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  • Subjects in this half hour
    • amniotic stem cells
    • A caller with hip pain from arthritis
    • The Ideal protein diet, paleo delivers diet
    • email: hip labral tear
    • A caller: shoulder pain, violinist
    • A caller discusses MS
  • Subjects in this half hour
    • A caller: chronic kidney disease
    • A caller: rib, neck, shoulder, arm pain thoracic outlet syndrome
    • A caller: knee pain, arthritis
    • Dr Darrow discusses the vampire facelift, The Ideal protein diet, paleo delivers diet
    • email: bulging disc, sciatica pain
    • A caller: shoulder injury, loss of range of motion, calcium deposits on joint
    • A caller: ankylosing spondylitis, bones fusing

Living Pain Free 10/07/17

Narrator:  Are you living in pain?  Is it joint pain or muscle pain?  If so, stay tuned.  Welcome to Living Pain Free with Dr. Marc Darrow, from the Darrow Stem Cell Institute in West Los Angeles.

This is the program that can give you effective solutions for the pain you’ve been living with.  Dr. Darrow is a medical doctor, board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  He teaches about the use of Prolotherapy, PRP and stem cells.  Today’s program could open up a new life without pain for you. Now here’s Dr. Darrow with his co-host, Dr. Nita Vallens.

  • Nita:  Welcome Dr. Darrow.  How are you today?
  • Dr. Darrow:  I’m living it up, how are you Nita?
  • Nita:  I’m the same.
  • Dr. Darrow: All right.
  • Nita: So let’s thank Warren Eckstein for the show that preceded us about pets.  He takes care of pets.  We take care of people with musculoskeletal pain.  And how we’re going to do that is talk about natural treatments, and the number to call us so you can talk to Dr. Darrow yourself is 1-866-870-5752, and when you call the program today, you get a free book on Prolotherapy, a free booklet on age management medicine, a free booklet on the latest treatments of platelet-rich plasma and stem cells. And when you go to the website, you can ask Dr. Darrow to email you the latest book called Regenerate, Don’t Operate.
  • Dr. Darrow:  So what does regenerate mean?  It’s very simple.  We take cells from your own body, and we’re using platelets from your blood, or we can get platelets plus stem cells from your bone marrow.  And we inject those into the area where you have arthritis, worn-down tissue, overuse syndromes, rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, labral tears, anything from the top of the head, all the way down to the bottom of the foot.  This is all about musculoskeletal medicine, orthopedics, but instead of cutting open the body, we put a needle in, and we inject the stimulants, or proliferants that can grow back, believe it or not your collagen, and your cartilage. It’s amazing, I’ve been doing this work 20 years, and it seems to get better and better as the technology improves.  Be careful not to have someone buy you some cells off the shelf, that are dead, dried out cells, and tell you they are stem cells, amniotic fluid, placental cells, stay away from that stuff.Use your own live cells, it has your DNA and there’s no problems with it, and it grows back the tissue.
  • Nita:  Perfect.  Get your copy of the book is free by the way, so email Dr. Darrow off of any page on the site, and say you want the new book Regenerate, Don’t Operate. Do you want to go to Gloria?

A Caller with hip problems

  • Dr. Darrow: I’d love to go to Gloria.
  • Nita:  In North Hollywood.
  • Dr. Darrow: Gloria, Dr. Marc Darrow, how are you?
  • Gloria:  Oh very good, Dr. Darrow, I’ve been trying so much for the longest time trying to get back with you and it’s been such a challenge.  Now, I’m so glad that you’re on the line, and I’m here, and I’ve been able to tell you my problem.
  • Dr. Darrow: Well, let’s go for it.  I understand that your hips bother you.  How long has that been happening?
  • Gloria:  Well, those are for quite a while and the doctor says I have a degenerative lumbar spine and hip disease.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay.
  • Gloria: Yes, it’s been for probably several years now.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay.  Well those things that you have may or may not be causing your pain.  So we have to be very careful not to operate to – you know the name of my new book is Regenerate, Don’t Operate, it’s about stem cells and platelet therapy. And the idea that we do is instead of cutting out tissue, and burring things out and smoothing them out, or taking off bone, doing amputations and doing joint replacements, yeah, it’s that bad, believe it or not.
    • What we do is we inject the area with your own cells, either your platelets or your platelets and your stem cells from bone marrow, and grow back the tissue.  So I’m hopeful that could work for you.  I would not know unless I examine you first. I don’t really care what MRIs or x-rays say.  I use them in conjunction with the examination and your history, but that’s the most important part is your examination.  Because I get new people in every day, and they’ve been told by several orthopedic surgeons or neurosurgeons that they need to have surgery, and they do not. And we heal them up just using these simple injection techniques.  So anything else you can tell us about your situation.
  • Gloria:  Yes, would that also help with joint problems.
  • Dr. Darrow: Yes, it works all over the body.  It works inside the joints for what you call a DJD, or degenerative arthritis, and it really works all over.  We have to be very careful not to get snookered in by the diagnosis, because the doctor tells patients this terrible diagnosis and then tells them they need surgery.  And I have to be honest with you, that’s not usually the case.It’s just an old, old culture of cutting, and it’s changing today.  There are new techniques.  I’ve been doing them for 20 years, and in the beginning when I was doing these, every orthopedic surgeon in town said you can’t grow cartilage, now they’re starting to do it. And pretty soon they’re all going to get smart and stop cutting.  Now, I’m saying that there’s no need for surgery, because there’s many needs for surgery.  But if it an elective procedure, elective means you get to elect, not the doctor telling you, you have to do it.  You decide and you can usually try to do regenerative medicine on these, and heal the tissue. Any other questions?
  • Gloria:Yes, how long would this take for it to resolve itself?
  • Dr. Darrow: Everybody is different. It depends on the degree of your pathology, and it depends on the range of motion that you have.  There is just too many considerations for me to tell you on the radio.  I would say generally it takes about six to eight weeks for any body part to heal. If you break a bone, it’s that story. If you fall down and sprain something, or strain something, it’s the same idea.  Some people feel better a lot quicker.  I usually feel better within a day or two when I inject myself.
  • Gloria:  Wow.
  • Dr. Darrow: I’m uncommon, and I have had – I did have my neck and back done years ago, and that took about two months, about eight weeks to heal up, but most body parts that I have injected myself have healed overnight or within a couple of days.  But don’t expect that, for some reason I think the good Lord kissed me on the syringe.  And was suggesting to me that this will be my life work, and it has been for 20 years. I detest using steroid shots, you know cortisone, because that just actually destroys the tissue, makes it worse, it makes you feel good for a while so you win the battle, but then you lost the war, so I’m into re-growing the tissue, regenerating it and healing it up, okay.
  • Gloria: Yes, thanks.
  • Dr. Darrow: Well great question, any other questions?
  • Gloria: Yes, as far as insurance, I’d like to know what type of insurance would that cover.
  • Dr. Darrow: Well, I don’t know if you can write this down quick.  We take Medicare, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and for people without any insurance we take Care Credit, which is like getting a credit card, we can help you do that, that pays for medical procedures.  But there’s a caveat here.  Most health insurance will pay for the first visit and pay for certain things that I do.
    • If I extract fluid, or aspirate fluid from a joint with an ultrasound, they pay for that often, but again, I can’t tell you in advance, because insurance is so complex today, it’s very difficult to know what they will or will not pay for, and I suggest anybody listening if they want to find out what their insurance will pay for, they call up right now or after the show at 800-300-9300, and if someone doesn’t pick up, they’ll get back to you and do an insurance verification.
    • Unfortunately, most of my procedures to regenerate the tissue are not paid for by insurance.  If you had a car accident, it usually will pay for it, worker’s comp will usually pay you back for it.  But most health insurance does not yet pay, at least in the State of California for these procedures.  But at least you can get your first visit free, find out if something you want to do.
  • Gloria: Okay, yes, I would like to come in and get a consultation.
  • Dr. Darrow: Yes, that’s a smart idea, find out what’s going on.
  • Gloria:  Okay, and we do have Humana.
  • Dr. Darrow: Yes, and go to the website too to see if this something you want to do, You can watch videos of me doing these procedures on many parts of the body.  The other parts that haven’t been videoed we still do, I didn’t want to have 8,000 videos on there, but I inject all over the body.
  • Gloria: Wow, okay.  Well, do I have the call this 1-800-300-9300 number?
  • Dr. Darrow: Yes, call that number, and you can get an insurance verification, if you want to set up an appointment, you can do it through that also, or you can just go through the website and contact me.  Anyone who wants to email me can go to the website and I will email them back.  We’re going to actually probably do a few emails that have come in, in a minute or so.
  • Gloria: Okay.  All right, Dr. Darrow, I will do that, and I’m looking forward to having a – come into the office and get a consultation, and see what we can do to…
  • Dr. Darrow: I’m looking forward to meeting you, Gloria, God bless you.
  • Nita:  Thank you Gloria.
  • Gloria: Thank you.
  • Nita:  Okay, our number is 1-866-870-5752, and let’s talk about Ideal Protein for a minute.

Ideal Protein Diet and One Paleo Delivers 

  • Dr. Darrow: All right, I’m going to talk about two types of diets.  One is to use the Ideal Protein which we offer in the office, you don’t have to do the diet I suggest, I don’t care what diet you do, but if you have weight in excess, and you have arthritis in your hips, knees, pain in the legs, toe arthritis, or plantar fasciitis, I’m going to ask you to lose weight, because that’s going to help me heal you up.

And the Ideal Protein is a very simple program.  We have Nichole in the office who administers that, and I’m going to ask you to talk to her, at least to learn about it.

And then what I do honestly is the sponsor of our show is, and it’s a terrific program where they actually deliver food to your house.  And I get food delivered every night which I eat the next day.  I’ve been doing that for a little over a year.

  • Nita:  Nice.
  • Dr. Darrow: And that keeps my weight at a nice svelte 170, six feet tall.
  • Nita:  Good job.
  • Dr. Darrow: By the way, I did try the Ideal program for one week before I started using it in the office, and skinny old me lost seven pounds in one week.
  • Nita:  And you were already skinny.
  • Dr. Darrow: Well, yeah, I just did it to – I’m always the guinea pig.  I am – I guinea pig myself.  I did these elective procedures on myself, I was told I need surgery on my shoulder, and I did get that when I was in fourth year medical school, and that created a travesty in my shoulder, and then I learned about the regenerative medicine techniques, and I did it on my shoulder.

Twelve hours later my shoulder was complete pain free, that lasted me 12 years pain free sports, everything else, until I re-injured it again.  And then I re-injected myself and healed it up again.

It happened a third time about a year ago, and my shoulder is probably about 99 percent perfect right now.  I’m actually going to go play golf right after this.

And my knee I injected and I run with my puppies.  I ran with little baby Mia this morning, and the Huskies, and everybody loves to get a good run.

  • Nita:  That’s fabulous.  Well, I bet people listening who are in pain, they’d like to get up and walk or run, so give us a call, 1-866-870-5752, that’s 1-866-870-5752.
  • Dr. Darrow: And please do me a favor, call earlier than later in this show.
  • Nita:  Yes.
  • Dr. Darrow: People are shy in the beginning, I don’t know why, and then at the end of the show, we have you know 10 or 15 people waiting, and we can’t get to you.  So I would like to talk to all of you, so please call into the show now, I’m going to give you that phone number, it’s 866-870-5752 and Nita if you don’t mind, I’d like to answer a question that was sent to me.
  • Nita: Okay, sure.

Hip labrum 

  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, it says I’m interested in learning more about the possibilities of using Prolotherapy or PRP injections to stimulate soft tissue healing for a tear in my hip labrum.  A labrum is – in Latin, it’s lip, it means lip.  And it means there’s a surrounding of the joints that holds the bone into place, and that’s called the labrum, they tear frequently.

It was first injured 10 years ago playing basketball, mostly healed after five years of avoiding the sport, but recently re-injured playing basketball again.  So this is something I want to make so clear.  You cannot decide where your pain is coming from because of an MRI.

And this person had an MRI and it showed a hip labral tear.  So a lot of people have labral tears but have no pain.  But the injection series that I would do would be the same, whether it’s a torn labrum or arthritis, or a tendonitis, or a ligament problem, whatever it is, because I hit all the areas around there.

He goes on to say, I’m in excellent physical condition, so physical therapy is unlikely to have much impact.  I agree with that.  I have been advised that my options are either cortisone shots, I disagree with that, because that’s going to chew up the tissue in there.  And it’s it going to help destroy the cartilage that you already have, which I understand only addresses the pain but does nothing to heal the torn tissue, exactly.

Or arthroscopic debridement to remove torn tissue which I understand will only exacerbate the deterioration of the remaining tissue, right on, this guy is smart.  Or surgery to staple the torn tissue to the hip bone, not needed.

Most of and you guys can Google this, you just Google labral tear treatment, and the word surgery, and you’ll see that most of these surgeries do not work, so please don’t get them.  The way to heal these up, and to get rid of the pain is by using either stem cells from your bone marrow that has PRP in it, or just PRP from your blood, when that’s indicated.

He goes on to say, I’d like to avoid surgery at all costs, so I would like to get a second opinion regarding the efficacy of Prolotherapy, PRP injection therapy for this type of injury.  Yes, yes, yes.

Prolotherapy is gone by the wayside in my practice, because when I’ve used it on me, in the old days, it was the best thing I had, so I was grateful to have it.  But today the PRP or stem cells work probably 10 times more efficiently.  So we skip the Prolotherapy and go right to the PRP, or in the tough cases, we go right to stem cells.


  • Nita: That’s great, okay our number is 1-866-870-5752 and we’re going to Jeanette in La Puente.
  • Dr. Darrow: Hey, Jeanette, Dr. Marc Darrow, I understand that your shoulder bothers you, which one is it, your left or your right?
  • Jeanette:  It’s my right shoulder.
  • Dr. Darrow: And do you mind pulling off to the side of the road, and getting off your Bluetooth, so we can hear you better.
  • Jeanette: Oh, okay, sure, hang on the Freeway, hold on.
  • Dr. Darrow: So while you’re getting off the Freeway, I’m going to talk about shoulders a bit.  The shoulder is the most complex joint in the body, because it has a huge range of motion in all planes, and what that does is it creates a lot of probability, high impact or high probability for an injury or wearing down of the tendons, which we call tendinosis. There are four tendons around the shoulder that hold the humerus or the arm bone in place, and those are called the rotator cuff tendons, and very often – well, actually the most common one of those to be injured is the supra spinatus which is used to bring the arm out from the side of the body, the first 15 degrees of motion.

And we also see a lot of arthritis in the shoulders, and of course we see labral tears which I was just talking about.  So when I take care of a shoulder Jeanette, I’m going to inject quite a few places.  I go into the joint itself, I go into the sub-deltoid bursa which is what I call the money shot in the shoulder, when we do that it seems to heal a lot of other places too.

And then I hit all of the tendons.  So specifically now that we have you a little clearer, what is – how long have you had shoulder pain.

  • Jeanette: Well, it’s sort of always kind of been there the last five years, but it’s really, really bad now.  I’m a violinist, and I play the violin since I was nine years old.
  • Dr. Darrow: Oh good for you.
  • Jeanette: And I’m at the point now, I’m at the point I have to do something.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, are you still on your Bluetooth?
  • Jeanette:  Yeah, hold on, let me switch over, hold on.
  • Dr. Darrow: So let me talk a little bit more while you’re trying to get…
  • Jeanette: Can you hear me now?
  • Dr. Darrow: Yes, you’re good, you’re good now.  So violinists or any musicians have what we call overuse injuries, repetitive stress, because you’re in the same position, doing the same motion over, and over, and over, I take care of so many musicians, so many violinists, bassits, guitarists, you name it.  And it’s all the same injury for the most part.  It’s just overuse and that can cause arthritis.So one thing that you may want to do is back off a little bit.  I don’t know, are you a professional violinist.
  • Jeanette: Semi, I’m more of a community player, I’m a member of two…
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, so you may want to back off a little bit and let some of that overuse retract, and see if it can heal up on its own before you come see me.  I know that’s hard for any musician.  A musician is an athlete, okay, and they don’t want to stop doing what they’re doing.
  • Jeanette: That’s true.
  • Dr. Darrow: So there’s a lot – there’s probably a lot we can do for your shoulder, and the violinists typically heal up very, very well.  They often come in with neck pain, or arthritis in the middle finger, middle digit from their vibrato.  And I don’t know if you have that on your left hand, do you?
  • Jeanette: No, my fingers are fine, it’s just the shoulder, and it is kind of creeping up into the neck area.  I’m having pain in as well.
  • Dr. Darrow: Yes, well, there’s probably a lot I can do to talk to you about it, the best way to get a hold of me is – there’s two ways, one is you can just call the office, 800-300-9300, I’ll repeat that for you, because you’re in the car, 800-300-9300.

You can watch videos of me doing these injections, and see if it’s something you think you might want to do.  But I think there’s super good hope for healing you up, and getting you back to playing the violin pain free.

  • Jeanette: Thank you, I appreciate that, I will definitely look into it.
  • Dr. Darrow: And God bless for doing the great work, making people happy through music, it’s a great blessing that you have, and a great gift.
  • Jeanette: Thank you.
  • Dr. Darrow: And also my sister Helia, who lives in Chicago played the violin since I can remember, and she played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of eight, she was a little prodigy, that’s all I remember her doing – watching her do is playing violin.
  • Jeanette: It’s wonderful, I really do enjoy playing it, and I teach as well, and you know we go around to different places and play and really bless people you know with our gift.
  • Dr. Darrow: Beautiful.  All right, Jeanette, happy healing to you.
  • Nita: Thank you Jeanette, I appreciate your call.  Our number is 1-866-870-5752 and we’re going to Amanda in Los Angeles.
  • Dr. Darrow: Amanda, Dr. Marc Darrow, I want to get back to Jeanette just one second an afterthought.  Typically, when it’s just a tendonitis which is most likely what Jeanette has, or a tendinosis is the newer term, we will use platelets from the blood.  We can skip doing stem cells, unless for some reason she has created some arthritis in that shoulder.

Back pain

So now, it’s you, Amanda.  How are you today?  I understand your back bothers you.

  • Nita:  Amanda, are you there?  Hello, Amanda.
  • Dr. Darrow: Well, we’re going to let her go, and go to Daisy, it looks like.
  • Nita:  We sure will, okay.
  • Dr. Darrow: Amanda, by the way, call us back if you can, and we’ll get to you right away.
  • Nita:  Okay, let’s go to Daisy in El Hambria.
  • Dr. Darrow: Daisy, Dr. Marc Darrow.
  • Daisy: How are you, doctor?
  • Dr. Darrow: I’m doing good.  I think you told the call screener that you have multiple sclerosis, is that true?
  • Daisy: Yes, I’ve had it already – I’ve had it since 2009.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay.  And do you have heat lability, where when it gets warm you get weakness from it, fatigue?
  • Daisy: Yes, I do, yes, I do.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay.  So a good thing for people with what you have is to work out, and to exercise in a cold environment, cold water in a pool, or an air conditioned gym.
  • Daisy: Yes, I do pool, I go to the YMCA and I go to the pool.
  • Dr. Darrow: Good, excellent.  And then the other part that I can help you with is if any of your joints start to wear down because of the weakness, then you would come to me for either PRP, platelet-rich plasma or stem cells, but that’s about all I can tell you, and we’re going to move on right now, Daisy.  Thank you and God bless you.
  • Nita:  Thank you so much for your call.  And let’s go to Myra in Los Angeles.

Stem cells

  • Dr. Darrow: Myra, you have a question about stem cells, you hang with us.  After the break we’ll get right to you.
  • Nita: Thanks for holding Myra.  You’re listening to Living Pain Free with Dr. Marc Darrow.  I’m your host Nita Vallens, and my request is that you grab a pen or a pencil, write down this very important information coming your way, and we’ll be right back.


Narrator:  Whether you have pain in your back or joints, surgery may not be the answer.  Instead of the dangers involved in cutting out tissue, consider healing and rejuvenating the area with stem cells, platelet-rich plasma or Prolotherapy, the treatments that are available to professional athletes are now available for you.  Watch the videos at or call the Darrow Wellness Institute at 800-300-9300, 800-300-9300, that’s 800-300-9300.

  • Nita: Welcome back to Living Pain Free with Dr. Marc Darrow.  I’m your host Nita Vallens and we’re taking your calls at 1-866-870-5752, that’s 1-866-870-5752.  Right now we’re going to Karen in Huntington Beach.
  • Dr. Darrow: Karen, Dr. Marc Darrow how are you today?  I understand your knees and your neck bother you a little bit huh?
  • Nita: Karen, are you there?  Karen, hello.
  • Karen: Yes, I have to call back, I’m sorry.
  • Nita:  Okay, call back, no problem, no problem, 1-866-870-5752, while we go to Lisa in Palm Springs.

Chronic kidney disease – diet

  • Dr. Darrow: Lisa, Dr. Marc Darrow, how are you?
  • Lisa: Hi, thank you. I’d like to ask you a question. My husband is – has chronic kidney disease, but he doesn’t really have a diseased kidney, it just releases protein, he’s stage four.  Can you – and he’s on a vegan diet and it seems to be rejuvenating it, all vegan and organic.  Do you do anything…
  • Dr. Darrow: Are this kidney functions going down, the bun and creatinine?
  • Lisa: Yes.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, well I think he’s healing it himself.  There are supplements he can take to help also.  What I’m going to do with you is take this one off the air, by way of email, because this show is about orthopedics, how do we help musculoskeletal pain, and you’re talking about a medical issue, which I’ll help you with, between you and I.

But the way to do that is you can email me:

  • Lisa:  Yes, I’d love to.  I know you for the last four years from Laura Rosenthal, I help her out on the Cancer Control Society.
  • Dr. Darrow: Oh yes, yes, thank you.
  • Lisa:  Yes, I go to your lectures, they’re wonderful, thank you.
  • Dr. Darrow: Thank you, I appreciate that.  Anyway, we’ll talk, you and I will talk privately.  Let’s go to Donna next.

Thoracic outlet syndrome

  • Nita:  All right, Donna in Irvine.
  • Dr. Darrow: Donna, are you with us?
  • Donna: I’m with you, hi Marc how are you?
  • Dr. Darrow: I’m living it up.  What part of your ribs hurt, front or back?
  • Donna: I’ve been diagnosed with what they call thoracic outlet syndrome, and my first rib just above my clavicle versus below and it causes shoulder pain, pain down my arm and my thumb and my first two fingers are numb every morning when I wake up.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay.  You know the diagnosis doesn’t bother me, because I don’t believe in diagnoses, so that’s just – you know diagnoses are things that we have to do for insurance purposes, but there could be a lot of reasons that you’re having those different symptoms that are not thoracic outlet syndrome.  And did you have the surgery on your first rib by any chance?
  • Donna:  No, I never did the surgery.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, good.  Because I don’t find that those work very often, and then it’s a rabbit hole you get into.
  • Donna: Yes, I get…
  • Dr. Darrow: That’s something I’d have to see.  Did you get an MRI of your shoulder?
  • Donna: Yes, I did.
  • Dr. Darrow: And what did that show if anything?
  • Donna: Nothing.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, I’m betting you have something to do with C5-6 radiculopathy, or carpal tunnel syndrome, which is the hand issue, and then a tendonitis in the shoulder.
  • Donna: Well, I did have an MRI of my neck, and they say it’s the C6 I think it was, C6 or C5?
  • Dr. Darrow: Yes, C5-6 would cause that thumb and first finger deal.
  • Donna: Okay.
  • Dr. Darrow: So I would throw away the thoracic outlet syndrome, and go for something that’s a little more practical and see if we can heal you up that way.  If you want to get in touch, the phone number is 800-300-9300, that’s the office, 800-300-9300.  You can call and see if your insurance will cover your visit.  Most insurances we take.
  • Donna: Okay, great, thank you.  I appreciate it, Marc, thank you.
  • Dr. Darrow: All right, God bless you, Donna.
  • Nita:  Thank you so much.  All right.
  • Dr. Darrow: You know I love the name Marc.
  • Nita:  Do you?
  • Dr. Darrow: I do.  The doctor business to me is archaic.  That’s for when doctors used to be Gods.  Thank God, they’re not anymore.
  • Nita:  That’s a good point, I like it.  Our number is 1-866-870-5752 and we’re picking up Myra in Los Angeles.

Spine Surgery Knee Pain

  • Dr. Darrow: Hey Myra, Dr. Marc Darrow, how are you?
  • Myra: I’m pretty good, thank you.
  • Dr. Darrow: Are you the same Myra that called a minute ago about stem cells?
  • Myra: Yes, I did.  I had emergency surgery, and I had a fusion on the middle of spine, and lower spine, and  instrumentation for my spinal subluxation 3 to 6.  And I did have a surgery, I feel fine.  I can walk, there is not any problem, no problem whatsoever.  That was a year ago.
  • Dr. Darrow: Good, yes.
  • Myra: But at the moment I feel that I have a problem with my knees.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, let me just finish up…
  • Myra: I’m sorry.
  • Dr. Darrow: Let me finish up on the spine surgery.
  • Myra: Oh okay.
  • Dr. Darrow: Can I ask you a couple questions, do you mind?
  • Myra: Certainly, sir.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, so what was the indication for the surgery, were your legs weak or something like that?
  • Myra: Actually I was going to the garden to buy something for my plants, and I was just walking across the garden, there was a little road, and over the road there was the grass and somehow I fall face on the grass.  I was fine for a day or so, then later on, on Thursday, I could not move.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, your legs could not move, or your arms?
  • Myra: I could move my arms, but I could not stand up, I fall from the bed, and I could not get up.  So friends came and they took me to hospital, and I was hospitalized, and I had a surgery.  And of the surgery, I was very bad one week, I came home, I can walk, everything is fine with me.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, good.  So I just want everybody to know I am not against necessary surgeries, or emergency surgeries.
  • Myra: That was emergency, I could not walk.
  • Dr. Darrow: I’m against surgeries that shouldn’t be done.
  • Myra: I fall down.
  • Dr. Darrow: I know, it sounds great.  So let’s talk about your knees now, that we have that straightened out.
  • Myra: I do have – I can walk, I was walking even after surgery, I can walk, but I still have a pain, I would like to eliminate the pain.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay.  And how old are you Myra?
  • Myra: Then I went back, and is there any problem.

Myna is 90

  • Dr. Darrow: Well, let’s ask some questions first.  How old are you?
  • Myra: I am 90.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, and you sound very, very intellectual and smart which is great, so 90 hasn’t affected you.
  • Myra: No.
  • Dr. Darrow: What country are you from may I ask.
  • Myra: Not at all.
  • Dr. Darrow: What country are you from?
  • Myra: I am from Yugoslavia.
  • Dr. Darrow: Good, beautiful.  So typically issues in the knees are typically either meniscal tears or arthritis, things of that nature.  And we would probably use either platelets from your blood, it’s a very quick procedure, we draw your blood, and we spin it in a centrifuge, and then we inject you, and then the other type of treatment I would use if this is more of an advanced arthritis is stem cells from your bone marrow. And with that we get stem cells and we get platelets, so it’s like getting two treatments at one time.
  • Myra: Okay, sounds good, because I wasn’t sure if you can do that, because I had a surgery, but again, there is nothing with the surgery, I am doing fine, after one week I did walk out from the hospital, I can walk, I can do everything.
  • Dr. Darrow: No, you sound like you’re in great shape.
  • Myra: I think I am, but just I wanted to make sure.  So actually okay, then I will come to see you, and then we have a…
  • Dr. Darrow: Yes, just jot – grab a piece of paper and a pen, jot this number, it’s 800-300-9300, you can call there right now, and someone will pick it up or call you back.
  • Myra: Okay, thank you so much.  Okay, then I see you shortly.  Thank you.
  • Dr. Darrow: All right, God bless you Myra.  A pleasure talking to you.
  • Nita:  Thank you Myra.  Okay our number is 1-866-870-5752, we’re here Saturdays at one p.m., Sundays at one p.m. on 870 AM.

Vampire Facelift today

  • Nita:  We have not yet talked about the Vampire Facelift today.
  • Dr. Darrow: Do it.
  • Nita:  All right, well the lovely Michelle Darrow, that would be your fabulous wife is a nurse practitioner, and she does the Vampire Facelift at the same office that you are at, on Wilshire Boulevard.
  • Dr. Darrow: And what happens is we use the same things that I use.  We use cells from your body, either platelets or stem cells, and then we inject them into the face to do basically the same thing that I do in the physical body, which is to grow back the tissue, but in the face it’s done for cosmetic reasons.  And it grows back the collagen, and makes people look a lot younger, it rebuilds the face.
  • Nita:  It sounds wonderful.  I’m in.
  • Dr. Darrow: You can actually – you can see videos of her on our website
  • Nita:  Oh, okay, great.
  • Dr. Darrow: Did you ever see that Nita?  I think it would great for you to look at it.
  • Nita:  I would love to, I didn’t realize that was there. And by the way you can also email Dr. Darrow off of every page on that site.  And you can email him and ask for the eBook for free, the new book, Regenerate, Don’t Operate.

And we also want to remind you about and we want to remind you about Ideal Protein, handled by Nichole in the office.  Lots of stuff for you to follow up on, but right now, you can give us a call, we still have lots of time left, call now, not at the last minute, we’ve got room for you, all lines are open, 1-866-870-5752.  How about that?

L5-S1 Back Pain

  • Dr. Darrow: Should a do a back pain question?
  • Nita:  I’d love to hear a back pain question.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay.  I have a bulging disk at L5-S1.  Well, almost everybody as they age has bulging disks that don’t cause any problems, so get sucked in by that term.  It is pinching, irritating my sciatic nerve.  I’ve been going to PT and getting spinal decompression since June, I’m seeing very slow improvement.

Now, the good thing about this is when someone has what’s called a radiculopathy, which means pain down the arms or legs, that’s radiating from the neck or back, about 94 percent of those go away without doctors ever seeing them.

So here it says I’m seeing very slow improvement, but I’m still unable to sit more than 15 minutes.  Can this treatment help?  I don’t want surgery.  I just don’t want to be in pain anymore.

So I don’t have this person on the phone right now, to find out more information.  They didn’t mention if they have back pain or not.  And very often if the ligaments in the low back are irritated, that’s what we call an enthesopathy, that’s where the enthesis is irritable.  That means where the ligaments attach to the bone, they can often refer down the leg and become what’s called a pseudo-radiculopathy.  It’s not a real radiculopathy.  There’s no nerve getting irritated.

It’s just referral patterns that acupuncturists know about, they call them meridians and Drs. Trevale and Simon wrote a big book about when they were treating John F. Kennedy and you know he had a lot of back pain.  So these referral parts of the body can be anywhere, it can be from the neck down the arm.  It can be from the back down the legs, and it doesn’t mean you have a pinched nerve, so please don’t get surgery for those until you check it out with someone who does regenerative medicine like I do, okay.

  • Nita:  Sounds good, yes.
  • Dr. Darrow: Be careful.  We don’t want to do a surgery when we don’t need it.
  • Nita:  Absolutely not.
  • Dr. Darrow: And I’m going to be honest, almost everybody who’s come into my office with a failed surgery, should not have had that surgery.  It was done for the wrong reason.  We are over surgerizing.  Our culture does that.  It’s shifting now to regenerative medicine using platelets and stem cells, but we’re not there yet.  There’s still way too many people operating on things that shouldn’t be operated on.
  • Nita:  Amen to that.
  • Dr. Darrow: I’m one of them.
  • Nita:  Exactly, our number is 1-866-870-5752 and we’re going to Greg in Torrance.

Shoulder problems

  • Dr. Darrow: Hey Greg, Dr. Marc Darrow.
  • Greg: Hello, hello.
  • Dr. Darrow: How are you?  Hello, can you hear me?
  • Greg: Good, how are you doing?
  • Dr. Darrow: I’m living it up.
  • Greg: Can you hear me all right?
  • Dr. Darrow: I hear you well.
  • Greg: Okay, good.
  • Dr. Darrow: Your 15-year-old son had a shoulder injury.  How long ago was that?
  • Greg: About three years ago, during a junior lifeguard swimming.  And basically the last few years he complains a little bit of it, not much.  The kid, he does pushups, he does all the exercising, he does fine.  But now we’ve gone to doctors over the years, chiropractors, orthopedic and some recommend surgery, and basically he has a little bit pain when they manipulate his shoulder, and then his range of motion is not 100 percent.  It’s maybe like 70, it’s not perfect.  He has…
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, if you can drag him into the office, I’m going to show him an exercise to give him his full range of motion.
  • Greg: Yes, and on the MRI, he’s got these particles in his shoulder joint, so now the doctors are kicking around the idea of that synovial mido-chronda – I forgot how to pronounce it, or whatever that is, with the calcium deposits in the shoulder or something like that.
  • Dr. Darrow: Well, we break those up with a needle, I would put any knives in your son’s shoulder.  Keep the knives away.
  • Greg: Yes, because that’s what the – yes, the last doctor had said we were going to another opinion for orthopedic and talk about cleaning his shoulder out, getting those particles out.
  • Dr. Darrow: No, do not do that.  They clean out the good stuff, and you don’t want that to happen.  He sounds like a perfect candidate for PRP, and I’d have to see him, and take a look with the ultrasound, how much calcium deposit there is there.

But I personally had some pretty good sized calcium deposits in my shoulder, my right shoulder, and I did PRP on it myself, I injected myself and while I was doing that, I broke up the calcium, and it’s gone now.

  • Greg: Yes, it’s just terrifying, this kid is only 15.  It’s like I’m stressed out, you know what I mean.  It’s like come we’ve got to get your shoulder fixed.
  • Dr. Darrow: Well, I can hear it in your voice, and I feel sorry for you, yes, but get him to someone who does regenerative medicine who knows how to use the ultrasound and he may need what’s called a tenotomy it just means that you break up the calcium in the tendon, and at the same time that would heal his shoulder up, while probably using some platelets to re-grow some tissue.
  • Greg: Right, and I have the MRI and all that stuff, the x-rays too.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, very good.  Looking forward to seeing you.  If you want to get to us, the phone number is 800-300-9300, and if you want to watch me inject a shoulder, or have your son do it, to see if he’s into injections.  Some kids don’t want them.
  • Greg: Sound fun.
  • Dr. Darrow: You can  personally email me through this site.
  • Greg: Okay, sounds good.
  • Nita:  Thank you Greg, appreciate the call.
  • Dr. Darrow: Yes, I mean from what you’ve told me Greg, there’s nothing much wrong with your son’s shoulder, and very high probability of it healing.  Please don’t use a knife to try to heal it, it’s going to do more damage than good.
  • Nita:  Because they take tissue out right.
  • Dr. Darrow: Well, it’s not just that, but think about cutting something open.
  • Nita:  Scary.
  • Dr. Darrow: Yes, instead of using a 25 gauge needle, which is like an acupuncture needle to do the healing, and putting your own cells in the body, I mean it’s very simple, draw blood, spin it, inject it.
  • Nita:  Absolutely.  Our number is 1-866-870-5752 lines are open for you right now, we still have a few minutes left.  And remember we are here Saturdays at one p.m., and Sundays at one p.m. on 870 AM.
  • Dr. Darrow: I get emails all day and all night, and I love answering them and calling people and talking to them.  So I like this one a lot, listen to this.

Been listening to you almost every Sunday, by the way we are on Saturdays and Sunday in KRLA from one to two.  And I’m very impressed with the work you do.  Well, thank you.  And guess what?  I’m not impressed with me, but I’m impressed with the work I do.  I don’t take any of this stuff personally, but I’m very grateful to be in a healing field and watch people heal all day, I mean I couldn’t do anything better with my life.

Then it says need to see you soon, thanks.  Now, this email doesn’t talk about what part of the body, or what the problem is, and I like that.  The reason is, because it doesn’t matter.  I mean we get into phone calls from people on the show that talk about their shoulder, their hip, their neck, their back, their feet, their knees, blah, blah, blah.

But the point is, regenerative medicine works all over the body, and it’s simple.  That’s why I like it, I’m a simple person.  It’s not fancy.  All it is, is taking cells from your body, either platelets, or stem cells, and injecting them into the area where there’s a problem.  That can be in a muscle tear.  It can be in a tendon tear.  It can be in a meniscal tear in the knee.  It can be a rotator cuff tear.  It can arthritis of any of the joints, and yes there are joints in the neck and back.  There is also ligaments.  And nice thing that I like about it, is I don’t have to be super smart to do the work.  I have good intuition about where to inject, I am going to say that, I’m very intuitive.

And it’s the work that I love, and it’s the work that has been healing people for the last 20 years in my practice, and best of all it heals my body anytime I beat myself up, which is frequently, I like to do sports in an accelerated way.  And if I’m going to hit golf ball, I want to hit it far.  If I’m going to hit a tennis ball, I want to outwit the other person.  If I run, I want to run fast with my Huskies dragging me along.

If that’s going to be chin-ups, I want to do as many as anybody can do.  And yes, I do hurt myself, but thank goodness, I have been able to heal my own body by self-injections on the front part, and I’ll get a buddy to inject my neck or back if it’s in the back, and I’ve had amazing results over the last 20 years, and I hope to be doing this work until the day I die on all of you and on me.

Ankylosing spondylitis

  • Nita:  There you go, all right, well let’s head for Julia for Whittier then.
  • Dr. Darrow: Julia, Dr. Marc Darrow how are you today?
  • Julia: I’m good, Marc, thank you for taking my call.  I’m calling because I have a son that had a curved back, a round back…
  • Dr. Darrow: Does he have ankylosing spondylitis?
  • Julia: Well, he just went, they examined his MRI, it was the chiropractor who examined the MRI, and he said it was consistent with ankylosing spondylitis.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay, so we have to be very careful…
  • Julia: Yes, his other brother…
  • Dr. Darrow: We have to be very careful naming names and diagnoses.  Is this in your son’s upper back or lower back, that he’s got the curve?
  • Julia: It’s right in the middle where the hump, you know if you would see like a hump back, he’s done a very good job of like trying to straighten it, but there’s extreme pain and now this doctor says that his bones have fused.
  • Dr. Darrow: Okay.  That’s common with that and believe it or not, I have that syndrome.
  • Julia: Oh my goodness.
  • Dr. Darrow: Yes, I do extension exercises every single day at least a couple times, which I’m sure your son is doing, right.  Puts his hand up in the corners of two walls?
  • Julia: He does that lumbar stretching.  He’s always stretching.  He doesn’t have – you know he just got this news on Wednesday, but his older brother actually…
  • Dr. Darrow: Well, I’d have to see him, I’d have to see him and see if there’s something we could using PRP, that’s just drawing his blood, and – why don’t you email me, and we’ll talk some more.  Because the show is over.

And we want to thank Alex, Suzette and you, Dr. Darrow for a great show today, and thank you everyone who listened and participated.  I’m Nita Vallens your host, and we’ll see you next time.

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