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 ( 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

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