Osteoarthritis probably caused by inflammation

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Exciting new research from the Medical University of Vienna shows that most cases of osteoarthritis are caused by an overactive immunity, just like rheumatoid arthritis and reactive arthritis (The Journal of Immunology, February 15, 2016;196(4):1910-1921). These researchers showed that patients with osteoarthritis have raised tissue levels of galectins, carbohydrate-binding proteins that turn on a person’s […]

Merle Haggard: Be good to your lungs

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

We have lost another great musical talent to the ravages of lung cancer and pneumonia, brought on by this generation’s horrible treatment of their lungs.  Merle Haggard was a legendary country music singer and guitar player with 38 songs that reached number one on the country charts, and 71 in the top ten.  His more […]

Patty Duke: A Bipolar Life  

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

This is the story of an abused young girl who became a famous TV, movie and Broadway actress, an accomplished singer, a television producer and a social activist for mental health.  She was a great female role model as the mother of three children, who worked so hard that she became president of the Screen […]

Do sugared drinks cause arthritis?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A new analysis of data from the Nurses Study shows that young women who drink sugar-sweetened soft drinks, fruit drinks and fruit juices more than five times a week are three times more likely to develop arthritis than those who drink less than that (Nutrition & Diabetes, published online March 7, 2016). Other studies have […]

Eat whole grains, not flour

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Whole grains reduce risk for overweight, diabetes and heart attacks, whereas refined foods made from flour increase risk for these conditions. Researchers followed 54,871 Danish adults, aged 50-64, for almost 15 years and found that those who ate a lot of whole grains, particularly rye and oats, had far fewer heart attacks (Am J Clin […]

Gustav Mahler and the strep throat that killed him

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

What would you do if you were one of the smartest and most beautiful women in Europe and you were married to Gustav Mahler, a famous classical music conductor and composer who was 19 years older than you, a workaholic, chronically depressed and impotent? His Early Years and Education Gustav Mahler was born in 1860 […]

Ultra-Processed Foods

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

In our North American diet, more than 90 percent of the sugar and almost 60 percent of the calories from sugar are consumed in “ultra-processed foods” (BMJ Open, March 9, 2016;6(3)). The U.S. government recommends that you get no more than 10 percent of your calories from added sugars. Yet 71 percent of North American […]

Antonin Scalia: Bad health decisions  

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed Antonin Scalia to the United States Supreme Court.  He was the first Italian-American justice and spent the next 30 years as perhaps the most conservative member of the court. On the morning of February 13, 2016, the 79-year-old justice was found dead in his bed.  His doctor-prescribed breathing apparatus, […]

Angina: Chest pain during exercise

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

If you have pain in your chest, jaw, arm, or neck when you exercise, you could have angina, which is pain caused by reduced blood flow through narrowed arteries leading to your heart. You should check with a doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms of angina can also include feeling lightheaded, over-tired, short of breath […]

Wilt Chamberlain’s heart attack

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Wilt Chamberlain was possibly the greatest basketball player and the greatest athlete ever. The 63-year-old Chamberlain was reported to have died of a heart attack, but that tells you nothing. We are supposed to ask how one of the world’s greatest and fittest athletes could possibly die of a heart attack. Success in Every Sport […]

Prostate cancer and heart attacks

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Heart attacks are the main cause of death in men diagnosed with prostate cancer (Circulation, Feb 4, 2016). More than 230,000 American men are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Because prostate cancer usually progresses so slowly, the more than three million living American men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer are at much […]

Eat carbohydrates during competition, not fat

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Taking extra fat during long distance running or cycling races will not help you to go faster or win the race. When you exercise intensely, your muscles burn mostly sugar and the more intensely you race, the greater the percentage of sugar that your muscles use. Researchers in Australia gave nicotinic acid (which prevents muscles […]

Carol Purdie (Diana’s mother) and PTSD

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

February 15th is the anniversary of the Fall of Singapore in 1942.  Many families have stories of their war heroes, and this is the story of Diana’s mother, Carol Brown Purdie, who survived on both fronts of World War II: The Blitz in England and the Japanese capture of Singapore.  She never fully recovered from […]