It’s Cherry and Nutrition Workshop Season!

Hi, this is Dr. Rob with your weekly health blog. I just wanted to let you know that we are going to have a Nutrition and Weight-loss Workshop here at the office this Thursday June 16th at 6:30 pm. It’s going to be a fantastic workshop: the information that may save your life, your friends’ life, or your family’s life, so make sure you make it to it! The seating is very limited here so make sure you call to reserve your spot.

That being said, I do want to let you know it is cherry season. You should be eating cherries. Why? Because they’re high in antioxidants and have high anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that cherries are ten times more potent than aspirin. So, you can throw away the aspirin and eat cherries instead. They’re much better for you and don’t have the side effects of aspirin. Over the counter medications like aspirin kill 23,000 people a year. But, I don’t know if anybody’s really died of cherry consumption.

If you have any questions about our upcoming Nutrition Workshop, don’t hesitate in contacting us at Bates Chiropractic at (310) 545-4188 or We look forward to seeing you at the Workshop!

How To Prevent The Flu

This week we’re going to talk about flu season. As we go into the holidays, it gets colder; people wrap themselves up, stay inside and don’t get enough sun. Typically people have a tendency to get the flu and upper respiratory infections during this time.

I’d like to go over ways to prevent the flu; since we know that getting the flu shot is not 100% effective, we will go over some ways that will build up our immune response:

One of the best ways to do so is to make sure your nerve system can properly communicate with the immune system. You do that by making sure your spine is free of spinal subluxations.

Studies show that regular spinal checkups help improve the immune response.

Another thing you can do is take vitamin D, because we’re not out in the sun as much, we’re not getting the sunshine vitamin. The studies show that taking vitamin D helps improve the immune response. You want to take 2,000 to 5,000 IU a day.

Also, you want to avoid sugar, excessive sugar, which is tough to do during the holidays.

You want to get plenty of rest and make sure you’re washing your hands. You also want to work on breathing exercises to reduce the stress and also regular exercise.

All of that is very important to boost your internal environment so that you can be passed by the flu where other people would drop like flies.

Make sure you spread the word to your loved ones. Many people blindly go get the flu shot, and that, by no means, is going to completely protect you against the flu.

Chiropractor Manhattan Beach shares shoulder exercises for beginners.

Body: Here is a simple exercise that you can do at home with no equipment.

It works the areas related to the shoulder such as deltoid – anterior, deltoid – lateral, pec major – clavical head, and coracobrachialis muscles.

The purpose of this exercise is to Increase shoulder strength and muscular endurance. By doing this exercise you can have the benefits of Improved stability, functional strength and injury p

Begin on floor on hands and knees.

Hips should be above knees and shoulders above hands. Attain a straight spine position.

Activate core muscles. While maintaining a straight spine, reach forward until arm is at shoulder level. Slowly return to start position.

Repeat for prescribed repetitions and sets.

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Expecting Mothers and the Drug-Free Approach


This is Dr. Rob with your weekly health blog. I was just reading a study in The American Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics regarding pain relievers for expecting mothers. It discussed pain relievers such as the over the counter drugs, the non steroidal anti-inflammatories, like Motrin and Advil. Basically they say not to use pain relievers because they create birth defects, especially in the first trimester. They also talked about Tylenol, don’t take it any time during your pregnancy because not only does it increase birth defects in the child it increases the possibility of your child having asthma.
That is why we have so many expecting mothers come in. 1, because getting adjustments is a drug free approach; 2, it is very healthy for the mother and very safe for the expected baby; and 3, it allows for a good nerve supply and increases the chance for an easier delivery, by keeping the pelvis in alignment.
Also, you can use ice, because its only side effect is it’s cold. If you have any questions regarding this topic, don’t hesitate in contacting me at Bates Chiropractic (310)545-4188 or
Have a great day. Keep spreading the word. We’ll see you in here for your regular adjustments. Take Care!

Organic Produce vs. Conventional Produce

Hi this is Dr. Rob with your weekly health blog. This week we’re going to talk about organic produce vs. conventional produce. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who say they don’t want to pay the higher price of organic produce. But let’s look at what you’re getting: standard conventional produce is loaded with chemicals, such as herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers, with the idea of protecting the plant against bugs in order for the crop to survive. What happens, however, is that the chemicals go into the ground and kill up to 85% of the microbes within the soil; meaning 85% of the nutrients produced by the microbes in the soil are not getting to the plant. In other words, conventional type of farming produces a plastic plant that loaded with chemicals and not a nice healthy one That’s what the lower price is paying for as opposed to organic produce which is a higher quality of food. It’s going to have a much higher nutrient value than the standardized farming as well as devoid of the harmful chemicals. That alone would be worth paying the higher price – although it’s what you should be getting in the first place. Organic is the way to go if you want to prevent chemicals in your diet and a higher quality of nutrient. Look at organic, because it’s going to be your best buy. If you have any questions about this, you can contact me at Bates Chiropractic at (310)545-4188 or

Remember stay consistent with your adjustments.

DARE to Be Aware of the Severity of Legal Drugs

This last week in Manhattan Beach, the school districts had DARE, which is drug awareness week. This is specifically put on the by the school district, where the police get involved and bring in a lot of information for the children about street drugs and the illegal drug cartels. If you saw kids running around with little red bands around their wrists, that is all because of drug awareness week. They did a great job talking about the illegal drug cartels, now I want to talk about the legal drug cartels. Why? Because, legal drug cartels kill more people by far than the illegal drug cartels. In fact, one of the studies in The Journal of American Medical Association states that illegal drugs kill 10 to 20,000 people per year whereas the legal, properly prescribed drugs’ side effects kill an average of 196,000 people per year. It’s a much bigger problem by far, and really not dealt with as much as the illegal drug cartels.

A lot of people don’t realize how much the legal drugs affect people. They put 8.8 million people in the hospital. According to The Journal of American Medical Association, approximately 28% of all hospital emissions are due to the side effects legally prescribed drugs.

This stems from the fact that we are a drug culture; we have loads of drug commercials that teach our kids and even us that the best way to deal with our problems: our aches and pains and discomforts, is to take a pill.

We want to be aware that there is a drug problem and it’s huge and right within our own home, because the legal drug cartels are hitting us at home. In 1992, they passed a bill to allow the pharmaceutical companies to advertise directly to us.

Think about it for a moment: Why would the pharmaceutical companies want to advertise prescription drugs to the general public?

Because, they want us to be more comfortable in asking our medical doctors for certain drugs for certain medical conditions, thinking we have to have a drug to get better.

The bill they passed was really a great marketing tool! They got the bill passed by using all their drug cartel lobbyists to bribe the politicians. The end result was that the pharmaceutical companies’ profits went through the roof, and are now the most profitable companies in the world.

We have to start at home when educating about drug awareness by getting back to the basics on what’s adding health as well as understanding that not only are illegal drug cartels bad, but so are the legal drug cartels. Both set of drugs are bad for your body. If we look at things from this stand point, it would be less likely that we breed a future drug culture. And look for healthy ways to promote health from the inside out.

Chiropractor Manhattan Beach shares low back exercises for beginners.

Here is a simple exercises that you can do at home with no equipment.

It works the multifidus, erector spinae, transverse abdominus, oblique muscles.

The purpose of this exercise is to Increase low back strength and muscular endurance. By doing this exercise you can have the benefits of Improved stability, functional strength and injury prevention

Begin lying on your back.

Extend arms above head flat on floor.

Activate core and lift knees above hips and maintain a 90/90 hip and knee position.

Activate core.

Lift one arm off the floor and raise it towards ceiling until above shoulder level while simultaneously extending one leg downward towards floor.

Pause momentarily.

Return to start position, alternating sides.

Core activation should be maintained throughout entire exercise.

Repeat for recommended repetitions and sets.

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