What to Eat Before, During and After a Bicycle Ride

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 eat during a bicycle ride when they cycle ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 19th, 2019
Protein Shakes for Muscle Building May Not Be Safe

People who want to grow larger muscles spend more than 10 million dollars a year on whey protein shakes. A new study on mice shows that these whey protein shakes contain very high levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which can reduce certa ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 19th, 2019
Ted Kennedy's Brain Cancer

The recent college admission scandal in which rich parents pay to have their undeserving children accepted at major colleges is nothing new and has been going on for years. However, a college admissions officer can only look at an applicant's ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 19th, 2019
Horace Fletcher, the Great Masticator

I love stories about quacks who become prophets.  Horace Fletcher was known as "The Great Masticator" who said, "Nature will castigate those who don't masticate."   More than 100 years ago, in 1913, his book ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 16th, 2019
New Research on Intense Exercise

The more intensely you exercise, the less likely you are to suffer a heart attack, even though heart attacks can be caused by intense exercise in some people who already have irregular heartbeats or blocked arteries leading to their hearts. &bul ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 12th, 2019
Should You Take Probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that can live in your body and help to keep you healthy. These healthful bacteria make vitamins, help digest food, regulate inflammation, and help to limit the number of disease-causing microbes living in you ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 12th, 2019
John Singleton: High Blood Pressure and Strokes

John Singleton was a film and TV director, screenwriter, and producer who, in 1991 at age 24, became the first African American and the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, for his film Boyz n the Hood.&nb ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 12th, 2019
Eat More of the Healthful Foods

An unhealthful diet causes more deaths world-wide than any other risk factor, according to the Global Burden of Disease study reported this month (Lancet, April 3, 2019;393:791-846). Of the 11 million deaths attributed to dietary factors each year, ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 5th, 2019
Don't Use Aspirin or NSAIDs for Muscle Pain from Exercise

Some athletes and exercisers take pain medication (aspirin or NSAIDs) because they think it may prevent muscle soreness or will help them to heal faster after a workout. However, taking pain medicines before or during exercise will not block pain, ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 5th, 2019
Anti-Inflammatory and Pro-Inflammatory Foods

The May-June 2019 issue of Harvard Magazine has an excellent review of the latest research on inflammation, showing how pro-inflammatory foods can cause diseases and anti-inflammatory foods can help to prevent them (Harvard Magazine, May-June 2019, ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 5th, 2019
 
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