Disc Replacement in the US

Disc Replacement in the US

Many people call us and ask what can’t I get disc replacement in the US or why did my doctor not offer me disc replacement.

You can get disc replacement in the US, but there are several limitations.

The first set of limitations come from the FDA. Since the studies were typically only done on patients with one bad disc the FDA has for the most part limited use of disc replacement in the USA to one disc surgeries.

The second limitation is age, again the FDA only allowed patients under 60 in the trials so the approval only allows for disc replacement surgery for those under 60 years of age.

If these FDA limitations were not enough to eliminate most patients from being offered disc replacement in the US as it turns out many US insurance carriers still consider disc replacement experimental and specifically exclude the disc replacement surgery from payment.

So let’s say you fit within these guidelines and are in fact offered disc replacement, now you must consider your disc replacement options and what type of product you are being offered!

Most disc replacement products approved by the FDA and offered in the US are what we consider outdated. These early free floating ball in socket type disc replacement implants have several draw backs. Surgical complications like implant migrations and implant subsidence were fairly common in early designs. Long term complications like facet joint wear and post op pain are also common due to the unnatural and uncontrolled freedom of motion and fixed center of rotation in these early disc replacement designs.

Due to these limitations fewer than 10 percent of Americans will be offered disc replacement and many will chose to go overseas for safer more advanced disc replacement implants like the Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement.

Tragically, patients with multiple bad discs, severe loss of disc space, previous surgeries and many other non-medically relevant factors may be excluded from disc replacement surgery in error. Additionally, it is quite likely that single level procedures are often performed when multi-level indications exist, resulting in poor results and risky second surgeries. Multi-level Disc Replacements are performed with great success, and three or four level Lumbar and Cervical disc replacements are quite common.

The Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement eliminates the complications and long term risks with new technology and design that prevents implant migration and controls motion in a natural way.

Artificial Disc Replacement implants now in use offer greatly improved safety and something called “Quality of Motion” that makes them truly deserve the title “Artificial Disc Replacement”.

What is Quality of Motion
Modern Artificial Disc Replacement technology has come a long way now and thousands of fusion surgeries are being avoided. These improved artificial disc replacement products can now provide a natural “Quality of Motion” unlike any of the early artificial disc replacement implants.

Improved Design

Unlike early artificial disc replacement products, the advanced artificial disc replacements available today have improved end plate attachment design to reduce implant migration and the risk of a revision surgery. These artificial disc replacement products also now have “motion control” to reduce joint hyper-activity which leads to the long term complications and pain caused by those early ball-in-socket type artificial disc replacement products. This joint hyper-activity has been found to stress the facet joints, ligaments, and muscles causing  complications and pain. The new generation artificial disc replacement implants also feature the added safety of shock absorption. This shock absorption will help to prevent injury to adjacent discs and vertebra.

We are now using the breakthrough Spinal Kinetics M6 artificial disc replacement for the Lumbar and Cervical   spine. The Spinal Kinetics M6 is the first artificial disc replacement product to truly deserve the title “Artificial Disc Replacement”. This implant achieves the ultimate goal of replicating the healthy human disc. By providing shock absorption and graded variable motion resistance, the M6 disc replacement works in concert with the remaining human discs, to provide the best possible outcome. This “Quality of Motion” is a major benefit not available in any other disc replacement implant we have seen!

We can now do multi-level artificial disc replacement, lumbar and cervical artificial disc replacement, even fusion with disc replacement hybrid procedures. These solutions come without many of the complications involved with fusion surgery and early artificial disc replacement products, many still in use today.


Learn more about The Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement here http://www.artificialdiscreplacement.com/index.html

Disc Replacement Wiki Page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intervertebral_disc_arthroplasty

Getting into the Right Shape

Don’t just feed your appetite; nourish your body as well!

The Dilemma   

 Nowadays people are getting stubborn and risky, doing things that we wanted without thinking of the possible effects and the danger it brings. And the saddest part of it, most of us are foolish enough to accept our mistakes and our waywardness that gradually ruins ourselves, but we are too hesitant correcting those errors.

“Awareness is the beginning of change.” That’s pretty straightforward, right? When you are aware that eating lots of sweets will get you diabetes and increase the risk of obesity, then you have to stop or control eating them.

But what happens is that people don’t bother regardless. We love to eat and always crave to consume chocolates, cakes, cookies, soft drinks, etc.

This unhealthy eating is happening because we are more concerned about satisfying ourselves today rather than looking forward to our health in the future.

Invest in Food Saver available from Amazon at  http://www.amazon.com/KnGLuv-Food-Saver-Container-Stackable/dp/B00MDNB8C6 , this will allow you to prepare healthy lunch, or snacks before hand, saving you time and money, and allowing you to make those healthy food choices


Going Against the River

For us to make things right, we need to go against our desire, that we know will get us to the brink of oblivion. We need to revisit the healthful facts that man needs for his existence – eating what is right and doing what is necessary.

Instead of eating a burger, spaghetti, canned goods or instant foods that are easier to get and prepare,  why not get some vegetables and fruits and other organic foods.

This might not be as easy as what we think it is but we need to do it now. We shouldn’t wait for the time that we are already undergoing a dialysis before we’ll eat healthy foods.

If you love to watch movies, playing online games or following your favorite star in twitter during your leisure time

Why not rather invest your time and resources instead in a gym or in a park doing routine workouts or simple exercises.

I know it’s tedious, but you should do it for yourself – it’s not your neighbor who can benefit out of it.

We are not prohibited to eat what we desire and do what we wanted; we just need to have some moderation. What is too much is not good, but what is not sufficient is much worse.

Hence, there’s nobody who can do it for you but you alone… even the most well-known fitness guru or the most celebrated dietitian in the world couldn’t get you into the right shape, if you didn't discipline yourself.

It takes a serious action and consideration before you may achieve the real health you desire.


Getting Fit

 Having a sexy body doesn’t mean you are healthy.

Nowadays, a lot of us want to have a hot and fit body, yet some tend to achieve it using inappropriate methods. We cannot deny the fact that some of those people who want to have a better shape are taking pills, fasting, eating inorganic and processed foods and overdoing their exercises, which is WRONG!

When you are doing this to yourself, your intention is utterly absurd –

It’s a distorted perception when you are overdoing your exercise and depriving yourself to eat because you are afraid to gain weight, or you want to lose weight faster.

This approach makes your life shorter. You might get sexy but not healthy.

Since you are depriving yourself to eat,  the nutrients that your body needs is insufficient plus you are burning them out when you are overdoing your workouts.   

If you love yourself, then STOP IT NOW!


Keeping Your Health Safe 

    • STOP your bad eating and drinking habits. Control or quit consuming foods and drinks that are inorganic.
    • Purchase A Stackable Lunch Box available on line from http://www.amazon.com/KnGLuv-Food-Saver-Container-Stackable/dp/B00MDNB8C6 , having healthy lunch on hand will keep you from being tempted by unhealthy choices
    • Get checked! It’s an ideal thing to consult your doctor regularly even if you aren’t feeling sick. One of the problems that we have is the fact that we only visit our physician when we are already suffering some symptoms or we aren’t feeling well. Remember that there are illnesses that you won’t feel in your system, not until they reach the malignancy state.
    • Start altering your lifestyle.
    • Eat well. Eat and drink only foods that will nourish your body, don’t just satisfy your appetite or hunger.
    • Quit smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages.
    • Sleep well.
    • Exercise but don’t overdo it; your body has its limits.

Do this and purchase a food storage container, you will be doing a great favor to yourself; thus, you get healthier and more productive in life. You can do more things in life because you’ll have the strength, the money, the time and the resources that you need.  You don’t need to use them for medication or for your recovery.


If you’re living healthy you’ll enjoy life to the fullest…

Top 10 health benefits of drinking tea

There are so many reasons why you should drink tea! Check out all the cute tea infusers on Amazon such as Mr and Mrs Tea, to make your tea moment even more enjoyable. If you're not drinking tea yet, read up on these 10 ways tea does your body good and then see if you're ready to change your Starbucks order!

  1. Tea contains antioxidants. Like the Rust-Oleum paint that keeps your outdoor furniture from rusting, tea's antioxidants protect your body from the ravages of aging and the effects of pollution.
  2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee. Coffee usually has two to three times the caffeine of tea (unless you're a fan of Morning Thunder, which combines caffeine with mate, an herb that acts like caffeine in our body). An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup. If drinking coffee gives you the jitters, causes indigestion or headaches or interferes with sleep — switch to tea.
  3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free, the same way a drain keeps your bathroom pipes clear. A 5.6-year study from the Netherlands found a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers.
  4. Tea protects your bones. It's not just the milk added to tea that builds strong bones. One study that compared tea drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors. The authors suggest that this may be the work of tea's many beneficial phytochemicals.
  5. Tea gives you a sweet smile. One look at the grimy grin of Austin Powers and you may not think drinking tea is good for your teeth, but think again. It's the sugar added to it that's likely to blame for England's bad dental record. Tea itself actually contains fluoride and tannins that may keep plaque at bay. So add unsweetened tea drinking to your daily dental routine of brushing and flossing for healthier teeth and gums.
  1. Tea bolsters your immune defenses. Drinking tea may help your body's immune system fight off infection. When 21 volunteers drank either five cups of tea or coffee each day for four weeks, researchers saw higher immune system activity in the blood of the tea drinkers.
  2. Tea protects against cancer. Thank the polyphenols, the antioxidants found in tea, once again for their cancer-fighting effects. While the overall research is inconclusive, there are enough studies that show the potential protective effects of drinking tea to make adding tea to your list of daily beverages.
  3. Tea helps keep you hydrated. Caffeinated beverages, including tea, used to be on the list of beverages that didn't contribute to our daily fluid needs. Since caffeine is a diuretic and makes us pee more, the thought was that caffeinated beverages couldn't contribute to our overall fluid requirement. However, recent research has shown that the caffeine really doesn't matter — tea and other caffeinated beverages definitely contribute to our fluid needs. The only time the caffeine becomes a problem as far as fluid is concerned is when you drink more than five or six cups of a caffeinated beverage at one time.
  4. Tea is calorie-free. Tea doesn't have any calories, unless you add sweetener or milk. Consuming even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing one pound per week. If you're looking for a satisfying, calorie-free beverage, tea is a top choice.
  5. Tea increases your metabolism. Lots of people complain about a slow metabolic rate and their inability to lose weight. Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Over a year's time you could lose eight pounds just by drinking green tea. Of course, taking a 15-minute walk every day will also burn calories.

Get a cute tea infuser set to make your tea time even more enjoyable. Check out Mr and Mrs Tea or Mr and Mrs ManaTea at Amazon. Great Tea Infuser gift set for any occasion.
These are great quality silicone tea infusers, similar to the infusers that Fred and Friends offers.

Drink tea, be healthy and be happy!

Over the last couple of months, me and my husband have grown to love loose leaf tea. It's so much fun exploring all the different varieties of loose leaf teas! As our collection of teas grows, so has my collection of tea infusers. I vowed that I already had more tea infusers than I needed and would not order any more, however then I saw these absolutely adorable Mr. and Mrs. ManaTea on Amazon and I simply couldn't resist! These are by far the cutest of my tea infusers and they also work so well to make an enjoyable cup of tea!

The silicone is thick and the surfaces both on the inside and the outside of the manatees is smooth – clearly a high quality product. The shaping of the manatee's face and the fin/arms resting on the arm of the cup is so well done – really well detailed. I appreciate that it is extremely easy to open and close the infuser. The two silicone pieces fit together perfectly.
The holes in the infuser are a good size to make sure the hot water blends thoroughly with the tea leaves.This is a great tea infuser gift set for any tea lover.

Drinking loose leaf tea also makes me feel very trendy and healthy since this is an emerging trend in the US. And using really cute silicone tea infusers are a great conversation starter in any circumstance.

Here are some interesting facts about tea drinking habits in the US (souce Tea Association of the USA):

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households. It is the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. On any given day, over 158 million Americans are drinking tea.

In 2014, Americans consumed over 80 billion servings of tea, or more than 3.60 billion gallons. About 84% of all tea consumed was Black Tea, 15% was Green Tea, and the small remaining amount was Oolong, White and Dark Tea. USA is the second largest importer of tea after Russia.

On any given day, over one half of the American population drinks tea. On a regional basis, the South and Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.
In 2014, over 77% of the tea brewed in the United States was prepared using tea bags. Ready-to-Drink and iced tea mix comprises more than one half (52%) of all tea prepared in the U.S., with instant and loose tea accounting for the balance. Instant tea is declining and loose tea is gaining in popularity, especially in Specialty Tea and coffee outlets.
Green Tea is growing at a much higher rate than Black Tea – up more than 60% volume over the last ten years.   

Black, Green, Oolong, Dark and White teas all come from the same plant, a warm-weather evergreen named Camellia sinensis. Differences among the five types of tea result from the various degrees of processing and the level of oxidization. Black tea is fully oxidized and Oolong teas are partially oxidized. After withering and rolling, the tea leaves undergo natural chemical reactions resulting in taste and color changes and that develop the teas distinguishing characteristics. Green & White teas are not oxidized after leaf harvesting. Oolong tea is midway between Black and Green teas in strength and color. Dark teas are fermented after manufacture.

Tea is an all-natural and environmentally sound product from a renewable source. The tea plant is naturally resistant to most insects; oxidation of the tea leaf is a natural process; and, many tea packers use recycled paper for packaging.

Tea is a refreshing beverage that contains no sodium, fat, carbonation, or sugar. It is virtually calorie-free. Tea helps maintain proper fluid balance and may contribute to overall good health. Tea contains flavonoids, naturally occurring compounds that are believed to have antioxidant properties. Tea flavonoids often provide bioactive compounds that help to neutralize free radicals, which scientists believe, over time, damage elements in the body, such as genetic material and lipids, and contribute to chronic disease.

Every day, new findings from the international scientific community lend credibility to tea’s healthy properties. Recent research has explored the potential health attributes of tea through studies in humans, animal models and through in vitro laboratory research. For the most part, studies conducted on green and black tea, which are both from the Camellia sinensis plant, have yielded similar results. Recent research suggests that tea and tea flavonoids may play important roles in various areas of health and may operate through a number of different mechanisms still being explored.

So there are really so many reasons to drink tea! It's tasty, it's healthy and with a cute tea infuser it is also fun. Besides Mr and Mrs ManaTea, Mollitiem offers Mr and Mrs Tea Infuser which is also really cute. It is similar to the ones designed by Fred and Friends and the products are of very high quality.

Drink tea, be healthy and be happy!