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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Just a quickie tonight as, alas, SP is once again blocked @ work...sigh...!

Thx for all your support! I'm hoping this Dr. Oz episode will inspire more folks in need to have hope, catch the SPARK and reclaim their LIVES! :-)

Some links below to various segments of the show:








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    I remember seeing you. I have to wonder about the panty hose though on Richard. emoticon
    2970 days ago
    Indeed thank you soooooooo much to share it and nice to see you in moving along in the last video! Hit the road Don!
    2981 days ago
    loved the show; thanks for the links!
    2984 days ago
    Thanks Don. It was very inspiring.

    God Bless
    2984 days ago
  • KELLI9001
    Oh...I was in tears listening to these. Thanks so much for posting the links. I really wanted to see the show but missed it. Absolutely FANTASTIC. Glad such an awesome person like yourself had the opportunity to participate. Hats off to you!

    You are 1 fine man!
    2984 days ago
    Don Saw the whole show. It was amazing and I know you were in disbelief to be there. Congratulations on all your fantastic accomplishments. The smile on your face about says it all. One happy guy! Keep up the attitude and keep on goin' on.
    2984 days ago
    Thank you for the links Don.

    Spark is about to be banned possibly at my job too. emoticon
    2984 days ago
    Yes, I am in what they referred to as the "pit" to the right of Dr. Oz in the 2nd link...about in the middle of that group.

    2984 days ago
    Don - Thanks for the links! I missed the show since it's on during my work shift!

    Are you in the group behind Dr. Oz on his intro during the Richard Simmons segment? (the 2nd link) I never knew Simmons was a heavy kid.

    4A-HEALTHY-BMI: I haven't ever heard that either. I worked for the Arthritis Foundation for about a year and they don't have any research to support that either. There is no cure for arthritis and children (even infants and toddlers) can get it. Joint replacement surgery is an option for some but some medical plans won't pay for it partly because it's fairly new and the decision-makers don't always understand the procedure nor the benefits. Arthritis and chronic pain are often seen as hypocondriac diseases or "the invisible disability" because you appear healthy. Chiropractors can see the bone spurs of arthritis on an xray but medical doctors don't recognize it.

    I was lucky - my doctor said "No one can feel someone else's pain." I soak a lot - that hot bath works wonders! - and I'm always taking ibuprophen. I don't want the surgery right now but I do hear a lot of people who swear by it. Others have a long, hard recovery. Good luck with your surgery when it comes!
    2984 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2010 7:56:05 PM
    Gee, it seems I know a genuine bonafide celebrity TV star. Congrats, Don, this is awesome.
    2984 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    emoticon emoticon thanks for sharing.............blessings and hugs.......lita
    2984 days ago
    Thanks for putting these up - it was fun to see you and BOTZZZ in the audience!

    I have a bone to pick with the segment about the knees, however (and yes, pun intended). I have never read any evidence that damaged cartilage or arthritis can be repaired by losing weight, and my personal experience is not consistent with his claim, either. And I've read a lot on this, since my own knee was damaged at 17 and I've been living with it ever since.

    The pain can be lessened and additional damage can be prevented, but there will be no repair in there. The body is not "healing itself" in this case. It's just a matter of physics - less pressure on a joint can help it hurt less. But cartilage damage and arthritis are not reversible, and will not go away or lessen.

    I still cannot do any kind of impact activities without stiffness and pain afterward, although I've lost 180 lbs, have a BMI under 24, and have less than 20% body fat and massive quads from weight lifting and spinning.

    I have no idea how orange wedges are supposed to illustrate "repair" of the joint, since you're never going to be able to PUT BACK the pulp inside an orange once it's damaged or gone. And that is exactly the case with a knee, as well.

    He started with a NEW, DIFFERENT orange, and that's what the doctors recommend for me - a knee replacement. But not until 20 years from now...
    2985 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2010 3:52:09 AM
    thank you don.i have just spent an hour looking at rhese clips and other links.thank you so much.
    2985 days ago
    Awww man! I didn't catch your earlier blog until now and missed the show! : ( Will you have any clips of it that you can link on here? I would soooo love to see it!!! I'm glad the world got to see one of the biggest inspirations here! (That would be you, Don! )

    Take care!!!

    2985 days ago
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