Sickness Vs. Health

Aloha from Kaanapali, Maui coming to you with our weekly health blog. This is an exciting topic, an interesting topic. We are going to talk about sickness versus health. When you think about sickness versus health, keep in mind this analogy:

You walk into a dark room and you flip on the light. What happens to the darkness? Nothing, because darkness is a non-entity whereas light is an entity.

Now, if you have a sickness or an illness, what happens to the illness? Nothing, because illness is a non-entity. You only get sick when you pull away or take away health.

So, what is health? Health is the body’s capability to adapt to its environment from internal mechanisms. Your ability to adapt comes from the inside out.

Now, what allows your body to adapt? One of the most powerful things that allows your body to adapt is your nerve system. The brain’s job is to coordinate all functions of your body via messages through the nerves. That means your ability of your body’s immune system to fight off infections. Your cardiovascular system, your digestive system, your reproductive system, all of it needs the proper coordination of the central nerve system so that it can stay at a higher level of health in order to function.

Chiropractically, when you have a subluxation -a bone out of alignment which interferes with nerve messages- the body can’t use the nerve system to coordinate its tissues or its systems as well so you have a lower level of health. This, in turn, opens the door to dis-ease, dysfunction, and for some people, disease.

When you get an adjustment, it puts the bone back into alignment taking pressure of the nerve allowing the body to communicate through that pathway. This allows the body to coordinate at a higher level and function at a higher level which means you’re going to have a higher level of health. That’s why it’s essential to get in for regular adjustments – not just for you, but for your kids, your parents, your aunts, your uncles, your neighbors, they should all be getting regular adjustments. That’s how you build health and keep at a higher level of health. That’s one of the most powerful things that you can do.

That’s were the analogy we talked about comes into play. We are not treating sickness; it is a non-entity, we trying to building health. We add health to the body. That is our goal chiropractically.

If you would like more information about this, contact us at Bates Chiropractic at (310) 545-4188 or

Stay regular with your chiropractic adjustments! Mahalo!

Mental Stress that Causes Disease


This week we’re talking about stress on the body, mental stress to be precise. I know none of you have mental stress, except me…just kidding.

The prior two weeks we’ve talked about physical stress, which comes in the form of traumas. We’ve talked about chemical stress, which is poison to the body. This week is mental stress.

They say 90% of mental stress is in the form of auto-suggestion. Which really is just us beating up on ourselves. When we’re in a stressed state, there are two different sides of that. We are in the fight or flight response, which is like pushing the pedal to the medal on the gas. That is where everything is in high alert, such as when you find yourself in a dark alley and someone jumps out at you. Everything goes into high alert, and the blood rushes to the areas to get you to stay and fight or take flight.

The problem with that is a lot of times we get so used to being in this fight or flight response that our levels stay at a steady state of high stress for long periods of time.

We may feel stressed states for trying to get to work on time, waking up and rushing off to work, time schedules, paperwork, school, work problems, marital problems, and relationship problems. All these things create mental stress which is looked at, depending on how you interpret it, as a fight or flight response, and causes stress to the body.

When it does that your body is in high alert all the time, which is not what it’s supposed to do, it only should be during those life threatening situations when you have to fight or flight to save your life.

Your body has a tendency to start breaking down at that state, because it never has a chance to go on the other side of the coin, which is the restorative type of resting state that you should be in most of the time, in order to repair your body.

It’s really important to look at things this way, because a lot of times we are so used to it that we don’t even know we’re in this stressed state, because, it’s such a normal situation for our society or our lifestyle to be in a high stressed state.

It can be very hard to break these patterns, especially patterns of thought. Sometimes you think of something and automatically it’ll bring up a negative thought or feeling. It’s a reflex type of situation, because you’ve programmed yourself subconsciously that way.

The way the brain works is if you don’t use it, you lose it, but the more you use it, you have a tendency to go that way. It’s as if you’re walking through snow, the more you walk through one path the easier it is to go through it. So if that path is a negative thought or a negative auto-suggestion, when a situation arises, you will, more often than not, subconsciously take that negative path. So it takes a conscious effort to watch your thoughts, to see what you’re thinking, so that you can slowly start carving a path towards how you want to think.

It is up to you to really have the will to catch those negative thoughts of auto-suggestion. I want to some it up with a parable.

An old Cherokee was teaching his young grandson one of life’s important lessons. He told the young boy the following parable:

“There is a fight going inside each of us. It is a terrible fight between two wolves”, he said.

“One wolf is evil. He is anger, rage, envy, regret, greed,

arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies,

false pride, superiority, and ego.

The second wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,

kindness, empathy, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson thought about this for a moment.

The he asked his grandfather,

Which wolf will win this fight?

The old Cherokee simply replied,

The one you feed.

And it’s the same way with our bodies. Think about that, and next week we’ll go over the placebo effects of belief, which is very powerful as far as healing.

Chiropractor Manhattan Beach Shares A Typical Breakfast

Good morning, this is Dr. Rob with your health blog for the week. I want to go over some of the things you may want to eat for breakfast. Now, if you’re doing the one pound rule that we talked about in our last nutrition workshop and would like to lose weight, a good way to do so is by eating romaine lettuce before each meal.

It’s about 5:30 in the morning right now and this is how I start off my mornings: I go into the refrigerator, grab my bag of romaine lettuce, tear out one of the hearts, and eat the leaves one by one. I eat the leaves like potato chips. You should have an entire heart of romaine lettuce before breakfast. What I typically like to eat after lettuce is a grapefruit, then a handful of my chlorella, and then a coconut yogurt in which I throw a couple scoops of collagen. I showed you a typical breakfast, but I also like to have oatmeal with frozen blueberries after the romaine.

Here’s the thing, you want to get the heart of lettuce in before the rest of your breakfast, because it will give you all of those phytochemicals and protective nutrients, such as the fiber, the enzymes, and the vitamins that will protect you against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. If you’re looking to lose weight, it is also important to eat your veggies before anything else, to naturally lose and stabilize your weight.

We will be having another Nutrition Workshop on June 16th. Check with the front desk to sign up. There is limited seating.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate in calling us here at Bates Chiropractic at (310)545-4188 or on our website: .

Increase Your Life Expectancy and Decrease Diseases

This is Dr. Rob with this week’s health blog. There’s a very powerful concept we’re going to go over today. There are certain things you can do that can increase your life expectancy and decrease all diseases across the board, especially the major diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke.
Studies done on lab rats all the way up to primates show that decreasing the calorie intake by up to 30% will increase your life expectancy and decrease diseases across the board.
What does that mean to us here? If you find the foods that are low in calorie but high in nutrition, not only are you going to lose weight, but you’re going to live longer, feel better, and have less disease!
It’s a powerful concept that we are going to be discussing in more detail at our Nutrition Workshop that we will have in early June.
If you have any questions regarding this topic don’t hesitate in contacting us at Bates Chiropractic at (310) 545-4188 or via our website:
Don’t forget to stay regular with your adjustments, because you need a great nerve supply in order to build a new body.

Physical Causes of Disease

Hi, this is Dr. Rob again; we’ve been talking about the major causes of disease.

Basically there is one cause, which is your body’s inability to adapt to stress; moreover, the internal intelligence of your body is not able to adapt to environment. There are various forms of stress, such as physical stresses: trauma, emotional stresses: auto suggestion, and chemical stresses: poisons and toxins.

When we talk about physical stress, there are two main types of traumas: macro trauma and micro trauma. Macro traumas consist of those like the one Christopher Reeves experienced. He fell, head first, off his horse. He broke the top 2 bones in his neck which created major health problems for him, thus his early death. Other types of micro traumas consist of car accidents, slip and falls, boarding accidents, as well as birth traumas. A way the spine could be brought out of alignment with a newborn are through the birth process. Shortly after that, the process of learning how to walk and the inevitable falls that come along with that can also create traumas to the spine.

Micro traumas are insidious; they consist of posture: sitting, standing, even sleeping. Think of when you’re driving or when you’re sitting in front of the computer, what posture do you have?

So you see, posture can be a summation of little traumas that can be just as bad as if you’ve gotten into a car accident.  In fact, there’s a study done by The Journal of Geriatrics, in October 2004 that discusses posture; moreover Forward Head Posture, the kyphotic posture, where people were stuck hunched over with their head forward. The study measured people posture and its correlation with death. They found that the people who were stuck with their head protruding forward were closer to death.

The only thing that they could think of was that this posture promoted compression of the lungs and put pressure on the spinal nerves that feed out into organs like the heart and lungs. Those vital organs weren’t able to function properly thus the person died early.

These have been a couple of physical aspects of how you can cause disease, next time we’ll talk more about the chemical aspects.

If you have any questions, contact us at Bates Chiropractic (310) 545 – 4188 or

The Benefits of the One Pound Rule

This is Dr. Rob coming form Bates Chiropractic. I’m here nourishing my lower spine discs with a chair called the wobble chair. It’s designed to nourish the lower discs of the lumbar spine. After the age of 25, we begin to lose direct blood flow to the discs, which means you won’t get the proper nourishment without motion. It’s a great instrument for that.

Since we’re on the topic of nourishment, the last two video blogs have been on the one pound rule. We want to cover a few benefits of that rule. Remember, the one pound rule consists of two pounds of vegetables per day: one pound of raw and one pound of steamed. The rule is that you must eat the vegetables before your regular meals. For example: in the morning, you’ll have a heart or romaine lettuce, in the afternoon, you’ll have a huge bowl of salad, and in the evening, another salad or a big plate of steamed veggies.

The benefits of said diet are such:  The average American has about 5 % of vegetables in their diet, and that 5% mainly consists of French fried potatoes. Right away, you can see the benefits of adding more vegetables to your diet. If you’re adding what we’re talking about, you’ll be way ahead of the game.

The benefits of adding vegetables to your diet is that you’ll be getting loads of phytochemicals, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. You should also note that when you have all those protective nutrients from the antioxidants and the phytochemicals, they are going to give you protection against diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. And completely natural!

In fact, if you were to just increase your diet of cruciferous vegetables by 20 %, you would decrease your cancer rate 40 %. If the pharmaceutical companies were to find a way to put that into an anti- cancer type of drug, I can guarantee you, you’d hear all about that. It would be plastered all over the world that this drug can decrease cancer rates by 40 %, but they can’t do that, because they can’t patent broccoli or cauliflower or cabbage. These are all natural things.

So, there are amazing benefits to the one pound rule that can save your life aside from the weight loss! If you have any questions, you can contact me here @ .

Keep spreading the word. We appreciate serving you. Have a good day!

The Number One Cause of Disease

The number one cause of disease is your body’s inability to adapt to its environment. Anything that happens to you is called adaptive physiology. The physiology of your body is to constantly adapt.

There is no such thing as disease.

For example, there is a certain intelligence inside our body that allows it to function; it keeps the lungs breathing, the heart beating, and the immune system functioning. All those functions keep going day in and day out without us thinking about it. Without that, we wouldn’t be alive today.

Our bodies are made of about 70 to 100 trillion cells. Each one of those cells are like little chemical factories where there is about 100,000 chemical reactions going on every minute. Multiply that by 70 trillion cells, and that’s a lot of zeros!

That intelligence is much smarter than us, it adapts to what we’re doing to it, and it keeps us going despite of things we may do to ourselves.

What we want to do is look for ways that we can get out of the way and allow it to work better so we can be healthier than we have ever been in our entire lives.

In the next couple of weeks, we’re going to look at the physical ways that interfere with the innate intelligence, as well as some nutritional ways, chemical ways, and even emotional ways.

If you want to have optimal health, the key is to allow the intelligence of the body to adapt to an environment the way it should to where you don’t even have to think about it.

We are self healing mechanisms. We should be able to get out of the way and let our body heal itself.

Chemical Causes of Disease

We’re here to talk about the major causes of disease, which will interfere with your innate intelligence to express itself. Basically there are three major causes that don’t allow your body to adapt to stress, which were the physical causes that we talked about last week, the chemical causes which we are going to talk about today, and next week we’re going to talk about the chemical causes.

Today as far as chemical is more of what is poisonous to the body. It can be done through the environment and it also can be done through things you ingest, for example, things like food, water, and also breathing.

Food is a big thing, because 90% of what Americans eat is processed food loaded with chemicals and preservatives that make it very difficult for your body’s intelligence to adapt to it; which will cause a stress response to your body, meaning it will eventually cause it to breakdown and cause a disease state.
The goal is increasing your diet with raw, organic, unprocessed foods. 90% of your diet should be made up of unprocessed foods and not the other way around. In prior blogs we’ve talked about what one should be eating, like the one pound rule. You can look back and check out our weight-loss blog on what to eat!
I also suggest a book called “Eat to Live” by Doctor Joel Furhman. That gives you a good basic understanding of what you should be eating.

Another thing that we have to concern ourselves with is other chemicals that we take in: drugs. Pushed or prescribed, a drug is still poison to the body. Prescribed drugs are always a concern, because we think it’s really going to be helping ourselves but really it is just a poison that the body is taking on. For example, a person going through chemo for cancer, all that’s doing is killing the body and hopefully killing more of the cancer cells so that by the end of the treatment, hopefully the innate intelligence can rebuild the body.

Again, push or prescribed drugs are still a poison to your body. You should really look at what is in your control and try to eliminate the drugs from your diet and life and look at increasing your body with whole, organic, unprocessed foods.

Supplements should be added to your diet as well. Think of it as if you were building a ship. To build ship, you have wood and you have nails. The wood of the ship represents you, your body. The wood of the ship is the macro-nutrition; it’s all the food you should be eating, the whole foods. But also you should have the proper vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, which are the supplements. The supplements are the nails that hold the ship together. You need both of those to have a sturdy ship, especially in today’s environment where the soil is depleted. You won’t get the same minerals, nutrients, and phytochemicals in your produce like we used to.

Investigate and not rely on just the supplements, your body needs the whole foods as well.

Chemical stress is important, it’s a large topic. We have to look at the food we’re eating, the water we’re drinking, the air we’re breathing in, and the poison we’re taking in. These things are in our control: our diet, what we’re drinking, and eliminating the drugs.

Amazing Accidental Event Reveals The Primary Cause of Dis-ease

In 1949 a rare embryological accident occurred in Soviet Russia, resulting in the formation and birth of conjoined twin girls named Masha and Dasha. These unfortunate children were joined at the hip and in such a way that surgical separation was impossible. Between them they had four arms, but only three legs. The third leg had eight toes. Masha could feel pain in only four. They had two stomachs and two upper bowels which joined together to form a single lower bowel. They had four kidneys, but only one bladder and often could not agree on when to urinate.
The girls’ circulatory system was interconnected; if one were to drink poison, both would die. Their genetic makeup was identical. They had a common reproductive system and doctors said there was no physiological reason why the girls could not conceive and give birth. Although their spines were joined at the base, their nervous systems were entirely separate. The twins lived almost twenty years and provided some startling information to the doctors and scientists who observed them during that period.

Since the late 1700’s scientists have disagreed over the primary cause of sickness and disease. One group held to the position that ill health was cause by external factors: germs, the weather, environment, etc. Another group disagreed and said that while external factors existed, the primary cause was the internal resistance of the individual. Here, in Masha and Dasha, was an opportunity for the argument to be settled. Both girls were exposed to the same external factors. More so than any other two human beings, they shared the same environment. They breathed the same air, went to bed and got up at the same time. With a common bloodstream what they ate would supply nutrition to both. They exercised together, learning to walk, dance, and even ride a bicycle!

Without realizing it, these two unfortunate children left the world a scientific truth and settled the external/internal argument for all time.  You see Masha and Dasha got sick at different times! Masha would get a cold and Dasha would not. One would have a fever, the other’s temperature would be normal. They even contracted childhood diseases, like measles and chickenpox at different times. Eventually, one of the sisters developed cancer and died as a result. Her sister was still healthy, although she died not long after because her sister’s body could not be separated from hers.

Clearly, it is primarily the internal resistance that determine whether a person gets sick or not, with colds, flu and even cancer. It is not the external environment that is the determining factor. But a further principle was established that is important to chiropractors. For you see, they also shared a common internal environment, bloodstream, nutrition, genetics, etc. It was only their nervous systems and the vertebral column housing the spinal cord that were separate. Chiropractors have maintained long before Masha and Dasha were born that a good nerve supply is a necessary requirement and a prerequisite to health, and further that an interference in the nervous system will adversely affect the body’s internal environment and predispose one to sickness and ill health. Two little girls living in Soviet Russia have demonstrated that principle.

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