Billie J. Sahley, Ph.D., is
Executive Director of the Pain & Stress
Center in San Antonio. She is a Board Certified
Medical Psychotherapist & Psychodiagnostician,
Behavior Therapist, Board Certified Expert in
Traumatic Stress, and an Orthomolecular Therapist,
and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. She
is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Pain
Management. Dr. Sahley is a graduate of the
University of Texas, Clayton University School
of Behavioral Medicine, and U.C.L.A. School
of Integral Medicine. She is a member of the
Huxley Foundation/Academy of Orthomolecular
Medicine, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine,
North American Nutrition and Preventive Medicine
Association, and American Counseling Association.
In addition, she holds memberships in the Sports
Medicine Foundation, American Association of
Hypnotherapists, and American Mental Health
Dr. Sahley wrote: The Anxiety Epidemic; GABA,
The Anxiety Amino Acid; Post Trauma and Chronic
Emotional Fatigue; Malic Acid and Magnesium
For Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Syndrome;
The Melatonin Report; Is Ritalin Necessary?
The Ritalin Report; Stop A.D.D. Naturally; Theanine,
The Relaxation Amino Acid. She coauthored Heal
with Amino Acids and Nutrients; Break Your Prescribed
Addiction; Control Alcoholism with Amino Acids
and Nutrients; and Green Tea Healing Miracle.
In addition, Dr. Sahley holds three U.S. patents
for: SAF, Calms Kids (SAF For Kids), and Anxiety
Control 24. Dr. Sahley devotes the majority
of her time to research, writing, and development
of natural products to address brain deficiencies.
Current Practice and Research
For the last 6 months, I have focused on research,
trauma, and the brain. Trauma depletes the brain
of cell nutrients and prescription drugs do
not put back in the brain the nutrients that
belong there. The key to is to restore the brain
chemistry such as magnesium that is responsible
for over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. Magnesium
is one of the first minerals depleted when a
person is involved in trauma.
Stress and anxiety drain the body of magnesium.
Patients placed on a magnesium protocol reported
maximum in physical and mental well-being. The
specific magnesium that corrects the level is
magnesium chloride, the same magnesium that
is in your cells.
Neurotransmitters are the next keys for those
who have had a traumatic experience. Neurotransmitters
are depleted in a traumatic situation and must
be restored for proper brain function. The amygdala
in the limbic system does not function very
well if it does not have neurotransmitters,
the chemical language of the brain. Post trauma
is an overload of sensory information to the
limbic system in the brain, especially the amygdala.
If your heart beats fast or skips beats, you
need magnesium, possibly an injection of magnesium.
My goal is to explain how a traumatic experience
leaves inducible memories in the brain to which
a person continually returns. The memories,
nightmares, fears, and flashbacks all remain
the hallmark symptoms of emotional trauma. Individuals
who have experienced emotional trauma go to
great lengths to avoid place, people, or any
activity that reminds them of the traumatic
In summary: You must plan an entire program
to assist those with P.T.S.D. rehabilitate.
P.T.S.D. responds to amino acid therapy because
amino acids belong in the brain. Relaxation
and hypnosis assist the patient and gives them
a long-term therapy to use. I have seen many
patients that are not back from the Middle East.
The V.A. program consisted of only prescription
drugs, and usually multiple drugs at that; they
did not improve. In our program they began to
show a marked improvement. I plan to continue
this program to assist these vets heals. Our
major focus is working with post trauma patients
of all ages, children to seniors.
Billie J. Sahley
Pain & Stress Center
5282 Medical Drive Suite 160
San Antonio, TX 78229