dr. Spock 

Adventist Health Studies

PubMed – Research directory


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12 thoughts on “How Not To Die with Michael Greger M.D. – PTP051”
  1. Avatar David Rafailov

    This podcast episode was very important for me, and I wanted to listen to it from just reading its title. From a young age I haven’t been eating healthy regularly until the 8th grade when I weigh almost 150 pounds. This made me realize that I had to get back in shape and feel secure about my body. At first I always thought if I just ate a little less more it would eventually help me lose weight because my brothers were skinny and it only made sense because we had the same parents. Although after listening to this podcast, I realized that we have to work at our very best to receive a better outcome. Shoshana Chaim said in the podcast “we can’t change DNA, but we can change life style” and after I realized that, I started eating healthy and going to the gym more, doing many exercises and workouts that I found online. I felt much better about myself after a couple of months and was even able to fit into some old clothes. Entering the 9th grade I weigh about 140 pounds and I felt amazing because I lost nearly 10 pounds in a year and I knew that I deserved it as I worked very hard for it. I continued on eating healthy because I knew how much it mattered and how much non-healthy foods could harm the body especially when trying to lose weight. I started making myself fruit drinks where I would take every fruit and vegetable that I could find in my fridge and just shove it into the blender and I would just drink it every morning, and that is what kept me refreshed and energized throughout the day. In the podcast Dr. Michael Greger mentions that heart diseases don’t only start once babies are born and can start off in the womb before a baby is even born. He also mentioned that everyone, even if you are unborn yet, have a chance of getting heart disease and that is why it is important to eat healthy in our lives. Growing up in a very conservative / semi-orthodox Jewish family, I couldn’t really pick what I wanted to eat or not. With Shabbat dinner every week and all the excitement with family coming over to your house and everyone enjoying their food, you just couldn’t resist and had to have a little bite here and there. Although this podcast made me realize that whenever we want something we have to set our minds to it and achieve it no matter what because the more we discourage ourselves the less our goals will be achieved. Going into tenth grade, I had to get some shots from the doctor as the school required them and when I went up on the scale to measure my weight, I was 131 pounds and both Doctor Miller and my mom were surprised. What also surprised the doctor was that I grew 4 inches taller in just a year, and he said that he didn’t see that often before. I changed my life style for a reason, I wanted to be involved in physical activities whether it was recreational or not, I wanted to have a life that was both healthy and enjoyable. In the podcast Adam Chaim asked how we know when to differentiate between science, and what is real and not real. This is always what I was thinking when I started working out. How do you know your eating the right food? Doing the right workouts? And Dr. Michael Greger’s reply was that there are books written by doctors that explain why kids should not eat dairy or meat and no one can know these type of things and if they are real or not until we actually learn them because we are not born with this type of knowledge. This podcast made me feel more secure about myself and encouraged me to eat healthy, even though I don’t always do it. I also know that healthy food is the foundation of a healthy and long life because as Dr. Michael Greger described “we make choices based on the best available balance of evidence” and throughout research healthy food has only brought positive outcomes in life and will continue to do so.

    • Avatar admin

      Congratulations on your health gains and your continued growth and success!

  2. Avatar Laraine

    What an interesting podcast and man! This kept me entertained during my walk!
    Thanks Plant Trainers!

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