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 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)!
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!
Hope everyone's week is off to a good start. The Patriots had a
nice win in overtime to start my week off on a good note. I forgot
to mention last Friday we had "Olympic style" Tri Games. Our tri
(6) won! The first time we've won since I've started! I think I
have like three 2nd place finishes, but our tri has never been able
to pull it out and win. Tri Games, for those that don't know, are
always a blast of fellow students and tris competing against each
other in flag football, kickball, dodgeball, or Olympics. With all
the studying we do here, it's nice to bond with other tris, get out
there and meet people, as well as declare rivalries.
This past Saturday, I attended a Gonstead Adjusting Seminar by
Dr. Solecki. Dr. Gonstead was a pioneer in our profession and was
obsessed with precision, force vectors, disc planes, and overall
"setting bones" as good as one could hope to do! The Gonstead
clinic in Wisconsin is notorious for getting UNBELIEVABLE patient
outcomes and results, which ultimately made me curious in learning
more about the technique. Many people don't know Gonstead was
actually an engineer before he became a chiropractor, so he knew a
little about physics and mechanics!
My only beef with this school is they don't teach Gonstead
adjusting here. In fact, they bash it from time to time. I probably
got into trouble writing this, but it is my job to write about
topics in chiropractic at this school for current and prospective
students! Nevertheless, I love being adjusted by Gonstead docs
because the adjustment feels "clean" and they are extremely
specific with it. You see, original chiropractic literally means
specific contact with a specific line of drive on a specific bone.
So, if you adjust the whole lumbar spine with a drop, yeah it feels
good for 10 minutes, but is that true chiropractic? Just food for
thought. I always encourage people to ask the question, "why I am
doing this?" I digress, don't be a hater. Love the profession that
we are in and embrace the eclectic diversity that it has to offer;
you just might find something you really enjoy you wouldn't have
been exposed to!
Another random musing I've been working on is a powerpoint
presentation on how to fix the TMJ that I plan on showing to some
fellow students that have inquired about it. It's an extremely
fascinating joint, and one that goes overlooked because many people
believe we just adjust the spine!
With all the stress building from midterms, I propose a mini
challenge: Try NOT to complain about anything for 3 days. I'm
taking the plunge as I write this! Why? Imagine how you'll feel and
how your interactions with people will differ if you didn't start
your conversations with:
It sounds corny, and it may not (and probably won't!) go like
that, but I'm just tired of negative people, so maybe this is a
projection of myself out into the world. But seriously people, keep
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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