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!
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's week is going well. Congratulations to the
Baltimore Ravens for their Super Bowl win, I don't enjoy typing
that as a Patriots fan, but give respect where respect is
2013 is flying by so far and Midterms will be starting next
week. I'm trying to get into Midterm mode but I've been heavily
distracted outside of NUHS activities and I need to get down to the
In case you're a new or prospective student to NUHS, they offer
a few businesses classes built into the curriculum. Why is that
important? Well, as a future DC you will wear multiple hats. One,
as a doctor, and one as a businessperson. The best doctor in the
world who doesn't know how to run an office or get a business loan
will never treat patients! Most people hate the business classes
because they didn't choose to go to business school; they chose
medical school. Sooner or later, they come to their senses, and
most likely later will thank NUHS for at least teaching basic
I'm currently in Tri 7's Business Planning Class. This class has
a host of speakers (so far) who lecture us on various aspects of
running a DC office: Insurance coverage, financial statements, your
practice "vision" and how to work that backwards, how to approach a
bank with a business plan and get a loan, etc.
Over the coming weeks we have a business plan project assignment
and we will have to do exactly what we as future private practice
owners will have to go through. In other words, if we take it
seriously we could have a great leg up on what we hope to do in
real life--a truly valuable experience, and one that will
undoubtedly help us weed out the mistakes as a student when they
don't matter as much!
Hope everyone had a great and relaxing break with your loved
ones. I spent the break back in my hometown (just outside Boston)
with family and high school friends, and overall had a fantastic
break. I got to spend a lot of time with my siblings (3), which
means a lot to me because I'm always away and I'm the oldest one. I
enjoy seeing what they are up to and how they've grown and if I can
help them in any way I can. This included a bunch of high-speed
After going full track for the last 4 trimesters and 15 seminars
I was burning out a bit and decided to drop 2 classes below full
load to give myself a break this trimester and stretch 7th and 8th
trimester into 3 trimesters so I can focus on more seminar
information and implementing that into my treatment skills heading
into clinic. I dropped PT Modalities and Advanced Diagnosis, which
were 6.5 credits total. I'm currently taking all 7th Tri classes at
21.5 credits. The Good News: After 6th Trimester, you've made it
through all the hard classes!! From my understanding, 7th Trimester
is just a ton of paper work but the actual difficulty of material
is behind you, so it is a different animal.
Over break I was re-reading the Four Hour Work
Week by Timothy Ferriss and how to calculate the monthly
income needed to live your dream lifestyle. Ferriss insists you can
live an incredible life with an unremarkable income as long as you
plan accordingly. Tim describes some of his most incredible
adventures like yabusame (horseback archery in Japan), world class
tango dancing, skydiving, and driving a Aston Martin can all be
done on an average income. Of course, the book talks about making a
'muse' business or a business that can be set up (preferably on the
web) to run automatically and ideally generate enough revenue to
offset the costs of your incredible adventures. I've been working
on some side projects to one day to be able to do this simply
because I enjoy entrepreneurship and expanding my brainpower.
How does this relate to you as a chiro? Well, we can calculate
how much we need to make to live however we want!
Lifestyle Exercise: 10 mins
First print out this template: http://fourhourworkweek.com/dreamline.pdf
After Med School Graduation I Dream of:
A: Having… (Cost/Month or One Time Cost*)
B: Being… (Steps)
C: Doing... (Cost/Steps to Complete)
Now, you can take this as a ridiculous exercise or a serious
one. Basically it's designed to give you an idea that you can
really live the life you want. All the things that would make me
incredibly excited and fulfilled can be achieved for this example
(all things added up) = $71,400 or $5,950 a month!
That number is highly exaggerated, too, because that includes
buying a sports car, start costs of a private practice, and
vacationing 2 weeks in Europe, along with skydiving, golf
membership, and a top tier mountain bike all in one year.
Obviously, you don't have to start a practice and buy a car
every year! If this was an ongoing year it might be closer to
$1,100 a month! Plus rent/mortgage, food, bills.
The exercise is just to get you to say, "What if I could…"
That means a much more interesting life :)
Season's Greetings, NUHS!
This is my last post before the end of the world! Ha ha, what a
joke. It's not going to end; I'm 99.9999% positive! Kidding
aside, let's review Trimester 6 and take an annual look at the
progress through school.
A Tri 6 Look in the Mirror
Learned a lot in school, but I am totally ready to be done with
this trimester. I've really enjoyed the 6th trimester classes with
Phys Dx and functional rehab being my favorites. Tumors, the evil
class of Tri 6, is kicking our whole tris' butts. Half the class is
failing a 2-credit class that most of us won't be doing. I think
there's a disconnect in the curriculum with this class. I think we
absolutely should know this information but most of the class
shouldn't fail especially because we aren't oncologists or expected
to be. If we see the weird masses on X-ray, you can bet your change
purse I'm calling someone who does cancer for a living to get a
second opinion. From what I've heard from recent grads, just being
trained well enough and smart enough to do that usually puts us in
a good professional position with the MDs, which is ultimately the
goal of this school's president. I digress.
Our bonfire in the backyard, a little red wine, and study
break before finals. :)
My Annual Report Card
This is the second one I've done on this blog!
School: Grade: B-
This was about my average grade here at National over the past
year. It's no all-star but I'm learning the information that is
important and getting by on the stuff that is "luxury
Outside Fun: Grade: A-
We don't get too many opportunities to go into the city, but
when I've gotten the chance with friends, it's been an absolute
blast. Jet skiing in Lake Michigan and overlooking the city skyline
probably top my fun list.
Seminars: Grade: A
I have definitely benefited greatly from seminars, to the tune
that it seems like every post I write. I hope my readers don't hate
reading it but--you NEEEEEDDDD TO GOOOO TOOO SEMINARS TO BE A GOOD
CHIROPRACTOR. National literally doesn't teach you enough about
being a chiropractor in the real world. The seminars give you extra
skills, techniques, and put it all together for you so that you're
not lost to how to put together progression of treatments for
patients past just "getting them out of pain." National is going to
give you a phenomenal base and a degree but like most things in
life, academia can't do everything for you; you have to strive to
be better if you want your clinical batting average to be high! And
who spends 150k and 4 years of their life to just be "a pretty good
doc." I digress again!
2013 and Beyond
I've been thinking extremely hard about the decision to stay
full track in Phase 2 of clinical. I've done full tris in 5 and 6,
and I'm exhausted from the workload and 9 seminars. I'm signed up
for 6 seminars next trimester. I literally don't think I can do 6
seminars and a full track 7th trimester and still pass all my
classes with the knowledge I hope to absorb from each
class/seminar. So, I think this might be my official announcement
I'll be slowing down just a tad.
Why? At the end of the day you have to look at what's right for
you and what you want. I want to open a practice right after
graduation, so I've prepared through school differently from the
rest of the student body that plans on starting with seminars after
they graduate and then working for someone else for a few years.
When I graduate, it's literally just me on my own so I've tried to
go to as many seminars and take the time to figure out how to treat
everything and anything that walks into my office. I owe a huge
thank you to Tim Francis, DC, and his 100-hr+ AK seminar training.
That course literally changed my view of medicine and changed my
life for the better. Thank you, Dr. Francis, for showing me what's
possible in this profession with our hands. :)
Slowing down has also opened a few opportunities that I've been
planning on for a while but have had no time to extrapolate them.
One is a supplement idea I've been working on, and another is
tutoring adjusting and putting together mini seminars on Saturdays
for younger students looking to learn more.
I also am really excited about working with my friend, Kim,
who's turning pro as a golfer and has had bad back pain. She said
if I fix her, she will tell her tour friends. That's like a dream
come true for a golf fanatic like me! Ha ha.
The world is full of fun and possibilities!
• MPI Gait Seminar
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