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DESCRIPTION: Dr. Greger shares the story of his grandmother, who inspired him to go into medicine.

This is the first time I’ve ever done a video like this. This came about because of user feedback we got in that survey we did a few weeks ago. Many of you asked for me to come up with more basic, introductory videos you can share with those new to both the site and the whole concept that our food choices can exert tremendous power over our health destiny and longevity.

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• Why You Should Care About Nutrition (
• Taking Personal Responsibility for Your Health (
• The Philosophy of (
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• How Not to Die from Heart Disease (
• How Not to Die from Cancer (
• How Not to Die from Diabetes (
• How Not to Die from Kidney Disease (
• How Not to Die from High Blood Pressure (

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-Michael Greger, MD FACLM
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  • Vince "Out Of Touch" McMahon

    I'm in the process of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle thanks to this channel and channels like this. Thank you Dr. Greger!

  • Paul H

    What is the equivalent Sainthood in the real world? I would like to put two names forward. Dr McDougall and Dr Greger

  • Bob Snake Plissken

    Thanks Doc for everything you do !

  • Mr.DonPepinovic

    i don´t know which fucked up person gave this a thumbs down

  • Tessa Ⓥ

    Off topic, but does anyone else love Dr. Greger's voice and the way he tells stories? I could listen to him speak all day :)

  • Shannon Cunningham

    I've lost 132 lbs since going vegan, in good part because of you, Dr. Greger. Thank you!

  • vidhan matolia

    'She walked 10 miles a day' what if she didn't walk a distance of 10 miles everyday but she just had a dog named 'tenmiles' ?


    There needs to be a musical.

  • Eric

    I weighed 368 pounds at age 27 and had severe chest pains at rest. I was worried that I was going to die. A friend shared Dr. Greger's Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death video with me. I was convinced by Dr. Greger's evidence-based approach and adopted a plant-based diet right away. I lost over 30 pounds in the first month, 100 pounds in the first 6 and 160 pounds in the first year. Today I'm about 190 pounds down. I ran a half marathon and I've done a 70 mile bike ride, with some 5k's and triathlons as well. I was obese for my entire life up until adopting a plant-based diet. It has literally saved my life and made it immensely more comfortable and enjoyable to be in my own body, no longer self-conscious everywhere I go that I am being judged for being fat. No longer being winded just for walking up a short flight of stairs. Being healthy enough to run in races. I no longer rely on coffee to feel awake in the morning, nor do I suffer from a post-lunch comatose state every day. My life is much more enjoyable than it was before, and I have Dr. Greger and my friend to thank for it.

  • Greta Dar

    Thank You, from a bottom of my heart 🙏🏻 Greetings from Lithuania 🇱🇹

  • Osmar Batalha

    That guy deserves a nobel prize. Not from medicine, but from peace.

  • Vincent Manuel

    Dr Greger, you are a very, very good human being. Don't stop doing what you are doing because it is people like you that will pry open the eyelids of all of the people out there that suffer from curable diseases, educating and allowing them to make the changes in their lives for the better.

  • LloydChristmas777

    This story has been told a lot, but never on YT with the Dr himself on video, until... now.

  • Joshua Bush

    Sometimes, I get hungry So hungry I can barely stand on my own feet When I feel this way I crawl into my kitchen for some... Wholesome meat

  • Gabriel Frisan

    Thanks for all you done for us!!!

  • Betsy Cosmos

    I am just one of thousands of people who are so thankful for your work, Dr. G! You say you read all that medical literature so we don't have to...hey, even if I read it, it's not likely I would understand it. One of the great services you do is interpret medicalese so all of us can understand and then make informed decisions. You're terrific :-)

  • Nick Name

    For-profit medicine is yet another way capitalism crushes humanity. If there are future generations they will look back at us the same way we do now at the slave and feudal societies of the past.

  • Marion Dyer

    I have you're book and using it to get the nutritional help the drug GP don't have. I'm getting better. My problem is tegretol for epilepsy that I've been on for 30 years. That's resulted in 2 fractcherd vertebra. I'm vegan so Thank you.

  • Angelica Sepulveda

    Thank you, you are awesome...🙏🏻😌

  • LamentoAbsurdo

    My brother in heart I appreciate your work very much. Also thanks to your work I became a kind of Doc for my family. I try to do my own good work in my field of ëxperise¨so to speak and therefor I truely embrace your work of love.

  • Planet V6

    Thanks Dr. Greger. The information you've brought to me and my family has helped us so much. We absolutely love your work!

  • Jeff Litherland

    Danke Doc !! Great information

  • Penny Sweets

    No that's how you lead a meaningful life. Thank you, Dr. Greger.

  • Yvonne Boersma

    Yes you did, dr Greger, thank you!

  • LadyJAtheist

    Everything you are doing and have done, has been a great service to those ready to listen! Thank you Dr. Greger.

  • SkyBeautie

    I love your channel!!! Thank you for all you do!!!

  • naro pisey

    count me as one your big fan! i'm reading your book

  • Andrew Sardis

    #healthiswealth #runner #5krun #milerunner #distanceathlete Why was I able to overcome runners who had higher VO2 , lactate threshold, and longer limbs than I did as a runner in high school ?

  • Isabella Marie

    Been following you for a while. Thank you so much for informing us and providing a platform where we can access information to take control of our own lives. Knowledge is the greatest gift. You're a legend.

  • Leti Coria

    te queremos Dr. Greger!!!!!

  • rebecca evans

    I cannot begin to describe my love for Dr. Greger. I adore the man . I'm an RN and could listen to him ALL day. 💜

  • Kamen Kanchev

    Thank you, Dr. Greger! Your channel and website are very useful for me and for sure, for many on the internet!

  • Jonathan Palmquist

    He's definitely high

  • Sandra Carli

    Thank you so much, Dr. Greger, but please don't do too much. You need to take some rest!

  • Ορέστης Σαβρανάκης

    Thank you doctor for spending all this time to un-brainwash us!!! You are a great example of how doctors should be today.

  • Martin cho

    the world needs more peolple like yo dr greger. saludos desde ARGENTINA

  • Peron Rodrigues

    Eggs are definitely healthy. This little vegan Dr. Greger's is mediocre and does not know what he is saying.

  • Mikedizzle

    Can anyone recommend a good Holistic Health program. Something that's not funded by a big pharma? thank you

  • W.J. Kelly

    Six months ago, the doctor diagnosed me as being overweight, with hypertension. I watched every one of Dr. Geiger's vids, and started a strict plant-based diet. I ate no animal products of any kind, and all plain unprepared natural food. After 6 months- weight the same and blood pressure worse! I went on a low-carb diet, eating protein, fat, and unprepared vegetables. In 2 weeks my blood pressure returned to normal, I lost 8 pounds, and I feel 100% better. Muscles pains, mental fogginess, and fatigue are almost all gone. I feel like an idiot for buying into Dr. Greger's dietary advice. It might have killed me.

  • Zahria 269

    I'd buy a rap album.

  • Axed75

    Well, in response to your last sentence: you ARE doing that. Thank you doc. And don't you ever give up!

  • imgingi

    HERO! nothing less. PLEASE CONTINUE! the world needs you.

  • Summer Raine

    I have your book how not to die. just got it and realized it was by you, the MD I follow on YouTube. congratulations

  • Tomáš Jedno

    omg, this is so cute. Nice to see you live Doc.

  • Live Compassionately

    Thank you dr Greger, these videos have transformed my life!

  • Richard Chasse

    Could we have some information on "How not to die from PBC, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis other than a liver transplant?" Thank you, Richard

  • Surf4Life808

    You are awesome, Dr. Greger!

  • Jasmine Mathurin

    I LOOOOOOOOOVE THIS Man. Thank you so much for what you do! smiled the entire time watching this!

  • Sandy Ⓥ

    What an incredibly inspirational story!!!!!! Thank you soooooooooooo much Dr Greger for all that you do :-)

  • Kevin Blanc

    Dr. Greger, I'd like to know is how the heck you ended up in my home town in Maryland. :)And thank you for what you do.

  • Ebby Dietrich

    Thank you for all the work you do! My dad passed away from heart disease in March. If only he would have watched any of your videos or read your book I sent him, he still might be here.

  • Sylricka Foster

    You are amazing!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us! Forever grateful!

  • Robert Read

    Dr. Greger, you are a true inspiration. It is my sincere hope to help my fellow beings 1/10th as much as you already have during the rest of my (hopefully a little longer, thank to you) life.

  • Kiwi Vegan

    Amazing !! Thank you so much !!!!

  • Simon Kerkhove

    Me and my closest friends started eating plant-based 2 years ago as a direct result of your videos, changed our lives! Thanks for all the time and effort Doc!

  • atwaterpub

    Amazing story. I too saved my life by changing my diet in 1998. My story is not as dramatic or nail biting, but still significant to me, because it is my life (obviously). I had a pre-cancerous polyp "the size of a golf ball" removed from my colon and I had ulcers in my stomach. I haven't eaten beef in 17 years. I haven't drank a beer in 17 years. I lost 50 pounds and invented a diet formula to follow: "One gram of fiber for every 100 calories" I only eat food that fulfills this requirement.Thanks for the great information you publish on your channel. It is an inspiration to me and many other people. Keep up the good work.

  • Kadriella

    My dear grandmother died too soon and too suddenly 6 years ago...I miss her so much! Her diet was high in animal products, sweets, snacks. She wasn`t very active, she had bad knees... I have made a commitment to be there for my child and grandchildren and good health! So I can love them longer, so they could love me longer, in this life we are all in <3<3<3

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