Doctors Blog

Dr. Shields' Blog

The purpose of this section is to share knowledge pertaining to various health related topics. These topics will include current advances in chiropractic science along with other natural health related news. In addition, I will share my personal thoughts based on my readings, seminars I have attended, and clinical experience.



In January 2018 I attended a talk by author Gary Taubes who was speaking in Portsmouth about his recent book “A Case against Sugar.” Gary is a science writer with a unique perspective about our current nutritional paradigm. He calls into question the validity of the science that established our existing nutrition model and has formed our conventional wisdom. His latest book shines a light on sugar, and how it has come to dominate the food chain and impact our health. 

Tech Neck

Tech neck is a term that has been increasingly popular in our profession as we are seeing an increasing number of patients with a loss, or even reversal, of the normal cervical (neck) curvature.

I have been in practice for over 25 years and have seen firsthand the result of postural strain secondary to prolonged computer and personal hand held devices (cell phone) use. I believe that the problem is getting worse. I am seeing younger patients present with poor posture, rounded shoulders and symptomatic neck pain and headaches.


I would like to introduce a very powerful supplement that is gaining popularity as it’s health benefits are becoming clear. This supplement is called Curcumin. 

Curcumin has long been known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and chronic pain management. It has been a recommendation of ours for the management of chronic inflammation for quite some time. A recent study has come to my attention, indicating other health benefits of this compound found in the spice of Turmeric. 

The Line Between Health and Illness

Is the current health care model in America actually health care or is it sickness and illness care? 

You have heard the term preventative health care, but if you were asked the question, “give an example of preventative medicine”, I believe the answer most people would give would be a colonoscopy, mammogram or a prostate exam. But is this preventative or simply early detection?