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 […]

What caused Garry Shandling’s heart attack?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Garry Shandling was a stand-up comedian, screen and television actor, director, writer and producer who was nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards as the star in It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and The Larry Sanders Show. At age 66, with little warning, he died of a sudden massive heart attack.  He […]

Otto Warburg, cancer pioneer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

This week, 83 years after Otto Warburg published his landmark paper on cancer, the New York Times has a major article on the revival of his idea that cancer cells can be starved to death (NYT, May 12, 2016). Otto Warburg (1883 – 1970) was arguably the most brilliant and productive chemist of all time. […]

Chyna Laurer’s destructive choices

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Chyna Laurer was a wrestler, bodybuilder and actress who wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as the “Ninth Wonder of the World” (André the Giant  was billed as the eighth.) She often wrestled with men and beat them.  In 1999 she became the first, and still the only, woman to win the World Wrestling […]

Our new tandem Ti-Trike

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Diana and I are passionate bicycle riders and have been riding a tandem bike for 25 years. Eight years ago we retired and moved to Florida so we could ride 365 days a year. We live in The Villages, the largest retirement community in the world, and ride with an active group of serious tandem […]