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The Crooked Face Epidemic

Posted: January 11, 2019
By: Dr. Drew Rubin and Lysander Bo

Go to your nearest mirror and gently examine your face. Is it symmetrical? Are your ears at the same level? Are your eyebrows level? Are your eyes looking straight to the center or does one deviate a little inward or outward? Now, go to your baby/child and look for the same things: is their face symmetrical? This is what Forrest Maready has discussed in his book called “Crooked: Man-made Disease Explained.” He states that having a “crooked” face potentially signifies symptoms that might lead to disorders/diseases that start years earlier due to our constant exposure to toxins in our bodies. Mr. Maready is not the only one that has noticed a change in symmetry in babies and children; here at Rubin Family Chiropractic we have noticed that too.

 

According to Mr. Maready, some early warning signs might be a crooked smile, droopy frown, having an outward or inward turned eye, partial eye blinking, or droopy face. All of these have to do with dysfunction, to some extent, of the cranial nerves. Research shows that 1 out of 5 children will be born with some sort of neurological problem, and spotting asymmetry in the face maybe one of the first warning signs that the nervous system is not working like its supposed to. At Rubin Family Chiropractic, when we see these asymmetries improve, it shows that it’s a nervous system issue!

Reference:

Areyoucrooked.com


Mama, Maintain Your Power, or Keeping Strong During Pregnancy & Birth

Posted: December 4, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin & Olivia Miller

“It is no coincidence that the first and often greatest cause of nerve system stress in our society, the birth process, is also where women’s intuitive powers have been squelched the most.” -Jeanne Ohm, DC

As a mother of three wonderful tiny humans, I have had three different birthing experiences in which I deeply felt the attempts to “squelch intuitive powers” by well-meaning loved ones and health care professionals. Many times I was able to stay strong because I confidently knew that my choice was the right one for our family. Other times, I caved because I didn’t know what, if any, other options were available. Through each pregnancy, I became stronger in my boundaries and more knowledgeable about choices that families should make as they welcome the newest member.

This weekend was an empowering, healing one for me as mother first and chiropractor second. Jeanne Ohm, DC is one of the leaders of the chiropractic profession in perinatal care, and she shares her knowledge worldwide. I’m grateful she came to Atlanta just two weeks before I graduate as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Her Webster Technique Certification seminar trains chiropractors in the specific adjustments that can be used for anyone experiencing misalignments within the pelvis. She also inspires the doctors to better educate and empower their communities for safer, easier pregnancies and births.

At the seminar this weekend, we discussed the three main concerns medical professionals have about the birthing process. According to the Williams Obstetrics, the training manual for obstetricians: The mother’s uterus may not have the power or proper strength to push the baby to appropriately dilate the cervix for delivery; the mother’s pelvis may be improperly shaped; or the baby may not be positioned optimally for birth. While each of these concerns is viable, there are natural measures to take that may prevent any or all of them, and chiropractic care is one of those options.

Dr. Ohm shared her clinical observations and evidence-based research regarding chiropractic care for pregnant women with respect to each of the three concerns. Through regular checks of sacral and pelvic alignment and specific adjustments, normal physiologic function may be restored. Nerve system stress is reduced, enhancing function of all muscles including the uterus. Proprioception and normal muscle tone is restored. Pelvic balance is optimized allowing for maximum space. Any aberrant tension on the uterus may eliminated, and the baby has the optimal environment to assume the best possible position for birth.

As stated before, I had three very different pregnancies and birthing experiences. This seminar reminded me that each one was exactly as it needed to be, and I see now that each one provides opportunities to share with my patients some of the do’s and don’ts on a personal level. One of the best choices I made for each pregnancy was to find a chiropractor who worked with me throughout pregnancy and helped me find the resources to make informed health choices. In order to maintain our power throughout motherhood, we must remain educated, and to perform at our best each day, we need our nervous system--our body’s power system--functioning without interference.

Thank you, Dr. Ohm, for the inspirational learning experience. I cried and laughed and connected to my power as a mother and chiropractor.  Thank you for encouraging the healing process to continue for myself and through me for others.

Thank you, Dr. Rubin, for the opportunity to learn from you on a daily basis. I have learned more from my internship experience at Rubin Family Chiropractic than I imagined possible. “It takes a village” to grow families, and I am grateful you welcomed me into yours to serve your patients. I look forward to taking all that you have taught and sharing it with my own village.

Resources for parents:

www.icpa4kids.org ICPA Public Website
www.scienceandsensibility.org/ Science and Sensibility
www.gentlebirth.org Gentle Birth Website
www.birthingfromwithin.com Birthing from Within
www.ican-online.org/ International Cesarean Awareness Network 
www.empoweredbirthproject.com Empowered Childbirth
www.spinningbabies.com 
www.choicesinchildbirth.com
 


How chiropractic can strengthen your immune system this holiday season!

Posted: November 30, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin and Krista Fran

Are you feeling bogged down after the rush of Thanksgiving? Did you overstuff yourself at the multiple celebrations? Did you spend all weekend getting the best deals at all your local stores? Or on the other side, did you spend all day sitting on the couch watching the football games? Did you travel long distances and/or sleep in a bed that wasn’t your own? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, that could be the cause as to why you are feeling a little under the weather.

Our immune systems are the basis of our health, which of course plays a big role when it comes to our overall wellness and happiness. The immune system is the body's defense against infectious organisms and other invaders. Through a process called the immune response, this system attacks invading organisms and substances as they enter the body and work to cause disease. The immune system can be weakened by sources like those alluded to before: stress, lack of sleep, sedentary lifestyle (like watching TV all day), poor diet/overeating, going from hot to cold climates and vice versa (like in and out of stores) and of course traveling (especially on airplanes).

So what can we do to help? Chiropractic focuses on making sure our brain and nervous system are clearly coordinating all bodily systems. There is a strong connection between the nervous system, the immune system and the endocrine system. When these 3 systems are functioning well together they help to keep our bodies resilient and strong. However, when one is hindered, the others have to try to compensate – leading to that bogged down feeling. Here at RFC we analyze the spine for subluxations and give corrective adjustments to reduce the stress on the nervous system, subsequently impacting the immune system in a positive way.  One study even showed that individuals under chiropractic care were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than those not under chiropractic care.

In order to stay healthy this holiday season, and make sure you are prepared for some of these hindrances to your immune system that may arise, here are some additional tips you can follow!

  1. Get adjusted – come see us regularly at RFC to get checked and make sure your nervous system is free of interference
  2. Wash your hands – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  3. Stay active – find something you enjoy doing and go out and do it
  4. Drink lots of water – aim for ½ an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound you weigh
  5. Get a good nights sleep – try going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day and try to turn off all electronic devices at least an hour before bed
  6. Make healthy food choices – skip the processed and sugary foods, try to shop the outskirts of the grocery store for more fresh options (i.e. vegetables and fruits)
  7. Take in as much sun as you can – vitamin D can also be supplemented this time of year since we don’t get as many opportunities to be outside if its cold, but this vitamin plays an important role in keeping our immune system functioning at its best

Resources:

Pero R. "Medical Researcher Excited By CBSRF Project Results." The Chiropractic Journal, August 1989; 32.

https://welladjusted.co/wellness/adjustments-and-the-immune-system-how-chiropractic-helps-you-resist-colds-and-flus/

https://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/white-seeber-grogan-the-remedy-chicks/enhancing-your-immune-system-this-holiday/


Thanksgiving and Chiropractic: American-Made Marvels

Posted: November 26, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin and Alyssa Puor

America has a long history of inspired traditions.  The first chiropractic adjustment and first Thanksgiving celebration were two of these amazing celebrations of life. The very first Thanksgiving was celebrated in November of 1621 when the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians came together to celebrate the autumn harvest of the Pilgrims, in Plymouth, Massachusetts.   It is said that their meal consisted of many trimmings including cornmeal, onions, beans, cabbage, carrots, pumpkin, blueberries, plums, gooseberries, raspberries, cranberries, and grapes. Much of these are the traditional items we see on our menu today, however historians relate that Plymouth's Thanksgiving also consisted of seafood, including mussels as they were common along the shoreline. Wild turkey and deer were also part of the menu.

Over 270 years later, the first chiropractic adjustment was delivered in Davenport, Iowa, in 1895. D.D. Palmer delivered the first adjustment to a deaf man who regained his hearing quickly after the subluxation was removed from his spine. One year later chiropractic was given its name, with its Greek roots meaning “done by hand” (cheir = hand, praktos = done by).

The years following the first adjustment given by D.D., the nervous system was more closely studied by his son BJ, and many more greats in the profession. We have a better understanding that misalignments in the spine result in decreased quality of messages going to and from the brain, thus resulting in various forms of dysfunction, including the one we call subluxation.  

This is why correcting the spine, and ultimately our brain and nervous system, is so important to us at Rubin Family Chiropractic and why we love to see pregnant moms and newborns getting checked so that they are on track for a lifetime of health!  Chiropractic and Thanksgiving...American originals!

 


How to deal with the stress of holiday travel

Posted: November 19, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin & Krista Frank,

As exciting as the holiday season can be, it can also be filled with stress. One of the biggest contributing factors is the stress of traveling.  Your body doesn’t thrive in stressful situations; which is why we end up feeling fatigued or tense.  And when our bodies are in this state we often develop headaches, neck pain, low back pain, jaw pain, and/or stomach-aches. Whether you are traveling by car, airplane or another form of transportation, holiday travel can take its toll on both your mind and body. Chiropractic is great for helping with injuries brought on by the wear and tear from traveling, but what we really want at RFC is to prevent you from having to deal with any of these injuries in the first place. Check out the below tips on how to handle some of these major stressors so you can make sure you can truly enjoy the quality time with your family and friends this holiday season. 

  1. With this being the busiest time of year for traveling the lines are often long, the prices for tickets and gas are increased, and the weather is an unpredictable factor that can wreak havoc on any plans you thought you had.  It is important to remember these situations are temporary, and often times out of your control.  Take time to focus on your breath during these times rather than getting frustrated or restless.  Try these different breathing techniques linked here (https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-reduce-stress-with-breathing-exercises-3144508)
  2. We often spend long hours in confined spaces during trips. Keeping our blood flowing is essential so make sure you take time to stretch while you’re traveling. Whether that be on the plane when the fasten seatbelt sign turns off, or stopping at a rest stop along your route, get up and move.  Some easy stretches are linked here (https://darlingmagazine.org/7-stretches-make-holiday-travel-less-painful/)
  3. It’s a full house, but it isn’t your house. Therefore, you aren’t sleeping in your own bed, which can throw off both your sleep routine as well as your posture. If possible, bring your own pillow at least to make the disruption in your routine a little less drastic; your neck will thank you.
  4. Pack light.  We’re all guilty of over packing at times but, with our bodies in a compromised state of stress the last thing we need to do is lift heavy suitcases.  Consider this: take multiple trips to the car rather than trying to carry it all into the house in one trip, pack in several small bags rather than stuffing everything into one large one and use a roller bag rather than one that needs to be slung over your shoulder.

The list goes on, but with these few tips and your chiropractic adjustments both before and after your trip we hope you will find a little less stress in your holiday travel this season!

Reference:

American Chiropractic Association https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Preventing-Travel-Aches-and-Strains

 


Healthy Tips for the Upcoming Turkey Day

Posted: November 12, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin and Dan Traxler

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie! Have I gotten your attention yet? It’s no secret that Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. It is a wonderful time to spend with friends, family, and/or loved ones, enjoying a massive feast with plates piled high in a variety of flavors. It is also no secret that although some of these foods are healthy, others are not (but may be oh-so tasty). Do you have difficulty watching the plates of food being passed around, while trying not to get knocked off your typical eating habits? The aim of this post is to not overwhelm your “plate” any more, and to give you 6 simple tips you can use and remember when loading up your plate on Thanksgiving Day.

  1. Eat a good breakfast. As the thanksgiving feast gets prepared, it is common to snack on the tasty treats put out during the day. Many times these treats are cheeses, crackers, and other high calorie items. A sneaky trick to avoid over-snacking is to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning. As simple as eggs, onions, spinach, and avocado will be a quick meal high in healthy fats that will tide you over until the main event.
  2. Move your body. Building off of tip #1, getting some exercise before the feast will help off-set the mountain of calories you will be ingesting. It will also wake up your nervous system and metabolism to help digest your food better. This may, in fact, be the health reason for the popular Turkey Bowl Fun Runs in our culture.
  3. Enjoy the seasonal foods. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, corn, pumpkin pie. Alright, there are many reasons behind this tip, but it is a simple one to remember. Firstly, seasonal foods are the most natural for our bodies. Our ancestors ate whatever berry, crop, or game was available, and these changed with the seasons. Our bodies are happier when we eat the foods that are in season. Secondly, many of the non-season foods are things like breads, cookies, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls that are high in calories and spike our blood sugar. If you focus on the foods that are in season, overall they are the healthier choice.
  4. Proper food combining.  If you regularly get indigestion on Thanksgiving, it might be because you are mixing foods that need to be digested by 1 enzyme (like protein) with foods that need to be digested by a totally different and incompatible enzyme (like cheese or bread). Be more cautious about what you eat and space out or eliminate foods that you know or suspect may cause problems (read more about food combining here: https://heartwhispers.weebly.com/tips-for-health.html ).
  5. Eat whole foods (not casserole).  There is one dish in particular to try and limit: Casseroles. Sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, green bean casserole, don’t let the names fool you. Casseroles are usually heavy in butters, sugars, cheeses, and occasionally marshmallows that surround the healthy ingredients. Although they are a holiday specialty, try not to load more than a small section of your plate with casserole. Stick to whole foods that you can see. These are the roasted potatoes, whole vegetables, turkey, and fruits.
  6. No guilt allowed. No matter what happens, there is no guilty feelings allowed! Feeling bad about your holiday won’t do you or anyone else any good, so it is best to enjoy the day and feel good moving forward. And remember that living a healthy lifestyle is 365 days a year.  Many people feel as though they “failed” or lost control at Thanksgiving, and they let it continue through the winter holiday season. Enjoy the day, and continue living your best life.

We love and appreciate all of our RFC family. If you have any questions or would like recipe suggestions, call our office or ask at your next visit!


99 out of 100 Babies Need To Be Checked by a Chiropractor, study says.

Posted: November 6, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin and Dan Traxler

If you hang around the Rubin Family Chiropractic community long enough, you will see many, many pregnant women and infants get adjusted. We love to watch little babies smile and laugh after their adjustment. At some point, you may have asked the question, how can a chiropractor help all these babies? We hope this post illuminates why chiropractic care is so important for infants and newborns.

 

A study published in 2015 shows us how important it is for infants to get checked by a chiropractor, no matter how seemingly healthy.  Titled “Incidence of Somatic Dysfunction in Healthy Newborns”, the study looks at the incidence, or percentage likelihood, that a newborn will have dysfunction in their spine. The doctors examined the spines of 100 healthy newborns, including cranium (head), cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), lumbar (low-back), and sacral (base) regions of the spine. 51 of these newborns were male, and 49 female, all about 6 hours old.

 

The results of this particular study were astonishing. It found that 99%, or 99 out of 100, of these newborns had at least one somatic dysfunction, either in the cranium (or skull), the cervical spine (neck) or sacral spine (base of the spine). The study also found that the number one correlating factor to the amount of spinal dysfunction found was labor time. The longer the mother was in labor, the more spinal dysfunctions the baby would have. We chiropractors call somatic dysfunction: subluxation.  What this study tells us is that almost every child born today needs to be seen by a chiropractor, so we can address their somatic dysfunctions or subluxations!  No one escapes being born without needing their spine checked by a pediatric chiropractor.

 

These numbers are eye-opening, and show the importance of having a baby and pregnant mother checked. Literature has shown us that chiropractic care helps reduce labor time by as much 31%. This now shows the impact that a diminished labor time has on the health of a baby’s spine and nervous system. This 2015 study helps us understand the physical toll the delivery process has on the baby’s spine. Each of these spinal dysfunctions contribute to a less than optimal brain and nervous system in every newborn. Having your newborn checked for spinal dysfunction, or vertebral subluxation, can make an incredible difference in you and your family’s life.

Link to study: http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2466228
 

  1. Waddington DL, Snider KT, Lockwood MD, Pazdernik VK. Incidence of somatic dysfunction in healthy newborns. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2015;115:654-665.
  2. Borggren CL. Pregnancy and chiropractic: a narrative review of literature. J Chiropr Med. 2007;6(2):72-74.

 


The 4 A's: Numbers are on the Rise!

Posted: October 31, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin & Olivia Miller

In 2007, Kenneth Bock, MD, published Healing the New Childhood Epidemics. At that time, he reported that Autism was an epidemic: It spiked 1,500 percent in twenty years. ADHD, asthma and allergies have also skyrocketed over the same period of time. As of the 2007 publication, these conditions affected one in every three children in America, and the numbers have only risen since then.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, latest research indicates that rates of children diagnosed with autism have increased from 1 in 110 in 2006 to an alarming 1 in 59 today!

Similarly, ADHD rates have risen. In 2003, 7.8 percent of children ages 4 – 17 were diagnosed with ADHD. By 2007, numbers had risen to 9.5 percent, and by 2011, 11.0 percent of 4 – 17-year-olds had been diagnosed with the condition. Because ADHD had become more prevalent with younger children, in 2016 research methods altered to include children ages 2 – 17, and studies revealed 9.4 percent had ADHD.

Asthma is currently the leading cause of chronic disease among children. While hospitalization rates due to asthma has decreased in recent years, the condition is the third leading cause for hospitalization for children under the age of 15. As of 2016, 1 in 12 (8.3%) children had been diagnosed with asthma.

Allergic conditions are among the most common medical conditions affecting children in the United States. Among children aged 0–17 years, the prevalence of food allergies increased from 3.4% in 1997–1999 to 5.1% in 2009–2011. The prevalence of skin allergies increased from 7.4% in 1997–1999 to 12.5% in 2009–2011. There was no significant trend in respiratory allergies from 1997–1999 to 2009–2011, yet respiratory allergy remained the most common type of allergy among children throughout this period (17.0% in 2009–2011).

Our experience at Rubin Family Chiropractic coincides with the CDC reports. We have seen an ever-increasing number of patients with one or more of the 4-A disorders. There is hope, though! As a neurologically based chiropractic office, we have also seen our patients make dramatic improvements in their symptoms in a relatively short period of time. Through regular chiropractic care, we enjoy helping parents and children manage and alleviate symptoms of autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies among many other common childhood conditions.

References:

Allergies [internet]. Division of Human Development and Disability, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2018 [cited 31 October 2018]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html.

Asthma [internet]. National Center for Environmental Health. 2018 [cited 31 October 2018]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/most_recent_data.htm.

Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) [internet]. Division of Human Development and Disability, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2017 [cited 31 October 2018]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/features/key-findings-adhd72013.html.

Autism spectrum disorders [internet]. Division of Birth Defects, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2018 [cited 31 October 2018]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html

Bock K, Stauth C. (2007) Healing the new childhood epidemics: autism, ADHD, asthma, and allergies: the groundbreaking program for the 4-A disorders. New York, NY: Ballentine Books.

 


Pregnant? Have round ligament pain?

Posted: October 30, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin & Krista Frank

Do you get short, sudden jabs of pain or spasms in your lower belly or on either side of your belly/groin area?  This is described as round ligament pain, and is often felt in the second and third trimesters.  Women have two round ligaments, one on either side of the abdominal area.  These ligaments start at the bottom of the groin, fan outward, and connect at the hip area to support the abdominals; thus serving a very important role during pregnancy.  In fact, these ligaments can rarely even be felt unless a woman is pregnant.

So what causes this pain?  Throughout pregnancy, your body is undergoing many changes, growing and stretching to make room for baby.  As the uterus grows during pregnancy the round ligaments stretch, becoming tighter and thinner, like a rubber band.  The stretching that occurs can result in tension and pain in the abdominal area. If the baby is in a non-ideal position, leaning against one or even both of the round ligaments, shooting pain can result.  Another way pain in the round ligaments can occur is when mom’s pelvis is misaligned.  Many pregnant women commonly feel round ligament pain, and the good news is there are ways to ease the pain!

Due to the biomechanical make up of the sacrum and pelvis, if one of your hip bones rocks back into misalignment and the opposite hip bone rocks forward, the sacrum, which connects the hip bones can tilt back one way or the other. This puts torsion on the round ligaments due to its attachment sites. Through chiropractic care and utilization of the Webster Technique (which puts focus on the sacrum as well as the round ligaments) proper alignment can occur, leading to balance of the pelvic muscles and ligaments.

Other helpful tips in addition to seeing your chiropractor:

  • Relaxing baths
  • Pregnancy massage
  • Practice proper posture
  • Rest/slow down
  • Gentle strengthening/balance exercises
  1. Borggren CL. Pregnancy and chiropractic: a narrative review of the literature. J Chiropr Med. 2007;6(2):70-4.
  2. Howland G. 11 natural remedies to ease round ligament pain. mamanatural.com [online].

 


Halloween Sugar Survival Guide

Posted: October 26, 2018
By: Preferred Chiropractic Doctor,

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