Linus Pauling and prostate cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Linus Pauling died at age 93 of prostate cancer, a disease that affects virtually 100 percent of North American men over age 90. He was one of the most influential chemists of all time, and also a peace activist, author, and educator. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace […]

Why I STILL restrict meat, eggs and milk

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A study from McMaster University reported in this week’s British Medical Journal shows that saturated fat is not associated with increased risk for arteriosclerosis (BMJ, August 11, 2015). The recent U.S. government-commissionedScientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee states that dietary saturated fat and dietary cholesterol are no longer considered to be major […]

Mike Pyle: Head injuries and dementia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Former Chicago Bears tight end Mike Pyle died this month of a brain hemorrhage at age 76. He had been one of the smartest players in the National Football League. In 1960, he was captain of the undefeated Yale football team that destroyed Harvard 39–6, and received the Lambert Trophy as the top college team […]

Emile Zola and carbon monoxide poisoning

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Emile Zola was a famous French writer of the late 19th century and perhaps one of the most honorable and courageous men of all time. He repeatedly risked his life to defend Alfred Dreyfus, an innocent man who was falsely accused by corrupt French military and government officials of spying for Germany, just because he […]

Do you need a Heart Rate Monitor?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

All maximum heart rate formulae are based on averages. They can be used to help you plan and monitor your exercise program, but they should not be interpreted as absolute limits or goals. Your maximum heart rate may differ from these averages. Whether you are a competitive athlete or an ordinary exerciser, you really do […]

Rachel Carson: Is breast cancer an environmental disease?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Rachel Carson was an environmental scientist and writer who alerted the world to the health dangers of pesticides and fertilizers. Her best-selling book, Silent Spring, led to formation of a presidential commission that recommended banning DDT, and to formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 1964, she died of breast cancer, an invasive disease […]

Not everyone appreciates my advice

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Sugared drinks are the primary cause of fatty liver disease, according to a report in the Journal of Hepatology (May 29, 2015). A fatty liver can lead to diabetes, which can cause heart attacks and premature death. Another report in Circulation (July 2015) estimated that 180,000 deaths worldwide could be prevented by reducing consumption of […]

Carbohydrate loading does not work

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

  “Carbohydrate loading” the night before a big race can harm your performance and your health. More than forty years ago, I reported the case of a marathon runner who had a heart attack after carbohydrate loading in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, March 26, 1973;223(13):1511-1512). A review of 88 studies shows […]

Amy Winehouse: Sudden death from alcohol poisoning

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was a British jazz singer and songwriter who won five Grammy Awards and had an album,Back to Black, that became the best-selling album so far in 21st century Britain. The BBC called her “the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation.” Her rise from poverty to wealth and fame was such a burden that […]

Jerry Lewis: Lifelong comedy and pain

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis is one of our greatest comedians and a star of radio, television, stage and film as well as a film producer, screenwriter and film director. At age 20, he and Dean Martin formed the famous comedy team of Martin and Lewis. Today at age 89, he is a survivor of a lifetime of […]

Sugar is the new tobacco

Those of you who were around in the 1950s probably remember tobacco companies spreading denial, doubt and confusion to convince people that smoking does not cause lung cancer. In 1954, U.S. tobacco manufacturers paid hundreds of newspapers to publish their “Frank Statement to Cigarette Smokers” which made many people believe that smoking was harmless. The […]

Blaze Starr’s flaming couch

Blaze Starr

On June 15, 2015, 83-year-old Blaze Starr, probably the most famous burlesque stripper in North America, died of heart failure. She was famous because she: • had a 38DD bra size, a 24 inch waist and flaming red hair • was the prime tourist attraction of “The Block” in Baltimore in the 1950′s, 60′s and […]

Dr. Michael DeBakey’s famous surgery

Dr. Michael DeBakey

If you were a heart surgeon, would you operate on this patient? • He is 97 years old • He will certainly die in the next few days if you do not operate • He invented the surgical procedure that he now needs, more than 40 years ago • He did research that has saved […]