By Dr. Michael Roth


Our physical bodies out-picture all our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and identities.  When these feelings are acknowledged and processed, our mind-body system functions properly.  However, when they get stuck in our bodies, physical dis-ease may occur.  Patients in my holistic chiropractic office often present with muscle tension, fatigue, insomnia, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome or chronic pain. Often, these conditions are the result of past TRAUMA experienced by the patient.

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What is trauma?  In my practice, trauma is an emotional insult that creates a charge in the nervous system. It is a one-time or repeated stress that gets lodged in the body and disrupts the flow of energy in the Triad of Health.  The greater the repetition of the event, the deeper is the charge.

Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, yet any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.


An event will most likely lead to emotional trauma if:

• It happened unexpectedly.

• You were unprepared for it.

• You felt powerless to prevent it.

• It happened repeatedly.

• Someone was intentionally cruel.

• It happened in childhood.

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For example, let’s say that as a child at the dinner table, you spilled your milk and your father yelled at you.  In time, you develop an allergy to milk, a result of this unexpected event.

Experiencing trauma in childhood can have a severe and long-lasting effect. Adverse experiences in childhood generate strong emotions in children. Children who have been traumatized see the world as a frightening and dangerous place. When childhood trauma is not resolved, this fundamental sense of fear and helplessness carries over into adulthood, setting the stage for further trauma.

The cause of the trauma is not always obvious. Here are some commonly overlooked causes of emotional and psychological trauma:

• Falls or sports injuries

• Surgery (especially in the first 3 years of life)

• The sudden death of someone close

• A car accident

• The breakup of a significant relationship

• A humiliating or deeply disappointing experience

• The discovery of a life-threatening illness or

disabling condition

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Trauma disrupts the body’s natural equilibrium, freezing us in a state of hyper-arousal and fear. In essence, our nervous system gets stuck in overdrive.  Our innate fight-or-flight system can be overworked from ongoing, relentless stress.  This is especially true when trauma occurs in the early stages of life.  Persistent stress can trigger diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, and addiction later on.

I use protocols in my practice to uncover and clear past trauma that is stuck in the body and has resulted in illness and pain.  My patients are amazed at how much better they feel before they even leave the office!  Please call Crystal in our Ventura office (805-644-0461) to make an appointment with me and release that which is holding you back from optimum health and wellness.


Attitude Creates a New Path

By Dr. Michael Roth


Today  I offer the second of three selections from my book, Balancing Your Emotional Health. We continue our look at stress and the havoc it can wreak on our bodies. Stress is the number one underlying cause of many of the conditions I see in my patients in my holistic chiropractic practice. I specialize in the mind/body connection and I am constantly reminded through my work of how deep and tangible this connection can be.


Some people see their cup as half full, others half empty. Some people like change, others resist and fear it. Some see the unknown as full of potential, while others go into drama and trauma.


The secret is your outlook – your attitude – and how you perceive your reality. Some take stress and convert it into positive energy that drives them forward to success – that’s called eustress.


Others let stress wear them down until eventually they die and cease to exist anymore in our physical world. Outlook and perception are the keys you need to investigate.


Take a moment, and think about what could happen when stress is continued over years and years and years. Eventually you’re going to have problems with the various systems of the body: digestive, circulatory, reproductive, etc. Stresses result in disease – it’s plain and simple, and you won’t find one doctor on the planet that’ll tell you to increase your stress levels to improve your health.

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Sooner or later, you’ll reach your stress limit and then a lot of things are going to degenerate. It could start with arthritis that affects all the joints of your body because you’re holding emotional stress. Most people report that arthritis (rheumatoid-type) makes it difficult to grasp things with their hands. Psychologically (or emotionally) arthritis of the hands relates to being incapable of grasping why something in life is the way it is.


Cancer is another stress disease, or stress-related condition that can be traced back to the root cause. When speaking to cancer patients, the question is almost always asked, “Are you depressed?” The answer, of course, is YES! Then, when asked if they had had depression before their diagnosis, the majority said YES again.


Depression, I believe, is the major cause of non-tobacco-related cancer. Therapies may treat the depression with expression, positive thinking, and positive visualization, along with allopathic or other medical choices. The key here is that the restriction of energy flow causes more stress which creates depression and disease in the human body.


What disease will stress cause you? None, I hope, but perhaps there is a science to this ill thought out plan of reaction to STRESS. Here is a chart of some common diseases with their possible emotional causes:


DISEASE                                                         CAUSATION

Arthritis                                                           Inability to grasp situations

Cancer                                                              Depression – lack of expression

Diabetes                                                           Lack of Sweetness (happiness) in life

Gallstones                                                       Suppressed anger, bitterness (gall)

Sexual dysfunctions                                      Guilt or shame

Skin Conditions                                              Inability to face life

Urinary system problems                            Inability to let go of hurts


This is the short list; the real list is actually endless. Either the causation is either related to stress, or some form of infection or toxic environmental reaction. Remember that your body reacts to your thoughts. You don’t have to accept any illness or disease into your body. Keep this in mind: your brain is the ultimate computer operating system; your heart is the ultimate power supply unit. You simply don’t have to accept anything that is not good for your health! Reject stress.

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If you are wondering if stress may be the underlying cause of your dis-ease, I invite you to call Amber in my Ventura office at 805-644-0461 and make an appointment to discuss your issues.


If you enjoyed this excerpt and would like to purchase my soft-cover book, Balancing Your Emotional Health, please call the office or click here for more information.


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Stop Your Sugar and Food Cravings Naturally!

I recently made the acquaintance of a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (RNCP) named Nancy DesJardins.  I was so impressed by her research, and her passion to help people overcome their food addictions and reclaim their health, that I wanted to share it with you.  Here is a short article she wrote on sugar:

Sugar. Even the word sounds sweet.

Did you know that by some experts’ count, we are all eating the equivalent of 160 pounds of sugar each year?  And that sugar is one of the worst ingredients – some say poison – you can put into your body?

If you crave chocolate, or cake, or any other sweet stuff, the fact is, like most people, you’re probably addicted to sugar. Of all bad habits, it’s one of the worst. In fact, this is one bad habit that can poison your entire life.

But you can change that. Because like smoking, you can break bad habits – and addictions. The choice is yours.

Step 1: You Decide

The first step, then, is choosing to trade your bad habits for good ones. Out with the bad, sugary foods, and in with the healthy. It’s as easy as that! With this one step, you can change your entire future.

Step 2:  Look Around

Once you’ve made up your mind, the next step is to look around and evaluate the foods you’re putting into your body. Why are you eating them? Are you getting any nutrition from them? There’s a lot of  learning and taking stock ahead. This won’t be easy.

Changing your beliefs and attitudes about yourself and your eating is one of the most difficult challenges you will ever face. But it can be done with good old-fashioned stick-to-it determination, effort, and education. Many people just like you have kicked the sugar habit. I know it can be done – I’ve helped people do it. Not only did they get a new outlook on life, they lost weight in the process!

Recipe for Success

If you are to be successful at breaking the sugar habit, then it’s important to understand how sugar affects your body. And how healthy food – your new, good habit – can give your body the nutrients it craves. Once you learn that, you will never again want to put poison into your body.

For more information, visit

Your Diet & Your Health

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There is not a day that goes by that a new, better, different diet is promoted to the public. When that happens, people jump on the “new” bandwagon. People will follow the new diet in hopes of losing the weight that they put on in the last ten years by next month. Then they jump ship when the next, new, better, and different diet comes along. This is the trend and the habit people have embarked on concerning dieting.

A better approach is to see your “diet” as a means to an end – better health, a longer and happier life. As a society, the word diet has been equated with losing weight instead of being healthy. Eating healthier foods, exercising regularly, and confronting habits that might be affecting your health; such as smoking, drugs, over eating, etc., is a more effective approach to creating and maintaining your health.

The media is doing a much better job of linking poor diet with minor and serious health issues. People who are overweight are now hearing the serious consequences and risks that are associated with being overweight. Some people are actually listening to the reports coming out and some people still do not hear the message.

The problem with eating is – we all have to eat. Eating, as with anything, can become an addiction. Eating is driven by emotions, behaviors, environments, and conditioning. People do not always understand what is driving the excessive eating nor have they been diagnosed with health issues related to their weight – yet. By the time a person develops health issues, the habits are very ingrained and people do not know how or believe that anything can change.

The truth about your health is, from the first day you decide that health is your priority your body will begin to heal itself. Your body is a self-healing machine if you provide it with exercise, better food each day, a positive attitude, remove or manage stress, change your environment, and determine what is driving the emotional side of eating.

None of the activities a person needs to do have to be very complicated or sophisticated. You do not need to walk one hour on your first day – walk five to ten minutes! Do what you can until you are ready to do more – it is that simple. Find an activity that you loved as a child – like dancing or jump roping, or biking, or swimming. The activity does not matter – the consistency and the doing matter.

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Begin to pay attention to what you are eating, the size of your portions, the frequency of eating, etc. For one week just document everything until you can begin to see the patterns. Then determine one or two things you will change the following week; such as, having smaller servings, eating only five times a day versus seven times a day, replacing fast food for lunch with a lunch from home, etc.

There is a lot of information about the topic of health and diet. Educate yourself, find workshops to attend, join a support group of like-minded people, find a nutritionist or a health coach.

The key is to make health your habit.  For more information on diet and your health, contact

Introduction to Addictions

By Dr. Michael B. Roth, DC

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There are many people who believe that an addict is just a lazy person, or perhaps lacking in self-control.  The addicted person may even feel the same, due to the shame or guilt of his situation; however he cannot work any harder or gain any more self-control to resist the substance or behavior that has a hold on him.

If we look to the chemistry of the brain, the answer may become clearer.  Dopamine is a chemical produced by nerve cells that process and transmit information in the brain.  Dopamine is commonly associated with the pleasure center of the brain, providing feelings of enjoyment and reinforcement to motivate a person proactively to perform certain activities.


The use of drugs and alcohol cause a surge in dopamine production.  The participation in activities that produce a pleasure response, such as shopping, gambling, eating, or sex, produce a similar surge in dopamine production.  The brain remembers the feeling of pleasure associated with these substances and behaviors.

A cycle begins — as the person continues to engage in the pleasurable activity or use the outside substance, the body produces more dopamine to meet the need.

The body can eventually become overworked, thus limiting the amount of dopamine it is able to produce.  This decreased production sends the message for increased use of the outside substances or behaviors, further overworking the pleasure center of the brain.

Once this cycle has begun, the normal levels of dopamine no longer seem sufficient to the body.  This causes the brain to require an increasing amount of the outside substances and behaviors to get to a state of emotional “normal”.  There is no longer a great high associated with their use, and as the cycle continues, the brain never really gets back to “feeling good”.

This brings on a depression during sober periods and solidifies the need to continue using, because it begins to feel as though there will be no feelings of pleasure without it, ever!!

The addict has lost control over the intake of the addictive substance or use of the addictive behavior.

While it is believed that people can be born with an “addictive personality”, placing the responsibility on genetics, a truer measure of a body’s inherent need to be soothed by an outside substance or behavior can be found by looking at the various developmental stages from conception onward.

A “heroin baby”, for example, (a baby perceived to be born addicted to the heroin its mother was using during the baby’s development) is not actually addicted to heroin.  Exposure to the drug during development increased the baby’s dopamine levels, over-working the baby’s fragile system.  Consequently, the baby is born with a weakened pleasure center and requires more external help with being soothed.

A child that experiences a trauma, like being abandoned by a parent, might feel isolated and begin self-soothing, a learned behavior that results from any part of the story created in the child’s mind.  This could lead to any number of isolating, learned behaviors by adulthood, such as a sex or love addiction.

A teenager might feel overwhelmed by the stressors of life and be exposed to drugs and alcohol.  If there is a perceived pleasure response or a calming effect that is pleasurable, then the teen might continue to use the drugs and alcohol to ‘feel good’.

These events can happen throughout the life cycle; no age is immune as far as developing an addiction.  There just has to be a conflict, a shock that the body is unprepared for, and the use of any substance or learned behavior to sooth the resultant stress.

The result of an overworked dopamine production and release system can visibly alter areas of the brain that are critical to decision-making, learning & remembering, and behavior control.  These alterations help explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of addiction.  Knowing this, however, does not make it any easier or harder to resolve.

The first step to overcoming an addiction is that the underlying conflict needs to be recognized and authenticated.  This will allow the body to release the conflict and heal. There are several holistic techniques that will help resolve the conflict and bring the body back into balance.

First, let’s look at the traditional western medical approach to sobriety.

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Medications are prescribed to lessen the depression and the physical effects of ‘withdrawal’.  This drug therapy can be part of an in-patient treatment program or out-patient work with a physician or therapist.

The next step is to join a 12-step program that fits the addiction.  The participation in these programs gives the addict a place to go and a group of people who “get it” – who understand what they are feeling, as well as the challenges of both the addiction and the recovery.

This is where most addicts stop.  Getting very comfortable being “in program” and depending on how hard they are working at their program, the addict may or may not ever get deep enough to see where some of the trouble started.  The trick lies in healing the conflict or traumatic event.

This is where holistic techniques can play a large role in healing.  These techniques work directly with the body and brain, taking the conscious mind out of the healing equation.

NET – NeuroEmotional Technique was developed by Scott Walker, D.C.;  NET is a system of finding and adjusting vertebral subluxations.  A subluxation is a slight dislocation or misalignment of the vertebrae.  This misalignment can cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissues as well as a neurologic imbalance in the normal body process.

NET focuses on releasing patients’ emotional blocks stored in the body’s memory through simple chiropractic adjustments.  An important concept here is that emotions, while being psychologically based, also have a physiological affect on the body.

Everyone has had emotional trauma, past or present, which the body has locked in its memory, often below the realm of conscious thought. Our bodies replay these old memories at different times and they can adversely affect our health.   Trained NET practitioners look for something called a NeuroEmotional Complex or NEC, a physiological manifestation of a trapped negative emotion that they feel is preventing healing.

Dr Leslie Feinberg, D.C. developed NMT or NeuroModulation Technique, to communicate directly with the ACS or Autonomic Control System.  Because the ACS does not control speech, muscle testing is an effective way to communicate with this unconscious part of the nervous system.

The practitioner gains “access” to the ACS, working directly with the unconscious mind, thus speeding up the healing process.  The practitioner essentially opens a “window” into the ACS, and can use this to pinpoint the conflict.   Then, NMT uses a powerful system of clinical protocols to “modulate” the condition.  This modulation helps move the control systems of the body in the direction of normal function.

The newest technique is QNRT or Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy.  Created by Dr. John Turner, QNRT is designed to create quantum shifts in the body by resetting the brain from emotional shocks that are lodged within the nervous system.

Treatments combine a unique biofeedback technology (SpectraVision) with a bio scripting nervous system “tapping” technique to neurologically reprogram brain/relay access points – the places where our body’s neurological healing programs reside.  This basically “re-wires” the brain, and changes how the nervous system responds to physical and emotional stress.

QNRT discharges the buildup of layered emotional programs and it activates a series of controlled healing effects.

Any and all of these techniques will help the addict move from a continued state of recovery to actual healing.  Gaining access to the conflict in the Autonomic Control System and releasing it will begin the healing process, allowing the body to get back into balance and proper functioning.

Because of the way these techniques are used so effectively to help the body get back into balance, they benefit not only those with symptoms as strong as addiction, but also anyone who is feeling out of balance or “stuck” in any number of different situations.

For more information, please visit me at: Roth Wellness Center

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5 Symptoms That Indicate You Might Have an Addiction

by Michael Roth, DC

Addictions are most commonly associated with drug and alcohol addiction, however the truth is millions of people suffer from all kinds of addictions.

Some of these addictions are related to some form of chemical dependency such as alcohol, controlled substances and even prescription medicines. Other addictions are related to compulsive types of behavior such as gambling, sexual, shopping, food disorders an even the Internet.

One of the most important things to recognize about any type of addiction, regardless of whether it is a chemical addiction or a behavioral addiction is that it is not a matter of choice. Individuals who are addicts do not have the ability to simply decide to stop abusing their ‘drug’ of choice. Addictions affect not only the user, but also their family and friends as well.

So what is an addiction?

How does it begin and when does a pattern of behavior become an addiction? Some individuals seem to have the ability to use a substance or engage in a behavior periodically over a period of years without becoming ‘hooked.’ Others, however, are not capable of stopping and become addicted.

Addictions affect all social and educational groups. There is no typical addict.

The causes of addiction have been studied for several years. In many ways, addiction is caused by the emotion the substance or behavior brings about in the user. The body and mind become dependent on that feeling and seek to maintain it.

There are addiction risk factors that make some people more likely than others to become addicts. Studies show that sometimes addictions can be hereditary. The child of an alcoholic may not grow up to be an alcoholic, however, they may become addicted to gambling or some other type of compulsive behavior as an adult.

Besides hereditary factors, individuals who grow up in families with abuse,trauma, neglect and who are impoverished are more likely to become addicts.

For most addicts, it can be extremely difficult to recognize that what they have associated as simply a habit is actually an addiction. While every individual is different, there are some symptoms that are prevalent among most addicts and addictions:

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Symptom # 1

Unable to meet responsibilities at home, school or office.

Symptom # 2
Continuing to use substances or engage in behavior even when it is dangerous.

Symptom # 3
The need increases to engage in behavior or use more of a substance to achieve the same effect or feeling.

Symptom # 4

Has tried but failed to stop using the substance or end the behavior.

Symptom # 5
Continuing to engage in the behavior or use the substances even when they are aware of the dangers.

Answering yes to three or more of the above symptoms during a 12 month period may show that you or a loved one has an addiction. The first step to treating an addiction is recognizing that it exists.

Treatment and counseling can help an addict to learn how to control their behavior, withstand impulses and recognize the presence of a problem. Treating an addiction can take years and requires ongoing support from friends, families and support groups.

A 12-step program can be particularly beneficial in treating an addiction. One of the most well known 12-step programs is AA, also known as Alcoholics Anonymous; however there are similar programs for all types of addictions.

Living with an addiction requires a daily commitment, and there is always the possibility of relapsing. An addict that has been “clean” for even 20 years can succumb to temptation just as they did decades before.

There are several treatment programs and centers that can help with the numerous types of addictions that are prevalent today. Many of them are anonymous. Support groups are also available to help family and friends who experience the effects of an addiction in a loved one.

I am now Certified in Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy!

On November 1, 2009, I became one of the first ten doctors in the United States to be certified in Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy!  I have been using QNRT in my practice over the past year as I have been training in the therapy process and have seen outstanding results with my patients. As a holistic chiropractor, I have seen how unresolved emotional issues compromise my patients’ health and well being. Over the years, I have learned many techniques that address and release those issues and I can honestly say that QNRT is a giant leap forward in identifying and permanently releasing emotional traumas stuck in the body of which the patient may not even be aware!

QNRT is a non-invasive technique that is painless, simple, and extremely effective. The evaluation process connects the subconscious to the conscious, allowing me to get to the origin of the patient’s conflict, what year it started, how it was first programmed into the patient’s nervous system and the health or behavioral problems that have manifested as a result of running this program. Then, I use a nervous system tapping technique to neurologically reprogram the brain/relay access points.

The brain and the nervous system have incredible control over every aspect of our personal lives. They regulate the production of hormones, energy level, the quality of sleep, even the level of happiness one experiences!  As I have integrated QNRT into my practice, my patients are experiencing a greater sense of well-being as they have eliminated pain, stress and tension, and old patterns of emotional response; they have more energy, vitality and a general up-leveling of their quality of life!