Considerations at The Intersection of Cognitive Ageing and Psychobiology

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / February 8, 2017

Cognitive decline is a normal consequence of the age-related changes in the physiology of the brain and the larger senescence every human being experiences. Cognitive decline is often presumed, by the unknowing, to be a precursor to dementia. It is not. Dementia is not a part of normal aging. It represents a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the ability to think so severely that it impairs one's ability to perform normal activities like eating or getting dressed. Memory loss is a common symptom of dementia, but memory loss by itself does not mean that someone has dementia. Age-related memory loss as part of cognitive decline manifests itself as the rare occasion, for example, of making a bad decision, missing a monthly payment, forgetting which day it is and remembering later, sometimes forgetting which word to use or losing things from time to time. Read more

Nutritional Influence on Cognitive Decline

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / February 8, 2017

The First Stage of Cognitive Decline Cognitive decline is associated with various neurodegenerative diseases which are caused by changes in the brain possessing neurotransmission decay. These neurodegenerative diseases can include mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s disease, other Dementias and in certain cases Parkinson’s Disease. Read more

Why We Get Hungry and Cannot Lose Weight

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / February 6, 2017

Perhaps surprising is that an individual’s weight actually triggers why we get hungry. Hunger “pangs” causes the forced interplay of two hormones: leptin and ghrelin and the subsequent influence of another hormone (insulin) produced by the pancreas. How then does this happen? Read more

The Health Power of Raw Honey

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / February 6, 2017

Many individuals are unaware that raw honey is a powerhouse of health benefits. Everyone realizes it is a sweetener but how about honey’s enzyme-rich, vitamin and mineral containing, anti-microbial, antioxidant and antibiotic capabilities? Surprised? Read more

The Conundrum of Food Addiction and Weight Loss

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / February 6, 2017

Would you agree food addiction and weight loss can be a complex and difficult problem to manage? Where can food addiction and weight loss meet to ensure desired success? Read more

Senescence and Nutrition

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / January 13, 2017

Dehabilitation or Regeneration? If one visits various dictionaries, the definition of senescence typically includes reference to the process of aging and the degenerative loss of various body functions or processes. In brief,”one who begins to age”. Age-related loss of function is a trait of virtually all organisms that age. In humans, age-related degeneration gives rise to a host of well-recognized challenges: atherosclerosis and heart failure, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, pulmonary insufficiency, renal failure, neurodegeneration (for example Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases) and various others. These changes begin to show them typically mid-life beginning in the 50-60 years of age range. From a pathological standpoint it is typically about debilitating losses of tissue or cellular function.  Read more

Pharmacist to Pharmacist Healthcare: “I Have Alzheimer’s”

Unexpected Pharmacy Workflow Challenge...Sound Familiar? This past week during a visit to perform one of my consultant complimentary independent pharmacy workflow assessments, the pharmacist/ owner offered...almost immediately before we started the assessment..."I have Alzheimer's". Momentarily taken back, I then asked: "Why do you believe this?" The individual said: "My memory is failing. I go to do one thing and get distracted by something else and wind up doing something different. I only remember what I went to do when I come back to where I first had the thought". Sound familiar? Read more

Pharmacists May Be Best For Diet Supplement/Meal Replacement Education

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / November 9, 2014

Many Considerations Should Be Evaluated In today's health-conscious world, information is available from many sources. The internet offers unlimited information through key word searches and reveals information from worldwide locations. What may be the best source of accurate information regarding diet supplements/meal replacements for weight loss? Who remains the most trusted healthcare professional regarding medications and OTC supplements or remedies? Read more