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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!!!

Thanksgiving Week

I can't believe this week is Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! A few of my classmates are heading out of town, up North, over the river and through the woods, but most of us are staying somewhat local. Those that are going up North are getting ready to be bundled up. I understand there are record lows -- especially up in the Northeast. We're actually expecting a brisk temperature of 66ºF on Thanksgiving. Everyone will have their parkas and snowboots on.

Turkey Bowl

Friday night was Turkey Bowl. If you've never heard of the infamous NUHS Turkey Bowl, here's where you'll become indoctrinated in this time-honored tradition. Students, alumni, faculty members, and significant others launch themselves onto the football field to non-violently duke it out to compete for (starting this year) the Stiefel Cup [named for the president of NUHS and former dean of the College of Professional Studies - Florida].

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This year, the victors were from Tri 1 and Tri 6 (including our own Antoinette Stewart and Lauren Domanski) and our MVPs were Dr. Chris Arick and Danielle Spratt. It's my understanding that no severe injuries were met and no one went to the hospital -- so it was a good game.  

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We had a HUGE turnout of people! A lot of the faculty came out -- including some professors that I haven't seen in a really long time. I saw new students that I'd never seen before. I met spouses and kids that I didn't know existed. It was just a really great "family" environment. There was really amazing food provided and the people that weren't playing just hung out. It was really cool and made me wish that I'd gone last year. The funniest thing was to see our professors and Assistant Dean (Dr. Daniel Strauss) don shorts and T-shirts and blend in with all of the "kids." We really couldn't tell the difference between them.

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Impending Finals

So, this is the last week before finals start. Next week is practical week and the following week has all the written exams. I'm not looking forward to either -- but I'll be really glad to move on. I've already taken the Marketing final, the final practical for Rehab, and the Phlebotomy written final is this week. I'm checking off boxes and crossing things off my list (and trying not to go crazy).

Well, that's it from me. I hope everyone has an amazing holiday -- that you have just as much dinner as you want, just enough family dysfunction to seem OK, and just enough tryptophan to have a really good nap. And of course, in true medical student style -- dissect the turkey -- don't carve it.

Marketing Presentation

The marketing presentation is over. I'm really glad. I was sweating it big-time. I put a lot of work into it -- the design and layout of the logo, the tagline, all the wording for the sample brochure -- all of it. Even though it made last week's schedule pretty intense with all of the other activities, now it's done and I can watch my classmates do theirs (and enjoy them), and also focus on other things.

GreyforestlogoSo the plan for my future practice is to be both multi-disciplinary and integrated -- where the practitioners not only work together, but complement each other in abilities to provide a larger scope of practice. The basic premise is that in order to take care of the whole person, we have to approach the whole person. So we'll have everything integrated into the practice from seminars, movement classes, and functional medicine to counseling, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. My idea is to have five practitioners to start with: Chiropractic, Naturopathic, Acupuncture, Massage, and Behavioral Medicine. I'd like to also have an herbal compounding pharmacy on site -- in addition to a number of nutraceuticals available.

 

I've also entertained some ways to expand down the road. The addition of hyperbarics, a medicinal and natural foods café, and inpatient care seem more than logical. I realize that they're big and potentially lofty ambitions, BUT I think with the right team of practitioners, we can definitely do it. Anybody want to help?

Upcoming Week

This week I have a few things due: notes from my head-to-toe practical; my community resources listing and BETS research (I'm working on Alzheimer's and choline -- or hoping to); and on Friday I have my functional rehab practical. I'm so glad I'm going early with that one as well. That REALLY frees up my week 14. There's nothing like having a little bit of extra time to study for things or work.

Master's Program

The Master's is going well. This last week it was tough to get everything done because of the exams, presentation, and practical. I was scrambling to get it all done by midnight on Sunday (all of my Master's work is due by midnight Sunday). As it was, I was falling asleep finishing the last assignment. It could have gone better, but that's what happens when you're falling asleep answering questions. The topics for last week were mostly gut immunity -- which I find fascinating. I'd really like to figure out all of the possible permutations of gut disruption -- beyond gluten and casein, microbes, etc. Did you know that 70% of the immune system is located in the gut? Even inhalants are partially mediated in the gut. If you're really interested in learning more about this -- try the Textbook for Functional Medicine -- chapter 28. While some of the physiology is a little tedious, putting the pieces together is pretty fascinating.

Well, that's all from me. I've registered for next tri -- except for electives. I'm trying to decide whether to take acupuncture or not. The jury is still out.

Have a great week everybody. Good luck with studying, projects, and whatever else is going on. This Friday we have the Turkey Bowl. Can't wait.

It's November!

It's November! What? Did the time change work for you? I ended up staying up even later.

This week is the calm before the next storm. We have one more, big round of exams and projects due next week--including the Marketing project. This is the culmination of all of my mind-ramblings of the last couple of months, and the chance to pull some pie-in-the-sky ideas into my project.

Last week we had a speaker in Marketing that had been on the show "Shark Tank." Unfortunately, I took pictures for everyone else and not myself. He spoke about what it was like to start up a business, some of the struggles associated with it, and some of his experiences since his business started. I'll go ahead and give a shout out to him (and his brothers) who own Nardo's Naturals. They make natural skin care products and they're centered here in St. Pete.

The geek botanical person in me was intrigued by some of the ingredients they use in their products--lots of essential oils and coconut oil. You absolutely cannot lose with those. And of course it just reminded me how much I want to include natural products in my future clinic--which brings me back to the Marketing project.

When the speaker last week asked us what we wanted our future practice to be like, I opened my mouth and said something like: "I want a multi-disciplinary practice with Functional Medicine, Chiropractic, Naturopathic, Acupuncture, Physical and Massage Therapy, Well-being classes, and an Herbal and Compounding Pharmacy." I think his eyes nearly fell out of his head. Big ambitions, I suppose. I'm not sure what will be more difficult, setting up the practice, or finding the right people to work with me. Either way, these plans will be coming together in paper, brochure, website, and business card form--in the next 10 days. Boy, I sure have my work cut out for me. I don't have anything finalized, except the ideas, which have been floating around in my head for quite a while. When I get it all done, I'll share it with you guys. I have no idea where all it will go.

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I hope everybody had a Happy and Safe Halloween. On Wednesday of last week, MoPal (Motion Palpation) hosted a Halloween potluck. We had some great costumes. My tri's very own Lexxi (dressed as Ms. Pacman) and Dave (dressed as Walter White from "Breaking Bad") stole the show and won best costumes. This is where the pictures for this week hail from. It was nice to see so many people get together and be festive.

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I, for one, am glad that most of the candy is gone. No more temptation. I have a small handful left. I'll feed it to the kids and make them run around the neighborhood about 80 times--and then brush their teeth. We have a few weeks to behave ourselves before Thanksgiving--which really should be renamed to something that involves "gluttonous intake of food and falling asleep on the couch." It looks, though, like we might actually have a Fall/Winter here this year. The temperature has been erratic and sometimes cold and sometimes hot--but it's more acting like it's trying on the cold for size. Layer. That's my recommendation. Today I'm wearing flip-flops and a sweater. Go figure. That's Florida.

Have an amazing week everyone. May your feet be warm, and your sleep be plentiful. Remember to take a little bit of time out for yourself this week. It's important.

Busy Week

This is one of those times when writing the blog is tough, because I can't remember all of the things I've done over the last week! I'm to the point where I'm keeping daily lists so things don't fall through the cracks. There's just so much to do and so much to study for.

Last week I had 2 exams, and this coming week, 2 exams and 2 quizzes. Next week (brace yourself), there are 5 exams. I've always wondered why we do things this way. Five exams in one week are too many. It's just as if it were finals. But, here we are.

I was able to join some of my classmates out on Friday night. It seems that a good time was had by all. We were able to meet some of the first trimester folks that I'd missed from the First Tri Mixer. They all seem really great. One of the drawbacks to the way our campus is set up here is that the students are spread out to four different places. We have the basic science students in one location, the clinical science students in another, and the interns in two different clinic locations. So, once someone crosses over into a different area, we don't always see each other again--unless we make an effort to do so. So that's why the mixers and impromptu get-togethers are really important. It gives us a chance to meet some of the other students from different locations.

I like how cohesive our group is in particular. I've mentioned this before, but we really do become somewhat of a family. After all, we spend five days a week, together, ALL day. If we don't love or hate each other by the end, there's something wrong. Those that have joined our original four members have been welcome additions. And of course we miss those that have left us--whether they transferred campuses to Lombard, or decided to slow down. Most of my original class is now in the same building. It's good to see them every day again. I've missed them.

As if I didn't have enough going on, last week, I started the Master's Degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine through the University of Western States. The program is all online and we have students from literally all over the world. The program there is a wonderful complement to the program here. Since my goal is to have an integrative, functional medicine practice, it's a great fit for me. My goal is to complete the master's about the same time I finish here at National. I'll let you all know how that's going.

Time management and prioritizing are absolutely key to maintaining some semblance of sanity with all this coursework. I'm not sure I'm there yet--but I'm working on it. Of course, anyone that knows me knows that I'm at least partly insane, so I must have lost something somewhere. Calendars, schedules, lists, planning, and keeping track of everything that has to be done is extremely important. On top of that, checking all of those things off the list is extremely fulfilling. I have to remember to ONLY put things on the list that HAVE to be done--no lofty ambitions, week-long projects, or 5-year goals. My lists sometimes get out of control--admittedly, and sometimes they end up with the weirdest, most random thoughts written on them--like philosophical questions. And THAT could go anywhere. :)

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(Image source: redlandrambles.wordpress.com)

I took a few minutes out of studying on Saturday to go to a ROOTS seed and plant share event. We grew a lot of our own food when I was growing up, and as I've had space, have tried to do the same off and on. Now that I have some yard space, I'm working on it again. Let me just say that this event was absolutely amazing.

People from the local area bring seeds they've collected, cuttings, plants, trees--you name it--and they just give it away. I took some Aloe seeds that my plant had put out last year. I'd been saving them for quite a while. I honestly didn't even know that Aloe seeded; I'd only seen people plant Aloe by cutting. The Aloe plant that produced the seed was gifted to me a few years ago from a fellow student, so it only seemed fitting that I gift its progeny. In return, I was gifted pumpkin seeds, stevia seeds, loofah seeds, and heirloom squash seeds. I was hoping for loofah, but couldn't believe how much was there!?! A lady tried to send me home with a bag full of about 500 seeds! People were so generous. I'm eternally grateful, and hopefully my garden will be booming here in a couple of weeks. Since I've never had a fall garden before, I have no idea what to expect. We shall see.

Happy Studying and Organizing everyone! Have a great week!