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Plant Based Diet Danger? Over Active Immune System? Autoimmune Disease? Dr Greger

A wholefood plant based diet is centered on
fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes,
nuts and seed which are loaded with vitamins,
minerals, antioxidants , polyphenols, fiber
etc. and so its widely known that this diet
can enhance and strengthen your immune system
function and help build strong healthy cells.
Take for example the cruciferous family of
vegetables (kale, collards, cabbage broccoli
etc) which appear to be some of the most powerful
foods when it comes to boosting our immune
However what happens if you are already dealing
with an overactive immune system for example
in autoimmune diseases where you have immune
system over activity and your body starts
attacking and damaging its own tissues.
Will a plant based diet cause even more over
activity of the immune system and therefore
make an autoimmune diseases worse?
Well lets hear as Dr Michael Greger answers
this question.
[Dr Greger] There’s been this theoretical
concern that wait a second if just adding
a few fruits and vegetables to your diet can
so boost your immune system, right that’s
great if we’re trying to prevent infections
but there are diseases that caused by an over
reactive immune system, inflammatory diseases
like asthma, seasonal allergies and then these
autoimmune diseases where your body actually
attacks itself like MS, like Crohn’s diseases,
like lupus and so these diets were put to
the test and that was something in the back
of peoples minds.
What they found was that actually you get
the best of both worlds and so for example
Crohn’s disease, which is an inflammatory
bowel disease and an autoimmune disease, the
best treatment ever devised by man so far
,better than any medication that has ever
been tried is a study out of Japan with a
plant based diet, So a 2 year relapse free
rate of 90% after 2 years something that we
don’t see in this kind of patient population
so it had the best of both worlds where it
calmed down the inflammation at the same time.
And the same thing with multiple sclerosis
so Dr Roy Swank this famous neurologist, I
have videos about the so called Swank diet,
which was a plant based diet is the most effective
treatment ever discovered in modern medicine.
No drug can do what Dr Swank did and he followed
people out for decades so it’s like a 30/40
year follow up and could show something that
no other intervention could do now if people
strayed from the diet then all of a sudden
the disease could come raging back.

Randall Smitham



  1. Apple Lake Posted on July 19, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Already saw proof in #joecross interviews and his documentary movie #fatsickandnearlydead

  2. Gwenedd Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    My friend saw her MS lesions disappearing after going plant based. She went from planning which wheel chair to buy to getting a horse and mucking out horse stalls. Her neurologist now tells all MS patients to go vegan.

  3. Nova Europa Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Nightshades are bad news if you have autoimmunity.

  4. Bettina Vogel Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Right. Plantbased, starchbased diet is the best for treating crohns disease. I have crohns desease in remission since I am vegan. Your invited to my german channel – beating crohns desease. 🙋🏻‍♀️

  5. Herb Bowler Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Over active immune system is a handle doctors put an ailment when the haven't a clue what is happening so that they appear knowledgeable
    Krohns desease for instance is a bacterial infection contracted from
    Most inflammatory ailments are caused by high acidity
    Those are ailments that have a cheap natural cure
    Those are ailments that doctors tell us there is no know cure for so they can get us hooked on expensive prescription drugs

  6. St louis Rob Posted on July 19, 2019 at 2:37 pm

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  7. outofq Posted on July 19, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    i love this channel

  8. Layla Layla Posted on July 19, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Honestly I'm amazed at the magical thinking in western science. Folks, healthy foods create healthy bodies. Stop losing yourselves in these complicated theories.. drowning in a drop of water

  9. Love Cycling Posted on July 19, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I always appreciate all the effort everybody puts into trying to inform and make other's lives better. However, I decided to go vegan 3 yrs ago, to add to my already healthy lifestyle. Recently, 4 months now, I have been having problems with my gut. The drs are telling me I may have IBD, that is caused by an over active immune system. I have been pretty healthy all my 49 yrs on this planet until now. I remember being sick as a child with the chicken pox and thats it. So maybe Im just one of those people more sensitive to certain. Foods over time. I ate a lot of beans after going vegan because they are filling and I can make them many different ways. I'm not blaming veganism for my issues, yet, but over the past 3 to 4 wks I have just been eating what the rest my family eats and I'm feeling better. So ya, this is my experience. I wish everyone good health, no matter what you decide to eat.

  10. blissfulbaboon Posted on July 19, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    This video is incorrect to say Dr.Roy Swanks diet was strictly plant based.It is not and included sea food.It also only allowed 20 grams of saturated fat daily..Dr. George Jelinek,who further evolved Swank's
    MS diet, found that MS patients who reduced saturated fats to less than Swank's 20 grams ,suffered even less disability.

  11. Kelly J Posted on July 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    The Swank diet IS NOT a plant based diet. How could Greger make such a false claim?

  12. Brian Mullins Posted on July 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Way too short

  13. The Artificial Society Posted on July 20, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Except the dramatic results purported by Roy Swank have not been corroborated with subsequent independent studies. Why? Its good to be hopeful but its also important to have accurate expectations in a scientific way. Did Roy Swank have a regimen that others were less strict about? If not then you have to start scratching your head.

  14. Akshaya Sahoo Posted on July 20, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Very nice !

  15. Jim Beauchamp Posted on July 20, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Since dietary animal products produce sulfuric acid that is then buffered by blood bicarbonate (HCO3-) reducing bicarb levels resulting in a more acidotic state it is very common for people to have too low bicarbonate levels. The so called normal range is based on a population 99% of whom are urinating acid while all wild primates urinate base. Ray et al. show that drinking bicarbonate shifts the immune system macrophages from a proinflammatory state M1 to a anti-inflammatory state M2. Inflammation can be triggered just by sensing the acid/base level of blood serum and interstitial fluid. This changes the ratio of M1/M2 from ~ .27/.11 = 2.45 to .1/.2 = 0.5. A 5-fold change in M1/M2 ratio and inflammation. The M1 state produces inflammatory cytokines like IL-6 and TNF-alpha.

    By eating a high potassium (which comes with bicarbonate precursors) plant based diet focused on beans, greens, fruit, roots and tubers for the bulk of calories with much less grain you can raise your blood bicarbonate level to the low 30 range. There is no need to drink bicarbonate because your blood always has enough bicarb to keep macrophages in the M2 polarity. It makes sense that macrophages are very sensitive to pH since bacteria produce a lot of acid through glycolysis. So during evolution detection of acid usually meant infection.

    Ray et al. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29661827

  16. Jacked 247 Posted on July 20, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Love your voice…🤘

  17. steffeny Abrou Posted on July 20, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Finally you cover auto immune diseases!

  18. triplecheeseburger Posted on July 20, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Carnivor and fasting CURED my crohn's desease within 3 months. I suffered for 20 years trying everything to ease symptoms, vegetarian and vegan made symptoms 10x worse. Now 3+ years 100% symptom free eating Whole foods like meats, root veg and fruit 90% and junk food 10% of the time.

  19. Xtreme Scratchers Posted on July 21, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Wrong it's any diet void of all processed sugars , processed carbohydrates, industrial food products made with vegetable oils, whole wheat and grain products that clearly have all the exact same health benefits along with a plant based diet, paleo and most definitely the ketogenic diet.

  20. Eden Randall Posted on July 21, 2019 at 7:52 am

    My Eds seems to get alot worse but that's not an due to an overactive immune diseases though. Do you know much on Eds? Thank you.

  21. John Otvos Posted on July 21, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I've just returned to NS from a visit to my sister in ON. Everywhere I drove, through NB, PQ and ON the crops in the fields are quite stunted. Some fields, especially here in NS, were never planted due to them being so wet, that tractors could not get on to till & plant. Our food supply is far more important than future sea-level rise. The level of civility amongst humans is razor-thin when it comes to feeding time.

  22. debdoll1 Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    We need saturated fat in our diets it’s vital for our well being and brain health

  23. Patrick Nottingham Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    So plants don't boost immune function, they allow it to function normally.