Obesity Epidemic Now Worldwide

The rate of obesity worldwide has doubled in 73 countries since 1980. Today 30 percent of North Americans and 10 percent of the world's population are obese, an estimated 604 million obese adults and 108 million obese children. A recent article ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 21st, 2017
Melanomas are Often Not on Moles

  Malignant melanomas are skin cancers that can spread rapidly through your body and kill you.  Each year in the United States an estimated 77,000 people will develop invasive malignant melanoma; about 47,000 in men and 30,000 in women. ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 19th, 2017
Rich Piana: Why Do So Many Bodybuilders Die Young?

In August 2017, the world-famous body builder Rich Piana collapsed from a heart attack while his girlfriend was giving him a haircut.  He died after two weeks in a medically-induced coma, at the age of 46.   A search of his apartment re ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 19th, 2017
Plaques are Reversible

Most heart attacks are caused by lifestyle factors, not by genes, and the prevention of heart attacks depends far more on what you do now than what you did earlier in your life. It is an incredible tragedy that many physicians prescribe statin drug ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 17th, 2017
Alcohol and Cancer Risk

The alcohol industry is downplaying the cancer risks of their products in the same way that the tobacco industry did 70 years ago. A study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Sweden's Karolinska Institutet analyzed the w ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 17th, 2017
Franz Schubert, Syphilis and Mercury Poisoning

Two centuries ago, Franz Schubert composed music that today is among the most frequently performed music by classical orchestras, piano soloists, singers and choruses.  Although he died before his 32nd birthday, he wrote more than a thousand ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 17th, 2017
Dementia Linked to Excess Belly Fat

We have known for many years that having a big belly is associated with increased risk for heart attacks, diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, disability and premature death. We now also have data that links having a la ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 9th, 2017
High Dose Vitamins Associated with Increased Risk for Lung Cancer

Vitamins B6 and B12 have been promoted by the supplement industry for many years, touting benefits such as increased energy and higher metabolism. A new study suggests that these high-dose vitamin supplements are associated with increased risk for ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 9th, 2017
D.L. Menard, the Cajun Hank Williams

America's greatest Cajun singer, D.L. Menard, died this month from heart failure that was probably caused by cancer.  Twenty-five years ago, he suffered his first heart attack and 16 years ago, his wife died of a heart attack associated ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 9th, 2017
Watermelon-Barley Greek Salad

A beautiful and delicious summer salad, perfect for Labor Day, a Fourth of July picnic or any buffet table,   1 cup cooked barley (or any whole grain of your choice), chilled 3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped 1 medium cucumber, chopped ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 4th, 2017
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