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What's wrong with our brains? Part 2

Posted: April 18, 2023
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

Last year, it was noted that 1 in 44 children were labeled as having Autism by the CDC. But not anymore!  Just a few weeks ago, the Autism rate changed to 1 in 36, which is really interesting when you consider that when I was a kid in the 1960s and 70s, the Autism rate was one in 10,000!  1 in 36 equals 4% of those born as males in the US have autism. 

According to the CDC, the percent of kids with anxiety has risen to 9.4%, and almost 5% of our kids have depression. One in six children, according to the CDC, between ages two and eight have a mental behavioral or developmental disorder. In 2016, it has been recommended that all teens should be screened for depression. And in 2022, they recommended that all kids eight and over should be screened for anxiety. 

So I focus on kids but let's not just talk about kids for a moment. 55% increase in Alzheimer's 50% increase in Parkinson's the last 15 years. So when I ask, “what's wrong with our brains,” it isn't just what's happening to our kids brains…it’s what’s going on with everyone’s brains? The World Health Organization recently said there is “ample evidence that pinpoints neurological disorders as one of the greatest threats to public health.”

Yes, all brain based issues have skyrocketed. But what's wrong with our brains? The answer in one word: neurotoxicity. We have create a neurotoxic world.  But here’s the key question:  what's right with our brains?  We can try to alleviate some of the neurotoxic stress…you can't change what's out there, but you can change how the body is responding to it. And you can change neurotoxicity through kids getting adjusted, you can change through helping them with nutrition, you can get these kids to move instead of sitting on their iPhones all day long playing.  We can't stop all that neurotoxic stress. But we can help alleviate that and strengthen the other side. I think we can start moving into a new generation where their brains even with the neurotoxic stuff are more resilient. And that's what it's all about.

References available upon request.

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Autism rates rise again!

Posted: March 30, 2023
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

The latest statistics from the CDC released in March of 2023 show that the Autism rate has once again increased from 1 in 44 in the 2020 study to 1 in 36 in the 2023 study. The overall Autism prevalence per 1000 children was an average of 27.6 and it ranged from a prevalence of 23.1 in Maryland to 44.9 in California. The overall male to female prevalence ratio was 3.8 (in other words, 3.8 more Autism seen in those born as males than those born as females), with an overall prevalence of 43 out of 1000 among boys and 11.4 out of 1000 among girls.

When I was a child, the autism rate in the 1960s was one in 10,000. The autism rate around the world has gone up almost 800% since then. A practice member asked me yesterday, “why this was happening? Where's all this coming from?” 

My answer was: the neurotoxicity of the world. We see more Monsanto based food…grown with GMO’s, artificial chemicals, flavors, preservatives and colorings. We see our water polluted, our air polluted, and our minds polluted not just by the incredible volume and  inauthenticity of the stuff that's on the internet, but also by the electromagnetic frequency waves (EMF’s) that are blasting into our cell phones, iPads, and laptops, or even worse, directly into your brain through the air pods and earbuds that have an unbroken connection into the temporal lobe of your brain!

The real problem isn't that the Autism rate has skyrocketed from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 36. The real problem is that ALL brain related issues have skyrocketed, from Autism to ADHD to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's in adults. What's wrong with our brains is the neurotoxicity… what's right with our brains is that we can try to alleviate some of the stress that this neurotoxicity is causing through things like chiropractic care, and nutrition, proper supplementation, regular exercise, and calming techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and Yoga.  Time to take care of our brains!


What's wrong with our brains?

Posted: March 14, 2023
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

The Autism rate has skyrocketed over 800% since autism was first being tracked in the 1990s.  It is now seen in 1 in 44 children and it used to be 1 in 10,000. There has been an increase of 43% in the last eight years of ADHD diagnosis. Concussions have increased 500% since 2010.

Suicide rates have jumped more than 25% since 1999. MIT says that “brain disorders including developmental psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases represent an enormous disease burden.”  The World Health Organization says that “there is ample evidence that pinpoints neurological disorders as one of the greatest threats to public health.”

In the year 1900, the top causes of death was tuberculosis and influenza. Now, the top causes of death are cancer and heart disease.  The rate of infectious diseases, except for COVID, declined 46% from 1910 to 2010. Cancer and heart disease account for 47% of all deaths in the United States today.  But honestly, I don't think that cancer and heart disease are the only problem that we're facing in terms of major illnesses. I truly believe the number one problem of our time is what's wrong with our brains.

Teenagers are experiencing more anxiety and depression than ever before. One in six children have a developmental disability and one in five children have a mental health disorder. What's going on with our brains?

One way to fix our brains is to take a good look at what the true problem is. I believe that the problem is that our modern society is literally creating what Dr. Robert Melillo calls a society of 'Disconnected Kids' (and Disconnected Adults!).  We are 'growing' brains with something called functional disconnection. In all my years of experience, chiropractic, neurological exercises and nutritional changes can be massively helpful in Disconnected children and adults. Find a brain-based chiropractor today!

References available upon request

Disruptive Pediatrics

Posted: March 7, 2023
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

Disruptive pediatrics: What is that? It is a different way of thinking about kids health care.

It is a patient first concept, where we create an environment and care plans based on each individual child. We examine their strengths and their weaknesses during the child’s first visit and determine which of three categories they are placed in.  By creating these specific categories we're able to give them very focused care, focused on that particular child's needs. We assess the child's brain and nervous system and then create a blueprint or a roadmap with very specific recommendations in terms of types of adjustments, types of home exercises and types of dietary suggestions.   

No one child is the same. Whether that child has Autism, ADHD, ear infections, colic, developmental delays, nursing problems…every child is different. So every child gets their own specific care plan.

Most practices in healthcare are very ‘cookie-cutter’ in nature. You go in, they do the same thing to every single person during their examination, regardless of what their issue is, and then spit out the same recommendations to every single person.  Not an office that is involved with disruptive pediatrics!  We are committed to making sure your child gets laser focused health care based upon what they need. And every 10 visits, we will do a re-examination to change that focus based on the child's improvements.

Welcome to disruptive pediatrics!


Epigenetics: The expression of your DNA

Posted: November 5, 2021
By: Kathryn Lederer & Dr Rubin

So often we think of our DNA as a life sentence- that the genes our parents gave us are our destiny, no matter our choices. We look at our parents and grandparents and we assume that their present is our future. However, the science of epigenetics is turning that idea on its head. We might have genes for cancer and diabetes and Alzheimer’s, but it is the actions in our lives that determine the expression of those genes.

“[DNA is] like a script. Think of Romeo and Juliet, for example. In 1936 George Cukor directed Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in a film version. Sixty years later Baz Luhrmann directed Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in another movie version of this play. Both productions used Shakespeare’s script, yet the two movies are entirely different. Identical starting points, different outcomes.” ―Nessa Carey, The Epigenetics Revolution

This concept is proven when you look at identical twins, who have the same genetic make-up, but different medical histories. At the moment of conception, the health status of our parents will affect the expression of our genes. Throughout our childhood, everything from the food we ate to the air we breathed affect the interpretation of our DNA.

Here are a few ways we can influence our genes in a positive way:

  • Eating whole, minimally processed foods
  • Moving our bodies daily
  • Getting adjusted regularly
  • Minimizing our exposure to environmental toxins
  • Meditation

We can’t prevent every illness with epigenetics, but by living a healthy lifestyle we give our bodies their best chance!








Breastfeeding issues Part 1

Posted: October 18, 2021
By: Ana Garraton and Dr Rubin

Breastfeeding issues, Part 1:

Nipple confusion is defined as “an infant’s difficulty in achieving the correct oral configuration, latching technique, and suckling pattern necessary for successful breast-feeding after bottle feeding or other exposure to an artificial nipple.” Although there is inconsistent evidence to support this topic, many practitioners believe that after exposure to artificial nipples (such as bottles or pacifiers), infants experience difficulty with breastfeeding. The main cause for debate is limited research as to whether bottles and pacifiers are causing infants to refuse the breast or if it’s simply markers of maternal-infant characteristics.

Studies have shown that the way a baby latches to his or her mother’s breast is very different than the way they suck on a bottle or pacifier. Bottle feeding can separate the epiglottis and soft palate connection. It elevates the soft palate, drives the tongue back and alter the action of tongue. This makes it difficult for the baby to drink milk and may result in fussiness or frustration from the infant. It can also be an explanation to why babies may have trouble switching back and forth between drinking from a bottle and breastfeeding.

Another hypothesis that can explain nipple confusion include:

1. The newborn may have a limited ability to adapt to various oral configurations.

2. A form of “imprinting” may happen when the baby receives a bottle before the breastfeeding attempt.

3. Low colostrum available with breast-feeding in the first few days of life.

4. An infant who has not learned to grasp and suckle the nipple correctly might perceive bottle feeding as easier and more rewarding.

Methods that can be considered or used to help feeding and prevent nipple confusion, until breast-feeding can be established, include: a cup, spoon or dropper or the use of nipple shields. Many other issues can cause breastfeeding challenges, such as tongue/lip tie, TMJ weakness and missing/weak primitive reflexes. We will cover these in future blogposts. Working with a pediatric chiropractor is always a good idea, and a lactation consultant can help identify if your child’s fussiness or difficulty feeding is related to nipple confusion.


RFC’s Breastfeeding Service Recommendation:

Angela Gomes dos Santos, CLC


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Breastfeeding twins? Yes you can!!!

Posted: September 28, 2020
By: Ksenia Kimbro & Dr Drew Rubin

I had a healthy twin pregnancy.  The babies were born at 35 weeks, both boys. It was my goal to exclusively breastfeed. Both boys had a NICU stay. I pumped every three hours at the hospital, and they were fed a combination of Neosure (formula for preemies) and breastmilk. At the hospital, I attempted to latch the babies and do skin to skin, but they were too small and just kept falling asleep at the breast.

When we got home, my first goal was to boost my milk supply while pumping. Now, looking back, I see a huge difference between pumping and nursing in terms of supply. Supply was always an uphill battle while exclusively pumping. At first, I fed the babies all breastmilk during the day and half breastmilk/half formula at night. I did a lot of research and the following is my advice on how to boost supply in order to transition to all breastmilk and where to go from there.
        1.      Keep attempting nursing at the beginning of as many feedings as you can. Yes, it’s very hard to find time, especially with twins. Do your best! At the very least, attempt it once a day with each baby. Nursing will stimulate the breast to help your supply and give the babies an opportunity to practice. After the nursing attempt, give the babies a bottle.
        2.      LacTeck flanges for my Spectra pump were a game changer. Using coconut oil with them also helped me with nipple irritation.
        3.      Hand express after each pumping session
        4.      Power pump (pump 20 minutes, rest for 10 minutes, pump for 10 more minutes)
        5.      Massage the breasts during pumping, I used LaVie lactation massager
        6.      Use a heat pack before and during pumping
        7.      Have oatmeal for breakfast every day
        8.      Legendairy Milk supplements are amazing!
        9.      Moringa supplements
        10.    Shatavari supplements
        11.     Barley water, at least 2 cups a day- this has gluten in it, just in case!
        12.     Stay hydrated
        13.     Body Armor sports drinks- like a healthier version of Gatorade
        14.     Sleep as much as possible

Once my supply was up, I simply cut the formula out and used all breastmilk. My next goal was to transition the babies from bottles to breast. I worked with an amazing lactation consultant. We did a few weighted feeds to make sure the babies are getting enough during the feed. I supplemented with a bottle until they did.

One of my boys latched better than the other. For a while, I nursed one and bottle fed one. That’s ok too! I used “flipple” or exaggerated latch technique to help the babies have better latches. Once they figure it out, nurse away! Make sure the babies are getting enough wet and dirty diapers and look for hunger cues. Trust your instincts! You know your body and your babies best. Once you nurse exclusively or almost exclusively, you won’t have to worry about your supply as much as if you exclusively pump.

Note: Information in this blogpost is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the direct advice provided by your chiropractor or other healthcare professionals.  Please consult your own healthcare team before using any of the supplements, drinks, devices, etc, suggested herein. 

Remote Chiropractic? Zoom & Google Classroom

Posted: April 14, 2020
By: Aeriel Green and Dr. Rubin

Are you worried about you and your family leaving your house during this troubling time?  Rubin Family Chiropractic is here for you and your family, and your health and wellness remain valuable to us. Many health professionals are starting to offer telehealth video calls. During this time of uncertainty, Dr. Rubin is offering Zoom video calls to parents of children that are unable to come regularly to our office.  During these video calls, he will be checking primitive reflexes by having the parent or guardian perform the test and watching the response of the child. Dr. Rubin will then explain exercises for you to do at home during this time, that will help the child’s brain and nerve system stay strong between adjustments. Please call or email the office to set up a time for a Zoom video call.

Also, Dr. Rubin has developed a Google Classroom, that has videos of the most common exercises he recommends. This tools has been invaluable for patients and their kids to recall and refresh exactly how neurologically based exercises should be done.  It is available for the asking for patients of Rubin Family Chiropractic.  

Pandemic or not, the use of Zoom and Google Classroom are just 2 ways showing how we are keeping ahead of the curve.

First I was a patient, now I work here!

Posted: April 7, 2020
By: Ashlyn Segler and Dr. Rubin

Hi everyone! My name is Ashlyn Segler and I am a senior in high school. You may have seen me working at the front desk on Saturdays this past year, but now I’m here during the week too! I first started as a patient here when I was in elementary school and returned as a patient my junior year when I was having severe digestion issues. For about a year and a half prior, I would wake up every morning and get sick. After an extensive, yet disappointing, experience with mainstream medicine, I turned to alternative medicine. It was then I was diagnosed with an allergy to casein, and while cutting dairy out of my diet helped, my digestive system was still in the process of healing from 16 years of eating dairy, and I was still getting sick every morning. Chiropractic care not only aided the process, but Dr. Rubin went a step further to help ease my transition to a dairy-free life. He helped suggest new foods and dairy-free options that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. I was especially enthusiastic coming to the Halloween bash because all the treats were baked dairy free, gluten free, and vegan. I wish I could express the extent of my excitement coming to Dr. Rubin’s when I could eat whatever I wanted, free from anxiety of whether or not it was contaminated with dairy. All fun and games aside, however, it has been over two years since I last got sick in the morning, and I feel better each day since cutting out dairy.

                Likewise, my junior year I was diagnosed with mono. With the stress of AP exams, SATs and ACTs, extracurriculars, and college tours, I was anxious to be out of school for too long. I had heard stories of my peers hospitalized for a month or more from mono. When I first started showing symptoms, I couldn’t stay awake for more than three or four hours, let alone a whole school day. With no more than three adjustments, I was back at school the next week, fully recovered. Chiropractic care can benefit everyone in so many ways, and I’m so thankful for my access to holistic care at Dr. Rubin’s. 

Pictured below: Ashlyn, Ksenia, Laura and Dr. Rubin

The Importance of Movement in Childhood Development

Posted: October 15, 2019
By: Chris Johnson, intern, & Dr. R

It's a common trend in schools across the country: physical education classes are being cut and recess hours reduced. Young children are increasingly expected to sit still at their desks for entire school days. Even at home kids often spend hours each day in front of a television, computer, or phone. This is happening even as more and more research shows just how important movement is to the developing child, and how development can be stunted when children don't learn to move correctly.

What many parents don't realize is that movement skills and mental skills grow together. Each is affected by, and dependent on, the other. For example, the earliest signs of an autism spectrum disorder are often abnormal movement skills. These often include things like incorrect crawling patterns, and this is why it is so important to make sure your child is meeting their milestones. 

However, movement is a concern even for children who seem to be developing normally. While frequency of physical activity is very important, scientific studies have also linked the quality of movement skills to increased academic performance as well as improved mental health. That's why it is also crucial to have your child's movement patterns evaluated. Kids in our office are always checked to be sure that their movements are progressing normally. When faulty movements are found, exercises can be given to teach your child the proper movements, ensuring that their development continues normally and they develop the skills they need to thrive. This goes for children in school as well as infants who are have trouble rolling, crawling or walking.