Santa Barbara Chiropractor for over 30 years
January 7, 2018 @ 4:31 PM

Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home.

1. COUGH VIGOROUSLY and REPEATEDLY!. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

2. Repeat deep breath and a cough every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

3.. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to .........

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December 17, 2017 @ 3:45 PM

Having had to evacuate from soon to be the largest forest fire in California history, I am thinking of the serious health consequences that we face in the weeks, months and years to come. Equally important to saving lives during the fire is the task of saving lives in the years that lie ahead.

First and foremost, it is important to evacuate to a safe place: safe not just from the threat of fire, but safe in terms of air quality. If you can smell smoke, it is not safe. If you can see smoke or see a haze, it is not safe. However, it may not be safe even if you do not smell or see smoke if you are in a 100 mile radius, depending on wind patterns. WEAR An N95 MASK whenever outdoors or driving in your car in smoky areas!

If you have ...

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October 9, 2017 @ 12:06 PM

Several summers ago, a dear friend visited and shared that she had a bad skin rash that did not respond to any treatment. Over the next few years, she kept going to doctors and no one was able to provide relief or to properly diagnose her condition. It took several years to finally get a diagnosis that sadly now was a Stage 4 form of lymphoma called Sézary Syndrome. Because it was so advanced, it is requiring advanced medical procedures to include chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell therapy.

It can originate and spread, either within the lymph nodes, or in other regions, such as the skin, thyroid gland, bone, breast, testes, and the gastrointestinal tract. There is no known cause of Sézary Syndrome. It is thought that it ...

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June 18, 2017 @ 10:01 PM

30 years ago, when I was five years in to my practice, Candida Albicans started making nutritional headlines. It was the hidden problem behind many health issues. Today, this issue still exists along with other hidden problems.

While everyone has a small amount of these organisms in their bodies, stress, diet and antibiotic use can cause an overgrowth that begins to compromise the immune system. In addition, as these organisms live and die off, their cell walls have a toxic effect on the body and can cause a variety of health issues. In some cases, their presence in the body absolutely overcomes the ability of the body to function normally.

Molds, mold spores, fungi and yeast can inhabit the lungs, vaginal tracts, bladder, sinuses, ...

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March 29, 2017 @ 9:08 PM

Drink Water!

Water is the ultimate medium for life, providing cleansing and hydration to the body. The interesting thing is that the body needs pure water for its hydration needs. Ice tea, coffee, sodas, alcohol are not hydration drinks. The first two are diuretics and stimulate the body to release necessary water. This means that for every cup of tea or coffee we drink, we need to drink one extra cup of water. Drinking sodas jack up the blood sugar and are very detrimental to the body. Alcohol and coffee are considered a toxin and must be detoxified by the liver.

Recently a TV ‘doctor’ touted drinking 5 cups of coffee a day to stimulate the brain and therefore prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. This advice is ...

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March 26, 2017 @ 4:00 PM


Many people wonder what to do about sugar cravings. From my observation, the number one thing that causes sugar cravings is ….eating sugar. Your brain tells you that you need something sweet. It thinks it needs an instant glucose infusion, when what it really could thrive on is a small amount of protein, especially if a source of vegetable was included.

Sometimes sugar is a habit. Sometimes it is a coping mechanism. Often it is an addiction that your brain fools you into believing that it is necessary in the moment….impulse gratification.

Following the Blood Sugar diet for five days or more greatly decreases the desire for sugar. Getting through the first five days can be a challenge, but then the body forgets its ...

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February 21, 2017 @ 11:58 AM

Chiropractors have been treating successfully hiatal hernias and acid stomach issues for over 40 years. Interestingly enough, the medical profession would rather prescribe acid blockers to their patients, knowing that it not only does not correct the problem but can effectively destroy aspects of the digestive track. This is because they do not seem to understand the basic mechanism that causes this common problem in the Western world.

The Western diet is now a hodgepodge of quite a variety of foods, some of which we are not genetically acclimated to digesting. Indigenous diets that have been maintained for thousands of years allow for proper digestion. In addition, many of us overeat refined sugar and grains, none of which were a part of ...

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February 5, 2017 @ 6:36 PM

PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder is created when someone is not able to process experienced trauma from one or more incidences. When traumas are not processed in a timely manner, they become encapsulated in the consciousness in such a way as to try and forget the feelings evoked from the experience.

Identify the feeling of trauma or shock in the body. This may be a numbing-like feeling, shakiness, confusion, tearfulness, trembling or a blank feeling.

Slap your arm with the right palm. This helps the body register that you are treating your shock. Now hold the points illustrated with the thumb and index finger of each hand at these two body points. Then visualize the event that was traumatic as if it were still happening in this ...

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November 30, 2016 @ 8:43 PM

Cheese! Crackers! Wine! Sweets! Holiday Snacks! All of these yummy items swirl around us during the holidays. Do you ever wonder why more people get sick during the holidays? Look no further than what goes into your body by way of holiday food and beverage.

A good strategy is to maintain a really healthy eating regime during the weekdays. I stick to a gluten, sugar, dairy and alcohol free diet, while I focus on lots of green drinks, veggie juices, delicious salads, sumptuous fish and poultry dishes, protein drinks, coconut water and kombucha for after-work beverages and warm nutritious soups that are packed with vegetables. In other words, choose the healthiest foods possible when eating out and create healthy dishes when cooking for ...

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October 11, 2016 @ 10:16 PM

What is Tech Neck?

Our mothers pestered us to have good posture while we were growing up. Slouching came easy to students who grew tired of sitting as the school day wore on and on.  It wasn’t only the youth who succumbed to bad posture, but most adults after the age of 50 with curved spines and heads jutting forward. Executives and secretaries alike talked on the phone with it cradled on their shoulders. No wonder that so many complained of neck and shoulder issues.

Then came computers, cell phones and video games. Almost everyone now is constantly glued to his or her cell phone. This causes the cervical spine to be positioned forward and down, which in turn eventually compresses the spinal nerves that exit the spinal column...

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Dr. Valerie Girard, Santa Barbara Chiropractor

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1725 State Street B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   (805) 687-1617  (805) 682-1365 fx.

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As one of Santa Barbara's long term chiropractors, Dr. Girard offers brief consultations by phone to determine if she can assist you with your health care needs. She will direct you to other practitioners if she cannot provide you with the health care that best serves you.