Glen Campbell’s dementia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Glen Campbell was the son of a sharecropper who went from childhood poverty to wealth and world fame as a country singer, but he spent his last several years suffering from dementia and died from its complications at age 81 on August 8, 2017.   He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, […]

John Urschel quits football in order to save his brain

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

John Urschel, arguably the smartest player in the National Football League, just retired from football at age 26 to avoid concussions that can cause brain damage, known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE.  He will finish his course work for a Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT, one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. […]

Sam Shepard and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Sam Shepard was a prolific playwright, actor, screenwriter and director who: • acted in more than sixty films and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff;  • wrote more than 55 plays, often focusing on the serious problems that occur in American […]

Grass-fed vs. corn-fed meat

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Nobody has presented good evidence that eating meat from grass-fed animals is more healthful than the meat from corn-fed animals. The main health arguments for eating grass-fed meat are its lower fat content and higher content of omega-3 fatty acids (Meat Science, January 2014; 96(1):535-540). Fat: There is no evidence that the small reduction in fat […]

Vincent Van Gogh’s yellow coronas

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the world’s most renowned painters, but during his lifetime, he sold only one of his paintings, The Red Vineyard, even though he painted more than 900 canvases and penned more than 1,100 drawings and sketches.  He lived most of his life as a pauper and died penniless.  Today many of […]

Blood pressure during and after exercise

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

High blood pressure puts you at increased risk for suffering a heart attack or stroke and damaging every organ in your body. Lowering high blood pressure helps to protect you from these complications (JAMA, 1970;213:1143-52). Blood pressure is at its lowest at bedtime. Your blood pressure is too high if it is: • above 120/80 […]

Exercisers have more stable plaques  

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Two recent breakthrough studies give the best explanation yet of how exercise helps to prevent heart attacks. Competitive older endurance athletes may have more plaques in their arteries than non-exercisers, but they have the type of plaques that are far less likely to break off and cause heart attacks (Circulation, April 27, 2017;136:138-148; May 2, […]

Nobody should ever die of heat stroke

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Nobody should ever die of heat stroke, a rapid uncontrolled rise in body temperature that causes you to pass out. Your body sends you warning signals as your temperature rises. In 1965, I almost died from heat stroke in an unimportant local race in Arlington, Virginia. I passed out during the race and lay unconscious […]