Thursday, August 7, 2014

Healthcare alphabet soup!

Well it's time to go see someone because you are in pain. Should you see the M.D., P.T., D.C., or the P.A.? Maybe you waited too long and need to see someone A.S.A.P...and then they can order an MRI or CT..............ARGH....the healthcare alphabet soup.

As a doctor, it is not just my job, but my responsibility to inform you what is wrong and how to fix it. When you get the proper evaluation of why you are having pain and treat the problem vs. only the symptoms, you will get better. PERIOD. If you ONLY chase symptoms, you then find that your problem will get worse and eventually your drug choice or injections will no longer work with time. PERIOD.

I am sick and tired of yelling at P.T's and P.A.'s. FYI a P.T. is a physical therapist. Where a PT shines is post-surgical rehab and cardiac rehab. I think they are really good at that. When it comes to matters of the spine, they have no stinkin clue on how to help someone. According to most PT's the entire population suffers from muscle weakness and simply must exercise, stretch, and do core strength. 

C'mon man! 

I have many patients that stand all day at work and have hard jobs and really work hard. Their muscles are not WEAK, they are over-worked. I currently have a patient that is a mail carrier. Walks miles each day and carries that heavy bag. No weakness at all. Yet the PT wants to exercise sore over-worked muscles. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? NO! You don't jog on a sprained ankle and you don't overwork a tired muscle. Result is the PATIENT GETS NO RELIEF AND GETS WORSE. ( Maybe you're next!)

And a P.A. is a physicians assistant that has the ability to write prescriptions for medications. I have only interacted with a handful of PA's since I have been in NC. And they are all the same. Try these muscle relaxors and pain pills, and if not better we will send you to the PT or ortho. ARGH! What about fixing someone?

Same medical merry-go-round. With more medications in this country, vaccines, hospital infections, poorer food quality, dangerous injections, ineffective and dangerous spinal surgeries, I would do everything in my power to make and keep my health to the highest obtainable level. And you can help yourself in many ways.

The human body must stay in balance. Chemically and structurally. We all mess up the chemical part. We use too much of this and dont get enough of that. Still the body tries to balance YOU. Too much soda or diet soda will weaken your bones. A sad side effect of soda. A good way to fix you chemically is READ MY BOOK. This will educate you on why your body is out of balance.

Structurally is what I also fix. You cannot exercise a spine to move better, nor take a pill either. Any weight bearing joint must move and align FULLY. This is why everyone with back pain and neck pain and KNEE pain ( so easy to help! )...gets well with my care. You must be in balance structurally or it will create muscle imbalance, weakness, and pain. 

If you had a spine that was crooked and you exercise, you will then have stronger muscles protecting a crooked spine. ARGH! Fix the spine first, allow full motion and FUNCTION, then you can add strength to the supporting tissues.

When you do things the proper way while recognizing where the problem exists, you heal quickly. Have a patient 50 years old never been to the chiropractor. Goes to the ortho gets and MRI wants to do surgery, he says no and goes to pain management for an injection / meds, no help. Shows up here and in less than 1 week is 90% better. How much money did he save and is healthier because he came here. I see too many spinal scars of people that were supposed to be fixed from surgery. Many spinal surgeries only treat symptoms. Why would a disc herniate or bulge? How do you prevent it? How do you fix it? CALL ME!

Stop catering to healthcare alphabet soup. Get off the medical merry-go-round and get fixed, and then stay that way for as long as possible. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Medicine loves to keep your symptoms hanging around so you need. Chiropractic fixes you forever.

Enuf sed..

Dr. Sheppard

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Can you do anything just once a month and help?

I was thinking about why more patients don't continue with chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis. Don't get me wrong, many do, and they are the people that are having not only better health, but better mental attitudes, better relationships, and frankly a better quality of life.

What can we only do once each month that is beneficial. We can clean out the garage, get an oil change in our car, or take a monthly vacation. These things would be great and useful..but what about our health and health potential / outlook. 

What does our health potential / outlook mean. It means where are you headed with your FUTURE health. Are you a heavy smoker that is overweight with no exercise? Well then your future health looks bad vs. the person that exercises, eats well, and does not smoke. Most of us never look at our health in the future. What is going to happen next year, or the next 5, or even the next 10. AND WE ALL SHOULD. We should remember that as we continue with our lives, that there will be a conclusion to the story of your life. WHY WAIT UNTIL JANUARY 1 to make a change in your health? Start now!

It pains me when I see kids that could benefit from a small change with nutrition, or some vitamins, and chiropractic care, but fall victim to the too much medical drug route or because of their parents poor food choices. Kids with heavy asthma or allergies that cannot enjoy their life as it was meant to be saddens me. Allowing kids to consume whatever they want and watch their health potential get ruined before they were even given a chance to excel, is sad. ( that is why I am writing a book for parents so their kids can maximize their health and development. )

Regardless of where you view your health, or your kids, our  health attitude should always be proactive vs. reactive. Reactive is the day when your car does not start and you thought it would and now you are in crisis mode. Are you going to wait for your back to go out or your headaches to magically go away?

When you neglect your health, your body will let you know. You will end up with all the typical aches and pains and lots of prescription meds. Drug companies don't want to FIX you, they want to maintain the status-qua. Keep you on blood pressure meds and cholesterol drugs. Long-term regular use of drugs keeps the $$$$$$ flowing. It is funny that I have patients that take ZERO medications that are in their 60's,70's, and 80's and are vibrant. On the flip side, the patients that take the MOST medications are the ones that spend their life going to doctors getting their prescriptions and are walking zombies.

Can you come exercise one time per month to offer benefits? Can you brush your teeth one time each month to offer benefits? I don't think those will offer any long-term changes with your health. But I do know that people that continue with full-spine chiropractic care. They DO have better health. And here are the reasons:

1. The adult spine gets misaligned and stuck with lack of full motion. This leads to disc degeneration, dessication ( lack of fluid in the disc ), arthritic change, and "spinal" nerve pressure.

2. Spinal nerve pressure creates muscle spasms that further restrict spinal motion and maybe pain. This also decreases nerve flow, blood flow, oxygen, and lymph drainage to and from your organs, muscles, tissues, and cells.

3. With lack of the above in # 2, your health breaks down and then comes symptoms. With symptoms comes medications or injections for symptom relief without ever addressing the problem. AND A LOWER STANDARD OF LIFE.

4. With adjusting and aligning the vertebrae this allows FUNCTION at the highest level. This reverses the problems from above and YOUR body will operate correctly and optimally.

People under monthly care USE less medications, require less surgery, and have more energy. FACT! So people save money on overall healthcare, not the opposite. Research tells us that if spinal nerve pressure is not removed in about 30 days, whatever that nerve supplies, i.e. kidney, bowels, thyroid, muscles, etc., will result in death at the cellular level. That means you are not as healthy as you could have been. 

Chiropractic is not only neck and back pain help. It is recalibrating the human machine to function and it's highest possible level. Take a look at my website ( ) and click on the articles tab, find out what chiropractic can do for YOU. I know it, I live it, and so do my kids. Not one medication or injection for my 3 children. Never, ever!

I received my adjustment yesterday and I walked out of there BETTER. Not pain wise, but functioning wise. There is a reason why professional athletes and Olympic athletes ALL use chiropractic care. FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE.

On my 100th birthday, I am going to adjust 100 people. What are you going to do on your 100th birthday? If you don't know then it is time you attend my How To Stay Young Class: The 1st 100 Years! Call my office and get adjusted for LIFE! 

(828) 324 - 4600


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Help with my car, I don't know how it works!

So my wife's car was acting really weird and had many things going on. The sad part is I know very little on how a car engine and parts work. Oh sure, I know how to put gas in it, fill the tires, and get the oil changed sometime, but beyond that, I am the turn the key and go guy. ( I did open the hood and looked around for show! )

Maybe someone can help me. I am really good at knowing how the body functions and is supposed to work. I am also pretty good and determining why it is not functioning properly and offer help to fix it so that you don't have pain, symptoms AND your body can last a really long time ( PREVENTION ). Kinda like if you only had one car for your entire life. I guess if that were the case, we would really take care of one and only car.

When my wife's car check engine light came on, I was like uh-oh that does not look good. The car was telling me there was a problem and it was really annoying. It had this really bright red light and an intermittent buzzing sound. Well I fixed that, I pulled the wire to the bulb and NO MORE warning light. That was a good fix. I ignored the warning signal, then eliminated it. Of course my decision has not fixed whatever problem is going on, but at least no more flashing light. 

Now that damn car is making this pinging sound. I drive with the music much louder and that helps. Then I got new tires and washed it really well. One problem, the new tires-very clean car died. It no longer works. I guess those ( symptoms ) warning signals should not have been ignored. I should have not let a minor problem progress to a larger more serious problem. ( I guess I will get a new car )

It is all about function and your one machine, your body. You must remember that pain and symptoms are the last to show and the first to go. You must never ONLY just treat symptoms, but the main problem. The requirements to get chiropractic care is have a spine. Too many people are getting MRI's and injections to bring us right back here to the spine. The spine needs to move at 100%, not 50, 20, or 80. You wan't 100% of your paycheck or a smaller % of it? Then why accept less for your body. MAXIMIZE your RETURN on your health investment. 

A monthly adjustment can replace multiple medications and future injections and surgery. That is healthcare and that is saving you. Don't ever stop investing in better health. EVER - NEVER - EVER!

Did you see me adjust a 4 legged animal? 

The spine controls your body's function through the wires known as nerves. Fix your problem not your symptoms. Be proactive with your health. Exercise, eat well, take a good supplement, and for the love of all that is good, get regular chiropractic care. We FIX many things, at my office, then we maintain that correction. You have one machine for the rest of your life. Take care of it!

If you go to my facebook page...There is a demo video that you can watch. Your health, your choices, your body. 

Enuf sed!