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The Curcumin Puzzle – Turmeric Effectiveness and Dosage

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There’s a problem with Curcumin as it is known to have a low bioavailability.

What has made this so confusing for many is that there are many misleading articles on this substance.  Just as with many natural products there can be a large discrepancy in the potency and health benefits when commercially processed and mass produced.  Here are some things I thought were interesting regarding Curcumin which has gained much publicity in recent years regarding inflammation and pain reduction.

In volunteers and patients who swallowed curcumin or curcuminoids, only a very small amount, if any, made it into the blood and tissues. The low bioavailability is at least partly due to poor absorption, rapid metabolism and rapid clearance from the body. This means when curcumin is swallowed, either as Turmeric rhizome or isolated curcumin, most of it is not used by the body, so all these amazing benefits cannot be efficiently utilized.

The absorption and bioavailability of the unique curcumin-fenugreek fiber extracted formulation has been compared to unformulated curcumin (in other words, typical brands found on the market) in several studies with healthy volunteers. Fifty healthy volunteers randomly received a single dose of either unformulated curcuminoids or a dose of curcumin-fenugreek fiber extracted formulation. After at least 10 days they received the other treatment. The amount of curcuminoids in their blood plasma was measured over time. At a dose of 1000 mg, the curcumin-fenugreek fiber extracted formulation had 45.6 times the bioavailability of an equivalent amount of unformulated curcuminoids (391 mg). At a dose of 250 mg, the curcumin-fenugreek fiber extracted formulation had 24.8 times the bioavailability of an equivalent amount of unformulated curcuminoids (97.7 mg). The increase in bioavailability was also shown in a study where the curcumin-fenugreek fiber extracted formulation was taken daily for 30 days. This means that by taking curcuminoids in the form where it is combined with the fenugreek fiber, more curcuminoids make it into the blood. Often, this allows for a smaller dose of curcuminoids to be taken. As can be seen, this is far superior to straight Turmeric/Curcumin products available on the market.

This is an example of more not necessarily being better.  Rather than taking large amounts of a substance that is not well absorbed.  It is easier and more economical to take a smaller quantity of a product which is effective.

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Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero
EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

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Sore Throat ??? – Natural and Effective Remedies

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What Causes a Sore Throat?

A sore throat is painful swelling or irritation in the throat that can be caused by a number of different things. Sore throats are often triggered by the common cold or a viral infection; however, laryngitis, mono, mumps, the flu and bacterial infections such as strep throat can also cause a sore throat. Other possible causes include infection or inflammation of the tonsils, irritation due to environmental factors such as smoke and allergies.

Whatever the cause when a sore throat arises most are eager for some fast relief.  In today’s chemical filled world it is better and usually quicker to give the body what it needs naturally.

Over the last 28 years of practice I have been asked dozens of times each year about how to quickly remedy a sore throat.  There are many natural and effective remedies.  However, as I have mentioned in other articles the effectiveness of herbs will vary greatly depending on the growing and harvesting techniques, source and handling during manufacturing as well as storage.  In this article I will include many herbs and remedies.  However, I have placed what I have seen to be as very effective and readily available remedies in the first three on the list.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This common household item is a favorite among many quickly curing a sore throat. Sore throats are particularly common during winter and cold weather, but a sore throat can appear any time of the year. Whenever a sore throat strikes, people want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Learn about the benefits of using hydrogen peroxide to cure your sore throat.

Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful germ fighting agent. When you use it to gargle, it kills off germs in the throat and the mouth that are causing the irritation. Likewise, hydrogen peroxide helps to eliminate inflammation, relieving pain.

Use and Safety

  • First, you have to create a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide (brown bottle from the pharmacy) with 4 tablespoons of water. Some people use mouthwash instead to disguise the taste.
  • Use this solution to gargle several times a day.

As with any remedy, you must take care when using hydrogen peroxide as a treatment option. Be sure to dilute the hydrogen peroxide, and do not swallow even the diluted solution. You may want to cleanse the mouth with several gargles of fresh water following treatment as well.

Treating a sore throat can be difficult; however, with this natural remedy, you can treat your ailment safely, naturally, and quickly. Give this natural remedy a try, and let us know how it works for you.

Pineapple

Fresh pineapple will certainly be the best.  Cut into slices including the core and puree.  This is not only tasty but very effective.

Bromelain, an enzyme that pineapple is rich in, has anti-inflammatory properties that combat infection and destroy bacteria. It also helps in decreasing the irritation at the back of your tongue and in your voice box. It helps in soothing airways that are irritated. This powerful enzyme is so beneficial that it has even been approved as a supplement to treat swelling of the nose and sinuses and inflammation caused by surgery or injury.

Pineapple also has antiviral and antibacterial properties. When they work together, they are effective in soothing a cough by calming the airways in your respiratory system. This fruit is also an excellent source of Vitamin C that helps in boosting your immune system. When your immune system is strong, it keeps away cough and cold as well as a wide range of other diseases and ailments.

Pineapple juice is highly effective in helping the body expel mucous and providing relief for sore throat. Thick mucous that stubbornly stick to your sinuses or lungs can cause painful infections as well as endless coughing and sneezing spasms. In a recent study, it was found that fresh pineapple juice mixed with pepper, honey and salt given to tuberculosis patients every day helped in dissolving the mucus in their lungs. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4009199/)

Subsequent research showed that raw extracts from this delicious tropical fruit could reduce mucous five times faster when compared to over-the-counter cough syrups. It was also found that patients recovered 4.8 times faster and they experienced a reduction in all symptoms that come with coughing including hacking

Although, pureed pineapple is the best one may use pineapple juice as well.  In addition I have included a recipe for a sore throat remedy including pineapple juice which is very effective.

As you have learned, pineapple juice is a wonderfully effective natural remedy for cough and sore throat. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3271691/)

You can make this remedy at home with a few simple ingredients. All you need is:

  • Fresh pineapple juice – 1 cup
  • Fresh lemon juice – ¼ cup
  • Ginger – 1 3-inch piece
  • Raw honey – 1 tablespoon
  • Cayenne pepper – ½ teaspoon

Once you have all the ingredients, combine them all together and blend well. Take ¼ cup of the mixture 2 to 3 times a day. Continue drinking it until your sore throat is gone. Always make sure that you use fresh pineapple juice and not canned products. Processed pineapple juice does not contain bromelain and its nutrient content is significantly lowered during the manufacturing process.  They are also typically packed with sugar and other unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4258310/)

If you have a sore throat, forget about cough syrups, throat sprays and lozenges. Just make yourself some fresh pineapple juice to gain relief and alleviate the pain. Pineapple juice, as well as the fruit, is a great remedy for this problem as it tastes better than syrups and sprays and does not contain aspartame like so many lozenges do. Since it is all natural, you gain many other health benefits as well, including relief from constipation, indigestion, arthritis, etc.

The next time your throat starts to hurt, eat some fresh pineapple or drink its juice. You will feel better in no time as this natural remedy actually works. There is scientific evidence to prove it!

Tahini

Tahini is a condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds.  Although, little in the literature about Tahini it is my feeling that along with a coating effect some of the other properties have to do with the way it is prepared.  One popular Tahini-based sauce common in Middle Eastern restaurants as a side dish or as a garnish, usually including lemon juice, salt and garlic, and thinned with water.  What we do know about it is a rich store of calcium, zinc and fiber. Tahini also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15, all of which play an essential part in the running of the body. They support our metabolism, enhance immune and nervous system function, and—my favorite—help to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.

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Other natural remedies and herbs

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is used as a natural ointment for wounds of all kinds. It has been hailed as a go-to germ fighter in an age of resistance to conventional antibiotics. Proponents also claim that Manuka honey can treat other conditions from acne to sinus issues.

Manuka honey hasn’t been used very long as a traditional remedy. It’s the product of the New Zealand scrub plant that gives it its name. European honey bees introduced it to the area in the early 19th century. When bees pollinate from this plant, their honey is more potent than standard honey bee honey. This is because it has a higher concentration of methylglyoxal (MGO).

When it comes to superfoods, raw honey is associated with health benefits. Manuka isn’t a raw honey, but it is specialized. It’s antibacterial and bacterial resistant. This means that bacteria shouldn’t be able to build up a tolerance to its antibacterial effects.

Manuka honey is said to be effective for treating everything from a sore throat to clearing up blemishes on your skin.

Salt Water

Gargling with warm salt water can help soothe a sore throat and break down secretions. It’s also known to help kill bacteria in the throat. Make a saltwater solution with a half-teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water. Gargle it to help reduce swelling and keep the throat clean. This should be done every three hours or so.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is naturally soothing. It has long been used for medicinal purposes, like soothing a sore throat. It’s often used for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties.

Some study reviews have shown that inhaling chamomile steam can help relieve symptoms of a cold, including a sore throat. Drinking chamomile tea can offer the same benefit. It can also stimulate the immune system to help your body fight off the infection that caused your sore throat in the first place.

Peppermint

Peppermint is known for its ability to freshen breath. Diluted peppermint oil sprays may also relieve sore throats. Peppermint contains menthol, which helps thin mucus and calm sore throats and coughs. Peppermint also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, which may encourage healing.

Never use essential oils without mixing them with a carrier oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, or softened coconut oil. For peppermint oil, mix five drops of the essential oil with one ounce of the carrier oil of your choice. Never ingest essential oils.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek has many health benefits. It also has many forms. You can eat fenugreek seeds, use the topical oil, or drink fenugreek tea. Fenugreek tea is a natural remedy for sore throats.

Research demonstrates the healing powers of fenugreek. It can relieve pain and kill bacteria that cause irritation or inflammation. Fenugreek is also an effective antifungal.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health suggests that pregnant women avoid fenugreek.

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root contains a mucus-like substance that coats and soothes a sore throat. Simply add some of the dried root to a cup of boiling water to make tea. Sipping the tea two to three times a day may help ease throat pain.

People with diabetes should talk to a doctor before taking marshmallow root. Some animal research shows it may cause a drop in blood sugar level.

Licorice Root

Licorice root has long been used to treat sore throats. Recent research shows it’s effective when mixed with water to create a solution for gargling. However, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid this remedy, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Slippery Elm

Like marshmallow root, slippery elm has a mucus-like substance in it. When mixed with water, it forms a slick gel that coats and soothes the throat. To use, pour boiling water over powdered bark, stir, and drink. You may also find that slippery elm lozenges help.

Slippery elm is a traditional remedy for sore throat. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it may decrease the absorption of some medication if you are taking any.

Garlic

Garlic also has natural antibacterial properties. It contains allicin, an organosulfer compound known for its ability to fight off infections.

Studies have shown that taking a garlic supplement on a regular basis can help prevent the common cold virus. Adding fresh garlic to your diet is the best way of gaining its antimicrobial properties. Your grandmother might have told you to suck on a clove of garlic to sooth a sore throat. Because garlic has many healing actions, you might try this, though you may want to brush your teeth afterward to protect your teeth from enzymes and improve your breath.

Cayenne Pepper or Hot Sauce

Often used as a pain reliever, cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a natural compound known for blocking pain receptors.

Although not scientifically proven, ingesting cayenne mixed with warm water and honey can help with pain relief for sore throats. Remember that an initial burning sensation is common. Cayenne should not be taken if you have open sores in your mouth. Start with just a few drops of hot sauce or a light sprinkle of cayenne, as both can be very hot.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has many natural antibacterial uses. Numerous studies show its antimicrobial effects in fighting infections. Because of its acidic nature, it can be used to help break down mucus in the throat and stop bacteria from spreading.

If you sense a sore throat coming on, try diluting 1 to 2 tablespoons of ACV in one cup of water and gargle with it. Then take a small sip of the mixture, and repeat the whole process one to two times per hour. Make sure to drink lots of water in between the gargling sessions.

There are many different ways of using ACV to treat sore throats, depending on the severity of the illness and also your body’s sensitivity to vinegar. It is best to first consult your healthcare practitioner.

Sore throat remedies for infants and young children

Sore throats in infants and young children definitely aren’t fun, but the good news is that they’re rarely the sign of a medical emergency on their own. Still, treating sore throats may be different for infants and children. Here are a few tips and remedies:

  • Add cool mist or a humidifier to your child’s room. Moisture in the air can help relieve pain from a sore throat. Particularly when central heating is used which dries the air.
  • Keep children hydrated by encouraging them to drink as much as possible. Avoid juices or popsicles with lots of citrus.
  • Children under 5 years should not be given hard candy cough drops or anything else that might pose a choking risk. Use caution when giving cough drops to children under 10 years.
  • Don’t give honey to children who are younger than 1 year.

Chicken Soup

Grandma was right on this one! It’s warm and helps moisten the throat. Just like drinking hot tea, hot soup can be soothing on a sore throat and can help thin sinus mucus. It also helps keep you hydrated (but stick with low sodium soups) and according to a study in the Chest Journal, it may even contain anti-inflammatory substances that could help reduce cold symptoms.  If you make it with celery, carrots, onions, a little potato and garlic this will certainly help feed the body along with many good nutrients to fight infection.

For more complete healing . .  .

Keep in mind that the nervous system is the control system of the body.  Getting run down along with stress can put a strain on your immune system.  Your family chiropractor can help keep your body in top shape.  Keeping the spine working well will enhance the function of the nerve system.

Yours for Better Health,
Dr. Shapero
EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO www.premierhealthcaresc.com  

Happy Valentine’s Day 2018 Free Blood Pressure Check

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Regardless of whether you are in a relationship or not may you be covered in Love today.

From it’s tragic origin Valentine’s day has evolved into a sweet and love filled holiday.  This holiday

has evolved to include gifts to pets as well in the recent years.  Millions of cards are exchanged and tons of chocolate as well.

This holiday is celebrated all over the world in some form or another.

How about the XOXO often used? Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.

As a community service and the local member of the Foundations for Wellness Professionals our office offers a FREE blood pressure check.

According to the American Red Cross 1 out of 4 people have high blood pressure and millions go undetected each year.  The leading cause of death in the US is heart disease.

Our goal is to help reduce this in our community.

If you have a question about your blood pressure or would like to have it checked please feel free to contact our office.

May you have a happy and healthy Valentine’s Day

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero
EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

Ten Top Tips for 2018

1 “Avoid the processed white foods.”  Food stuff which is processed white carbohydrates such as white bread, bagels, rice, pasta and pizza abnormally raise blood sugar and have very little nutrients. A better choice would be whole-grain products such as whole-grain bread, brown rice – or try pasta made from quinoa or brown rice.  However, even these should be in limited quantity.
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#2 “Drinking your fruit may be in vogue but it’s far better when you can eat your fruit.” Fruit in its natural form is healthiest. It is filled with fiber and antioxidants with their inherent benefits. When fruit is liquefied, you lose much of the fiber and antioxidants which are in the pulp, also, it increases the concentrated sugar load on your body. An apple a day will keep the doctor away, but a glass of apple juice might not.

#3 “I have hear it said, sitting is the new smoking.” Increase your daily physical activity by moving more every day. Keeping active has many hidden benefits.  Aim for 10,000 steps per day – no excused, just as the famous Nike slogan, “Just Do It”.

#4 “Give your body enough sleep.” Aim for seven to eight hours per day. This will allow your body to function, repair and regenerate more effectively.  Allowing you to be at your best and ward off many illnesses that are associated with sleep deprivation.

#5 “Cultivate and maintain an attitude of gratitude daily.” Looking at life with a positive attitude can help you deal better with everyday hassles.  Sew the crop you want to yield.  Remind yourself that from challenges, come opportunities.

#6 “Don’t waste time and energy on the small stuff.” Rather than getting upset over minutia in life; focus on the big-ticket items – health, family, work, religion.

#7 Taking steps to avoid toxins such as GMO’s, tobacco, excess alcohol, BPA, and whenever possible harmful chemicals. Take care of the environment and the environment will take care of you.

#8 “Common sense and prevention is the best intervention.” Vaccinations, such as was seen with the most recent flu vaccine can cause problems and compromise your immune system even further.  Contrary to what some of the media hype might lead you to believe.  However, there are many natural remedies which are much more safe and extremely effective.  The natural or natures method may not be foolproof, but they are very powerful in preventing common illnesses such as influenza, pneumonia, HPV, hepatitis, shingles, diphtheria, etc. Remember these ‘bugs’ are devilishly clever.  In fact that is why we now have available a very effective “Stealth Pathogen Program”

#9 “Control the things that are controllable.” Much energy can be spent worrying about those things that are out of our control. If we focus predominantly on the things that are actually within your control, we will be able use our energy more productively.

#10 “Don’t take your work so seriously that it is no longer fun, and don’t take yourself too seriously.” As the inimitable Charlie Chaplin said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero
EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

Happy New Year 2017

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Let’s look at streamlining things and in this case I say throw away the resolutions list.  You will be glad you did.  Throw it away and I guarantee you will feel the pressure come off.  For many people starting the year means taking a fresh start and old habits.  However, if you are truly ready for change then keep reading.  If you want to continue getting the same results you have always gotten and are not wanting to change you can stop reading now.  But before you do please leave a nice comment about my blog, thank you.

For the rest of you keep reading to kick start yourself for a simple way to achieve your goals and resolutions.  No goals ever got done by making a list.  It is in the action so let’s take action now.  Don’t set yourself up to fail and don’t give all the credit to the prize at the end of the goal.  Let’s enjoy the journey and by doing that we will create a life not only worth living but one worth talking about.

Next just make a list of the top three things that are important for you to get done in the next 30 days.  Make another list of what the next step needs to be to accomplish that goal along with why it is so important to you.  Just write down the next step only.

Resolutions and goals do not come about by making lists they come about by taking action.  If changing your health is important, come on in and get a complete evaluation and make one change.  If learning a new skill is important then this week research how you can get on to a course to learn that skill.

If you need help or not sure how to go about this then drop me a line or email.  My GIFT to you is a consultation to help you outline your journey and I enjoy helping people just like you.  Oh, you may wonder if there is a catch or some hidden charge.  Okay, there is one catch and I will share it here so it does not catch you by surprise.  If you find the initial service or consultation helpful and of value I only ask that you leave a comment about your experience on one of our online review sites.  Other than that it is truly free.   Also, if you have any questions that you would like to have answered here on the blog please let me know.

Building a better life starts with developing better habits.

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As we start the New Year I will be posting some articles about how to help yourself be as healthy as you can be and how to have more energy, sleep better have a strong immune system and much more.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero
EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

Asking a friend and the expert next door . . . .

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As the disclaimer goes the names have been changed to protect the embarrassed.

One may imagine that as a wellness doctor I hear quite a number of referenced experts from some of my patients.

Hearing things like, “I read it on the internet.”  Or “My neighbor said . . . . “  Once in awhile I hear something that must be shared so that others will at least think twice before proceeding with certain remedies.  I have no problem with someone eating a tasty meal and then at some time in the near future having the idea that, “I can do that.” Then proceeding to experiment in the kitchen.  However, truly not a good idea with herbs or that toothache you may be feeling.

Also, it’s a good idea to leave the nerve system to the experts.

A patient entered my office today.  This person has been in my office for a variety of reasons over the years.  Today, however, the visit was prefaced with, “You are NOT going to be very happy when you hear what I did.”  Which in my mind I was thinking, “This patient is already NOT happy about what she did so I certainly do not want to make her feel any worse.”

Then it comes out.  “My friend said he has a sister who is a chiropractor and he said he knew how to twist my neck.”  As the story unfolded I could see that she was in much pain.  I also could see she was not moving very well.  All the friend could do is say “I’m sorry.”

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After examining the area and making some corrections I was able to get her feeling much better.  She is VERY fortunate to get through this with just some torn muscles and soreness.  Which is typical of a minor whiplash injury.  However, I have seen many other more severe which resulted in permanent damage and severe injury.

However, it is worth emphasizing that just because you know someone in a particular profession, or have seen a professional performing does NOT make one an expert in the area.

Twisting someone’s neck can be very dangerous.  Especially when you are not trained in this nor is it likely you know the anatomy well enough to assess what is going on.

If you or someone you know has given you health advice and you are not sure if it is valid or not sure if it is sound I welcome you to contact my office and I would be happy to guide you in the correct direction.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero
EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

Congratulations Grads of 2016 – – Now What? STRESS – PGSD

gradStressCongratulations on a achieving your goal.  You made it!  Now what?  That is the question that has caused much anxiety for many graduates.

In fact the stress is so common there is even a label for it.  However, this is NOT a condition that needs medication.  Post Graduation Stress Disorder is when the high of graduation decreases and the reality of what’s next is faced square on.

This type of stress can lead to some very bad habits and can also lead to premature death.

Most graduates are so excited about graduation and have poured hours and days into their studies to pass examinations and get ready for the big day.  However, few have taken time to properly prepare for the next step which is how to use this new knowledge which has been worked so hard to get.

This type of stress bears the following symptoms:

  • Feeling you are not in control of your life
  • Feeling a lack of support after commencement
  • Feelings of failure if the new graduate is unable to find work in their area of specialty in a reasonable length of time
  • Sleeplessness and irritability
  • Avoidance of normal, everyday activities* – *Please also be aware that these symptoms might not present themselves until some weeks or months after the commencement.

There are some very straight forward steps one can take to reduce the stress and take control of the situation.

First sit down and make a plan.  It is good to talk with someone who has been through this already perhaps in the same industry.  Map out your first couple of weeks.  Then the first few months, six months and one year.  Organize this into clear actions steps and prioritize these so that you have a step by step program.  Now get busy on the plan.  Use the same enthusiasm for this plan as you did for graduation.

What is YOUR Purpose.  Have a clear picture of where you want to go and know that it will take work and persistence to get there.  As long as you keep your vision on the goal you will get there.  Be flexible in your plan so that you can make the appropriate changes as you progress.  Just like sailing a ship you must navigate changing waters.   Also, have a clear idea of WHY you are doing what you are doing.  What is the driving force that keeps you excited and will continue to push you through the troubled times?  Write it down and look at it often.

Put a winning team together.  We rarely function alone.  As you put your plan together take a look at those you know or those you will want to get to know that can help you on your journey.  What is YOUR all star team.  Who do you want those players to be.  This may include coaches, friends, colleagues or other entrepreneurs, doctors, trades people, accountants, attorneys etc.

Keep in mind YOU have what it takes right now to take the next step.  If you keep taking that next step you will be less stressed but most of all  you WILL be successful.  Here is to YOUR next step.  If you are a graduate reading this Congratulations to you.

If you know someone that you feel would benefit from some personal coaching or needs guidance with a health related problem or to manage stress Dr. Shapero can help.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

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