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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.

So with the volunteer help of videographer Grant Peacock (, I came up with ten introduction and overview-type videos for both new users to orient themselves, and for long-time users to use to introduce people to the site. Stay tuned for:

• Why You Should Care About Nutrition (
• Taking Personal Responsibility for Your Health (
• The Philosophy of (
• Behind the Scenes at (
• 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 (

What we’re going to do is alternate between these broader overview-type videos and the regularly scheduled content so as not to bore those who just crave the latest science.

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Thanks for watching. I hope you’ll join in the evidence-based nutrition revolution!
-Michael Greger, MD FACLM
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  • Bob Snake Plissken

    Thanks Doc for everything you do !

  • Paul H

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

  • 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 :)

  • 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!

  • Lisa's Lab

    Dr. Greger, you are such an inspiration for me. It was so amazing to see you live this year at VegMed in Berlin, Germany! I am doing my best in spreading the message of the power of a healthy diet - we are currently working on Germany's first distance learning program for the training of vegan nutritionists!Thank you for all the work that you do!

  • 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.

  • Shannon Cunningham

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

  • Martin cho

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

  • Jonathan Palmquist

    He's definitely high

  • 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. 💜

  • Angelica Sepulveda

    Thank you, you are awesome...🙏🏻😌

  • Mr.DonPepinovic

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

  • Ed Leeson

    How do you afford to live?

  • 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.

  • SulforaphaneMeUp

    My dad died from heart disease and I have been a follower of you on youtube ever since. Thank you for helping me better my diet.

  • Peron Rodrigues

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

  • Leti Coria

    te queremos Dr. Greger!!!!!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • YTuberosity

    Hard to believe this guy is 107 years old!

  • etobiCRACKscorpions

    You have repeated this story so many times and at the start of every one of your speeches. I dont think it was necessary to make a video with this same opener again. How can you even bring yourself to make this video after telling it over and over.

  • Vladimir Yuvachov

    Sorry if this is a rude question, and I acknowledge it is a bit irrelevant, but I just noticed a seemingly bald spot in Dr. Greger's beard. Is this the reason he decided to go clean-shaven? Is there some story behind this? I remember seeing footage of him with a full beard before.

  • Jaafar A

    is the paleo diet a healthy way to eat?

  • 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.

  • DeepSpace

    No it would be interesting how Predicin discovered his findings

  • Zahria 269

    I'd buy a rap album.

  • 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.

  • Andrei Piatra

    And yet...what/who pays dr. Greger's bills?!

  • thebudkellyfiles

    I was overweight and had high blood pressure 6 months ago at my doctor's visit. I followed Dr. Greger's diet advice to the letter. Six months later- no change in my weight but a slight rise in my blood pressure. I'm going Paleo, no matter what happens.

  • Jeff Litherland

    Danke Doc !! Great information

  • bincepilot

    All I can say is thank you.

  • Mikedizzle

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

  • Brutus Harvenius

    Such an amazing human.

  • LadyJAtheist

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Garland N

    Thank you Dr. Greger for your awesome channel and being a great nutritional health crusader. As I watched you in this video, I was reminded of Captain Kirk of Star Trek the way you spoke and moved your head around. Just a thought.

  • Osmar Batalha

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

  • 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.

  • Ryan Finchum

    so how do you make a living?

  • 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.

  • 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 ?

  • Amit from Israel

    I like this guy, but he is another vegetarian-celeb who uses the too extreme approach of vegans to draw attention....that's not the way for healthy diet, the right way is NO SUGAR and not no-meat or low-fat and those extreme ways

  • Nikola Acin

    Great channel! Not being a native speaker I sometime have a hard time understanding you.

  • Mattilyn Collins

    Anyone else crying right now? Such an inspiring origin story. Much love Dr. Greger, much love.

  • Gabriel Frisan

    Thanks for all you done for us!!!

  • naro pisey

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

  • Live Compassionately

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

  • imgingi

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

  • SkyBeautie

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

  • Tomáš Jedno

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

  • Sun

    Everyone! offer this man's website all of your life savings as donation!!

  • nocturnalrectum

    Not gonna lie, something disturbs me about this man. What are you hiding from us, Mike?

  • Scott Bailey

    make more videos, about where the majority of your calories should come from, IE veg,fruit,starch,protein,fat which one is key (@)

  • Kamen Kanchev

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

  • Sylricka Foster

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

  • LloydChristmas777

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

  • Surf4Life808

    You are awesome, Dr. Greger!

  • Schpankme Verimuch

    Been there done that got the T-Shirt. Thank you Dr. Greger.

  • Satoshi Chomsky

    I saw my mom today. She's 71. She takes over 10 different prescription meds. She has a pace maker. Heart problems. As she was making eggs and sausages, I asked her to go vegan. She said no and told me I was crazy. I will try to get her to watch this video.

  • Jasmine Mathurin

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

  • Yvonne Boersma

    Yes you did, dr Greger, thank you!

  • OneBodyWellness andMetaphysics

    Cool! I changed my diet because of my mom died at 54, my aunt at 36, and my grandma at 64, all from diet related diseases. My dad currently has 4 chronic diseases. I am determined not to go down the same path.

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