Breast cancer and diet

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and its incidence has increased by more than 20 percent worldwide since 2008. A study from Spain shows that women on a high-vegetable Mediterranean-type diet had close to one third the rate of breast cancer when compared to a control group that was only given advice […]

Menthol cigarette report affirmed by court

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Millions of people have already died from smoking cigarettes. This week, a federal appeals court ruled that tobacco companies cannot challenge a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report on menthol cigarettes (Consumerist, January 15, 2015). In 2011, a report from the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee concluded that menthol flavoring leads to increased smoking […]

David Bowie’s liver cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

David Bowie was a pop superstar singer who wrote and sang about science-fiction, space travel, and people who did not exist. He was an inspiration to people who did not fit in with society by turning himself into a chameleon who reinvented himself every few years to appear on stage as a different character. He […]

How to keep running as you age

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

I do not run anymore and virtually all of the runners who ran with me in the 1940s through 1960s don’t run either, mostly because of the very high rate of running injuries. Eighty percent of long-distance runners suffer injuries that force them to take time off from running each year (Br J Sports Med, […]

Hidden sugars

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The average North American takes in 150 to 200 pounds of sugar a year. Most of your sugar intake comes from added sugars in drinks and packaged, frozen and canned foods that you buy in grocery stores or eat in restaurants. More than 75 percent of the packaged foods in your grocery store have added […]

William Coley, quack or prophet?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

I love stories about quacks who become prophets. Medical breakthroughs are often made by doctors who are first ridiculed by their peers. In 1890, Dr. William Coley, a bone surgeon in New York City, found the medical records of a patient who was dying from cancer that had spread through his body and he suddenly […]

Kurt Masur, conductor and hero

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The world lost one of its great orchestra conductors when Kurt Masur died this week at age 88. He helped to prevent a massacre in East Germany in 1989, and helped to sustain American spirits after the attack on New York’s World Trade Center in 2001. On October 9, 1989, after the fifth successive Monday […]

Bret Michaels and juvenile diabetes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Bret Michaels is the lead vocalist of the metal-band Poison that has sold more than 45 million records , including their most famous song, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. He has also written, directed, and appeared in several TV shows and movies such as “A Letter from Death Row”. He has done all this in […]

Ron Clarke and high altitude

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Australian runner Ron Clarke died this year from an event that occurred at the Olympics in Mexico City 47 years ago. Clarke was one of the greatest distance runners who ever lived, even though he never won an Olympic gold medal. He was my hero when I competed in long distance races in the 1960s, […]

Exercise preserves brain function

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

People who exercise into later life are smarter than those who do not exercise. To prove that exercise preserves brain function, studies must show that the loss of brain function with aging is not just genetic. Identical twins have exactly the same genes, so a study on twins can yield stronger results to show which […]

Ingrid Bergman’s breast cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Ingrid Bergman was one of the best actresses ever. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmys, four Golden Globes and a Tony Award for Best Actress. Many of her more than 50 films are among the most popular films of all time: Intermezzo(1939), Casablanca (1942), Notorious (1946), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1950), Spellbound (1950) and […]

Jerry Quarry: Dementia from head injuries

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Jerry Quarry was one of the toughest fighters who ever lived. He was never world champion, but: • He fought main bouts from 1965 through 1975, a time when there were arguably more good heavyweights than at any other time period. • He was never knocked out in his 66 fights even though, at only […]

Angioplasty’s questionable results

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Angioplasty means that tubes are inserted into the arteries of people with reduced blood flow to their hearts. Then a balloon is blown up from inside the artery to widen the blocked artery at its narrowed point. To prevent the artery from narrowing again, a stent is usually inserted into that artery and left there […]