Thursday, January 8, 2015

Is going to a chiropractor the same as living like a chiropractor?

If there is anyone who practices what he preaches, it's me. I would not give up chiropractic care for me or my family for 1 million dollars. NEVER! I love my health too much. Years ago it was taught to me that in every situation no matter how bad it is, there is a gift and lesson there. The gift of being a chiropractor for 18 years, is what I see with people lacking any thought of future health. I see the devastating effects of too many medications, poor diet, and lack of spinal health. It scares me on how fast health can change. 

Example: This week my father-in-law was sitting at a restaurant and with NO symptoms, he collapsed as his heart just stopped. CPR and EMS revived him and got his heart working. He has NO clogged arteries. The reason ( I think ) is for discussion later. This is scary and allows us to sometimes think how precious life is.

I have no problem getting older, I just don't want to be old. And guess what? 2016 is coming and so is 2017, 2018, and on and on. It cannot be stopped. If you have taken time to come to one of classes or talks that I do, you have heard me speak of the Book of Life and the author of this book is YOU. It is unique to you and your life history. Your book has an Introduction, all the chapters in between, and a conclusion. This is EVERYONE's book of life. The main part of YOUR book is that I seriously want you to have AS MANY CHAPTERS as possible. No pamphlets, no short stories. You in my eyes are a novel. There are so many chapters not yet written for you. So I ask you to go for it. What ever that is for you. You just need to be healthy to enjoy life.

I am a big giant nerd. I know this. I like reading medical journals, I like reading text books with amazing titles like Continuous Passive Motion and Guyton Physiology. I like learning. I live like I try to nudge many of you. I ask that you eat a "little" better, I ask that you exercise a "little" bit more, I ask that you avoid too many un-necessary medications, I ask that you drink mainly water, I ask that you get routine chiropractic care. That alone will increase the quality and quantity of your life.

I personally have not any medications in over 20 years. My kids have never had an antibiotic, never had a flu shot, never had any vaccines. My dad who never gets chiropractic care ( bad dad ), but he is 73 years-old and takes no medications, walks daily, and eats lots of veges. Do you know how rare that is? That is like finding a unicorn in a field of 4-leafed clovers, with a winning lottery ticket on its horn. IT'S THAT RARE for someone that age with no meds. We seem to think that is just how it is or what happens. I disagree! We have been conditioned to think like that. Give me 20 mins. for my health talk and I will show you better options without medications.

And please don't miss the point. Not all meds are bad and many are helpful, but people take too many and forget that the body has a natural ability to heal. If people would get out of their own way, they could find better health. Health-care is very different than sick-care. We have fantastic doctors when it relates to emergency care, crisis care, and even reconstructive care. But what about the rest? 

I am referring to the understanding that diabetes is 99% reversible, or that you can lower your blood pressure without meds, or you can fix your spine without harmful injections, medications, or surgery, or your kids can have lower asthma / allergies without the use of medications by utilizing dietary changes, supplementation, and chiropractic care.

Chiropractic offers more than back pain. It affects the nervous system in a positive manner. Ask yourself if you want full power or half power? At what point do symptoms appear? A loss of about 65% function is when symptoms appear. So if you are at 50% loss and no symptoms does that mean you are healthy? Most medicines are designed to make you feel a little better, but not heal you. Why? So you have constant reliance on the medications.

Adding chiropractic care to your life is a small part, but it has a large effect. Your spine will get misaligned and will become stuck and not move fully, this will manifest to poorer health over time. Don't allow that to occur. Continue with chiropractic and make other smaller adjustments ( no pun ) to your lifestyle and watch how wonderful your life will transform.

When I get adjusted my attitude is lifted, my energy boosts, I sleep better, and even the colors around me become brighter. Chiropractic care is putting energy and nerve flow to FULL POWER. It makes a difference. Sometimes we forget how good we used to feel, we think it is "just what happens." 

Not on my watch. Get excited for 2015. Great things for you. You will not fully enjoy what it is that you enjoy with poor health. Let's fix it. Let's go for it. As Nike says, "JUST DO IT!"

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I am the worst chiropractor ever! (not really)

I must be the worst D.C. ( Doctor of Chiropractic ) on the planet. Why? Because my wife DOES NOT get what I do. How is that possible? How can my wife who gets chiropractic care ON-DEMAND and with 3 kids that were raised under chiropractic care who all were adjusted 15 minutes after birth, not know what I CAN do.


Maybe, just maybe you feel the same way. Let's play this thing out and let me explain. Now please get to the edge of your seat as this is good stuff.

My wife who works as the lead teacher for the pre-school near are home which she just started this year, add that she is studying a lot with on-line courses, and lives in today's world of cell phones and computers. With the increase of activities AND cell phone (over)use, she develops a sharp episode of neck pain. The kind where you can't turn your neck and you look awful!

She says, (insert 80's Valley Girl voice) "I think I slept wrong!" NO! NO! NO! The sleeping part MAY have contributed to it, but like MOST spinal issues, it is PROGRESSIVE. It is an accumulation of bad posture and lack of motion and poor alignment.

She had a major league spasm which is a symptom caused from nerve pressure. But here's the thing, she said and I quote, "DON'T TOUCH ME!" She said wait UNTIL the spasm goes down then adjust me. And here is the PROBLEM why would I wait? FIX IT NOW! There is a system in your body that is called the pain-spasm-pain cycle. Google it.

This is how the thing works. Ready: Pain causes spasm, spasm causes pain, REPEAT. It is a cycle that you can either wait around for a few days for it to stop, you can try a whole bunch of medications that may work in a few days, OR you can STOP THE CYCLE. And gee...Dr. Sheppard, HOW?

Chiropractic adjustment. By elimination nerve pressure that is causing the SPASMS, the muscle has nothing to do but return to normal ( less spasms) and this is what stops the cycle. Muscles are CONTROLLED by nerves. When you pinch them, muscles SPASM and get tight. UN-pinch the nerve and the process is reversed. WOW! BOOM! DONE! NEXT!

So yes..I told my wife to please be quiet ( not exact words ) and lay on the table. And yes, one adjustment and about 10 minutes later the neck was back to normal and NO PAIN.

Many people do not have the benefit of living with a chiropractor, but left untreated this could have persisted, pain levels go up and down, and the next thing you know, disc issues, headaches, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, and fibromyalgia. AND for some people...they end up at the orthopedics's office for injections or surgery. PLEASE STOP DOING THAT!

Chiropractic care is not just neck pain and back pain, we just happen to be the best at fixing it, preventing it, and is much more cost effective.

I am actually a pretty good chiropractor (shameless plug for me!) When you don't get regular chiropractic care and rely on meds, you lose. Not me, not my practice, not my family. YOU LOSE. If you do not believe me, come to one of my classes or see x-rays of patients that neglected their spine in their later years and how there life is. It will catch up to you, it has too!

Be PRO-active with your health and enjoy the amazing health benefits of CHIROPRACTIC CARE here at my office. This includes you, your family, and your children. You can roll the dice, but like in Vegas the house always wins. You need to win the game of health for YOU!

Be well for today and tomorrow!

Dr. Sheppard

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How's your poop?

You know that hardest thing about being a doctor? It's having years of experience and knowledge and then trying to explain that to a person that simply brushes it off based on their own belief systems. Doctor actually translates to "teacher". So as we prepare for our Thanksgiving feast, and move into Christmas, and the new year, I think it is appropriate to UN-learn what many of you think in regards to our health. That can start with one simple task.

I should say YOUR health not our health. At the end of the day it is YOUR health and your future health. Trust me when I tell you that the decisions you make today regarding your health can have a profound impact on your future health. I have seen many a patient get really old and sick too soon.

You must decide to take action. If you have been to one of my health classes, then you SHOULD know that health is in your hands and that you do have control of it. If you think that you MUST live on multiple meds and can't lose weight, then you have already lost. A great website is a medical doctor from Chicago that speaks volumes against the traditional way your doctor probably treats you. Natural is also a great source of eye opening health information. Start looking at their stuff. It is really good.

Today I want to ask you the following:

So how is your poop? Yes # 2...your poop, how is it? Did you know in the last 3 weeks patients have been asking me if I am losing weight? I lost inches and body fat. How? I just followed all the information in my book the last month and my body is naturally not carrying excess fluid or ( stuff ). So how is your poop? Do you go # 2 daily and multiple times? Well let's talk about it. You need a bowel movement every day.

Your body produces waste that must be eliminated. If you are not going to the bathroom on having a bowel movement on a regular basis, I would check 2 sources of why. 

1. Your medications, Google the PDR and enter your medications and see if constipation is a side-effect. If it is, decide if that medication you absolutely need, and if not, stop taking it. Talk to your doctor about it. What you don't want to do is add a medication to fix something from another medication. 

2. It's your nutrition. If you are filling yourself with a lot of processed foods, dairy, soda, and junk, then you are setting yourself up for massive failure and this can create a tarry, sticky poop.

What that means is that you are not eliminating fully from your bowels and this can be a precursor to cancer of the bowels. And..if you do try an eat well, your intestines will be blocked to allow for full absorption of nutrients. The following is a partial list that can offer some help. Always remember that if any of these apply to you for longer than 1 or 2 weeks, it is time to go to your medical doctor.

If your poop is really black = go get checked. It may be a gall bladder problem or something more serious. Almost like tar, and really sticky on your buttocks.

If it is red, this can be an indication of blood in the stool, now before you panic, it may be from straining or a hemorrhoid. If it something you see routinely, then immediately go get checked.

If it is loose, but not really diarrhea, you may have eaten something that did not agree with you, you also could suffer from Celiac disease. Again, something to get checked out if this is routine.

If your poop floats more often, this can be excessive gas or a mal-absorption disease, inflammation, or problem with the pancreas. 

If your poop is really green it may be an indication of recent food choices or may be an infection. Again anything that occurs seldom is probably not a problem.

Over the summer when I was training, I hurt my knee and was out for about 12 weeks. Since it was so much fun eating fun foods all summer, I noticed my back pain, hip pain, and knee pain increase. I am too young for that kind of pain. This was all brought on by my toxic nutrition and poor choices. Creates chronic inflammation and this is a precursor to heart disease and cancers. Inflammation is a marker for heart trouble, not cholesterol.

Today I can tell you that I followed everything in my book. I started 3.5 weeks ago. I go cold turkey. It took me 2 days to remove the sugar cravings and get back to normal. Details: I dropped 2 inches and 11 pounds in that short period of time. This was excessive "stuff" your body holds onto during chronic poor nutrition.

Let me be the bearer of bad news. You can't go 5 great nutrition days and have 1 bad day and that equals 4 good days. 1 really bad day can send your system in flux for many days and up to 1 week. If you truly want to be healthier, with less pain, less fat, and more muscle, then you will have to make changes. You can enjoy foods and just never have a bad meal followed by a bad meal.

You decide on what YOU want for you. A great start is to buy my book from @ the following link. This gives you a nice easy read, and the proceeds from the book go to my charity run.

My book, will not only cause the scale to go down, but positively affect your blood work. Anyone can drop pounds on a scale, you want ( need ) fat loss with muscle gain. But first, you must control your nutrition, or it will control you.

There are 3 categories of people:

People that MAKE things happen

People that WATCH things happen

and people that walk around saying, "what's happening?"

Decide on who you are and where you will be going. I am always here to help. The fastest way to make a change with your health is to associate enough pain with not taking action. Think about what NOT changing will bring. If you associate enough misery, sadness, and pain to it, you will change the behavior and pattern. Always focus on the positive outcome, but you must recognize what happens without change. Enuf sed!