Common Meniscus Surgery Causes Arthritis: Please Stop this Surgery!
One of the most common orthopedic surgeries on earth is partial meniscectomy. This surgery has been shown in many different trials to be ineffective and now it has a new distinction. It’s also been found in a high-level randomized controlled trial to cause arthritis. Let’s dig in. Meniscus Surgery… Read More
Could a Stem Cell Reboot Help Multiple Sclerosis?
I have a member of my extended family that has MS. It’s an awful disease on two fronts. First is that it can obviously be physically devastating. However, even if you dodge that bullet, you then have to make a myriad of decisions to take very dangerous drugs that… Read More
What Is an NMD? An Oregon Naturopath Playing an MD
We have a family naturopath that my wife and kids have been seeing for years for food-related allergies. They love the guy, and he’s been spot-on with his recommendations. So the idea that we have healthcare providers who train on natural methods to modify disease is not a problem… Read More
More Evidence Back Problems Lead to Knee Problems
I have noted for years that many of our low-back pain patients eventually develop knee pain. However, the problem with American medicine is that it’s focused on parts of the body, so we often have a spine surgeon and a knee surgeon with each not knowing much about the… Read More
Waiting on ACL Surgery Protects Knee Cartilage
Repairing the ACL within a few weeks or months of injury has become the standard of care. However, is this really best for the patient? A new study demonstrates that we may be harming more patients with this approach than we’re helping. Let’s review. ACL Reconstruction I have seen… Read More
Transcatheter Arterial Embolization for Tennis Elbow: Using a Nuke to Kill a Fly
There is a Chinese proverb from Confucius that states, “Never use a cannon to kill a mosquito.” However, in medicine, there’s also another saying: “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Where those two intersect is when doctors use overly invasive treatments to try… Read More
The Mighty Morphing Mitochondria: A Key Player in Brain Stem Cell Function
The little batteries in our cells are a critical part of what keeps us going. However, are they also a critical part in stem cell function? A new study on the mitochondria in brain cells may help us one day figure out new ways to cure Alzheimer’s disease. Mitochondria:… Read More
Is Aspirin Use Sabotaging Your PRP Treatment?
We’ve all been told for many years that we need to take an aspirin a day to help prevent heart attacks. Hence, there are many people that take this drug every day. However, given that aspirin is a blood thinner, does it impact the way your platelets work? If… Read More
Practice Act Creep: Stem Cell Procedures vs Naturopathic Practice Acts
One of the more fascinating and concerning phenomena is how naturopaths are offering invasive regenerative medicine procedures that are often well beyond what’s authorized in their practice acts. While I’ve previously focused on an analysis of Utah’s act and lax enforcement that produced a naturopath practicing interventional spine,… Read More
Are Statins Causing Heart Attacks They’re Supposed to Prevent?
We’ve written prolifically over the years about the many side effects of statins, the class of medication used to lower cholesterol. This new study delves further into the well-established connection between the use of statins and diabetes. The problem is, diabetes is a disease that puts you at greater… Read More