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Chiroblog

Posted: August 24, 2009
By: Dr. Drew Rubin
Chapter 4: How to Raise a Chiropractic Family

By Dr. Lisa Rubin, Ph.D. (my beautiful wife and guest blogger)
Director, Life University, Student Success Center


If you want to know the true story about chiropractic, just watch a child. Kids instinctively know how to play and have fun; we dont have to explain to toddlers and preschoolers how to enjoy themselves. They just do it naturally. Children even know how to innately bend down and pick things up properly by using their legs. How come no one needs to explain this to a youngster? Chiropractic kids think differently because they are exposed to different ideas about health and life choices.
We share the chiropractic story with our children in many ways: The body heals from the inside out, The power that made the body heals the body, and The body heals from above, down, inside, out are typical examples. Chiropractic, for many families, is more than just a health care choice. It is a lifestyle. To illustrate, we have chosen to bring our son up as a vegetarian. One afternoon we were going through Whole Foods and my son asked what was rotating in a glass case, (it was rotisserie chicken). Four-year-old Palmer was horrified and started chanting, Dont kill chickens. Dont kill chickens. He did not yell this out to have others feel bad about their choices, he explained. Palmer was trying to educate people about other life choices that they could have. That was pretty profound for a kindergartener.
An important lesson we learned early on was to reach out to other chiropractors to help us on our journey. On one occasion, Palmer was playing with friends. They were pushing him in a cart and he fell off and cut his lip so badly that his lip was hanging away from his mouth, halfway to his chin. We had to choose between getting it stitched up, or letting it heal on its own. After several hours of agonizing debates, we finally decided to take him to a plastic surgeon. This was the third time he busted his lip at the same location. The first two times we allowed it to heal naturally, but the tear appeared to be progressing with each injury. Palmer was just learning how to speak and we were concerned that maintaining an open wound this time might affect his speech or his ability to eat properly due to the size of this large tear. The stitches went fine but Palmer developed a horrible eye infection. We finally got on the phone and called our chiropractic friends for their advice. They told us to have him drink Eye-bright tea and put the cooled tea bag on his infected eye. What a miracle it is to have others help. We have relied many times, before and since, on our chiropractic friends to offer guidance culled from their own experiences.
When our kids go to school they stand out. They sometimes eat different foods and practice different health choices. On one occasion, a female classmate came to school with a cast on her arm. Palmer was very upset that she had gotten hurt on the playground the day before. He asked her, in a very worried tone, if she had to go to the hospital. She responded that she did. He looked grief stricken and queried whether she needed to get shots. That was the beginning of a very interesting conversation.
Of course not, she responded. She went on to explain when shots were given. Palmer had never heard such a thing, and responded that he never had shots. She argued that not getting any shots was impossible. I stood back watching the interaction wondering if the teacher was going to intervene. She absolutely did! The teacher reminded Palmer that, when born in the hospital, you receive your first shot. Palmer then responded proudly that he was born at home. Here we go The teachers expression was priceless. She gave him a sympathetic look that he must be a bit confused. She eventually gave up trying to convince Palmer that before you come home, one is born in the hospital. This issue did not disappear. When Palmer was in fourth grade, vaccines were brought up again. A classmate said she had a flu shot. Palmer reminded her that he never had shots. She told him, If you dont have shots you will die. Palmer retorted, Then why am I still living?
Our children are very powerful people. They are asked to stand up to challenges that even give us difficulty. I tell our son that it must be hard to have us as his parents because we ask a lot from him. We make so many different choices than the bulk of society, from being born at home, being a vegetarian, consuming no milk or meat, eating mostly organic food, taking no vaccines or drugs. The list goes on and on.
I walked into school one day when Palmer was in first grade. All the childrens artwork from the day was hanging up. I knew immediately which one was Palmers. His painting was out of the lines and all the colors were different than the other childrens patterns. I looked at that picture and said, of course. We taught him to think outside the box; exactly what chiropractic philosophy has taught us. Our son has all the qualities a parent would hope for in a 20 year old but as a child it is a tough road to be a free thinker. Chiropractic kids tend to explode with many inquisitive questions they want answered and are not afraid to question authority. Weve made sure Palmer at least understands how to do it courteously.
Our children constantly see chiropractic in everything they do because that is what we share with them. One such example was when my son was in my husbands chiropractic office playing with the photocopy machine. I noticed about 20 pages of paper lying on the carpet. I asked Palmer, age 5 at the time, what he was doing, realizing he was on a mission. He responded that he was taking x-rays. His tone basically said, Come on Mom, dont you know this? I told him I could tell he was taking x-rays, but was wondering why there were so many taken, (of course, he must realize it is important to not overexpose patients to unnecessary radiation, right?). He stated in an exasperated tone: Heres the before chiropractic x-ray, (the dolls head was turned to one side). Heres the after chiropractic x-ray, (the dolls head was perfectly straight, looking forward). I saw in his eyes and voice inflections that he was thinking, Okay, Mom. Ill just have to explain the obvious.
Another time, I picked up Palmer from school and he had fallen in the playground. He stated that he needed to go to Daddys office to get adjusted before we went home. Upon arriving at the office, he realized that his dad had just unveiled a holiday poster/writing contest for kids. He wanted to participate, and liked the idea of winning a prize, (which, knowing his daddy, meant everyone gets to win). Since Palmer was only 4, he asked that I write his story. These are Palmers words: I hurt my knee because a little bit of subluxation was squeezing on two nerves. I went to Dr. Drews office and he adjust me. I almost felt better. But, after it was almost better, G-d healed up the subluxation and I felt much better. Kids get chiropractic. It is plain and simple to them.
Many of us also have children that adjust while they are pretend-playing as toddlers. I remember one time my son was playing with his cousins. Their father is a medical doctor and understandably they were giving shots to their dolls. Palmer stated he was going to show them something cool without shots. Guess what? Moments later, all the kids started adjusting the dolls. Another time, my son was at a chiropractic seminar with us. He was sitting with a chiropractic student who was trying to keep him busy. Jesse asked if he wanted to draw a picture of his hand and traced his hand for him. He was excited and asked if she would trace his other hand on top of the first one, so it looked like he was adjusting.
We also have to guide our children. In first grade, Palmer happily came home one day announcing that he had adjusted his friend Zach on the playground after his pl complained of a headache. My husband asked Palmer what he had done. Our son casually explained, (with that look once again that said dont you know already?), that after his buddy told him he was going to the school nurse to get an aspirin, Palmer replied in a horrified tone: Dont do that! I can adjust you just like my dad does. We asked Palmer to refrain from adjusting people until he gets a license.
When Palmer, now almost 11, was asked for his opinion of what to put in this article, he said, Tell them that chiropractic will give them a much happier lifestyle. So just follow these steps:

1. Start from day one explaining your philosophy to children and include why you do things.
2. Talk with other chiropractic families for support or advice; you dont have to do this alone.
3. Keep informed by reading constantly. There is a plethora of books, magazines and websites about every alternative health option you could imagine.
4. Go to holistic seminars with your entire family, whether they are just a local Saturday night or four-day intensives. There you will either be reinforced for your choices or be exposed to new ideas.
5. Ask lots of questions until you know what your choices are, and then make your decision and stay strong.
6. Understand that your family and non-chiropractic friends will think you are nuts most of the time, so dont let them talk you out of what you believe in. Share with them in a loving manner; dont let your different choices make them think that they are wrong for following the conventional approaches. Remember, it is better to be loved than to be right. Let them have their opinion, just as you have yours.
7. A crisis is not the time to make a health care decision. Try to make as many choices as possible before big events like birth, first vaccinations, breastfeeding, family bed, etc.
8. Answer all your childrens questions without biasing others choices. Answer them honestly and dont hide the facts. Offer them a chance to be part of the decision making process and they will eventually be able to make these same choices as they get older and reach the more difficult peer pressure years.

Choose Life- Chapter 3

Posted: December 4, 2008
By: Dr. Drew Rubin
Chiropractic Can Change Your LifeIve Been Asthma-free Since 1984!

The question was asked of me recentlyWhy should I go to a chiropractor? Im afraid of them hurting me. Ive also heard that sometimes you end up feeling so good that you have to come back for the rest of your life.
Heres my answer: I was once in your shoes, not knowing what chiropractic was. I was a patient first, before I became a chiropractor, because of years of horrible asthma. I got a few hours relief from inhalers, and that was it. That was no way to live.
During my first visit to the chiropractor in the summer of 1984, I was shaking like a leaf for two reasons. Number one, because I was so scared, based on all the notions of what I thought chiropractic might be. Number two, because of all the asthma medication I had been on for years and years and years. You see, nothing had helped me in the fifteen years previous to my first chiropractic adjustment. This was my last ditch effort to save my life. I had given up hope and figured Id just have to take pills and puff on inhalers for the rest of my days. I feared the day Id forget my inhaler and die somewhere alone.
This chiropractor that my mother dragged me to gave me hope. For the first time in my whole life, someone actually gave me hope. He said, Maybe we can help you, then asked, If the master communication system isnt working at a hundred percent, how could you? He said if chiropractic reconnected me with the glorious healing power that is within me, that I could watch my life change right before my eyes. My first chiropractor challenged me, stating: You can walk out of here and never come back and always wonder, what if, or you can give chiropractic a chance. If it works, if a miracle occurs, you could have a whole different life, a whole different destiny.
Whoa. That was a unique way of looking at things. A lot more positive than I was used to. Then my first chiropractor said the most profound sentence anyone has ever said to me: If you keep on doing what youre doing, youll keep on getting what youre getting. If you want something different, youve got to do something different.
Zoinks! Talk about a paradigm shift. I never thought of that before. I had been taking drugs for 15 years, expecting something to change, but now there was a new thought: If the drugs hadnt gotten rid of my asthma for 15 years, they probably werent ever going to! That was profound!
I gave chiropractic a chance. He told me my lungs knew how to breathe but they were not getting a hundred percent of the message from my brain. He said anything less than a hundred percent is not enough for Gods perfection. God wants us to be healthy, but we cant be healthy if we have interference with the master communication system.
And lo and behold, my asthma began to disappear after three months of chiropractic adjustments. Its been 25 years now since my last asthma attack. Thats 25 YEARS!!! Every breath I take is a good one, because I am living at a hundred percent due to chiropractic care. Nobody can take that away from me. I am no longer dependent on drugs, or inhalers, or anything. I am dependent on God within to heal me. And, dear reader, all I ask for is a chance to allow chiropractic to do the same thing with you and your family.
You may ask: Does that mean youve been getting adjusted for 25 years? Yes, I have been getting regular chiropractic adjustments now for 25 years and will do so for the rest of my life. It is the same as dieting or exercisingonce you get to your ideal weight or have the perfect figure, do you say, Ok, now I can stop all that dieting and exercising! No---you keep it up to maintain the new you that you have become! You can always be healthier! You can always get stronger! Make those deposits and your bank account will continue to go up!
What have you got to lose? Especially with the gentle version of chiropractic that we offer, using the Activator Adjusting Instrument. It is the mildest, calmest way to receive a chiropractic adjustment (check out www.activator.com for more information). What would your life be like if you got your health back, and then your life back? Dont live the what if. Live the now. Its time to go for it. Live the chance that chiropractic could be the thing that is the catalyst for your reconnection to living at 100%. As I always say, if you havent tried chiropractic, you havent tried everything. Positive thinking was the first key in the Choose Life Plan, and Chiropractic is the 2nd key. Stay tuned next month for number 3.
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Choose Life Chapter 2

Posted: October 7, 2008
By: Dr. Drew Rubin
Choose Life Chapter 2

The Farmer in You

The actions you take in your life will be determined by the thoughts you have. One of the most dangerous thoughts is to keep on doing what you are doing, expecting different results. As the old saying goes, "If you keep on doing what you're doing, youll keep on getting what you are getting! If you want something different, then you have to do something different!

For example, say you were a farmer and you wanted to plant corn. You wouldn't wait until the end of August then and say "Okay, I'll plant corn now, and in a few days, I'll have a full crop?" It is not possible to plant seeds today and reap the harvest in a week. Also, if we desire to grow corn, we must plant corn seed, not tomato seeds. If we sow tomato seeds, then we are going to get tomatoes, no matter how much we want to pick corn come harvest time.

Nor would you plant corn seed and think, "I'll just let the corn grow all by itself. I won't weed it, water it or fertilize it. See you in the fall." What would this sort of action, or inaction, produce? The weeds will take your garden! Remember that: if you dont make a plan for your life, someone else will. This is so important that it bears repeatingleft to its own, the weeds will take your garden! Action is the key to results!

Zig Ziglar paraphrases the Bible when he states, As you sow, so also shall you reap. It is time for us to take responsibility for our actions and our thoughts. If you focus on what you dont want, I guarantee that you will end up with what you dont want! On the contrary, if you focus on what you do want, then chances are far more likely that you will end up with what you do want!

Stinking Thinking

Why do so many of us fall into the trap of focusing our attention on what we do not desire? Is your focus on how fat you are, or how eating a new way will bring you that much closer to being thinner? Is your attention on how poorly your child is doing in math, rather than how well he is doing in all his other subjects? Is your mind on how broke you are and how you have more month than money, or how you are going to start cutting up your credit cards, and saving 5% of your income every week to start your abundance account? What are your dominant thoughts on? If they are on fat, poor grades, and lack of money, that you will keep on receiving fat, poor grades, and lack of money. The answer: you switch your thoughts, even in mid-sentence, even if you have to catch yourself and yell cancel, cancel and bite your tongue or pinch yourself. Change from the negative thought of lack to the positive, attractive ideas of abundance, and you can free yourself from the trap of stinking thinking, (another Zig Ziglar saying).

That which you think about comes about. If you want to lose a few, or a lot, of pounds, the worst thing to say to yourself over and over again is "I'm so fat. Everything I eat turns to fat. This will never work. This next bite will go right to my hips." Guess what, you will prove yourself right. If you want to lose weight and you focus on your bulges, guess what you will get more of? More fat. That which you think about comes about.

Likewise, if you want to make more money but you focus on how you cant pay your bills or how broke you always are and how you are never getting ahead, you will get more of not being able to pay the bills. That which you focus on comes about, in either direction. Thats right if you think about what you want, you will get what you want. If you think about what you dont want, you will get what you dont want. Might as well think about what you want!

Creating Your Field of Dreams

Remember the movie, Field of Dreams? The immortal line from Kevin Costner that is so applicable at this juncture is, If you build it, they will come. That doesnt mean just build it physically and sit there and wait for success to happen. That means build it physically and then work on it, both in your positive mental attitude and on the streets. When you think positive about something, there is an energy that is formed around this thought that produces more of the same thoughts, and attracts other people who like that kind of thought. The field of dreams is truly your fertile mind, which is connected to every other mind in what quantum scientists call the field of possibilities. When you enter into this field by positive thoughts, it is the equivalent of turning on a giant magnet that will attract to you more of your desire.

When you are negative and pessimistic, just the opposite occurs. You turn off this awesome connection with the infinite, and will actually repel what you want since your dominant thought is on what you dont want. So the attractive magnet is either on and sucking things in to you like a magical vortex, or off and repulsing things away from you like a skunk in a crowded subway station.

What thoughts are you planting in your head, the fertile ground of your mind? The farmer knows if you plant nothing, you will harvest nothing. Hence, you've got to plant something, and it might as well be something you want, not something you don't want.

Why not tend to your farm? What else do you really have to do if you are a farmer, (and all of us are farmers, we are all thought farmers and action farmers)? Your mind is the most fertile soil there is, so plant something there that you want to grow, tend to it and watch your fields become white with harvest, (a saying from Dr. Sid Williams).

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