October 2021 Newsletter

In this month’s newsletter:

  • YouTube Channel for Exercises, Stretches, Movement and Posture Videos

  • FreeWELL Mind/Body/Nutrition Event for Women: Empower Hour

  • Research Article: Effectiveness of Common Orthopedic Procedures

  • Recipe: Sweet Potato Jack-O-Lanterns


Thrive YouTube Channel

Did you know we have a YouTube Channel with stretches, exercises and movement videos?

We add new content every month or so. Here are some links on specific topics you might be interested in:

Upcoming Event: Unlocking Menstrual Cycle Wisdom

My wife, Dina, is teaming up with Mindy Schlecter and Cori Seif to present a great online workshop. Tickets available here!

Who is it ideal for?  Menstruating women and teens, and parents of daughters (let’s give them a better talk than we had), women looking to better understand their body and or gain mindset, nutritional and fitness strategies in line with their hormonal cycle.

Here’s what attendees had to say about it:  

  • “It’s a chance to learn how to respect and then elevate the female experience as a result of knowing your cycle and its’ impact on you emotionally, physically, and mentally.”


  • “I thought it was wonderful. I learned a lot of new things and it definitely sparked curiosity and inspiration to pay closer attention to my own cycle and body.”


  • “It was worthwhile and illuminating! Join!”


  • “How did we not know this before!”


  • “I wish I would’ve known this when I was playing basketball in college – I probably wouldn’t have gotten so many injuries.”


The Details.

Empower Hour: Unlocking menstrual cycle wisdom – A Virtual Workshop for Women –

is a 1-hour virtual workshop where attendees will learn the phases of your menstrual cycle (& hormonal rhythms) and immediate ways they can empower your nutrition, mindset, and fitness (with your cycle).

  • The workshop will be offered via Zoom, Participants can join from anywhere!
    • Wednesday, October 20th, 12 pm EST with a Q & A  following
    • Thursday, October 21st, 7 pm EST with a Q & A following
  • Support materials (note guide + resource list) will be provided 
  • There are 3 hosts & we are committed to women’s wellness and making it fun:
    • Cori Seif,  M.Ed, Exercise Physiologist, Women’s Health Specialist, Founder of Strength and Fitness by Cori
    • Mindy Schlechter, MSW, Certified Life Coach, Registered Prenatal Yoga Instructor (RPYT), Founder of Effloresce Coaching
    • Dina Haggenjos, MA, Women’s Life+Wellness Coach, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Postpartum Doula, Founder of Free WELL


Common Elective Orthopedic Procedures and Their Clinical Effectiveness

Researchers looked at the effectiveness of ten of the most common elective orthopedic procedures compared to no treatment, placebo, or non-operative care in this BMJ study.

The ten surgical procedures they looked at data for were:

  • Arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction 
  • Arthroscopic meniscal repair of the knee
  • Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy of the knee
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic  subacromial decompression
  • Carpal tunnel decompression
  • Lumbar spine decompression
  • Lumbar spine fusion 
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement 

Key Points From This Article

  • Many orthopedic surgical interventions “do not have readily available or high-quality evidence on their clinical effectiveness to support their use”.
  • Randomized controlled trials have shown that arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, arthroscopic repair for acute rotator cuff tears, arthroscopic subacromial decompression, lumbar spinal decompression for spinal canal stenosis, and spinal fusion for degenerative disc disease have “similar outcomes to non-operative care”.
  • “Surgery is expensive and associated with considerable morbidity, increased risk of complications attributed to the surgical intervention, and excess mortality.”
  • “The observation that most commonly used and recommended orthopedic procedures had a limited and low-quality evidence base relation to their effectiveness is concerning.”
  • “Of the procedures studied, carpal tunnel decompression and total knee replacement showed superiority over non-operative care.”

Surgical options are good to consider as a last resort. It is interesting to note which options have more data for clinical effectiveness compared to non-operative care.

Recipe of the Month: Sweet Potato Jack-O-Lanterns

A great idea for an easy Halloween treat!