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 […]

Preventing kidney stones

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Thirteen percent of North American men and seven percent of women suffer from kidney stones which can be incredibly painful to pass from the kidneys to the bladder. Those who get one stone have a 50 percent chance of passing another stone within the next five years. Here are the current recommendations for preventing kidney […]

Two clues to the obesity epidemic

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A new study from Yale shows that certain bacteria in your colon may turn dietary fat into body fat to make you fat (Nature, June 9, 2016;534:213-217). Studies from New York University showed that giving young baby mice penicillin, in doses similar to what farmers give livestock, changes their colon bacteria into the types that […]

Intense exercise prevents and treats diabetes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A review of the world’s literature shows that high-intensity exercise, particularly interval training, causes greater reduction in HbA1c in diabetics than less intense exercise (Acta Diabetologica, June 2, 2016, pages 1-13). HbA1c measures cell damage from high blood sugar levels. Many studies show that increasing exercise intensity controls blood sugar in diabetics more effectively than […]

Muhammed Ali: Parkinson’s breakthroughs are coming

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Muhammed Ali was honored by presidents and kings as the most famous athlete in the world.  He was an Olympic gold medalist and three-time heavyweight world champion.  His ancestors were slaves in the pre-Civil War South with some Irish and English in their heritage.  His mother, Odessa O’Grady Clay, was a domestic and his father […]

Tom Simpson and heat stroke

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On July 13, 1967, 29-year-old cyclist Tom Simpson died during the Tour de France. At that time he was the best British bicycle racer and was the leader of the British team in the Tour. At the bottom of Mont Ventoux he drank Coca Cola with brandy. His bloodstream was already full of amphetamines. He […]