Jerry Lewis: Lifelong comedy and pain

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Jerry Lewis is one of our greatest comedians and a star of radio, television, stage and film as well as a film producer, screenwriter and film director. At age 20, he and Dean Martin formed the famous comedy team of Martin and Lewis. Today at age 89, he is a survivor of a lifetime of serious medical conditions that had to be treated with … [Read more...]

Blaze Starr’s flaming couch

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On June 15, 2015, 83-year-old Blaze Starr, probably the most famous burlesque stripper in North America, died of heart failure. She was famous because she:• had a 38DD bra size, a 24 inch waist and flaming red hair • was the prime tourist attraction of “The Block” in Baltimore in the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s • had a notorious affair with Earl … [Read more...]

Dr. Michael DeBakey’s famous surgery

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

If you were a heart surgeon, would you operate on this patient? • He is 97 years old • He will certainly die in the next few days if you do not operate • He invented the surgical procedure that he now needs, more than 40 years ago • He did research that has saved millions of lives • He has done more than 70,000 surgeries • He is the most … [Read more...]

Exercise every day or every other day?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The old guideline recommending 30 minutes of exercise three times a week just isn’t enough, according to the latest research. Athletes know that they need to work out every day, and all people who just want to stay healthy can benefit from the same type of exercise program.Why Athletes Need to Exercise Every Day Knowledgeable athletes train by … [Read more...]

Al Oerter: Weak heart in a strong body

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Al Oerter won the gold medal in the discus throw in four consecutive Olympics over a span of 16 years. Each time he:• was not the favorite to win, • was beaten by another American in the Olympic trials, • beat the world-record holder and broke the Olympic record for the discus. His winning throws were 184’11″ in Melbourne in 1956, 194’2″ in … [Read more...]

High blood pressure increases stroke risk even when controlled with drugs

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

High blood pressure increases risk for heart attacks and strokes, even if you take medications to lower it to normal. Hypertensives who take three medicines to lower their blood pressure to normal are 250 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people who have normal blood pressure without medication (Stroke, June 2015). Most hypertensives have … [Read more...]

John Kerry: Hip replacements and fractures

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On May 31, Secretary of State John Kerry fell while cycling in France and broke his right femur (upper leg bone). He was riding slowly on level ground and struck a curb with the front wheel of his bicycle. His long history of competing in sports means that he probably has strong bones that should not have broken in a low-speed fall. However, his … [Read more...]

John Nash: A beautiful mind dies

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On May 23, 2015, John Nash and his wife were killed while riding in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike. The driver hit a guardrail and another car, and the Nashes, who were not wearing seatbelts, were thrown from the taxi. John Nash was 86 and Alicia Nash was 83. Nash was the subject of A Beautiful Mind, a best-selling book and an Oscar-winning … [Read more...]

The hidden cause of many heart attacks

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

More than 40 percent of people who have had heart attacks are diabetic and these patients are the ones who are most likely to die from their heart attacks (Lancet, 2002; 359: 2140-44). Three tests are commonly used to diagnose diabetes: fasting blood sugar, blood sugar level two hours after eating, and HbA1c, a measurement of how much sugar is … [Read more...]

Fausto Coppi’s mysterious death

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Fausto Coppi was the best international cyclist in the years before and after World War II because he was the best climber, time trialer and sprinter. He won the Giro d’Italia five times (1940, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953), the Tour de France twice (1949 and 1952), and the World Championship in 1953. He was officially reported to have died from malaria, … [Read more...]

B.B. King: A long life that should have been longer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

B.B King, probably the best-known blues singer and guitarist in the world and a 15-time Grammy-Award winner, died at age 89 on May 14, 2015. He died from a series of strokes and kidney and heart failure brought on by diabetes, caused by a lifelong unhealthful lifestyle. King was a high-profile spokesperson in the fight against diabetes, but didn’t … [Read more...]

Pepsi removes aspartame from its diet sodas

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The artificial sweetener in Diet Pepsi, aspartame, will be changed to two others, sucralose and acesulfame, in response to a five percent drop in sales in the United States last year. These artificial sweeteners have all been called safe by the Food and Drug Administration, but Pepsi apparently believes that customer concerns about aspartame are … [Read more...]

The tragic death of Dave Goldberg

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Dave Goldberg, the 47-year-old CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, died Friday, May 1, 2015 while exercising on a treadmill in the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico. He left his villa at 4PM to exercise and his brother, Robert Goldberg, found him on the floor of the gym at about 6:30PM, lying by a treadmill in a … [Read more...]

Best time to eat: Just before or after exercise

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The most healthful time to eat is just before or after you exercise. When you eat any source of sugar, it is used for energy and a small amount is stored in your muscles and liver. All the rest is turned into a fat called triglycerides that is stored as fat, forms plaques in your arteries and blocks insulin receptors which can cause diabetes. One … [Read more...]

Toulouse-Lautrec: Inbreeding, Alcohol and Syphilis – a Bad Mix

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ranks with Cezanne, van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin as one of the best painters of the late 19th century. Throughout his career, which spanned fewer than 20 years, Toulouse-Lautrec created 737 surviving canvases, 275 watercolors, 363 prints and posters, and thousands of drawings. Ten years ago one of his paintings of a young … [Read more...]

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