Thursday, October 9, 2014

What were we thinking...?

We had a not so pleasant experience in our office on Thursday. We thought we would share it, so we can avoid it in the future.

Yes...during all day on Thursday, we decided to change things up. We played COUNTRY MUSIC all day...Yes that was the big problem for us this week, COUNTRY MUSIC! ARGH!

We were so busy helping and serving so many patients including grandma's, kids, babies, and everyone else, that we forgot we were playing country music.

The truth is we have had so many patients SAVE money this week and the past month. The patient not needing that MRI scheduled 4 weeks out, as they are better under our care and were able to cancel it or the overwhelming amount of patients that did not need their medications anymore, or the many that are taking way less medications and skipping the next "routine" injection. People continue to save money while more importantly IMPROVING their health under natural chiropractic care at MY office.

Funny about country music: by playing the songs backwards you get your car back, your dog back, and your wife back...(LOL).  I know there is more than 1 country singer, but why does all the music sound exactly the same? Enough already!

My office appreciates all the kind works, referrals, and all the patients that are really staying well under our care. We set records in every category for my office last month. I am humbled by all of this. We have the best facility, equipment, and the best staff in the area. If you doubt that, come check us out and compare. My office always has your best interest at heart. We care about you! We are the best!

Health is a choice. You must decide to improve it, maintain it, or avoid it.

Just having some fun about the country music. As always, be well for today and tomorrow!

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Dr. Rich Sheppard
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Just eat less, exercise more - right ?

Weight watchers, Jenny Craig, Slim Fast, and insert any other similar program or company loves to sell the erroneous fact that weight loss is accomplished by lowering your calories and moving more. On the flip side, many people feel that they can eat whatever they want as long as they exercise. This is also false.

If you desire to simply lose weight on the scale, I suggest you go to the local high school and talk with the wrestling coach on how to make weight. What you SHOULD desire is a healthy lifestyle that loses FAT, promotes MUSCLE gain, and allows for great health.

Yes, if you restrict calories, you will lose weight TEMPORARILY. Typically from the fact that you are not eating as much junk and your body normally has too much inflammation systemically and will cause a drop in weight on the scale. This is almost never fat. If you restrict calories too much you will lose muscle and bone. YUCK!

Recently many patients are discussing this new diet that talks about revving the metabolism. So many things do that already, but is not always the culprit in weight GAIN. When you find a diet that says, eat carbs today, then protein tomm, then fats the third day, is nothing unique or special that will affect your long-term health. You never want to start following some pattern thinking that will "trick" or fool your metabolism and you will start simply burn more calories. Your body will adjust. Your body will always adjust its internal chemistry based on balance and survival.

Your body always wants to be in balance. Chemically and Structurally (CHIROPRACTIC!)

Many examples of this. If you need your coffee fix in the morning, after about 30 days of this habit, your body will slow down from the stimulant it gets all the time. You will actually have less energy then you would without caffeine at all. All those medications that you think you need long-term actually have a exponentially declining process, that makes them less and less effective. YOUR BODY ADAPTS.*

* side note this why people are always searching for a new doctor or pain clinic as their pain isn not resolving with the current meds.

The worst thing you can do is exercise AND REDUCE calories. You will very quickly determine that your energy stinks, you're hungry, moody, and lethargic. This is no different than filling your car with gas ( fuel ) and driving it at 10mph vs. driving at 80mph. The more work your body does, the more FUEL it NEEDS. The less work, the less gas. This is why in my book I discuss, that on heavy weight training or exercise days, you will need more food on those days, not less. 

Hey look at the actor / wrestler the ROCK. He played Hercules. You think he just exercised and cut his calories. NOPE! He ate all the time. Google his meal plan during training for that movie, you would be shocked.

When we have apps like My Fitness Pal that use calories in and out as their "solution", it offers the problem with people don't understand how the body functions. And.. if you did know how the body works, you would be at my office with every family member getting regular adjustments. 

Here is why calories in / out does not work....

3500 cals = 1 pound. A calorie deficit of 500 cals / day x 7 days = 3500 therefore 1 pound per week should be lost.
Do some math: 52 weeks in a year, be even the first 2 weeks ( no gains or losses )...50 weeks left.
follow above..then a 200lb person will weight 150 after year 1.

Repeat for year 2, will that person now weigh 100 ? NO...they wont, the body will slow down and adjust to the lower calories by not allowing that to occur. You cannot eat pizza or bread as long as you are under some calorie number. It is not the calorie but the food TYPE you are choosing.

If you want to lose fat, let me first say, learn to change your eating habits. Just like learning a new exercise, learning to control the nutrition will have more of a positive effect on your health then any new exercise ever can. People now rush over to CrossFit or hot Yoga for the latest trend.

All foods can be isocaloric, but they are not all isometabolic. Meaning the same calories count does not mean the same effect on the body. Sugar, white bread, and processed carbs will cause blood sugar to go nuts. Do this too long and you will become a fat storing machine. Most people burn sugar and not fat. FLIP THE SWITCH.

So what will you do walk or jog? Slow exercises promote fat storage nut burning.

The most efficient and most effective way to burn fat and improve muscle mass ( which helps with your overall health and function ) is the following:

eat lean protein
lots of vegetables
add good healthy fats to your nutrition (lots of good fats) like 20% worth
supplement with omega 3 fatty acids
supplement with magnesium
supplement with Vit C
drink only water
add interval training and weigh training

If you exercised efficiently 3x / week as above..then ate like the list. You would feel and look better than you thought possible. The best part you prevent many heart issues and cancers. The leading causes of death in this country. So many cancers are related directly to our deficiencies with our diet. We are overfed, but undernourished. You can do it, I know you can. Just don't give up. It is your health and future health.

Math is numbers, but science is science. As a doctor of chiropractic for 18 years What I do here is pure science, not science fiction. For more detailed info, contact me or better yet..get a copy of my book in any format you like @
Be well for today and tomorrow!


Friday, September 19, 2014

The sadness that is healthcare

I mentioned to many of you that I was at the Women's Show a few weekends ago. I had the chance to talk to many people mostly women of course about their health concerns. I am sure we all realize that the Women's Show is about how much free food and free stuff we can carry with us. 

Women in general have very similar health complaints. These include mainly fibromyalgia, headaches, neck pain, low back pain, hip pain, thyroid issues, osteoporosis, and say they cannot lose weight.

I am not sure the demographics or make-up of the people that attended this show, but I do know that many people were more than willing to share their "horror" stories on their spinal surgeries and quick to show me their scars. I have had my fair share of patients over an 18 year career and I will say that some people actually get PLEASURE from their misery. Affectionately called, drama queens. 

We all have had pain and sorrow. It is how you deal with it. A young lady came to me and showed me her neck scar from cervical fusion surgery. She was 28 years old. Let's look at some facts. # 1 Neck surgery is almost never necessary and certainly not at that age. # 2 fusion type surgeries are rarely performed in the modern world anymore. UNLESS # 3 Fusions are only needed in times of massive trauma.

So why should you care? Well this person woke up with neck pain and arm pain and was TOLD that she needed immediate surgery. I am sorry, but this is a complete fabrication. This was not an emergency situation. This was you're in pain, you're scared, we are the only hope for you. It is a clever tactic that drug companies have used for years. This magic pill is the solution for your problems. Or in this case it is you NEEDED surgery. Not in this case. She will have pain and problems for the rest of her life. I want to see people have IMPROVED lives not the opposite. Most spinal surgeries do not offer that.

You want to see some sadness at my office? Have a patient look in your eyes with pain in theirs and say I will do anything for help, can you help me? These people have had all the medications a pharmacy can dispense, have had more injections into their bodies that a close up view of their skin looks like swiss cheese, and others have surgical scars that were told that this was what they needed. AND THEY STILL ARE HURTING.

Many of the ortho-pods and med-heads in this area are providing a dis-service to the community. Case in point. * And let me point out, that when you NEED a surgery from cancer or a broken bone or even a joint replacement, this is what the GREAT doctors do. I am not talking about them. I am discussing the many offices that offer multiple drugs like a PEZ dispenser.

Case in point. A doctor in town is so filled that as of September you cannot get an appointment for months! No new patients, all repeat. So what are they really doing there? This is an office with 1 MD and the rest are nurse practitioners and P.A's ( physician assistants ). What do all of them have in common? The ability to WRITE a Rx for a pill. Well HALLELUJAH! Thank the maker! This is INSANE. The constant reliance of a prescription being filled every 3 months or a pain injection every 3 months is passive care that is actually counter-productive over the long hall for YOUR health.

I have spoken to this office and the limited knowledge they possess of physiology is frightening. In my efforts to offer anyone a greater outcome for better and improved health, I give you a simplistic version of why you have pain and why you will struggle with health.

The body must be in balance chemically and structurally. The structurally part starts with the spine. When you pinch a SPINAL nerve, you affect the muscles. They tighten as a defense mechanism and what do you do?

Massage, muscle relaxer, stretch, biofreeze, heating pad, hot-tub, potions, and lotions.  

It is no different than a fever for you or your children. What do you do? Well...first the fever is there for a REASON. It is to PROTECT you. But what do you do?

Tylenol, aspirin ( never use aspirin on a fever ), dayquill, nyquill, meds, meds, and meds.

Most things we do to our bodies upset us chemically. We as a nation are OVER-fed but UNDER-nourished. If we buy vitamins, it is typically a grocery store or WalMart brand. Those are filled with fillers and heavy metals. Should avoid them. Same reason you should avoid the FLU shot.

When you cut your finger what happens? You stop bleeding, you scab, and then get new skin. The body is smarter than you are. You don't have to think about it, it simply occurs. Your body has the ABILITY to heal itself in many ways IF YOU GET OUT OF THE WAY. 

Medications, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking all will prevent you from reaching and obtaining any kind of optimal health. My patients that have been with me for years for WELLNESS have better health. The kids that I adjust have better health then the other kids at school.

Also you should know that medications DEPLETE the body of nutrients and minerals. That is why a patient of mine that is 75 years old and on ZERO meds, is healthy, and vibrant. The patients of mine that come in here on 6-10 or higher medications always are sick, run-down.

Here is a link to what I am saying: TooManyMeds

Chiropractic care is not back pain ( DESPITE BEING THE BEST IN THE WORLD FOR IT ). Chiropractic is allowing the body to function at its highest level. And heaven forbid that a 20 year problem is not CORRECTED in 2 weeks. If you are overweight ask yourself how long it took you to get like that? Do you expect to go to the gym in 2 weeks and be in shape? Hell no! If you think you can then go for gastric bypass or liposuction and you will still have issues.

Last month at my new office I gave about 50 patients recommendations for vitamins to start tackling the deficiencies and toxicity within them. How many patients complied? 5 That is 10%, 1 out 10. In today's world if you cannot take a simple vitamin that is specifically for you, what are you thinking?

A patient here said he could not afford my care, and his "SOLUTION" for one of his symptoms was an INJECTION into the ear. Yes the ear. I have never heard of that before. Needless to say it did not work. $ 1,100 later and he is right back where he started. That could have paid for 3 visits / week for over 8 weeks. MORE THAN ENOUGH to help his condition.

Pain is not always where the problem is. Headaches are typically cervical spine. Leg pain is typically the lumbar spine (or statin drugs). A patient said he would do anything to get out of pain. Really? Anything? Bull C@#$. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Quit the first week. Simply make the commitment to yourself. Eat better, add exercise, and for the love of Pete, stick with something long enough to work. Exercise, diet, or chiropractic.If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.

Be well for today and tomorrow! And give anything you do T-I-M-E!