Billy Garrett Jr. thrives in defiance of Sickle Cell Disease; Transform your Health with the Toxin Take-down Course

Episode 17.20 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 (01:33): Billy Garrett Jr. talks with Steve and Dr. Cole about his Sickle Cell condition, how he trains and has played at the highest level at DePaul University and now currently with the NY Knicks G League. The 6-foot-5 Chicago native has the “SC” form of sickle cell disease, statistically milder than the “SS” form. It is different from sickle cell trait, which can cause muscle breakdown during intense exercise.

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Garrett Jr.’s condition, in short: Red blood cells mutate into a “sickle” shape to clog vessels and limit blood flow. This can cause extreme pain emanating from joints or, worse, damage to organs. Each of these episodes is called a crisis. Triggers include stress, a lack of rest, cold temperatures (that constrict blood vessels) and dehydration — all of which describe the daily working conditions of an athlete playing high-level basketball.

Segment Two (15:20): Karen Malkin from Karen Malkin Health Counseling talks about the various program levels and resources available to improve your health, your life and improve the environment.

The 14 Day Transformation Program, the Foundation Program, Master Your Metabolism Program and announcing her new Toxic Takedown Course to be launched in October.

The new program educates you on how to reduce the toxic load in your food and environment and eliminate damage from free radicals. Karen encourages all of us to visit which provides a wealth of resources to help us live better and protect the environment.

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.

What is Aquaboom?; Treating ACL and Meniscus Tears; Treating Tendonitis and Tendon Tears

Episode 17.15 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 (01:58): Matt Kredich, Executive Director at Tennessee Aquatics,Photos from AQUA BOOM's post Knoxville and USA Swimming; American Swim Coaches Association World Clinic Speaker. Matt describes the Aqua Boom training device for upper and lower body training and rehab using variable and progressive water resistance; converting a pool into a complete gym.

Segment Two (10:29): Dr. Cole and Steve talk about the causes and treatments for ACL and Meniscus tears in elite athletes as well as the general population.

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Segment Three (18:50): Dr. Cole describes the anatomy of tendonitis, the various types of injuries and tendon tears and the various treatment alternatives.

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Successful ACL Surgery – A belated Christmas Gift for 16-year-old Basketball Player

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Madison Wisted, 16, of Wheaton, IL, is a student-athlete at St. Francis High School. A total sports nut, she grew up playing any game she could. In middle school, she competed on the volleyball and softball teams, but her real love was basketball.

She became so good that as a freshman, she made the women’s varsity basketball team and played point guard. She triumphed in eight games before the unthinkable happened. The day after Christmas, while playing in a tournament game, her knee simply “gave out.”

She immediately went for an MRI which determined that she had sprained her medial collateral ligament (MCL) and torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). While learning how to walk with crutches, she and her family began investigating the best treatment options to repair her knee.

 “We did our research carefully,” Madison explains. “We heard scary stories from other people, like surgery not going well with other doctors. So we wanted to make sure we got the best one.”

One name kept popping up: Dr. Brian Cole of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR), named one of Chicago’s top doctors for the shoulder and knee by Orthopedics This Week. Right away, Madison made an appointment with Dr. Cole, who could already see the loss of muscle in her leg. He recommended and performed surgery to repair her ACL and also gave her a leg brace with a built-in electric muscle stimulation device to both protect her knee and begin early rehabilitation to regain her muscle strength.

“Dr. Cole was very personable. We had a lot of questions coming in and he took his time with us. It made the whole process a lot easier.”

Post-surgery, Madison used the leg brace and crutches for a couple of weeks, then underwent physical therapy for about six months. In order to return to basketball with full confidence, she participated in MOR’s Functional Sports Assessment to identify potential weaknesses and risk of further injury.  “It was honestly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen,” she says of the program. “Dr. Cole was great about checking in on me and answering my questions right away. The communication was amazing.”

Despite her injury and time off the court, Madison was her team’s biggest cheerleader. “Right around the time of my injury, our team was in regionals for basketball. I was sitting on a bench with ice packs and still got to see our big win.” And, just 10 days after surgery, she went to a school dance. “Nothing was really stopping me. It was a lot of fun!”

Today, Madison is back to practicing and playing with the varsity basketball team in some capacity every day. She has even taken up golf and loves both sports.

With a positive attitude and endless kudos to Dr. Cole, Madison remains hopeful that her athletic ability will continue to improve. “Basketball has always been in my life,” she says. “And, even though it’s newer, I know I’ll be doing golf for the rest of my life too.”

If you are interested in discussing your knee, shoulder, or elbow condition with Dr. Brian Cole, call 877-MD-BONES to schedule an appointment. To learn more about Dr. Cole and his practice, visit

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.