Thursday, December 18, 2014

I am the worst chiropractor ever!

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!

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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