Questionable safety of weight loss supplements

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. The widely-advertised supplement Garcinia cambogia has not been shown to help people lose weight and keep it off, and may not even be safe. The main ingredient is extracted from the rusty-red fruit of a small tree that grows in Asia. Its rind contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that is a laxative; […]

Remembering running guru Jim Fixx

By Dr. Gabe Mirkin It appeared incredible that at age 52, running guru Jim Fixx had died of a heart attack after his daily run in Hardwick, Vermont (July 20, 1984). He was the guy who made running popular, healthful, and desirable. He sold more than a million copies of his book The Complete Book […]

The link between sugar and cancer

By Dr. Gabe Mirkin We have known for many years that cancer cells take in way too much sugar, but have not known whether cancer causes the increased use of sugar by cancer cells or that sugar causes normal cells to become cancerous. This month, Mina Bissell of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presented research […]

Yoga catching on with both women and men

Maryann Holden

Yoga may seem like a young woman’s activity, but seniors actually have a lot to gain from the practice. Many of the physical improvements that result from yoga directly address the health concerns of older individuals. Getting involved in the exercise may lead to a number of important benefits. Most experts agree that maintaining flexibility […]

Richard Nixon’s paranoia

On November 8, 1960, John Kennedy was elected President of the United States by a slim margin of 112,827 votes. His Electoral College victory margin of 303 to 219 was the closest since 1916. One of the reasons Kennedy won was because he had prevented Richard Nixon from revealing his medical records. Throughout the grueling […]

Balancing alkaline in your diet

Maryann Holden

For several years, there has been discussion about the influence foods can have on the acid-alkaline balance (or pH level) of blood in the body and on health, especially bone health. The theory is that a diet consisting mostly of food metabolized to acids—such as protein, processed foods, and cereals—may increase the acidity of blood. […]

Kim Kardashian’s Psoriasis

By Gabe Mirkin, MD Kimberly Noel Kardashian, one of the most visible women in the United States today, suffers from psoriasis, a skin disease that causes raised red patches with silvery scales to form on her body. Three percent of North Americans or more than eight million people have this hereditary condition. Kardashian is a […]

5 ways to embrace the almighty kale

Maryann Holden

Kale is a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk and more iron than beef. It contains Omega fatty acids and a healthy dose of fiber, both of which are deficient in the average American diet. To lower your body’s chemical burden, make sure you are consuming organic kale as opposed to […]

What killed President Van Buren?

Martin Van Buren

By Dr. Gabe Mirkin The eighth President of the United States was such a trusting person that he never locked the doors of the White House. One night a drunk came into the White House, slept all night in the living room and was not discovered until the next morning. Born in 1782 near Albany, […]

Cinnamon and honey can be really good for you

Maryann Holden

It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus. Today’s science says that […]

Weight loss with intermittent fasting

Obesity markedly increases risk for diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and many cancers, all of which can lead to premature death. Once a person becomes obese, it is very difficult to return to and maintain a normal weight. All of the widely-promoted diets (low-fat, low-carbohydrate, calorie-counting and so forth) have failed to stop the incredible increase […]

The dirty dozen and clean 15 of produce

Maryann Holden

A new report issued by the President’s Cancer Panel recommends eating produce without pesticides to reduce your risk of getting cancer and other diseases. And according to the Environmental Working Group (an organization of scientists, researchers and policymakers), certain types of organic produce can reduce the amount of toxins you consume on a daily basis […]

Impotence linked to blood vessel disease

A review of studies on impotence in men under 40 shows that more than 70 percent of the cases are caused by physical factors, not psychological ones (Urologia Internationalis, 12/03/2013). The most common cause of impotence is damage to blood vessels, which can be diagnosed with nocturnal penile tumescence testing and penile Doppler ultrasound. Drugs […]