Denton Cooley, the fastest heart surgeon

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Heart surgeon Denton Cooley, who died on November 18, 2016 at the age of 96, was better than his peers in just about everything he did.  He founded the Texas Heart Institute in 1972, where he and his team performed  • almost 120,000 open heart operations,  • 258,000 cardiac catheterizations and  • 270 heart transplants. […]

Genes and belly fat

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

If you store the extra fat in your buttocks and thighs, you are at low risk for being harmed by that extra fat. However, if you store the extra fat primarily in your belly, you are at high risk for becoming diabetic and dying prematurely. People with tiny buttocks and a huge belly probably already […]

Leon Russell, A Song For You

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Famous pianist, singer and songwriter Leon Russell died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on November 13, 2016.  While I consider that dying at age 74 is way too young, the real tragedy is not how long he lived but how much he suffered during the last 10 years of his […]

Gwen Ifill and uterine cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On November 14, 2016, Gwen Ifill, a noted American journalist, television newscaster and author, died at age 61 of uterine cancer. She was a political analyst who was featured on Public Television’s Washington Week and PBS NewsHour, and moderated the 2004 and 2008 U.S. vice-presidential debates.  She is the only known Washington journalist who covered […]

Calcium pills: New research

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The vast majority of studies on calcium supplements show that taking in extra calcium does not prevent bone fractures and that the extra calcium in pills may form plaques in arteries and stones in kidneys. People who take in low amounts of calcium on a plant-based diet are not at any higher risk for fractures […]

Eva Peron and Cervical Cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

From 1945 to 1952, Eva Peron was the wife of Juan Peron, the most powerful man in Argentina. When she first met him, he was a general who seized the dictatorship of the country. She was the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman and his mistress. Because her parents were not married, her father never acknowledged […]

Bob Marley and Melanoma

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Bob Marley was a superstar Jamaican singer, guitarist and songwriter who sold more than 20 million records by bringing Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to the world.  He was the first major rock artist to come out of a Third World country.  He mixed protest music with popular songs of rebellion and faith, and […]

Tom Hayden’s life of protest

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Tom Hayden was a radical protester and California politician who was widely despised for his anti-Vietnam War activities.  On October 23, 2016, he died at age 76 of heart failure brought on by a lifetime of doing everything imaginable to cause the diabetes that destroyed arteries and nerves throughout his body. In his younger years, […]

Big sugar does it again

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

North Americans consume an average of 50 gallons of soda per year, making them the largest consumers of sugared drinks in the world. The Centers for Disease Control says that two-thirds of the added sugar consumed in the U.S. comes from processed foods (breakfast cereals, candy bars, cakes, breads, ice cream and so forth), while […]

Adolph Hitler’s War On Drugs

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

After the end of World War II in 1945, the U.S. military commissioned captured German doctor Erwin Giesing and six of Hitler’s other physicians to write a detailed 225 page report of Adolph Hitler’s medical records.  They showed that while he was Chancellor of the Third Reich, Hitler was addicted to cocaine, took 28 different […]

Motor-assist bicycles: Benefits of passive exercise  

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Most bicycle shops are now selling motor-driven bicycles, which can be an ideal solution for a person who is out of shape or just not strong enough to ride a regular bike.  Motor-driven stationary bicycles make it possible for just about anyone to gain the benefits of an exercise program, even those with severe disabilities.   […]