Would You Vote for DC Prescription Rights?

Unbelievably, we have already finished 2 weeks of the summer trimester. Thus far I have a great schedule and enjoy my classes. 

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.

Web _Christian -family -photoMy family and I at my grandma's surprise birthday party.

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 BRUINS!