The Great Chiropractic Novelist

By Rachel Sullivan
Supposedly, everyone has a book inside them just waiting for the right moment to burst forth. Of course, most authors will tell you that isn’t true—writing takes dedication, hard work and, most of all, time. For Drew Rubin, D.C., teacher, private practitioner, pediatrics specialist, hockey coach, avid volunteer, husband and father, time wasn’t something he had in great supply. Still, one night in 1997, as Rubin drove home during a thunderstorm, listening to a book on tape by Dr. Richard “Dick” Santo, he was thunderstruck by an idea.
 
“Dr. Santo was a giant in pediatric chiropractic care. He used to send out books of the month on tape and I would listen to them in the car, since it was the only place I really had the time,” Rubin says. “He mentioned this idea in passing, that at some point in the future there will be a disease that won’t be able to be stopped by modern medicine. His point was that only patients who had already been under chiropractic care, and living under a regimen of wellness care, would recover. I remember being absolutely blown away by the idea and I pulled over into a gas station parking lot, in the rain, to start wildly jotting notes down on a spare piece of paper. I outlined an entire plot and synopsis of the story. As soon as I got home, I went and told my wife, Lisa, the idea and she told me that I had to write it. So I started the next day.”
 
Rubin, who already split his time between his own private practice and teaching pediatric chiropractic classes at Life University, had to struggle to find time to write. “I could not have managed it without my wife’s help,” Rubin admits. “I finally just set aside Tuesday and Thursday mornings, which were the days I taught in the afternoons, to write. It took me most of 1997, but by the end, I’d written ‘The Adjustment.’”
 
On his website, Rubin lures in audiences for the book with the promise of a mixture of adventure and conspiracy theory. “Modern medicine is failing. We have been lied to for years and have been lulled into complacence by massive propaganda. No solution has been offered to the rising threat of a coming plague, a totally self-inflicted disease, the result of years of tampering with human chemistry through antibiotic overuse and genetic research. “The Adjustment” uncovers these lies with a mix of science and truth in an amazing adventure. This book, although a piece of fiction, offers a solution to a catastrophe like a plague that could come true if we are not careful. And this solution is not what you think.”
 
Rubin believes that some diseases may not be “curable” by modern medicine. “I came into chiropractic when I was 18. I’d suffered from asthma for 15 years and nothing worked. My mother dragged me, almost kicking and screaming, to her chiropractor and I remember him asking me what I had to lose. Clearly, nothing, so I agreed to get under his care and it turns out I was a miracle asthma patient. I’ve not had problems since, really. My last attack was in 1984.”
 
Rubin graduated from the State University of New York in Albany in 1985 and from Life University in 1989. “I met my wife in Atlanta. She was a student at Emory. We moved back north while she earned her Ph.D. and I practiced in Cresskill, N.J., for 12 years. I made a bit of a name for myself in pediatrics and, in 2001, Life University asked me to move here and teach. I started teaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays and ran my own private practice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It’s been busy, but I like it that way.”
 
After completing “The Adjustment,” Rubin spent some time attempting to have it published, but without much success. “Publishers kept telling me that the story was unrealistic, which, frankly, I don’t think so but, even if it is, since when has Harry Potter been realistic? I started looking into self-publishing. Nowadays, it’s much easier to do. Borders, Barnes & Noble and Amazon all have a self-publish “print on demand” process, where they will print only as many books as actually get ordered. Back then, I had to print the books and then try and sell them.”
 
Interested parties can still find Rubin’s book for sale on Amazon or on Rubin’s own website, theadjustment.com. Additionally, information about Rubin’s other books can be found on his website. “In 1998, I wrote a sequel to ‘The Adjustment,’ called ‘The Acceptance.’ I self published that book, as well. I’ve written two other books, ‘It’s a Small World,’ which is similar to ‘The Adjustment,’ only on a smaller scale and set in an amusement park, and ‘23 Lessons from My Dad,’ which I wrote as a tribute to my father, who passed away in 2003 from Parkinson’s disease. I have not published the last two books, although I am always looking for a publisher who might be interested. If anyone is, they are welcome to contact me!”
 
Currently, Rubin has turned his passion for writing in a more academic direction. “I write two or three chiropractic research papers a year and seek to have those published in journals. I am having a tremendous amount of fun with that, although they tend to feature the same ideas that are in my novels. I am working on a paper now that compares the number of people who contracted swine flu who regularly received chiropractic adjustments to the percentages of people with swine flu who don’t. I’ve polled members of the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association to get a sample. So far, I think I’m right. At the heart of my novels, and at the heart of my research, I always ask what would happen if the whole world got adjusted regularly? Would it make a difference on a grand scale?”
 
It is an intriguing question and one that Rubin intends to keep pursuing. “I believe that people who undergo chiropractic care suffer from fewer chronic illnesses, fewer severe illnesses and generally stay healthier than people who don’t. I think that if the whole planet were regularly getting adjusted, it would be a healthier, happier, more peaceful world. It’s why I do what I do.”
 
For now, Rubin intends to continue his academic research. “I’m very much enjoying writing and presenting papers,” Rubin says. “I attend two or three major conferences a year and my focus has definitely been on research. I’m having a lot of fun with it.”
 
Of course, Rubin never intended to write “The Adjustment,” either. “I’d still love to get it published,” Rubin says. “And, I also think that this particular type of story would work well on the big screen. At the end of the day, it’s about getting the message out to a large audience. Chiropractic care is important. Wellness is important. Preventative care is important. It isn’t enough to try and fix what’s broken when you can keep it from breaking in the first place. Chiropractic is good for people of all ages, from newborn babies to 100-year-old seniors. There is a place for it and it’s important.”
 
While “The Adjustment” is certainly fictional, Rubin sincerely believes that the message behind it is not. “I’ll say it again,” he says. “A world where everyone gets adjusted is a healthier, happier, more peaceful place.”