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Earl Thomas Conley and Cerebral Atrophy

Earl Thomas Conley was a country music singer-songwriter who during the 1980s and 1990s had 24 Top-10 country singles including 18 that were Number One.  Only Alabama and Ronnie Milsap had more number one hits during the decade.   ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 16th, 2019
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Colon Bacteria

If you have rheumatoid arthritis or any other type of arthritis, anti-inflammatory lifestyle habits should be an important part of your treatment program. For many years, exercise has been recommended as part of the treatment for rheumatoid arthrit ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 14th, 2019
Fiber, a True Superfood

Hundreds of studies done in the last 15 years have shown how your microbiome (gut bacteria) helps you to retain your health (Aliment Pharmacol Ther, 2019;49(5):506-515), and that what you eat determines the ratio of healthful to harmful types of ba ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 14th, 2019
Jack Lemmon, American Icon

Jack Lemmon was an actor who starred in more than 60 films, won two Academy Awards and was nominated eight times. He was born into a wealthy but abusive family and died at age 76 from complications of colon cancer that had spread to his bladder. ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 14th, 2019
High Blood Pressure and Colon Bacteria

The recently published CARDIA Study shows that having certain types of bacteria in your colon is associated with having high blood pressure (Hypertension, Mar 25, 2019), and that you can lower blood pressure by improving the proportion of healthful ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 7th, 2019
Even Occasional Meat May Be Harmful

Strong data associate eating red and processed meats regularly with increased risk for heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, some types of cancers and other diseases, but until now we had no good data to show whether eating small amounts of ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 7th, 2019
Barry Marshall, from Quack to Nobel Prize

I love stories about quacks who become prophets. Medical breakthroughs are often made by doctors who were first ridiculed by their peers.   In 1983, Barry Marshall and John Warren presented a paper to the Australian Gastroenterological S ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 7th, 2019
Bad Colon Bacteria May Cause Heart Attacks

You have more than 100 trillion bacteria living in your colon, with some types that are helpful and other types that are harmful. With aging, the ratio of good to bad types of bacteria appears to change, increasing the amounts of harmful bacteria a ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | March 31st, 2019
Drink Water Instead of Sweetened Drinks

A review of studies following 37,716 men and 80,647 women for 28 to 34 years shows that drinking a lot of soda or sports drinks is associated with a 28 percent increased risk of early death from any cause, a 31 percent increased risk of death from ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | March 31st, 2019
Nelson Rockefeller's Heart Attack

On January 26, 1979, Nelson Rockefeller, former Vice President of the United States, a four-term governor of New York and an heir to the Rockefeller family fortune, died at age 70 of a heart attack that was rumored to have occurred during extrama ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | March 31st, 2019
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