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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

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What is it that brings you fear?

What are you afraid of? The loss of financial security? rejection? Making a mistake? Being abandoned? Some type of Animal? Heights? Dementia? Being noticed? Being ignored? Getting a disease? Flying? Dying? Public speaking? Becoming disfigured? Getting sued? Divorced? Held up at gunpoint? Falling? Failing? Getting audited? Losing your license? Bankruptcy? Your best-ever staff person quitting? Accidentally injuring someone? Becoming injured yourself? The IRS? Incredible success?

Fear is an emotion as well as a form of spiritual oppression. Those who are up to something regularly encounter this force. In fact, it is your relationship with fear that often determines whether you will be a force to be reckoned with, or merely a casualty, quickly forgotten after you pass.

Consider this a reminder to risk something, start something, create something or most importantly, be something this week and make a ruckus. Which thing? The thing that scares you. You know the one. YES, that one.

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

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It is shocking that so many children are suffering because this story and hundreds more like it have been pushed away from public view.  However, as more lives are sacrificed these stories are sadly becoming more commonplace and accessible.

Nicco LaHood is a criminal district attorney in San Antonio, Texas and he and his wife share their story.  Very worth watching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi9PNKW7w3Q&feature=youtu.be

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

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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Often we find that some of the experiences we go through in life are more fully appreciated years later when we can look back with greater perspective.  It would be a rare child that would have the depth of gratitude for all that one’s mother does for her children.  The sacrifices, the difficulties and the challenges in helping her child or children have a better life.  We often do not realize some of the little things our mother does for us that has helped us be a better person, enjoy life in a more meaningful way and Mother’s Day gives us that moment to pause and reflect.

Happy Mother’s Day with appreciation for all the mom’s out there in the world without which we would have no world.  I am grateful for my mother and the many lessons learned from her on how to be a better person.

As a child perhaps you have had the thought of tying up your mother?  Sound strange, I agree?  In Yugoslavia children do just that and only release the mom after she has given them treats.

In most of the cultures and languages the term Mother starts with an “M”.

Mother’s Day sees around one quarter of all flowers purchased throughout the year falling on this holiday.

In the United States alone, around 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day.  Did you call your mother for mother’s day?

In 1939 in Lima, Peru, the youngest mother on record delivered a baby boy by C-section. She was only 5 years-old and the baby was raised as her brother.

On the flip-side, the oldest woman to deliver a baby was recorded on April 9, 2003. Her name is, Satyabhama Mahapatra, and is a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher in India. She gave birth to a baby boy, which was her first child after 50 years of marriage. However, the eggs were donated by her 26 year-old niece.

Elizabeth Ann Buttle gives a whole new meaning to second family. She gave birth to her first child (a girl) May 19,1956. Then when she was 60 years-old, she gave birth to her son on November 20, 1997, making the babies 41 years 185 days apart.

Whether you take a moment to reflect on your Mother’s memories perhaps with a white carnation in her honor or you are fortunate and are able to speak to or spend time with your mother on this special day may this Mother’s Day be uplifting and heartwarming.

Thanks Mom for just being YOU!

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

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