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Dr. Dean Ornish

Entries by Dr. Dean Ornish

The Healing Power of Peers

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 11:24 AM

The World Health Organization recently caused an uproar with its review of research that red meat and especially processed meats significantly increase the risk of cancer. Other studies have shown that red meat consumption increases premature mortality from all causes, including heart disease and diabetes. A sedentary lifestyle and emotional...

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Behind the Curtain With Dr. Oz

(11) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 4:15 PM

Recently, an article in the British Medical Journal concluded that evidence supported only 46 percent of the recommendations made on the Dr. Oz show. Headlines proclaimed, "More than half of Dr. Oz's advice is baseless or wrong!"

What this study didn't mention is...

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For Breast Cancer: It's Not Nature vs. Nurture -- It's Both

(5) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Originally published on

In 2003, a mountain climber (Aron Ralston) became trapped under an 800 pound boulder while canyoneering alone in Utah. After five days stuck beneath the massive boulder, Ralston amputated his own right hand, freeing himself and saving his life.

Last year, Angelina Jolie underwent...

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Hotter Sex, Cooler Planet

(24) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Originally published on

Earlier this year, NASA issued a report declaring that global warming isn't coming, it's already here.

"This Is What a Holy Sh*t Moment for Global Warming Looks Like," according to a headline on Mother Jones.

Two studies in the journals

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Can Online Communities Be Healing?

(5) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 10:54 AM

During the past 20 years, there has been a radical shift in our culture with the breakdown of the social networks and structures that used to provide us with a sense of connection and community. Because of this, the most pervasive epidemic in our culture is loneliness, isolation, and depression.

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Does a Mediterranean Diet Really Beat Low-Fat for Heart Health?

(1097) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 7:01 AM

An article just published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that a Mediterranean diet is much more effective than a "low-fat diet" in preventing cardiovascular disease. A careful reading of the study reveals that this is simply not true.

Here's why:

  • The comparison (control) group did...
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Shining a Light in the Darkness

(63) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 10:00 AM

Although many people believe that the primary emphasis of my work is about diet, it's not. What we eat is important, of course, but what comes out of our mouth may be more important than what goes into it.

Intimacy is healing. Study after study have shown that people...

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A Radical Alternative for Democrats and Republicans

(189) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 8:00 PM

This post is part of the HuffPost Shadow Conventions 2012, a series spotlighting three issues that are not being discussed at the national GOP and Democratic conventions: The Drug War, Poverty in America, and Money in Politics. Check out the Shadow Conventions big news page here, and join the...

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Prostate Cancer Screening: Think Different

(68) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 7:56 AM

Last week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force finalized a blanket recommendation that all routine prostate specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer be stopped in this country. The new guideline won swift praise in some quarters and strong condemnation in others -- leaving men and those who...

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The Power of Science

(7) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 11:06 PM

I'm delighted that The Huffington Post is launching a new Science Section today.

I've spent so much of the past 35 years conducting scientific research because I believe in the power of science. Albert Einstein once said, "Not everything that counts can be counted" -- not...

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Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad and the Truth

(256) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 8:30 AM

A recent large government study found that raising levels of HDL "good" cholesterol using a drug did not reduce the risk of heart disease.

As The New York Times reported:

Patients taking the medicine along with Zocor had higher levels of H.D.L. and...

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Introducing HuffPost Health: A Comprehensive Look At Health And Medicine Today

(120) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 9:02 AM

Beginning today, The Huffington Post is launching a new section, HuffPost Health. It's a place for serious and interesting conversation and education around all aspects of personal health and well-being, including treatment, prevention and wellness.

As you know, there is no shortage of information on the...

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Google Health Takes a Big Step Forward

(49) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 9:00 AM

The Internet has transformed many parts of our daily lives, touching everything from how we find information to how we go shopping, get directions, and even stay in touch with friends and family. In the last few years it's gone further and started impacting one of the areas that is...

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Atkins Diet Increases All-Cause Mortality

(1559) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 7:00 AM

A major study was just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine from Harvard. In approximately 85,000 women who were followed for 26 years and 45,000 men who were followed for 20 years, researchers found that all-cause mortality rates were increased in both men and women who were...

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How to Transform Your Lifestyle and Your Life (Part One)

(122) Comments | Posted May 15, 2010 | 12:34 PM

"Listen, here's what I think. I think we can't go around measuring our goodness by what we don't do. By what we deny ourselves. What we resist, and who we exclude. I think we've got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include."

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Top 10 Medical Events Of The Decade

(60) Comments | Posted December 31, 2009 | 8:01 AM

In writing about the top 10 medical events of the decade, I first began writing about the latest high-tech breakthroughs in genomics, stem cell research, angiogenesis, and so on.

In addition, some of the biggest medical and health events of the past decade were studies documenting the limitations of...

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Sharecare Builds A Web 3.0 Bridge To Better Health

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 11:12 AM

Nowhere is the power of the Internet for improving people's lives more evident than in health care. Having the latest health information literally at their fingertips has enabled people to make more appropriate choices, learn about the effects and side-effects of medications they are taking, hear from peers about their...

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Don't Tread on Me: Transcending the Left Wing/Right Wing Health Care Debate

(959) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 9:48 AM

Recently, I found myself in the middle of a contentious debate on Larry King Live sandwiched between President Obama's longtime personal physician, Dr. David Scheiner, and Dr. Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican member of Congress from Texas.

Dr. Scheiner described his disappointment with President Obama for not supporting...

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Resuscitating Health Care Reform

(402) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 12:01 AM

Health reform is in danger of failing because the focus has been too much on who is covered and not enough on what is covered. Health care reform is primarily about health insurance reform, with the main battle being over coverage and the payment system.

Of course, we need...

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Resuscitating Health Care Reform

(15) Comments | Posted August 9, 2009 | 11:42 AM

Health reform is in danger of failing because the focus has been too much on who is covered and not enough on what is covered. Health care reform is primarily about health insurance reform, with the main battle being over coverage and the payment system.

Of course, we need...

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