Tag: ageing

Mind Wandering, Aging, Cognitive Change and Creativity

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / November 7, 2019

What is the connection between aging and mind wandering or mind drift? How is mind wandering associated with cognitive change? Does cognitive change impact the ability for creativity? Read more ...

Change and Age: How Key Mindset Changes Help Us Advance

Category: Healthcare Advances Written 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!

Category: Healthcare Advances Written 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?

Category: Healthcare Advances Written 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

Category: Healthcare Advances Written 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?

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / July 29, 2019

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 ...

Nutrition, Dementia and Dietary Supplements

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / May 20, 2019

Are there foods and dietary supplements that boost memory? YES! Are there foods that increase risks for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). YES! Poor diet impacts memory and contributes to many serious health problems, including AD. There are over 50 million people worldwide today who have dementia with nearly 65% having AD. It is estimated that three-fourths of these individuals have not received a diagnosis. The World Alzheimer Report www.alz.co.uk reports that nearly 10 million new cases of dementia worldwide are now occurring yearly. This is one new case every 3.2 seconds! The healthcare cost for dementia worldwide has risen to over $1 trillion US yearly. Not surprisingly, the fastest growth is in the elderly population and is taking place in lower to middle income families in China, India, Southern Asia and the Western Pacific. Read more ...

Using Dreamwork to Solve Problems and Relieve Sleep Apnea

Category: Patient Engagement Written by Dr. Charles Shively / January 22, 2019

With age, the rate of change in the dynamics of the mind-body axis can often challenge the pursuit of longevity through quality sleep. Self-programmed dreaming can create better sleep and help overcome sleep apnea while simultaneously finding solutions not achieved during waking hours. How can this happen? Read more ...

Ageing and DNA Demise

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / October 15, 2018

Advances in genomic medicine demonstrate that many diseases are caused by disturbances at the DNA level. Our health destiny is intricately linked to how our genes behave in response to our environments and lifestyles. Which DNA form is most responsible for ageing? B-Form Minor Groove or Major Groove? A-Form Nucleic Acid? Z-Form DNA? Most individuals who are not molecular biologists are not aware that our DNA can occur in three primary configurations. Each of these configurations, located within the control center or nucleus of each cell of our body, can experience damage through errors to its ongoing structure sequence reproduction. B-Form and A-Form DNA are versions of the double helix linear strand structure. Z-Form has an irregular structure not based on the double helix linear strand of B-Form and A-Form DNA. Read more ...

The Epigenetic Clock and Longevity

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / February 10, 2017

Many alterations occur to our genome or DNA as we age. Some of these changes are epigenetic modifications to our DNA without altering the genetic sequence itself. The human genome is the complete assembly of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) that makes each individual unique. The genome consists of about 3 billion base pairs...half from the mother and half from the father. DNA holds the instructions for building the proteins that carry out a variety of functions in a cell. Chemical compounds and proteins that can attach to DNA comprise what is known as the epigenome. These epigenomic compounds attach to DNA as "tags" and change the way individual cells use the DNA's instructions. Importantly these tags or "marks"... as they are known... do not change the sequence of the DNA but rather how the cells operate. Read more ...