Ayurveda: Balancing Life Forces for Vibrant Health

In Patient Engagement By Dr. Charles Shively / September 30, 2019

What kind of balance would you like to see in your life? Health is the happy expression of a balanced life. Would you like to experience this? Using the practice of Ayurveda and its balancing of life forces, one can experience health benefits. It requires establishing proper diets, lifestyles, exercise, spiritual well-being and…importantly… being in tune with one’s body. The result is a physical and mental balance that resists disease and allows wellness to be ever- present. Read more

Auras, Chakras, and Health

In Patient Engagement By Dr. Charles Shively / September 23, 2019

Who has an Aura? Everyone! Aura is the energy that everyone radiates at a very low level of electricity or magnetic field. It is a colorful, multilayered oval energy field that surrounds each individual. It is sometimes referred to as a psychic energy field. This energy field can be seen and captured using special photographic equipment. Of course, individuals “radiate” different colored auras with varying intensities of color and these auras are a reflection of one’s state of mental being and health. Surprised? Read more

Breaking Free from the Narcissist’s Web

In Patient Engagement By Dr. Charles Shively / September 18, 2019

As today’s practicing pharmacist knows, unique counseling may need occur with patients who are taking anti-depressant or anti-stress medications like Lexapro (escitalopram) or other similar medications. One such unique counseling that has grown in prevalence relates to helping a patient deal with a narcissist in his or her life. Do you know a narcissist? Do you know what a narcissist is? Do you know how a narcissist plays the control game? 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

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

Come Along If You Dare

In Patient Engagement By Dr. Charles Shively / November 27, 2017

When did you last journey to the center of your mind? Ever? Never? In today’s healthcare environment, the use of psychedelic drugs is helping patient individuals (through clinical involvement) to relieve themselves of various challenges: depression, addiction (alcoholism, heroin, cocaine, smoking), schizophrenia and anxiety in terminal cancer patients. Is this true? YES! Read more

Commentary on Alternative Therapies and Life Style Interventions for Obese Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes

In Patient Engagement By Dr. Charles Shively / September 18, 2017

With obesity worldwide reaching pandemic levels (recent global research indicates over 2 billion individuals are either obese or overweight…one-third of the world population), it has pervaded countries with greatly different cultures and nutritional habits. Many different interventions have been offered and researched in the past ten years, with some intervention approaches being significantly better than others. As practitioners look for alternative therapies for patients who are obese with Type 2 Diabetes and view best practice approaches available, the current controversy using the traditional Metformin and GLP 1 Receptor Agonists (Byetta, Bydureon, Tanzaum, Trulicity and Victoza) has caused many practitioners to consider alternative therapies. Additionally, in the US alone, one-third of the 323 milllion population (2016) is classified as diabetic or pre-diabetic by the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Read more

Personalized Therapeutics through Pharmacogenomics

In Patient Engagement By Dr. Charles Shively / February 8, 2017

Introduction Most healthcare professionals are aware of the emerging field of pharmacogenomics. Many are not aware however that it is nearing its 15th year of pursuit to combine the science of how drugs work (pharmacology) with the science of the human genome (genomics). Although the field of pharmacogenomics is still in its infancy with only limited use in select disease areas such as cancer, cardiovascular challenges, HIV, Alzheimer’s and asthma, the coordination between United States research centers is accelerating the pace and implementation in several new disease states. This approach to personalized medicine is a significant departure from previous drug development where the idea has existed that each drug works pretty much the same in every individual and where by exception over time is has been learned that many different aspects must be considered when a medication is provided to the end user. Read more