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CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIAN, CLINICAL NUTRITIONIST, PART OF YOUR TEAM

Dr. Ray Bayley, DC, DCBCN, is a chiropractic physician, licensed in Illinois, board-certified in clinical nutrition, certified in other modalities, and specializes in CAM (Complementary & Alternative Medicine) and Integrative Medicine. He is glad to work collegially with your other physicians and/or other members of your health/healing team. Some use him as their sole primary physician, however, since "no one can know it all", he encourages you to have a team for your better health and healing/healing facilitation.



​SPECTRUM OF HEALTH & HEALING, OPTIONS

Whatever your goal on the spectrum from more comfort and more of a sense of well-being, to finding, treating, and preventing causes and causes of causes etc., to healthier functions, to your radiant health, Doc Ray can give you options and steps to take, whether those steps are with him or others. E.g. he helps some with what they should ask of and request from others on their health/healing team. See the "SERVICES" webpage for some of the skills he has in treatment and prevention. Some use his knowledge and skills to focus on particular acute problems, some on particular chronic problems, and some seek more over-all health.



WE ARE PERPETUAL STUDENTS

Doc Ray spends, on the average, half of his professional hours a week updating and increasing his knowledge. Most of that is in the clinical nutrition/clinical metabolism area (see that in the "SERVICES" webpage). In many health/healing fields, the amount of new knowledge coming out (e.g. peer-reviewed papers published) is doubling approximately every 2.5 years these days. So, 20 hours learning per week in 2.5 years should be 40, 2.5 more years 80, etc. No one person can know it all, nor even keep up with the wondrous growing wealth of knowledge. So, all of us on your health/healing team do what we can in being perpetual students and that's a big part of why Doc Ray recommends you have such a team.



UNDERLYING CAUSES, DECREASE TRIGGERS AND SUSCEPTIBILITIES

Doc Ray particularly likes seeking the cause of a problem, and the cause of that cause, etc., in order to get you so healthy that the problem at least is not likely to get worse and preferably it's gone plus not likely to reoccur.

Susceptibility plus trigger gives reaction. At least decrease the trigger causing the problem reaction. Preferably also decrease susceptibility so you no longer are so susceptible to the trigger, hopefully eventually meaning you don't have to avoid the trigger. 


     E.g. some people have neck trouble where they not only need treatment to keep getting out of pain and restriction but they also need to have a special pillow and be careful about turning their head. If they make their neck healthier, e.g. aligned and muscularly balanced, strong, and flexible, e.g. healthy joints, then they don't react so badly to regular pillows and turning their head.


     E.g. it's a good idea to avoid things (allergens) you are allergic to (Type I immune hypersensitivity). However, through clinical nutrition, metabolic work, you can decrease susceptibility to allergens by stabilizing the membranes of the cells that release histamine in allergy and otherwise modulate your immune system away from immunosenescence. Immunosenescence can happen at any age these days but decades ago it was only common in the elderly. It's where the immune system is less reactive to the enemy and yet thinks the host (you) and what you need for nurturance are the enemy-- immunosenescence is decreased ability to deal with infections, infestations, and/or cancer, yet increased allergies (and other immune hypersensitivities), inflammation, and/or autoimmunities.



POSITIVE BENEFITS, COSTS AND RISKS

Most people have heard the Hippocratic Oath of "first, do no harm, through action or inaction". Doc Ray prefers to add to that "second, maximize the ratio of positive benefits to costs and risks".


     "Positive benefits" include the targeted benefit plus side positives. E.g. in using the NeuroResearch protocols to remove the relative (conditional) nutrient deficiencies that can cause the symptoms of depression, Doc Ray not only finds the depression usually going away but also there's often, over time, e.g., improvement in memory, cognition, sleep, bowel movements, and/or energy. E.g. what is healthy for the immune system tends to be also healthy for the skin, cardiovascular, nervous system, etc.


     "Costs and risks" include negative side effects. E.g. if you can have the desired target benefit of improved sleep or lack of depression without the negative side effects of drugs, then why not do that?


     If you want, Doc Ray can prioritize steps to take, so that each step covers as much as possible at the likely least costs possible. Doc Ray's auto mechanic has a sign in his shop that says "There are 3 ways you can have it: fast, cheap, and good. Pick two." While that is not always the case in healing and improving health, sometimes we do have to have more patience or put in more.



SOME EXAMPLES OF PROBLEMS

Some examples of problems that Doc Ray has helped decrease and control, if not eliminate:

ADD/ADHD and other autism spectrum disorders     irritable bowel                                   

adrenal problems                                                  menopause, adrenopause

allergies and other immune hypersensitivities          migraine

anxiety                                                                osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease

cognition & memory problems                               ostepenia & osteoporosis

depression                                                           other pain and/or inflammation

diabetes and other blood sugar problems               rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune

fatigue                                                                skin dry and/or sensitive

GERD/heartburn                                                  spinal problems 

hypothyroidism                                                    sprains & strains                          

insomnia and other trouble sleeping                      wound healing

                                                


​SEE "CONTACT US"...

Doc Ray shares clinic space with the excellent chiropractor/chiropractic physician and acupuncturist, Dr. Joseph Kalal, DC, FIAMA, at 6448 N. Central Ave, Chicago, IL, 60646-2935. See the "CONTACT US" webpage for location, phone, email, fax, hours, session length, follow-ups, session notes and assistance, cost and insurance.