Right foods can boost heart health

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Several recent articles provide new data on which foods are associated with both your health and your longevity. The current issue of JAMA (2017;317(9):912-924).contains a major statistical analysis of the association between diet quality and rates of death from the cardiometabolic diseases (heart disease, strokes and type II diabetes). This review of more than 700,000 […]

George Michael: Fatty liver and dilated cardiomyopathy

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

George Michael was an English singer, songwriter and producer who sold more than 115 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.  His solo album Faith sold 20 million copies.  In 2004, the British Radio Academy named him the most-played artist in the period 1984-2004.   On Christmas  morning […]

Nobody really knows whether or not eating eggs is safe

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

For many years I have recommended oatmeal as the ideal breakfast food. It is filling, does not cause a high rise in blood sugar and is an excellent source of soluble fiber. You can enhance the flavor and nutritional value of your oatmeal by adding your choice of nuts, raisins or other dried fruits, fresh […]

Even a 100-year-old can improve with training

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A new research report shows that you can improve athletic performance with proper training, even if you are over 100 years old. Traditional feeling among scientists is that aging is progressive and inevitable, and that your genetic programming causes you to age no matter what you do. This paper shows that physical training can reverse […]

King George III: Porphyria, Gout and Lead Poisoning

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

If you think that the Boston Tea Party caused the American Revolution, think again. The war was caused by a hereditary disease called porphyria, an attack of gout and lead in wine. In 1773, Britain’s East India Company was stuck with a huge amount of tea that it could not sell in England, so the […]

Lifestyle after prostate cancer diagnosis

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

It looks more and more as if prostate cancer is a metabolic disease that is influenced by your lifestyle. Extensive research has failed to show association between infections and prostate cancer risk, but following a healthful diet and lifestyle has been associated with reduced risk for the aggressive type of prostate cancer that can spread […]

Hank Williams and Spina Bifida

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Hank Williams was one of the America’s most influential singers and songwriters, with 11 number-one and 35 Top-10 songs on the Western Best Sellers list.  In a recording career that lasted only six years, he wrote and performed classics we still hear today such as “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey Good Lookin’,” “I Saw the Light”, […]

Ron Lester and morbid obesity

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Ron Lester was a Hollywood actor who became famous for playing Billy Bob, the 500-pound high school football player in the 1999 blockbuster movie, Varsity Blues.   He also starred on the WB Television series, Popular.   At age 30, after his massive obesity had caused him to have four arthroscopic knee surgeries and two “mild” […]

The hidden epidemic of early diabetes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Many people with high blood sugar levels are told by their doctors that they do not have diabetes because their fasting blood sugar levels are below 100 mg/dl, which is considered normal. Early in the disease, diabetics often have a “normal” fasting blood sugar, but one hour after they eat, their blood sugar levels rise […]

Mary Tyler Moore and Type I Diabetes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Mary Tyler Moore was one of the most famous female television stars in North America, first as a wife and mother on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966) and then as a single working woman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977) where  she became a role model admired by women all over the world. […]

Your appendix is useful after all

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

I had my appendix removed when I was a child because the doctor told my mother it was a useless organ that might someday burst and cause horrible problems. After generations of children had their appendices removed for no reason, researchers have found that perhaps it may have an important function. The lymphatic tissue in […]

Tammy Wynette and the pain of gall bladder disease

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Tammy Wynette rose from poverty in rural Mississippi to become one of the most famous female country music singers.  She sold more than 30 million records, had 57 Top-40 country hits between 1967 and 1988, won two Grammy Awards, three Country Music Association awards, eight Billboard awards and 16 BMI songwriter awards.  In 2003, five […]