Should you avoid Gluten?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A July 23, 2015 Gallup Poll shows that 21 percent of North Americans are trying to avoid gluten, a component of wheat, when fewer than one percent actually need to do so. If following a gluten-free diet causes people to consume fewer foods made with flour — such as bread, muffins, cookies and pasta — […]

We need a Sinatra Club in The Villages

To the Editor: Enjoyed Dr. Gabe’s treatise on Frank Sinatra. Was an avid Rock and Roller circa 1953 until my dad gave me the Sinatra album “Music for Swingin’ Lovers” and became a Sinatraphile which I am until this day at age 75. Always thought there should be a Sinatra club in The Villages. Would […]

Prostate cancer, diet and lifestyle

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Lifestyle appears to be a major factor in whether you develop prostate cancer. An excellent review of the world’s scientific research concludes: “Heart healthy equals prostate healthy . . . the best dietary advice for prostate cancer prevention or management seems to include: increasing fruits and vegetables, replacing refined carbohydrates with whole grains, reducing total […]

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 […]

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 […]