Change and Age: How Key Mindset Changes Help Us Advance

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / August 21, 2019

As we age, we need remember a lyric from a song by Crosby, Stills and Nash. “Don’t let the past remind us of what we are now”. Why? Staying positive is a major component of happiness and it is known that increased lifespan is linked with our years of happiness. For the older population, constant changes in health and money issues can cause unhappiness and can neutralize a positive outlook. What’s back there is back there. Avoid dwelling on the past! Read more

If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now: For Men Only!

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / August 19, 2019

For many men, concern for their health during their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s is not at the top of the important list. It wasn’t for me as I recall. Lack of health care monitoring earlier in life for any man can open the door for serious specific disease challenges later in life. If I only knew then what I know now! Read more

The Complex Science of Pain: Where To From Here?

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / August 15, 2019

“Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world is so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes”. This quotation, offered by George Orwell, author of the dystopian classic, 1984, is still valid. Most physicians will acknowledge that pain is a complex response that includes not a distinct sensation but also motor activity, changes in emotion and re-focusing of attention causing a brand new…elusive memory. Yet for most it is not a slow burning memory…it is ever present. Is state of the art today about not killing the pain but just making it go away? Read more

Device Addiction Is Reality Today

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / August 6, 2019

Is device addiction caused by a thirst for wholeness through a constant need for reassurance? Is this a type of bliss? Although the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (DSM-5) has not yet classified device addiction as a type of mental personality disorder, it may surprise many to realize this is a serious addiction. Addiction comes in many ways to every individual in this modern world: Desire and Need for Acceptance and Reassurance, Rapid Communication, Alcohol Consumption, Opioid Dependence, Smoking, Need for Visualized Comfort, Sensory Experiences, Online/ Computer Gaming and others. What is your addiction? Read more

Clostridium difficile Infection: The Modern Day Black Plague?

Beware! Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) will not go quietly into the night. Can tranquility come on the heels of the infection fire? Also known as C. diff, it is a Gram-positive, anaerobic, spore-forming, cytotoxin-producing bacillus causing diarrhea and in more severe cases pseudomembranous colitis. There has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of CDI during the past three decades worldwide. North America has seen CDI incidence increase five-fold in community dwelling populations and in the over 65 age group. Incidence has also increased in Europe, most notably the UK, the Netherlands and France. More disturbing is that the severity has also increased. It has been reported that nearly a ten-fold increase in CDI associated morbidity was observed in Canada alone. The changes appear to be due partly because of new identified hypervirulent epidemic strains of C. difficile. Read more

Ethics in Dietary Supplement Advertising

Do you always believe what you read, see or hear? With the plethora of massive social media offerings specific to a particular product, what can be trusted to be truthful and not “adjusted” by the marketing approach to steer the reader away from one product to another? Recently while visiting with a healthcare provider during the continuing America’s Healthcare Tour (www.AskDrS.org) the question of truthfulness in advertising became a lengthy discussion topic. Read more

Gut Disruption and Brain Changes

Once again, the message is clear: The foods we crave and love are doing us harm. Past the transient discomfort of diarrhea, stomach ache, bloating, indigestion and possible irritable bowel disease, is the true harm we experience. Perhaps the most impactful is the silent changes that many foods can effect because of gut disruption in digestion and aggravation of the bacterial balance in the gut or microbiome. Read more

THE LGHP Diet IS Optimized Metabolism

Would the LGHP Diet (low glycemic-high protein) change the SHAPE of things to come? In what SHAPE are you? How is your energy? How is your muscle tone? Can you focus clearly? Do you fear cognitive decline? Does your metabolism need a boost? Do you burn fat with your diet? In what SHAPE are you? Read more