Santa Barbara Chiropractor for over 30 years
June 18, 2017 @ 8:01 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 @ 7:08 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 @ 2:00 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 @ 9:58 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 @ 4:36 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 @ 6:43 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 @ 8:16 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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August 30, 2016 @ 6:44 AM

Why Wear a Helmet?

While a friend and I were motoring up State Street last week, we could not help but notice how many people were riding around town without helmets. We then remembered being told that “wearing a helmet isn’t cool”, by one of our younger friends. Pity.

Anybody who has spent time on a bike knows that there are two types of cyclists:

Those who have gone down

Those who will go down

I should know. I have gone down.

The first time, I was wearing a helmet. I incurred a scraped knee.

The second time, I wasn’t. The resultant injury was much more serious.

I wanted to exercise my dog with a short bike ride on a small side street behind my house. Because I was only going to ride for a few minutes, I ...

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July 13, 2016 @ 11:48 PM


Summer brings its plethora of outdoor activities both backyard and in the woodlands. With it come the challenges presented by tiny insidious predators: insects. We are talking mosquitos, ticks, yellow jackets, wasps, fleas, deer flies and no-see-ums amongst others. Because the Zica virus, transmitted by mosquitos, is in the news, it is perhaps especially important to review prevention and treatment of bug bites.

Of course, the first line of defense is to avoid getting bitten. Natural repellant formulas that contain citronella and other essential oils may be helpful - always use them as a first line of defense. While the use of more toxic bug repellent may be warranted in some situations, they should be used cautiously and scrubbed ...

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May 25, 2016 @ 8:15 PM

Treating Feet with Chiropractic

Many people do not realize that chiropractic has many treatments for issues with the feet. Strangely enough, although our feet are likely to take the most abuse over a lifetime, we give them the least amount of care. Problems with the foot and ankle that are readily treatable include sprained ankles, plantar fasciitis, broken toes, Achilles tendonitis, neuromas, numbness, radicular pain and peripheral neuritis.

Feet Have 350 Components

People are surprised to find that bones in the feet can be adjusted. In addition to the 52 bones in your both feet combined, (which make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body), there are 66 joints, 214 ligaments and 38 muscles and tendons. In addition, there ...

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Dr. Valerie Girard, Santa Barbara Chiropractor

Your Family Chiropractic Health and Wellness Specialist
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.