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Midterms and Pride

Here I am in week eight, and I have no idea where the time has gone. This week marked the start of midterms with Clinical Natural Medicine and Dermatology exams.

Clinical Natural Medicine is comprised of weekly case studies in which I need to come up with differential diagnoses, treatment plans, and any other health concerns the patient may be facing. The exam was a similar format with a series of case studies that I needed to figure out lab tests, diagnoses, medical imaging, and possible treatments that would work for that patient. The Dermatology midterm consisted of mostly images of different skin conditions followed by treatments for those conditions.

I only have one more midterm next week in my Jurisprudence class, and after that I'm finished with midterms. That is such a large change from midterms in past trimesters, where it seemed to be a never-ending month long marathon of exams.


I was duty intern in Student Clinic this week. Duty intern is a rotation that each intern needs to do twice each trimester. During this rotation, you are in charge of checking patients into their treatment rooms and keeping the clinician informed on when patients arrive, if they don't show, and when they are finished with treatment. You also have duties around the rest of clinic including doing laundry, stocking rooms, and prepping for the next shift.


This week was also very historic with Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act both being struck down by the United States Supreme Court. The statement "Equal Justice Under the Law" that sits above the entrance of the Supreme Court was finally upheld for lesbian and gay couples in the U.S. As a gay man and a man lucky enough to have a loving partner of many years, these decisions were very moving.


As a very exciting end to the week, we joined in the Chicago Pride celebration and parade on Sunday with good friends. The city of Chicago had record numbers; over one million people graced the streets of the Uptown and Lakeview neighborhoods for the parade. It was very neat to see the mixing pot of people there to show support for the LGBT community, celebrate, and show their true colors.

The Meaning Behind the Month of June

In Ethical Business Management class this week, we had a guest speaker talk to us about clinical psychology. Dr. David M. Gursky has his PhD in psychology and has over 20 years of experience in the field. The main focus of the talk was being open to any kind of pysch issues that our patients may have in the future, and knowing what issues can be dealt with in the office, and which need to be referred out for specialized care.

Patients tend to be more open with chiropractic or other alternative medicine physicians because we focus on the entire person, focus on the patient in their environment, and because of the treatment setting. The treatment setting in most chiropractic offices has patients gowned for physical examination/treatment, requires physical contact, and induces physical relaxation, all of which sets the stage for patient openness. Some issues that patients might bring up with you include marital dysfunction, anxiety, interpersonal issues, fears, stress, etc. Since well-being is a combination of physical, mental and emotional health, it is very important to help your patients with these psychological issues as well as their musculoskeletal complaints, or refer them to a counselor who can. 

Again, during my downtime this week in class and clinic, I am continuing my reading of Dr. Vasquez's textbook Migraine Headaches, Hypothyroidism, and Fibromyalgia. I finished the chapter on classification, diagnosis, and treatment of headaches. I won't bore you with the hairy details on the types of headaches and treatment, but there were some great treatments that Dr. Vasquez recommended.

Food triggers are the cause of many headaches, especially migraines, and by pinpointing these triggers via a food/headache diary you are able to remove them to remain headache-free. Some common triggers include red wine, aged cheeses, sardines, sausage, and foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG). These triggers contain tyramine, nitrites or other neuroexcitatory substances that start the cascade toward a headache.

Another big cause of headaches is nutritional deficiencies that are so common among Americans today. The standard American diet (S.A.D.) is composed of red meat, sugary desserts, high-fat foods, and refined grains. The S.A.D. is severely lacking in a lot of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs daily. Some major things to supplement with to avoid headaches are magnesium, CoQ10, fish oil, vitamin D, and riboflavin. Other treatment options include myofascial trigger point work, chiropractic manipulative therapy, acupuncture, and oxygen therapy.

My partner and I

This week marks the start of June, which is LGBT Pride Month. Here's a little history of this important month:  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States, the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts, which attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally. My partner and I will be heading to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this weekend to join in this wonderful celebration with close friends and family.