Michael Greger in Israel for the Vegan Friendly conference, April 2016
|Education||Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Tufts University School of Medicine
|Notable works||Videos and publications at NutritionFacts.org|
Michael Herschel Greger is an American physician, author, and professional speaker on public health issues. He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. He started eating a plant-based diet in 1990. He is currently the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International. Greger is the author of several books and various scholarly publications on animal agriculture, nutrition, and human health. In 2011, he founded the website NutritionFacts.org. He also is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Greger's promotion of veganism has been criticized for including exaggerated claims of health benefits.
Career and advocacy
Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Greger contributes to the HSUS's efforts to shape public policy on agriculture and nutrition.[non-primary source needed]
Physician and skeptic Harriet A. Hall analyzed one of Greger's videos in which he claimed that death was largely a "food-borne illness" and wrote that while it was already generally accepted that plant-based diets with less red meat conferred health benefits, the evidence for them "is nowhere near as impressive or definitive as the true believers think".
Research and support
Greger also works on food safety issues, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease). He appeared as an expert witness testifying about mad cow disease when cattle producers unsuccessfully sued Oprah Winfrey for libel.
Greger has lectured at universities, medical schools, and conferences,[see lecture list] including the Conference of World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and has appeared on television shows such as The Colbert Report and The Dr. Oz Show.
- 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 (2015) (with Gene Stone)
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".
How Not to Die made the New York Times Advice, How-to, and Miscellaneous best seller list for December 27, 2015, appearing at #6; for January 3, 2016, appearing at #11; and for January 10, 2016, appearing at #15.
- About Dr. Michael Greger.
- "Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine".
- Hall HA (February 12, 2013). "Death as a Foodborne Illness Curable by Veganism". Science-based Medicine. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
- "Humane Nutrition Presentations : The Humane Society of the United States". www.humanesociety.org. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
- Reda, Bonnie Reda (February 28, 2004). "Expert to dissect 'mad cow' disease in presentation". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, NY. p. B.3. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
- "Speaking Dates". www.drgreger.org. Retrieved 2016-06-26.
- Pekosz, Andrew (Sep 4, 2007). "Book Review. Bird flu: A virus of our own hatching". J Clin Invest. 117 (9): 2350–2350. doi:10.1172/JCI33078. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
- Sencer DJ (2007). "Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching". Emerging Infection Diseases (Book review). 13 (11): 1802–1803.
- 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 2016-06-26.
- "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books - Best Sellers - January 10, 2016 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-06-26.