I spent three and a half years in chiropractic school and studied nutrition and inflammation.  I really do not remember anyone spending any time in length on the Nitric Oxide molecule.   The scientist that discovered this important molecule and its effects on the human body have gone on to be instrumental in the formation of new compounds and medicines, discover its healing effects on the body and even gone on to win the Noble Prize for Science.  This is Dr. Clair Francomano of Johns Hopkins University talking about Nitric Oxide and its effects on the body.  More importantly she breaks down the Kyani Nitro Extreme product and why it is effective.

Click HERE for Dr Francomano

On a personal note I have been taking the Nitro Effects for about 36 days now.  My workouts have improved immensely and the intensity has increased.  My weight has dropped and I feel like I’m getting a better pump. Combined with the better sleep with the Sunset Product and 20 plus servings of fruits and vegetables with the Sunrise product I have been able to keep from falling ill from the flu that has been going around with all my patients.  Enjoy the video and keep on learning about your health.

 

The Little Know Molecule.

I few weeks ago I was introduced to Kyani.  I know you are saying, “No not you Greg!”  Not network marketing!  I have to ask, What is wrong with network marketing?  It’s a business model that requires low start up and has nothing but upside.   Years ago I and two other gentleman started our own baseball training facility.  A traditional brick and mortal business that personally cost me $40,000.  The total opening cost was around $270,000. I worked my ass off because every month I had a $950 per month loan payment.  I made every payment worked long hours and in the end my partners got a wild hair and sold it out from under me.  When ever I start a business I treat it exactly like a business.  I have lost money and made lots more.  The common denominator in every business……ME.  When I saw network marketing for the first time it was Amway and Chris Cooley introduced it to me in Battle Creek, Mi.  Chris cared enough about me to share that company with me.  I went to a presentation and saw this former house painter making over $300,000 a year in Amway.  I told myself is this guy could do it how hard could this be?  But I was a college student with no money and barely enough to afford the start up cost at $139.00.  I never worked it a day, but was a consumer.  In 1994 I joined again and made money only sponsoring one person.  I sold and shared products with people and was able to pay for my products and make about $200.00 a month.  I marketed and advertised in my apartment complex of 1000 people and people needed laundry detergent and soap so they bought it from me.  Kyani is the same.  It is a business that pays people to advertise and sell their products.  You sell products you make money.  You do not sell products you make no money.  Kind of like a McDonalds franchise.  You sell Big Macs and the money rolls in.  If no one comes to your store you do not make anything.  In network marketing I can move products and make money and when the people see that I am making money they ask, “If I do what you do can I make money?”  At that point I can enroll them into the business and I can train them to do what I do and make a little money from their effort.  Just like the McDonalds Corp. makes money by franchising restaurants and makes a little money from all the McDonald’s sales.  Is McDonald’s a pyramid?  No one would ever call McDonald’s a scam or a pyramid, but network marketing is the same model.  So I have no problem joining a network marketing company.  It’s called net-work-marketing instead of not-work-marketing.   There are only a few ways network marketing fails.

  1. The company in under-capitalized and like other businesses that are under-capitalized they run out of money and fail.
  2. The products suck.  They don’t work, taste like crap, or are just inferior to what is in the market place.
  3. The compensation plan sucks.  It does not cause the distributors to get excited and keep working when the going gets tough.
  4. The distributor sucks.  You the distributor suck and get discouraged give up after tell the product story a few times and no one gets excited as they did when they saw the products and the industry.  You are a quitter.  Take no responsibility for your own life and blame your failures on everyone but yourself.

And that is how I feel about network marketing.  I think it is a great industry.  The problem is it is to cheap to start your own home based business.  There is not enough skin in the game to make someone take it serious, but those that do make really good money.  My neighbor once sold Monavie and worked from home only after six months.  She had two kids and another on the way and was killing it because she told everyone what she did and sold lots of product.

So why Kyani?  Simply the products are packaged nice, they are simple, good quality and have a really good compensation plan.  The people that are close to me and in it and working it hard are making money and are excited.  Second reason is the people involved.  I am working with one of the best in the industry personally.  Meaning I go and hand with him and have access to him.  Third is the organization called PathChangers.  A group of like minded individuals that are put on this planet to serve our fellow man.  A group of people that want to make a difference in the lives of others.  I like that kind of stuff.  Plus they have a car bonus program that I can get a new car in two months time.  The level to get this is nothing and if I can get to it in a month I’m a loser. I’m not a loser.

 

 

 

Found a Product and a System.

Most people know I get pretty heated when people approach me about wanting to lose weight but want to short cut the process.   So through the process of trial and error, life experience, and my chiropractic education I have found three or four possible winners for fast effective weight loss that are healthy and get results.  I will list them from easiest to hardest because most of you reading this are incapable of doing a master cleanse which is by far the most extreme but has the greatest results.  My #1 easiest way is Isagenix.  I have talked to a number of people and have been following the results of a few former professional baseball players that like me retired, got fat,  and said, “I can live like this”, and did something about it.  If you follow me on Facebook they are Jody Gerut and Alvie Shepherd.  Two different stories with amazing results.  Jody is a really smart and intelligent man.   Jody is a skeptic and thinks things through, researches and picks things apart before he does anything.  I love his baseball knowledge.  He is a Stanford Graduate and we played against each other in the Carolina League.   Alvie I don’t know personally other than we have the same last name and people would ask me if he was my younger brother.  We are of no relation.  He was over 300 lbs and has to be 6’6″.  Jody said he followed the step by step program about 70% of the time and received some pretty noticeable results.  Then he followed the plan seriously and the results were even better.  He lost over 30 pounds and did not work out at all.  Alive lost over 70 pounds and is a work out machine and probably looks better than when he was playing.  I’m impressed on how lean a ripped he is.  People make excuses like, “Well when you hit 40 everything changes.” Obviously someone forgot to tell these guys this or they know that that line of reasoning is pure bullshit just like the stuff you keep shoveling into your face.  I approached Jody about joining his Isagenix Team.  This is my disclaimer.  I am not a current Isagenix Distributor and profit nothing from writing this article other than to provide information to be used by you if you choose to do so.  You can find your own friend or go through Jody or Alvie.  I really do not care.  What I do care about is that if you are overweight or obese your body is a ticking time bomb.   Obesity is a slow suicide.  You are killing yourself and do not even realize it.  I care that you fatigue out when playing with your kids or friends and are choosing to pass on life’s experiences because they have become laborious and difficult.  I care because some of your bodies will start to break and you will have to come see me out another doctor because of back pain, knee pain and even gut disorders.  I care because all of the health professionals you seek out with say them same thing about the obesity issue in your life.  I will adjust you to get your nervous system working optimally.  You will not follow my directions and not get better and blame me for not getting better or out of pain. I care because you will never address the real issue of the cause of your pain.   I see and hear of a lot of people talking about not having energy and are always tired.  I’m 44 and I have a pretty easy job right now.  I work out twice a day three days a week and have two other light cardio-ab days.  I give hitting lessons on top of working and working out.  While I’m awake I have tons of energy.  Exercise increases testosterone naturally so that is a main reason I work out hard.  I want to look and feel like a man. The Isagenix Program is not 100% all natural but the quality of the products are high.  There are bars and shakes , but most importantly a system that is simple to follow and if followed then the results are always the same.  The results are successful ones.  Everyone loses weight. Some more than others and results do vary but the results are impressive.  #2  Watch Sick Fat and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross then do a 10 to 60 day juice fast.  In your head you just said, “Dr. Shepard!  Are you F*&^*@g out of your mind!”  Drink only juice for 10 to 60 days?  Yes,  follow the plan exactly and use the supervision of a doctor.  This juice fast provides your body with macro nutrients which is exactly what your body needs to detoxify, scrub the vascular system, heal the stomach, large and small intestine and colon.   I can’t emphasize enough about the importance of macro nutrients.  This is what your body is craving and when you deliver it then your body requires less food.  If you are 30 to 150 lbs over weight you have enough stored energy on your body to run three or four marathons and barely put a dent in your fat.  The big keep to how your machine of  body works is that when your body does not get the proper requirements from the food you eat there is a chemical response that says, “I’m not satisfied and please eat more.”  When you get this in the form of high dense juice with macro nutrients then you body says, “Thank you I am full.”   I can sit down at McDonald and eat 4 double cheese burgers and still be starving.  I drink one glass of 16 ounces of pure vegetable and fruit juice and I’m full.  Try it yourself.  I have done ten day reboots many times over the last three years while attending Palmer West.  I always felt alert and energized.  My workouts were still great and overall I felt great and I lost pure fat.  Is it easy to drink juice for 10 days?  It is only hard if you make it hard.  Make plenty of juice and when ever you feel hungry it is right there to drink.  If you prepare yourself to succeed then a ten day reboot is easy.  Now 30-60 days is really easy.  After a few weeks of juicing it becomes a habit and just a part of your day.  By now you have a plan and the plan is working.  After 30 days of juicing you will feel amazing and have probably lost 30 to 50 lbs.   If you have high blood pressure it will have probably normalized.  Adult onset Diabetes is probably almost gone or at least in check to where you are not taking as much insulin as before.   You can see your feet again and from day one you should be walking an hour a day.  Walking and exercise help the body detoxify and the jarring of your fat body help with elimination.  And by now you are not taking as many craps because almost everything that you put in your system is being used up and you are urinating most of your waste now.  If you can make it to 60 days then you really needed to do this.  Weight lose could be anywhere from 70 to 120 lbs.  The more you exercise and the harder the intensity the better the results.  Your skin will tighten up over time.  It’s safe because you are not depriving yourself of nutrients.   When you finish this plan do not eat a steak.  Your body will not like you.  Start out with raw fruits and vegetables.  Salads are great and if you want to add meat to it use about a 1/2 cup.  Raw soups are good too.  Remember your body has not have anything processed for 10 to 60 days.  Coffee will taste amazing, but you will be bouncing off the walls.   Over the process you will probably notice your joints and muscles do not hurt anymore.  This is an anti-inflammatory diet.  If you have skin problems like eczema or psoriasis, these condition depending on the severity may have cleared up.  My psoriasis did.  The three big keys to a reboot are pure water, juice, and exercise.

#3.    The MASTER CLEANSE.

I have done the master cleanse 4 times in the last 3 years.  I do a combination of a master and reboot now.  I master cleanse for 7 days and reboot for 7 days.  I do not need to do long period now because my body is running pretty clean these days.  Unless I eat some taternachos, which is a tater-tots nacho, terribly tasty.   A true master cleanse can last 10 to 20 days.  In the Master Cleanse you will only consume three things.  The sea salt solution in the morning, the mixture, and lots of water and that is it.  No coffee or other juice.  If needed for the first few days you can drink smooth move tea before bedtime.  I went 17 one time and had to stop because my muscles started to feel mushy.  I was probably not consuming enough juice at the end.  I did feel amazing and my body was clean.  The first time I did a master cleanse I was aware that it could be extremely difficult.  I had come to a place in my life where when I say, “I am going to do that.”  I do it.  I start it and I finish it.  So I read the protocol knew exactly what was going to happen and I still did it.  It was painful.  At one point my mother was screaming at me to stop.  She though I was dying.  I felt like I was dying sometimes but I didn’t.  My body had only been cleansed one time in its 37 year existence at the time.  I was toxic.  I was about 232 lbs with little energy and difficulty focusing.  I was in brain fog most of the day.  So I Master Cleansed for 10 days and lost 19 lbs.  I couldn’t believe how clear my head was.   My sinuses had drained out and I could hear better too.  I was amazed on how lean I looked too.  This is a real serious detox program.  Cleans the liver, gallbladder, Blood stream and vascular system, the brain, lymph system, kidneys, and GI tract.  If you want the protocol I will send you a PDF of it via email.  Email you request to greg@baseballchiro.com .  The Master Cleanse says not to engage in heavy exercise.  I say always exercise because exercise speeds up the detox process.  Sweating removes toxins.  The big keys to the Master Cleanse are drink lots of pure water to flush your system.  Every morning begins with a Sea Salt Flush so do not skip this step.  Prepare a days worth of cleanser and use fresh lemons and pure Grade A maple syrup.  If you can stand hot then use more cayenne pepper than required.  Cayenne is a vasodilator and will allow more waste to enter the blood stream and be removed from the body quicker.  WARNING! What ever you drink comes out of your ass in the morning.  So lots of Cayenne can be a little discomforting.   I know you are saying where is the protein?  I’m going to lose muscle it I do this.  Yes you may lose a little muscle, but you are going to burn through your fat storage first and final to your muscle second.  If you are overweight or obese losing muscle should never be a concern.  You probably are not using them anyways.  The brain runs on sugar and the Pure Maple syrup is packed with sugar and minerals.  The lemons alkalize your system and is a natural cleanser along with all the water you will be drinking.

Master Cleanse and a Reboot can be quick fixes too.  If you are on a dead line and need to drop a few pounds to get into that wedding dress or tux.  A 7-10  day cleanse will drop 10 pounds easily.

#4 Complete Lifestyle Change

Stop what you currently do and do the exact opposite.  Put down the fast food and plan your meals out ahead of time.  If its processed then do not put it in your mouth.  Eat fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.  But Greg, I don’t like them.  Tough Shit!  You don’t like being fat and out of shape either.  The results of a sedentary, high fat, high carbohydrate lifestyle equation is your current situation, sick fat and nearly dead.  Replace the bad habits with good ones and become a slave to your good habits.  This is an ancient success principle.  If you smoke quite and replace it with a positive habit like walking or hiking.  Get off your ass and experience this great world.  Explore your neighborhood.  Do something different like getting out of the house.  Unplug your TV!  Yeah I said it.  That is some radical thinking.  That TV costs you more that you can afford.  By sitting in front of it you are wasting your life away watching someone else live their dream.  Again get off your ass and go live your own dream.  If you have kids get them involved.  Put down the smart phones and iPads and connect with each other with human interaction and no, text messaging does not count as interaction.  Start a journal and track what you do.  If you watch 20 hours of TV per week think what you could do with 20 additional hours in your schedule?  Get into shape?  Yes it would require about 6 of those hours a week to get into really good shape.  Then about 4 to maintain it.  14 hours left!  Start cooking for yourself.  I find it enjoyable.  I was really never a cook.  I started watching videos on various dishes and found it rather stimulating to prepare my own meals.  I am not currently doing a lot of my own cooking now since I’m back home for a short stint but on my own I cooked daily.  If you have a family then this could be a great time to spend together.  It could be fun.  You would have to become creative.  Challenge yourself.  It’s all in the mindset.  With all this extra time you could become romantic and even do some little things for your lover.  If you have been neglecting her or him they may be looking for an out.  Giving them a little more attention may be just what your relationship needs.  I was with this incredibly gorgeous woman and I was 240 lbs.  One day she says I can’t be with a fat guy.  I am in great shape and I expect a soon to be doctor to look good too, not only for the patients but for me.  You know what?  She was right.  So I lost 30 lbs and got into amazing shape while she was gone for four weeks.  It gave us a little extra spark.  She was proud to be seen with me.  Just like I was to be the envy of others to be seen with her.  Bottom line is total lifestyle change is hard.  New habits have to be created and the subconscious mind is constantly sabotaging your efforts.  This is by far the most rewarding and expensive method.  It requires one to empty out the fridge and throw out all the garbage in the pantry.  Then restock with healthy food that requires more trips to the store every week because it spoils faster.  Buy some new shoes, workout clothes and a gym membership.  But if you cancelled the cable you could afford all that stuff.  You will have sore muscles for weeks and have extra laundry.  You may get hit on at the gym.  That may be a positive or a negative.  Its all perspective from here on out.  When you start fueling your body differently then you will have more energy and your organs will start working better.  You will become regular. You may prevent cancer.  You will lose weight and get results and feel good.  That would be due to the endorphins your body produces when you exercise.  If you are a man then vigorous exercise will increase your testosterone and your libido will increase along with lean muscle mass.  Winning!  That’s about all I have to say about Total Lifestyle Change.

The Cost

Isagenix

The easiest is the most expensive.  Cost  is $450-600 for a month.  This is an estimate.  It’s easy and it works.  Just follow the step by step plan and do not vary from it and the results will come.  If you cheat on it then you cheat your results.  You are a cheater.  You should look at that aspect of your life and ask where else in my live do I cheat and not get the results I want?  If you start it and do not finish it then you are a quitter. You need to have that same conversation only deal with your quitting nature.

Juice Cleanse Reboot

Kale, Spinach, Cucumbers, Granny Smith Apples, Lemons, Celery, Ginger. Distilled Pure Water.

For 10 days it is about $90-$130.  It depends on the time of year and what fruits and vegetables are in season.  The more you exercise on this program the more juice you will need so this will increase your cost and results.  The cost of an exam to be cleared for over 10 days could be free if your insurance covers it up to $175 if you are paying cash.  If you are seriously planning to do more than a 10 day reboot then I emphatically request you have a full work up done. If you are looking to eliminate the list of current medication that you are taking then for 100% certain seek out the guidence of a Primary Care Physician that can monitor this process for you.

Master Cleanse

Grade A Pure Maple Syrup, Lemons, Water, Cayenne Pepper, Sea Salt

10 days is around $120.  The Maple Syrup is the most expensive material running $18-$24 a bottle.  You use about 2.5 bottles in 10 days.  The more you exercise on this then the more you will need to consume and this will increase your cost.

Complete Lifestyle Change

If you do not change then the cost may be your priceless life.

If you do change then the money you save in prevention of major health catastrophes will far out weigh any up front costs.

LIFE STYLE MODIFICATION

If you want all of these results to be permanent then the second phase to all of this is lifestyle modification.  If you get the results you want from any of these programs and just go back to your previous lifestyle then you will put back on all the weight in a few months and have a hard time  looking at yourself in the mirror again.  This is a vicious cycle that should probably end.   Hopefully by following a plan and exercising along with your program you will have developed some new habits that have remained.  Now to get results you do not have to be a gym freak or work out freak.  If you do persistent and consist exercise the results will show.  Brisk walking every day will get you improved results.  Join a gym and take some classes like spin or zumba, yoga or pilates.  Buy a home work out program and just do it.  You don’t have to go crazy because the program is set up for you to succeed whether you exercise or not.  After the program is over is where the real work begins.  Isagenix has product for after the program.  If you like easy and can afford easy then choose this.  The other two require a bit more discipline.  You will have to make better food choices and portion control.  Maybe now that some weight has come off and your are feeling more confident about yourself you seek out a workout system or design one that suites you.  That is what I did and it works for me.  Working out has to be fun or I will not do it.    In closing I hope this has been informative.  I know it is a long article but if you get the results you are looking for then it was worth it.

MINDSET 

If you say, “This is going to be hard.”  You are right.  If you say, “I can do this.  This is easy.”  You are right.  You are always right.  Whether you say you can or can not do it.  It is all a head game.  Everyone that I know that said, “Oh I can’t do that.” Tried it and failed.  They believed what they told themselves and were right.  So tell yourself the truth.  Then believe it.  Then do it.  Stop being such a wussy when it comes to your health.   If you need some motivation.  Imagine taking care of your parents in their aging years because they drank and ate like crap their whole life and suffered from debilitating illnesses in their golden years.  Now you are in your prime work all day and then come home every night to care for them.  You should be out enjoying yourself, traveling,  preparing for your retirement years and all the adventures you will be having, but you can’t because you are stuck taking care of sick people.  Now imagine your kids doing this for you.  Not a pretty sight is it.

Weight Loss and Healthy Choices.

Thank You to My Baseball Family.

2015 Santa Clara Twins.

2015 Santa Clara Twins.

When I moved to the San Jose area to attend Palmer West I was in the prime of my baseball shape.  I had just left my hitting school in Henderson, NV to Steve Johnston my best friend and teammate on the LVMSBL league.  In Las Vegas I was playing baseball 2 nights a week and then some Saturday’s and every Sunday.  When I got to San Jose I was dying .  I did not know who to call or what to do.  Luckily I met Jason Kim my first week of school and someone told him there was an ex-pro player in first quarter.  He found me and introduced me to the Eastbay Shockers.  They were not really impressed with me at first.  I had not picked up a bat in three months let alone thrown a ball.  In the end we won the league and I hit and pitched us to that championship.  It was here that I met Kyle Madej.  I solid pitcher from San Jose that was coaching at DeAnza College.  The first day I met Kyle I dropped a huge home run at Los Medonos College.  He wouldn’t leave me alone after that.  Which I’m glad he didn’t.  Today I am a better man in life for knowing Kyle.  In 2014 I made the jump to Santa Clara Twins and the team did something that had never been done before, a perfect 20-0 season.  I was a great group of guys that just found ways to win.  Most of the time our team was just better, but everyone came to play us because we were undefeated.  That season we lost in the league finals after a 19 inning battle with the Santa Cruz Mets.  I thought it was a 17 inning game.  Next year it will probably be a 26 inning game.  Anyways it was one of the most exciting games I have ever played in.  We came up short and it left a bad taste in all of our mouths, especially Kyle and mine.

So fast forward to 2015 and the retooling of this organization.  It really is and organization.  Kyle runs it like he is building an empire.  New players, old players leaving, but the same core of guys.  Kris Watts joined the team in 2014 and was back.  Then adding a solid infielder in Rich McDowell and moving Jeff Schwan to second base to become the double play turning fool that he is.  Randy Lashue in the outfield was a question mark until he started hitting and stopped dropping balls,  but he hadn’t played in 10 years and he finished strong.  Or Mike Menelo stuffing fastballs down hitters throats.  I could go on an on about these guys but I really want to say thank you.  Thank you for the break that I received every weekend from Chiropractic school. Thank you for listening to all my crazy stories and escapades of school and playing ball.  Thanks for coming to me with your injuries and allowing me to work on your bodies even when I had no clue what I was doing.  Just like with anything, with practice I got better.  Thank you for being my brothers and never giving up…..even when there were only eight guys in the second game of a double header.  If you guys didn’t know it already I love baseball.  It pulses through my veins.  I think about it a majority of the day, even more than sex.  I realize I have a problem.  You guys all got me through school.  You are part of my journey so be proud.  I would have gone crazy if I could not have gotten out of the house for one day a week to hopefully hit a ball that would be talked about for years to come.  You guys are the best.

And So It Begins……

I’m sure I am not the only newly graduate from Chiropractic College that is thinking to themselves “Now What?”  I’m still five to six months from actually being licensed to practice but I really need to work now. No more loan money to sustain me.  It’s all up to me now.  I laugh at this then reality sets in…. I continue to laugh.  In all reality it has always been up to me.  I got into school, got through all the courses, and now the end goal is here.  I am officially Dr. Gregory Shepard DC.   I still haven’t a clue where I am going to practice and I’m really not worried about it.  In this very moment I am following the path that I have been meditating on for the last few years.  And it’s really funny how it always comes together for me at the perfect time.  Dr. Knox shows me a new soft tissue tool, gives me a code so I can market it, I am not working because my internship is over, yet I go in and have a divine intervention and cross paths with an old friend from 18 years ago and her husband and I know each other.  He owns a baseball training facility. Being open to possibilities is a key.  Always asking yourself “why?”  Why would someone call and ask if I could come in?  I don’t even work there!  I really think that being present is a huge key.  When I say present I mean that I am there, paying attention, and listening to what is being said.  This is present.  Not just being in the same room with my body.  Not the same kind of present, that is more like auto pilot.  I have plenty of those moments too.   Not having a plan is really a plan to fail, so I have written out things like what and where I would like to set down roots.  Originally it was back in Henderson, NV. Then I thought maybe San Jose, but no really clear vision of that ever came.  Southern California?  Yes, I did see a place I thought an office would be nice.  Then my original vision too take over a practice in Henderson, the exact practice I wanted, dropped in front of me.  So can you see that I have been thinking about what I am wanting?  There is also a lot of emotion attached to this practice, especially lately because of my mom and her proximity to this location.   I do want to personally that all my friends and family that supported my by donating to my scholarship fund, paid some of my fees, fed me,  clothed me, and  anything else that was provided to me.  Clayton, Amy, Nina, Beth, Lisa, Bernabe, Kyle, my Mom, my Classmates from 133 and 134, and the staff at Palmer especially Nora, Brenda, and Eliana.  I would also like to thank West Coast Umpires Association as well as Nor-Cal Tournament Baseball for allowing me to make some money to help out with school expenses.  Max Lippman and Jeff Duerson with Bay Area Caterers for always calling me at the right time to work events.   

  
 Now reality is setting in.  Time to go create my future.  The amazing one I have been dreaming about for the last three and a half years.  Keep following me because it is going to be another fun ride.  Namaste

Must read for future doctors and high performing individuals.

Anatomy Trains by Thomas W Myers.

Anatomy Trains by Thomas W Myers.

I have had this book for almost three years now.  A graduating student from Palmer West was getting rid of some books and other things and said. “This is a great book.  You should read it.”  So he gave it to me.

The interesting thing is the way the body is designed and sometimes it seems over engineered. In reality it is perfect.  When patients have non resolving problems I pick up this book and look at what is connected to this area of complaint.  I check the frontal, lateral and posterior trains that connect and start looking at the body like an electrical construction blue print.  I palpate and touch and find areas of tenderness and pain that the patient has never even known about.  Sometime when I press a spot not even close to where their complaint is they jump off the table and say, “That it!  I can feel that in my low back or neck or hip.”  Then I do some releasing therapy like Gavilan,  GART (Greg’s Active Release Technique) or use a roller over the area to break up myofacial tissue adhesions and finally adjust them.  I have noticed that the adjustments are easier to perform when the muscles and tissues are relaxed.  A low back in spasm is very difficult and sometimes painful to adjust.   Learn these trains and experiment with your body.  It is very rewarding.

Oxygen and Cancer relationship.

Those that know me and have talked with me know that I have a little obsession with the immune system and auto immune diseases.  Being that I have one in remission right now or I would like to think I have removed it from my body.  I have an adopted family that included a doctor who specialized in auto immune diseases and God rest his soul has cured AIDS patients.  Yes I said the cure word which may get me in some hot water but he has passed and nothing can be taken from him anymore, like they did his medical license for ten years.  This person and I had many conversations about nutrition and the healing effects it has on the body.   So let’s talk about oxygen.  All of the cells of the body need it to function and reproduce.  This is why is so important for the lungs to be working properly.  Bringing in fresh oxygen and expelling the toxins of the body such as carbon dioxide among other things.  If you decrease the amount of oxygen by 36% then something tragic starts to happen.  The blood stream and tissues become acidic and cancer cells that were once non-responsive become e rampant and start to reproduce in this environment.  You could say that they thrive here.  Increase the Oxygen levels and the cancer cells die off.  So why is medicine not oxygenating the body instead of radiating and using chemotherapy?  I believe it’s a money issue.  It’s much more profitable to do the radiation and chemo drugs then to lifestyle change or consume things that increase blood oxygen levels.  Anyways there is no money in healthy people.  I mean I’m going to be a chiropractor.  What good would it be for me to have everyone I know healthy?  Well for me it would be good because people will refer lots of people to me to be healthy.   I will make thousands of dollars over many people’s lifetimes while the cancer doctors will make more with fewer patients.  They will die off and that’s the end for them so they will have to go out and find more and more people to potential kill.  An oncologist once told me, “There is no magic pill for cancer.”  He’s right, so why not just wipe out the entire immune system and hope that works.  A simple solution is just raise your oxygen levels.  So how do you do that?  Electromagnetic field therapy, reduce stress, stop drinking soda, reduce meat consumption, drink water (lots of it) and eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables.  Consume foods that are anti inflammatory.  Consume turmeric,  cayenne pepper, and other spices along with fresh pineapple for bromalin.  Be more conscious about what you put in your mouth.  Lastly to reduce stress which will decrease cortisol and inflammation.  Turn down that sympathetic nervous system with regular chiropractic adjustments that have proven to decrease the activity of type four mechanoreceptors and put the body back into a parasympathetic state.  So if you want to put yourself on the top of the list for heart disease, stroke, and cancer then eat like crap, drink all the soda and highly acidic beverages you can, refuse to exercise, and allow your body to become acidic.  The stress will come first and most likely according to my oncologist friend…….cancer will be right around the corner.

Can Tommy John Surgery Be Prevented?

Tommy John Surgery   Click here for the article.

ulc tear

I have been talking about my own personal theories on the the increasing number of Tommy John procedures at the High School, College, and Professional levels.  I have felt for a long time that it wasn’t the curve ball being thrown at a young age.  How can a pitch that slows the arm down injury it? Also a curve ball shortens the UCL where a fastball stretches it, which cause more stress on the ligament.   The tendon in the UCL (Ulnar Collateral Ligament) will fail in cadavers at 65 newtons of force.  The newtons produced by a fastball in a live person are less than 65, so when is the ligament failing? One simple answer is overuse and the inability to recover.  Pitching causes micro trauma in the tissues.  That is why the arm is sore after an outing.  MLB pitchers have a specific throwing program designed to keep them throwing well all season.  If they have had any arm problems as a youth and continue this rigorous throwing regiment then I firmly believe that they are at serious risk of having a major arm injury in their career.  So what do you do if you have had or are currently experiencing one of these arm injuries like tendonitis, dead arm, sprain/strain UCL?  Myofascial release or Tool Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy is a great start.  Tool Assisted or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy has some great benefits.  When tissue become inflamed and irritated by throwing the edge of the tools break up adhesions that restrict range of motion in the arm.  Not only in the elbow, but the rest of the forearm and shoulder.  You can even follow the bodies natural myofascial trains down to the feet and break up the complete train lines restrictions.  Once I was taking a history on a young pitcher how had never had any arm problems.  Then I asked him of he hand sprained his ankle in the last few months.  He said, “Yes, I did three months ago. What does that have to do with my arm?”  It changed everything.  First of all it was his left ankle and his plant foot.  He started shortening up his stride to compensate the pain.  It changed his overall mechanics and he did not do any rehab for the ankle.  He was playing on three travel teams too and didn’t want to miss many games.  He taped the ankle and kept playing.  So the first thing I did was work on his ankle.  The tools were painful and he had many adhesions to break up.  I think I made him cry more than once.  I did not start working on his arm for three weeks.  I kept tabs on his stride length and when it return to his former length he reported his arm felt great.  Active Release Therapy or ART is also effective when trying to reduce adhesions and release muscle knots and range of motion restrictions.  You can check out ART on youtube.com or even google it.  There is plenty of video on the web. There are also videos in IASTT too. Just use the key words Graston, Faktr, Gavilan.

I have been watching travel baseball kids for the last three and a half years in San Jose.  One facility runs tournaments 45 weeks of the year.  The weather is good enough here to do this.  What disturbs me is I see a young are throw 2 innings on game one.  then later in the day his team gets into trouble and he comes out and throws another inning.  The coaches know the exact number of inning that their pitcher can throw and still be eligible to throw tomorrow.  Sure enough tomorrow comes and maybe they throw him again.  Sometimes they even start the same kid and the goes four innings and is done for the rest of the tournament.  Or they save him for the very end to throw relief in the championship game.  The boy wants to win so even though he may be a little stiff he sucks it up and throws as many innings as possible and as hard as he can to get that win.  The expense of winning is the integrity of his developing young arm.  When I coached travel ball I made sure we had enough pitching so when a pitcher threw then he was done for the rest of the tournament.  I don’t really believe its the number of pitches either.  I believe its the lack of recovery.  The body has no time to have a proper healing response to the micro trauma of pitching.

Hello world!

Hello my name is Greg Shepard and I am a former professional baseball player and hitting instructor that has recently graduated from Palmer West Chiropractic College. I have had some amazing experiences with the chiropractic profession.  These experiences fueled my passion to go back to school at 41 years of age and fulfill a dream I once shelved of becoming a doctor.  Today at 44 years young I am in the best shape of my life, healthy and strong all due to the information I have learned in school and applied to my life.  These are my stories.