Kathleen Baker, Amazing Olympian with Crohn's Disease

Kathleen Baker made the 2016 United States Olympic Swimming Team by finishing second in the women’s 100-meter backstroke at the United States trials.  To be able to be in the Olympics, she had to have incredible drive and the ability t ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 22nd, 2016
How Eating Less May Prolong Life

Three new studies show that restricting calories, even in non-obese people: • reduces inflammation (Aging, July 2016) • helps to prevent cancers (Cancer Research, July 14, 2016) • increases autophagy (PLoS Genetics, July 14, 2016) ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 22nd, 2016
Gut Bacteria and Auto-Immune Diseases

New studies show that two auto-immune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis, may be caused by having pro-inflammatory bacteria in your gut. These bacteria are likely to punch holes in your intestines, which allows bacteria to ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 22nd, 2016
Strength Training Guidelines

In response to my recent article on strengthening muscles, I received the following guidelines from Dr. Richard Winett, a respected professor at Virginia Tech who has done extensive research on resistance training, and I am sharing them with his pe ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 17th, 2016
Do You Need Vitamin Pills?

North Americans almost never suffer from vitamin deficiencies, except for vitamin D, yet more than 50 percent of the population spends more than 30 billion dollars each year for vitamin pills and other nutritional supplements that they do not nee ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 17th, 2016
Elie Wiesel, Messenger to Mankind

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.    Th ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 17th, 2016
Muscle Loss from Inactivity: 34 Percent in Just Two Weeks

A study from the University of Copenhagen shows that wearing an immobilizing knee brace for just two weeks caused men in their 20s to lose 22 to 34 percent of their leg muscle strength, while men in their 60s lost 20 to 26 percent (Journal of Rehab ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 10th, 2016
Be Wary of Stem Cell Clinics

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 diseas ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 10th, 2016
Simon Ramo Did Everything Right

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 pre ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 10th, 2016
Preventing Kidney Stones

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 th ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 2nd, 2016
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