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  • Fertility and Chiropractic, by Dr. Laura Brayton, Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness

    Many couples decide not to have children and go on to have a purposeful and fulfilling life, for other couples the idea of not being parents is devastating. That may be why fertility is a billion-dollar business in the United States alone, but perhaps there’s an alternative.

    Recent statistics show that 1 in 8 couples, or 12% of married women, have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide infertility rates have remained unchanged for 20 years.

    In 2010, it was determined that 48.5 million couples worldwide have been unable to have a child. They also determined that 1.9% of women aged 20-44 who wanted a child were unable to have their first live birth and 10.5% of women who had previously given birth were unable to  have another baby after five years of trying. When considering these numbers, it’s understandable why couples are spending between $12,000 and $15,000 for in-vitro fertilization. Even for couples with insurance that covers fertility treatments, the average out of pocket cost is $5,000.

    Other treatments, such as hormone therapy, can be equally costly and over $2 billion dollars are being spent annually in the United States for various fertility treatments.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several reasons why a couple cannot conceive, and typically a third of the time it is male infertility. For instance, abnormal sperm production or function, problems with the delivery of the sperm, overexposure to certain environmental factors or damage to the male sex organs due to cancer or its treatment.

    Another estimated third of cases are caused by an issue with the female. These causes can include ovulation disorders, uterine or cervical abnormalities, fallopian tube damage or blockage, endometriosis, primary ovarian insufficiency (early menopause) or pelvic adhesions. Additional causes may be cancer and its treatment or other medical conditions that are typically a symptom of delayed puberty or absence of menstruation, conditions such as celiac disease, poorly controlled diabetes and some autoimmune diseases such as lupus. Genetic abnormalities may also be a contributing factor.

    The final third of infertility cases are issues with both the male and the female or when no official cause can be determined.

    In the past 35 years, in-vitro fertilization has become the standard in fertility treatments with over 5 million babies being conceived, according to a very glowing article from the Guardian. What they don’t talk about is the millions spent on failed procedures.

    Other common answers to infertility include intracytoplasmic sperm injection, donor eggs, surrogacy or donor embryos. Then there are the fertility drugs, ovulation drug therapy, such as Clomid or Serophene which are estrogen-blocking drugs, Femara, injectable gonadotropins, the GnRH (gonadotropin-releasing hormone) pump and bromocriptine. The purpose of these drugs is to encourage the body to ovulate.

    As with all drug therapy options, there are typically horrible side-effects, inconclusive results and ironic twists. For instance, Clomid, apparently the most commonly prescribed hormone treatment, has a 60-80% ovulation rate and about half of those will be able to get pregnant. However, the side-effects are hot flashes, blurred vision, nausea, bloating and headaches. Ironically, Clomid can cause changes in cervical mucus, which may stop sperm from getting to the uterus. How’s that for a twist? The drug that is supposed to help with ovulation may stop the sperm from reaching the egg. Unfortunately, the medical management of conception issues will almost always include drug therapy or some invasive procedure.

    In a study published by Dr. Leslie Bedell, he writes,

    “The use of synthetic hormones to both prevent and promote fertility has been shown to have severe and well documented toxic side effects for women. About 10 million women in the USA use the pill at any one time but from 3-50% stop using it within a year because of undesirable side effects. About 120 risks and side effects are associated with this combination (estrogen and synthetic progestin) some of which are life threatening, including not just heart problems but cancers of the reproductive organs, breast cancer, increased risk of diabetes, asthma, thyroid imbalance, and immune dysfunction.” In other words, the risks of the treatments are high, and the results are not certain.

    To better understand how chiropractic care may influence fertility, consider just how many different bodily systems, mechanisms and muscles, joints, etc. are involved in the reproductive cycle of both men and women.

    The central nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and the nerves that go out to the muscles, organs and glands. A misalignment in the spine may cause nerve interference which in turn may affect the processing of messages from the brain to those muscles, organs and glands. As such, a properly aligned spine is vital to a properly functioning nervous system and, because the nervous system controls all bodily systems, it plays a significant role in fertility.

    A misalignment in the pelvis or sacrum may affect uterine tilt, and a subluxation of the lumbar spine may interfere with ovarian or fallopian tube function. This is just the beginning. Hormonal balance is maintained by the endocrine system, and a problem with the central nervous system will affect this.

    As for male fertility issues, the results are similar.  Nerve interference or subluxations potentially affect the production and delivery of sperm. Any dysfunction of the nervous system may influence the reproductive system.

    Dr. Madeline Behrendt, who has dedicated her career to educating the populace on the benefits of chiropractic care for fertility issues, authored an infertility series published in 2004. The purpose of the study was to share anecdotal evidence of Chiropractic helping patients with their fertility.

    Dr. Behrendt states unequivocally that Chiropractic in and of itself is not a “cure” or a treatment for infertility. However, what it does is correct distortions in parts of the body where the reproductive organs are located, and this can sometimes have a positive effect on fertility issues.

    For instance, a quick Google search of “Chiropractic and infertility” brought up a story shared in a forum for women struggling with infertility. The delightful title was: “Chiropractor Got Me Pregnant!” The post was written by a woman that had one healthy son but was trying to conceive for 2 ½ years (her son was almost 5). At a family Christmas gathering she expressed her frustration in not being able to get pregnant and her husband’s cousin, a Chiropractor, told her to come by his office. In 4 weeks, she was pregnant. Did he cure her infertility? No, he didn’t, but he did notice her pelvis tilt and adjusted her spine accordingly. Her body did the rest.

    Hers is just one of many, many success stories available on the internet: some written by the patient and others submitted as case studies of chiropractic and infertility. A great source for more examples is www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Infertility.shtml.

    Your Family Wellness Chiropractor is dedicated to ensuring that your spine is aligned correctly, and your body is functioning properly. When operating at its best, your body was created to do everything naturally and without medical interference (pharmaceuticals or invasive procedures).

    While Chiropractic Care is not the cure for infertility, a properly functioning reproductive system is rarely infertile.

    This article was submitted by Dr. Laura Brayton, founder of Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness and creator of Brayton Birth Method.  She opened her practice in 2005 to serve the health needs of families in her community, specializing in perinatal services from preconception through postpartum as well as pediatrics.  For more information, please visit her website at www.hobokenchiro.com.  

  • Bright Horizons Open Houses and Saturday Family Fun Series

    Bright Horizons Saturday Family Fun Events
    Come on out, meet new friends and create memorable experiences with your child!  
    Join us once a month on Saturdays from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. for our SATURDAY FUN EVENTS!
    We can't wait to meet you!
    RSVP required. Space is limited, please RSVP at www.brighthorizons.com/saturdayfun
    January 13, 2018 - What’s on the Menu?  Did you know that your kitchen is brimming with math and science learning? Fractions, volume, one-to-one correspondence, and more can be learned just by making pancakes or eating your vegetables. Join us to learn how the kitchen is a laboratory for learning that can be fun for everyone.

    February 3, 2018 - Move & Groove Dance Party  Can you keep still when your favorite jam comes on? Come move, dance, and exercise at our Move & Groove Dance Party.
    March 3, 2018 - STEMulate Your Brain  The students at Bright Horizons are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2 with a STEMulate Your Brain Challenge. We invite you to join us as we participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities based on various Dr. Seuss books.
    April 21, 2018 - Building For the Future  See learning in action! Discover how our curriculum, World at Their Fingertips®, incorporates STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) into a child’s everyday life. See how our teachers inspire creativity with open-ended, hands-on activities that spark curiosity and help children get ready for school.
    May 19, 2018 - Kick Off to Summer Luau  Summer is right around the corner! Join us to learn more about our Summer Camp program at our Kickoff to Summer Luau.
    Come pick up your parent packet for everything you need to know about the fun and exciting summer we have planned for your child. And stick around to celebrate the start of the new season…we’ll have summer-themed activities for your child to participate in, including playing dress-up in their favorite summer colors, sunglasses, hats, and more.
    Preschool Open House
    Come see for yourself why Bright Horizons® is the perfect place for your preschooler to learn, explore, and get ready for school!
    January 28 - February 2, 2018
    Experience how our preschool program prepares children for elementary school.  Explore our preschool classrooms and see our Signature Practices in action.  Learn more about our play-based approach to curriculum and learning.  Meet with our engaging teachers.

    Visit www.brighthorizons.com

  • HFA Holiday Party, This Friday, December 15th, 5:30-7:30 PM at Urban Jungle Play

    Join the Hoboken Family Alliance for their annual Holiday Party this Friday, December 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Urban Jungle Play (1140 Maxwell Lane). Enjoy open play, arts and crafts, and Pizza, as well as getting a photo taken with Santa.

    The event is free for HFA members or $5 per child for non-members. We will also be collecting new toys and pajamas for our annual Toy and Pajama drive which benefits local charities. See more info here: HFA TOY AND PAJAMA DRIVE

  • Barnes & Noble Bookfair supporting HFA Book Drive from today until Sun. Dec. 17, 2017

    Every holiday season the HFA holds a P.J. & Book Drive.
    This year, Barnes & Noble is supporting our Book drive by providing a portion of the net sale to be contributed back to HFA to purchase additional books for children in need.   This Book fair will take place until this Sunday, December 17th.


    How it works:

    1. Select your items (book & toys, etc) for purchase.

    2. From the Payment page, scroll to the very bottom and choose " Check this box it is a book fair order."

    Note: If signed in onto your Barnes & Noble account, you may need to click "Change" on the payment section on the checkout page and then scroll to the bottom.

    3. Enter Bookfair ID #  -  122273959

    Thank you for your consideration and support!

  • Preschool of Rock Winter Wonder Sessions

    Registration Page: http://register.preschoolofrock.com

    MIDTOWN HOBOKEN (Monroe Street Movement Space)
    Starts: Monday January 8th
    Ends: Monday March 12th
    Duration: 10 Weeks
    Times: 9:30am, 10:30am

    Starts: Tuesday January 9th
    Ends: Tuesday March 13th
    Duration: 10 Weeks
    Times: 9:30am, 10:30am

    UPTOWN HOBOKEN (Local Barre)
    Starts: Wednesday January 10th
    Ends: Wednesday March 14th
    Duration: 10 Weeks
    Times: 11:00am, 12:00pm

    Starts: Wednesday January 10th
    Ends: Wednesday March 14th
    Duration: 10 Weeks
    Times: 9:30am, 10:30am

    Starts: Saturday January 13th
    Ends: Saturday March 17th
    Duration: 10 Weeks
    Times: 9:30am, 10:30am

  • Tuesday, November 28th is GIVING TUESDAY.

    Tuesday, November 28th is GIVING TUESDAY.

    A global day dedicated to giving is observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, encouraging the spirit of generosity during this special time of year.

    Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. This year, the Hoboken Family Alliance is a part of this honorable charity initiative.

    The Hoboken Family Alliance (HFA), 100% volunteer driven non-profit which has been in existence for over 15 years in the Hoboken community, being one of the oldest non-profits in Hoboken. Hoboken Family Alliance is a dynamic organization that welcomes bringing the community together to encourage civic, social and educational opportunities for all families.

    Every year, we have presented various community events, including Cabin Fever Winter Festival, "Mutzfest"- Mozzerella festival, Harvestfest Pumpkin Patch, Spring Fling Egg Hunt, and more. The Hoboken Family Alliance (HFA) provides School & Backpack Drives, Toy &  Pajama drives for children in need within the Hudson County area. We also provide Community Neighbor Awards and scholarships for High School seniors going to college. Hoboken Family Alliance also assists the community by supply emergency funding to organizations, residents and families in need.

    Help support our efforts in continuing to make Hoboken a wonderful neighborhood. Your contribution is 100 % tax deductible.


    Many Thanks in this Season of Giving,

    Hoboken Family Alliance Board of Directors


  • Hoboken Family Alliance 15th Annual Community Neighbor Awards Grants

    Hoboken Family Alliance 15th Annual Community Neighbor Awards Grants

    The Hoboken Family Alliance is now accepting nominations for our 15th Annual Community Neighbor Awards to be granted in 2018 at our Cabin Fever Event - Location & Date TBD.

    Non-profit organizations may apply directly or be nominated by a member of the community. Organizations must meet the following criteria:

    • Be a tax-exempt organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3).
    • Must serve children or families in Hudson County.
    • Request funding for a special project or program, not to cover administrative or operating expenses.
    • Award recipients (or representative) must attend the Cabin Fever Festival  to receive their award.

    Organizations must include the following information to be considered:

    1. Summary of program or project, not to exceed two pages, including:

    • Concise description of program / project / services
    • Amount requested and total project cost
    • Immediate impact it will have on the community
    • Who it will benefit and how many people will be impacted
    • If project is partially funded, will project be implemented
    • Measurement for success

    2. Mission statement of the organization and a description of the client base and markets it serves.

    3.Proof of 501(c)(3) designation & IRS Tax ID number.

    4.Organization name, contact name, address and phone number  of the representative making the request.

    5. Note: The final deadline for submission is 5 p.m.  Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

    Award recipients will be chosen at the discretion of the HFA Board of Directors and only from those nominees that meet the grant criteria.

    For submissions or more information on the Community Neighbor Awards , please contact, Michele Hulsman, HFA Philanthropy Director, at philanthropy@nullhobokenfamily.org.

    We look forward to reviewing the nominations.

    Note: Applications to support individuals, political activities or private foundations will not be accepted.

  • Hudson Theatre Ensemble Silly on Sixth Children’s Series presents Sing Me A Story with Sue!

    Hudson Theatre Ensemble Silly on Sixth Children’s Series presents

    Sing Me A Story with Sue!

    Loads of fun – original songs, familiar favorites, singalongs, costumes, puppets, instruments
    Lots of Audience Participation

    Performances at Hudson School Performance Space 601 Park Ave., Hoboken on:

    Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1pm and 3pm
    Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 11am and 1pm

    (4 performances - Show runs about 40 minutes – perfect for children 2 to 10)

    All tickets $10.00.

    Reservations: 201-377-7014 or reservations@nullhudsontheatreensemble.com

    And if your child has a November birthday, what an easy way to celebrate by incorporating Silly on Sixth into your birthday plans! The entire audience will sing Happy Birthday to your darling child; your group has a wonderful time seeing Sing Me A Story with Sue! the kids meet the actors after the show, and you can take photos of your child with the actors; then off you go to one of Hoboken's many family-friendly eateries to continue the festivities. Just call Florence for details at 201-377-7014.

    Here’s what Broadway World says about our ensemble: “Kid's theater with a positive message is amazing. In the hands of the incredible Hudson Theatre Ensemble's Silly on Sixth, children's theater is a passionate alchemy of creativity and craftiness to be treasured.”

    And New Jersey Stage exclaims: “Silly on Sixth consistently produces delightful, charming shows that entrance and entertain their core audience of kids three to one hundred and three. There is no pandering to the audience. These skillful actors engage the young audience rapturously. Spend a richly deserved hour with Silly on Sixth. For parents this is an entertaining, safe time, without the laugh track of television but the values you may want your children to embrace.”

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