Iris City Chiropractic Center, P.C.

Robert A. Hayden, D.C., PhD, F.I.C.C. (770) 412-0005

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Clinic Hours: 8:30 AM until the needs of our last patient for the day have been met. We take lunch from about 12:30 till 2 o'clock.
Drug screens: 9:00-3:00pm Monday - Thursday and 9:00-2:00pm on Friday for drug screen collections.
Physicals:  We do physicals (DOT, pre-employment) during the same hours the clinic is open, but call to be sure Dr. Hayden is in clinic when you need your exam done.

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Bob Hayden_2office exterior_2The Iris City Chiropractic Center was founded on 23 October 95 by Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD. While primarily a chiropractic clinic, the center also offers massage therapy, custom orthotics, and bone density testing. The occupational health portion of the practice serves many employers with DOT and pre-employment physicals, a full range of drug and alcohol testing, and random drug testing to facilitate compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace initiative of the Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Hayden began work in health care as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, but also was an Executive Director of a state association, continuing education consultant, and registered lobbyist while in professional nursing. He earned a PhD from the University of Mississippi while enrolled at Life University, from which he graduated in 1995. He specializes in Cox Flexion Distraction/Disc Decompression technique.

riskDr. Hayden is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association. He serves as a member of the Media Team, through which he is a spokesman for the Association to television, radio, and printed media.

Dr. Hayden is the immediate past president of the Georgia Chiropractic Association. He is a current member of the Executive Committee and was recognized as the 2006-2007 Chiropractor of the Year. He was inducted in 2009 as a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractic, which is the highest international honor the chiropractic profession has to offer.

In February, 2012, he was honored with a Presidential Leadership Award by Dr. Keith Overland, President of the American Chiropractic Association, for his work as the ACA Delegate from Georgia.

Educational News Blog

We recommend educating yourself as much as possible about your health and wellness. Here are a few articles written by Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC. But by all means continue your education beyond what you find here.

Gray Hair in Medicine: Declining Doctors

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

You may have heard the expression, “Choose your doctors young, and your lawyers older.” I think that means that medical knowledge was (hopefully) continuously advancing, so doctors less distant from graduation would be more in tune with the latest thinking. Law, on the other hand, would (hopefully) be more stable, so a wizened and wily barrister would be just fine, and maybe preferable if you are a defendant.

That may still be good advice, but now more difficult to achieve. The Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery (JAMA-Surgery) this week reports that the number of physicians practicing in the United States since 1975 who are over 65 years of age has risen 374%.   That may sound like there are more physicians than there were in 1975, but what it really means is that the ones still here are much older. In fact, this study tells us that 23% of practicing physicians now are over 65 years of age.  

Many folks assume that age 65 is the beginning of the golden age of retirement. Baron von Bismark established the age of 70 for the Social Security System in Germany in 1881 as a way to woo the working class away from the rising socialist party and Karl Marx. However, our Social Security administration says that the retirement age here in the States was not based on the German model, but on actuarial studies indicating that by using age 65 as the starting point, a manageable, self-sustaining system could be built with “modest” taxation.   However you look at it, the age 65 seems arbitrary for retirement.

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Stroke of Luck: Prevention of a Vertebrobasilar Vascular Event

By Robert A. Hayden, D.C., Ph.D., FICC

There has been much written about vertebral artery stroke risk and chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT). VAS has a mortality exceeding 85 percent, and the survivors typi- cally experience dysfunction in multiple body systems due to involvement of the brainstem and cerebellum, so hemi- or quadriplegia, ataxia, dysphagia, dysarthria, visual distur- bances, and cranial neuropathies are possible(1). Making the diagnosis based on clinical presentation may be challenging due to the variability of manifestations.

The Cassidy study was the largest and most comprehen- sive on the issue of VAS. The focus was on 818 VAS events that appeared in over 100 million person-years. The authors found that people who experienced VAS were no more likely to have seen a chiropractor than they were to have seen their primary care provider (PCP). They concluded that VAS is
a rare event, and that CMT offered no excess risk. Further, the Cassidy study suggests that risk of VAS associated with CMT and PCP visits are most likely because many VAS patients present with neck pain and headaches(2).

The physical presentation is variable, but complicating the early recognition of VAS is the lack of any de nitive or reliable orthopedic or vascular physical exam procedure to herald its presence(3). Signs and symptoms must be interpret- ed in the context of a patient’s total medical history, after which appropriate imaging may be considered(4).

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Doctors and Doctrine: Political Influence in the Exam Room

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Long ago I read a clever quotation attributed by Paul Dixon to the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, labeled “Dirksen’s law,” that said simply “Where you stand depends on where you sit.”  That seems puzzling at first, but Dixon went on to explain that the position you may hold on an issue depends on which side of the aisle you happen to sit, meaning whether you are a Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal.

In Dirksen’s day, the tone was more civil.  Senators may sit on their side of the aisle and disagree on issues, but after hours you might well find them (over)imbibing in the same bar. We had less abject hatred in those days and fewer liberals shooting conservatives.

Today we are in a completely different environment. Somehow many people began to define those who did not agree with them as “evil.” While this infection festers in the larger society in which we live and the flames are fanned with fake news from committed news media, the effects cannot help but spill out into other facets of life.

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Sweet Nothings: False Hope from Artificial Sweeteners

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Alright, now I’m confused. I thought that if I dropped the sugar out of my life, I’d get lighter, happier, have a nice car, and maybe grow my hair back. Now science is telling me otherwise. You can’t imagine the turmoil of emotions now effervescing in my head like a hot Coke®.

Artificial sweeteners are usually chemicals that look like sugar enough that they have a sweet taste, but cannot be digested in the human gastrointestinal tract. Aspartame, sucralose (Splenda), and Stevia have found their way into diet drinks, muffins, diet foods, and even toothpaste and medications.

I have bad news for us today.   First, a new study in the Canadian Medical Journal tells us that artificial sweeteners may not help us lose weight at all. An analysis of more than 11,000 studies on artificial sweeteners looked at the effects of these chemicals on body mass index (BMI).   Lead author Mechan Azad of the University of Manitoba said, “There’s no clear evidence for benefit from the artificial sweeteners, and there is a potential that they have a negative impact, but we need more research to figure it out for sure.”

That sounds fairly benign, but the long-term studies in this paper suggest that people who use low-calorie sweeteners regularly are more likely to be obese, have diabetes, and suffer from cardiovascular disease, such as hypertension and stroke.   That’s enough to make me put my muffin down.

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Opiate Overdose Deaths Coming Home to Georgia

Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

As of the latest information I can find, four people are dead here in Georgia over the last 48 hours, and dozens more are at risk with overdoses across the state. The cases have cropped up in Macon, Warner Robins, Centerville, Perry, and Augusta.  By the time this gets to press, it could easily be in Griffin.

The overdoses are attributed to a pill that is being sold on the streets as “Percocet.”  Actual Percocet is a blend of acetaminophen with oxycodone, but it is likely from the descriptions that this may not be actual Percocet, but a street version that is far more deadly.

Ms. Nancy Nydam of the Georgia Department of Public Health said that the drug being sold as Percocet is a “dangerous, potentially lethal substance contained in street drugs.”  Literally dozens of overdoses have happened in the last few days. This particularly potent street drug requires massive amounts of an antidote used to reverse opioid poisoning, but it is quite possible or probable that the death count will go higher in the next few days if anyone uses these drugs while alone.

Some of these overdose patients have been triaged at Navicent Health Medical Center where I once worked as a clinical nurse specialist.  The chief medical officer there says they have never seen this many overdoses all at once. Each time a history is obtained from one of the patients, the story is consistent: it is a yellow pill that was sold to them on the streets as Percocet.

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16 Easy, Small Changes You Can Make Today That Have a MAJOR Impact on Your Health


Big changes like cutting out all carbs or training for a marathon are great—but you don't have to remake yourself to have a dramatic impact on your health. Try a few of these baby steps to get you started in the right direction.

Add a fruit or veggie to every meal

Not ready to give up a bad habit yet? Start by creating an easy good-for-you habit instead. "Less than one in three individuals gets even two servings of fruits and vegetables per day," says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT, author of 2 Day Diabetes Diet. "By adding one serving to each meal, you can get in at least three servings per day and be ahead of the curve. A half of a banana on your breakfast cereal, a small side salad with your sandwich at lunch, and adding 1/2 cup of cooked veggies into your pasta can pack in more fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients—all which have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers." Do yourself one better by choosing from 10 of the healthiest vegetables you can eat.

Read the rest at Reader's Digest