Mild Dehydration Does Not Impair Exercise

Many years ago the Gatorade Sports Science Institute published a study showing that 46 percent of recreational exercisers are dehydrated (Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, June 2006). However, the study did not say that the exercisers w ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 19th, 2017
Lifestyle After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

It looks more and more as if prostate cancer is a metabolic disease that is influenced by your lifestyle. Extensive research has failed to show association between infections and prostate cancer risk, but following a healthful diet and lifestyle ha ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 19th, 2017
Hank Williams and Spina Bifida

Hank Williams was one of the America's most influential singers and songwriters, with 11 number-one and 35 Top-10 songs on the Western Best Sellers list.  In a recording career that lasted only six years, he wrote and performed classics ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 19th, 2017
Recovery: the Key to Improvement in Your Sport

If you want to become stronger and faster and have greater endurance, you need to exercise so intensely on one day that you damage your muscles and feel sore on the next day and then train at a reduced intensity for as many days as it takes for you ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 12th, 2017
Which Vegetable Oils Are Best?

For more than 65 years, doctors have told their patients that they could lower blood cholesterol levels and prevent heart attacks and premature death by substituting polyunsaturated fats in plants for saturated fats, primarily those found in animal ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 12th, 2017
Ron Lester and Morbid Obesity

Ron Lester was a Hollywood actor who became famous for playing Billy Bob, the 500-pound high school football player in the 1999 blockbuster movie, Varsity Blues.   He also starred on the WB Television series, Popular.   At age 30, ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 12th, 2017
The Hidden Epidemic of Early Diabetes

Many people with high blood sugar levels are told by their doctors that they do not have diabetes because their fasting blood sugar levels are below 100 mg/dl, which is considered normal. Early in the disease, diabetics often have a "normal&qu ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 5th, 2017
Excess Weight Raises Cancer Risk

The American Association for Cancer Research reports that being overweight is linked to 25 percent of cancers, and adding lack of exercise and eating pro-inflammatory foods raises the risk to 33 percent of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the U.S. T ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 5th, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore and Type I Diabetes

Mary Tyler Moore was one of the most famous female television stars in North America, first as a wife and mother on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966) and then as a single working woman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977) where & ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 5th, 2017
King George III: Porphyria, Gout and Lead Poisoning

If you think that the Boston Tea Party caused the American Revolution, think again. The war was caused by a hereditary disease called porphyria, an attack of gout and lead in wine.   In 1773, Britain’s East India Company was stuck ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 4th, 2017
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