Nutrition, Dementia and Dietary Supplements

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 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

UNIQUE Fermentation, Digestion and Wellness: A Holistic Approach

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / April 30, 2019

Fermentation Can Improve Wellness! Can fermentation offer a natural process to improving digestion and unique wellness? YES! The value of fermentation to promote digestive comfort has long been known. Used for centuries to enhance the bioavailability of many nutrients or ingredients, market research has confirmed that consumers today value a fermentation approach for nutrients, vitamins and supplements to support digestive health and the resulting microbiome balance in the intestinal gut. Is all fermentation the same or are there unique fermentation techniques to enhance products that unleash full nourishing potential for nutrients which the body can recognize and absorb? Read more

Adiponectin: What is Your Number?

In Patient Engagement By Dr. Charles Shively / March 19, 2019

Why is this number important? Adiponectin is the bioactive long chain protein (a 244 amino acid composite) hormone made by fat cells that circulates in the bloodstream and triggers how the body uses sugar, and fat for energy, including weight loss. It is a diabetic friendly hormone. It helps stimulate the breakdown of fat molecules so the body can use the resulting energy for other metabolic activities. Perhaps most importantly, it also signals the liver to stop making or releasing glucose when blood glucose levels get too high. Working together, these two activities can increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Insulin, of course is the hormone that helps people use blood glucose for energy and improve the diabetes condition. Read more

Fat Loss Friends: Adiponectin and Leptin

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

Losing Weight, in a healthy way, requires careful attention to many often ignored or unknown supporting body hormone activities which modulate a number of metabolic processes, including glucose regulation, fatty acid oxidation and rate of metabolism. What causes these metabolic processes to occur? Adiponectin and leptin, two long chain bioactive protein hormones (also called adipocytokines), are secreted along with other hormones from energy stores in white fat tissue. This white fat tissue is of course the same fat which leads to obesity! Seem odd?  Read more

Weighing In On Soy-Derived Lunasin

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / February 4, 2019

Fermented soy and lunasin are building blocks for health. Most people are aware of soy and its protein offering ability. But what is lunasin? Lunasin is a very small structured compound and is an extremely bioactive contributor to our health. Read more

Using Dreamwork to Solve Problems and Relieve Sleep Apnea

In Patient Engagement 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

Why Can't I Lose Weight?

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / December 10, 2018

You are not alone! So many individuals are challenged and become disappointed…even aggravated…trying to lose weight. Good news! Answers to the question why can’t I lose weight are being learned. Weight loss is different for nearly every individual. How can this be? Who is learning the answer to this complex question? Clinical trials ongoing with national governments, recognized special clinics and at least one private organization…with global presence in many different countries…are at the forefront of this research to allow personalized weight loss. Who are these research organizations and what are they doing to define the elusive understanding of how individual metabolism defines our ability to lose and maintain preferred weight? Personalized weight loss is far more complex than just calories, exercise, genetics and food nutrition. Read more

Why Faster Metabolism is Healthy

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / October 23, 2018

Your metabolism at rest counts for up to 75 percent of the calories you burn daily to maintain vital body functions. So, when you are not physically moving, your body is naturally burning calories for you without much effort. The problem with the metabolism is that it does not run at a fixed rate. It can change overtime, mostly slowing down due to diet, stress, age and many other factors. Here’s what you need to understand about the metabolism and energy. Which comes first? Energy or Metabolism? Are they related? How do these separate activities translate to wellness and health? Metabolism is the catalyst that allows efficient performance of the body’s vital functions (brain, immune system, thyroid, enzyme production, etc.) that results from constant formation of new and fresh, healthy functioning cells while eliminating the non-performing older cells (including the “sick” or “corrupt”). Energy of course is the ability to do work. Separation of the concepts of energy and metabolism is difficult because metabolism needs energy to allow the chemical changes that take place inside every living cell…the some 30 trillion cells which compose the human body…to occur. Read more

Ageing and DNA Demise

In Healthcare Advances 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

Inexpensive Delivery of Necessary Biologically-Active Peptides and Amino Acids

In Healthcare Advances By Dr. Charles Shively / August 13, 2018

Abstract: The human digestive system, when presented with easily-converted OTC (over-the-counter) digestive formulas can be perhaps be the most effective delivery system available for essential key elements that control our metabolism and many physical and mental health balances. Dietary supplement formulations are often overlooked yet they are the most inexpensive delivery method for bringing these key essential elements to our health. Discussion: An excellent example of this process is the delivery of the powerful bioactive peptide lunasin. Lunasin is a very small structured compound and an extremely bioactive contributor for health. It works at the most basic human level and actually directs how our existing DNA or genetic code influences the body. Lunasin is a naturally occurring, biologically active, peptide. Peptides are the building blocks of proteins and are composed of naturally occurring amino acids.  Lunasin contains 43 amino acids. Considering the fact that the human body is composed of nearly 30 trillion individual cells, lunasin presence, taken into the body through oral ingestion, can be and is a prime-time player in human health. Read more