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My Car Still Has Not Been Replaced

In fact it is not seeming as though there is going to be a resolution, not unless I go and sue them. It seems as though I have no choice, although perhaps the insurance company is just playing hard to get in the hope that I will accept a settlement that is not going to solve my problems. Of course this has cost me a fortune, between the doctors and the chiropractor in San Rafael who I had to see about my back. It is lucky for me that my sister has a spare car that she does not mind lending me. Her son went off to college last spring and he decided that the car did not really do too much for him while he was on campus. Read More

My Pregnancy Was Made Much Easier

I was so excited about my new pregnancy. My husband and I did not tell anyone because we wanted to just enjoy it ourselves for a few weeks. When we did announce it finally to family and friends, I received so much advice from people. Several of my friends who have experienced not only the joys of pregnancy but also the hardships of it suggested that I look into Salinas chiropractors before I got too much further along in my own pregnancy. I asked my doctor about it, and she told me that it is something she was going to suggest herself. Read More

Father and Son Face off

My father has been in the military before I was even born. He likes it, and will continue to serve until he become wrinkled and gray. Last weekend he came into town and wanted to meet me at a local bar to have a few drinks. When my father and I have a little alcohol, we start to get competitive. There was a woman in the bar that we both found attractive, so he challenged me to a strength contest for the right to ask her out. This contest would result in one of us needing Santa Rosa chiropractors the next day.

First we started with an arm wrestling contest. Even though my father is much older than me, he still have a strong arm. I guess it’s all of that army life that’s kept him in shape for so long. Read More

My Job Was Causing Me Pain

I felt that my job was going to be my demise for a couple of reasons. The first one is because it is so boring, but it pays the bills. The second one is because all I do is sit all day. I cannot even leave for lunch because someone has to be at the computer nonstop. This amount of inactivity is not healthy at all, which is what started my search into local Santa Maria chiropractors. I was feeling the effects of such a sedentary job, and I knew that I was causing myself a lot of damage that I needed to fix before it became any more problematic.

I made an appointment with a chiropractor after picking one close to me. Read More

I Am Enjoying My Golden Years

I always hear people talk about the woes of getting older, but I happen to enjoy it for the most part. There are a few things that I don’t care about, but there are a lot of benefits that I absolutely love. My house is paid off, my cars are paid off, and I receive a generous pension. I can still take my two dogs for a walk, and I feel much younger than my 66 years. I credit a lot of that with my chiropractor in Santa Barbara though.

I saw him for the first time nearly eight years ago. I had a work injury that was not healing right, and I was in a lot of pain. I thought that I might actually have to do an early retirement since I would not be able to keep up with my work duties. My boss is the one who suggested that I try chiropractic care, because she knew as well as I did that I would not be good sitting at a desk answering phones all day for light duty work. I went to the chiropractor that she referred me to, and it took just a few weeks before I felt really good again. Read More

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A Slip on Stones Almost Laid Me Up for a Couple of Weeks

My wife and I were out walking the dogs on a trail when it started to rain. We had plenty of traction walking up one hill that had some flat stones that had a very slight greenish tint to them. The rain made that green slick as ice on the way back down. I did not even realize that it was moss that was just beginning to grow. When I stepped on the first stone, I slipped and almost fell. My wife called our chiropractor in Santa Barbara from the trail as I was in a lot of pain. I caught myself, but I really did a job on my back. It started to burn like fire and hurt the whole way back to the car.

I knew it was the first stage of many days of debilitating back pain. Read More

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Reduce Stomach Gas The Natural Way

Are there natural ways to reduce the gas you pass? Try preventive measures first. Learn how to move gas through your intestines more readily.

While there are several reasons you may find yourself to be gassy, there are many solutions for reducing belching, flatulence, abdominal bloating and pain. Excess gas commonly is associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Other serious gastrointestinal disorders usually produce other symptoms besides just being “gassy.”

Doctors usually recommend a plan to help move gas through the intestines more readily, combined with preventive measures, such as eliminating certain foods from your diet and avoiding chewing gum. Although many products on store shelves promise to help, their success is not guaranteed and often depends on the individual. There are also prescription medicines and some alternative therapies.

Keeping a diary of the foods and beverages you consume can help you systematically eliminate one food or group of foods at a time to determine which may be most responsible for your symptoms. One of the first questions at the top of the list would be ‘Could this be related to dairy products?’. If it is, the first step should be to eliminate these products from your diet for about seven days. If you feel better, then try to add dairy products back to your diet in smaller amounts to see if you can tolerate them.

There are some recommended home remedies and lifestyle changes. Chew more slowly and thoroughly because gas can be a sign of undigested food, the enzymes in saliva begin the first stage of breaking down food in the body’s absorption process. Avoid foods you know cause indigestion. Common food sources of gas include Brussels sprouts, bran, beans, milk products, cabbage, artificial sweeteners, carbonated beverages and alcohol. Take a short walk after you eat to prevent gas accumulation.

Maintaining a regular exercise schedule in the form of walking, jogging and calisthenics will help stimulate the passage of gas through the digestive tract. Perform chest-to-knee stretches. Lying on your back, bring your right knee to your chest. Hold for 10 seconds and, then repeat with the other knee.

If those remedies don’t provide relief, your doctor may recommend that you take an over-the-counter antacid, activated charcoal, or a lactase or bismuth product.

Antacids contain aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide (known as Milk of Magnesia), calcium carbonate, or other ingredients individually or in various combinations. Antacids help to control the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, a condition in which the stomach’s juices (acid and digestive enzymes) flow backward, or reflux, into the esophagus.

Tablets of activated charcoal may provide relief from gas in the colon. Studies have shown that when taken before and after a meal, lower-intestinal gas is reduced.

However, activated charcoal can cause black stools and constipation. While these are harmless side effects, black stools can be confusing to a physician, because color changes in stool can be a sign of a serious illness. Evidence concerning the benefit of activated charcoal is contradictory. Its effect in alleviating symptoms of intestinal gas has been supported by some studies yet refuted by others. As a result, physicians may recommend that patients consider trying activated charcoal to see whether its use results in some symptom relief. The usual dose is two to four tablets taken just before eating and one hour after meals.

Gas is often a symptom of lactose intolerance, which makes digesting dairy products difficult. It occurs when the body has too little of the enzyme lactase in the small intestine to break down lactose, the main sugar in milk and milk-based products. Although lactose intolerance can happen at any age, it tends to affect most people as they grow older. Lactase comes in liquid or tablet form. Adding a few drops to milk before drinking or chewing lactase tablets just before eating helps people who have difficulty breaking down lactose.

Bismut has salts to relieve inflammatory conditions of the stomach and intestines and can sometimes relieve gas. It also reduces the odor of unpleasant smelling gas caused by hydrogen sulfide, a sulfur-containing compound. Like activated charcoal, bismuth may result in black stools. Take before or after meals, on either an empty or full stomach.

In summary, stomach and intestinal gas is normal. Excess gas can be distressing, but rarely is it caused by a serious medical disorder. If your symptoms cannot be easily controlled or you have additional problems such as abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, or rectal bleeding, you need to contact your doctor’s office.

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Affordable Non-Drug solution to Insomnia

Up until recently, there were four choices for persons with Insomnia. These were:

1. Do nothing, suffer and hope it’ll get better with time. This is the sad choice of many, and it doesn’t work. They most often get worse.

2. Start taking one of the huge advertised array of drugs, and then often taking other drugs hoping to solve the side effects as they show up. This is known as the drug “side effect chain”. (My ex-wife once ended up taking six different drugs in this way, and the end effect was that she got worse instead of better – a not uncommon result)

3. Pay exorbitant amounts of money for EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback) training. This has been the best solution up to now. The overall success rate (with good and bad clinicians) is considered to be about 85%. But, the cost of 60 (recommended) half hour sessions with a “professional” at $4500 to over $10,000 is above the ability of most mid and low income families.

4. Try various allergy clinics to try to find the allergy/sensitivity responsible, and also do all the various tests for mineral toxicity (mercury, copper, arsenic, cadmium, etc. This is also pretty expensive, with the very best system (End Point Titration) costing upwards of $10,000.

Now, there’s another choice. I invented a new method of changing brain wave amplitude (up or down) that is similar to EEG BF, but is inexpensive enough to give mid and low income families a choice besides expensive and dangerous drugs. It’s auditory messaging used mostly during sleep. Instead of changing behavior as is “usual” with this technique, it does the same thing that EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) does, i.e. it raises the SMR brain wave (12-14 cycles per second – Hz), while lowering the Theta brain wave (4-8 Hz) at the same time.

For those who aren’t familiar with EEG BF, this is the most effective brain training mechanism that best solves this particular brain problem. (It also solves ADHD, insomnia, IBS, epilepsy, and even many cases of schizophrenia. There is substantial proof of this effectiveness of EEG BF, and a summary of professional papers can be found at:
).

In my former practice as an Orthomolecular Psychologist, I had used auditory messaging with good success, and in 2004, I realized that it should be possible to use this technique to do the same thing that was done by the expensive EEG Bf units and a computer. Instead of going thru the conscious mind of the “trainee” to affect the unconscious, why not go directly to the unconscious mind?

After more than two years, three clinical trials, and extensive testing utilizing volunteers who paid for the right to participate, I proved the following:

1. The Bate Auditory Brainwave Training (Patent Pending) Is very similar to EEG BF and accomplishes the same “basic brain training” with these following minor differences:

a. It compares with one night sleep being almost equivalent to one half hour session. Individuality is part of the picture of course, but in our tests of 11 persons suffering from insomnia, all except one got dramatic results within a few weeks, and in some cases a few days. That one was in the original tests, and was frightened by the Hawthorne Effect (see below), and quit using the system.

b. It seems that there is more possibility of a Hawthorne Effect in this training than in EEG BF training. For more info on this Effect see: .

In the last test, this possible effect was discussed beforehand and warned about, and while it occurred in a few cases, it did not deter any of the volunteers, as it had done in earlier testing. (This is NOT a dangerous “side effect” such as can be caused by all drugs! It can cause minor discomfort in a few individuals for only a day or so at worst.)

c. Motivation is no longer a huge factor as it is in EEG BF. Both the parents
and the child have to motivated to continue long weeks of training, and if the training is stopped before an end point, some, or most, of the gain is lost.

2. This system costs under $200, and that is a one-time fee only. It can be used for as long as it takes. (With Autistic children, it can take up to 200 EEG BF sessions). The system is composed of two basic CD’s. The first is the actual Audio Training program, playable on any CD player, boom box, etc. The second CD is a computer disk that has several other programs useful as adjuncts to this training. This includes a free allergy/sensitivity test, a free bottle of amino acid supplement that has a calming effect, and several articles on alternate health therapies that have been shown to be of help for all types of brain problems.

3. There is also a year’s full money back guarantee of success. If any person tries this for at least 60 days, and then states that there has been no significant improvement they will receive a full rebate including shipping and handling (which is included in the price).

Now, even the low and mid income families have a choice that doesn’t force them to do nothing or to try and/or use dangerous drugs.

Phil Bate PhD – Retired Orthomolecular Psychologist
Inventor and Patent Pending Holder for
Brain Wave Amplitude Changing via Auditory Training

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