Charmian Carr and Lewy Body Dementia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Just about everyone has heard her sing “I am Sixteen, Going on Seventeen” as Liesl, the eldest daughter of Captain Georg von Trapp in the film The Sound of Music. The song is about the first love of a 16 year old girl.  In real life, she was a college student who had never been […]

Organic Gatorade? Still full of sugar

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Gatorade’s parent company, PepsiCo, has a tremendous influence on what North America drinks as it controls 77 percent of the U.S. sports drink market. PepsiCo is now selling their “improved sports drink” called Gatorade G Organic, which is essentially the same as regular Gatorade except that a few of the chemicals, artificial colorings and artificial […]

Knee Osteoarthritis: Exercise therapy more effective than surgery

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Knee osteoarthritis means that your knee hurts and your doctor does not know the cause. With aging, a person wears away the shock-absorbing cartilage in the knees, which increases risk for pain and swelling. Often people with knee osteoarthritis have perfectly normal MRIs of their knee cartilage, and people with MRI evidence of torn cartilage […]

Gene Wilder: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Alzheimer’s

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Gene Wilder was a beloved American stage, screen and TV actor who made people laugh just by being himself.  He was also a successful screenwriter, film director and author.  He is best remembered for the movies where he appeared to be naive and childlike:  Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,  Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Silver […]

Artificial sweeteners linked to higher blood sugar levels

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Obese people who have taken aspartame or saccharin in the last 24 hours had higher blood sugar rises after taking sugar than those who had not used artificial sweeteners (Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, May 24, 2016). Lead author Dr. Jennifer Kuk says, “Our study shows that individuals with obesity who consume artificial sweeteners, particularly […]

Cupping for faster recovery

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

When Michael Phelps won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay at the Rio Olympics, he was covered with red circles on his back and shoulders from cupping. Many of the U.S. swimmers and gymnasts at the Olympics are using cupping, along with massage, saunas, ice baths and compression garments, to […]

Fanny Blankers-Koen, Olympian-The Flying Housewife

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

At the 1948 London Olympics, Fanny Blankers-Koen won four events: the women’s 100 meters, 200 meters, 80 meter hurdles and 4 x 100 meter relay.  She was 30 years old, 5’9″ , 140 pounds and the mother of two children.  She was arguably the greatest female track and field star in the world.  She set […]

Mal Whitfield, Olympian and Tuskegee Airman

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Our very close friend Pat Connolly, as a 16-year-old high school student, fell down while running at close to world-record pace in the finals of the 1960 Rome Olympics 800-meter race and failed to finish.  Distraught and crying, she walked toward the tunnel to leave the track. A tall black man jumped out of the […]

Elie Wiesel, messenger to mankind

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Elie Wiesel was a Romanian-American Jewish writer, professor and the author of more than 50 books. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to show the world its moral responsibility to fight hatred, racism and genocide. The Nobel Prize committee called him a “messenger to mankind.” Among his many honors, he was knighted in […]

John Wayne’s cancers: Smoking or radiation?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

John Wayne was one of the best-paid actors in Hollywood for more than 40 years, appeared in more than 170 films and starred in 142 of them, mostly westerns. His size (6’4″ and 225 pounds) and pugnacious behavior helped him to be cast as a cowboy, lawman, soldier and athlete, but for most of his […]

Simon Ramo did everything right

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On June, 27, 2016, aerospace pioneer Simon Ramo died at 103 years of age.  His quality of life never deteriorated with old age.  He played tennis regularly on his seven-acre estate in Beverly Hills.  At age 92, he was appointed presidential chair and professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School […]

Be wary of stem cell clinics

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

In an online search, researchers found more than 570 North American clinics offering unapproved stem cell treatments for: • aging and sagging skin • spinal cord injuries • arthritis • other joint problems • lung disease • Parkinson’s disease • multiple sclerosis and many other chronic medical conditions (Cell Stem Cell, June 30, 2016). The […]