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  • What is HRV?
    There are some days where I do feel occasionally tired but most of my days I'm fully charged. With that understanding. having this ability to know when to push to the next level or just coast to an easy workout is extremely important as an athlete, father or physician. I feel the heart rate variability rate (HRV) is an ideal noninvasive tool to test your progress, recovery or training intensity. Read more
  • Pass the Salt Grandma
    As I look back at my childhood and young adult life, I vividly recall of my Grandma Hais. She was an athletically built swimmer who continued to swim every day even into her early eighties. She had this preference to putting salt on just about everything she ate excluding breakfast cereal. I recall my family trying to take the saltshaker away from her, but with limited avail. What intrigued me is that even with salting her food with almost every bite, her BMI was excellent and blood pressure was always low. I guess the long living genes in my German and Italian heritage continued thru me as I have many of the same habits as Grandma. I have managed a very healthy lifestyle of mostly fruits, vegetable, moderate level of exercise with minimal bad habits that I admit (my wife says I have more than just 2.5 cups of coffee a day. Read more
  • How Often Should You get A Blood test?
    How often should you get a blood test? Most physicians recommend once a year around the same time as your yearly physical, but this is the bare minimum. If you have any additional health concerns or complicating factors you may be asked to get blood test and urine test more frequently than just once a year. These may include unusual or persistent problems (weight gain or loss), wanting to improve or optimize your health and lastly to reduce your risk of disease or complications. Regular blood tests can catch the warning signs of almost any disease early. Many heart, lung, and kidney conditions can be diagnosed using blood tests. Read more
  • Why did it take days for my Whiplash injury to show up, when I felt fine after the Accident?
    The pain can start immediately or develop days, weeks, or sometimes even months later. Symptoms can vary widely among individuals age, gender and other health factors. Most people with whiplash begin to experience the effects within 6-12 hours after the accident. You may leave the scene of the accident or trauma counting your blessings that you weren’t seriously injured, only to wake up the next morning with moderate-to-severe pain and stiffness in your neck, shoulders and a throbbing Headache. This is because your adrenaline levels have now regulated and returned to normal, and your body has taken stock of the damage and sent in the necessary healing resources, which causes inflammation, muscle spasm and guarding. This is where the pain and stiffness can begin. This delay onset of symptoms is referred to as Late Whiplash Syndrome. According to the Journal Pain Practice (2008), it is estimated that 6.2 percent of all Americans currently suffer from Late Whiplash Syndrome. Read more
  • Top 5 Reason Seniors See A Chiropractor
    Over the last 29 years in chiropractic practice, I have been not only humbled but honored to take care of many seniors who took care of me, feed me, taught and looked out for me over all these years. Here are Top five reasons that seniors seek chiropractic care. While many of the seniors are unaware of the benefits of regular chiropractic care, here is the top reasons in no particular order; pain relief, increase range of motion in the spine/extremities, improve balance and coordination, decrease joint degeneration and lastly improved overall health and well-being. We will go over one at a time, explain some of the details and benefits through chiropractic care. Read more
  • Are You Balanced or Compensated?
    Are you balanced or just compensated? While we all try to live our life and more balance and harmony, the majority of the time our body is in a state of more compensation than balance. Over the last 29 years in chiropractic practice, I have discovered that our bodies when stressed, had a serious injury, poor spinal posture mechanics or just decondition due to lack of exercise will start to compensate and get out of homeostasis or balance. Through the use of diagnostic technology whether it is an Spinal X-ray that shows how the body is in alignment or weighted balance stand, surface Electromyography (SEMG), thermal heat scanning device or just a simple muscle strength test, you are able to see how your body is either compensated or balanced. Read more
  • Dr. Freeze?
    As I prepare for my day mentally, physically and spiritually…I have been a proponent of an ice-cold shower to finish off my morning ritual (Mediate, Read and exercise) to not only wake me up but to excite the nervous system, release hormones (testosterone) and enhance the immune system also. With that routine in mind, there is a new Chill on the block called Cryotherapy center in my area. Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is exposure to subzero temperatures. Read more
  • So Dr. Joe you are a Pescatarian...
    It is hard to believe that I am coming up on my 35-year anniversary of being plant-based. During the course of that 35 years, I did try being a Vegan but the majority of the time I was a Ovolactovegetarian. In the last two years, I've become a pescatarian. It is estimated that there are 9 million Americans who are vegan, which is considered to be an overall healthy choice worldwide. While there are several drawbacks to be in a strict vegetarian, as I have learned in the past, I truly found that being a pescatarian today is the healthiest I've been in my entire life. Read more
  • What is the BBC?
    What is the BBC? Well, there's two meanings actually… the BBC does mean the British Broadcasting company of London, but as a pertains to your health, it is the Brain Body Connection. I truly believe that this is one the most important concepts that you can understand from a chiropractic standpoint. And the reason for that is that the brain is connected to the body at the skull and very upper neck which is what we call the Upper Cervical or atlas/axis region. Read more
  • 3 Most Common Complaints for Teenagers
    We are all going through one of the most stressful times in our world today. Our teenagers have as much or more of that stress not only with the lack of socialization that they are not being a part of, but also extended periods of sitting in front of a computer and the continuous hours of texting that they are such a part of their daily lives. As a Chiropractor, seeing many early to late teens, they are experiencing several complaints that I am seeing on a consistent basis. These are in no specific order, starting with headaches, neck pain and upper to mid back pain. We will talk about each separately and explain some of the reasoning, the causes and my recommendations to help these young adults improve their overall health while reducing their pain and a few preventative tips for decreasing future spinal problems. Read more
  • Should you be eating Beets?
    I have used nitric oxide (NO) supplements (primarily NO Explode by BSN) for several years now and seen many of the benefits that it has on my athletic performance. In 1998, the Nobel Prize was awarded for the discovery of nitric oxide and its effect on oxygen in human body and more importantly the cardiovascular system Read more
  • Top 3 Reasons Infants Receive Chiropractic Care In My office
    I get asked all the time what are the main reasons that infants get chiropractic adjustments at your office. Well these are my three top reasons that parents bring their infants to the office they are in no specific order , they are colic, acid reflux and ear infections. So, let's go over each one separately with the frequency, causes and treatment options. Read more
  • What’s Your pH?
    Proper pH is essential for optimal health and function in the body. Ph is measure from a range of 0 to 14 with 0 being acidic and 14 alkaline. Neutral ph is 7 and our bodies struggle to maintain a slightly alkaline of 7.4. Changes in the balance of either acidic or alkaline interfere with the breakdown and absorption of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Additional side effects are decrease energy of the cells, reduced ability to repair damaged tissues and susceptibility to illness and fatigue. An acidic state in the body allows many diseases to thrive and grow in the environment. Most Americans consume high quantities of processed sugar, white flour and animal proteins in excess creating the ideal acidic environment and diseased state. Examples of acid forming foods are meats, nuts, alcohol, coffee, sweeteners, cheese and sugars to name a few. Vegetables, fruits, spices, lentils, oils, eggs and milk are several alkaline producing foods. Acidity has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis and many chronic diseases. Read more
  • What’s My Antioxidant Number?
    I have always wanted the objective data to quantify my healthy eating lifestyle. I have found the Pharmanex diagnostic testing to verify my lifestyle of healthy eating habits. Depending on their age and sex federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern. I personally consume more vegetables (6) than fruits (2) because I feel the vegetables have a much higher nutritional value and nutrient content with less carbs and sugars than fruits. Read more
  • 5 Ways that Athletes Can Benefit from Chiropractic care
    Experts estimate that 90 percent of all world-class athletes use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and increase their performance potential. All National Football League (NFL) teams rely on DCs in varying capacities, and 77 percent of athletic trainers have referred players to a chiropractor for evaluation or treatment. You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from regular chiropractic care. At Sheppard Chiropractic, we treat patients from all walks of life, Sports (PeeWee, High School and College) and fitness levels (weekend warriors and elite athletes). Most people make the conclusion that a person visiting a chiropractor is doing so for problems with their back or neck. According to a recent study led by Dr. Simon French of the Melbourne University in Australia, most people do visit the chiropractor for these reasons. However other research is showing that people are reaching out to their D.C. for other treatments involving problems with their muscular-skeletal system, and a great deal of these patients are younger athletes. Read more
  • Do You Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables Everyday?
    Do you eat enough fruits and vegetables every day? The USDA recommends that for each meal you fill up at least half your plate with fruits and or vegetables. Unfortunately, most Americans are failing to do so. The CDC reported that in 2017, only ONE out of every 10 adults in the United States consume the recommended daily amount of these food groups. The CDC also reported that 60% of children did not eat enough fruit to meet the daily recommendations and 93% of children didn't eat enough vegetables. Read more

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