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Michael Greger, M.D. On How Not To Die

By December 6, 2015January 19th, 202412 Comments

“I continue to be amazed by our bodies’ ability for self-repair. Our bodies want to be healthy, if we would just let them. That’s what these new research articles are showing: even after years of beating yourself up with a horrible diet, your body can reverse the damage, open back up the arteries and even reverse the progression of some cancers. So it’s never too late to start exercising and never too late to start eating healthier.”

Michael Greger, MD

A graduate of Cornell and Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Greger has published in a litany of scientific journals, testified before Congress and lectured at countless symposiums and institutions, including the Conference on World Affairs and the National Institutes of Health. He was even an expert witness in the infamous Oprah Winfrey meat defamation lawsuit and has appeared all over television on shows like Dr. Oz and The Colbert Report.

By day, Michael Greger, MD, FACLM can be found crafting high level policy initiatives as Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture for the Humane Society of the U.S. But more often than not he’s traipsing the globe, hopping from podium to podium to deliver one of the hundreds of lectures he serves up annually.

By night, Dr. Greger scours thousands of medical journals in search of the world’s best, most objective nutrition research to bring you free videos and articles every single day as chief wizard behind— the world’s most authoritative, non-profit online destination for all things nutrition, health and disease prevention.

If you’ve never before visited this site, I highly suggest you check it out immediately. A comprehensive clearinghouse that inspects every imaginable facet of nutrition and health, features hundreds of impeccably researched, easily understandable and straight to the point videos — always my first stop when I want to get to the bottom of any question I have about food, diet and disease.

Apparently Dr. Greger doesn’t sleep. Because amidst all of this, he still found time to write a new book that hits booksellers everywhere this week. But How Not To Die* isn’t just any book — it’s a straight up game changing must read. Clocking in at over 600 pages, it’s an exhaustive, heavily researched, encyclopedic examination of how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can help prevent and even reverse the 15 top causes of premature death in America.

Not only has Dr. Greger delivered a ground-breaking tome for the ages, 100% of fees and proceeds he receives from speaking and book sales are donated to charity.

Quite a powerful testament to this man’s level of selfless service to humanity.

If you are a long-time listener, you know Dr. G and I go way back. He was one of my very first guests on the RRP. Now he’s back to talk more about his life, his research, and How Not To Die – a subject I think we can all get behind.

Specifics covered include:

  • the core idea behind How Not To Die
  • the daily dozen foods to focus on
  • the fifteen leading causes of death
  • confirmation bias in nutritional research
  • conflicts of interest in scientific studies
  • independent studies & objective criticism
  • reconciling reductionism with holistic analysis
  • auto-immune disorders
  • organic vs. non-organic foods
  • GMOs and excessive pesticides
  • evolution of the food pyramid
  • how to rewarding doctors for keeping people healthy

Dr. Greger is one of my very favorite people on the planet. I’m delighted to share his message with you today and I sincerely hope you enjoy the listen.

Peace + Plants,


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Michael’s new book, How Not To Die* hits bookstores everywhere on December 8th, 2015.

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  • Diane Lindsay says:

    So pleased that Dr. Greger was your guest this episode. He is terrific and what a great interview! Have pre-purchased his book (which comes out tomorrow- can’t wait!) in both the kindle and paperback editions. Am so grateful for all of the information on his informative videos, too! It is rare – in the midst of all the bombardment of opinions and scramble of information/ mis-information- to find someone with his integrity, energy, knowledge, and determination to help light the way.
    Thanks, again, for having him on the podcast!!

  • Em says:

    I ordered the book!!!! How can anyone not get a book with that title??? I loved seeing you both in Boston at Veg Fest. in October. It was great to get Plant Power way signed by you and Julie -Rich. I don’t think I got a signed copy so will have to see Dr. Greger again to get it signed. 🙂

  • vkat79 says:

    I enjoyed this talk so much! I was hoping to hear from Dr. Greger again 🙂 there’s been a lot of “his research is unprofessional/wrong”-kind-of-talk (YouTube), which was quite annoying. I really love hearing him talk for a longer time. Excellent sense of humor. And I just admire his passion for what he dedicates his life to. Can’t wait to get the book; maybe I can get it for Christmas 🙂 !!! Thanks, Rich! And thanks Dr. Greger! I’m so stoked to read this soon.
    Oh, and I especially love his annuals talks.

  • Redding O'Shea says:

    I ordered 5 copies of this wonderful book! Thanks for having Dr. Greger on again. He’s the best. A great podcast. Congrats:)

  • Cara says:

    I love Dr. Greger, I have felt inspired by him for a year and a half now, and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he truly is one of the best human beings to have ever graced the earth!
    Love this interview 🙂
    Dr. Greger is the way that I found Rich Roll.. By immersing myself in Dr. Gregor’s Utubes, Spring 2014, one day a search of the RR Dr. Greger interview came up & Rich’s authentic style really resonated with me, I became a devoted fan :)))
    Thank you for all you do Rich, you are stellar

  • Brian Fulton says:

    I have been a fan of Dr. Greger for a few years, but this is the first Rich Roll podcast I have heard. Fantastic! Thanks so much for this great talk. His 5-minute videos don’t have room for the type of discussion that is taking place here. Thank you Rich Roll. I will check out your other podcasts.

  • Naas Tredoux says:

    Loved it! Ordered the audiobook. I listened to your podcast on my way to work at 5am this morning and every time he laughed I couldn’t help but laugh – he sounds so funny. Great job as always!

  • Tommy F says:

    Dr. Michael Greger is a national treasure. He epitomizes what a western trained medical
    doctor “should” be like.. Passionate, Thorough and Unbiased.


  • VeloNomad says:

    Brilliant as usual. Another handy podcast to send my vegan-doubting friends.

    How transferrable are the tips to, say, Australia?

  • Rich E. says:

    fucking awesome. Dr. Greger was one of the main influences that convinced me and my family to go Vegan. It has truly transformed our lives. I cannot exaggerate how much appreciation and love i have for Dr. Greger and the work he does. thank you very much for the podcast Mr.Roll.

  • Eric Danger Palmer says:

    My go to for nutrition…another great podcast with Dr. Greger!

  • Jesse Ward says:

    I want to find the clip of Dr Greger on Colbert. Any idea where I can find it?

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