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 […]

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 […]

Exercise every day or every other day?

The old guideline recommending 30 minutes of exercise three times a week just isn’t enough, according to the latest research. Athletes know that they need to work out every day, and all people who just want to stay healthy can benefit from the same type of exercise program. Why Athletes Need to Exercise Every Day […]

Al Oerter: Weak heart in a strong body

Al Oerter

Al Oerter won the gold medal in the discus throw in four consecutive Olympics over a span of 16 years. Each time he: • was not the favorite to win, • was beaten by another American in the Olympic trials, • beat the world-record holder and broke the Olympic record for the discus. His winning […]

High blood pressure increases stroke risk even when controlled with drugs

High blood pressure increases risk for heart attacks and strokes, even if you take medications to lower it to normal. Hypertensives who take three medicines to lower their blood pressure to normal are 250 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people who have normal blood pressure without medication (Stroke, June 2015). Most hypertensives […]