Unbelievably, we have already finished 2 weeks of the summer
trimester. Thus far I have a great schedule and enjoy my
Viscera anatomy is definitely my favorite class so far because
we get to do "unreal" dissections. It's funny to think of kids
playing doctor and dreaming of one day doing exactly that. I wonder
if they ever would have dreamed it would require being wrist deep
in someone's chest cavity and scooping out lung fluid and cutting
out the heart? I for one didn't; but I think it's fun - in a way
only a fellow med student could appreciate!
There has been some campus chatter about whether or not the
profession (DC) should get basic prescription rights. Obviously,
the lack of drug therapy has been one of the profession's draws and
defining features. The argument is that we shouldn't deal drugs
because it contradicts our holistic approach to health care. READ:
We know heart disease isn't from a lack of Lipitor. :)
The other side--one that seems to be more in favor at National's
campus (especially by our president, Dr. Winterstein)--states in a
world with tight insurance budget cuts for chiropractic care and
numerous medical organizations slow to accept CAM professions, we
should embrace the opportunity to increase our scope of practice.
In addition, with the upcoming increase in the number of insured
people we (DCs) could have to step in and fill primary care
positions to ease the ever-thinning health care infrastructure.
Lastly, and perhaps my favorite argument for prescription rights is
that it gives chiropractic physicians the clinical right to take
patients OFF a drug if we feel they don't need it any more, or we
think it could be opted with a safer herb or supplement.
That is powerful, in my opinion.
Right now, if a patient walks in my office with 5-10
prescriptions, which isn't uncommon among the elderly, I merely
have to recognize it. If we do some type of nutritional
intervention and lifestyle adjustments, they won't need that many
anymore. But they can't stop because I say so; the MD that
prescribed them would them to take them off it. Considering our
relationships with MD colleagues, that presents a challenge in and
of itself. The DC polls seem to literally be split at 53% for, 48%
against, according to a Dynamic Chiropractic
magazine that I read. As always, we'll have to wait and see during
these interesting times.
My family and I at my grandma's surprise
Redoing My Lifting Study
On a fun note, I will be readjusting my lifting case study from
last trimester to try to gain 10-15 lbs. of lean mass in 10-15
days. I will push for 15 only if it looks like I will hit 10
easily, which will be hard. If you recall from my last study, I
gained 20 lbs. in 30 days. This time I will change my lift schedule
to help define whether it was mostly what I ate or how I trained
that moved the results needle so far. I've been purposely lifting
only once a week for about 10 min. to keep the muscle, yet I have
definitely lost a few pounds through my legs because I don't lift
them any more. I did this because I started to get skinny jeans as
I added 2.5 inches to my thighs! If you know me, that isn't my
style and I didn't feel like buying new clothes so removing leg
pressing from the equation was the natural progression.
If there are any Boston fans out there reading this, GO
1 month. 20lbs. 6hrs. No drugs.
It was Tuesday afternoon, about 3 o'clock, my stomach was
gurgling and the anxiety of waiting was killing me. Beep, beep,
beeeep indicated the bioelectric impedance machine had finally
begun to print out my results.
"Oh my god. I've never seen these numbers before. Wow!"
exclaimed the intern in charge of the machine. She was standing
next to my intern comparing my before-and-after results of a
lifting experiment that I engineered for the last month. I unhooked
the cables, rushed over, and peered over their shoulders to see the
two numbers that made me grin from ear-to-ear. 164 and 10.3%, I had
"Congratulations buddy" my intern proclaimed as he realized that
my ridiculous goal was just achieved despite practically nobody
thinking it was possible and academia saying it was theoretically
I wanted to test out if it was possible to gain 20 lbs. of
muscle in 30 days with no drugs or crazy lifting supplements (like
Creatine, NO xplode, etc.) and do it by eating 4,500 calories a day
and only lifting every 3 or 4 days for a total of 8 workouts and
about 6 hours of TOTAL gym time. The rest of the time I'd be eating
and resting… I was putting the second law of thermodynamics and
protein synthesis (among others) to the test.
I thought it was possible and I had found a few people who had
similar results, but they used Creatine and expensive body
enhancing supplements that by athletic standards were perfectly
legal and fine, but I wanted to change it up and do it the natural
I basically ate between 3,400-5,000 (4,100 avg.) calories per
day on an anti-inflammatory diet. I hypothesized this would not
only help me heal and recover faster, but would also stress my body
the least and give it the most nutrient dense calories possible so
that it would have adequate "building blocks" to reset my
neurologic system and pack on muscle without putting a sweet tire
of fat around my waist and butt!
My actual gym time, which was .0083% of the hours that month
(6/720), was spent just trashing my muscles to complete failure in
4 multi-joint exercises. I first completed a really heavy isometric
hold-to-failure and after a 3 min. rest I completed a 7
reps-to-failure set of that same exercise focusing on 4 seconds up
and 4 seconds down to optimize my "Time under Tension" around what
the current literature deemed to be optimal for muscle
There were a few odd and end extra things like taking an adrenal
supporting herb that I had researched because in the simplest terms
possible, Stress = Anti-Growth. Ironically, the reason for such a
long wait between exercises was the little known fact that gym rats
often plateau because they've burnt out their adrenals and nervous
system and haven't let them recover. In real life examples, it's
the reason why you can't lift as much when you try to bench after
doing heavy squats. It's not because somehow you used your upper
body during the leg lift; it's because you used a lot of neural
input into your neuromuscular junctions and your body needs time to
reboot. As for the adrenals, they control cortisol and DHEA and
blood sugar among other things. If you don't control those hormones
you will have an increased chance of putting on fat instead of
muscle and you will be tired a lot.
I laugh because most lifters will say, "Today is Upper Body and
Wednesday is Lower Body." In real life, "Every Gym Day is Organ
Day." You don't just tax part of your body when you lift; you need
to account for that and rest extra days when needed. I upped my
lifts EVERY single time I went to the gym. I averaged about 35%
increases in my lifts (ex. Lat Pulldown 135-180 lbs.) in one month.
I attribute that to eating A LOT and resting 3 days between lifts.
Why go to the gym every day when you can get better results every 4
In addition to all of these steps I also made sure I took before
pictures, before measurements of all of my limbs and body parts,
and before blood tests of cholesterol, vitamin D, and
Yes, you read that correctly, I managed to gain 20 lbs. of lean
muscle doing almost nothing but studying for my classes, eating
2.5x my resting metabolic rate, and lost 5% body
The game has changed, my friends; I just have to figure out how
exactly lol. Next week, I'll have my before and after blood tests
to report and some more information.
Quote of the Day
"You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that
never were; and I say "Why not?" -- George Bernard
Enjoy The Short Week!
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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