Sunday, September 22, 2019

Consider Sleep a SuperPower Part 2

What do Tom Brady and Roger Federer have in common?  They are both superstar athletes that continue to win even as they enter middle age.  They are also bingeing on a legal performance enhancing drug called sleep.  Too often we ignore the value of sleep.  Don't participate in the stress olympics and brag about how little sleep you get each night.  Prioritize sleep.  You will be rewarded with improved physical, mental, social and spiritual wellness.  You will enjoy more vitality.  So, start today and consider sleep a superpower.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sleep is a Superpower #DareToBeVital

Sleep is fundamental to our Vitality.  The video above challenges you to Consider Sleep a Superpower.  You can do this by making it a primary priority.  Exercising can help burn off energy and help you sleep.  Also, optimize your sleep environment by making it dark, cool,and quiet.  Learn more at: DareToBeVital

Saturday, September 14, 2019 is a movement started by Dr. Allan Mishra.  Check out the site to learn more about how to enhance your vitality.  Dr. Mishra teaches a popular course at Stanford on the topic and has lectured at Google, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB), the University of Michigan and in front of Navy SEALs.  See videos about how to Pinpoint Your Purpose and Consider Sleep a Superpower.  What do you do to enhance your vitality?  Please post below. 

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

CryoTherapy, A Vitality BioHack

Cryotherapy tanks have become quite popular.  In the video below, I explore what it is like to be in one when the temperature plummets to minus 137 degrees.  Check it out...

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Power to Heal Comes from Within

Powerful chemical weapons, also known as drugs, and sophisticated surgical procedures have dominated the practice of medicine for many decades.  For at least the last 15 years, maverick researchers and physicians have been exploring biologic alternatives to drugs and surgery.  Instead of searching the world for a novel chemical compound or engineering a sleek surgical device, they have looked in an unusual place--inside the body itself.  Could it be possible that the power to heal comes from within our own bodies?  The answer today is a qualified yes.  

Think about it for just a moment.  Next time your get a small paper cut, simply observe what happens.  You bleed a little.  It stops on it own.  You put a bandaid on it and magically it heals over the course of less than a week.  Similarly, if you sustain a simple fracture, it typically heals on its own with immobilization and a few weeks of time.  Your liver is your most amazing regenerative organ.  You can literally cut out a lobe of your liver and transplant it into someone else.  That missing lobe will then regrow on its own.  Skin, bone and liver are tissues that have excellent capacity to self heal. Other tissues need a helping hand.  Fortunately, within our own bodies are many tissues that can help heal other tissues.  Blood, bone marrow and adipose tissue (also known as Fat) are three examples.

To begin, let's explore platelet rich plasma, also known as "PRP".  PRP is a component of blood that can be prepared using a simple desktop sized centrifuge in about 10 minutes.  I have using PRP to treat chronic tennis elbow now for more than a decade with excellent success rates.  Multiple studies now confirm the value of PRP in the treatment of this common disorder.  A recent meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials noted PRP to be "of great clinical significance."  PRP has also been used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, knee arthritis and degenerative disc disease.  Overall, there are now more than 8600 published studies evaluating the basic science and clinically efficacy of PRP.   Importantly, in all of the areas studied, PRP has an excellent safety record.  That of course makes sense.  PRP is simply a component of your own blood.

Cancer immunotherapy is another example of using your body to help heal itself.  Cancer immunotherapy essentially reprograms your immune system to help fight nasty cancers.  Recently published data has found an "unprecedented" 94% of patients with a specific type of blood cancer achieving complete resolution of their symptoms.  The technique involves removing your own white blood cells, reprogramming them to attack tumors in the lab and then injecting them back into your body.  To quote one researcher, "This is really a revolution."

Finally, a therapy that sounds like it came out of a science fiction or horror movie is just beginning.  The idea of parabiosis involves merging the circulation of two animals.  The original research was done in young and old rats in 1956.  For the details please review a tantalizing paper entitled "Experimental Prolongation of the Life Span (Ref 1)  When their circulations were connected, the young mice started becoming "old" and the old mice started to appear "young".  Something in the blood of young mice was helping reverse the affects of aging in older mice.  The coats of the old gray mice were turning brown again.  Other research conducted at Stanford suggested young blood could boost brain cell growth in older mice.  (Ref 2, Ref Ref 4)  This research was so intriguing, it led to the development of a clinical trial focused on the transfusion of young blood to older patients with Alzheimer's disease.   Silicon Valley tycoons are also helping finance similar "treatments" for middle aged rich people who want to stay young or reverse the affects of aging.  A company has even been started and is presently conducting clinical trials.  Interestingly, the company is named Ambrosia after the mythologic Greek drink that was supposed to confer longevity or even immortality.  Peter Thiel, an iconoclastic venture capitalist , appears to be quite interested in this approach to combating the aging process.  This approach is clearly not yet proven but is intriguing.

If we are seeking transformative solutions to difficult problems, I suggest we look inside.  We might just find the power to heal.

Allan Mishra

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Turmeric for Tendonitis, Arthritis, and Cancer

The golden spice turmeric, commonly found in many tasty Indian dishes, contains an interesting and potentially valuable therapeutic component.  Curcumin, found in turmeric, modulates several  cellular pathways and has been used as a nutraceutical supplement to combat inflammation.  Importantly, turmeric has been found to have a high safety profile.  This is consistent with its use for thousands of years in India and China.

Research studies have shown turmeric can modify tendon inflammatory pathways.  (Ref)  One study found "curcumin can improve the quality of tendon rupture healing, and thus represents a promising strategy in the management of injured tendon tissue."  (Ref)

Tumeric / Curcumin may also be of value in the treatment of osteoarthritis by decreasing inflammatory pathways.  "Short-term supplementation with curcuminoids attenuates the systemic oxidative stress in patients with osteoarthritis.  These antioxidant effects may account for the reported therapuetic effects of curcuminoids in relieving osteoarthritis symptoms.  (Ref)  Some clinical studies suggest using Tumeric / Curcumin may result in better improvements in pain and walking when compared to using chondroitin and glucosamine supplements alone.  (Ref)  Finally, some formulations of curcumin have been specifically found to reduce the pain associated with knee arthritis.  (Ref)  (See chart below)

Recently, curcumin has also been studied as a cancer treatment.  It has been shown to inhibit a variety of pathways connected to cancer cell growth.  It may also enhance the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapy thereby enhancing its efficacy.  Much more work needs to be done but these early cancer studies have confirmed cucurmin's excellent safety profile.  I started to wonder if we should consider taking curcumin to prevent cancer.

Bloodcure's take home message for turmeric is to consider it for tendonitis and arthritis symptoms.  The data suggest the supplement is safe and it may be a natural way to treat these very common disorders.  Consider a dose of 500 mg to 1500 mg per day that contains black pepper extract.  The black pepper helps with absorption of the turmeric.

As always, check with your personal physician prior to initiating any new supplement as each of us is unique.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Leg Power Predicts Brain Power

Save your brain by strengthening your legs.

Here are a few bullet points from a recently published study by Claire Steves et al from Kings College in London about leg power and brain function.  

1.  Leg power is correlated with cognition over a 10 year period

2.  Leg power also correlated with total gray matter in the brain.

3.  Fasting blood glucose and diabetes status were other variables associated with cognition.

So, if you want to maintain your brain function over time, stop eating donuts and get your legs in shape.

One simple program is to walk more often and more vigorously.

The other is considering starting the PowerKnee Program.  This is a simple program that activates your primary leg muscles, stretches your hamstrings and uses an exercise bike to strengthen all of your lower extremity muscles.  I have been recommending it to strengthen knees but now the data is clear.  Strengthen your knees and you will also strengthen your brain.

The QuadCrunch helps to activate the quadriceps muscle.   (From the PowerKnee Program)

The results of Steves' study are important because they were conducted in twins over more than a decade.  This means that it is more likely that improved leg power results in better cognition because they controlled for genetics in addition to a variety of other factors.

Total Tendon

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tiger Woods is getting better

Check out Tiger Woods' swing.  It looks like he is feeling a lot better after multiple back surgeries.
Best of luck for a full recovery.  

Video of my own back surgery.

Total Tendon 

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Signing of the Stars and Coach Jim Harbaugh

What I learned from the University of Michigan Signing of the Stars and Coach Jim Harbaugh

by Allan Mishra

Seek a unique perspective.
Harbaugh and his expert production team took a rather mundane event (signing of high school football players) and turned it into an Oscar-like event.  The day inspired not only the Michigan football program but the entire university.

Embrace diversity.
The crowd supporting the newly signed Michigan players included Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Denard Robinson, Jordon Kovacs, Charles Woodson, wrestler Rick Flair, world champion poker player Phil Hellmuth, rap group Migos, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Coach Mike Ditka, and many others.  The collective value of the group to the signees and audience was staggering.

Sometimes you just have to ask.
Former Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz helped carry the event with excellent one liners.  Why did a coach from another school come to a Michigan football event?  Simply because Jim Harbaugh asked him.  To the new Michigan players Holtz said:  "You didn't just make a four year decision, you made a 40 year decision"  He understands and articulated how the new players would be part of Michigan for the rest of their lives---a powerful message.

"Some people think less is more, I believe more is more."---Jim Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh doesn't like meetings and discusses strategy on the field with this players and coaches during marathon four hour practices.  We all should have less meetings and execute instead of engaging in perpetual discussion.

"Those who stay will be champions"-----Coach Bo Schembechler
Harbaugh added a corollary to that famous Michigan axiom.  "Try hard and you will stay".  He has written this above the exit sign from the Michigan locker room.  The implication is clear.  Work as hard as you can and you will stay.  Stay and you will be a champion.  Embracing this mindset could help all of us in our chosen professions.

"Attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind."---Jim Harbaugh 
Harbaugh and his team gave a swag bag full of gear emblazoned with his motto to all the presenters.  After the star-studded event was over around 1 pm, Harbaugh, true to form, was quoted by the Michigan daily as saying:  “We’ll be back to work at 2.30.”  Translation---have some fun but then return to the relentless pursuit of being one of the leaders and best.

Video montage of the event produced by VisionVideo360


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Platelet Rich Plasma beats Surgery for Tennis Elbow

Treatment of tennis elbow using platelet rich plasma (PRP) resulted in an average of 83% improvement in pain scores at one year compared to baseline in a recently published study of 110 patients by Karaduman et al.  The surgery group had 46% improvement in pain scores.   Mayo elbow scores were also higher in the PRP group.  (See graphs below)  

The study used the Biomet GPS PRP device and the Nirschl surgical technique

This is an interesting study comparing the value of PRP versus a commonly recommended surgical procedure.  The data suggest PRP is a safe and effective alternative to the much more invasive and expensive surgical procedure.

See abstract and reference below:

Karaduman et el 2016



To compare short and mid-term results in the treatment of chronic elbow tendinosis with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or Nirschl surgical technique.


A retrospective study was conducted on patients with chronic lateral epicondylitis, treated by Nirschl surgical technique (50 elbows) or PRP (60 elbows). Outcome was evaluated with Visual Analog Score (VAS), Mayo Elbow Scores and grip strength measurements.


VAS and Mayo Elbow Scores of the PRP group had improved as a mean of 83% (p = 0.0001), 74% (p = 0.0001) over baseline and 34.2 pounds gain of grip strength.


The PRP seems to be better for pain relief and functionality in the short and mid-term periods.


  • Nirschl surgical technique
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP)
  • Chronic elbow tendinosis

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Biologic Orthopedic Society passes 5000 Member Mark

The Biologic Orthopedic Society (BOS) recently passed the 5000 member mark.  (Link to join)

The society was started in 2012 with the simple goal of connecting what I thought would be 200-300 people interested in biologic orthopedics.  The group has dramatically exceeded those expectations. We now have members from six continents spanning many different orthopedic, musculoskeletal and business disciplines.  As 2016 unfolds, the BOS will hopefully continue to grow and help advance this rapidly expanding field.

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