Week 5

Happy Week 5 Everybody! This week is the first exam week. I'm a little scared (not really -- but maybe I should be). I have 4 this week (3 here at NUHS and 1 at UWS). From Botanical Medicine II to Evidence Based Nutrition, there's a lot of material to cover -- and I have a lot of work to do. 

Last Friday was our Tri Mixer. We had Trivia -- Chiro style, food, and all kinds of crazy fun. I was told that the "Five Sphincters" Trivia team was the winner. I'm not sure how the other teams fared. But I know we were all having fun. It was good to get to meet/see some of the younger Tris. I'd met some of the new students at Club Day or previous mixers, but since we're all so separated, it's rare that we get to see each other. There's a good crew of people coming up. I'm excited.

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So, last night was the Super Bowl. I didn't watch it and I don't know who won. This morning on my Facebook news feed are random people posting random statements about the game, ads, different players, etc. Lots of people are talking about the commercials (I didn't watch) and how much they cost. It's my understanding that a 30-second ad costs approximately $4 million.

Here are some things that we could do with $4 million, instead of buying a Super Bowl ad:

  • Fund NIH Alzheimer's research for 1 month (NIH spends $480 million/year on Alzheimer's research)
  • Run a free clinic for 4+ months
  • Fully fund 12 medical students' educational careers ($325,000/student)
  • Buy 66 modest homes ($60,000/house)
  • Fund all Medicare breast cancer screening for 1 month ($410 million/year)
  • Clothe, feed, house, and educate 16 children (cost to raise a child $241,000)

Rather than getting a pizza, or watching something cute for a few seconds, we could buy people well-being, cancer prevention, health, and basic security. I realize that this is a bit of commentary, and may not be popular, but I feel like we needed a little bit of perspective. We support businesses with our money and our attention.

Let's go make a difference this week.

Have a great one, everybody!!!