Peter Sellers’ many heart attacks

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Peter Sellers was a very talented British film actor, comedian and singer who could copy different accents so effectively that he often played several different roles in the same film. He was nominated three times for an Academy Award, and four times for Golden Globe’s best male actor. His most famous role was that of Chief Inspector Clouseau in … [Read more...]

Predict your heart attack risk

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The Healthy Heart Score, created by a team from the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, is the best survey I have ever seen to predict your chances of suffering a heart attack. https://healthyheartscore.sph.harvard.eduYou will learn your likelihood to suffer a heart attack, and it can teach you how to prevent one. Heart … [Read more...]

Isaac Asimov, science fiction giant

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Isaac Asimov probably had more of his writings published than any other person in history with more than 500 books, mostly science fiction and popular science. As a child, he was short, fat and uncoordinated and never learned to swim or ride a bike. As an adult, he spent an incredible amount of time by himself, reading, collecting data and writing … [Read more...]

Jackie Gleason’s colon cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

As Ralph Kramden, the brash, blustering, uncouth and bumbling fool in “The Honeymooners”, Jackie Gleason was probably the most famous television character of his day. He portrayed similar personality disorders in movies with characters such as Minnesota Fats in the “The Hustler” and Buford T. Justice in the “Smokey and the Bandit” … [Read more...]

Marion Barry, Washington’s ‘Mayor for Life’, dead at 78

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

As four-time mayor of Washington, D.C., Marion Barry helped to create a city that helped the poor and disadvantaged. His programs created jobs for people out of work (many got their first jobs through his programs); allocated city contracts specifically for minorities (in 1980, 35 percent of city contracts were awarded to minority-owned firms); … [Read more...]

Leonard Bernstein’s asthma and heart failure

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Leonard Bernstein was one of America’s greatest composers and conductors. He was a pianist, arranger, educator, author and television personality, and wrote some of our best-loved musicals: West Side Story, Candide, and On The Town. He was the first American-born and American-trained conductor to be appointed music director of the New York … [Read more...]

Second-hand smoke may be fattening

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Researchers exposed laboratory mice to cigarette smoke and it caused them to have a marked rise in blood sugar, fat, and insulin levels and gain a lot of weight (American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism, September 30, 2014).The second-hand smoke caused a high rise in blood levels of a fat called ceramide that prevents cells … [Read more...]

Tom Magliozzi, host of ‘Car Talk’ and Alzheimer’s disease

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Tom Magliozzi died at age 77 on November 3, 2014 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. This horrible dementia prevents you from remembering almost anything. For 35 years he was the star of the nationally-syndicated radio show “Car Talk” with his brother Ray, hosting calls from would-be mechanics, puzzled car owners and entertained … [Read more...]

Why milk may be harmful

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Harvard pediatrician David Ludwig and the chairman of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, Walter Willett, think that North Americans do not need to drink milk. Drinking milk appears to increase risk for various diseases and has not been shown to prevent bone weakening (Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, July 2013).I … [Read more...]

Sunscreens only partially block the sun’s rays

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Coating the entire bodies of mice that are susceptible to developing melanoma skin cancers with potent sunscreens (SPF50) does not protect them from developing this lethal skin cancer (Nature, July 2014;511, 478–482). Shining ultra violet light on their sunscreen-coated skin directly damaged the DNA in their skin pigment cells, to cause melanoma … [Read more...]

Alma Mahler, muse to many

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Alma Schindler Mahler is famous for marrying and having affairs with some of the most brilliant and accomplished men of the 20th century. She was a composer, sculptor and writer who wanted to be famous for her own intellectual creations, but she lived at a time when it was extremely difficult for women to be prominent in the arts. She took the next … [Read more...]

Caffeine improves multi-day performance

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Caffeine taken on consecutive days of sports competition improves speed and endurance both days, according to a new study from Norway. Scientists have known for more than 100 years that taking caffeine before athletic competition improves strength, speed and endurance over all-out efforts lasting from 10 to 60 minutes (Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2013; … [Read more...]

Ray Charles, true genius

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Ray Charles was an incredibly talented singer and composer of jazz, blues, gospel, and country music. He appeared at the presidential inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and had many great hit songs such as “What’d I Say” and “Hit the Road Jack.” His “Georgia on My Mind” became the state song of Georgia. Frank Sinatra called him “the … [Read more...]

Testing for a fatty liver

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A sonogram of your liver will show how much fat you store in your liver. This simple and safe test will show if you have diabetes or are headed for diabetes. A study of 12,454 North Americans showed that 22 percent had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which means that they have too much fat stored in their livers (Am J Epidemiol, July, … [Read more...]

Clark Gable’s lousy lifestyle

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Clark Gable had just about every known lifestyle risk factor for the heart attack that killed him at the young age of 59. Best known for his role as Rhett Butler in “Gone with the Wind” (1939), he was the leading man in more than 60 motion pictures and was nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He appeared with Joan Crawford in … [Read more...]