Thursday, December 27, 2012

Coconut Oil

Are you getting your daily coconut oil? It has antiviral and antibacterial factors, and is great to include in your diet during cold and flu season. Organic, unrefined coconut oil is best. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Is That Pinch A Jammed Rib?

Feeling a pinch of pain when you take a deep breath often signals a rib misalignment. I can find it and fix it with a gentle, precise adjustment.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pelvic Distortion

What is pelvic distortion? Why does it matter? If your pelvis gets distorted, it becomes unlevel. This makes an unstable foundation for your spine. It's uncomfortable, and may lead to problems above, in your neck or shoulders. As an Activator Chiropractor, I can correct this with a gentle, comfortable full-body balancing.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Attitude Adjustment

Need an attitude adjustment? Getting your whole body back in equilibrium with a full-body balancing in my office makes you feel better and have a much better outlook on life!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Elkhorn Slough, right here in our Central Coast backyard, is the second largest tidal salt marsh in CA. It is a refuge for myriad wildlife, including hundreds of birds. The short video here tells its story.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jaw pain after dental work

After a visit to the dentist and having to sit with your mouth open for a while, your jaw may start hurting. A gentle adjustment for the TMJ may be needed. As an Activator Chiropractor, I can help.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

All the orange colors of Fall remind me of a favorite salad:  grate raw carrots into a bowl, add organic raisins and raw pumpkin seeds, and toss with a touch of olive oil. A delicious source of beta carotene, fiber, iron, and other great nutrients!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A twist, a slip, or tripping can get your rib cage torqued, and you'll definitely feel uncomfortable. As an Activator Chiropractor, I can fix this quickly and precisely.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Expired medications shouldn't be flushed or put in the garbage. They end up polluting the ocean.

 Take them to one of the collection sites here:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Monarch butterflies need our help; they are losing overwintering habitat and are having trouble finding food (which is native milkweed). Learn more, and how to help:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

With winter just around the corner, daily intake of organic, unrefined coconut oil is a great way to support our immune defenses. Coconut oil contains antiviral and antimicrobial factors:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Got cranial rhythms? Yes, we all do. And sometimes they get "stuck" or out of synch. Cranial balancing is part of every treatment I give. People feel better, and it's great for headaches, vertigo, sinus problems, and more.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Total Body Balancing

I am a Total Body, Low Force chiropractor, and have been in practice in Santa Cruz for 20 years. I use Activator Method, the most widely used method of low force adjusting in the world. ACTIVATOR is comfortable, precise, and thorough. The patient's total body gets balanced at every visit, and I do craniosacral each visit, as well. I'm happy to answer questions; give me a call. 831-476-2168.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Headaches can have many causes, including problems in the upper cervical spine and / or the cranial rhythms. Adjacent misalignments at the C1 and C2 are often involved. As an Advanced Proficiency Rated ACTIVATOR chiropractor, I address these problems comfortably and precisely. I balance the whole body, including craniosacral, with each treatment.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Super Summer Saturdays at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History begin this weekend! Sat., June 23 will be all about snakes. These programs are so much fun and educational for the kids---those young and young at heart. Go to  to find out what else is coming up.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)

Genetically modified foods may be associated with allergies, immune problems, faulty insulin regulation, and other health problems---the bottom line is, we don't really know for sure. The long term effects aren't fully understood. In addition, many GMO crops are designed to resist herbicides and pests, so they are loaded with toxic residues. Wouldn't you like to know whether a food contains GMOs, so you make a choice of whether to eat it or not? An initiative on the CA ballot will allow people to vote to require LABELING of GMO foods. Learn more at:

Joint Pain

Joint pain can make you miserable. If your joints are not moving properly (fixated or stuck), or are out of their proper juxtaposition (misaligned), this can be comfortably and precisely corrected with ACTIVATOR chiropractic. Many people find that it helps to stop eating things that may be aggravating joint pain or causing inflammation.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Chondromalacia Patella

Chondromalacia patella is an often painful "crunching" under the kneecap. It's a form of osteoarthritis, and is often related to abnormal tracking of the kneecap as it moves when you bend your knee. It can be treated by precise, directional ACTIVATOR chiropractic adjustments, and exercises should be given to help correct the tracking of the kneecap.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Disc Degeneration

Disc degeneration may be a result of abnormal biomechanical stresses, including injury. Proper care, including appropriate, low-force chiropractic; nutritional support; ergonomic counseling; exercises and stretches, can help slow or halt the degenerative process.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Facet Compression

Facet compression in the spine can be very painful. The facets are the parts of the vertebrae that actually touch ( the vertebral bodies are separated by the discs). When the facets get "jammed," the muscles and other soft tissue in the area may become tense and inflammed. This needs precise ACTIVATOR chiropractic adjustments to relieve.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Shin Splints

Shin splints is pain in the front of the leg below the knee. Your ACTIVATOR chiropractor knows that it's almost always associated with a misalignment of the fibula, the smaller bone in the lower leg. There may be other misalignments or fixations in joints associated with the tibia, knee, or ankle.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow can be stubborn to resolve; it takes careful adjusting with ACTIVATOR Chiropractic, and some physical therapy, which I teach patients how to do themselves at home. I also include nutritional counseling for healing inflammation.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Muscle "splinting?" What's that? When you're injured, the doctor may use a splint to protect the area and help it heal. Your body does the same kind of thing by tightening muscles. It's a built-in protective response, and may also be the body's attempt to "right" things. Where appropriate, getting painful underlying joints adjusted helps tight muscles to relax.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is a painful condition in which stomach acid gets up into the esophagus. The sphincter between the lower esophagus and the stomach may not close properly, or there may be a hiatal hernia. As an Activator Chiropractor, I have an adjustment for this which has helped many of my patients who have GERD.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Get ready for Spring

Feeling ready for Spring, getting outdoors and being more active? It's good to prepare by getting my full-body balancing with ACTIVATOR Chiropractic.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Shouldn't we have the right to know what's in our foods? Of course! Take time to stop a moment and sign the petition supporting a 2012 CA ballot initiative require labeling of foods containing GMOs (genetically modified foods). Volunteers at local grocery stores, farmers' markets, etc., are gathering signatures. Learn more at

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flat feet

Flat feet may abnormally stress the knees, causing premature degenerative changes. The right orthotics and ACTIVATOR Chiropractic adjustments can help. Get evaluated if you think this is happening to you.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring = A great time to get adjusted!

As an Advanced Proficiency Rated ACTIVATOR Chiropractor, I always balance the whole body, and I do cranio-sacral with every treatment, as well.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Headaches are often relieved with upper cervical adjustments and cranial balancing. I include cranial work with every treatment, and make comfortable, precise adjustments with ACTIVATOR Chiropractic.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Scoliosis--a sideways spinal curve--can, if caught early enough, and if related to pelvic distortion, be corrected. I've had success with this, using ACTIVATOR Chiropractic adjustments and exercises.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Arthritis of the knee

If the kneecap is misaligned, there is abnormal wear-&-tear underneath it, which can contribute to arthritis of the knee. It's easy to correct with ACTIVATOR Chiropractic, and special exercises help the correction to hold.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Neck pain and tension

Neck pain and tension can be a difficult cycle to break. My Chiropractic approach is to adjust misalignments, release fixations, and share home care advice: ergonomics, posture (including sleep), etc., tools patients can use on their own to get relief.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Numbness in the hands

Numbness in the hands or fingers can be caused by nerve impingement at multiple sites--often in the wrist or at the neck. My comfortable, precise ACTIVATOR Chiropractic adjustments can help.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Inversion ankle sprains (turning your foot inward) always affect specific joints in the foot. The sooner you get these adjusted, the sooner you heal. I precisely & comfortably realign these joints with ACTIVATOR Chiropractic.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Coconut oil

Have you had your coconut oil today? Coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat (used in moderation) containing lauric acid, which is anti-viral. Read more about it here:
Coconut: In Support of Good Health in the 21st Century by Mary G. Enig, Ph.D., F.A.C.N. 12501 Prosperity Drive, Suite 340, Silver Spring, MD, 20904-1689 USA

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Roasted Roots

Making "Roasted Roots" this rainy day. Beets, yams, carrots smell great in the oven. These richly colored veggies are chock full of hearty winter nutrients.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Care for Feet

What's happening with your feet may be harming your knees, low back, and all the rest of you. Good orthotics can be part of the solution, along with full-body balancing with ACTIVATOR chiropractic. That's my specialty.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Low back pain

Low back pain may be due to a distorted pelvis, which not only hurts, but makes an unstable foundation for all the rest of the body. I can fix that with ACTIVATOR chiropractic adjustments.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Pain in the neck

Ever notice how often getting stressed gives us a "pain in the neck?" Lots of us store our stress in our upper back and neck. Keep your neck and back warm, relieve your stress however you can, and consider low-force ACTIVATOR chiropractic. It helps!