As always, hope everyone had a great week. The last weekend
featured a nice seminar from Dr. David Renner, the 3rd seminar in
the 100-hr AK certification. The seminar went over neurological
disorganization, acupuncture, thyroid, cranial faults, and a few
others. I highly recommend all new NUHS students to come check out
AK club and see if it's something for you! Shameless Plug: I'll be
teaching next trimester (along with Jordan Bray if he can swing it
from clinic shift). AK material I've learned in seminars is
completely unique and different from what is taught at this school
and has completely changed the way I practice and given me extra
confidence to treat literally anything that walks through my
Getting back to my routine trimester review. If you've been
reading the blog for a while you know I have generally taken an
objective look back at the trimester and tried to figure out what I
did well and what I stunk it up at! I give myself self-imposed
'grades' for each section.
Classes (Grade: C+)
This trimester was a little daunting class-wise for a couple
reasons. Heading into final exams I have Bs in all my classes
except Chest which I bombed the midterm. I have to do really well
on the final (which is supposed to be a lot easier) to pass Chest.
I'm not too worried though. The tough part has been that by the
time you get to the end of Trimester 7, you're body has been beaten
through literally years of exams, tests, practicals, research, and
papers. It's a grind folks, and you'll find the majority of
classmates saying, "I just want to pass" by this trimester and "get
me to clinic." For incoming students, don't be alarmed, you are
becoming DOCTORS, not technicians or undergraduate bachelor's, you
have someone's health in your hands post-NUHS so I'm glad at the
same time we get inundated with education. My tip for the faculty
and the administration is: CUT OUT THE CRAP and POLITICS and ADD in
some more passion (and faster Internet)! But I digress.
Seminars (Grade: A-)
I attended the Spine 2 seminar taught by the incredible, Dr. Tim
Francis. Dr. Francis is truly a ray of light and an entirely rare
and unique type of doctor. The guy fixes all sorts of conditions
that typical chiropractors and MDs don't even fix or manage well. I
loved all the material he presented and learned a ton for my own
skills. The reason it's not an A is that there were some 100-hr AK
seminars I wanted to attend but didn't have enough money for, so I
stayed home and studied the material they were being taught on my
own and got the notes. Remember, kids, there's always more than one
way to skin a cat and even if you don't have the money you should
still be hunting down the people that have taken the seminar and
get their notes to learn! I did this with my friends that took TPI
(Titleist Performance Institute) golf certification and got the
notes to a $900 seminar. Does that mean I'm certified? No. Does
that mean I know how to treat golfers much better now?
I'm sorry if this post sounded like I'm exhausted, I am. I
cannot wait for break. I'll be back in full force and energy after
break for an epic summer session. I've got some really fun material
pumping out for you that includes How to Learn to Play
Peace out until Summer Session!
Twelve weeks down. Three to go! Time on the grind is in full
mode from here on out. Thankfully, Easter was a little early this
year and allowed a nice weekend of some celebration, fun, and poor
eating choices to gear up for the stresses of finals.
Being from Boston, weekend holidays are pretty tough to get home
to see the family, financially and time-wise. I spent Easter
weekend with my girlfriend's family in the local area. Her brother
and his girlfriend came home from college and added to the fun
shenanigans. A couple weeks ago, Ashley's mom mentioned she planned
on a dinner and asked if we wanted to do anything else. I, being a
true kid at heart, suggested EASTER EGG HUNT! To my happiness, she
rolled with the idea and went next level creative on that hunt! The
rules were we had 6 eggs carefully hidden in the backyard so at
least part of the egg was showing (my grandpa is notorious for
completely burying eggs so this was a nice positive). We came to
find that each egg had a piece of paper with a word on it. We had
to find all 6 eggs, open up all the pieces of paper inside and put
them in a sentence. Mine read: GO TO THE DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM. I
almost peed my pants leaping across the house to the bathroom (get
it ;). I busted open the door to find a wonderful Easter basket! I
wasn't sure what to expect but an Easter basket was above and
beyond what I expected and I was elated, along with my blood sugar,
as I consumed some delicious chocolate and thanked Ash's family for
such a great holiday.
On a school note, I attended a Gonstead adjusting seminar off
campus. Dr. S was the instructor and as usual for my readers of
this blog, if you aren't going to seminars, don't come to
chiropractic school. You're wasting your time. As abruptive as I
can be: School will prepare you to become a licensed doctor--a
pretty good doctor, but not a Great doctor. You need to learn from
the best and practice a ton to be the best, assuming you want to be
a great doctor, of course. (Sadly, there are plenty of people that
don't care...you know who you are). The one big knock I have on
National is they don't expose their students to enough
techniques. Why should they choose what techniques from our rich
Chiropractic history that we should get taught? Shouldn't we be
taught most of them and then choose which ones we like the best and
want to integrate into our tool bag? Just my humble opinion. As
usual, there's a way around this fault by just going to outside
seminars and seeing for yourself! Problem solved! Boom. Hope you
have a great week, email me with any questions.
For starters look into AK, Gonstead, MPI, Functional Rehab
(SFMA/FMS), DNS, Nutrition, Sports Rehab, Homeopathy, TBM, etc.
Have fun future docs.
Well, that's it for me this week. See, National isn't all work
and no play? It's for people that work hard and play
Hope the week is going well. I often get asked about
supplements, which ones are great, and what amounts should be
In clinical nutrition class, we have to memorize popular and
effective supplements and the doses that the research has deemed
efficacious. It's taught by one of the leading nutritional experts
in the States, Dr. David Seaman. I love Dr. Seaman's
anti-inflammatory diet and supplemental approach to disease,
prevention and health promotion. The new integrated/functional MDs
are catching on that most disease processes, such as the biggest
killers in America (heart disease, stroke, some cancers,
Alzheimer's, hypertension, etc., etc.) are rooted in chronic
The three biggest physiological disruptions in a person in a
chronic inflammatory state are:
Dr. Seaman recommends his 'Basic' Supplemental
The general supplemental guidelines we have to memorize for the
quiz this week:
Whew...that was a lot! Obviously you SHOULD NOT TAKE ALL THESE
SUPPLEMENTS, but if you're interested in taking a few, here's a
cool research for what sort of dosage you'd be looking at.
Have a great healthy week,
Hope everyone had a great week. Does anyone else notice that the
weather has been (enter explicative here) lately? Can't wait for
OK, now for some other shenanigans I get into....
Meditation. It's a word that felt so hippy and New Age mumbo
jumbo, I avoided it like the plague. Lately I've been having this
odd urge to try it. Everyone who isn't a complete jerk understands
the benefits of 1-3x a day quieting the mind and slowing down and
relaxing. I could include a fancy list of "medical benefits" like
"lowers stress, blood pressure, anxiety, etc.", blah blah. You KNOW
IT'S GOOD FOR YOU.
So why haven't I done it--ever? I'm a natural medicine doc-to-be
and I still haven't done it?! What hope is there for the other Joe
Blows who don't care about health as much as I do?
Therein lies why I write today. A challenge--a self-improvement
challenge and experiment into the realm of developing automatic
habits. When someone tells me, "Oh, I can't eat healthy or (enter
healthy habit)," I respond with, "Do you brush your teeth?" The
answer is always, aside from the strange look they temporarily
shoot me as they move farther away as if my hidden message was they
have terrible breath, "Yes." Good! That means you can be
You see, all habits are simply routines in your life that you
have ingrained into your LIFEstyle. In fact, once you have
automated them into your daily routine it literally feels awkward
when you don't do something. How many people feel weird when they
forget to brush their teeth more than once day? Or don't buckle up
on the highway? Nevertheless, you get my point. Ingrain a habit,
and after 22-66 days, it will be almost indefinitely a part of you
for the foreseeable future.
That's why diets don't work. People don't actually take the time
to ingrain the habit of healthy eating. They just crash diet on
some crappy low calorie foods and hope the weight stays off when
they return to the SAME HABITS THAT PRODUCED THEIR CURRENT BODY
Einstein famously said, "Doing the same thing over and over and
expecting different results is the definition of INSANITY." Most
dieters, are by Einstein's logic, INSANE. Can you be more
successful than the 98% of dieters that fail? Yes, check out Dr.
John Berardi at Precision Nutrition. They focus on HABITS and they
have INCREDIBLE results and, more importantly, LONG TERM SUCCESS.
Alas, my rant is over, and this segues into our post on the habit
of meditation and our challenge for you to try it!
How To Automate a Lifestyle Habit
What were my biggest obstacles to actually trying
My Obstacle 1: "I didn't know HOW to meditate and I didn't want
to do it wrong."
My Solution: I looked up a SIMPLE 5-minute meditation (explained
at the end of this post) to make sure it was effective and a novice
could do it and still expect benefits.
My Obstacle 2: "I didn't really care about doing
My Solution: I realized that I was so stressed out from school,
and I like experimenting, so I decided to try it to be exposed to
benefits and see if it's worth it. Notice: I put it in terms of how
does it benefit my life. We are selfish creatures. When something
is in it for you, you are more likely to commit.
Is the habit simple enough?
My Habit: Do a 5-minute meditation first thing in the morning
before my shower.
Confidence Check: 9/10. Pass.
A Bad Habit: Do 20 minutes of meditation in the middle of the
Confidence Check: 6/10. Fail. Why? It still seems simple? Well,
I have never meditated before, and 20 minutes even for more
advanced "meditators" is challenging. In addition, although the
middle of the day may be the "best" time to neutralize the stress
of midday school, I simply would not be able to find 20 minutes to
do it. Maybe I could give up part of my lunch break? Do you see why
it's not a 2/10 but it's not a 9/10. If it's not a 9, you're going
to fail. Focus on early wins and Simplify, Simplify,
I'm going to do the challenge for 14 days. Why? Mainly because I
want to track the benefits of meditation. My criteria are: Do I
feel more at ease through the day? Do I get overwhelmed by
schoolwork? If I really feel better and have higher will power/self
control throughout the day then I will make the habit a long-term
addition to my day (extending the challenge past 22-66 days). It
costs me zero dollars and only 5 minutes of my time.
Download the Lift App from the App store. Plug in the Habit
"Meditate." There are currently 18,000+ people on the app all with
the goal of meditating so you will be more motivated to "Check that
habit off on a daily basis" and see the tally tracking of the app
pile up! Positive reinforcement works!
How To Do A Simple 5-Minute Meditation that
Breath focus is a simple but powerful meditation technique for
training your brain and increasing willpower. It reduces stress and
teaches the mind to handle both Inner Distractions (cravings,
worries, desires) and Outer Temptations (sounds, sights,
Step 1: Sit Still and Stay Put.
Sit on a chair or side of your bed. Get comfortable. Put your
hands palms up on your lap/thighs. Get relaxed. If you feel itchy
or uncomfortable try to refocus on staying still. Staying still is
the foundation of self-control and a simple act to control
impulsiveness in your brain.
Step 2: Turn your Attention to Your Breath.
Close your eyes. Begin to notice your breath. Breathe in and
breathe out. Silently say "Inhale" and "Exhale." Do this for the
first couple minutes to help focus your brain on your breathing.
About this time your mind will wander (it will) try to refocus
every time this happens on your breathing. The act of refocusing on
breathing in and out and being aware of the breath will activate
your prefrontal cortex and quiet stress and craving centers in your
Step 3: Notice How it Feels to Breathe, and Notice How the
After a few minutes, drop the labels "inhale/exhale." Try
focusing on FEEEE-LING the breath. You might notice the feeling of
air flowing in and out of your nose and mouth. You might feel your
belly pushing out and in, or (less efficiently) your rib cage
elevated and depressing. This part of the practice trains
self-awareness along with self-control.
PRO TIP: Only do 5 minutes a day. If you feel uber confident, do
a little bit more like 10-15 minutes. Don't wander from the 5
minutes until you've completed 14 days IN A ROW. Then start
experimenting and adding your own stuff to it. Once you've got 14
days under your belt you will be better at meditating than 905% of
the population. BOOMMMM!
Have a Great Week,
Hope everyone had a great week and weekend. As a student at
National you'll find that once you're in the flow of the trimester
and tests, assignments, and quizzes are rolling around, the weeks
have a tendency to just fly by. After about Week 10, I start
getting bored with my classes and I'm in the mood for fresh
material and a new start. Now onto more interesting stuff....
BulletProof Coffee For A BulletProof
"I don't always drink coffee…
but when I do I drink BulletProof coffee."
-- Most Interesting Coffee Drinker in the World
One of the biggest sets of complaints and biggest obstacles to
achieving health revolves around breakfast. People don't have
enough time. People don't know what to eat. People are tired or
mentally sluggish 2 hours after eating...etc., etc., etc.
I have stumbled upon a solution from Dave Asprey aka The
BulletProof Exec. Since, blood sugar stabilization and healthy fats
are essential for sustained energy, and increased mental
performance throughout the day (remember your brain is 80% fat),
Dave conjured up this incredible "biohack" for your morning
routine. Toss the insulin-raising, energy-sapping, fat-storing
toast, bagels, oatmeal, and cereal in the morning and get a load of
coffee mixed with...2 Tbsps....of Grass Fed...wait for
Am I serious? Yes. Will it cause heart disease? No. Know
Your Fats by Dr. Mary Enig put that whole fat scare to rest
years ago. This recipe I had to try when I read it and I must say
it's incredible! The odd thing was it actually TASTES GOOD and
produces LASTING ENERGY and MENTAL CLARITY. I wish I thought of
My Twist: I add a heaping scoop of chocolate protein powder for
extra protein in the morning to take better advantage of the fat
loss properties explained in the 4 Hour Body (30g of
protein within 30 minutes of waking had the highest correlation
with fat loss effectiveness of all other lifestyle changing
Bulletproof Coffee Recipe
(Original Post Here: How to Make Your Coffee Bulletproof...And Your
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