Irregular Heartbeats in Lifelong Exercisers

Many studies show that a lifetime of vigorous exercise makes the heart stronger and healthier and does not harm it. However, as I reported last year, a few studies that got a lot of media attention suggested that chronic intense exercise can damage ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 21st, 2016
How Excess Fat Can Spread Cancer

A woman's chances of developing cancer of the breast, endometrium, colon and kidney rise by 10 percent for every 10 years that she is overweight (PLOS Medicine, published online Aug. 16, 2016). Being overweight is also associated with many othe ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 21st, 2016
Houston McTear, a Natural Runner

One of the greatest natural track athletes of all time died from lung cancer at age 58. He went from extreme poverty to athletic riches and back to extreme poverty, never having won an Olympic medal.  He was unknown to most people but is a leg ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 21st, 2016
Cupping for Faster Recovery

When Michael Phelps won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay at the Rio Olympics, he was covered with red circles on his back and shoulders from cupping. Many of the U.S. swimmers and gymnasts at the Olympics are using cupping, along w ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 14th, 2016
Do Vegetarians Live Longer?

Three recent large studies provide more support for a primarily plant-based diet. Two of the studies compared dietary protein from plants and animals and the third one compared dietary fats from plant or animal sources. Comparing Protein Sources: ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 14th, 2016
Fanny Blankers-Koen, Olympian-The Flying Housewife

At the 1948 London Olympics, Fanny Blankers-Koen won four events: the women's 100 meters, 200 meters, 80 meter hurdles and 4 x 100 meter relay.  She was 30 years old, 5'9" ,140 pounds and the mother of two children.  She wa ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 14th, 2016
Eero Mantryanta's High EPO Gene

Eero Mantyranta was one of the greatest cross country skiers ever.  He competed in four Winter Olympics (1960–1972) and won seven medals.  In the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, he won the 15 kilometer race by an incre ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 14th, 2016
Preventng Dementia

More than one in 10 North Americans wil suffer from dementia. Today there is no effective treatment for dementia, but in the last month, several reports have shown that dementia may be delayed and prevented by: • training your brain with spec ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 7th, 2016
Some Athletes will Always Cheat to Win

If you have children with exceptional athletic ability, make sure that you encourage them to study hard in school and prepare for a lifetime job outside of their sport to support themselves. Taking drugs that can harm you gives athletes a major unf ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 7th, 2016
Mal Whitfield, Olympian and Tuskegee Airman

Our very close friend Pat Connolly, as a 16-year-old high school student, fell down while running at close to world-record pace in the finals of the 1960 Rome Olympics 800-meter race and failed to finish (see the film below).  Distraught and ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 7th, 2016
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