Nico's Senseless Death

What do you think when you hear of a 49-year-old singer-songwriter, fashion model and actress who was famous throughout the world, who fell off her bike, hit her head, passed out and was taken to an emergency room where she was diagnosed as havin ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 28th, 2016
How Exercise Affects Your Immunity

Most competitive athletes follow a stress and recover training program and so should you, even if you don't compete in sports. To make muscles stronger, you need to exercise intensely enough to damage them, and to increase your ability to take ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 25th, 2016
Prostate Cancer Choices: New Study

More than 180,000 North American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and more than 26,000 of those men will eventually die from the disease. Prostate cancer, unlike most other cancers, tends to grow very slowly and does not kill t ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 25th, 2016
Charmian Carr and Lewy Body Dementia

Just about everyone has heard her sing "I am Sixteen, Going on Seventeen" as Liesl, the eldest daughter of Captain Georg von Trapp in the film The Sound of Music. The song is about the first love of a 16 year old girl.  In real lif ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 25th, 2016
Big Sugar Paid Harvard to Say that Sugar is Healthful

My faith in several of my Harvard mentors during the 1950s and 1960s has been shattered by an article that appeared this week in JAMA Internal Medicine (September 12, 2016). Cristin E. Kearns, a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, discovered letters in th ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 18th, 2016
Organic Gatorade? Still Full of Sugar

Gatorade's parent company, PepsiCo, has a tremendous influence on what North America drinks as it controls 77 percent of the U.S. sports drink market. PepsiCo is now selling their "improved sports drink" called Gatorade G Organic, whi ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 18th, 2016
Ancel Keys, Meat and Heart Attacks

  Ancel Keys was a prolific American scientist who is best known for his early work on heart attack risk factors and his theory that dietary saturated fats raise cholesterol to cause heart attacks.  His other lasting contributions inclu ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 18th, 2016
Triclosan Banned by the FDA

On September 2, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will ban triclosan and 18 other antibacterial chemicals in soaps and liquid hand or body wash products because they are ineffective and potentially harmful. The ban ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 11th, 2016
More Reasons to Eat Plants

This month two strong studies show that 1) giving people with heart disease a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and low in red meat is more effective than taking statin drugs in preventing heart attack deaths, and 2) eating red meat regula ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 11th, 2016
Jacques Servier and the Fenfluramine Scandal

What would you think about a man who was worth almost eight billion dollars repeatedly denying that his company's weight-loss drug caused heart damage?  Fenfluramine was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1997, but the French parent compa ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 11th, 2016
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