Side Stitch: Belly Pain while Running

It took years for the medical community to learn what causes a side stitch in which a runner suddenly develops a sharp stabbing pain, usually in the right upper part of the belly just underneath the ribs. With continued running, the pain worsens, b ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 25th, 2017
Replace Saturated Fats with Polyunsaturated Fats

This month a presidential advisory from the American Heart Association states that "Well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels" (Circula ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 25th, 2017
Dina Merrill and Dementia

Dina Merrill was an American actress and philanthropist who was the only child of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Post Cereals heiress who became the richest woman in America, and her second husband, E.F. Hutton, the fabulously-wealthy founder of ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 25th, 2017
Lifestyle Changes Help to Treat Cancer

A seven-year study of 992 patients with colon cancer that had already spread to their bellies had a 42 percent reduction in death rate and a 31 percent reduction in recurrence of their cancer when they: • avoided overweight • exercised ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 18th, 2017
Running and Walking May Be Good for Your Back

A recent report shows that people who run or walk regularly have healthier and stronger spinal discs than non-exercisers do (Scientific Reports 7, April 19, 2017). This is very reassuring because some doctors tell patients with back pain not to run ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 18th, 2017
Roger Moore's Many Medical Problems

Roger Moore was an English film and television star who was most famous for having played secret agent James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985.  In 1991, he was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for his work helping underprivileged chil ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 18th, 2017
Gut Bacteria Linked to Diabetes

Type II diabetes means that a person is diabetic because his cells do not respond to insulin. Recent research shows type II diabetes is linked to gut bacteria that invade the inner lining of the colon, while the dominant bacteria of most non-diabet ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 11th, 2017
Should You Worry About Salt?

Recent studies show that both taking in too little and too much salt can cause high blood pressure to increase your risk for heart attacks and strokes. Most North Americans can get all the salt they need without using a salt shaker because: • ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 11th, 2017
Fred Kummerow, Hero of the Trans Fat Battle

Last week, 102-year-old Fred Kummerow died with arteriosclerosis, a disease that he had spent most of his life working to prevent: • He was the first researcher to show that trans fats in margarines and many prepared foods cause plaques to ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 11th, 2017
What to Eat and Drink for Hot Weather Exercise

You don't need special sports drinks or power bars. Even the most elite athletes can get the nutrients they need from ordinary foods, water and salt. Healthy and fit people usually don't need to drink or eat when they exercise at a casual p ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 4th, 2017
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