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Oct 22, 2018

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Imagine if every parent had the tools, training and technology to teach their babies and children reading, math, music and encyclopedic knowledge by the time they were two.

Imagine early child education if kids started school already proficient in reading, math etc. 

In this country, we have the ability to do that. What is missing is the will.

If we accepted the inevitability of cancer and knee pain and stopped looking for cures where would we be today. 

In about 6 weeks I will be having knee replacement surgery. 

Here is a brief summary of the advancement of the field

The first total condylar knee replacement. Hospital for Special Surgery's John N. Insall, MD, Chitranjan Ranawat, MD, and Allan E. Inglis, MD, along with biomechanical engineer Peter Walker, PhD, developed the modern knee replacement and implanted it in the first patient in 1974. The first total knee replacement was performed in 1968, but the implant wasn't reliable and the HSS team aimed to create a better option for patients with knee arthritis than pain medication. Their implant was designed to recreate how real knees work and became a game-changer in the field. It was the first implant to address all anatomically shaped parts in the knee. With this implant as the foundation, surgeons and developers have advanced the field immensely. Now knee replacements are standard-of-care procedures and new patient-specific technology is built on the anatomical principles the HSS surgeons studied.

 

Mickey Mantle's first knee surgery in 1951. We consider Mickey Mantle a baseball legend today, but in 1951 he was a New York Yankees rookie that spent part of the season in the team's farm system and was trying to prove himself in his first World Series when an injury during game two forced him to watch the rest of the series from the sideline. He was attempting to catch a ball when his cleat spike hit a rubber drain or sprinkler and caused the first knee injury of his career. Mantle subsequently underwent knee surgery — and several surgeries throughout his career — yet still managed to become one of the most well-regarded baseball players in history. However, according to a New York Times, the injury and surgeries prevented him from becoming one of the greatest statistical performers in history.

 

First knee arthroscopy. Dr. Severin Nordentof, a physician in Denmark, is credited with using the first endoscope to look inside of a knee joint in 1912. He used the Jacobaeus Laparoscope, to examine the interior of knees and discussed his findings at the 41st Congress of the German Surgical Society in Berlin. However, without evidence of surgical intervention, he is not considered to have performed the first knee arthroscopy. Forty-three years later, renowned Japanese surgeon Masaki Watanabe, MD — known for his development of arthroscopy instrumentation — performed the first recorded operative procedure under arthroscopic control. He removed a solitary giant cell tumor from a knee joint during the procedure, and then in 1962 performed the first partial meniscectomy under endoscopic control. Dr. Watanabe was also considered a great teacher and shared his knowledge freely. He authored the Atlas of Arthroscopy, published in English in 1957, and his research became the basis of modern minimally invasive knee surgery today.

 

Adrian Peterson's 2011 knee surgery and amazing recovery. Adrian Peterson was in the running for the National Football League's 2012 most valuable player and noted Hall of Fame prospect for the Minnesota Vikings when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in December 2011. The injury was gruesome and would have left many athletes on the sideline for months — if not the rest of their career. However, Peterson called on renowned knee surgeon James Andrews, MD, noted for his work with elite athletes and returning them to play. Mr Peterson not only underwent the surgery six days after injury but also completed a rigorous rehabilitation schedule and then returned to start for the Vikings week one of the 2012 season — just nine months after surgery, according to Bleacher Report he continued to put up outstanding numbers post-injury and threatened to break league records. Peterson's recovery has now become a benchmark for other athletes suffering ACL tears — fairly or not — as he raised the bar for future knee surgery recovery.

 

Dwayne Wade's 2002 knee replacement surgery. Nearly a decade before he became part of the Miami Heat's "Big Three," Dwayne Wade underwent his first knee surgery to remove the meniscus from his left knee. He was a Marquette college basketball player and decided to undergo the procedure to return to play. While Wade still became a superstar in the National Basketball League, he battled chronic knee pain and issues throughout his career, leading toward a second knee surgery in 2012. In a 2013 interview with ESPN, Wade said he regretted that first knee surgery — technology was less advanced than it is today, and he wasn't thinking about having a long-term career. He was more focused on returning to play in the short term. Wade helped lead the Miami Heat to several championship games, even winning two championship rings, but his injuries may have prevented him from achieving even more. The Heat lost the championship series in 2014 and the key member of Miami's "Big Three" — LeBron James — left the team for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade continues to play for the Heat, but without that first knee surgery he may have made more significant contributions to the game and changed basketball history forever.

 

Bill Clinton's 1997 knee surgery. In the midst of his second term as president, Bill Clinton injured his knee during a fall at Golfing Pro Greg Norman's estate. The president tore a tendon and his subsequent procedure was performed by the chief of orthopaedic surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital David P. Adkison, MD. The procedure put the president on crutches for eight weeks and caused then-First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton to postpone a two-week, six-nation tour of Africa, according to the Baltimore Sun. While the procedure didn't immediately hamper the President's legacy, life with an improperly healed torn tendon would have inhibited President Clinton for years. Since finishing his second term, President Clinton has made a huge impact on global affairs with the philanthropic Clinton Global Initiative — which made nearly 2,500 commitments valued at $87.9 billion, according to Forbs. He also campaigned for President Barack Obama in the 2010 and 2014 campaigns and is considered one of the reasons why the president was elected. His philanthropic work and campaigning would have been impossible — or at least much more painful — with an injured knee.

We have to apply the same knowledge and commitment to transforming early childhood education, your contribution can make the difference. 

 

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Jul 25, 2018

A brain is a terrible thing to waste

From the moment we are conceived our brains are growing a a faster rate unitl five or six. With a world of technology and knowledge of early brain science one would think that we could begin teaching every baby to read, do math, learn music and encyclopedic knowledge. 

However there are forces in the universe particularly in this country that hide behind the statement age appropriate. While in Philadelphia there is an organization www.IAHP.org that teaches parents how to teach babies all of this wonderful stuff.

In addition I am pioneering the power and importance of touch in Early Childhood development. All of the things we propose were tried on my own son Bryan. By the time he was one he could count to one hundred in English and Spanish, and read more than one thousand words.

By the time he was two he had learned not only his alphabet but keys on a keyboard. He could turn a computer on, type on the keyboard and teach himself anything he wanted to learn. We started with reader rabbit, math rabbit, and language express. from there he went through all of their learning programs and more.

He had a massage from either his mother or me every day for the first three years and was breast fed for three years.

Despite the fact that I am not a college graduate, and his mother passed away when he was 10, he graduated 2nd in his class from high school, he was one of the first 400 kids accepted early into Georgetown. After Georgetown he worked for www.EDWEEK.org for five years. He was an online news editor, he took over their social media, he created a blog Sports in Education. By the time he was 23 he had written so many articles on concussions in sports hit was published as an eBook.

Now he is a senior copy editor for Bleacher report and his wife is in her 2nd year of residency at Vanderbilt. 

However throughout our nation over half the kids can not read, write aor do math proficiently.

We have the technology to replace the Hubbell telescope yet we can not adequately teach kids to read Something is missing

www.teamchildren.org we are making a difference both by distributing low cost refurbished computers to families in need but by giving teens an opportunity to learn about technology and making a difference,. 

We have the technology to insure that every baby is receiving a 21st century early childhood education whether they are in day care, preschool, or head start as a nation we need the will..

 

Your support fuels our way.

Mar 8, 2018

Learning Through Technology

Dear Friend:

Please consider making a contribuition to TeamChildren and help us expand the difference we are making in the academic, economic, and social futers of children here in our region and around the world

Our new book "Hands on Parenting a practical guide to massage for happier, healthier, smarter kids" is now on amazon www.handsonparenting.org 

Our effectivness and accomplishments with minimal funding and a staff orf mostly volunteers are amazing.

 

We helped transfrom one of the most impoverished and drug ridden neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

We created a 21st century early learning program in a large Hispanic preschool program

We have distributed over 16,000 low cost refurbished computers reaching over 75,000 kids..

While having access to a computer is common for most children and just about every business, there are far too many children in our region that do not have adequate access to a simple computer at home or in school. In Philadelphia schools there are far too many classrooms without working computers.

With over $500 worth of learning software installed on each computer we introduce children and their parents to a new world of learning. From software that can teach toddlers reading, math and music to programs that will help college students excel. Children can learn anything they want right at home with the click of a mouse.

Teamchildren.org has with minimal funding and mostly volunteer staff, distributed over 15,000 low cost high quality refurbished computers to families, schools and organizations around the region. Now, more than 75,000 kids have improved their academic, economic and social futures.

The first family we gave a computer to lived in one of the most dangerous neighborgoods 9th and Indiana in Philadelphia. They had six children on of them Hector with his parents only having a grade school education, the likelihood of Hector graduating in the top 10% of his class and receiving a bachelors degree from Millersville University in 2016, was slim to none. But he beat the odds. His family received the first computer we distributed. www.TeamChildren.org made a difference.

 How you can help.

Donate Equipment: Thanks to recent donations of equipment from Wawa, SEI, Johnson Matthey Acme, Lockheed Martin and many more companies and individual, we are able to distribute another 500 computers.  We are always searching for more donations of equipment.

Volunteers are at the heart of our success: From senior citizens to teens in high school.  We are always looking for new volunteers especially in the area of administration, marketing/pr, fundraising, data management, and computer repair. If you have a skill we can use your help

Contribute financially. What we have learned over the years is every financial contribution whether big or small helps a kid right here in our region.Please donate today

For more information, contact:

960 Rittenhouse Road

Audubon, PA 19403

Email: teamchildren@teamchildren.com

Phone: 610.666.1795

Website: www.teamchildren.org

 

 
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