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Chronic Pain – How to Empower Yourself | VoiceAmerica

Dr. Karl Zarse, a double Board certified anaesthetist and regenerative medicine specialist, shares his experience and insights on how to maximize your situation post-injury or when in chronic pain. The owner of Idaho Spine and Pain Management, he outlines tips to enhance flexibility, strength, sleep and nutrition, helping you to outmaneuver ageing and to flip the chronic injury script. Learn how to benefit from the potentially massive accumulation of seemingly modest, daily advantages. In chronic pain, most of the daily changes that need to occur, and the lion share of what has to be done, must be made by the individual personally. Simply mandatory listening, in my opinion.

Listen to the podcast: voiceamerica.com/episode/139159/chronic-pain-how-to-empower-yourself

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September Is Healthy Aging Month | RTIR Online

Karl Zarse, M. D., is best known for empowering people over 45 to be proactive in their aging journey. Specializing in immunity and wellness, Dr. Z’s conversational online videos and simple age-appropriate philosophies have triggered a national following of lifelong athletes, GenX’ers and boomers eager to look and feel their best, especially when faced with chronic injury and or pain. From simple strengthening exercises that improve balance to at-home pain relieving methodologies and on-the-go nutrition musts, Dr. Z can share simple ways to outmaneuver aging and conquer chronic injuries. He’ll discuss intermittent fasting, supplements, cupping, sleep secrets and much more. Karl Zarse, M.D., is double board-certified in interventional pain management and anesthesia.

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After Testing 31 Pillows, These Are the Comfiest and Most Supportive | People Magazine

Most of us spend more time with our bed pillows than with any other household item, which is all the more reason to pick a really good one. Whatever your sleeping position or firmness preference, the right pillow can aid in more restful sleep, which makes your waking hours that much better. Given the rise in melatonin use among Americans, it seems we could all use a little help in catching Zzs.


A quality pillow can provide comfortable support and help alleviate aches and pains, and many modern options are also adjustable, meaning you can add or remove fill to your liking. Some even have cooling properties for hot sleepers. So, where to begin with such a wide array of choices? To help you find the standouts, we put 31 pillows through their paces in our PEOPLE Tested lab. Four of them were clear winners, with the Snuggle-Pedic Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow taking the grand prize overall.


Things to Consider Before Buying


Price: Most experts recommend replacing your pillows every 1 to 2 years, which is probably a lot sooner than you realized. That said, keep the price point in mind if you plan on replacing as suggested. While our Best Overall pillow is quite pricey, the Best Budget option still received high ranks and will offer generous support.


Support: Pain management physician, Karl Zarse, MD, says that the best way to decide how your neck should be positioned is to make a note of where your head is while sitting upright and looking forward in a neutral position: “It is not tilting forward or backward, nor is it side to side, and you should feel most comfortable in this position,” he explains …


Read full article: https://people.com/home/best-pillows/

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Dr. Karl R. Zarse MD | U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Karl R. Zarse MD

Pain Medicine


Meridian, ID

St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center + 2 affiliated hospitals


21+ Yrs Experience


1859 S Topaz Way, Meridian, ID



Dr. Karl R. Zarse is an anesthesiologist in Meridian, Idaho and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Treasure Valley Hospital and St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and has been in practice for more than 20 years.




Anesthesiologists provide pain relief during and after an operation, and treat acute and long-standing pain problems.
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Meet Tom Madden | CanvasRebel

Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Tom Madden. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.


Hi Tom, thanks for joining us today. Who is your hero and why? What lessons have you learned from them and how have they influenced your journey?


My hero is Carl DeSantis, founder of Rexall Sundown, Inc. From Carl I learned that you can start a billion-dollar business right out of your home, which is what he did, selling nutritional supplements he called Sundown Vitamins. Gradually his sales increased online and in a few stores until he moved his fledgling operation into a building in Fort Lauderdale, FL.


While he was doing that, I was growing my public relations firm I also started out of my home on Long Island, NY after I left NBC and then I moved the firm to Palm Beach, FL, then opened a small office in Boca Raton, FL, where around the same time Carl moved his now expanded operation into larger, more impressive headquarters in Boca Raton. And one day we met at the suggestion of one of his executives who had heard about me and suggested to Carl to consider hiring me to do the PR for the grand opening of the new headquarters of Rexall Sundown as Carl had purchased the Rexall name to add to Sundown. Carl really didn’t think he needed PR, but I showed him how powerful it could be in increasing his sales and 15 years later those sales had risen to $900 million a year until Carl sold the company for $1.6 billion crediting much of his success to me and my PR firm, TransMedia Group.


Tom, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?


I started at the right place for someone planning a career in public relations–journalism. I started as a reporter for my hometown newspaper, The Press, in Atlantic City, NJ,, then I moved to the Newark Start Ledger, then a big hop over the Delaware River to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Knowing the news business and what news media will find of interest is valuable information for someone in PR. It has helped me to score major media exposure for countless clients over the years, which enabled their operations to grow along with their bank accounts.


Often clients who own businesses want that exposure, but they don’t know how to generate it, so they come to someone like me who has media contacts, knows the news business and what it’s going to take to stir the juices of reporters and producers, so they leave it in my hands to come up with angles and stories that are going to do the trick. Once, for client Carl DeSantis I approached NBC Dateline to do a story about a product that reduced cellulite in women’s thighs. I introduced a well known volley ball player and told Dateline she’s agreeing to test the product and they liked my idea of doing a before and after story. So I took her to Florida, put her on the product, but just to play safe, I had her diet and run on the beach. Four weeks later her thighs were thinner and it made a great story on Dateline.  Carl wound up selling $50 million worth of that product which turned out not to be that effective, but once you hit a homerun, it stays up there as a homerun!


Looking back, are there any resources you wish you knew about earlier in your creative journey?


One resource I wish I had discovered earlier was writing books and blogs. It wasn’t until much later in my PR career did I start to write books. My first was an autobiography titled “Spin Man” about my career up to that point in public relations recounting some of my most successful campaigns. The book was very successful and went through three printings, selling almost 20,000 hardcover copies. After that I found books not only fun and fulfilling to write, but I never met a prospective PR client who wasn’t impressed when I gave him or her a signed copy of my “latest” book. Recently my fifth book, WORDSHINE MAN was published and is available on Amazon full of tips on how to make your writing inviting and exciting. I also write a weekly blog available at MaddenMischief.com and I sometimes promote our clients or just to get things off my chest as there is nothing more cathartic than writing, which I love to do.


Is there a particular goal or mission driving your creative journey?


I have so many missions. They’re called clients whose businesses or law firms, or podcasts, music, talent or life stories I want people to know about, to appreciate, so we promote them to the hilt. I make it rule not to represent anyone who doesn’t in some way inspire me or who has a product I feel more people should know about. I once learned the hard way that it’s not right promoting products that are harmful. Starting out I worked briefly at a Madison Avenue Advertising Firm and was assigned to create ads for a tobacco company. I’m glad that job didn’t last long because now we all know how harmful smoking is. No, I want to promote stuff that’s healthy. One of my favorite clients is Dr. Karl Zarse MD out in Idaho who is the founder or the Idaho Spine and Pain teaching people to combat aging with better fitness and health and a stronger immune system and to do that he has created amazing products, so promoting him is so gratifying.


Link to article: https://canvasrebel.com/meet-tom-madden/

CategoriesArticle Supplements Video



By: Karl Zarse, MD

Quercetin has seen a huge increase in its popularity over the years. It has a ton of benefits that are extremely exciting.

It is known as a flavonoid, and these molecules are powerful antioxidants. It is found naturally in fruits and vegetables and cannot be made by our own body. We must take in an external source to get the benefits. 

It is a potent antioxidant and is especially useful for neutralizing free radicals in our system. These molecules are what leads to cell damage over time and adding a daily regimen of quercetin helps mitigate the effects of these molecules. 

It has a unique property in that in helps drive zinc into cells. Once inside, zinc has a powerful antiviral effect. They call this a “zinc ionophore” if you want to do more research and get into the biology. Therefore, we added it to ImmuneX2. The two together are more powerful than each on its own. 

Quercetin is a potent anti-inflammatory on its own as well.

It is no surprise that this compound has been shown in a variety of studies to reduce the risk of cancer, decrease allergy symptoms, lower the risk of all types of infection, and lower your risk of heart disease. 

This is plenty to motivate me to take it every day. It is another weapon in the war against aging and making sure you’re healthy and fit over time. 

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Melatonin: Not Just For Sleep

Melatonin: Not Just For Sleep

By: Karl Zarse, MD

As with Vitamin D, melatonin is a hormone and not a vitamin. It is made in the brain during sleep. It increases during darkness, and turns off with light. Unfortunately, our melatonin declines naturally with age, and this is why I am a huge proponent of nightly melatonin supplementation. 

Of all the supplements that benefit the immune system, Melatonin has some of the broadest and far reaching. Here are some of my favorites. 

  1. There is a ubiquitous distribution of Melatonin receptors throughout all the cells of the immune system. 
  2. Melatonin has been shown to modulate stress response and the damaging inflammatory mediators produced during stress states and sickness. 
  3. Current studies are showing that it helps “up regulate” the immune system early in infections, and “down regulate” it during severe inflammatory states such as sepsis, thereby reducing excessive damage from the bodies own response. 

I take at least one mg and hour before bed, with my magnesium supplement. The two together exert a nice calming effect that sets you up for a great night sleep. Anywhere from 1-3 hours before bed is perfect. 

The most regenerative phase of your day is during sleep. In addition to releasing melatonin, you secrete growth hormone and other sex hormones, and your body repairs itself from the days activities and abuse. 

But most people do not really view it with any degree of intention, they just go to bed and hope they fall asleep fast and make it through the night. I strongly encourage you to read my article on sleep routines, and if you add this to your daily regimen you will see much more benefit from the  supplement routine, strength training, and exercise than you would without a routine. 

Make this a priority and you will be far healthier in the long run. 

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Magnesium: Why Is It So Important?

Magnesium: Why Is It So Important?

By: Karl Zarse, MD

Magnesium is all over the news lately and it is for good reason. It has a wide range of benefits that are critical for the immune system as well as other underappreciated benefits.

Many people do not realize that Magnesium is ESSENTIAL for proper vitamin d absorption and function. So even if you are taking plenty of vitamin D, you will not get the benefit of it without magnesium.

On top of that, studies estimate that up to 50% of Americans may not get enough in their diets. It is near impossible to get enough Magnesium with diet alone.

Magnesium is essential for good bone health. You want to benefit from that resistance training you are doing by laying down stronger bones, and magnesium does exactly that.

It exerts a calming effect and helps with getting a great night’s sleep. Combine it with Melatonin as we did with our pm dose of ImmuneX2, and you will see even more benefits.

It also is a mood stabilizer. Multiple studies have shown that individuals who supplement with Magnesium showed a significant reduction in anxiety and depression after six weeks. What a great benefit for today’s world.

I could add more but this should be plenty to motivate you to get started. I recommend taking 400 mg per day, 1-3 hours before bed with Melatonin, and you will see tremendous benefit from adding this to your routine.

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Secrets to TENS Unit

Secrets to TENS Unit

By: Karl Zarse, MD

The TENS unit is a great device for treating pain and injuries that are often overlooked.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current. The device is battery operated and attaches to two sticky pads that are electrodes. The pads attach directly to your skin and deliver an electrical current through the skin to the tissue below.

There are a lot of theories on how the TENS unit works. Spinal cord stimulators are widely used in pain management, and these work by delivering electricity over the spinal cord which then modulates the pain signals and reduces pain. TENS may be doing the same thing through the skin directly to the affected area. It also helps increase blood flow to the area, promoting healing and decreasing pain.

It has been used for years and has no known side effects. It can be used on all sorts of pain including nerve pain, tendinitis, and muscle injuries.

Using this device is simple. Take the two gel pads and apply it across the area you want to treat. I have a spot on my mid back that is a chronic injury about the size of my palm. I place the pads at the top and bottom of the area I want to treat, keeping it over the muscle and avoiding bony prominences. Then you slowly turn up the intensity until you feel the slightest buzzing.

Next you want to cycle through the different modes. The one I have is burst, ST1, ST2, and continuous. Each mode puts out different patterns of stimulation. Chose the one that feels most comfortable to you, dial up the intensity until it feels a little uncomfortable, and then dial it back to comfortable. The device will shut off on its own or you can stop the treatment at any time.

You can use this device while you are working, sitting, driving, etc. It feels like a mild electrical massage and my patients have had great benefit from this simple device.

If you are a lifelong athlete you definitely have some chronic injuries that need regular attention. The TENS unit is a great tool to add to your fitness program and will help keep those injuries in check and promote healing along the way.

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Why Does a Doctor Care So Deeply About Supplements?

Why Does a Doctor Care So Deeply About Supplements?

By: Karl Zarse, MD

After treating thousands of patients over the years and seeing them take various paths with aging, I have seen what the impact of nutrition has on the body, especially over time. 

If you are going to do anything successfully and consistently over time, you must make it an easy win. And if you want to guarantee you are giving your body everything it needs to perform at its best, then a daily supplement regimen will give you that. It takes 2 minutes to make a meal replacement shake and take a handful of vitamins. You will get more nutrition in that two minutes than most people get all day- and it was easy. 

I am all for the whole food, all organic diets out there. But who has the time or discipline to make all your meals day after day with no breaks? It is impossible, especially if you are a busy person. And it is medically and scientifically  impossible to get the level of nutrients out of natural food versus a powdered superfood, high dose oral vitamins and/or a protein powder. 

Click here to read my article on the free-radical theory of aging; it will give you a deeper understanding of what these various supplements are doing. If you understand ‘why’ you are doing something, it goes a long way in helping you keep consistent. 

The top three categories I recommend are: 

  • AN ORAL VITAMIN COMBINATION that helps promote better focus, immunity and sleep
  • A SUPERFOOD SHAKE that gives long-lasting energy, decreases fatigue, and replenishes liquids and electrolytes
  • A PROTEIN POWDER that agrees with your digestive system. 

Combining these 3 components into one meal will give you everything you need as a baseline.  If repeated and/or done multiple times per day, you will give  your body even more benefit. 

Powerful antioxidants, whole foods that reduce risk of disease, and lean meal replacement supplements will dramatically improve the benefits you will see from your exercise and stretching routine and is the key to AGING FIT.