Hip Dysplasia  in Young Female Athletes; The NBA Combine; Why we were Skinnier in the 80’s

Episode 17.12 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One (01:20): Dr. Joel Williams from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush describes Hip Dysplasia, symptoms, treatment alternatives and who might be more prone to Image result for hip dysplasiahaving the condition.

Hip dysplasia, a condition where the hip socket doesn’t fully cover the ball portion of the femur, resulting in instability, is rising in young active women, who have probably had it since birth. Recent research shows that receiving care early is vital to a successful treatment experience for hip dysplasia patients.  Doing so may help patients delay or avoid having a total hip replacement (arthroplasty).

Dr. Joel C. Williams brings seven years of training and passion for complex fracture care, post-traumatic deformity, pelvis and acetabular surgery, and complex hip surgery to Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Williams is a native of Michigan and graduated from the Michigan State University Honors Program. He then attended medical school at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. There, he was awarded a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship and spent a year doing basic science research.

Dr. Williams’ surgical training began at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, where he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. While a resident, he did a research fellowship and was awarded a grant from the Orthopaedic Trauma Association to investigate fracture healing. Additionally, he was awarded a traveling fellowship from the AO Trauma Foundation to study orthopedic traumatology in Chur, Switzerland with Dr. Cristoph Sommer. More…

Learn more about hip disorders at Hips for Life and download the Prevention Techniques Brochure

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Segment Two (12:26): Dr. Cole as head team physician for the Chicago Bulls discusses the various challenges related to the NBA Draft Combine and how they are dealt with in what is described as a complicated and chaotic process.


Segment Three (17:09): Karen Malkin from Karen Malkin Health Counseling talks about why it’s harder for adults today to maintain the same weight as those 20 to 30 years ago did, even at the same levels of food intake and exercise; how to maintain a healthy microbiome/weight and how we can avoid the obesity epidemic.

  • People are exposed to more chemicals that might be weight-gain inducing. Pesticides, flame retardants, and the substances in food packaging might all be altering our hormonal processes and tweaking the way our bodies put on and maintain weight.
  • The use of prescription drugs has risen dramatically since the ‘70s and ‘80s. Prozac, the first blockbuster SSRI, came out in 1988. Antidepressants are now one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S., and many of them have been linked to weight gain.
  • The microbiomes of Americans might have somehow changed between the 1980s and now. It’s well known that some types of gut bacteria make a person more prone to weight gain and obesity.
Karen Malkin is certified as an Integrative Health Coach and Lifestyle Practitioner and a Certified Eating Psychology Coach. Karen has a private practice in Glencoe, Illinois.  She passionately serves on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Working Group, the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Spiral Sun Ventures and Gardeneer.

What you should know about BPAs

By Karen Malkin Health Counseling

Minimize BPA exposure and stay healthy longer

When it comes to environmental toxins, it’s impossible to cut them out altogether, but it is possible to be informed so you can minimize your risk of exposure to them. You’ve likely heard of BPA (Bisphenol-A), but do you know all the places it shows up or how it impacts your health?

The Basics

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a man-made chemical with recognized endocrine disruptor properties used to make polycarbonate plastics, and is also found in dental sealants, thermal receipts, and in the linings of many canned goods. This chemical toxicant is lipophilic, drawn to fat, and was approved for use by the FDA in the ’60s.1 Research suggests that small amounts of BPA may leach into foods or beverages stored in polycarbonate containers, especially when the contents are acidic, high in fat, or heated. For example, tomato soup cans are where the levels are the highest.

The Health Risks

Almost 50 years after the FDA’s initial approval, in 2008, the agency revisited BPA and subsequently released the Monograph on the Potential Human Reproductive and Developmental Effects of Bisphenol A. Research shows that BPA acts as a synthetic estrogen with the potential to lead to hormonal imbalances and metabolic disorders.2 It’s been linked to many conditions, including infertility, reproductive cancers, obesity, behavioral changes in children, and more.

Women and newborns are particularly at risk. A CDC study showed that women with the highest levels of environmental chemicals in their urine tended to have earlier onset of menopause, which has been correlated with heart disease, infertility, and osteoporosis risk.3 And in 2008, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported that babies are born pre-polluted!

Fortunately, studies also show when you take steps to minimize your risk of exposure to BPA and other toxic chemicals, you can very quickly decrease the levels in your body. A small study of five families in San Francisco showed that within just three days of eating mostly fresh organic food and minimal use of plastic and cans, their BPA levels were reduced by two-thirds!4

Here are 4 easy ways you can lower your BPA levels:

Avoid canned foods.

A famous Harvard study showed that BPA levels were 1,221% higher in people who consumed canned soup for five days, when compared to people who consumed fresh soup for the same time period.If you must consume canned foods, choose brands with BPA-free liners, like Eden Foods and Whole Foods 365 products.

Ditch plastic in the kitchen.

Sweep your cupboards of plastic containers and replace them with glass, metal, or silicon food containers and water bottles. Good old Ball mason jars are so useful when it comes to storing food and using as a way to transport liquids. They make taller, skinnier ones that fit in cup holders and they also sell lids and straws so you can easily sip and stay hydrated.

Have your receipts emailed.  

BPA is used as a heat-activated ink developer in the production of thermal receipts, such as those dispensed from cash registers, gas pumps, and ATMs. Because the BPA sits on the surface of slick, plastic-coated paper, it absorbs easily into the skin—especially if the receipt is warm straight from the machine.6

  • Say no to paper receipts; when possible, get them sent virtually instead
  • Keep receipts in an envelope
  • Avoid giving children receipts to hold or play with.
  • Wash your hands before preparing and eating food after handling receipts

Make probiotic foods a part of your daily diet.

Because BPAs have a shelf life, in time, an enzyme or a group of bacteria come along and break it down. Fortunately, the bacteria in probiotic foods are many of the same bacteria that get rid of BPA. For example, in 2007, researchers found that the probiotics in kimchi (a fermented food) were able to help the body detoxify BPA.In 2008, scientists found that probiotics bind to BPA, limiting the amount of BPA that makes its way into your bloodstream.Some probiotic foods include: kombucha, plain yogurt, sauerkraut, and miso.

To your good health,


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Yoga for weight loss: Lose weight with these yoga poses

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I can’t – okay, I refuse – to work out. There. I said it. And you know what? It’s liberating. While we’re in the spirit of honesty, let’s be blatantly real. If we all had discipline, a means, or time for the gym, we might all look like better versions of ourselves. If you’re a self-admitted gym boycotter like me, it doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve the body or fitness level you want. One word: yoga. I know what you’re thinking, and believe me, I found it hard to believe that dainty poses and inner balance can lead to weight loss. But trust me, yoga makes you hard-core.

I always associated yoga with fitness. Inflexible people can’t possibly master those intricate poses and unwavering stability, can they? Truthfully, you don’t have to be physically fit to do yoga. The more you do it, the more agile you become – and skinnier, too.

So how does yoga shed pounds?

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Teaches us what we’re truly craving:

The beauty of yoga is that it attunes you to your inner thoughts and bodily sensations, like that feeling you get when you’re on a diet and you smell a batch of fries hitting the deep fryer. Yoga teaches you that you don’t really crave those temptations and points us to what we’re truly hungry for. Many people believe that yoga is a way to a healthier body and mind.

Leads to increased agility:

Firstly, it’s important to understand the inner-workings of yoga. It’s a practice that works from the inside out. It’s not about the amount of weight you can bench press, but about developing strength, and an internal stability that allows you to effectively channels your energy. This energy is key to becoming agile. By consistently practicing various poses, the body develops agility and loses weight.

Deep breathing is medicine for your organs:

Deep breathing is extremely beneficial for the health of your internal organs. Consistent deep breathing invigorates the organs and speeds up your metabolism. Now that’s deep!

Builds muscle:

Yoga is a strength-based practice. With increased muscle, the body is able to burn more calories than fat. It also lengthens and tones, leading to eventual slimming of the body. What makes yoga so unique is that it prepares the body for other forms of exercise. Think of yoga as a training ground for more vigorous activity. But don’t underestimate it. The easiest of yoga asanas can break the biggest sweats.

Sometimes working out does not meet the feasibility of your lifestyle. Yoga is a great way of including movement into our generally sedentary lives, in which most of us remain seated behind a screen. Yoga allows us to retain our comfort zones, while pushing us into a state of awareness.

If you are looking for a quick fix to weight loss, yoga isn’t the answer. But it’s arguably one of the most effective ways of achieving and sustaining a healthy, toned body.

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Yoga for maximum weight loss:

You may burn anything from 180 – 360 calories per hour depending on what type of yoga you are doing.

Power yoga is known for its weight loss benefits by building strength, cardio, and flexibility. A typical 90-minute session will teach you how to deep breathe and increase your internal temperature. This will allow you to get rid of toxins and water weight – ultimately boosting the lymphatic system and organs. Remember when I said it was “hard-core?”

Yoga kicks the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates digestion and hormones.

Poses for weight loss:

Certain asanas are more effective for weight loss.

• Shoulder Stand (Stimulates the thyroid and boosts the body’s metabolism)
• Fish Pose (Stimulates the thyroid and boosts the body’s metabolism)
• Spinal Twists – Cobra and lengthening child’s pose – both massage the abdomen and internal organs, which aid in digestion.
• Downward Dog and Upward facing Dog (Great for toning thighs and hips)

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Nationally Recognized Integrative Health Expert Karen Malkin Joins EWG Board of Directors

Sports Medicine Weekly is proud to announce that one of its valued partners, Karen Malkin, a leading integrative health coach and lifestyle practitioner, has joined the EWG board of directors, further raising the group’s profile as the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization advancing the importance of healthy foods free from toxic chemicals.

“Karen’s longtime commitment and expertise in helping people make healthier choices for themselves and their families aligns seamlessly with the core mission of EWG,” said the group’s president, co-founder and fellow board member, Ken Cook. “The advice and guidance around healthy diets Karen delivers could be found on some of EWG’s websites.”

“I have closely followed the work EWG has done pushing industry and the government to make healthy food more available and accessible, and I have relied on much of EWG’s research in my own work,” said Malkin. “I am excited to be part of such an important organization, and look forward to working with my fellow board members to build on their already incredible work.”

Malkin has a private health coaching practice in Chicago. As co-founder and CEO of MCT Foods, LLC, Malkin developed a line of high-quality vegan protein blends, MCT oil and superfood bars. She is the author of the “14 Day Transformation” series including “Toxin Takedown.”

Malkin serves on the advisory council for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine; the board of directors for Gardeneers, an organization that sustains and provides curriculum for Chicago Public Schools; and the advisory board for Spiral Sun Ventures, a mission-based capital fund investing in health and wellness products.

“Karen will undoubtedly bring her passion and energy to EWG’s board, and will be an important voice as we continue to take on new challenges and opportunities,” added Cook. “Karen’s fellow board members and I are thrilled she’s agreed to help chart our course going forward.”