Baron Larrey, Napoleon's Surgeon General

  It wasn't the Russians who defeated Napoleon in the War of 1812; it was Napoleon's surgeon general, Baron Larrey.  Napoleon was set to conquer the civilized world, but he was done in by Russia's horribly cold winter. ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 16th, 2018
Strength Training May Reduce Deaths from Heart Attacks and Cancers

A recent study of almost 30,000 older women followed for 12 years shows that those who did strength training had fewer deaths from heart attacks and all causes than those who did not lift weights (J Am Heart Assoc, Oct 31, 2017;6(11)). Another stud ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 14th, 2018
How Fiber Helps to Prevent Disease

We have known for a long time that high-fiber foods such as vegetables, fruits and seeds are associated with lower risk for heart attacks, strokes, many cancers, obesity, type 2 diabetes, dementia and other diseases. Recent studies on gut bacteria ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 14th, 2018
Arnold Palmer, The King of Golf

Arnold Palmer was called "The King" because he was considered to be among the world's greatest and most popular golfers.  From 1955 to 1973, he won 62 Professional Golfers Association Tour titles.  He was born in 1929 in L ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 14th, 2018
Calcium and Vitamin D Pills Do Not Prevent Fractures

A review of 33 studies shows that calcium and vitamin D pills do not prevent fractures, regardless of dose (JAMA, Dec 26, 2017;318(24):2466). Other reviews of 59 studies and 50 studies showed that neither calcium pills nor foods rich in calcium pre ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 7th, 2018
Colon Cancer May Be Caused by Bacteria

Researchers at Harvard University and VHIO cancer Institute in Barcelona report that colon cancer may be caused by a specific bacteria, Fusobacterium nucleatum (Science, Nov 23, 2017). I believe this is breakthrough research that could lead to a po ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 7th, 2018
President Eisenhower Changed the Way Doctors Treat Heart Attacks

On Sept 23, 1955, the President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was staying at his in-laws’ house in Denver and went to play golf at the Cherry Hills Country Club.  There he suddenly developed pain in his chest and belly.&n ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 7th, 2018
Marit Bjorgen, Cross Country Skier

Marit Bjorgen was born in 1980 and is the most successful female cross-country skier of all time, winning world-championship short-sprint races as well as those in all the longer-endurance races.  She has won six Olympic gold medals, 18 FIS ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 31st, 2017
Insulin Resistance Predicts Heart Attacks and Diabetes

An article written by two highly-respected physicians and an investigative reporter concludes that, "Emerging evidence shows that insulin resistance is the most important predictor of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes" (Clinical ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 31st, 2017
Low Vitamin D Increases Risk for Injuries

A study of 214 prospective National Football League players found that 73 percent of those who were deficient in vitamin D had a severe lower leg injury when they played in college, compared to only 40 percent of those who were not deficient in vit ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 31st, 2017
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