Sunlight: More than Vitamin D

For many years I have offered my opinion that sunlight provides benefits that are not gained just from taking vitamin D pills. Recent research is confirming that opinion, and many scientists now believe that low vitamin D blood levels are only a ma ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 20th, 2019
Carbohydrate Loading DOES NOT Work

"Carbohydrate loading" the night before a big race can impair your performance and damage your health. More than 45 years ago, in the Journal of the American Medical Association (March 26, 1973;223(13):1511-1512), I reported the case of a ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 20th, 2019
More Fiber from Whole Foods is Better

Our food industry works to bring you more and more ultra-processed foods that have little or no fiber, but there is no debate in the scientific community: you should eat lots of plants that have not had their fiber removed. A review commissioned by ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 20th, 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 20th, 2019
Cole Porter's Horrendous Accident

This is the sad story of Cole Porter, one of America's greatest and most talented composers who won just about every award possible for songs and musical productions, and how his life was destroyed by a fall off a horse that caused pain for t ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 16th, 2019
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
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