Oxygenated Water: Good for Fish, Worthless for Humans

Do you believe ads that claim oxygenated water cures tiredness, improves memory, prevents diseases, treats lung disease, helps you to exercise longer and makes you a better athlete? These and all of their other claims are not supported by scientifi ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 13th, 2019
Knee Pain: Treat with Lifestyle Changes

A review of 47 studies on 22,037 patients with knee osteoarthritis treated for at least 12 months showed no clear difference in controlling long-term pain between medications and placebos (JAMA, 2018;320(24):2564-2579). There was a slight time-limi ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 13th, 2019
Daryl Dragon of The Captain and Tennille

Daryl Dragon was a talented musician with serious medical problems who succeeded in the popular musical entertainment industry because of the incredible love, kindness and patience of his devoted wife, Toni Tennille.  He played keyboards and ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 13th, 2019
Excess Sugar Favors Growth of Harmful Gut Bacteria

Dietary sugar is supposed to be absorbed in the upper intestinal tract, but new research from Yale suggests that taking in excessive amounts of sugar can cause some of the sugar to pass through the intestines unabsorbed. This sugar arrives in your ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 6th, 2019
Chronic Constipation

Debilitating constipation affects 16 percent of North Americans and 33 percent of those older than 60 (Gastroenterology, Jan 2013;144(1):218–238). Chronic constipation means: • straining and difficulty expelling stool, • a sense o ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 6th, 2019
Lili Marleen, the Peace Song of War

During World War II, both Allied and Axis soldiers on the front lines buoyed themselves up by listening to the same song, "Lili Marleen".  The song was incredibly effective in raising the morale of soldiers living in the worst of c ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 6th, 2019
Robin Williams and Lewy Body Dementia

On August 11, 2014, we lost one of the greatest comics and actors of our time when Robin Williams took his own life at his home in California. He was 63. How could a person who appeared to have everything commit suicide?  At the time of his ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 4th, 2019
Arm Exercises: Many Conductors Have Long Lives

At age 100, Edward Simons conducted an orchestra in New Jersey to break the former world record for oldest conductor of a major orchestra held by Spain's Juan Garcés Queralt at age 99. Pablo Cassals, Nadia Boulanger, Arturo Toscanini, Ar ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 30th, 2018
Colon Cancer Prevention and Treatment

More than 1.3 million North Americans have had colorectal cancer, a disease associated with behaviors that encourage cancer-causing bacteria to thrive in your colon (Science, Feb 2, 2018:359(6375):592-597). Colon cancer is the second most common ca ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 30th, 2018
Penny Marshall, Death by Diabetes

This is the story of a brilliant and highly successful lady who thought that she was stupid, incompetent and unattractive.  Penny Marshall was an outstanding actress, director and producer.  In the 1970s, she received three nominations ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 30th, 2018
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