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Bates Chiropractic specializes in pain relief, both in managing pain and eliminating it, through Corrective Chiropractic Care using specialized techniques and equipment.

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Milk Doesn’t Do A Body Good

Hi, this is Dr. Rob with your weekly health blog. Since it’s Christmas time, I know many of you will be placing a glass of milk with a plate of cookies next to the chimney for Santa to enjoy while he fills up your stockings. However, there is compelling evidence and research that shows that milk doesn’t do a body good, especially pasteurized milk. Pasteurized dairy products consist of heating up milk in order to kill bacteria, but doing this denatures the protein in the milk. This leads to an increased risk of allergies. The evidence also shows a host of other problems related to drinking milk, such as:

  • Childhood onset diabetes
  • Constipation
  • Otitis media (ear infections)
  • Sinus congestion
  • Skin problems including dermatitis, eczema, hives
  • Asthma
  • Digestive problems including irritable bowl syndrome and Chron’s disease
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Cancer including lymphoma and leukemia
  • Obesity

Not to mention, many people are ingesting the hormones fed to the cows along with the denatured protein.

Milk also has a very high saturated fat content. Saturated fat has been proven to create cancer and heart disease. So, you can see, there is a whole list of problems from drinking milk!

Research also shows that 90% of African Americans, 70% of Asians, and 15% of Caucasians are unable to digest the sugar (lactose) in milk. We are also the only animal species that drinks another species’ milk!

There are alternatives to milk, such as:

  • Coconut yogurt
  • Almond milk
  • Rice milk
  • Vegetables like bok choy

If you don’t like it at first, try to develop a taste for it. The consequences of digesting dairy products long term can create big problems.

This Christmas, give Santa a better treat: a nice glass of water and a head of romaine lettuce or an apple. He’ll have more energy throughout the night and greatly appreciate it!


This week I want to talk about a patient that came in a couple years ago. This particular patient was a monk from China; she came in with the traditional Chinese robe and her head shaved. The reason she came in was because she heard getting adjusted was great for your health. She mentioned, “You’re as old as your spine”, which is something we talk about all the time.

We went ahead and checked her spine, found out she had a subluxation, we adjusted her, and her eyes lit up. She gave me a big smile and thanked me for the adjustment.

On the way out she told me about her world travels, how she went to a Children’s Home in Calcutta, India. This children’s home was run by The Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa

On the wall in the Children’s Home was a story.  She had the story written on a loose piece of paper in a book she gave me.  It read:

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self centered,

Love them anyway!

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,

Do good anyway!

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies,

Succeed anyway!

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow,

Do good anyway!

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,

Be honest and frank anyway!

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight,

Build anyway!

People really need help but may attack you if you help them,

Help people anyway!

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth,

Give the world the best you have anyway!

I just wanted to bring this up, being that it is Thanksgiving week.  Happy Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for you choosing our office.

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Maintenance is Key

This week Dr. Rob discusses the importance of maintenance. It is better to be proactive as opposed to reactive. Be proactive about your health!
Maintain your spine for 100% nerve flow to all the organs, muscles, cells, and tissues of your body!
Maintain your health in order to live long and strong.

Backpack Attack

It’s back to school week. One of the big problems we have when going back to school is Backpack Attack! We have severe problems with kids going to school, because their backpacks are loaded down with books, and kids start coming up with backpack injuries. In fact, some kids have backpacks that weigh 50 to 60 pounds. Compare that to their little bodies that only weigh 50-80 pounds, that is just way too much weigh for their bodies to take, and it creates postural imbalances as time goes on, and as their bodies are growing. It’ll create subluxations in the body and health problems down the line.

Now, one of the biggest problems heavy backpacks will create is Forward Head Posture, where the head goes forward in front of the shoulders. It creates a lot of undue stress on the ligaments, the nerves, the discs, and joints of the spine, and will set the tone for future degenerative disease like degenerative disc disease or arthritis.

So, what we want to do is keep the spine in alignment. One of the best thing you want to do for your kids regarding their backpacks is keep the straps tight with no more than 15% of the body weight in the packs.

Also, they need a strap or a buckle attached to the waist. So the weight of the backpack is more evenly distributed across the spine, this will help bring back the head a little closer.

Most kids wear their straps loose, which creates a lot of weight down low making the kids push their heads forward in order to counter balance the weight.

The key now would be to fix the cause, which is the backpack attack to where it is over-weighting the body and creating the turtle effect. Said effects create a lot of undue pressure on the areas mentioned before.

The other thing is to get your kids checked for subluxations, because if it’s already been going on for a few years, they’ll have degenerative disc disease building up. Since this is a silent process, their symptoms may then seem like they’re coming out of nowhere, such as severe neck pain, headaches, back pain, discs problems, and may end up with surgeries down the line.

Checking your children is a proactive, instead of a reactive, type of healthcare. First we have to fix the backpack problem, then get your kids checked for subluxations, and create the subluxation problem, so that they may lead a healthy life.

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Causes of Back Pain

Back pain may occur due to various reasons; be it a sports injury, pulling a heavy object or a fall/ injury to the spine. If you are suffering from back pain, it would be wise to have a look at some of the common risk factors and causes of back pain by consulting a Chiropractor.

Risk Factors

The risk of back pain varies in different individuals, depending on their lifestyle. People who work in a mentally stressful job, smoke or go through strenuous physical work are more susceptible to back pain than those who don’t. Other factors such as pregnancy, anxiety, depression and obesity can also lead to this condition. Age is also a factor, as older individuals are at a higher risk than younger ones.

Causes Of Back Pain



The most common cause of back pain is strained muscles and ligaments, which may be a result of lifting something heavy or a sudden awkward movement. It can also be caused by improper posture due to a bad mattress or sitting position.

Structural Problems

The human body is a complex structure composed of bones, muscle, ligaments and joints. A fault in any of these can cause numerous problems, including back pain. Some particular structural problems that may affect the back are as follows:


Arthritis can cause various joint problems in the hips and lower back.

Bulging And Ruptured Disks

The vertebra in our spine is cushioned by a disk, so a ruptured disk would result in more pressure on the nerves, resulting in back aches. A bulging disk would put even more pressure on the nerves.


A bulging disk can also press on a nerve in the spine, causing a shooting pain through the buttocks and down the legs.

Curvature Of The Spine

An unnatural curvature of the spine can cause the space around the spinal cord to narrow, causing back pains.


A vertebra fracture can be caused by the bones becoming more brittle.

Conditions, There are also some conditions which may cause back pains.

Spinal Cancer

A growth or tumor on the spine may press against a nerve.


Infection on the nerves (shingles) and spine may also cause pains.

Cauda Equine Syndrome

The growth of nerve roots at the bottom of the spinal cord can cause a dull pain, as well as lack of feeling in the upper buttocks.

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