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How chiropractic care can help improve concentration for all ages?

Posted: October 10, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin and Krista Fran

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming or not being able to focus on the task at hand?  As adults, this can be a frustrating thing to realize when we have a to-do list that is a mile long and only 24 hours in a day to complete it.  Well, the same frustrations we feel as adults trying to concentrate, our children feel as well. School-age children with the inability to concentrate often struggle in the classroom to learn material, get frustrated easily and/or get reprimanded by the teacher for not paying attention.

The inability to concentrate is understood to be a lack of ability to focus or concentrate on doing a task or remembering information that is common to us.  This can be accompanied by numerous other symptoms such as: sensory issues, sleeplessness, behavioral symptoms, fatigue, cognitive impairment, and anxiety.  Some things to look for as causative factors include: nervous system interference, lack of sleep or poor routine, a diet high in sugar and fat, excessive screen time, difficulties at home, medication side effects, illnesses, & vitamin/mineral deficiencies.

Ultimately, the inability to concentrate affects the brain’s ability to function.  Dr. Roger Sperry, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Brain Research, stated that 90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by movement of the spine.  This is where the connection between chiropractic and concentration really takes place.  Chronic nervous system interference, particularly in the upper neck region, can significantly impair a child's ability to concentrate. Specific chiropractic adjustments improve the brain’s ability to function in infants, children and adults, helping them reach their full potential by removing interference in the brain and central nervous system. It has been found that the specific area of the brain to be most affected by the adjustment is the pre-frontal cortex. The pre-frontal cortex plays a significant role in executive functions, focus control, attention, memory, initiation of activity, and response to stimuli; thus, it is an important area to address in children and adults with attention and focus problems, memory, and learning issues.

References:

  1. Bagnaro N. Improvement in subjective, academic and TOVA measures in a child with ADHD following upper cervical chiropractic management [case report]. J Upper Cervical Chiropr Res. 2014(3):42-6.
  2. Lelic D, Niazi IK, Holt K, Jochumsen M, Dremstrup K, Yielder P, Murphy B, Drewes AM, Haavik H. Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the prefrontal cortex: a brain source localization study. Neural Plasticity. 2016(2016), Article ID 3704964.

Fishy Seafood?

Posted: October 8, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin and Dan Traxler

Fish are loaded with healthy fats, known as omega-3 fats, that are essential for our health. Fats play many roles in our bodies, and scientists are continuing to discover how important healthy fats are in our everyday lives. A big reason why fats are important is that our brains are more than half fat (1). Our nerves that run throughout our body are covered in a fatty layer known as myelin that helps them conduct information quickly and easily. In addition, omega 3’s have been proven to help protect against type 2 diabetes (5), inflammation, autoimmune disease (3), and depression (4). A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that it is especially important for pregnant women to get their servings of omega 3 fats from fish as this helps fetal brain development (5).

 

Many of the problems that the seafood lovers face today is that some fish can contain alarmingly high levels of toxins, including mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin that has shown to be damaging to the human nervous system, and is a byproduct of coal-burning power plants. The mercury finds its way into our rivers, lakes, and oceans and eventually makes its way into the tissues of the fish living in them. It is very important to find clean sources of fish in order to limit the amount of mercury in your body, and therefore prevent any damage to your health (6). Here is a list of the ten types of seafood lowest in mercury levels, as reported by the FDA (7):

  1. Scallops

  2. Canned salmon

  3. Clams

  4. Shrimp

  5. Oysters

  6. Sardines

  7. Tilapia

  8. Anchovies

  9. Wild salmon

  10. Squid

Here is a list of the ten types of seafood highest in mercury levels, also as reported by the FDA:

  1. Tilefish

  2. Swordfish

  3. Shark

  4. King mackerel

  5. Bigeye tuna

  6. Orange roughy

  7. Marlin

  8. Spanish mackerel

  9. Grouper

  10. Tuna

A good rule of thumb to follow is that the smaller the fish, the less mercury it is able to absorb, and the safer it is to eat. The larger the fish, the higher up on the food chain it is and therefore the more mercury it is ingesting.

How does this apply to me?

If you are following our RFC blog, you are well aware that we see a lot of pregnant moms and kids in the office. You are also aware that our office is a nervous system based office that works on the spine and the nervous system. For the pregnant moms, it is important to eat seafood for your babies development, however it is even more essential to find seafood's low in levels of mercury and other contaminants. Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, recommends eating small fish high in omega 3 fats such as sardines, herring, anchovies, and wild caught salmon two or three servings per week. He also recommends the website cleanfish.com to find fish that are ethically raised, no antibiotics or hormones used, and low in mercury while sustainably fished or farmed (8).  Dr. Rubin cautions against eating shellfish during pregnancy, since they are known to cause potential allergic reactions.  

Getting your spine and nervous system checked at RFC is another great way to help your nervous system develop and function properly. So whether you’re making healthy seafood a piece of your diet or not, getting checked by your chiropractor will help ensure that your digestive system is working properly, and that you and your child are functioning at your best so that you can continue living your best life!

References:

  1. Innis SM. Dietary omega 3 fatty acids and the developing brain. Brain Res. 2008 Oct 27; 1237:35-43.

  2. Nkondjock A, Receveur O. Fish-seafood consumption, obesity, and type 2 diabetes: an ecological study. Diabetes Metab. 2003 Dec;29(6):635-42.

  3. Simopoulos AP. Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. J Am Coll Nutr. 2002;21(6):495-505.

  4. Li Fu, Liu X, Zhang D. Fish consumption and risk of depression: a meta-analysis. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2016;70:299-304.

  5. Oken E, Radesky JS, Wright RO, et al. Maternal fish intake during pregnancy, blood mercury levels, and child cognition at 3 years in a US cohort. Am J Epidemiol. 2008 May 15;167(10):1171-81.

  6. Guallar E, Sanz-Gallardo MI, van’t Veer P, et al. Mercury, fish oils, and the risk of myocardial infarction. N Engl J Med. 2002 Nov 28;347(22):8622-29.

  7. Food and Drug Administration. Mercury levels in commercial fish and shellfish (1990-2010). http://www.fda.gov/food/foodborneillnesscontaminants/metals/ucm115644.htm. October 5 2018.

  8. Hyman, M. (2018). Food. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company, pp.94-110.


Can chiropractors adjust pregnant women?

Posted: October 5, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin and Alyssa Puor

Pregnancy is an exciting time for mom and dad and with approximately four million births in the United States each year, according to the CDC.  Ensuring a healthy birth and delivery is a most important goal. Key components of this include proper nutrition, adequate movement and exercise, and chiropractic care. During pregnancy, hormonal changes along with increased weight to the abdominal area often result in changes to the spine, causing a variety of new challenges to mom. Chiropractic care addresses this by looking to areas of nervous system interference caused by these spinal misalignments. In addition, paying close attention to the mom’s pelvis as baby is growing and developing rapidly inside this small space helps to ensure that both mom and baby are comfortable.

In the United States, approximately four percent of pregnancies involve the baby in a breech presentation and 13 percent of these result in cesarean section delivery. There are three types of breech, all involving the baby in an abnormal position in the uterus. The most optimal position for delivery of the baby is head down. This ideal positioning allows for a potentially safer delivery and is beneficial for the baby’s neurological development.

The Webster technique is utilized in pregnant moms to ensure proper alignment of the pelvis, thus allowing for increased space for the baby to grow and move. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association describes this as, “a specific chiropractic sacral analysis,” with the goal of the adjustment being, “to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction, in doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated.”

We have patients describe that their best pregnancies and most ideal births came when they were under chiropractic care in addition to their prenatal providers. If you haven’t tried chiropractic during pregnancy, you may be missing out on an improved experience.  Dr. Rubin is a board certified pediatric and pregnancy chiropractor and has had 30 years experience taking care of kids and pregnant moms.  

1. Pistolese RA. The Webster technique: a chiropractic technique with obstetric implications. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2002;25(6):1-9.

2. About the webster technique [Internet]. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. 2018 [cited 3 October 2018]. Available from: http://icpa4kids.com/training/webster-certification/webster-technique/

3. Births and natality [Internet]. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2017 [cited 3 October 2018]. Available from: https//www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/births.htm


Innate brain vs educated brain

Posted: May 15, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

Our brains have 2 sides; left and right.  BJ Palmer argued that our brains are also polarized as Innate vs. Educated.  Part of our brain's function is to use feelings, hunches, and intuition to guide us in making best decisions.  He called that Above-down, inside-out. The other part of our brain is designed to download information from outside in.  Both are necessary to succeed, but don't let one get in the way of the other.

https://soundcloud.com/dr-drew-rubin/episode-213-innate-brain-vs-educated-brain 


Eyesight vs. Vision

Posted: April 17, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

Are you really seeing what you think you are seeing? What is behind your vision is your interpretation of what you are looking at. That makes up a lot of filters. How you look at things does make a difference. Listen to Dr. Rubin in the 2nd of 8 installments regarding building your visual abilities.  Click the link below!

https://soundcloud.com/dr-drew-rubin/episode-206-eyesight-vs-vision 


Dr. Rubin at Life University Graduation!

Posted: March 28, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

Honored to be asked to be the graduation speaker for Life University's March 2018 class, Dr. Rubin shares 5 lessons from an early experience with a challenging pediatric case and relates that to what the new graduates might be facing in their practices.  Some of the lessons came from mentors like Dr. Sid Williams and Dr. Larry Webster, others from almost 30 years of experience.

https://soundcloud.com/dr-drew-rubin/life-university-graduation-speech-32218 


Student hat vs. Doctor hat podcast

Posted: March 19, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

There's a shift that has to occur when you go from student to doctor, from employee to employer, from worker to manager or supervisor. You've got to shift 'hats.' This is not an easy shift, since you might be so used to and so conditioned to be a student or employee or worker that switching roles is uncomfortable. To get past that, start trying on the 2nd hat while still wearing the first. Think like a doctor when you are a student. Think like an employer when you are an employee. Think like a supervisor when you are a worker. This way you are preparing yourself for the ultimate role you want. Just like the old saying, "to be, act as if!"

https://soundcloud.com/dr-drew-rubin/episode-199a-student-hat-doctor-hat 


Is Humanity De-evolving?

Posted: March 7, 2018
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

Couldn't make the Family Wellness Summit in Washington DC this past weekend?  Or was there but missed Dr Rubin's 2 presentations?  Listen to how Dr Rubin asks: Is Humanity De-evolving?  Maybe we are supposed to de-evolve to re-evolve?  Is the new health revolution a re-evolution?  Check us out at www.theadjustment.com or on Facebook at rubinfamilychiropractic.

https://soundcloud.com/dr-drew-rubin/episode-196-icpa-summit-2018 


Breastfeeding: The special bond between a mom and her baby!

Posted: February 22, 2017
By: Dr Rubin and interns

The connection between a mother and her child is truly fascinating. The process of bonding occurs both during pregnancy and after delivery. While in the womb, immune cells travel from the mother to her baby through the placenta which boosts the baby’s immune system to protect the baby against bacteria and viruses. After birth, immune cells are transmitted through breastmilk!  What a brilliant idea!

Did you know that breast milk is customized according to the sex of the baby? Furthermore, did you know your breastmilk is specially formulated to be exactly what the baby needs ALL THE TIME? Breast milk is a complete food for the baby and the benefits of breast milk extend way beyond nutrition. Most people don't know that breast milk changes every day based on signals from the baby. So the mother will make the immune cells that provide the baby with natural immunity to exactly what illnesses the mom has been exposed to. 

-    Studies have shown that breastfed babies have a lower risk of developing ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhea and have a lower incidence of chronic conditions later in life such as diabetes, Crohn´s disease and asthma.

-    Mothers who breastfeed have a lower incidence of postpartum depression and are more likely to get back to their pre-baby weight. Studies also show a lower incidence of women who develop breast and ovarian cancers later in life

-    How about the cost? breastfeeding is completely FREE!! On average, families who use formula spend around $1,700 every year on formula alone. Nutrition plus immune system boosting plus bonding between mom and baby.  Cost: $0.  Value: Priceless.

                                                                


The Power of Posture

Posted: February 20, 2017
By: Saniya Sarfani & Dr. Rubin

The activities you do daily have a remarkable affect on your posture. Posture is just as important as eating healthy, exercising, and sleeping! Your posture is an essential aspect of your well being. Having good posture decreases your chances for neck and back pain.  With the correct positioning of your spine, you are likely to have less stress on your body. With the less pressure on your spine, you are also likely to breathe a lot better!

So what are some everyday things you can improve on? Sitting is one. We are always asked to sit up straight since we were kids, but slouching was just so much more comfortable. Over time we realize the effects it has on us. Sitting at a desk, for example, incorporates the posture of every part of your body. An average human head weighs about 12 pounds! So if you are sitting at a desk looking down at a computer or book, your neck also bends, and the weight on your spine increases! This posture leads to rounded shoulders. To improve this posture, try sitting up straight, with your feet flat on the floor and have what you are working on elevated to eye level!

When poor posture leads to having rounded shoulders, it also decreases your ability to breathe properly. You may not notice this immediately because the change in your posture occurs gradually and your body tries to do its best to adapt to it. Before you know it, restricted breathing becomes part of everyday occurrence without it being evident. If you bring your shoulder blades back together and sit up straight, your ribcage will be able to expand more, giving your lungs a higher capacity to move. Practice this every day and you will be on your way to a better posture!

There are many things that can affect your posture day to day, but improving the way you sit will get you a step closer to a proper posture and a better you.

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