Multiple conditions, need help!

Q. My girlfriend is having some issues with her skin. She did a spit test in water that she found online and believes that she has candida. We also believe that she has some sort of hormonal or nutritional imbalance. she can at times have some serious mood swings and anger issues but she is also depressed fairly often. she has also overcome anorexia several years ago however maybe that could have contributed to a hormonal or nutritional imbalance. she is 24 years old. she started out with mild acne but now her skin has become thick and dry on her forehead and has a scaly appearance. She has also become a victim of some sort of vitiligo mostly on her legs but also some other areas on her body. We need some serious help to get her body straightened out because it is really starting to take over her life. she has no idea what she should or shouldn’t eat for her problems as well as weather she should or shouldn’t take supplements let alone what supplements to take. she is regularly stressed out which i am sure contributes to her problems. I am not sure how much information you need to help us out or if you have any suggestions of where to start. If you have a location that you suggest she get her levels checked out to have you help her all help is appreciated. She does not have any health insurance and she does not have a regular doctor she goes to. We really need to move forward and do something about her problems because they proceed to get worse and she will not go to a standard doctor. she is much more into the natural therapy. maybe just getting her nutrition right for her body would be enough I’m not sure. if you could get back to me with any information or suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. We really need help to solve these issues. thank you so much for any and all help. we greatly appreciate it.

A. First of all, I commend you for reaching out about this difficult issue. It is common that people have these sorts of health problems and do not know where to turn for help. She has problems that will not get better and will surely get worse unless she gets the proper help. If she is willing to make some changes, there is hope, and I can help. Her case sounds too complex to give any advice in this forum, and I do not want to guess about the cause. I can say, however, that my wife had very similar problems back when I first met her but they have all cleared up once I provided her with the correct therapeutic nutritional program for her system. I have helped many others with similary problems as well. The best way to get started is to come to one of our health talks to learn more about nutritional therapy. If she is interested in coming to a health talk, have her call the office–the current schedule is on our site here. Thank you again and I wish you both the best of health.

Careers in Holistic Health Care

Q: Dr. Sheehan, I am currently a senior at Penn Manor High School. I am unsure as to where God will lead me to apply myself in my postsecondary journey, but I feel that becoming a chiropractic/holistic doctor, such as yourself, could be found somewhere in my future. Again, I stress that I am not positive that this would be my niche. Could you please provide me with any information, guidance or insight about pursuing a career similar to yours? Anything at all would be greatly appreciated. I hope to further research the education required, and the many possibilities in the meantime. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Frank H.

A: There are different types of holistic health practitioners, and many career paths one could choose. I went to chiropractic school first, and then sought to continue my education with some of the great nutritional healers. I would be happy to discuss more with you. You might enjoy visiting the office, or simply call me at 717-392-6606 to arrange a time to meet or talk on the phone. I hope I can be of service to you.

Sincerely,
Dr. Keith.

Solutions for a skin rash

Q. Dear Dr. Sheehan I know from the past, that You are the best, at curing neck problems. Now I have another problem. I have a bad, ugly, sore itchy rash on my hands and wrists. The doctor says- contact dermatitis. After 3 rounds of steroids, and antibiotics, (poison) it keeps coming back. Now they want to send me to a dermatologist- no health care- no faith-no way! I know that I am allergic to something that I am touching, I use my hands to work- Do You have any thoughts? I have upped my vitamins, and supplements, but I need HELP!!!

A. For something like this, I would use muscle testing to find out what exact thing was causing the irritation, and counter the weakness with things that would counteract the negative effects of whatever chemical I found it was. For example, if it was some kind of bleach, I would find out what organ was primarily affected, give you a remedy for that, then find out what essential fatty acid would help alleviate the irritation of the skin involved. It’s really quite simple. Good question.

Credentials of holistic doctors.

Q: Hello, I am leaning towards go towards a holistic doctor and approach to how I live my life. I’m curious as to what type of educational background Dr. Sheehan has before I set up an appointment. Please email me a list of credentials. Thank you! -Karen

A: Dr. Sheehan is a chiropractor, graduating from New York Chiropractic College in April ’97, magna cum laude, and Valedictorian. He also has a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College. He has been practicing complementary therapies since he started in practice in 1997. He focuses his post graduate education in holistic nutrition. Hope this helps!

Behavior Issues in Children

Q: Hi, my 5 year old son is having mood swings, anger problems, having a very hard time sitting still and paying attention. Do you know of any natural or homeopathic remedies that would help him? Thanks

A: I would use a step by step program to help this young man.

  1. Remove foods that he may be allergic to: This involves glutens, processed sugars (agave, raw honey, stevia, brown rice syrup are fine), pasteurized dairy, and food colorings. These foods aggravate unwanted behaviors, and deplete the immune system. Just this step resolves symptoms 50-100% in the vast majority of cases.
  2. Support the adrenal glands. For this, in someone this age, I would use 1-2 DSF (from Nutri-West) per day. DSF is short for “De-Stress Formula”. It rebuilds the adrenal glands to calm the whole nervous system.
  3. Correct digestive issues. For this, I would use 1-2 Zypan (from Standard Process) per meal, to support stomach, small intestine, and pancreatic digestion. I would also use Total Probiotics (from Nutri-West) to restore bowel flora back to normal. Dosage for Total Probiotics would be 2 morning, 2 night on an empty stomach. Without correcting upper and lower GI imbalances, people with this type of behavior will never truly get better. Their digestive and immune systems will be in perpetual stress mode.
  4. Start breakfast with meat and nuts. A high protein, high fat meal will stabilize blood sugar for the rest of the day. Any meat (fish, chicken, beef, eggs, whatever), and any kind of nut (cashews, almonds, macadamias, etc) will work. Change up this combination regularly, so that your body does not get allergic to 1 kind of meat or nut.
  5. Essential Fatty Acids. I like Standard Process’s Calamari oil, 2-3 tsp/day. Right now, it looks like the highest quality, cheapest, high DHA omega-3 oil on the market. You want high DHA, to feed your son’s brain. As an aside, you would use EPA’s (another type of omega-3 oil) more for inflammation in the joints, cardiovascular system, or digestive system.
    There you have it. This program is a great starting place for unwanted behavior in children, and adults! Try it for a month. My clients report that their children are calmer and their teachers notice a big difference in their behavior at school. If you don’t get all the results you want, give my office a call, so we can fine tune your son’s program.
    All of these supplements are available here at the office.

Best of luck to you!
Dr. Sheehan

Insurance Coverage

Q: Just trying to find out if Dr. Sheehan appointments are covered by insurance?

Kevin

A: Dear Kevin,

Thank you for your question. In general insurance only covers chiropractic treatment for acute neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions. To find out if your particular insurance covers treatment for your issue of concern, please give my office a call at 717-392-6606 and they will be happy to assist you.

Sincerely,
Dr. Keith

Question on Autoimmune Disease

Q: I was recently diagnosed with CREST Syndrome, presenting with a high titer ANA (Antinuclear autobodies)and Raynauds. I already take lots of good supplements, the specialist put me on a vitamin D supplement, and procardia for the raynauds. I am active, play tennis 2-3x per week, no real pain in joints (my fingers are swollen, and sometimes achy), and we have recently adopted a ‘whole-food’ diet (but there are things we are not doing right I fear), by cutting down on breads, salts, sugars, and eating more veggies & fruits. I’ve also ordered Astaxanthan; do you know anything about it? I am scared, and i think a little depressed (SADS has not helped), not to mention worried about the future. What can I do, and how do I follow your advice given to the other “Kathy?”
–Kathy L.

A: When you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, like CREST Syndrome, it’s first important to understand what is wrong. Basically, the immune system has gone goofy. But why? Then you look closer, and you discover the relatively new field of psycho(mind)neuro(nervous system)endocrin(hormone)ology(the study of), and psychoneuroimmunology. So, in other words, to normalize the immune system, you have to find out what is out of kilter in your psyche, your nervous system, your hormonal system, and your digestive system. Also, since 60-70 of your immune system is located in you digestive system, I start with that first. Really, you need the help of a doctor who is qualified to do this. To put it in a nutshell, this doctor will have to:

  1. Detect any and all food allergies, and tell you how to maximize your own digestive capacities.
  2. Detect and support any hormonal difficulties.
  3. Help you detect, and eliminate and neuroemotional complexes which may be blocking your health.
  4. Help you to de-stress.
  5. Order proper lab tests to detect and support different conditions, such as anemia, subclinical hypothyroidism, vitamin D deficiency, and iodine deficiency.

This is a good start. Any one of these will help, but, performed altogether, I’ve seen most autoimmune conditions go into remission.

Overcoming autoimmune disease can be very difficult. But it can be done. I myself have overcome a similar issue using these steps. If you attend our lecture series on Monday nights, you will learn most of the keys to getting back to health (see “Discussion Group Series” tab on the web site).

Hope this helps!
Dr. Keith

Natural fertility support?

Dear Dr. Keith,

Q: I just had 2 surgeries last year for endometriosis and had unexplained infertility for 9 years until the surgery found many problems that were then fixed. This was the first time I ever got a reason for my infertility. I also am diagnosed with chronic daily migraines that are being treated medically and they have told me not to see a chiropractor for an adjustment. Can you help with the infertility? I am also a vegetarian.

Thanks,
Beth

Dear Beth,

A: One thing that I noticed when I began practice in Chiropractic was that couples who were previously considered infertile would conceive!  When talking with other Chiropractors, I found that this was a common occurrence when undergoing chiropractic care: increased fertility.
Studies done by Standard Process and Mediherb show over 80% success rate in conceiving after undergoing Nutritional Therapy.
I myself have noticed that upwards of 80% of patients who were considered infertile are able to conceive after undergoing a course of care here at Sheehan Chiropractic.
Why are these numbers so high, and it’s not commonly known that we can help?  In short, it’s because as Chiropractors and Naturopaths, we do not treat disease, we support the patient towards achieving better health.  As a consequence, couples usually become more fertile, but we’re not treating the infertility.  In a society that’s disease based, disease is talked about, not health. In short, after a proper exam, I’ll be able to tell you how I can help you increase your health.

Hope this helps.
Dr. Keith

Autoimmune Issues and Inflammation

Q: Dr. Sheehan, I feel really “swollen” lately, like I have inflamation throughout my body. I have RA which I am told could be producing this feeling. What else could be doing this and how do I get rid of it!? I feel “puffy” all the time!!! PS… I am watching my intake of carbs, gluten and dairy and still feel yucky.

Thanks, Kathy

A: In my experience, people with a serious autoimmune condition always have gluten and dairy allergies, as well as intolerances to sugar and soy.  That being said, why do they not always heal when they take these out of their diets?  The answer is simple, that’s not the only thing off in their body!  Often, these people also have damage to the digestive tract from smoldering infections, especially yeast.  They also have poor absorption of nutrients due to smoldering infections.  People with autoimmune diseases are often deficient in Vitamins B and D,  iodine, and omega 3 fatty acids among other things.  Not to mention, did anyone ever notice that autoimmune diseases are more prevalent in women than men, in a  3:1 ratio?  Some of the autoimmune diseases have an even higher ratio!  Why is this?  Because all of these deficiencies cause hormonal imbalances.  To summarize, there are steps to balancing an autoimmune disease, and get relief.

  1. Eliminate food allergies
  2. Handle nutrient and fatty acid deficiencies
  3. Balance hormonal ratios
  4. Heal the digestive tractIf all of these steps are followed, 80-90% of all autoimmune diseases will normalize.

Good Luck!
Dr. Keith

Injury Recovery

Q: Dr. Sheehan, I have been on worker’s compensation for the last 10 months with a lower back injury that is finally starting to heal itself and allow me to get back to work. However, I’ve gone from 170 lbs to 215 in that span since I was unable to do anything physical. I find it very difficult to find the energy to get back into shape and have also very frequently been having migraines. I badly want to get back into the physical and mental health I was in prior to my energy as well as get off the prescription pain medications. can you help me?

Jeremy

A: Yes, we can help.  A proper chiropractic, rehabilitation, low stress, detoxifying diet and supplementation program can definitely help.  We do this all of the time. They key in this is the proper diet for your body/metabolism.  Without this you won’t have the energy of healing ability to get back into shape. I hope this helps, and I wish you all the best.

Dr. Keith