Michael Herschel Greger (born October 25, 1972) is an American physician, author, and professional speaker on public health issues, particularly the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet and the harms of eating animal products. He is a vegan.
|Born||October 25, 1972|
Greger went to college at Cornell University School of Agriculture, where as a junior he wrote informally about the dangers of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease, on a website he published in 1994. In the same year, he was hired to work on mad cow issues for Farm Sanctuary, near Cornell, and became a vegan after touring a stockyard as part of his work with Farm Sanctuary. In 1998, he appeared as an expert witness testifying about bovine spongiform encephalopathy when cattle producers unsuccessfully sued Oprah Winfrey for libel over statements she had made about the safety of meat in 1996.
He enrolled in Tufts University School of Medicine, originally for its MD/PhD program, but he withdrew from the dual-degree program to pursue only the medical degree. He graduated in 1999 as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. In 2001, he joined Organic Consumers Association to work on mad cow issues, on which he spoke widely as cases of mad cow appeared in the US and Canada, calling mad cow "The Plague of the 21st Century."
In 2005, he joined the farm animal welfare division of the Humane Society as director of public health and animal agriculture. In 2008, he testified before Congress after the Humane Society released its undercover video of the Westland Meat Packing Company, which showed downer animals entering the meat supply, and which led to the USDA forcing the recall of 143 million pounds of beef, some of which had been routed into the nation's school lunch program.
In his lectures, videos, and writings about nutrition, he tries to persuade people to change their eating habits from a Western pattern diet to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which he says can prevent and reverse many chronic diseases.:10 He is critical of some other doctors for not encouraging their patients to adopt plant-based diets and to avoid animal-based products:1–12 and criticizes the US government for giving watered-down advice about healthy eating in its guidelines, in order to protect the economic interests of food producers—especially those who make junk food and animal-based food.
Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching received a favorable review which said it was "interesting and informative to both scientists and lay persons", but public health expert David Sencer was critical of the book, writing that it "focuses heavily on doomsday scenarios and offers little in terms of practical advice to the public" and that "a professional audience would quickly put [the book] aside for more factually correct sources of information".
Retired physician Harriet A. Hall, who is known as a skeptic in the medical community, has written that, while it is well-accepted that it is more healthy to eat a plant-based diet than a typical Western diet, Greger often overstates the known benefits of such a diet as well as the harm caused by eating animal products (for example, in a talk, he claimed that a single meal rich in animal products can "cripple" one's arteries), and he sometimes does not discuss evidence that contradicts his strong claims.
- Heart Failure: Diary of a Third-Year Medical Student (2000)
- Carbophobia: The Scary Truth Behind America's Low Carb Craze (2005).
- Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching (2007)
- How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease (Hardcover) (2015) (with Gene Stone) ISBN 1250066115
- The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease (with Gene Stone & Robin Robertson) (Hardcover) (2018) ISBN 1250127769
- Greger, Michael [@nutrition_facts] (October 25, 2014). "It's my birthday today! To express your appreciation for my work, please consider making a tax-deductible donation" (Tweet). Archived from the original on September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018 – via Twitter.
- Mandy Van Deven (2010). "Greger, Michael 1972-". In Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz (ed.). Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood. p. 123. ISBN 9780313375569.
- Greger, Michael (1994). "Mad Cow Disease - Much More Serious Than AIDS". Envirolink. Archived from the original on December 24, 1996.
- "1996 Interview with Michael Greger". www.mad-cow.org.
- Usborne, David (February 26, 1998). "Oprah triumphs over the Texas cattle ranchers". The Independent.
- Greger, M (1999). "About the Author". United Progressive Alumni. Archived from the original on March 2, 2000.
- "The odds against finding mad cow disease: North America's meat inspection rules leave a lot to be desired, a U.S. expert says". The Vancouver Sun via Lexis-Nexus. June 7, 2003.
- Parker-Pope, Tara (May 27, 2003). "Beef Industry's Dirty Secret:U.S. Lags on Safety Standards". Wall Street Journal.
- "Mad cow disease; USDA misleads public on beef safety." Washington Times [Washington, DC] 2 Jan. 2004: A17. Infotrac Newsstand. Web. 1 Sept. 2016.
- Davidson, S. (2004, Jan 29). MIT to hold forum on mad cow disease; local physician to give keynote address. Jewish Advocate. Retrieved from Proquest. Quote: "Consumers concerned about mad cow disease and other issues about safeguarding the food supply may want to attend the Jan. 29 lecture at MIT by Michael Greger, M.D., entitled "Mad Cow Disease: Plague of the 21st Century?" ... Greger was raised in a small Arizona town, "the only Jewish family within 30 miles." His parents were New York natives; his mother taught Biblical Hebrew at the community college. Following his parents' divorce, he moved with his mother and brother to Binghamton, N.Y., where she taught Hebrew school at the orthodox Beth Israel synagogue."
- "Confused About Mad Cow? New Ad Exposes Scaremongers and Dispels Myths." PR Newswire 5 Jan. 2004. Academic OneFile. Web. 1 Sept. 2016.
- Greger, Michael (Winter 2004). "The killer among us: Could mad cow disease already be killing thousands of Americans every year?" (PDF). EarthSave News Vol 15 No. 1. p. 5.
- "American College Of Lifestyle Medicine". California Explore. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- "Joining the American Academy of Lifestyle Medicine (AALM)". American Academy of Lifestyle Medicine. Archived from the original on December 19, 2003. Retrieved December 19, 2003.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Schmit, Julie (March 5, 2008). "Meat plant concerns raised for years". USA Today.
- Kesmodel, David (February 25, 2008). "Meatpacker in Cow-Abuse Scandal May Shut as Congress Turns Up Heat – The Wall Street Journal". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
- Greger, Michael (April 15, 2011). "Welcome to NutritionFacts.org!". NutritionFacts.org.
- "Featured Projects". The Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation.
- Hall HA (February 12, 2013). "Death as a Foodborne Illness Curable by Veganism". Science-based Medicine. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
- "Vegan, Plant-Based Diet or… What Label Works?". T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. October 16, 2015.
- Greger, Michael (2015). How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease. Flatiron Books. ISBN 9781250066114.
- Gustafson, C (April 2014). "Michael Greger, md: Reversing Chronic Disease Through Diet; Addressing the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Committee". Integrative medicine (Encinitas, Calif.). 13 (2): 22–4. PMC 4684122. PMID 26770088.
- Pekosz, Andrew (September 4, 2007). "Book Review. Bird flu: A virus of our own hatching". J Clin Invest. 117 (9): 2350–2350. doi:10.1172/JCI33078. PMC 1952640. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
- Sencer DJ (2007). "Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching". Emerging Infectious Diseases (Book review). 13 (11): 1802–1803.
- The New York Times Best Seller List - Advice, How-to, and Miscellaneous for December 27, 2015
- "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books - Best Sellers - January 3, 2016 - The New York Times". Retrieved June 26, 2016.
- "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books - Best Sellers - January 10, 2016 - The New York Times". Retrieved June 26, 2016.
- Kranish, Michael (July 24, 2009). "Senators seek coverage for alternative therapies". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 8, 2009.
- Swoopy; Colanduno, Derek (June 10, 2008). "Ep. #079 - Interview: Dr. Harriet Hall - The Doctor Is In!". Skepticality. Skeptic Magazine. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
- Shermer, Michael (January 2007). "Airborne Baloney: The latest fad in cold remedies is full of hot air". Scientific American. Retrieved August 9, 2009.