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
This blog post is going to be short and sweet. I hope everyone
had a nice Thanksgiving feast and stuffed your stomachs with
turkey, pie, wine, and everything else in the cornucopia. The week
of Thanksgiving is usually a bittersweet one, not because of the
cranberries, but because it's an awesome holiday followed by the
sobering realization that finals are right around the corner.
Flights during the holiday cost your first-born child so I
stayed at my house and my roommate and I had some people over for a
BOMB gluten-free feast! Couple that with football and red wine and
I couldn't have been more grateful.
My buddy Mike and I on a friend's b-day.
For those not in 6th Tri, Dr. Solecki, who teaches Functional
Rehab, will put you through a "Filthy 50" workout from hell! Why?
You get bonus points for completing it. I was sore for 4 straight
The workout from H-E-double hockey sticks:
Yeah, it almost looks fake. I swear that's what he made his labs
do. Most don't end up finishing as you can imagine but he still
gives you the bonus points for trying.
On another sidebar: I'd like to send cyber wishes to one of my
best friends from high school. Travel well.
Always Be Thankful For Today,
This past Memorial Day weekend my best friends and college
roommates came to visit me in Chicago! They got in on Friday and we
rounded up an epic weekend bucket list of items we wanted to cross
off before they left on Monday. They've never been to Chicago and
may never have a chance to come back so we wanted to do a fun mix
of touristy and shenanigan-filled adventures.
Our List Looked Something Like this:
WHEW! We were EXHAUSTED come Monday morning… So much traveling
(we don't believe in cabs)... So much walking... So much FUN! My
stomach hurt from laughing so much. It was a great weekend and
definitely filled my "JMU friends" tank as I hadn't seen these
characters in 13 months and they are like my brothers after living
together all 4 years of college. Fun Fact: Luke was my random
assigned roommate freshman year and Faraaz was our suitemate. Total
Chance. I'm very thankful for meeting great people and having them
as friends years later.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER TAKE TYLENOL AFTER DRINKING. NEVER. The
liver needs to use the same enzymes to break down both the alcohol
and the drug and it can cause the liver cells to lyse (think: blow
up/die) and that is BAD! Tens of THOUSANDS of people are
hospitalized because of Tylenol toxicity yearly and this can be
PREVENTED with a little education. So, I'm doing my part. If you
really need to relieve that hangover headache take IBUPROFEN, it's
easier on the liver. NEVER TYLENOL. Unless, in Dr. McRae's words,
"You want your liver to look like chocolate pudding at autopsy."
Yeah, how's that for a visual! HA HA.
Peace out Lions,
Christian the Lion
Hey, everyone! Welcome back from a wonderful winter break!
Winter break is always our best (and longest) break! I was able to
head back to the Boston area and hang out with my family and
friends and I had a blast. My buds and I all went into Beantown for
New Year's and a shenanigans-filled night! You know you're going to
be lifelong friends when you haven't seen each other in 4 months
and it doesn't even feel like you spent a week away.
One of the highlights of my break was watching my youngest
brother's hockey games! Jordan is just a wee freshman and he made
our high school's varsity hockey team! This is a big deal, and I
was extremely proud as he was following in my other brother's and
my footsteps (we made varsity as frosh, too). The insane part was
that there were a couple of injuries after the first game and one
of the senior starters got suspended. Our first year coach, trying
to build a program, decided to start my brother on the first line!!
My family was wondering why he would do that but soon enough Jordan
had played his first game and surprisingly skated like he belonged
with the big guys! Jordan even scored his first goal in his first
game as a starter! I was a proud oldest brother :)
So the new trimester is up and running. I'm on a full
4-trimester schedule now and looking forward to completing the
basic science portion of the curriculum. I'm much more
clinically-minded and heavy sciences, while important, are grueling
and memorization heavy.
My favorite class so far is Dr. Ed Bifulco's cervical adjusting
class (E&M). He's hysterical and equally competent as an
adjuster, which makes class a pleasure, despite the 8:00 a.m.
I hope everyone enjoys the short week and I'll see you next
With the holidays in full swing it's easy to get distracted by
the corporate advertising, the pressure to buy gifts, and the
freezing temperatures. I want to take this opportunity to think
about what I'm thankful for. I'd like to challenge you to do the
One of the things I'm thankful for is having a great family that
even when things get rough will always be there for me no matter
what. I'm thankful for the great friends I've met at National
because moving across country where I didn't know anyone meant that
this wasn't a guarantee. There are a zillion other things but those
are the most important to me right now.
This picture is of the "ugly Christmas sweater" my
friend found for me for a party this weekend! Ha,
I recently read a study on happiness where researchers tried to
figure out if money had anything to do with how happy people were.
What researchers found was money helped to a point when all your
necessary needs like food, shelter and clothing were met. Once you
had the essentials, money was not important to overall happiness
like many people believe. Often they found that "just making a
little more money" was not the key to happiness. In fact, the best
"happiness factor" they found was getting together with a big group
of family/friends at night for a dinner and stories. Interesting
since Thanksgiving and the holidays are upon us, and family dinners
are the norm instead of the exception.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and didn't pass out in
a food coma too long! Who am I kidding; that's the best part!
I wasn't able to make it back to Boston since the flights were
outrageous, so I spent Thanksgiving with my friend Shannon and her
family. I have to admit I ended up having a blast with her family
and we shared a ton of laughs, food, football, and of course Apples
to Apples. In case you haven't played, Apples to Apples is a board
game were you have outrageous topics and you put down cards based
upon what you think the other person will pick. So, there's a fair
amount of psychology in the game if you want to win. Over a couple
glasses of wine it becomes hysterical to see what cards people will
play and pick. We played so long that we had essentially seen every
card in the game at least once!
Well, back to studying for me, we have only a few short weeks
until finals and before you know it we will be on Winter Break!
Hurray! I need a break. :)
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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