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...]

No simple cure for obesity

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

More than 70 percent of North American adults are overweight, which increases risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and premature death. A recent review of 45 trials of 11 weight loss programs (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, HMR [Health Management Resources], Medifast, OPTIFAST, Atkins, The Biggest Loser Club, eDiets, … [Read more...]

How exercise helps to treat cancer in mice

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

An exceptionally well-done study on mice shows how exercise can be an important part of the treatment for cancer (The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, March 2015). Mice implanted with breast cancer cells who were given chemotherapy and exercise had much smaller and fewer tumors than those given the same chemotherapy but no exercise. Mice … [Read more...]

Dmitri Mendeleev, Father of the Periodic Table

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Dmitri Mendeleev developed the Periodic Table that organized all of the chemical elements known at that time and many that were not yet known. He placed them in their correct order by their number of atoms (not their weight) and predicted elements that would be discovered in the future. It is amazing that he was able to predict the existence of … [Read more...]

Power napping can help you learn, remember and interpret more efficiently

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Power napping for an hour can help you to learn, remember and interpret more efficiently. When I was in high school, I found that I could study best immediately after awakening from at least a 45-minute nap. Only then could I read, study and memorize efficiently. I think this technique will work for almost everybody. Try to nap before having an … [Read more...]

Van Cliburn, Cold War Hero

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

In 1958, at the height of the “Cold War”, the Soviet Union gained an incredible coup by successfully launching Sputnik 1, the first orbiting satellite. At that time, almost all of the world’s premier pianists came from the Soviet Union, so they sponsored the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow to show off their … [Read more...]

Delay dementia with lifestyle

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The risk of developing dementia doubles every five years after age 65, until by age 85 almost 50 percent of North Americans suffer some degree of dementia. Finnish researchers showed that they were able to slow the onset of dementia in people at high risk with a program that included:• a healthful lifestyle aimed at preventing heart attacks, • … [Read more...]

Franz Kafka and tuberculosis

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Franz Kafka was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, even though little of his work was published before his death at the young age of 40. He had tuberculosis in his esophagus, which prevented food from reaching his stomach, so he starved to death. He finished none of his full-length novels and burned most of what he wrote. He … [Read more...]

Testosterone warnings

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now require makers of prescription testosterone products to have a label stating that:• testosterone may cause heart attacks, strokes and death, and • it is approved only for men who have low testosterone levels due to disorders of the testicles, pituitary gland, or brain, that cause lack of … [Read more...]

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