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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

Hangry is a Real Thing

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When the body is deprived of blood glucose (which tends to happen when meals are skipped) the brain receives all kinds of signals to behave aggressively. Snapping out at partner or in some cases strangers happens because aggressive and violent behaviors are restrained by self-control. Self-control consumes a lot of glucose in the brain, suggesting that low glucose and poor glucose metabolism are linked to aggression and violence. A low blood sugar supply to the brain has other negative side effects.

The strain of exercising self-control all day long uses a lot of energy, using a lot of glucose. When there is a lack of food to be broken down there is a shortage of glucose, but there is more to it than that. The body tries to compensate when blood glucose decreases by releasing certain hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline (which can increase aggressiveness).

Fatigue and impaired concentration is also a side effect, which doesn’t necessarily need to have an aggressive response to low blood sugar. If getting “hangry” is a real problem for some people they should stay on top of their hunger pains, and try to eat regularly. Healthy snacks like fruits offer the body lots of easily accessible sugars and have other nutritional benefits.

Source: “The Science Behind Why You Get Hangry.” The Science Behind Why You Get Hangry. Web. 17 Feb. 2016.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

Happy Valentines Day 2016

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February 14th is probably the sweetest day of the year—and we’re not only talking about sugary candy hearts and boxes full of chocolate truffles. Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate all kinds of love and appreciation with friends and family.  Sending Love to that special person who has forever captured MY heart.

There are many people such as our armed forces for example who for one reason or another are unable to be with their one true love.  May you soon be with those you love in health and joy.

Fun History of Valentine’s Day:

  • Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone on February 14th, 1876.
  • Cupid, the little cherub that shoots love arrows on Valentine’s Day, is the son of the Roman god of love and beauty, Venus (whose favorites flower was a red rose).
  • England’s King Henry VIII declared February 14th an official holiday in 1537.
  • In the 1800s, chocolate was considered a cure to calm medical patients’ pining for lost love.
  • To find their Valentine during the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl and wore the name on their sleeves for one week, coining the expression “wear your heart on your sleeve.”

Traditions Around the World:

  • The U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia, and the U.K. are the only countries that celebrate Valentine’s Day.
  • In the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes place, about 1,000 letters arrive every Valentine’s Day addressed to Juliet.

Gifts:

  • Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards every year. Next comes children, mothers, wives, and significant others.
  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. Only Christmas tops that number.
  • About 3 per cent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
  • Richard Cadbury made the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
  • 12.8 million stems of roses, making more than one million bouquets of a dozen, were produced in Canada in 2009.

Some healthy Tips for Lowering Blood Pressure:

Before resorting to medication here are some simple tips for lowering blood pressure.  Lifestyle changes are largest most effective way to lower blood pressure along with helping many other health problems.

1. Lose Weight

Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Being overweight also can cause disrupted breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea), which further raises your blood pressure.

Weight loss is one of the most effective lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure. Losing just 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) can help reduce your blood pressure.

Besides shedding pounds, you generally should also keep an eye on your waistline. Carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure.

In general:

  • Men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 40 inches (102 centimeters).
  • Women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 35 inches (89 centimeters).

These numbers vary among ethnic groups. Ask Dr. Shapero about a healthy waist measurement for you.

2. Exercise Regularly

Regular physical activity — at least 30 minutes most days of the week — can lower your blood pressure by 4 to 9 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). It’s important to be consistent because if you stop exercising, your blood pressure can rise again.

If you have slightly high blood pressure (prehypertension), exercise can help you avoid developing full-blown hypertension. If you already have hypertension, regular physical activity can bring your blood pressure down to safer levels.

The best types of exercise for lowering blood pressure include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing. Strength training also can help reduce blood pressure. Talk to Dr. Shapero about developing an exercise program.

3. Eat Healthy

Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure by up to 14 mm Hg. If you are not sure of what changes to make or where to start Dr. Shapero can help tailor a plan that is right for you.

4. Reduce Salty Foods

Even a small reduction in the sodium in your diet can reduce blood pressure by 2 to 8 mm Hg.

The effect of sodium intake on blood pressure varies among groups of people. In general, limit sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day or less. However, a lower sodium intake — 1,500 mg a day or less — is appropriate for people with greater salt sensitivity, including:

  • African-Americans
  • Anyone age 51 or older
  • Anyone diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease

To decrease sodium in your diet, consider these tips:

  • Read food labels. If possible, choose low-sodium alternatives of the foods and beverages you normally buy.
  • Eat fewer processed foods. Only a small amount of sodium occurs naturally in foods. Most sodium is added during processing.
  • Don’t add salt. Just 1 level teaspoon of salt has 2,300 mg of sodium. Use herbs or spices to add flavor to your food.
  • Ease into it. If you don’t feel you can drastically reduce the sodium in your diet suddenly, cut back gradually. Your palate will adjust over time.

 5. Alcohol in Moderation

Alcohol can be both good and bad for your health. In small amounts, it can potentially lower your blood pressure by 2 to 4 mm Hg.

But that protective effect is lost if you drink too much alcohol — generally more than one drink a day for women and for men older than age 65, or more than two a day for men age 65 and younger. One drink equals 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.

Drinking more than moderate amounts of alcohol can actually raise blood pressure by several points. It can also reduce the effectiveness of blood pressure medications.

 6. Quit Smoking

Each cigarette you smoke increases your blood pressure for many minutes after you finish. Quitting smoking helps your blood pressure return to normal. People who quit smoking, regardless of age, have substantial increases in life expectancy.

7. Cut Back on Caffeine

The role caffeine plays in blood pressure is still debated. Caffeine can raise blood pressure by as much as 10 mm Hg in people who rarely consume it, but there is often little to no strong effect on blood pressure in habitual coffee drinkers.  Which is thought to be due to the taxing effect on the adrenal glands.

Although the effects of chronic caffeine ingestion on blood pressure aren’t clear, the possibility of a slight increase in blood pressure exists.  It also affects other glands adversely.

8. Reduce Your Stress

Chronic stress is an important contributor to high blood pressure. Occasional stress also can contribute to high blood pressure if you react to stress by eating unhealthy food, drinking alcohol or smoking.  This area can be an entire article in itself.  If you have more stress than you feel your can deal with Dr. Shapero can help you with a customized program to help you manage or eliminate stress that is affecting you.

9. Monitor Your Blood Pressure

If blood pressure is a concern for you, home monitoring can help you keep tabs on your blood pressure, make certain your lifestyle changes are working, and alert you and your doctor to potential health complications. Blood pressure monitors are available widely and without a prescription. Talk to your doctor about home monitoring before you get started.

10. Help Is Here for YOU

Not sure where to start or what the next step is for you?  Dr. Shapero is here to help and if you are not sure about taking blood pressure just call our office and Dr. Shapero will reserve a time for you to have it checked for FREE.

Wishing you all a healthy and Joyous Valentine’s Day.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

Sneezes – Causes and Myths

Over the next few moments I will share with you some myths about sneezing many causes and a few practical solutions.  According to the literature there are over 450 causes of thousands of reasons for sneezing.  However, to simplify it there are only a few basics to explain sneezes or if you want the technical term  “sternutation”.

When we sneeze, air is expelled with force from the nose (and from the mouth, if it is open) due to a spasmodic contraction of the chest muscles and diaphragm. A sneeze is often triggered by irritation of the mucous membrane of the nose or less often by a bright light striking the eye.

According to WebMD  Sneezing helps keep your body safe. “Sneezing is an important part of the immune process, helping to keep us healthy and sniffle-free”

Sneezes protect your body by clearing the nose of bacteria and viruses, as well as numerous other irritants in the air passage way. This can include chemicals from dry cleaning, new furniture or bedding, as well as many other chemical agents.  When something enters your nose or you encounter a trigger that sets off your “sneeze center” in your brain, located in the lower brain stem, signals are rapidly sent to tightly close your throat, eyes, and mouth. Next, your chest muscles vigorously contract, and then your throat muscles quickly relax. As result, air — along with saliva and mucus — is forced out of your mouth and nose. Voila, you’ve sneezed.

What does this have to do with chiropractic you may ask?  “Sneezes start in your nerves,” says Neil Kao, MD, an allergy and asthma specialist at the Allergic Disease and Asthma Center in Greenville, S.C.

Having a well balanced nerve system and one free from irritation can reduce sneezing and boost your immune system.  When the bones in the spine become irritated it can affect your resistance and effectiveness of the immune system.

Other non-allergenic or immune related causes are plucking the eyebrows, attending to hairs in the nasal passage, and even bright light.

Important to note as well sometimes, cures for sneezing from allergies bring on larger ones. Using corticosteroid nasal sprays, for instance, can bring on a bout of sneezing. As well as other allergy medications.  Again, the nose reacts at the introduction of a foreign agent.  You would be better off with a light saline solution to flush the area and then leave it alone.

Amazingly sneezes travel at about 100 miles per hour.  Also worth noting, that usually we do not sneeze in our sleep, so rest easy.  Bless YOU!

Strange sneezing facts aside, there are some beliefs about sneezing that just aren’t true.

For instance, it’s not true that your heart stops when you sneeze. When your chest contracts because of a sneeze, your blood flow is momentarily constricted as well. As a result, the rhythm of your heart may change, but it definitely doesn’t stop.

And your eyeballs cannot pop out of your head when you sneeze. Most people naturally close their eyes when they sneeze, but if they are able to keep them open, their eyes stay firmly planted in their heads where they belong. While it’s true a person’s blood pressure behind the eyes may increase slightly when he sneezes, it’s not enough force to dislodge the eyeballs from the head.

How do you stop a sneeze? While it’s not foolproof, Try breathing through your mouth and pinching the end of your nose.

Just like so many other symptoms sneezes are the result of some underlying irritation on the system.  The underlying cause is what we look for and once that is relieved your body will feel much better.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

How Does America Rate In Healthcare?

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When is comes to healthcare and the overall health of a population one would think that the USA would rank near the top. Don’t let the golden rule blind your thinking. Even though the United States ranks at the top in healthcare per capita expenditure the results are nothing more that fools gold. At a per capita expenditure of $8508.00 according to Reuters. Although, we spend more we are far from the top on results. The life expectancy in the US ranks 26th in the world with an average expectancy of 78.7 years.

When it comes to overall health the US comes in 33, just ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Are you curious who the top ranking countries were? Singapore, Italy, Australia, Switzerland and Japan are the top five in that order. It also does not surprise me that Israel ranked 6th in the list.

Okay, so we don’t do so well in overall health but we sure do have some highly advanced technology when it comes to emergency care and trauma.

There is no question that when it comes to emergency care and trauma America is certainly at the top of the list, Right? I used to think so. According to research done by the American College of Emergency Physicians ranking care in several categories including access to care, quality and patient safety as well as disaster preparedness the overall grade of a D+ was given which was downgraded from just five years ago. Some of this was explained by and increase in defensive medicine as well as not enough prescription drug monitoring. In 2011 there were over 1.5 million visits to the emergency room for misuse of prescription drugs. Unfortunately we do rank number one in infant mortality with a rate of 10.4%.

It is also interesting to note that within the top ten industrialized nations the US ranked dead last in healthcare satisfaction surveys, with an approval rating of 11%. It’s true that in many cases of trauma the US has Star Wars like technology for saving lives and yet when it comes to wellness of the population the US fails miserably.

It is true we need to reform out system but we do not need to pump more money into it. We need to rethink the way we are presenting health. We need to take a deeper look at what we are teaching our children about food, lifestyle and healthy living.

When we begin to take responsibility for our own health and our own lifestyle we will slowly be able to restore health in America. The USA can not expect to overcome the damage by adding more chemicals to an already over medicated population. We can not expect our system to work if we continue to promote poor lifestyles. Our population will continue to decay if we continue to feed ourselves, GMO nutrient depleted crops, chemically enhanced water and stick our heads in the sand by allowing chemical giants influence the food industry.

Wake up America. We have been slumbering too long. Certainly, there are a number of pharmaceuticals which have been helpful. However, they do not form the foundation for sound living. There have been great advances in drug free solutions to most health problems including cancer. The research is well documented.

It will take all of us to take a few small steps forward to create the changes needed. Commit to taking one more step to living a healthier lifestyle. Support your local farmers markets and growers. Shop at markets that support wholesome and natural manufacturing processes. May you have a healthier tomorrow.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

  1. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France, OECD Health Data, 1993; OECD Health Systems: Facts and Trends, 1993. 
    2. Remaining statistic charts listed in Where We Stand, by Michael Wolff, Peter Rutten, Albert Bayers III, and the World Rank Research Team (New York: Bantam Books, 1992) 
    3. Health Affairs, vol. 9, no. 2, cited by Steven Randall, Jim Naureckas and Jeff Cohen in The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), p. 65. 
    4. Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon, Through the Media Looking Glass: Decoding Bias and Blather in the News (Monroe: Common Courage Press, 1995), p. 81. 
    5. The Way Things Aren’t, p. 66. 
    6. This was the finding of a county-by-county national survey conducted by the National Cancer Institute in 1975. Cited in “N.J.’s Chemical Belt Takes Its Toll: $4 Billion Industry Tied to Nation’s Highest Cancer Rate,” Washington Post, February 8, 1976, p. A1. 
    7. Aaron Antonovsky, “Class and a Chance for Life,” in Inequality and Justice, Lee Rainwater, ed., (Chicago: Aldine Publishing Company, 1974), p. 177. 
    8. S. Leonard Syme and Lisa Berkman, “Social Class, Susceptibility and Sickness,” American Journal of Epidemiology 104, no. 1 (July 1976), pp. 1,4. 
    9. Berkeley study: George A. Kaplan and others, “Inequality in income and mortality in the United States: analysis of mortality and potential pathways,” British Medical Journal, Vol. 312 (April 20, 1996), pp. 999-1003. Harvard study: Bruce P. Kennedy and others, “Income distribution and mortality: cross sectional ecological study of the Robin Hood index in the United States,” British Medical Journal, Vol. 312 (April 20, 1996), pp. 1004-1007. 
    10. Jeffrey Reiman, The Rich Get Richer And the Poor Get Prison (New York: MacMillan Publishing Company, 1990), p. 75. 
    11. Quoted in Stephanie Coontz, The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (New York: HarperCollins, 1992), p. 270.

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