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Food Sensitivity vs. Food Allergies

Posted: November 28, 2012
By: Dr. Drew Rubin
Last week we discussed the signs and symptoms of food allergies, along with their rising incidence.  Today, our discussion shifts to food sensitivities.  The major confusion around food sensitivities comes from the fact that while similar to an allergy, they are actually a different entity.  Make no mistake, however - they can be just as harmful if not monitored and controlled.

What is a food sensitivity?
A food sensitivity is actually a broad term that encompasses both food allergies AND food intolerances.  This means that someone can not be allergic to a food but still be sensitive to it.  Intolerance does NOT trigger an immune response, meaning it is not detected during traditional food allergy testing.  An allergic response is triggered by a protein, while an intolerance results from some other incompatibility between a food and an individual's digestive system.  One intolerance many people are familiar with is lactose intolerance - a situation where a person does not produce the enzymes necessary to break down the sugar lactose found in dairy products.

What are some symptoms associated with food intolerance/sensitivity?

Aside from those reactions mentioned in response to food allergy other symptoms a person with a food sensitivity may experience are as follows:
  • Dizziness
  • Sinus conditions
  • Runny/stuffed nose
  • Digestive issues
  • Brain Fog
  • Poor Memory
  • Learning Disorders
  • Eczema
  • Asthma
  • Headache
  • ADHD
and many more!

What are some common foods to which people are sensitive?
Up to 90% of food sensitivities are caused by the following foods: celery, cereals with gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, milk, mollusks, mustard, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, soy, and sulfites.  This is far from a complete list of foods that can trigger sensitivities, so it is important to be aware of what you and your children are consuming.  It is also important to know that sensitivities may occur in response to the chemicals in the air, water, and on our food as well. 

What can I do about food sensitivity?
The most important thing you can do is be aware of the things you family is consuming.  If you suspect a sensitivity, eliminate that food from the diet for a minimum of three weeks and observe the way the you or your child feels or behaves.  If you have a clearer head and more energy with out the suspected food in your diet, odds are you are sensitive to it and should try to avoid it as much as possible.  As to chemical sensitivities, attempt to eat organic and opt for natural cleaning products whenever possible.  As always, we encourage those with sensitivities to supplement their routines with regular adjustments to keep the body functioning at it's highest level!  Rubin Family Chiropractic, as always, is here to help in any way possible...especially with those adjustments!

Sources:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2004/04/03/chemical-sensitivities.aspx
http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/treatments/healthy_living/nutrition/dietary_allergy.shtml

Eye-Opening Opportunity: View "Doctored" Online free!

Posted: November 15, 2012
By: Dr. Drew Rubin
Several weeks ago we brought your attention to the movie "Doctored", which presents an often-untold story about the medical industry and it's complicated web of bias, money, and back-room deals.  Not surprising with movies of this sort, the release was limited in the number of showings and length of availability.  However, we have great news for those of you looking for a more critical look at the healthcare system we often accept as infallible.  For a limited time only (5 days left!) you can view the full length movie on Dr. Joseph Mercola's website linked below.  Take the opportunity to educate yourself and start a conversation!  We would love to hear your reactions - email us at rubinchiropractic@gmail.com


Link: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/10/conspiracy-against-chiropractic.aspx?np=true

Consumer Report: Hospital Error Statistics are Scary!

Posted: November 5, 2012
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

A Happy, Healthy Halloween!

Posted: October 31, 2012
By: Dr. Drew Rubin
 
As those of you that came to our Fourth Annual Halloween Bash last Friday know, Rubin Family Chiropractic loves Halloween.  It's that one day a year when you can let your inner superhero or princess show on the outside (without raising any eyebrows, that is)  However, Halloween can also lead to sugar highs and tummy aches if not handled carefully.  Here are a few things to consider in order ensure both a happy and a healthy Halloween:

  • If you wouldn't want your children eating it, think twice about handing it out to the neighbors kids.  Remember, you get what you give - so put forth the very best!  Consider skipping the more processed candies for something made with organic ingredients.  Yummy Earth makes some of the tastiest organic lollipops around; they're what we like to give out at our office and can be found at Whole Foods.  Perhaps consider giving snack packs of Annie's graham bunny's or other non-candy treats that can be found at your local organic food store.  They might be a little more expensive, but think of it as planting an idea in the heads of other parents who see your treats as they are sorting through their children's pillow cases later!
  • Maybe skip handing out food all together! Now, you don't have to be the dreaded "House on the Block that Gives Out Pennies" - you could be the awesome family that gives out new Halloween pencils, or packs of crayons, or other small toys.  A whole variety of handouts can be found at the dollar store and you'll have the benefit of standing out amongst a sea of chocolate.  Plus, it'll last more than 30 seconds once the kiddos get home!
  • If you absolutely can't bring yourself to give up on the idea of handing out standard Halloween candy, do your research as to which types are the "least unhealthy", and try to limit the amount that each trick-or-treater takes
  • When your own ghouls and goblins come home, try to limit the candy intake per day.  If possible, perhaps offer an exchange - 25 cents per piece of candy they are willing to part with. Or trade the candy for a healthier variety like those described previously.
  • As to what to do with all of those leftover treats?  Many dentists offer free toothbrushes and other goodies in exchange for candy you turn in.  There are always food pantries to donate to - not that we want the less fortunate to be stuck with low-nutrient food, but it's hard to justify even candy going to waste when it could brighten someone's day.
What ever your decisions around the holiday are, remember it's about having fun and being safe! Feel free to stop by in costume today - we love to see our patients enjoying the holiday!

SpoOoOoky Cooperative Promotional Opportunity!

Posted: October 3, 2012
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

As you may know, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at Rubin Family Chiropractic. We are currently preparing for our Fourth Annual Halloween Party!  Over the last several years, we have seen hundreds of families dressed in their spookiest and silliest costumes, proving even the scariest ghost and prettiest princess can benefit from chiropractic care.

The success of this event relies on the participation of our local businesses! If you or anyone you know would like to be involved - by supplying give-aways, putting together a contest (one of our favorites is "Guess How Many Candy Corn are in the Jar"), or just by putting out business cards, we'd be happy to have your help!  And then, of course, we would love to see you on the big day - Friday, October 26th - for your healthiest Halloween yet!

If you have any interest in lending a haunting - er, helping - hand please email Dr. Rubin at rubinchiropractic@gmail.com.

Change is a good thing

Posted: March 29, 2012
By: Dr. Drew Rubin
Do you like change? Or are you afraid of change? My wife and I thrive on change. We love examining our life and finding the places that can improve with an overhaul. Then we go all out and empty a room a desk or our minds and

The New Drugless Revolution

Posted: August 1, 2011
By: Dr. Drew Rubin
There's a different way to live. You don't have to live the life of sickness but you do have to take proactive action steps toward health. Patients are coming to our chiropractic office stating "I don't want to be on these painkillers anymore", or "Johnny has had 4 rounds of antibiotics in the last 6 months and I HATE doing that to him." People are tired of relying on this pill or that pill for the quick fix. They are becoming patients not only to feel better in the short run but to LIVE BETTER in the long run. A 50 year old came in today and said, "I am proud that I am not taking any drugs at all at age 50." That's the way it SHOULD be. But we know the stats.
Our son has NEVER had any drugs in his body, not even a baby Tylenol. How many 16 year olds can say that? And my wife and I have not taken any drugs, whether prescribed or over the counter, since 1992. Almost 20 years drug free. Contrast that with these stats: almost 50% of Americans are taking at least 1 drug/day, and 25-30% of US children are taking drugs daily for chronic conditions. The cost to Americans per year is $300 billion, which is $3,000,000,000 (National Center for Health Statistics).
It's time to take a stand. Yes, drugs work great in emergencies and in chronic situations. But that's NOT what most drugs are being taken for. Top drugs such as cholesterol drugs (which may be diet related), antidepressants (which may be stress related), stomach drugs (which may be diet and stress related), and antibiotics (which may be diet and lifestyle related) can be reduced overnight if more people band together and just say no. We need to start a New Drugless Revolution. We need to take action steps so that a 50 year old not taking any drugs is normal not outstanding. Let us know what you think at rubinchiropractic@gmail.com.

Great books to read over the summer

Posted: July 6, 2011
By: Dr. Drew Rubin
 
Summer is my favorite time to catch up on all the books you've wanted to read but haven't been able to get to. Over the years my wife and I have been exposed to some awesome, life changing books. Some of them are novels, others non-fiction, but all of them changed the way we look at things. Most of them are available in your local libraries or Amazon will have inexpensive used copies.

Way of Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
7 Habits of Highly Effective People/7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey
Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason
The Greatest Salesman in the World/ The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino
Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The Bigness of the Fellow Within by BJ Palmer
There is a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne Dyer
Who moved my cheese? By Spencer Johnson, MD
Diet for a New America by John Robbins
How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Anatomy of an Illness by Norman Cousins
Love, Medicine & Miracles by Bernie Siegel, MD
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Dont Eat This Book by Morgan Spurlock
Power vs Force by David Hawkins, MD, PhD
Body For Life by Bill Phillips
Are You the Doctor, Doctor? By Fred Barge, DC
The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
The 4 Hour Work Week and The 4 Hour Body, Tim Ferriss
Good to Great, Jim Rollins

Please let me know which ones you like or if you have other favorites.
Email at rubinchiropractic@gmail.com

Forgive and Forget: Events that changed the course of chiropractic

Posted: June 8, 2011
By: Dr. Drew Rubin
The birth of anything, be it a baby or a profession, is called labor for a reason. It is hard work, yet the effort makes the blood, sweat and tears worth the price paid. The birth of chiropractic is no exception to this rule, and even though today we have past our hundred and twelfth birthday, we are still babes in the woods in terms of the relative age of our profession compared to other healing arts.

In the first half of this article, we will briefly mention some of the most influential growing pains in chiropractic, from its discovery to present day, and then conclude with a discussion on how these events might still be holding the profession back, and how we might be able to forgive and move on.

7 Events that Changed Chiropractic History

It has been said that one of the biggest mistakes the Palmers made was to start a profession without having all their facts lined up. But if that was the case, if they had waited for science to prove how DD Palmer had helped Harvey Lillard regain his hearing, then we might still be waiting for the profession to get started.

It didnt take long after the discovery in 1895 for two actions to happen. The first event was the decision to formally teach this new principle. This occurred in 1896, with the establishment of the Palmer Chiropractic School and Infirmary by DD Palmer. The second inevitable event was the introduction of competitive chiropractic colleges. As early as 1901, Solon Langworthy, an early Palmer graduate, started the first competitive chiropractic school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, later to be called the American School of Chiropractic. Half a dozen other schools opened up in the next few years, including, most notably, the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago (founded by John Howard in 1907) and the DD Palmer College of Chiropractic in Portland, Oregon, which began in 1908 (1).

Since each early chiropractic school was founded by either former students or faculty members of Palmer, tensions soared, especially evidenced in DD Palmers 1910 Chiropractic Textbook. This 1000+ page tome, aside from having the foundational pillars of chiropractic within its pages, also contained hundreds of pages of DD Palmers lashing out at various other chiropractors who he argued were teaching chiropractic erroneously (2). Hence, within the first 15 years of our profession, it was already divided.

BJ, who had graduated and taken over the Palmer school in 1902 (1), introduced X ray into the schools curriculum in 1910. This caused a huge schism in chiropractic. Because of this, Joy Loban and other former faculty started the Universal Chiropractic College that same year, down the road from the Palmer school in Davenport, Iowa. (3). More bricks in the wall (accompanied by further faculty exiting) occurred when BJ Palmer introduced the neurocalometer in 1923 and when he announced the HIO technique in 1930 (4).

Chiropractic fought hard for third party insurance payment from 1965 until 1972, when chiropractic was included, although in limited form, in the Medicare bill (5). Inclusion into medicare delighted some DCs but infuriated others, who said the language that forced us to adjust subluxations only seen on x-rays was too restrictive. In 1987, the Chester Wilk vs. the AMA case made history. After 11 grueling years, a US District Court judge ruled against the AMA, stating that the American Medical Association was guilty as charged of trying to eliminate chiropractic. This landmark antitrust case forced the AMA in an injunction to cease restricting the association of chiropractors and medical doctors and to stop restricting the growth of chiropractic and its associated schools.

Finally, in October of 2002, Life University, at the time the largest chiropractic school in the world, lost its accreditation in a ruling by the CCE. Although by February of 2003, a retroactive injunction restored Lifes accreditation back through the day it had lost it, the damage had been done and the school went from an enrollment of over 3000 DC students to less than 1000.

How do we forgive and move on?

Forgiveness should be a healing journey. However, if we are holding on to old baggage, it is difficult to let go. Forgiveness does not mean you need to approve of past behaviors or experiences you have gone through. Grief and mourning are a natural response to past loss and injustices. Grief is a normal reaction to loss and mourning is an outward expression of grief typically utilizing rituals.

To forgive, we must first decide to make a change. When we identify the pain that a grudge or hard feelings create, we must realize they are emotionally, physically, and spiritually draining. Burying memories of hurt and anger does not allow them to release; they just manifest in other ways. Lack of forgiveness causes distress to the body and eventually leads to dis-ease. Grudges can crowd our positive viewpoint on our world. Studies have shown that anger can exacerbate the disease process. According to the Harvard Womens health Watch, holding a grudge has shown to mimic the way the body responds to actual stressors through muscle tension, higher blood pressure and increased sweating. Studies have reported that people who releasing their stress by talking it out display greater improvement.

The 7 pivotal chiropractic events, as mentioned above, have lead to a lack of trust across the profession. These feelings of betrayal can lead to difficulty in future relationships and interactions. We can learn from the past if we put it into perspective to understand the lessons that have been taught, even if they are at first perceived as negative. We must understand that we can not always control events around us.

For instance, BJ Palmer brought x-ray into his chiropractic school before anyone knew much about it. Many of the Palmer faculty was outraged at BJs insistence on bringing x-ray to the school, wondering why he would forsake palpation and clinical experience over some crazy scientific invention that they were sure was just a passing phase. Back then, the introduction of x-ray was so radical that it probably looked threatening to the fledging profession. Add to that BJs demanding personality, and it isnt unfathomable to understand why Joy Loban and other faculty stormed out of Palmers hallways forever. Chiropractic was only 15 years old then! If we consider that the father of medicine, Hippocrates, was born in 460 BC, almost 2500 years ago, it is clear how chiropractic was and still is in its toddler stages. Arent most toddlers a bit confused by paradigm shifting new ideas?

That old saying, however, holds true: hindsight is always 20/20. Where would chiropractic be without x-ray in the 21st century? It is probably one of the most important diagnostic tools at our avail, is taught in every chiropractic school, and has been for years. BJ saw the future in that decision; even the neurocalometer (back then called the neuro-calamity by its naysayers) was his precursor to the modern surface EMGs as the HIO technique was the birth of specific adjusting now seen in modern chiropractic techniques such as Activator, CBP, and the many derivations of Upper Cervical Technique.

Another example is the rise, fall and subsequent rebirth of Life University. We arrived as faculty on the Life University campus in the Spring Quarter, 2001. Little did we know that only a few quarters later, Fall 2001, a chain of events with the CCE would nearly drive Life University to its knees. Within one year we watched with horror not only the events of 9/11 but the devastation of what was when we arrived a ooming chiropractic school. Class sizes went from over 200 to 30 or 40 students tops. We knew, in early 2004, that without some divine intervention, something cataclysmic was going to happen, not just to the University, but to the profession as well.

Enter stage left: Dr. Guy Riekeman. From his arrival in Spring 2004 until the writing of this article in late 2007, we have witnessed the turn-around of the century. Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, enrollment at Life University has increased to over 1000 DC students, coupled with a new and grander vision that will make LU not just the leading chiropractic school but also a cutting edge university poised to take on the problems confronting the 21st century and beyond. Who would have imagined this result in 2002 when the CCE yanked Lifes accreditation? Obviously, things do happen for a reason.

How do we practice and learn forgiveness for ourselves?

The following are some simple suggestions on how to bring forgiveness into your life and master the skills that can allow for a smoother journey:

Reminiscing about the positives of a situation
Journal writing to express your feelings and thoughts
Share your feelings with others
Support groups to help you not feel alone in your experiences
Work on your relationships
Work through pain of loss
Heal past wounds to go on to future
Make a list/letter of what and who you need to forgive, use symbolic closure (i.e. burn, bury or mail the letter)
Visualize what it would look like when you let go of the hurt/anger
Forgiveness quotes/affirmations (ie, Everything happens for a reason, Let go and let God)
Create a forgiveness calendar
Read motivational books and listen to inspirational tapes
Go to chiropractic and motivational seminars


Move to the future

Chiropractors have a unique history and should be celebrating the accomplishments achieved over the past 100+ years. However, it is also a time for letting go and moving forward. As a profession, it is important to bring forgiveness as a gift to all your patients that participate and support Chiropractic. Forgiveness will allow you to be a better server and giver and has the ability to change the face of a healing art for generations to come. We have weathered every storm that has come our way. Lets move positively in the direction of our dreams, together, forgiving our past transgressions, propelling us towards a healthier human race for posterity.

Article written by Drs. Drew and Lisa Rubin

References

1. Senzon, Simon A. The Secret History of Chiropractic. PhilosophyOfChiropractic.com, Asheville, NC, 2005: 168-184.
2. Palmer, DD. The Chiropractic Textbook. Portland Printing House, Portland, Oregon, 1910.
3. History of the Universal Chiropractic College history, found at: http://www.chiro.org/Plus/History/navigate.html.
4. Palmer, BJ. The Subluxation Specific, The Adjustment Specific. Palmer School of Chiropractic Printing Press, 1934.
5. Chiropractic on the Medicare Chopping Block, Dynamic Chiropractic
November 2, 1998, Volume 16, Issue 23, found at: http://www.chiroweb.com/archives/16/23/01.html
6. The Chiropractic Antirust Suit: Wilk vs AMA, found at: http://www.chiro.org/Wilk
7. Life gets preliminary injunction. Dynamic Chiropractic, Mar 10, 2003. Found at:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3987/is_200303/ai_n9171494
8. Harvard Womens Health Watch, Harvard Health Publications. January 2007. Found at:www.health.harvard.edu.

Why massage works so well with Chiropractic

Posted: May 24, 2011
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

Prenatal Massage
Prenatal massage is specifically tailored for the expected Mothers needs. Swedish massage is recommended during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes of the mother-to-be. Massage can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy outcome and maternal health.

Potential benefits of Prenatal Massage include:
Hormone regulation
Reduced sciatic nerve pain
Reduced back and joint pain
Improved circulation
Reduced edema/swelling
Reduced muscle tension and headaches
Reduced stress and anxiety
Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
Better sleep!

Remember, relaxation is one of the keys to labor and delivery!

Postnatal Massage
As a new mom, you need to take care of yourself while caring for your newborn. Postnatal massage is one of the best ways to do that! It not only gives you nurturing and emotional support to help you gain back your lost energy, but also helps the body return to its condition before pregnancy.
When to Start Postnatal Massage

For mothers who delivered naturally or without complications, they can start their postnatal massage as soon as they are comfortable and ready. For caesarean delivery, it is best to wait at least 2 weeks after giving birth or when the incision is properly healed before starting postnatal massage sessions.

You are even welcome to nurse your infant while you receive a massage in a side lying position. Bringing your baby with you eliminates the need for childcare and makes you feel less anxious about leaving your newborn. Postpartum massage is a great way to enhance your bonding experience and attachment to your baby.

Massage for All Moms
It is hard work being a mom. Picking the baby up out of the crib, putting them in car seats (plus the shear weight of baby and car seat), holding children on your hips, nursing or bottle feeding the baby all of this wear and tear on your spine and your muscles adds up to tremendous muscular tension. This is especially evident in tight shoulders and sore lower back muscles. Regular massages are a great idea to relieve some of the built up tension in and around the spine, which not only helps you, but helps the kids as well, since you will be feeling better and hence able to accomplish more. Sign up for your massage today

Jamie Baumhardt, LMT, NMT at Rubin Family Chiropractic at 770-937-6300

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