Hope everyone had a great 2nd week of classes. I can't believe
it's already week 3. 2013 is off to a speedy start!
On the campus front, we had a great turnout for AK club in week
one, in fact, the largest club attendance (to my knowledge) in the
history of AK club. The fun spin on this trimester with the club is
that I'm teaching! My goals for teaching are to bring a lot of
energy to club, lots of goofy laughs, and, most importantly, to
keep it incredibly applicable to their current
chiropractic/treatment knowledge focusing on a few things each week
they can improve on.
To be certified in Applied Kinesiology you need to have a
100-hour class certification. It's 7 seminars (1 per month) over
the course of usually 2 trimesters. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU GO TO
AK. It changed my chiropractic career and has opened up treatment
and patient possibilities I never thought I'd be able to treat.
Many don't know this, but I was full Motion Palpation gung-ho for
the first couple trimesters until an AK doc treated me. I was so
blown away I immediately knew that I was meant to do this and
devoted the rest of the time in this school and career to being the
best doc I can be with this technique (and adding some more
techniques such as TBM, NET, TK, DNS, FMS, Homeopathy). Yes, you
can do it if you're serious.
The past weekend was an advanced AK seminar, SPINE 2. Dr.
Francis teaches this seminar and he was in rare form all weekend
showing us the newest techniques! Nobody on the planet had seen
what he showed us this weekend so I feel very blessed and
privileged to see how he is incorporating muscle testing with
chiropractic, Chinese medicine, and homeopathy to heal various
pathologies and sub-clinical diseases both MSK and internal.
Making Oso Buco... YUMMM!
Lastly, I've been learning to become a better cook with Tim
Ferriss' new book The 4 Hour Chef (check it out on
Amazon, fantastic read)!
Hope everyone's week is going well. We are smack in the middle
of our mid-term "season" at school and everyone is slurping coffees
and drowning in information. Boom! What a perfect time to look at
human behavior and tell you about a little book about Human
Behavior. A book, that after reading has basically changed the way
I look at life in some respects.
Power vs. Force, authored by Dr. David Hawkins MD, PhD,
looks at human behaviors, emotions, and life view in terms of
levels of consciousness. To Hawkins, who studied with the pioneer
of behavioral kinesiology, John Diamond, MD, PhD, each level of
consciousness (which we'll call LOC for simplicity) correlates with
different emotions. The scale is 0-1000; 200 representing
neutrality. Anything calibrating at 200 or below is a DESTRUCTIVE
attractor and anything above is CONSTRUCTIVE.
Keep away from those who
try to belittle your ambitions.
Not surprisingly, Peace, Joy, and Love calibrate at 600, 540 and
500 respectively. Whereas Fear, Grief and Guilt calibrate at 100,
75, and 30! Wow! Enlightenment, where the true great people of the
world have resonated such as Mother Teresa and Gandhi calibrate at
700+. It's amazing to take a step back and see what's going on in
this world and to understand all the negative things that are
happening to our country and our planet. According to Hawkins, our
LOCs have dropped below 200 (neutrality) and destructive tendencies
have been allowed to happen all over our country. Just watch the
news, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see we are in a bad
pattern of emotional health and it shows with our human
The extent of this book is fairly large and difficult for me to
comprehend all the time but I do know it's been an interesting
read, and just reading it has increased my awareness and
consciousness. I encourage you, if you're interested in this sort
of thing, to Google "Power vs. Force PDF" and check it out for
yourself. As the old philosophy teachers used to say, "Don't
believe me; go try it for yourself!"
Improve The Impact of Your Writing in 3
In theme with my writings, I always try to have a take-away
piece of information that can better your lives in some way. Here's
an interesting list of words. The impact of words and language has
been well documented and studied for thousands of years.
Interestingly enough, Dr. Hawkins has compiled the list of words
below. The words on the left of each column are words that
calibrate above 200 and therefore have more power, whereas the
words on the right calibrate below 200 and are therefore
destructive. According to Hawkins, just reading this list will
impact your life.
I found that reading the list was extremely interesting as it
made me uneasy reading the right column, but I highly enjoyed
reading the left column. These feelings and emotions brought out by
reading each word can IMPACT your writing. Every time someone reads
what you are writing or saying they can either have a positive or
negative impact or impression. Choose the left and you'll find your
vocabulary and life becomes more powerful.
Accepting - Rejecting
Admitting - Denying
Aesthetic - Artsy
Agreeable - Condescending
Allowing - Controlling
Appreciative - Envious
Approving - Critical
Attractive - Seductive
Authoritative - Dogmatic
Aware - Preoccupied
Balanced - Extreme
Beautiful - Glamorous
Being - Having
Believing - Insisting
Brilliant - Clever
Candid - Calculating
Carefree - Frivolous
Challenged - Impeded
Charitable - Prodigal
Cheerful - Manic
Cherishing - Prizing
Choosing-to - Having-to
Civil - Formal
Concerned - judgmental
Conciliatory - Inflexible
Confident - Arrogant
Confronting - Harassing
Conscious - Unaware
Considerate - Indulgent
Constructive - Destructive
Contending - Competing
Courageous - Reckless
Defending - Attacking
Democratic - Dictatorial
Detached - Removed
Determined - Stubborn
Devoted - Possessive
Diplomatic - Deceptive
Doing - Getting
Educating - Persuading
Egalitarian - Elitist
Empathetic - Pitying
Encouraging - Promoting
Energetic - Agitated
Enlivening - Exhausting
Envisioning - Picturing
Equal - Superior
Erotic - Lustful
Essential - Apparent
Eternal - Temporal
Ethical - Equivocal
Excellent - Adequate
Experienced - Cynical
Fair - Scrupulous
Fertile - Luxuriant
Flexible - Rigid
Forgiving - Resenting
Free - Regulated
Generous - Petty
Gentle - Rough
Gifted - Lucky
Giving - Taking
Global - Local
Gracious - Decorous
Grateful - Indebted
Harmonious - Disruptive
Healing - Irritating
Helpful - Meddling
Holistic - Analytic
Honest - Legal
Honoring - Enshrining
Humble - Diffident 59
Humorous - Somber
Impartial - Righteous
Ingenious - Scheming
Inspired - Mundane
Intentional - Calculating
Intuitive - Literal
Inventive - Prosaic
Inviting - Urging
Involved - Obsessed
Joyful - Pleasurable
Just - Punitive
Kind - Cruel
Leading - Coercing
Liberating - Restricting
Long-term - Immediate
Loyal - Chauvinistic
Open - Secretive
Optimistic - Pessimistic
Orderly - Confused
Outgoing - Reserved
Merciful - Permissive
Modest - Haughty
Natural - Artificial
Noble - Pompous
Nurturing - Draining
Observant - Suspicious
Patient - Avid
Patriotic - Nationalistic
Peaceful - Belligerent
Polite - Obsequious
Powerful - Forceful
Praising - Flattering
Principled - Expedient
Privileged - Entitled
Prolific - Barren
Purposeful - Desirous
Receiving - Grasping
Releasing - Tenacious
Reliant - Dependent
Requesting - Demanding
Respectful - Demeaning
Responsible - Guilty
Satisfied - Sated
Selective - Exclusive
Serene - Dull
Serving - Ambitious
Sharing - Hoarding
Significant - Important
Sober - Intoxicated
Spontaneous - Impulsive
Spiritual - Materialistic
Steadfast - Faltering
Striving - Struggling
Surrendering - Worrying
Tender - Hard
Thoughtful - Pedantic
Thrifty - Cheap
Timeless - Faddish
Tolerant - Prejudiced
Tractable - Contrary
Trusting - Gullible
Truthful - False
Unifying - Dividing
Unselfish - Selfish
Valuing - Exploitive
Virtuous - Celebrated
Warm - Feverish
With much love and curiosity for what the world offers,
Lose 14 lbs. in 10 days. Lose that Waist. Burn the Fat. The Fat
Loss Secret. The Fat Miracle, Bla Bla Bla...Don't they sound
ridiculous? Granted, they aren't real titles (well maybe) but
nearly every month there's a new 'DIET' promising the new 'SECRET /
DISCOVERY / INNOVATION' to those stuffed white adipocytes (fat
cells). Melt Fat Away! Get those Sexy Abs! Tone that Beautiful
What the heck? And the weirdest thing, PEOPLE BUY THESE.
Seriously, look at the top 100 best sellers. Why do people fall for
this stuff? First guess, they need to lose weight and the other
books didn't work. Second guess, because they have BAD
information/education on how/why weight gain happens.
I've read A LOT of health books, a scary number of them, which
is why I can make a claim like, "How to read all of B&N in 5
So... how do you reduce the irreducible? First, start compiling
the similarities. Cut out the hundreds of pages that are basically
retold in a different enlightening voice. (Note: you should read a
couple, but after the first few you realize most of the new books
are rehashing the same stuff in a new way--in order to sell books.
They don't call it best writers or best researchers; they call them
best SELLERS.) Then, test out what works and what doesn't. This
last option is tricky if you haven't self-experimented or
researched as much as I have, but that's why I'm here!
The Top 5 Health Tips
Pretty standard, huh? I saved you 1,000 hours of reading. You're
Welcome. Of course, if you're interested in learning more I would
be remiss in not telling you the biggest book bang for your reading
Biggest Book Bang
Those will cost you about 30 bucks and will give you more
information per page/time invested than any nutrition class I've
From National: Not too much on the class front this week as we
enjoy that awkward week between the end of midterms and the start
Peace Out Cub Scout,
This is our last blog of the fall trimester, which means
CHRISTMAS BREAK IS UPON US! I have 3 finals this week and 5 next
week, and then I'm on a plane back to Boston! I'm incredibly
excited to see my family, see some old friends, and work on a few
side projects (more on this below).
I often get asked, "Christian, where are the best places to
live? I'm new and I'm from out of town." SHAMELESS PLUG: I live in
a sweet house right across the street from campus and my two 10th
tri roomies are graduating and becoming docs--which means I have 2
open rooms for rent! Rent is $550 and it's a way better deal than
taking an apartment in the area for $800+. If you're a student or
incoming student and need a place to live, EMAIL ME: CMCARROLL2@gmail.com.
Anyways, back to school.
Functional Movement Screens
If you have
never heard of Gray Cook and you're interested in doing some rehab
or reducing injuries or pain in your office (yes, that should be
all chiros), you need to check out his new book, Movement:
Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective
Strategies. It is a big book on functional movement
There are natural movements that normally functioning
(biomechanically efficient and pain-free) humans can perform. Cook
ingeniously lays out the way to assess, score and correct muscular
imbalances. Although he is a physical therapist, it is
groundbreaking for manual medicine practitioners because he gives a
baseline on where you need to be looking. Treat the dysfunction,
not the pain.
As Dr. Rich Ulm used to say to us in first tri, "He who treats
the site of pain is lost and so are his patients." Very powerful
stuff. Of course, chiros have a few different toolsets to impart in
fixing dysfunctions. All professionals have the goal of getting the
patient out of pain and into the proper motion pattern as fast as
possible. Gone are the days of "3 times a week for the remainder of
your life." Chiropractors need to shake that negative image.
Getting superior results is a good start.
I bought Movement as my Christmas present to
myself. Nerdy? Yes. Do I care? Nope! I live for this stuff.
Study hard and enjoy your break! I'll see you in 2012 if the
world doesn't end! ;)
What the Heck is FLOW?
In Short: Flow is the science (psychology) of optimal human
experience. Flow is perhaps better known as 'Getting in the Zone'
among athletes and creative folk.
A Tad Longer: Flow, whether in athletic competition, creative
arts, engaging work, or spiritual practice, is a deep and uniquely
human motivation to excel, exceed and triumph over limitation.
What's the State of Flow like?
Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal
Experience describes flow as, "being completely involved
in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies.
Every action, movement and thought flows inevitably from the
previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and
you're using your skills to the utmost."
Who founded it?
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, noted psychologist and pioneer of the
concept discovered it in his own search for happiness. He wanted to
figure out "how to live life as a work of art, rather than as a
chaotic response to external events." Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced
"chicks sent me high-ee")--I know, awesome last name,
huh?--explains how when you're in a state of flow, anything you're
doing can be truly awesome.
My Favorite Part of Flow
Dr. Csikszentmihalyi's life work has been to study what makes
people 'truly' happy. With the emphasis on truly, which separates
what is commonly associated with happiness such as pleasure, an
emotional state or even flow itself. Rather, the happiness he
points to is the "continual challenge to go beyond oneself as part
of something greater than one's own self interest." Dr.
Csikszentmihalyi's other books involved looking further at flow and
at the bigger picture of human evolution in time and offering a new
paradigm on how human beings can become better versions of
themselves. To someone like me who values, and continually strives
for, self-improvement, the concept of Flow is more than intriguing,
it has become part of my personal philosophy.
SO HOW THE HECK DO I GET INTO THE ZONE??
A visual graph of flow.
Dr. Csikszentmihalyi's flow diagram is above. You will notice
that it takes the right blend of challenge and skills to produce
the right environment for flow to occur. It was quite enlightening
and accurate of my own experiences. Give someone a task that
requires no skill but is overly challenging and they get anxiety.
Think most entry 9-5 jobs. Give them a task that requires vast
skills but isn't very challenging and your bored out of your mind.
Think of a doctor's office with only one patient to treat a day.
Boring. However, rocking it like goldilocks, 'just right,' primes
the person to enter a unique state (FLOW) where their current skill
set is maximized and their brain is fully engaged on an equally
The really fascinating part I noticed about the graph, and one
that Dr. Csikszentmihalyi notes in his book, is the need to
increase challenges or skills to get back in the flow zone. For
instance, when a particular task becomes too mundane (you've
figured it out now) or when the challenge escalates above your
current skill level (unforeseen incident), you need to adapt and
evolve in order to relish in the desired state of flow and maximum
6 Tips for Finding Your Flow
1. Clear Goals
Knowing the expectations and having defined rules is essential.
It seems limiting external variables or wayward thinking is
2. Focus on a Single Task
Seems to fire in the face of multi-tasking and productivity
gurus. The old saying was, "balance many tasks to get more done."
The Flow way is to maximize your potential by focusing on one main
task or groups of tasks at a time to really engage your whole skill
set and attention.
3. Quick Feedback Loop
A direct or indirect feedback during an activity is vital so
whatever behavior can be quickly adjusted on an as-needed basis.
Think golfers. If they are slicing and they don't know why, they
will probably keep making the same swing fault without knowing the
true cause. If you had a professional coach there, you'd
immediately get proper feedback and your bad mechanics would
4. Balance of Ability Level and Challenge
As described in the chart above. Finding the correct combination
can improve worker productivity and satisfaction or even increase
your athletic performance.
5. The Activity is Intrinsically Rewarding
If you don't enjoy an activity, how are you going find flow, an
optimal mental state? You're not. Sometimes you have to do things
you don't want to, but if your activity is important to your future
success, keep following the steps for best results.
6. Control Over the Situation
This is another no brainer. If you don't have some type of
personal control over your task or activity...no flow for you.
How to Use Flow Concepts in Room
Creative Spatial Arrangements: Make sure you have plenty of dry
erase boards, pin walls, charts, and ironically NO tables. Dr. C
found the act of moving around and standing had a more positive
effect on entering flow. Obviously this isn't practical for
everybody. (I did randomly just realize that I did my best studying
by writing on a dry erase board while standing and then going back
to my notes to check if I wrote it correctly.) When in doubt, ask
what would Google do? They have a habit of pumping out some of the
best creativity and innovation in the world and they didn't do it
with cubicles and TPS reports!
What KILLS Flow?
1. Fearing what others think of you. Remember if people aren't
criticizing you that means you're not pushing the envelope or doing
awesome things. Don't fret. Let me guzzle Gatorade while you do
what makes you happy.
2. Mundane daily routines. If you're not pushing your
bubble or 'comfort zone,' you won't be experiencing flow anytime
Hope you enjoyed your 4th of July Weekend!
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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