Treat diabetes with diet and exercise

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Recent studies show that the high blood sugar of diabetes is caused by excess fat in: • the liver (JAMA, February 14, 2017), • the muscles (J Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, April 2017) and • the pancreas ((Diabetes Care, December 2015). Diabetes can be treated and often cured with: • exercise that removes fat from […]

Why Sylvester Graham rejected white flour

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Almost two hundred years ago, Reverend Sylvester Graham was treated by the scientific community as a nut because he claimed that white flour was a poison.  Today we know that even though he had no knowledge of nutrition, he was really a prophet.  He did not make his recommendations because white flour lacks essential nutrients, […]

No amount of overweight is healthful

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

This week, researchers at Boston University and Harvard reviewed three studies following more than 225,000 adults over age 50, for eight to twenty years, and showed that being even slightly overweight can increase your risk of dying by 6 percent, and in those who are obese, by a whopping 73 percent (Annals of Internal Medicine, […]

Night-time urination may be caused by excess salt

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

One in three North American adults have to get up to urinate more than twice a night, and a study presented at the European Society of Urology shows that the most common cause may be taking in too much salt (International Journal of Urology, Mar 14, 2017;24(3)). Instead of this obvious cause, many urologists concentrate […]

Andy Warhol’s young death

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Andy Warhol used painting, silk screening, photography, film and sculpture to become perhaps the most famous artist of his time and to dominate the American market with his Pop art in the 1960s.  His paintings were incredibly expensive, with his 1963 painting  “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” selling for $105 million.  He painted portraits of […]

Colon cancer, gut bacteria and diet

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A diet that is high in either red meat or sugar, or both, increases the growth in the colon of bacteria called Fusobacterium nucleatum that appears to suppress a person’s immunity to increase the growth of cancer cells in the colon. A prospective study of 137,217 adults followed for about 30 years shows that people […]

Right foods can boost heart health

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Several recent articles provide new data on which foods are associated with both your health and your longevity. The current issue of JAMA (2017;317(9):912-924).contains a major statistical analysis of the association between diet quality and rates of death from the cardiometabolic diseases (heart disease, strokes and type II diabetes). This review of more than 700,000 […]

George Michael: Fatty liver and dilated cardiomyopathy

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

George Michael was an English singer, songwriter and producer who sold more than 115 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.  His solo album Faith sold 20 million copies.  In 2004, the British Radio Academy named him the most-played artist in the period 1984-2004.   On Christmas  morning […]

Nobody really knows whether or not eating eggs is safe

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

For many years I have recommended oatmeal as the ideal breakfast food. It is filling, does not cause a high rise in blood sugar and is an excellent source of soluble fiber. You can enhance the flavor and nutritional value of your oatmeal by adding your choice of nuts, raisins or other dried fruits, fresh […]

Even a 100-year-old can improve with training

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A new research report shows that you can improve athletic performance with proper training, even if you are over 100 years old. Traditional feeling among scientists is that aging is progressive and inevitable, and that your genetic programming causes you to age no matter what you do. This paper shows that physical training can reverse […]

King George III: Porphyria, Gout and Lead Poisoning

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

If you think that the Boston Tea Party caused the American Revolution, think again. The war was caused by a hereditary disease called porphyria, an attack of gout and lead in wine. In 1773, Britain’s East India Company was stuck with a huge amount of tea that it could not sell in England, so the […]

Lifestyle after prostate cancer diagnosis

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

It looks more and more as if prostate cancer is a metabolic disease that is influenced by your lifestyle. Extensive research has failed to show association between infections and prostate cancer risk, but following a healthful diet and lifestyle has been associated with reduced risk for the aggressive type of prostate cancer that can spread […]