GOLF AND LIFE AFTER SURGERY

Those of you that read my blog on a regular basis know that on December 11th I had major ankle surgery to clip a bone that was protruding into my Achilles. Additionally, I had significant scar tissue throughout my ankle. My scheduled surgery for 2 hours, went an additional 2 hours due to the extensive scar tissue.

Prior to my surgery, I sought the advice of my good friend, Dr. Rish Patel, who is a well- known and respected pain management doctor in New York. More importantly, he is also a scratch golfer and understood exactly what I was facing. He recommended that I take a product called Optimend in order to reduce my pain and inflammation. Instead of trying to explain exactly what Optimend is, I have provided information from Activz Global, the company that offers  Optimend below. Full disclosure I am a co-founder of this company and have relied on respected doctors and leaders in the scientific community to give me their unbiased opinion and view of the science validated products that Activz offers.

Optimend is ACTIVZ’ solution to pain and unhealthy inflammation. Healthy inflammation is part of the body’s natural defense system and is designed to combat viruses, bacteria and injury. It’s the body’s way of “purging by fire.” Unfortunately, excessive inflammation can cause a barrage of unfavorable side effects like heat/fever, swelling and pain that can cause damage to the body’s own tissues. Even worse, chronic or “silent” inflammation is now considered to be a major cause of most of the chronic health conditions and diseases we suffer from. 

ACTIVZ scientists combined many years of science and research regarding turmeric, curcumin and boswelia and  with cutting-edge technology and science to create a powerful product that effectively alleviates pain and inflammation In their normal state, turmeric and curcumin (the most active component of turmeric) are large, unstable molecules that are not easily absorbed and utilized by the body. Optimend addresses this problem in several ways. First, it contains a special metabolite of curcumin, called tetrahydrocurcumin, that by itself is more bioavailable than regular curcumin. Next, each molecule is wrapped in a CyLoc™ dextrin molecular “cage” and specially treated with DexKeyTM technology that allows the molecule to release its power into your body with maximum absorbability.

My understanding of Optimend is that Tumeric has been used for thousands of years, and is widely considered to be very good for our bodies. What I didn’t understand about Tumeric is that its not easily absorbed in our bodies. Given the safety profile of the product, especially compared to opiods and even over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophenI, instead I was advised to take  large doses of Optimend,  to deal with the pain and inflammation caused by my injury and subsequent surgery.  

I began Optimend prior to leaving for Costa Rica for the Costa Rica Amateur in November. Previously I had been withdrawing from most events, and was hopeful that  Optimend would allow me to compete .. I ended finishing 3rd in that event, and felt a major difference over a very short period of time while taking 6-8 Optimend pills a day. Prior to my surgery, in my preop meeting with my surgeon, I asked him how long it would take for me to get back on the golf course. He said I’d be in a cast from December 11-27th and then a large walking boot for an additional 4-6 weeks. After some physical therapy in February, he thought I might be able to play in mid to late Feb. I was most concerned about being able to tee it up in the SF City Golf Championship that commenced on Feb 18th which is an event I have not missed since I was 16 years old. He didn’t sound very optimistic about meeting that date to be ready for a major competition.

I wore a large cast that I really didn’t enjoy wearing for 16 days. But to the shock of my doctor and the staff that removed the cast, my swelling was very limited and my foot looked much better than what the doctor had expected. The doctor asked me what I had been doing, I told him about Optimend and he asked for some information on the product. Here is a photo of my foot when the cast was removed, sorry for the unpleasant photo but you can see their is blue bruising, but very little swelling.

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I actually only wore the walking boot for one day, as I felt I really didn’t need it. Each day that passed I was seeing significant improvement. I had a series of  physical therapy appointments scheduled, but I only went to one of them and suspended the rest.

One day before my 61st birthday, on Jan 8th I played my first round of golf. I walked and carried my bag at the Olympic Club Lake course, which is not an easy walk. I wanted to stress test my ankle to see how sore it would be after walking and swinging for 18 holes. The result was astounding as I again played on Jan 9th and enjoyed a birthday round. I then knew that I would be more than ready to compete for the start of the SF City Golf Championship.

I did this all while maintaining my use of Optimend. I continued to show and feel significant positive results from lower inflammation, combined with better range of motion in all my aging joints and body parts.

My game leading up to the start of the SF City was already well beyond any point in 2019, and I had renewed hope for having a great season in 2020. My goals for the 2020 season were stated in a previous blog post, but my primary focus was on each nine holes, to be at par or better. In the SF City I shot an even par 72 at Harding Park and tied for 3rd in the qualifier. I played under par golf in all of my match play rounds. I then went to Sea Island and played below my expectation shooting 71,71,74 followed by the 71,74,70 at the Moot Thomas in Ocala. At that point I stood 6 over par for the first three events, and was determined to get my total for the year back closer to even par. With a 65,68,70 at the Florida Azalea I am  at -1 on the year.

Going into surgery on Dec 11th these results were not thought to be possible, but through taking several products from Activz I feel my real advantage on the golf course is my lower inflammation and bolstered immune system.

In an effort to help all those that are concerned about these issues, I have asked the company to offer me fellow golfers the ability to try their products at a significantly reduced price. In a few days I will post a link that will allow you to order these products at a discount, along with detailed product information that can be found on their website http://www.activz.com.

During these times of high concern for our health, I want to reach out to everyone and share my story of what I believe has made a significant and profound impact on my health. I have not been sick one day over the past 18 months, not a cold, flu or sore throat. I attribute this all to the products described below.

GNM-X: As the world’s most potent Nrf2 activator, it reduces oxidative stress, making cells better able to withstand attack; it also modulates “survival genes” and those which affect the innate immune system.

LINQ: 70% of our immune system resides in the gastrointestinal system and the butyric acid found in LINQ activates immune system genes and repairs endothelial cells that keep viruses, toxins and bacteria from entering our system.

With so much mis-information (or what Trump says- “fake news”)about supplements and products making false claims, the purpose of starting Activz was to offer people products that rely on reliable science that validates their existence. I am not a doctor, nor am I making any recommendations to you. I am sharing a story with you about what I have experienced using these products.

THIS IS THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT MADE TO THE PUBLIC FROM THE ACTIVZ SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

Strengthening Your Immune System: 
Pro-Active Steps to Stay Healthy
The emergence of COVID-19 has brought about a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety. We know that you and your families are being inundated with reports on the spread of COVID-19, preventative actions and steps to take if you contract the virus. We, as the scientists, doctors and members of the Activz Scientific Advisory board, feel it is important to offer our guidance to the Activz community on what people can do to protect themselves and their families. The good news is that we are endowed with a great immune system that is designed to keep us healthy. It’s our natural defense system, not just against COVID-19, but against other viruses, bacteria and toxins that we encounter every day. And there are some simple things we can do to strengthen our immune system, not just to resist COVID-19, but to enjoy better, everyday health.

Play Defense! Minimize exposure.  Avoid public transportation, large crowds and practice “social distancing” (maintaining at least 6 ft. between you and others).Avoid touching your face.   Wash your hands often. Soap and water work just fine, but wash frequently, especially after having been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.Strengthen Your Immune System!Eat a healthy diet.  Proper nutrition is essential. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.Go for a walk.  Exercise is great for immune function, but don’t worry about elaborate exercise programs.Get enough sleep. Prioritizing sleep is one of the most important things you can do to strengthen your immune system.Minimize stress. Try meditation, deep breathing exercises, spending time with loved ones (Facetime, Skype and Zoom are great!) and listening to soothing music.The Importance of Activz products
  

Our products directly influence genes which play a key role in the immune system and in strengthening the body against attacks. Together, they provide great hope for getting us through this crisis safely.

GNM-X: As the world’s most potent Nrf2 activator, it reduces oxidative stress, making cells better able to withstand attack; it also modulates “survival genes” and those which affect the innate immune system.

LINQ:  70% of our immune system resides in the gastrointestinal system and the butyric acid found in LINQ activates immune system genes and repairs endothelial cells that keep viruses, toxins and bacteria from entering our system.

OPTIMEND: Decreases inflammation and fortifies cells against damage.
While there is no way to avoid being exposed to or affected by COVID-19 or other threats to our health, by following these simple steps, we can resist illness and greatly improve our health.
We wish all of you continued health and will keep you updated on how Activz can keep you and your loved ones healthy and happy.
 
ACTIVZ Advisory BoardDr. Joseph C. Maroon 
/ M.D., FACS
Dr. Maroon is a sports medicine expert and has served as the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers for over 20 years. He is also a member of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, and is the medical director for World Wrestling Entertainment.Vice Admiral Mat Winter (USN, Ret)
/ Former Director of the Office of Naval Research / Former Joint Strike Fighter Program / Former Office of Secretary of Defense
 
Winter’s major acquisition tours include assistant deputy program manager for the Joint Standoff Weapon System; chief engineer for Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Flight and Propulsion Control; deputy program manager for the Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile program; and his major acquisition command tour as the Precision Strike Weapons (PMA-201) program manager.Dr. Brett Earl
/ MD
Dr. Brett J. Earl is a Board Certified Physician with over 18 years of experience in his field. He has been published numerous times and serves on various Medical Boards in Utah and his clinical expertise includes Ozone, RenuO2 Procedures, PRP Injections, Nutrition, Ultraviolet light IV Infusions (UBI), Supplement Optimization and IV Recovery and Rejuvenation.Dr. Amrish Patel
/ M.D.
Dr. Amrish Patel is a Board Certified Physician with over 18 years of experience in the field of Anesthesiology, Orthopedics and Pain Management. Dr. Patel focuses on pain management cases including: lumbar and cervical epidural steroid injections, lumbar and cervical facet joint injections, laser assisted denervation of lumbar facet joints and radio-frequency ablation of cervical facet joints and lumbar discograms.Dr. Daniel Hernandez
/ PhD
Dr. Hernandez has been deeply immersed in science of free radical biology for many years. In particular, he focuses on the role that free radicals, antioxidants and redox modifications play in triggering inflammation.Jeff Bost
/ PAC
Jeff Bost PAC has been a Neurosurgical Physician Assistant and associate with Dr. Joseph Maroon since 1987. He is also a Clinical Instructor and Clinical Assistant Professor. He and Dr. Maroon have special interests in minimally invasive spine, concussion and brain surgery and have collaborated on scores of scientific medical papers and books in these areas.

2 Comments on “GOLF AND LIFE AFTER SURGERY

  1. Randy:

    Congrats on your victory at The “Ronnie” last week. I pulled out Friday am due to a continued issue with my back. I tried to find and meet you a last fall at then Straightdown. I have played the past few years. I have read your article below. Is Dr Amish Patel a pain Dr in Atlanta? Have you had success with him. I have had two lower back surgery’s and currently have 7 herniated disc’s. I have played in some USGA events but now can’t practice. I have tried many safe solutions for pain, but have had little luck. I will fly up to see if Dr if I thought it could help.

    Regards,

    Chris Wilmot

    From: Randy Haag’s Golf Blog Reply-To: Randy Haag’s Golf Blog Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 1:47 PM To: Subject: [New post] GOLF AND LIFE AFTER SURGERY

    randyhaaggolf posted: ” Those of you that read my blog on a regular basis know that on December 11th I had major ankle surgery to clip a bone that was protruding into my Achilles. Additionally, I had significant scar tissue throughout my ankle. My scheduled surgery for 2 hours,”

    • Hi Chris,

      Dr. Rish Patel is a pain doctor on New York/New Jersey area if interested I can put you in touch with him, he is excellent. And certainly Optimend will help you!!

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