PodCast: Non-Cellular Treatments in Regenerative Medicine

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. Warren Bleiweiss’ podcast interview. You can listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcript below. Enjoy!

In this podcast, Dr. Bleiweiss further discusses regenerative medicine, with a focus on non-cellular treatments.

 

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Podcast Interview:

 RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the U.S.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Warren J. Bleiweiss about the exciting field of regenerative medicine. He is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and is Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management.  His long list of accomplishments includes leadership experience as a hospital anesthesiology department director, the inventor of a patented medical device, and the founder of one of the first multi-disciplinary pain management centers in New Jersey.

Dr. Bleiweiss also pioneered the treatment of oxygen ozone disc injection therapy in the United States, which is a powerful regenerative treatment. He has also been successfully treating patients for over 30 years. Dr. Bleiweiss specializes in minimally invasive alternative treatments that heal patients without surgery or potentially harmful medications. His treatment protocols are specifically designed to activate the body’s innate ability to recover and regenerate. His practice has been producing excellent results by utilizing these alternative methods.

We previously discussed oxygen ozone treatments with Dr. Bleiweiss. Today we are focusing on other aspects of regenerative medicine, and we are discussing non-cellular treatments in regenerative medicine.

Hello, Dr. Bleiweiss. How are you today?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: I’m great, thank you.

RC: Thanks again for joining me.

Since you keep up with and stay on top of the new developments in the field of regenerative medicine, I would like to ask you about non-cellular treatments in regenerative medicine. Could you please give us a brief overview?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Yes, I’d be very happy to. I want to start by briefly mentioning that I discussed cellular regenerative treatments, which are commonly known as stem cell treatments, in a previous interview. If anybody is interested in learning a little bit more about those treatments, I’d encourage them to listen to that interview.

By contrast, non-cellular regenerative medicine treatments are biological agents, but they do not contain cells. The goal of regenerative medicine with stem cells and non-cellular treatments is the same. The goal is the same. It’s to restore structure and function of damaged tissues and organs. The agents are different because the non-cellular treatments do not contain cells, but they are biologic agents. These biologic agents activate the body’s own repair system, which again, will help regenerate damaged tissue and restore structure and function. There are many, many, many types of non-cellular regenerative medicine treatments. I’m going to limit this discussion to four types of non-cellular treatments.

The first is exosomes, which I find an extremely, extremely fascinating topic. I could talk about exosomes for hours, but I’m not going to do it today. Exosomes are tiny vacuoles. They’re excreted by cells, so they’re cellular excretion products. They’re not cells themselves because they don’t reproduce, but they’re cellular excretion vesicles. They contain, among other things, messenger RNA, microRNA, proteins. I can’t get into a whole discussion now about what actually is a messenger RNA versus a microRNA, but there’s plenty of information on the internet regarding these things. They could be used in every aspect of regenerative medicine. They have amazing regenerative and modulating properties.

Another potent regenerative medicine non-cellular treatment is oxygen ozone injection therapy. Oxygen ozone injection therapy, it has multiple actions, but one of the things that it does is it works through what’s known as the redox system. The redox system controls the cell cycle. The cell cycle has to do with when a cell decides to divide and create a new cell. In the proper doses, oxygen ozone injection treatments can induce cells to reproduce, to divide, to increase their number. It also vastly improves oxygen delivery to tissue.

Another treatment is A2M. A2M stands for alpha-2-macroglobulin. Alpha-2-macroglobulin is a very large molecule that is produced by the liver and circulates in our blood. It actually captures and deactivates enzymes that destroy cartilage, and joints, and discs. You might wonder why if it’s in our blood, why is that a treatment. The reason is that once a disc is destroyed or is in the process of being destroyed, and once a joint is in the process of being destroyed, the blood supply is compromised. The A2M from our body cannot get into these structures in the proper doses to actually switch off these destructive enzymes. By isolating the A2M and concentrating it, and introducing it into a disc or a joint, it’s a very powerful regenerative medicine tool.

The last one I want to mention is PRP. PRP has been around for a very long time. It contains many growth factors. It is a regenerative treatment. PRP is very complicated though because there are many different types of PRP. A lot of clinicians do not quite understand that the preparation of the PRP is very important. Now, I’m not knocking clinicians. I’m sure there are a lot of very fine clinicians who fully understand this topic, but there are also a lot of places that you come in and everybody gets the same PRP. It’s like a one size fits all. All PRP is not the same. I want to stress that. Depending on the machinery that’s used to spin down the platelets, the fraction that is withdrawn from the aliquot that is spun down, and how it’s administered, there’s many factors that determine whether it’s a regenerative type of PRP, or whether it’s a pro-inflammatory type or PRP, or whether it has a combination of both. It is a powerful tool, but it has to be fully understood and it has to be used properly.

These are just some of them. Like I said, there are so many treatments. It’s a fascinating field. I just gave you a brief overview of some of the most common types of non-cellular regenerative treatments.

What conditions can be treated with non-cellular applications of regenerative medicine?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Again, there are many, many conditions that could be treated. I’m going to mention four conditions that I treat with these non-cellular regenerative medicine treatments, and that they’re very effective in treating. I want to come back to the difference between cellular and non-cellular after I mention these four treatments and discuss how we make a decision on what product to use.

These treatments are very effective for osteoarthritis of joints, which we all develop through normal aging and wear and tear. It could be of the shoulder, the hips, the knees. All of us to varying degrees develop these conditions. Sometimes it’s severe, sometimes it’s not severe. Sometimes it’s more prevalent in a hip or a knee in one individual, and sometimes in another joint in another individual. These treatments are very effective in helping restore structure and function to these damaged joints. Hair loss is also something that is treated with non-cellular regenerative medicine. It’s very effective in inducing follicles that are still active to increase the number of hairs and increase the thickness of the hair. It’s very good at treating aging of the skin. I’ve mentioned this before with cellular treatments, it’s not going to get rid of all your wrinkles. I’m not suggesting you have wrinkles. I’ve never met you. I’m just saying if somebody does have wrinkles, it’s not going to get rid of all the wrinkles, but it will rejuvenate the skin.

I just want to take a step back. It’s not altering the normal skin. You could get rid of wrinkles by injecting substances into the wrinkle like Restylane, I believe it’s called. I don’t do those treatments. You go to a dermatologist, they inject a substance into the wrinkle, or you could have Botox. There are other treatments. These things alter the anatomy. It’s not working with your own body’s healing system. Yes, you could puff up a wrinkle so you can’t see it, but what I’m talking about is working with your body’s innate ability to heal the damage that has occurred to our skin over time through various things, for example, sunlight, ultraviolet light from the sun. No matter how much suntan lotion we slather on ourselves, we do over time get exposure to ultraviolet light, and we do get damage from that.

Also, declining mental function. At the risk of repeating myself multiple times, I do want to, again, say that I’m not suggesting that you could take someone with severe dementia and give them these treatments and they’re going to be like new, but they are extremely effective. Many clinicians have reported effectiveness in improving cerebral function, dementia, or Alzheimer’s, particularly in the early stages.

The other thing I wanted to mention, and I talked about this in the beginning, is that I have discussed treatment of these issues with stem cells. Now I’m discussing it with non-cellular treatments. Someone listening to me might think, “Well, why are you saying stem cells could treat this and also non-cellular things could treat it? It’s very confusing.” The answer is it’s not confusing, it’s scientific. There is a reason why various treatments work better for different people and different conditions.

For example, let’s talk about knee pain and joint problems. Not every joint problem is the same. There are a lot of different joint problems that cause knee pain, and not every individual is the same. My job, one of the most important things in my job is to assess each individual personally and to determine which treatment is the best treatment for their condition. I will determine whether somebody, for example, might need stem cells to treat their knee joint, or they might need ozone to treat their knee joint, or exosomes. These are decisions that I make based on the individual person, what their medical condition is, their state of health, what their specific joint condition is, and other factors that I determine. That’s why we call this personalized precision medicine.

The other thing that I’ve mentioned in the past but I’ll mention it again is it’s very important for a physician to be fluent in performing all of these procedures and to understand the different types of treatments that are available because only then can you determine what is the best treatment for an individual. If I’m going in for a treatment for arthritis in my knee, for example, and stem cells could help and ozone could help, they both could help, I want to know which one has a better chance of helping. If one has a 60% chance of helping and one has an 80% chance of helping, for my specific condition, I have to reiterate that. This is not one treatment fits all. This is for my specific condition. I want the one that is going to have an 80% chance of helping me, and that’s what I do.

How do you evaluate a patient to determine if they are a candidate for one of these procedures?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: This segues very nicely into what I was just discussing. It’s the most important part of the treatment, and that’s the initial evaluation. I’ve said this in previous interviews. I evaluate every patient myself. I perform a history. I look at the labs. I look at the imaging. I sometimes order additional labs if I feel they’re necessary. I do a physical examination. That’s really the only way to evaluate a patient to determine if they’re a candidate for one of these procedures.

Could you walk us through what a typical patient would experience when they have a non-cellular regenerative medicine procedure?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Yes, I’d be happy to. As we discussed with the cellular treatments in a previous interview, it’s essential to assure that a patient is in optimal health before the treatment so they’ll have the best chance of effective healing. That is a very, very important aspect of this treatment. With non-cellular treatments, preparing the patient is different than with cellular treatments. I’m not going to get too involved in the cellular treatments, which are stem cell treatments as we discussed, because I discussed it in detail. Those cells are living cells.

The way the patient is prepared is typically different than the non-cellular treatments. For example, when I discussed the stem cell treatments, I indicated that it is not appropriate to do the evaluation and the treatment on the same day and just send the patient home. There is a specific protocol to get the body ready for the stem cells and to nurse the patient along through the treatment process and the post-treatment process.

With non-cellular treatments, because they’re not living cells, certain treatments, not all, can be administered the day of the initial consult. For example, treating hair loss with ozone, that could be done the first day I see a patient typically. There might be other issues that I’m not going to get into, all of the little minute details. Typically, if a patient comes in for treatment with ozone injections for hair loss, that could be done on the same day. I will make that decision. Again, the most important part of deciding what treatment to do and how the patient is prepared for the treatment is the initial evaluation, which includes a careful history, a physical examination, and review of the testing. Again, as I discussed earlier, I’m the one who does that evaluation, and I’m the one who makes the decision. Then I discuss it with the patient. The procedures that are done are outpatient procedures that are in the office. The only time it’s done at a surgery center, again, as an outpatient procedure is if it involves a disc injection because those injections have to be performed with fluoroscopic guidance, which requires special equipment.

RC: Thank you so much, Dr. Bleiweiss. We know you’re busy, so I want to thank you for your time and your help today.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: You’re welcome.

RC: For our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with the doctor, please visit www.alternativedisctherapy.com, or call 973-403-3334 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our team, we want to thank you for listening, and we look forward to bringing you more top-quality content from our country’s leading experts.

 

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PodCast: Cellular Treatments in Regenerative Medicine

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. Warren Bleiweiss’ podcast interview. You can listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcript below. Enjoy!

 

Podcast Interview:

RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the U.S.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Warren J. Bleiweiss about the exciting field of regenerative medicine. He is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and is Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management.  His long list of accomplishments includes leadership experience as a hospital anesthesiology department director, the inventor of a patented medical device, and the founder of one of the first multi-disciplinary pain management centers in New Jersey.  

Dr. Bleiweiss also pioneered the treatment of oxygen-ozone disc injection therapy in the United States which is a powerful regenerative treatment. He has been successfully treating patients for over 30 years. Dr. Bleiweiss specializes in minimally invasive alternative treatments that heal patients without surgery or potentially harmful medications.  His treatment protocols are specifically designed to activate the body’s innate ability to recover and regenerate. His practice has been producing excellent results by utilizing these alternative methods.

We previously discussed oxygen-ozone treatments with Dr. Bleiweiss. Today we are focusing on other aspects of regenerative medicine and we are discussing cellular treatments in regenerative medicine.

Hello Dr. Bleiweiss, how are you today?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: I’m very well, thank you.

RC: Well, thanks for joining me again and I understand that you are very knowledgeable and up to date in the field of regenerative medicine.

Today, I would like to ask you about cellular treatments in regenerative medicine. Could you please give us a brief overview?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Yes. I’d be very happy to. So, cellular treatments of regenerative medicine are typically known as stem cell treatments. So, for the purpose of this discussion, I’m going to use the phrase stem cell treatments. There are multiple safe sources of stem cells. To name a few, there are bone marrow stem cells, there are fat derived stem cells, and there are umbilical cord blood stem cells. Now, these cells have different qualities, but they act in very similar ways. And some of the ways that stem cells are very powerful healing agents in the body is that they have an ability to signal and activate stem cells that are present in our own body.

So, I want to take a step back and briefly discuss that the fact that we have a reservoir of stem cells in our body. When we’re young, these stem cells are very active and as we age, the stem cells become less plentiful and less active and there are also dormant stem cells. When we do stem cell treatments and we introduce new stem cells from whatever source, I’ve named a few, these stem cells will migrate to an injured structure or often we inject it directly into the injured structure or introduce it into the injured structure. The stem cells will sense the injury and send off signaling molecules that will activate dormant stem cells that we already have in our body. And those stem cells will follow the concentration gradients of these signals and actually migrate to the injured area. So, if the stem cells that we use are not only helping the cells that are injured, they’re also signaling for help from the other stem cells. It’s kind of like calling 911 if somebody’s injured and help arrived.

The stem cells have an extremely amazing ability to sense what an injured or damaged or dying cell needs and to provide that cell with what they need to nurse it back to health. All right, so I’ll elaborate. Let’s say an injured cell, we’ll talk about a joint. So, you have an injury in your joint and cartilage cells are injured and they’re dying. And if that continues, it becomes an arthritic condition that’s chronic which we call osteoarthritis. The stem cells will sense what these injured and dying cells need and excrete whatever it is, whether it’s a growth factor or another product that will help the cell heal. And the stem cells can also even donate their own mitochondria to an injured cell.

A mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. The mitochondria creates energy for the cell to live. Without a mitochondria, the cell cannot live. You could actually demonstrate this in a research laboratory that a stem cell will actually attach itself to an injured cell and donate its own mitochondria to that cell. So, these are just some small examples of how these cells will have powerful healing effects.

The bottom line is that all of our tissues have the capacity to regenerate and they just need the proper signals. Stem cells activate our own bodies’ repair system. So, for a patient, this means that we now have the ability to naturally restore structure and function of tissues and organs that are damaged by repeated trauma over time, stress, toxins, aging. All of these issues can damage structures in our body, whether it’s our skin, our hair, our lungs, our joints. This is how we treat it with stem cells.

What conditions can be treated with regenerative medicine using cellular treatments?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: There are many, many conditions that can be treated with stem cells. Listing every single treatment is definitely beyond the scope of this discussion because it would take a very long time. So, I’m just going to go over a few treatments. We already discussed osteoarthritis. Almost everybody on the planet as we age, develops osteoarthritis and can be of different joints. Some people have it worse in the knees. Some people have it worse in the hips, some people have it worse in the hands, it’s a common element. Stem cells are very effective in treating osteoarthritis. And again, as I mentioned before, this is a restoration procedure. This is a procedure that restores structure and function. We’re not just managing the condition, for example, with ibuprofen, with steroid injections, with lubricating injections; we’re not replacing the joint with metal, we’re restoring the structure and function of the joint.

Another condition that I mentioned is, as we age, a lot of us, unless we’re very lucky, especially men, start having thin hair and it turns out that stem cell treatments are very effective in inducing hair follicles to produce more hair and thicker hair.

As we age, we all get aging of the skin and stem cells are very, very good at rejuvenating the skin. Now they’re not going to get rid of all your wrinkles if you have wrinkles, but they’re definitely going to make your skin look and feel younger.

In conditions such as Alzheimer’s where there’s declining mental function, stem cells have been shown to be very effective. I believe we discussed this previously, I don’t want to give the impression that if someone has Alzheimer’s, you give them stem cells, they are going to be completely back to their normal self. I’m not making that representation, but they definitely will improve brain function to varying degrees in people with reduced brain function, especially if it’s picked up early and it hasn’t progressed to a very serious state. So, these are some of the conditions that are treated with stem cells.

How do you evaluate a patient to determine if they are a candidate for one of these procedures?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Well, this is the most important step, the initial evaluation because first of all, if someone’s not a candidate, you don’t want to put someone through a treatment that they don’t need or will not likely benefit them. We don’t want to treat someone if there’s only a 50/50 chance of it helping. We want there to be a very significant chance of it helping, for example, 80%.

Also, there were so many different types of regenerative medicine treatments. Today we’re talking about cellular treatments, which as I stated before are commonly referred to as stem cells. There are varying types of stem cells, which we briefly went over. There are also a lot of non-cellular regenerative medicine treatments which I believe we’re going to discuss at a later time.

It’s very important for a physician to know which treatment is best for which patient. So, for example, I could treat a joint with stem cells and I could also treat a joint with non-cellular regenerative medicine treatments such as ozone. It depends on the joint condition. It depends on the individual. It depends on the goal of the treatment. All of these things are up to me to figure out in the initial evaluation and to determine what is best for the patient.

A lot of us refer to this as personalized precision medicine, because it’s personalized for the individual and it’s precise for that condition.

The history, the initial evaluation is the most important part as far as I’m concerned. I do all my initial evaluations. I don’t have anybody else doing it. I’m the person who does it. I do a careful history. I look at images. I look at laboratory tests. I might order some additional laboratory tests and I do a very careful physical examination and thorough for their condition. I mean, for example, if someone comes in with a joint condition, I’m not going to do an EEEG to evaluate their brain obviously. So that’s the most important step.

Could you walk us through what a typical patient would experience when they have a cellular regenerative medicine procedure?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Yes, I’d love to. So again, I’d like to reiterate that these treatments are all about helping the body heal, regenerate and restore structure and function. It’s essential to assure that a patient is in optimal health to have the best chance of healing. I’m going to say that again because this is, I think, one of the most important issues. A patient’s body has to be in optimal health to have the best chance of success with these treatments. The reason why I repeated it twice is because I could go on the Internet and look up stem cell treatments and you’ll see advertisements and it says something like, “Have your consultation and your treatment on the same day and go home.” To me, that’s not an optimal treatment. That’s not the way I treat patients.

The very first thing, the most important thing as we already discussed is to do the initial evaluation because the initial evaluation is number one, going to tell me if a patient’s a good candidate for a procedure, number two, I’m going to determine which of the multiple procedures that are available are most likely to help that person. As I stated before, that’s why we call it personalized precision medicine or precision personalized medicine, however you want to say it. So that’s the most important first step.

The other thing that I want to point out is that a physician has to be well versed in performing all of these procedures because if I can’t perform procedure X and I could only perform procedure Y, if the patient needs procedure X, they’re not going to get procedure X from me. I mean, for me, I would send them out for procedure X, but in some instances, they might get procedure Y which is a good procedure, but it’s not the best procedure for them. So that’s the first step. Sometimes I’ll order additional specific laboratory tests to check out issues that I feel are important.

The next step is to prepare the body for the procedure. Now, preparing the body for the procedure involves nutritional guidance, vitamin supplements which we provide, a light exercise regimen, probiotics to help the gut health, which is very important because if you have a leaky gut and you’re getting toxins in your body, it’s going to negatively affect the stem cells. We encourage proper sleep, we encourage proper hydration. Now, this phase and the treatment is different for everybody. Remember I talked about personalized medicine.

Everybody is different. This phase could last a short time or it could last weeks. So for example, if someone comes in to see me and they injured their knee and they’re a 45-year old yoga instructor, they’re a vegan, they take vitamins every day for the last 30 years and they’re very healthy. That’s going to be a different preparation period than an average person like for example, me who tries to be healthy and tries to exercise, but I don’t always really keep up with it or I might cheat every once-in-a-while on what I eat and maybe have a little chocolate ice cream here and there, in a moment of weakness. So, I’m going to require a little more preparation than the 44-year old yoga instructor that’s been living healthy for their whole entire life. But again, this is personalized. It’s individual. I make that decision on how much preparation is needed.

Now, there’s an extra step for some specific procedures. So, if I’m injecting stem cells into a joint, I like to prepare the joint with oxygen ozone. Now it’s not done on the same day and I don’t want it to interfere with stem cells. But what the oxygen ozone does among many things, it helps with tissue oxygenation. It helps create optimal tissue oxygenation. And that’s not just because of the oxygen that’s in the oxygen ozone. It’s because of the blood flow to the tissues that’s induced by the oxygen-ozone injection. There are other benefits of oxygen ozone, which I don’t want to go into a very long discussion on. I’ve actually discussed it in the past in pretty extensive detail.

Then there’s the cellular treatment procedure, which is an outpatient office procedure. It is usually done under ultrasonic guidance. If it’s a disc injection, it has to be done in an outpatient center because I require a fluoroscopy machine, which is a large machine to do that procedure, but that’s also an outpatient procedure.

And the other thing that’s important is the post procedure care. I don’t just do the procedure and send the patient on their merry way. I want to see the patient for a follow up. I want the patient to continue taking various vitamins. I want the patient to know how to rehabilitate, let’s say it’s a joint. So what exercises do they have to do, how much pressure can they put on the joint? These are all very, very important things. So, it’s a protocol and it’s personalized for each individual.

RC: Okay. Well, thank you so much Dr. Bleiweiss. We know you’re busy, so I want to thank you for all of your time and your help today.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: You’re welcome.

RC: And for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with the doctor, please visit www.alternativedisctherapy.com or call 973-403-3334 to schedule an appointment.

And on behalf of our team, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top-quality content from our country’s leading experts.

 

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Regenerative Medicine – the Exciting and Rapidly Evolving New Medical Field – Podcast Interview

Below you will find an easy to read a full transcript of Dr. Warren Bleiweiss’ new podcast interview on February 12, 2019. You can listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcript below. Enjoy!

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Podcast Interview:

 RC: Hello, everyone. This is Liz Harvey, coming to you from our studios in New York City, where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the U.S.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Warren Bleiweiss about the exciting field of regenerative medicine. He is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. His long list of accomplishments includes leadership experience as a hospital anesthesiology department director, the inventor of a patented medical device, and the founder of one of the first multi-disciplinary pain management centers in New Jersey. Dr. Bleiweiss also pioneered the treatment of oxygen ozone disc injection therapy in the United States, which is a powerful regenerative treatment.

He has been successfully treating patients for over 30 years. Dr. Bleiweiss specializes in minimally invasive alternative treatments that heal patients without surgery or potentially harmful medication. His treatment protocols are specifically designed to activate the body’s innate ability to recover and regenerate. His practice has been producing excellent results by utilizing these alternative methods.

We previously discussed oxygen ozone treatments with Dr. Bleiweiss. Today we are focusing on other aspects of regenerative medicine, and we are discussing the exciting, rapidly evolving medical field of regenerative medicine.

Hi, Dr. Bleiweiss. How are you today?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: I’m good, how are you?

RC: I’m doing great. Thanks so much for joining me.

I know you stay informed about the rapidly developing science of regenerative medicine. Could you please give us an overview of some of these exciting scientific breakthroughs?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Yes, I’d be happy to, I’m always happy to discuss this amazing field of medicine. I’d like to first point out some of the differences between regenerative medicine, and traditional, what we call modern medicine. So, modern medicine manages diseases and attempts to heal diseases by various modalities such as, giving antibiotics for bacterial infection, providing medications for conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Or, in the case of severe joint problems such as severe osteoarthritis, we have the joint replacement procedures that surgeons perform.

The goal of regenerative medicine is to restore structure and function of damaged tissues and organs in the body. The body has the innate ability to heal itself, and regenerative medicine harnesses this capacity of the body and uses it to actually help heal conditions.

I’ll give you an example. I mean, these are things that I’ve just thought about in the past. Have you ever thought back to when you were really young? I actually don’t know how young you are, but let’s talk about when we were teenagers, or in our early 20s. You twist your knee, let’s say, playing basketball or football, or whatever sport you do. Or you fall off your bicycle and slam onto the ground. Or you twist your knee and fall off your bicycle the same day and slam onto the ground. You know, it hurts, and you’re sore. Very rapidly, whether it’s today or two days, you feel better and it becomes a non-event. Most likely the next week or two weeks later, you don’t even remember. You’re out playing football or basketball, or riding your bike and you’re not even thinking about the fact that you hurt yourself a couple of weeks ago.

As we get older and we age, that doesn’t happen quite the same way. So, injuries start taking longer and longer to heal. In our later years, we start accumulating, I call it accumulating injuries. Certain injuries just might take years to heal, or they don’t heal at all. That’s because of the body. Like I said, the body has the innate ability to heal. We have a vast reserve, a reservoir of STEM cells, and there are other healing qualities a body has.

Let’s talk about STEM cells. Those cells are activated, and if we have an injury and they migrate to the injured tissue and they nurse the injured tissue back, sometimes they might even replace the injured tissue. As we get older, it doesn’t really break down, but it becomes less active. At some point, we start losing the battle between normal cell death which occurs every day. Every day we lose like somewhere around 300 million cells in our body to death. It’s just a normal thing. We always keep pace with it, but as we get older and older and it’s different for each individual. Let’s just say in the late 40s, we start losing the balance between replacing those cells and losing the cells, the balance shifts over where we lose more than we replace.

Regenerative medicine is a medical field that activates the dormant STEM cells in our body with various treatments such as injecting new STEM cells, or harvesting STEM cells from our body and re-injecting it into an injured area or using biologics act to reactivate these STEM cells. It reactivates the normal healing systems in the body. So, regenerative medicine is called regenerative because it helps regenerate. Now, it’s not going to make us all 20 years old again but it does help heal structures that are injured over time.

How are you able to stay on top of such a rapidly developing medical field?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: It takes a lot of work, and a lot of time, but it’s something that I’m just so fascinated by and I love. So, I’m very happy to spend the energy to stay on top of this. As in any field, whether it’s a medical field or you’re an engineer, or you work in electronics or whatever it is, we have to keep up with the published literature. There’s a vast amount of literature that’s published. When I say literature, I’m talking about research publications on new developments. I regularly keep up with the literature.

I also regularly go to conferences with experts in the field. In fact, I just came back from one very interesting conference. Not only do we at these conferences get to present the new findings and go over old techniques, but it creates an environment where professionals get together and discuss various treatments, and how to improve them, et cetera. I also talk on a fairly regular basis with the experts in the field, because most know each other and have each other’s contacts. If there’s any new developments or if I think of something really exciting, I could call one of the researchers and discuss it with them.

I’m also a member of the Academy of STEM Cell Physicians. We have weekly conferences. It’s done over the internet where we all get together and discuss issues. So, I’m very on top of the field.

What are some of the clinical applications of this new medical field?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: The clinical applications are almost unlimited. I want to again stress that these treatments are regenerative and they restore structure and function. It’s a cellular rejuvenation and replenishment phenomenon as opposed to just managing something for example, with medications.

It helps the body heal. For example, if we have a joint problem like osteoarthritis of the knee or the shoulder, or the hip. The regenerative medicine treatments could help restore the structure and function of the joint. It could help skin to rejuvenate. It could help hair follicles to reproduce more hair and thicker hair. If the follicles are dead, like if someone is totally, totally bald like, very shiny skin with no follicles, it’s not going to just regrow a head of hair. If you have thinning hair with follicles left, the treatments will induce those follicles to produce larger amounts of hair, and thicker hair. There’s a lot of promise that it helps to improve brain function. For example, in various forms of dementia and early Alzheimer’s.

So, those are just a few applications, but there’s a vast amount of applications.

How would a typical patient benefit from these treatments?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: So, a typical patient would feel less joint pain, feel younger, look younger, have increased vitality, and have improved brain function, if brain function is diminished. It’s not going to turn all of us into little Albert Einstein’s, but if it’s diminished it could help. So, it’s a very good thing.

I’ll give you another example, comparing, I don’t know why I think back to when I was younger, when I think of this regenerative medical stuff. The other day I was stuck in traffic and it took me about an hour and a half to get home. I get out of the car, and my back’s a little stiff, and my joints are a little stiff, and it takes me walking a little bit to get back to feeling good again. I was thinking that when I was younger, I went to college in Boston and I lived in New York, on Long Island. One day a friend of mine called me up and said, “Hey, let’s drive up to Boston today and visit our friends. We haven’t seen them, it’s the summer time. We’re not going to see them for a couple of months.” So, we got in his father’s Chevy Impala and we drove to Boston, and we had dinner, and we drove back to Long Island in one day. I don’t remember feeling stiff when I got out of the car. I mean, I don’t remember any of that.

So, these are aspects of aging that could really be helped with these regenerative medicine treatments.

RC: Okay. Well, thank you Dr. Bleiweiss. We know you’re busy, so I just want to thank you for your time and your help today.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Thank you very much.

RC: For our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with the doctor, please visit www.alternativedisctherapy.com or call 973-403-3334 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our team, we want to thank you for listening, and we look forward to bringing you more top-quality content from our country’s leading experts.

 

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Dr. Warren Bleiweiss’ New Podcast Interview by RazorCast: Simple and Effective Relief for spinal disc pain conditions

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. Warren Bleiweiss’ podcast interview. You can listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcript below. Enjoy!

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Podcast Interview Transcript:

RC: Hello, everyone. This is Liz Harvey, coming to you from our studios in New York City, where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the U.S.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Warren J. Bleiweiss, a leader in the United States in the emerging medical field of oxygen ozone injection therapy, for the treatment of herniated discs, joint and muscle pain, and injuries. Dr. Bleiweiss pioneered oxygen ozone disc injection therapy in the U.S. He is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. His long list of accomplishments includes leadership experience as a hospital anesthesiology department director, the inventor of a patented medical device, and the founder of one of the first multi-disciplinary pain management centers in New Jersey. He has been successfully treating patients for over 30 years.

Dr. Bleiweiss specializes in minimally invasive alternative treatments that heal patients without surgery or potentially harmful medications. His treatment protocols are specifically designed to activate the body’s innate ability to recover and regenerate. His practice has been producing excellent results by utilizing these alternative methods.

We have previously discussed how there are many ways that ozone injection therapy is unlike other alternative treatment modalities. Today we are discussing how ozone injection therapy is the only alternative treatment that does not entail regularly repeated treatments. Due to ozone injection therapy’s unique effectiveness, the majority of patients do not require repeated treatments.

Hi, Dr. Bleiweiss. How are you today?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: I’m great, thank you.

RC: Thanks again for joining me.

How does oxygen-ozone injection therapy actually work to relieve pain in a spinal disc or joint?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: We’ve discussed this question in depth in the past, but I would like to go over some of the important aspects of oxygen-ozone injection therapy. The bottom line is it improves the environment for the existing cells in whatever structure you’re injecting. It does that on multiple levels. For example, it increases blood flow and oxygen delivery to tissues. It decreases inflammation. It increases the ability of cells to cope with oxidative stress. Now, I don’t want to go into this too deeply because I’ve covered this in the past, so I encourage anybody that’s interested to listen to previous interviews. But that’s an extremely, extremely important aspect, and it helps prevent further injuries by increasing the body’s ability to cope with oxidative stress.

It also kills almost all pathogens. There’s a theory that low grade infections can contribute to disc and joint degenerations in certain circumstances. An extreme example of this is Lyme disease. We all know that Lyme disease can destroy joints over time, and ozone kills pathogens, and it kills the Lyme organism also.

Also, in addition to that, for discs, it shrinks the disc just enough to get the pressure off of the nerve. Patients have asked me does it shrink it a lot? Does it cause other problems? No, it doesn’t. It shrinks it just enough to get the pressure off the nerve. Unlike surgery, where you’re taking a piece of the disc out and the disc height is reduced significantly, ozone does not reduce the disc height.

It also stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts, which are the cells that make up fibrous tissue, and proliferation is the fancy word for, it means increasing the number rather than increasing the size or the strength. So that’s important, for example, muscles or certain ligaments or tissues that are injured, and also the annulus of the intervertebral disc, which is the spinal disc, which is always disrupted when there’s a herniation.

So unlike surgery, it doesn’t change the anatomy. It can be repeated with additive beneficial effects. There are no adverse effects, not like surgery or steroid, where if you repeat it, there are potential adverse effects. It has no adverse effects by repeating it. And it helps prevent future injury by helping the body cope with oxidative stress.

What are some painful conditions that oxygen-ozone injection therapy helps to alleviate?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: It helps alleviate pain from disc herniations of the neck and thoracic region, which is the mid-back and the low back. It helps any type of joint painful condition, whether it’s the shoulders, wrists, elbows, hips, knees, or ankles, and also painful muscle conditions.

For a new patient, what can they expect during their first treatment session?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: A disc injection procedure is an outpatient procedure. It’s performed at a surgery center. It’s a same-day procedure. Strict sterile conditions are used. I use fluoroscopic guidance to ensure that I’m in the right spot. Sedation is usually given, a mild sedation, but there are patients who don’t want sedation, so I just do it under local, and I’ve been told by these patients that it’s not particularly uncomfortable.

After a brief recovery period, the patient goes home. They can go to work the next day and resume most of their activities except exercise. One week after the procedure, they could do light exercises, and after two weeks, most patients could go back to all their normal exercises.

For muscle and joint injections, it’s a simple office procedure. There’s no sedation, there’s no x-ray, there’s no steroids. Patients can drive home afterwards. They can go to work afterwards. They can resume their normal activities afterwards. The only thing is I don’t recommend exercising until two days after the procedure.

Many treatment modalities require patients to come for repeated treatments on a schedule. I understand from our previous conversations that ozone injection therapy often generates remarkable results in one treatment, even in patients who suffered severe long-term pain conditions. Can you explain how ozone injection therapy is able to achieve this type of result, which your patients often call a miracle treatment?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Yes, I’d love to. In addition to treating the cause of the symptom, which is the goal of all treatments, it also reverses the pathology. It promotes healing. It restores the normal state of the tissue. It helps the cells maintain homeostasis, which is very, very important for all living organisms to have homeostasis with their environment. And it helps prevent further injury by helping the body to cope with oxidative stress, which I have extensively discussed in other interviews. It’s a very, very important topic, so if anyone’s interested in it, I’d encourage them to listen to those other interviews, which are on my website.

RC: Thank you so much, Dr. Bleiweiss. We know you’re busy, so I just want to thank you for your time and your help today.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: You’re welcome.

RC: For our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with the doctor, please visit www.alternativedisctherapy.com, or call 973-403-3334 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our team, we want to thank you for listening, and we look forward to bringing you more top-quality content from our country’s leading experts.

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Pain Relief & Healing is Our Goal for YOU!

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Podcast Interview Transcript:

RC: Hello, everyone. This is Liz Harvey, coming to you from our studios in New York City, where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the U.S.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Warren J. Bleiweiss, a leader in the United States in the emerging medical field of oxygen ozone injection therapy, for the treatment of herniated discs, joint and muscle pain, and injuries. Dr. Bleiweiss pioneered oxygen ozone disc injection therapy in the U.S. He is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. His long list of accomplishments includes leadership experience as a hospital anesthesiology department director, the inventor of a patented medical device, and the founder of one of the first multi-disciplinary pain management centers in New Jersey. He has been successfully treating patients for over 30 years.

Dr. Bleiweiss specializes in minimally invasive alternative treatments that heal patients without surgery or potentially harmful medications. His treatment protocols are specifically designed to activate the body’s innate ability to recover and to regenerate. His practice has been producing excellent results by utilizing these alternative methods.

Today we are sharing some examples of patients who came to see Dr. Bleiweiss specifically for ozone injection therapy, but received different treatments with great results. Dr. Bleiweiss always does a thorough examination and review of a patient’s history and will sometimes recommend an alternative treatment based on the patient’s condition. His goal is to provide pain relief for a patient based on his or her specific needs.

Hello, Dr. Bleiweiss. How are you today?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: I’m great. Thank you.

RC: Thanks again for joining me.

When you see a new patient for the first time, what is involved in the initial examination and review of their history?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: All right, it’s very important to listen to the patient and observe the patient and ask specific guided questions. Now, when I say observe, I’m not talking about the physical examination portion of the interview, I’m talking about while I’m taking the history. So, for example, even when the patient walks in the room, I’m observing the way their gait is, the way they sit, if they’re favoring one limb, for example, so that’s very important.

During the history, it’s important to ask specific guided questions. For example, if someone has low back pain that goes down the leg obviously every physician is going to ask about numbness and weakness and other questions but I find it very important to ask very specific questions about the pain like, for example, how far does it go down the leg? Does it go below the knee? If it goes below the knee, what percentage of time does it go below the knee? Does it often go below the knee? Does it rarely go below the knee? Is there any component of groin pain? There are specific questions that will key me into the cause of their pathology.

After that, I perform a guided physical examination based on their condition. Like, for example, if their condition is in their back and going down their leg, I’m not going to spend a huge amount of time examining the shoulders or the eyes or the ears or other things. That would be a waste of time. I want to focus my energies on the problem at hand. Then after that, I look at the tests. I do not look at the tests, the results and the films before I do my history and physical examination because I don’t want to have any predetermined ideas of what’s causing their problem.

The reason why I do this is we know that there are a lot of things that show up on MRIs and X-rays that aren’t causing a patient’s problem. For example, if you take a thousand patients, I’m not going to use the exact numbers, but there have been multiple studies that have been performed related to this issue, so if you take a thousand patients who have zero pain, they have no back pain, they have no leg pain, if you ask them if they have pain, they say no, they’re healthy, they do everything they want, they’re young, and you do MRIs on those thousand people, you’re going to find disc herniations on approximately 200 of them, and they didn’t even know they had that.

What if one of those patients gets back pain and they had a disc herniation for five years and didn’t even know, and then you do an MRI and you see the disc herniation? Is that disc herniation really causing their back pain or is it something else? This is what I figure out while I’m doing the history and physical examination.

We also know that a lot of herniated disc aren’t painful from discography studies, which I don’t want to go into too detail on discography, but it’s basically pressurizing the disc with contrast and determining whether it’s causing a patient’s pain, so we know that many of the herniated discs in patients with back pain aren’t the source of the pain.

Then, once I do my history, my physical exam and look at all the studies, I analyze in my mind in a logical and succinct manner what is a likely cause of their pain. Sometimes it’s very obvious, It’s really obvious. Sometimes it’s not obvious, in which case, I might come up with what we call differential diagnosis and assign a probability to what may be causing the pain. I might be, for example, 80% sure that the disc is causing them pain, but I might think that there’s a probability that it’s a facet, which is a joint of the spine issue, and if that’s the case, then I’ll investigate the facet, which is very easy to determine if it’s causing the pain. You can just block the nerve to the facet until I’m 100% sure or 99% sure that the disc is the cause of the pain and then treat that.

Besides oxygen ozone injection therapy, what other alternative treatment modality do you practice?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: I also practice regenerative medicine such as stem cells. Everybody’s heard of stem cells. There are placental growth factors. There are things called exosomes, which are small vacuoles that carry pieces of messenger RNA, for example.

I also practice something called A2M, which is alpha-2-macroglobulin. Alpha-2-macroglobulin is a large protein that’s made in the liver, and it’s our body’s natural defense against proteases, which are enzymes that can destroy cartilage or discs. When those proteases, which are found in the body, are out of balance in a joint or a disc, they could actually cause destruction of that joint or disc over time. A2M completely stops the destructive activity of those proteases.

What’s great about A2M is that there’s a test that you could perform. It’s called the FAC test, and it’s sent out to an independent laboratory, and what I do is lavage the joint or the disc with saline and send it out. If that’s positive, there’s a very, very high chance that the A2M will solve the problem. The real importance of A2M in my mind, is that it prepares the structure, whether it’s a disc or a joint, for other regenerative treatments and makes it more likely for them to work.

Now, A2M has regenerative properties on its own. It does have binding sites for molecules that result in regeneration, but one thing that a lot of people don’t think of is that the process that has led to the degeneration, whether it’s a disc or a joint, may still be active at the time of a regenerative procedure.

Let’s say you have degenerative disc or someone has degenerative disc or a degenerative joint and they’re going to have a stem cell treatment. If they have an out of control, destructive protease problem in the joint or the disc that led to the destruction in the first place and it’s still present, then injecting the cells into that disc or joint is not going to be good at that time because they’re going to have less of a chance of surviving and thriving. So, it’s very important to put out the fire before you do the treatment.

If a patient came to you specifically for ozone injection therapy, what are some reasons why you would determine not to perform it?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Okay, so there are two main reasons. The first is if I don’t think that there’s a significant chance that it will help. That’s the first thing.

Now, I did mention in a previous interview that I had patients early on in treatment that came to me, if someone wants to read the story of Dr. Mike M., where they had severe degeneration, and I didn’t think the procedure was likely to work, and it did. I’m not talking about a patient like that. After that experience and after other positive experiences, I don’t see a downside to inject a joint that’s very degenerative because there’s a chance that it could work and work for a long time and have really dramatic results.

I’m talking about, for example, a patient who comes to me for ozone injection of a disc and I examined the disc, and the MRI, for example, shows severe degeneration and there’s spinal stenosis and other things that have developed over the years. If spinal stenosis has a significant bony encroachment problem, I know for a fact that ozone is not going to solve that issue because, once the bone grows around and narrows the canal, the ozone is not going to take the bone away. That’s a good example of why I would not do the ozone. I may recommend something else, but I’m not going to do the ozone for that.

Now, the other reason is that if I discover that there’s pain coming from another issue, another source of the pain other than what the patient thought or the referring doctor thought the problem was.  The goal is to help the patient with whatever is best for their specific condition. So, one of the things that I do is I determine what their pain source is.

I’m going to use the example of another patient story, which is Susanna B., and she came to me for an ozone disc injection. Now, I had treated her son approximately five years earlier for an ozone disc injection, and he did extremely well with only one treatment. Susanna was in a car accident and she had severe back pain and she tried everything. It didn’t help, and I don’t have her chart in front of me, but I remember most of the details, and she went to two orthopedic spine surgeons, and they both recommended spine surgery. She didn’t want spine surgery, and she came to me specifically for ozone disc injection. I did my due diligence. We talked about the history and the physical exam. I determined that her problem was mostly likely from her hip. I talked about the history, and I talked about it’s very important to ask questions about the pain pattern.

This is a very good example. This is somebody who had low back pain and the pain was going down her leg, and she did have disc issues, but the pain was clearly coming from her hip. Various things just in the history, aside from the fact that I observed the way she walked when she came in because there’s a specific gait that is coming in patient with hip issues, but I asked her my guided questions, and she had a lot of groin pain, which is very typical with hip pain because the ball and socket joint of the hip is in the groin area and the pain didn’t radiate below her knee. It never radiated below her knee. Then when I examined her, my physical exam was most consistent with hip issues, so her hip was never looked at with any X-rays or MRIs.

Also, I just have to take a step back, the mechanism of the injury. She saw the accident coming. It was an accident from behind, and she saw it in her rearview mirror, I believe, and she had her foot on the brake. Now, that creates a lot of shock going up to the hip, so there were many things that cued me into looking at the hip, so we did an X-ray. There was a lot of degeneration. We did an MRI, and she had really, really bad hip issues. To confirm what was the source of her problem, I did a diagnostic block, so I did under fluoroscopic guidance, I injected a very long-acting local anesthetic and a steroid. She had significant temporary improvement, and it came back, so I sent her for a hip replacement, and she did great.

Someone might think, “Well, why not try ozone on the hip?” This is an example of really bad pathology. It wasn’t just degeneration. Like I said, I don’t have her chart in front of me, but there were things going on inside her hip on the MRI that I knew were not going to be solved by ozone. So, this is a good example of somebody that was diagnosed by two other physicians that she needed back surgery, and it turns out that it was her hip, and she did very well, and if she had the back surgery, she would have been very unhappy.

RC: Thank you so much, Dr. Bleiweiss. We know you’re busy, so I just want to thank you for all of your time and your help today.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: You’re welcome.

RC: For our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with the doctor, please visit www.alternativedisctherapy.com or call 973-403-3334 to schedule an appointment.

And on behalf of our team, we want to thank you for listening, and we look forward to bringing you more top-quality content from our country’s leading experts.

 

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Miracle Treatment for Pain

Topic: Miracle Treatment for Pain

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. Warren Bleiweiss’ podcast interview. You can listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcript below. Enjoy!

 

Podcast Interview:

 RC: Hello, everyone. This is Liz Harvey, coming to you from our studios in New York City, where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the U.S.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Warren J. Bleiweiss, a leader in the United States in the emerging medical field of oxygen ozone injection therapy, for the treatment of herniated discs, joint and muscle pain, and injuries. Dr. Bleiweiss pioneered oxygen ozone disc injection therapy in the U.S. He is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. His long list of accomplishments includes leadership experience as a hospital anesthesiology department director, the inventor of a patented medical device, and the founder of one of the first multi-disciplinary pain management centers in New Jersey. He has been successfully treating patients for over 30 years.

Dr. Bleiweiss specializes in minimally invasive alternative treatments that heal patients without surgery or potentially harmful medications. His treatment protocols are specifically designed to activate the body’s innate ability to recover and to regenerate. His practice has been producing excellent results by utilizing these alternative methods.

Today we are discussing some remarkable recovery experiences and why oxygen ozone injection therapy is often described by many as “a miracle treatment.” Most of Dr. Bleiweiss’ patients come to him as a last resort so when they experience remarkable improvement after just one treatment, they categorize oxygen ozone therapy as a miracle.

Hello Dr. Bleiweiss. How are you today?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: I’m great. Thank you. How are you?

RC: I’m doing great. Thank you so much for joining me.

 

Please share a success story about a patient with a debilitating disc herniation who you were able to help with oxygen ozone injection therapy.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Sure. So, for the purpose of this discussion, I’m going to talk about a patient that is on the patient story section of my website. So, some of our patients are nice enough to let us know their story and put it on our website with their photograph. And I believe that it just makes it more real to actually see the photograph. So, if anyone wants to, they could go to the website and check it out.

So, we’re going to talk about James R. He had a disc herniation. He was involved in a motor vehicle accident. I believe at the time, he was less than 30 years old and he was a very, very active young man. He loved to play sports and do all kinds of hobbies like scuba dive, hike. And after this accident, he had debilitating pain and couldn’t do anything except walk. He was able to do walking, but no exercise. And he put on 70 pounds. And at the time I saw him for consult, he just looked very down in the dumps. And he had a very negative attitude, he really didn’t want to have surgery and he couldn’t do the stuff that he wanted.

I treated him with ozone disc injection and he did fabulous. When he came for his follow-up, he looked like a different person. He was smiling, he was happy, he let me know that, afterwards he contacted our office and said six months later, he was able to run a half marathon. I believe he ran several other half marathons that year and he lost 70 pounds. And that was more than five years ago. And we try to keep up with our patients and contact them, see how they’re doing. And he’s still doing great and he’s still doing all the activities that he loves. So that’s a very rewarding treatment.

 

Can you please provide an example of someone you helped to avoid knee replacement surgery by performing oxygen ozone injection therapy?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Yes. So again, I’m going to go to the patient story section. And this one is Dr. Mike M. He’s actually someone I know for many years. He’s a colleague of mine. And he was a very active person, a sportsman and he also traveled a lot all over the world for humanitarian missions. Like for example to India. And he’s helped out a lot in various places where there were disasters. I hadn’t seen him for years. And he came in and he had gained a huge amount of weight. He looked terrible. And he told me he had severe arthritis of both knees. In his knee, he had bone on bone and he was awaiting a knee replacement on both sides.

And at the time, I hadn’t treated him at all with ozone for anything, but he was aware of it because patients of mine that he saw, that he ran into, or that he’d sent me. So, he asked me if I would inject his knees with ozone.

Now at the time, it was pretty early. I’ve been doing this for at least eight years. I’m not sure if it’s been nine, but at least eight years. And that was pretty early on, after I started doing the treatment. And I’d treated a lot of joints, but I hadn’t treated a joint with such severe arthritis as his. And I looked at the MRIs and the x-rays and I said, “You know, Mike, I’m not sure if this is going to help. This is really advanced.” He said, “Just please do it. There’s no downside, there’s no risk. If you would please just do it.” And I injected his knees once. And it was unbelievable. I was totally shocked.

Now, I’m not saying that every patient who has this is going to have the same result, but I have had other patients with severe issues like this who have had similar results. But he came back for follow up and he said he’s great. He’s doing all the stuff he wanted to do and subsequently I’ve treated him for other conditions. If he hurts his back, he comes to me for ozone. If he pulls a muscle, he comes to me for ozone. And that was several years ago, I forget how much, I don’t have his chart in front of me, but maybe four years or maybe even five. And he only had one treatment and he’s still doing great. He never had the total knee replacements and he’s doing all the stuff that he loves. So, it’s a great experience, for him and me.

 

Muscle spasms in the neck and back can be excruciating. So please share a success story about how oxygen ozone injection therapy helped someone eliminate their pain.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Alright. For this one, I’m going to talk about my story. Because it’s important on multiple levels, because it really was a journey. And I’m going to try to make this as brief as possible, although it’s a little bit of a long story.

So, I was experiencing really annoying, I’m going to call it annoying, because it wasn’t debilitating, but just always there and always a kink in my neck. So always neck and upper back pain and tension and it just irritating all day long. And after learning about all of the stuff that I’ve studied over the years, I could date it back to several issues, which I’m not going to go into in detail. But I had a really bad whiplash injury during a car accident when I was 16, I had a couple of skiing accidents when I was 19 or 20. And also, when I was in college in medical school, I studied a lot, seven days a week, many, many hours a day. And the posture, in those days I wasn’t paying as much attention to my posture while I was studying. And that significantly contributed to it. And also, I had a tonsil adenoidectomy and after learning how the position you’re in during those procedures, you basically have your neck all the way extended backwards. And I had some bleeding, it was complicated and it was well over an hour procedure.

So anyway, without getting into too many details, I developed halfway through medical school this annoying neck and upper back pain. My muscles were always tense. And I had been doing some research on acupuncture at the time. I tried acupuncture with some of the best acupuncturists. I tried chiropractic, I tried everything. I tried massage, deep tissue massage, et cetera, et cetera. Nothing really helped. I mean, it helped temporarily, but it always came back.

And like I said, it wasn’t debilitating, but was annoying. And the reason why I’m bringing this up, one of the reasons, is that, that’s one of the main reasons that I went into pain management as a sub specialty and that I studied alternative treatments, because there really, in mainstream medicine, wasn’t an answer to my problem. And then I learned about ozone and I was interested at first in ozone because of disc injections. Because throughout my practice, throughout my 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of patients who have had disc issues and then they went on to surgery and still have problems. I’m not saying that surgery always causes problems, but the ones that do well aren’t going to come and see me. Right? So, I get a disproportionate amount of patients who didn’t do well.

And I really was wanting to help people to avoid the surgery. I went to a conference on ozone in Germany. There were a lot of people from all over the world. And I learned about the joint and the muscle treatments. So, I figured I will have someone there treat my neck. And they treated my neck and I did just absolutely fantastic. It was like a miracle. After all those years, I don’t have problems. And I started, in those days, I was doing a lot of myofascial trigger point injections and dry needling for patients with similar conditions such as mine. And it would get better, but they’d always come back. And I converted them to ozone injections. And almost every single one, again, there’s no 100% guarantee, but also every single one did very well.

So that’s my story on muscles.

 

Can you share an example of someone that you helped with oxygen ozone injection therapy after multiple previous surgeries failed?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Yes. I’m going to go back to the patient stories. We’re going to talk about Jonon D. She’s a nurse that I worked with for years at the surgery center. And she’s seen many ozone treatments and many people that were helped.

Now she had a nerve injury of her right shoulder. A rare nerve injury. And she was really suffering. She had two failed surgeries. And she developed this complex neuropathic myofascial pain syndrome. And she was miserable. And nothing helped. You could see it in the way she moved, the way she even walked, the way she did things. She couldn’t really use her right arm very much. And it was really bad.

And she didn’t even think of asking me, and I didn’t even know that she had this particular injury, but she didn’t think of asking me because it’s not a usual type of injury that you would treat with ozone. And when she asked me to treat it, like I alluded to before, there’s really no downside to this treatment. It’s not a harmful steroid, it doesn’t change the anatomy, there’s really no risk to it. There’s no downside so I didn’t know if it was going to help her or not. I treated her with several treatments and injections around the nerve, we don’t inject into the nerve, and into the fascia surrounding the areas that were painful and the muscle trigger zones. And she did fabulous. She’s great. I believe the last treatment was a year ago. And she still is doing fabulous without significant pain.

 

Lastly, just for the record, what is the farthest distance someone has traveled to be treated by you with oxygen ozone injection therapy?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Well, I don’t know if it’s the furthest, but it’s certainly the most exotic, because I have treated people from India and Australia and those places are pretty far. But I treated someone from the island of Yap in the south Pacific. And I never heard of the island of Yap before this particular patient came.

RC: Me neither.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: I learned after Googling it when my office manager told me I have someone coming from the island of Yap to see me, that they have the distinction of having the largest money in the world. They have these coins that, well they’re not coins. They’re huge stones that are passed down from generation to generation over hundreds of years. So, that would have to be my most exotic place that I’ve treated someone from.

RC: Well, thank you Dr. Bleiweiss. We know you’re busy, so I just want to thank you for all of your time and your help today.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: You’re welcome.

RC: And for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with the doctor, please visit www.alternativedisctherapy.com or call 973-403-3334 to schedule an appointment.

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