Your Appendix is Useful After All

I had my appendix removed when I was a child because the doctor told my mother it was a useless organ that might someday burst and cause horrible problems. After generations of children had their appendices removed for no reason, researchers have f ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 22nd, 2017
New Research on TMAO

I have reported before on TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) that is produced by certain bacteria in your gut when you eat foods that contain lecithin, carnitine and choline, such as meat, eggs and dairy products. High levels of TMAO in the bloodstream ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 22nd, 2017
Tammy Wynette and the Pain of Gall Bladder Disease

Tammy Wynette rose from poverty in rural Mississippi to become one of the most famous female country music singers.  She sold more than 30 million records, had 57 Top-40 country hits between 1967 and 1988, won two Grammy Awards, three Countr ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 22nd, 2017
Carol Purdie (Diana's Mother) and The Fall of Singapore

February 15th is the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore in 1942, described by Winston Churchill as "the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history", when the combined forces of 85,000 British, Australian, Dutch and ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 15th, 2017
Convert White Fat Cells into Fat-Burning Brown Fat Cells

In the United States since the end of World War II, there has been an increasing epidemic of obesity and diabetes that has not been slowed by the associated epidemics of: • ineffective popular diets, • countless drugs prescribed by doct ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 13th, 2017
Deaths from Liver Cancer Increasing

The death rate from all cancers in the United States has dropped steadily since 1991 (CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, published online Jan 4, 2017). The total drop of 25 percent, or 2.1 million fewer cancer deaths over the past 25 years, is ex ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 13th, 2017
Robert Marchand Sets Amazing World Record at 105

On January 4, 2017, 105-year-old Robert Marchand rode his bicycle 14.01 miles to set the world record for his age for the one-hour ride.  He rode 92 laps at the Velodrome National near Paris and as he completed his ride, the fans gave him a ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 13th, 2017
Protein Supplements Don't Make You Stronger

A researcher posing as a 15-year-old football player called 244 health food stores across the United States and asked if they would sell him protein supplements to give him larger muscles. More than two-thirds of sales attendants at the health food ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 8th, 2017
Eat WHOLE Grains, Not Flour

Whole grains are healthful, while refined grains (foods made from flour) can be harmful, particularly if you are overweight or have high blood sugar levels. A recent review of 20 studies, with 2,282,603 participants and 191,979 deaths during the st ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 8th, 2017
Alan Thicke and Aortic Dissection

Alan  Thicke was best known as psychiatrist Jason Seaver in the ABC television show, "Growing Pains", but was also a popular Canadian actor, songwriter, and television game and talk show host who was nominated for three Emmy Awards ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 8th, 2017
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