Myths About Spine Surgery (It’s Not Permanent Relief)

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

What Dr. Tammy Penhollow can say in an interview on
Spine Surgery:

  • Elective lumbar spine surgery rates are increasing and so are their costs.  Volume of elective lumbar fusion increased 62.3% (or 32.1% per 100,000 US adults), from 122,679 cases (60.4 per 100,000) in 2004 to 199,140 (79.8 per 100,000) in 2015. Increases were greatest among age 65 or older, increasing 138.7% by volume (73.2% by rate), from 98.3 per 100,000 (95% confidence interval [CI] 97.2, 99.3) in 2004 to 170.3 (95% CI 169.2, 171.5) in 2015. Although the largest increases were for spondylolisthesis (+47,390 operations, 111%) and scoliosis (+16,129 operations, 186.6%), disc degeneration, herniation, and stenosis combined to accounted for 42.3% of total elective lumbar fusions in 2015. Aggregate hospital costs increased 177% during these 12 years, exceeding $10 billion in 2015, and averaging more than $50,000 per admission.
  • “Failed back surgery syndrome”  or the surgeon preferred term of “post surgical spine syndrome” is an increasingly common challenge for clinicians who deal with spinal disorders owing given the expanding indications for spine surgery and the aging population.  One option is to extend the fusion to a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. . . . level.  
  • Unfortunately, reoperation is a treatment with diminishing returns.  Little more than 50% of primary spinal surgeries are successful, and no more than 30%, 15%, and 5% of the patients experience a successful outcome after the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th surgeries respectively. 
  • The prevalence and incidence of patients with this syndrome are comparable with those of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.  The problem with the pain of post surgical spine syndrome is that it is associated with a greater level of pain and a poorer quality of life and worse physical function due to nerve involvement and due to the surgical changes to the soft tissues surrounding the fusion hardware.  As such, these patients are worse off compared with those with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. 

 

Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, where develops individualized treatment plans for musculoskeletal and spine interventions with PRP and bone marrow aspirate using image guidance, as well as micro-needling with PRP for skin, hair and anti-aging conditions. She also stays active in teaching as an Instructor in Anesthesiology for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and as a Supplemental Consultant for the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

A former active duty US Naval Officer, Dr. Penhollow has lived, practiced, and has been deployed around the US and overseas. She embodies the lifestyle she recommends to her patients and is an active hiker, gardener and yogi as well as a French trained home chef and an aspiring sommelier.

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Addressing Work-Related Nightmares

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

Talking Points on What Dr. Cira Can Say in an Interview
About Work-Related Nightmares:

For most of us, work is one of the main domains of our lives; it’s where we spend the majority of our days, and therefore the majority of our energy. Most corporate cultures want us to check our personal stuff at the door the moment we arrive at work, that’s not possible. We’re human beings, not robots, so our “baggage” is with us, always. And it’s going to show up at work. 

some simple explanations

  • Some of us struggle with anxiety—performance anxiety, social anxiety, etc.—and because we spend so much time at work, these anxieties are going to manifest there.

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Why Medicare Is About to Drastically Change

Available for Interviews: Dr. Reagan B. Anderson

Dr. Anderson is the author of Universal Death Care: A Solution for Healthcare in the Age of Entitlement. Dr. Anderson was a combat doctor in Iraq, and has since run a successful medical clinic in the U.S. He wrote this book because he is tired of profit-driven policies that don’t support American’s health. For this reason, Anderson has dedicated his life to changing healthcare in America.

 

What Dr. Anderson Can Say in
an Interview on Medicare
:

    • Medicare has been solvent for years but that is about to change. For the last 2 years Medicare projects that it will run out of money in 2026. For the approximately 44 million people insured by Medicare the consequences could be dire. 

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The Art of the Pivot: How Learning This Skill Will Serve Us Long After Crisis

Available for Interviews: Ron Karr

Ron Karr is a Leadership and Influence Expert who presents to organizations worldwide and coaches CEO’s and Leadership Teams. He is the creator of the Velocity Mindset® and author of the CEO Bestselling Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way. Karr is passionate about leadership in America and its ability to heal our current challenges.

 

What Ron Karr can say in an interview

The current crisis has many pivoting to keep up and even stay afloat.  This is an important skill. It’s one we should be doing all year long regardless of a crisis situation. Ron Karr can explain the best ways to pivot as well as why this is a necessary skill afterwards.

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Referral Marketing: Winning Strategies for Generating Business

Interview: Dwight Holcomb.

Dwight Holcomb is a marketing guru who can explore the latest digital video marketing strategies that can excite your audience and help them to reach and surpass their business goals.

Talking Points from Dwight Holcomb 
on Referral Marketing:

Benefits of Referral Marketing Over
Other Types of Small Business Marketing

How the COVID Crisis Has Ushered in a New Digital Age

Interview Phil Crowley.

Philip P. Crowley, is a dedicated attorney who has been handling legal matters for pharmaceutical, biomedical, medical devices, information technology and other technology companies for over 30 years. He has also spent nearly 25 years on the board of trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology, with substantial involvement in the oversight of academic innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

Talking Points from Phil Crowley
on Coronavirus and the New Digital Age:

The COVID crisis has caused virtually unparalleled peril—but at the same time an opportunity to learn new ways of interacting with one another.

How the Coronavirus Has Ushered in
a New Digital Age

It has (1) reduced the reluctance of those who are put off by technology to use much that is available, and (2) increased the tendencies of those who like and use technology to find additional and better ways to use what is available. I characterize the changes to virtual from face-to-face as coming primarily in four categories:
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Pandemic Stress: Top 10 Ways to Avoid Adrenal Burnout

Available for Interviews: Dr. Michael Evangel

Dr. Michael S. Evangel, Chiropractic Physician, is the owner of the Chiropractic Wellness Center in Ramsey, NJ. For over 30 years, his mission is to provide state of the art, high-quality care to people of all ages. 

 

Talking Points from Michael Evangel 
on How to Avoid Adrenal Burnout Associated With the Coronavirus:

 
The 24/7 media coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic is causing the general public to experience a very high level of ongoing stress and anxiety. Watching too much coverage creates information overload and not watching enough may produce a feeling that you are missing out on something that you should know. It is smart to find your own “Goldilocks Zone.”

Why Healthcare Is So Problematic in America

Available for Interviews: Dr. Reagan B. Anderson

Dr. Anderson is the author of Universal Death Care: A Solution for Healthcare in the Age of Entitlement. Dr. Anderson was a combat doctor in Iraq, and has since run a successful medical clinic in the U.S. He wrote this book because he is tired of profit-driven policies that don’t support American’s health. For this reason, Anderson has dedicated his life to changing healthcare in America.

 

What Dr. Anderson Can Say in an Interview on Healthcare in the US:

Why You Do Not Get the Healthcare
You Deserve

  • Lack of one set of rules means that some get better care than others.
  • If you are in a lower socioeconomic category there is even more rationing of care due to worse insurance and inability to afford care.

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How Well Do You Handle Change or Surprises? 

Available for Interviews: Ron Karr

Ron Karr is a Leadership and Influence Expert who presents to organizations worldwide and coaches CEO’s and Leadership Teams. He is the creator of the Velocity Mindset® and author of the CEO Bestselling Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way.

 

How Well Do You Handle Change or Surprises? 
A How-to For Getting What You Want in Tough Times

Quarantining and dealing with the changes caused by COVID-19 can either be seen as a problem, or as an opportunity.

Here are some strategies

Global Entry Cards: Your Ticket to Expedited Travel

Available for Interviews:  Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, advocate, and journalist. He writes six weekly columns about customer service, with a special emphasis on travel and technology. His work reaches more than 10 million readers a week. You
have likely read his work in USA Today or Forbes.

What Travel Expert and Consumer Advocate, Christopher Elliot, could say the return of the most coveted travel card:

Global Entry is the gold standard for expedited reentry into the United States. It provides accelerated security and customs clearance to preapproved, low-risk travelers. . . But then the pandemic happened. . . .

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