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Dr. Sheffield Jul 22, 2012 No Comments

A great article in Psychology Today about how chiropractic can help break addictions


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Dr. Sheffield, Functional Medicine, Health and Wellness Jul 18, 2012 No Comments

Have you taken an antibiotic recently? If so, make sure and replenish your gut by eating yogurt and/or taking a probiotic! Antibiotics kill bacteria indiscriminately, and your gut needs a varied and healthy set of bacteria to function. A recent study found that older adults with the most varied gut bacteria were healthier than those with only a few kinds of bacteria. Want to increase the variety of bacteria in your gut? It’s simple: don’t eat the same thing everyday.

Dr. Sheffield of Westlake Chiropractic is an expert in Functional Medicine and can design a regimen for you to achieve optimum gut health.

300 Beardsley Lane, Building C101, Austin, TX 78746
(512) 306-1625‎ · drsheffield.com

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Boost Brain Function

Dr. Sheffield Jun 21, 2012 No Comments

Want to boost your brain function?  Keep a rosemary bush close by!  Feeling a little cloudy?  Cut off a bit of rosemary and sniff it – the scent will increase cognition even if you just smell it on your fingers.  Rosemary contains a powerful natural brain booster, 1,8-cineole, that goes directly into your blood stream when inhaled.  Keeping a little rosemary close by and taking a whiff is one of the best things you can do if you need a brain boost!

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Why Upper Cervical Chiropractic?

Dr. Sheffield Jun 18, 2012 No Comments

“Better than 90% of the brain’s output is directed towards maintaining your body in its gravitational field.  Therefore, the less energy one spends on one’s posture, the more energy is available for healing, digestion and thinking.”  -Roger Sperry, 1981 Nobel Prize winner for brain research

The very first vertebra in your spine, the Atlas or C1 vertebra, is perhaps the most important bone in your body.  This two-ounce bone is tasked with balancing the weight of your head, allowing it to rotate freely, and protecting your brain stem and upper spinal cord.  It pivots around the Axis vertebra and is connected by ligaments and tendons, but no disc.  With no disc the Atlas can rotate freely, however, without a disc it is also unstable.

A vertebral subluxation of the Atlas often won’t be felt at the Atlas itself, however, it can manifest as numerous health complaints such as high blood pressure, headaches, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, poor posture and others.  Since virtually every nerve in your body runs through your atlas, keeping it aligned is critical to your health and wellbeing.   As an upper-cervical specialist and a full-spine chiropractor, Dr. Sheffield takes an ‘Atlas first’ approach to chiropractic care, and many of her patients report experiencing lasting results for the first time.


300 Beardsley Lane, Building C101, Austin, TX 78746
(512) 306-1625‎ · drsheffield.com

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Nature’s Antibiotics

Chiropractic, Dr. Sheffield, Health and Wellness Jun 12, 2012 No Comments

Fluroquinolone antibiotics such as Cipro are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture and can cause severe pain, and permanent disability.  The FDA has issued the strongest warning required for a drug – a box warning.  In younger patients side effect injuries may appear as ‘sports injuries’ while in older patients they may appear as inexplicable tendon ruptures.  Fluroquinolone antibiotics are powerful drugs that are among the most over-prescribed drugs on the market.  They should be used only when natural means have been exhausted, and discontinued immediately and permanently with any joint pain or injury.


Before resorting to prescription antibiotics why not try what nature has to offer?  There are many natural substances with excellent antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, including colloidal silver, garlic, echinacea, pau d’arco and manuka honey.  At Westlake Chiropractic we recommend nature’s remedy first, and we’re here to bring health and healing to you today!

300 Beardsley Lane, Building C101, Austin, TX 78746
(512) 306-1625‎ · drsheffield.com

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You Are What You Eat

Dr. Sheffield Jun 04, 2012 No Comments

A recent study cited in an article in Scientific American shows that micro RNA from crop plants, such as wheat, rice and potatoes, enter the blood stream and can alter gene expression and cell function.  The food you eat isn’t just fuel for your body, but it actually becomes part of your body, part of who you are, and it affects your body in profound ways.  A healthy diet and supplement regimen doesn’t just make you feel better, it makes a better you.  At Westlake Chiropractic we offer a Functional Medicine clinical analysis of your body’s biochemical makeup and can design a natural, holistic regimen to rebalance it.   Click here to read the Scientific American article.


300 Beardsley Lane, Building C101, Austin, TX 78746
(512) 306-1625‎ · drsheffield.com

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Radio Head

Chiropractic, Dr. Sheffield, Golf Fitness, Performance Mar 02, 2011 No Comments

It was such a great experience being on the radio with Stephen “the athlete with a law degree” Foster on the local ESPN station here in Austin, Texas. He is such a great guy- lots of fun and an excellent radio host. He really put me at ease.

One of the things that I love about Steve is that I’ve converted him to a chiropractic fan. (Yesssss!) He was skeptical, as many are, but I understand that because fifteen years ago I was a skeptic myself. I started my healthcare career as a pharmacist in the medical model, but got such great results with chiropractic that I decided to change careers. People who are anti-chiropractic simply haven’t experienced the benefits of it. Yet.

After adjusting Steve, he not only felt better, but he told me he ran faster, played better golf (drove the green on a 300+ yard hole), and hit the ball out of the park playing softball! Working on the Foss is fun because he’s already so incredibly fit. Taking his nervous system to the next level is like giving a BMW a tune-up. You don’t have to be broken to experience the benefits of chiropractic.

Here’s the link to the radio segment. Sheffield 2-27-11 I’ll be on again this Sunday 3-6-11 at 10:45 am CST. We did the TPI golf evaluation today, so that will be our next topic. Check it out. Feel free to forward this info by opening the blog archive for March (on the right) and at the bottom there will be Facebook and Twitter links to share.

I’ll keep you posted on his status. Don’t worry- he gave me permission to share the information. I’m not violating any HIPPA laws ☺.


Here is the link to Foss’s website: http://www.espnaustin.com/foss/

Here is the link to Week 2 10 minute radio segment: http://kznx-am.tritondigitalmedia.com/includes/news_items/6/2385/sheffield3611.mp3

I’ll be on every Sunday at 10:45 for a few weeks, so check it out!


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The Best of What’s Around

Dr. Sheffield Nov 08, 2010 No Comments

I love being a Chiropractor and I love being a Pharmacist. So often people see these two mindsets as an unreconcilable contradiction: an East vs. West, winner-takes-all tussle for the one-and-only right way. Unfortunately, lots of doctors and practitioners from the two different worlds fuel those fires and the biggest loser is you, the patient.

I believe there is a better way, a third way – a synthesis. As a Dave Matthews fan I like to call this synthesis the best of what’s around.

Your health and wellness is what matters to me, period. Artificial categories such as ‘natural’ and ‘drug’ only tend to confuse the issue. Natural does not always mean safe and drug does not always mean effective. I want to remove these labels, set the record straight, and with an unbiased opinion create a new paradigm focused on a healthy, happy you.

So send me your questions and I’ll give it to you straight-up, and tell you about the best of what’s around.

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