What's cracking, National (pun intended)?
Hope everyone is having a great week. As with the first couple
weeks of every trimester you have some extra time to work on little
side projects that interest you before you have to bear down and
learn the class materials for midterms/finals. Talking with most
classmates, nobody does anything for the first 3 weeks of classes
unless they have a notoriously hard class (such as Tumors,
Neuroanatomy, Biochem, etc). As always, I don't teach idleness, I
always urge investments of time into exploring your
A couple quick ideas to become a better doc/lead a
better life are:
Idle (pre-midterm/final) time should not
be used for:
Seriously people, you are going to owe $150,000+ graduating from
the same curriculum as 100+ chiropractic students. It begs the
question: What are you doing that differentiates yourself from the
rest of your class? Do you have a unique certification? Are you the
best adjustor? Do you do acupuncture? Nutrition? Homeopathy? You
get where I'm going here?
Sometimes difficult questions are the most important to start
with. You'll thank me later when new patient John Smith walks into
your office, instead of Joe Schmo, DC, down the street, because he
heard you did something great and different and were getting the
best treatment results. If your answer to, "Why should I come to
you?" is "I got a great education at National" or "I'm a good
people person" you have a rude world coming your way. Good
marketing and people skills get people in your door, yes, but great
treating and results keep them there and develop a referral
practice you never have to market because your treatment results
speak for themselves. I digress. :)
How To Make a SuperFood Supplement
I've always been curious about supplements. I've probably tried
every one on the market by now. I do A LOT of experiments on
myself. The best selling and (most widely used/researched) are
multi-vitamins. Multis are extremely practical since they are
affordable and fill the gaps in your nutritional arsenal that are
left from eating a sub-optimal diet of foods that are raising in a
sub-optimal (and therefore less nutritionally dense)
The glaring problem I've found with multi-vitamins is they are
synthetic and isolated. For example, Vitamin C is widely used as
ascorbic acid in supplements. Research has proven it to be
extremely valuable. However, why did nature pair it with
bioflavonoids and other co-factors but Man decided to isolate just
one molecule? Did we think we can outsmart nature simply because we
found that the majority of the benefit is from a single molecule.
That isn't the case in nature, nothing exists in isolation and the
true biological potential comes in the synergistic relationship of
MULTIPLE cofactors and coenzymes.
Nature pairs multiple compounds together not only for more
bioavailability but also to increase metabolically beneficial
actions. When you strip nutrients into single compounds, the body
has to use its own stores to offset the co-factors missing from the
"Vitamin Complex" and in some cases, according to Dr. Francis, the
patient can experience a "rebound deficiency." In other words, you
might be taking a Vitamin C complex but have symptomatology that
mimics C deficiency because your body stores of the compounds that
work with the C have run low because you've been taking an
isolated, man-made synthetic supplement for a while.
So, how do we fix this, get our cake and eat it, too? In other
words how do we still get the benefits of multi-vitamins while also
respecting the healing wisdom of nature with nutritionally superior
We use combinations of the most nutritionally dense (highest
concentration of vitamins/minerals per ounce) foods/herbs on the
planet...AKA = SUPERFOODS!
Through exhaustive research for a couple years and talking with
many NDs and a few supplement company CEOs, here's the list I
compiled. It features a broad array of foods that synergistically
act as a nature's most potent multivitamin to give you lasting
natural energy, boosting your immune system, improving your mood,
increasing your metabolism, and overall making you FEEL WAY BETTER!
Some even have said it can substitute for their morning
CC's SuperFood Formula
Where do I order?
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 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!
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,
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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