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Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor

Annapolis, Maryland
A practicing physician for more than 40 years and a radio talk show host for 25, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is one of a very few doctors board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and... Full Bio
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Banned Drugs Probable Cause of Athlete Deaths by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise If vigorous exercise is good for you, why have so many former world-class athletes died of heart attacks? The most likely cause is previous use of anabolic steroids and h ... Read on »
How Sugar Makes You Faster and Stronger during Exercise by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Just about everyone agrees that taking carbohydrates, particularly sugar, during exercise increases endurance in both humans and animals. For years, I have told everyone tha ... Read on »
Heavy Weights Not Needed for Muscle Growth by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Exciting research from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario shows that you do not have to lift very heavy weights to grow large muscles (PLoS ONE. August 10, 2010). T ... Read on »
Cholesterol in Foods OK by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise A review of the world's literature shows that dietary cholesterol itself is not associated with increased risk for suffering a heart attack (Current Atherosclerosis Reports, ... Read on »
Prolong Life with Methionine Restriction? by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Humans live longer when they exercise, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, keep body fat low, and restrict excess calories, meat and protein. The latest research show that re ... Read on »
Lack of Vitamin D Weakens and Injures Muscles by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Because of injuries in the springtime, I missed six Boston Marathons back in the 1960s. It wasn't until 40 years later that I found the cause: my vitamin D3 blood level was ... Read on »
Cold Drinks Improve Sports Performance by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Drinking cold fluids lowers body temperature. More than 70 percent of the calories that you use to convert food to energy are lost as heat. So the more intensely you exercis ... Read on »
Most Heart Attacks are Preventable by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise It is now established that arteriosclerosis is reversible and that most cases of heart attacks are preventable (Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy, published online ... Read on »
Sitting is Hazardous to your Health by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Researchers at the University of South Carolina found that men who spent more than 23 hours a week watching TV and sitting in their cars had a 64 percent greater chance of d ... Read on »
Why Back Surgery Fails So Often by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Researchers from Duke University show that back pain is usually caused by a person's immunity attacking the disc in the same way that it attacks invading germs, not by a bro ... Read on »
Sodas with HFCS and Caffeine May Be Best Drinks for Endurance by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise The limiting factor in endurance racing is the time that it takes to get enough oxygen into muscles to burn food for energy. Anything that reduces oxygen requirements allows ... Read on »
18,000 Calories per Day in Race Across America by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise You need to take in large amounts of food when you exercise for more than a few hours, otherwise you will slow down and eventually have to stop. In the Race Across America, ... Read on »
Caffeine to Improve Performance in Sports by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Caffeine preserves muscle sugar. The limiting factor in racing in any sport is the time that it takes to get enough oxygen into your muscles to burn food for energy, so anyt ... Read on »
Brown Rice Reduces Diabetes Risk by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Researchers at Harvard Medical School report that replacing 50 grams of white rice daily with the same amount of brown rice lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes by 16 percent, ... Read on »
Skin Cancers Linked to Human Papilloma Wart Virus (HPV) by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Recent research shows that both squamous cell skin cancers and actinic keratoses (pre-cancers) are caused by a combination of ultra-violet light exposure and infection with ... Read on »
Protein After, Not During, Exercise by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise High-protein meals eaten immediately after hard exercise have been shown to help athletes recover faster, but the data that taking protein during exercise improves an athlet ... Read on »
Training on Depleted Glycogen Stores? by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise An article from Australia shows that novice exercisers who train after skipping breakfast have higher muscle levels of glycogen (stored sugar) than those who train after eat ... Read on »
Nuts Prevent Heart Attacks by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise A review of 25 studies shows that eating nuts (including peanuts) lowers cholesterol to help prevent heart attacks (Archives of Internal Medicine, May 10, 2010). Eating an a ... Read on »
Strenuous Exercise Prolongs the Lives of Cells by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Italian researchers showed that after running a marathon, a person's lymphocytes live longer (BMC Physiology, May 2010). This could help to explain why exercisers live more ... Read on »
Bicycle Riding Posture by Dr. Gabe M. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Exercise Recreational bicycle riders probably should not try to tuck their heads down in the form of racers. A study from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland shows that "aerodynamic ... Read on »