Marian Anderson, a voice that made history

Dr. G. Mirkin

What would you do if you knew that you were one of the best young classical singers in the world because you had won the 1925 New York Philharmonic voice competition over more than 300 of America’s best up-and-coming young singers, got wonderful reviews as the first black singer to sing with the New York […]

Al Capp’s Li’l Abner

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

From 1934 to 1977, Al Capp wrote the most-read comic strip in North America, Li’l Abner, about hillbillies in the fictional town of Dogpatch, Kentucky. It had 60 million daily readers in more than 1000 newspapers in 28 countries. Li’l Abner Yokum, a stupid but good-natured hayseed, was the son of Mammy Yokum, the scrawniest […]

Bicycles are most energy-efficient

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

If you ride a bicycle, be proud. Humans riding on bicycles are more energy-efficient than any other animal and any other form of transportation. Vance Tucker of Duke University compared bicyclists to humans and animals running, birds flying and fish swimming, as well as to people in motor-powered cars, boats, trains and planes (J. Exp. Bio, […]

Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Physicist Robert Oppenheimer was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project that created the atomic bomb. He can be credited with saving the lives of millions of U.S. servicemen because use of the bomb made it unnecessary to invade Japan to bring World War II to an end. In 1946, he received a Presidential Citation […]

Inflammation can help or harm

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Your body uses inflammation to protect you from invading germs and to heal injuries. When a germ gets into your body, you make cells and proteins to kill that germ. As soon as the germ is gone, your immunity is supposed to dampen down and stop making large amounts of these cells and antibodies. If […]

Oliver Sacks and melanoma of the eye

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Oliver Sacks died this week at age 82 of a melanoma in his eye that was diagnosed 11 years ago and recently had spread to his liver. He was a neurologist who wrote more than a dozen popular books that sold millions of copies, making him probably the most-read physician-author in the world. His ideas […]

Should you avoid Gluten?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A July 23, 2015 Gallup Poll shows that 21 percent of North Americans are trying to avoid gluten, a component of wheat, when fewer than one percent actually need to do so. If following a gluten-free diet causes people to consume fewer foods made with flour — such as bread, muffins, cookies and pasta — […]

We need a Sinatra Club in The Villages

To the Editor: Enjoyed Dr. Gabe’s treatise on Frank Sinatra. Was an avid Rock and Roller circa 1953 until my dad gave me the Sinatra album “Music for Swingin’ Lovers” and became a Sinatraphile which I am until this day at age 75. Always thought there should be a Sinatra club in The Villages. Would […]

Frank Sinatra, voice of the 20th Century

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Frank Sinatra was the most famous popular singer in the world from the 1940s on, with every performance accompanied by screaming and swooning teenagers. His countless friends included presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, members of Britain’s royal family and Princess Grace of Monaco, as well as other famous entertainers: Dean Martin, Sammy Davis […]

Prostate cancer, diet and lifestyle

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Lifestyle appears to be a major factor in whether you develop prostate cancer. An excellent review of the world’s scientific research concludes: “Heart healthy equals prostate healthy . . . the best dietary advice for prostate cancer prevention or management seems to include: increasing fruits and vegetables, replacing refined carbohydrates with whole grains, reducing total […]