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Francis Seminar Weekend

Hey, National! 

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)!


Level of Consciousness and Human Behavior

Hey National,

Hope everyone's week is going well. We are smack in the middle of our mid-term "season" at school and everyone is slurping coffees and drowning in information. Boom! What a perfect time to look at human behavior and tell you about a little book about Human Behavior. A book, that after reading has basically changed the way I look at life in some respects.

Power vs. Force, authored by Dr. David Hawkins MD, PhD, looks at human behaviors, emotions, and life view in terms of levels of consciousness. To Hawkins, who studied with the pioneer of behavioral kinesiology, John Diamond, MD, PhD, each level of consciousness (which we'll call LOC for simplicity) correlates with different emotions. The scale is 0-1000; 200 representing neutrality. Anything calibrating at 200 or below is a DESTRUCTIVE attractor and anything above is CONSTRUCTIVE. 

Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions.

Not surprisingly, Peace, Joy, and Love calibrate at 600, 540 and 500 respectively. Whereas Fear, Grief and Guilt calibrate at 100, 75, and 30! Wow! Enlightenment, where the true great people of the world have resonated such as Mother Teresa and Gandhi calibrate at 700+. It's amazing to take a step back and see what's going on in this world and to understand all the negative things that are happening to our country and our planet. According to Hawkins, our LOCs have dropped below 200 (neutrality) and destructive tendencies have been allowed to happen all over our country. Just watch the news, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see we are in a bad pattern of emotional health and it shows with our human behavior.

The extent of this book is fairly large and difficult for me to comprehend all the time but I do know it's been an interesting read, and just reading it has increased my awareness and consciousness. I encourage you, if you're interested in this sort of thing, to Google "Power vs. Force PDF" and check it out for yourself. As the old philosophy teachers used to say, "Don't believe me; go try it for yourself!"

Improve The Impact of Your Writing in 3 Minutes

In theme with my writings, I always try to have a take-away piece of information that can better your lives in some way. Here's an interesting list of words. The impact of words and language has been well documented and studied for thousands of years. Interestingly enough, Dr. Hawkins has compiled the list of words below. The words on the left of each column are words that calibrate above 200 and therefore have more power, whereas the words on the right calibrate below 200 and are therefore destructive. According to Hawkins, just reading this list will impact your life.

I found that reading the list was extremely interesting as it made me uneasy reading the right column, but I highly enjoyed reading the left column. These feelings and emotions brought out by reading each word can IMPACT your writing. Every time someone reads what you are writing or saying they can either have a positive or negative impact or impression. Choose the left and you'll find your vocabulary and life becomes more powerful.  

Accepting - Rejecting

Admitting - Denying

Aesthetic - Artsy

Agreeable - Condescending

Allowing - Controlling

Appreciative - Envious

Approving - Critical

Attractive - Seductive

Authoritative - Dogmatic

Aware - Preoccupied

Balanced - Extreme

Beautiful - Glamorous

Being - Having

Believing - Insisting

Brilliant - Clever

Candid - Calculating

Carefree - Frivolous

Challenged - Impeded

Charitable - Prodigal

Cheerful - Manic

Cherishing - Prizing

Choosing-to - Having-to

Civil - Formal

Concerned - judgmental

Conciliatory - Inflexible

Confident - Arrogant

Confronting - Harassing

Conscious - Unaware

Considerate - Indulgent

Constructive - Destructive

Contending - Competing

Courageous - Reckless

Defending - Attacking

Democratic - Dictatorial

Detached - Removed

Determined - Stubborn

Devoted - Possessive

Diplomatic - Deceptive

Doing - Getting

Educating - Persuading

Egalitarian - Elitist

Empathetic - Pitying

Encouraging - Promoting

Energetic - Agitated

Enlivening - Exhausting

Envisioning - Picturing 

Equal - Superior

Erotic - Lustful

Essential - Apparent

Eternal - Temporal

Ethical - Equivocal

Excellent - Adequate

Experienced - Cynical 

Fair - Scrupulous

Fertile - Luxuriant

Flexible - Rigid

Forgiving - Resenting

Free - Regulated

Generous - Petty

Gentle - Rough

Gifted - Lucky

Giving - Taking

Global - Local

Gracious - Decorous

Grateful - Indebted

Harmonious - Disruptive

Healing - Irritating

Helpful - Meddling

Holistic - Analytic

Honest - Legal

Honoring - Enshrining

Humble - Diffident 59

Humorous - Somber

Impartial - Righteous

Ingenious - Scheming

Inspired - Mundane

Intentional - Calculating

Intuitive - Literal

Inventive - Prosaic

Inviting - Urging

Involved - Obsessed 

Joyful - Pleasurable

Just - Punitive

Kind - Cruel

Leading - Coercing

Liberating - Restricting

Long-term - Immediate

Loyal - Chauvinistic

Open - Secretive

Optimistic - Pessimistic

Orderly - Confused

Outgoing - Reserved

Merciful - Permissive

Modest - Haughty

Natural - Artificial

Noble - Pompous

Nurturing - Draining

Observant - Suspicious 

Patient - Avid

Patriotic - Nationalistic

Peaceful - Belligerent

Polite - Obsequious

Powerful - Forceful

Praising - Flattering

Principled - Expedient

Privileged - Entitled

Prolific - Barren

Purposeful - Desirous

Receiving - Grasping

Releasing - Tenacious

Reliant - Dependent

Requesting - Demanding

Respectful - Demeaning

Responsible - Guilty

Satisfied - Sated

Selective - Exclusive

Serene - Dull

Serving - Ambitious

Sharing - Hoarding

Significant - Important

Sober - Intoxicated

Spontaneous - Impulsive

Spiritual - Materialistic

Steadfast - Faltering

Striving - Struggling

Surrendering - Worrying

Tender - Hard

Thoughtful - Pedantic

Thrifty - Cheap

Timeless - Faddish

Tolerant - Prejudiced

Tractable - Contrary

Trusting - Gullible

Truthful - False

Unifying - Dividing

Unselfish - Selfish

Valuing - Exploitive

Virtuous - Celebrated

Warm - Feverish 

With much love and curiosity for what the world offers,


How to Read Every Health Book in Barnes and Noble in 5 Minutes

Lose 14 lbs. in 10 days. Lose that Waist. Burn the Fat. The Fat Loss Secret. The Fat Miracle, Bla Bla Bla...Don't they sound ridiculous? Granted, they aren't real titles (well maybe) but nearly every month there's a new 'DIET' promising the new 'SECRET / DISCOVERY / INNOVATION' to those stuffed white adipocytes (fat cells). Melt Fat Away! Get those Sexy Abs! Tone that Beautiful Booty! 

What the heck? And the weirdest thing, PEOPLE BUY THESE. Seriously, look at the top 100 best sellers. Why do people fall for this stuff? First guess, they need to lose weight and the other books didn't work. Second guess, because they have BAD information/education on how/why weight gain happens.

I've read A LOT of health books, a scary number of them, which is why I can make a claim like, "How to read all of B&N in 5 minutes."

So... how do you reduce the irreducible? First, start compiling the similarities. Cut out the hundreds of pages that are basically retold in a different enlightening voice. (Note: you should read a couple, but after the first few you realize most of the new books are rehashing the same stuff in a new way--in order to sell books. They don't call it best writers or best researchers; they call them best SELLERS.) Then, test out what works and what doesn't. This last option is tricky if you haven't self-experimented or researched as much as I have, but that's why I'm here!


The Top 5 Health Tips

  1. STOP EATING JUNK FOOD. Stop the sugars, cereals, candies, sodas, pastries, donuts, cakes, and otherwise anything else that could stay on the grocery shelves for a few decades.
  2. EAT MORE VEGETABLES. Captain Obvious and Dr. No Brainer agree. Vegetables are not only good for you (vitamins, minerals, fiber), but also are low in calories. One cup of veggies is 25 calories. One cup of rice is 300. You do the math.
  3. UPGRADE YOUR FATS. Here's a mind blower - fat doesn't make you fat! Fat with carbs makes you fat. So the hamburger and bun probably makes you fat; but without the bun, the hamburger itself won't make you fat. Mind blown. Cook with olive oil, butter and coconut oil. Stop using vegetable oils such as canola, soybean, corn, etc. NEVER eat hydrogenated fats. No margarine ever. They all lead to heart disease. Eat nuts occasionally. No peanuts (ultra high omega 6's). Include a fish oil for increased Omega 3's.
  4. EAT LESS GRAINS. Here's another widely accepted fact. Eat your whole grains sunny! Mark Twain once said, "When you find yourself on the side of the majority, stop and reassess." In this case, reassess. Don't eat grains. They are loaded in omega 6's, which increase systemic inflammation in the body that can lead to weight gain and heart disease among many others. Trust me, the extra 'fiber' doesn't make you 'healthier' in this food group.
  5. SHIFT MACRONUTRIENTS. Eat Less Carbs, More Protein and Fats. Most people have blood sugar handling issues that wear down their adrenals and pancreas and set them up for metabolic syndrome X and more serious diseases later in life. By eating lower glycemic foods, adequate proteins, and healthy fats you assure your body has the building blocks for optimal function.

Pretty standard, huh? I saved you 1,000 hours of reading. You're Welcome. Of course, if you're interested in learning more I would be remiss in not telling you the biggest book bang for your reading dollar.

Biggest Book Bang

  1. Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Literally Life Changing. Buy this book. Part Cookbook, Part Awesome Research on Traditional Diets.
  2. 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. Finally, someone took the research about dieting and TESTED IT on real populations of people and TRACKED the simple changes that people could actually IMPLEMENT into their lives for optimizing fat loss and lean muscle gain. Very Entertaining. 

Those will cost you about 30 bucks and will give you more information per page/time invested than any nutrition class I've taken.

From National: Not too much on the class front this week as we enjoy that awkward week between the end of midterms and the start of finals.

Peace Out Cub Scout,

Need a Place to Live Next Trimester

Hello, everyone! 

This is our last blog of the fall trimester, which means CHRISTMAS BREAK IS UPON US! I have 3 finals this week and 5 next week, and then I'm on a plane back to Boston! I'm incredibly excited to see my family, see some old friends, and work on a few side projects (more on this below).

I often get asked, "Christian, where are the best places to live? I'm new and I'm from out of town." SHAMELESS PLUG: I live in a sweet house right across the street from campus and my two 10th tri roomies are graduating and becoming docs--which means I have 2 open rooms for rent! Rent is $550 and it's a way better deal than taking an apartment in the area for $800+. If you're a student or incoming student and need a place to live, EMAIL ME:

Anyways, back to school.

Functional Movement Screens

2011-12-5_bookcover2If you have never heard of Gray Cook and you're interested in doing some rehab or reducing injuries or pain in your office (yes, that should be all chiros), you need to check out his new book, Movement: Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies. It is a big book on functional movement screening.

There are natural movements that normally functioning (biomechanically efficient and pain-free) humans can perform. Cook ingeniously lays out the way to assess, score and correct muscular imbalances. Although he is a physical therapist, it is groundbreaking for manual medicine practitioners because he gives a baseline on where you need to be looking. Treat the dysfunction, not the pain.

As Dr. Rich Ulm used to say to us in first tri, "He who treats the site of pain is lost and so are his patients." Very powerful stuff. Of course, chiros have a few different toolsets to impart in fixing dysfunctions. All professionals have the goal of getting the patient out of pain and into the proper motion pattern as fast as possible. Gone are the days of "3 times a week for the remainder of your life." Chiropractors need to shake that negative image. Getting superior results is a good start.

I bought Movement  as my Christmas present to myself. Nerdy? Yes. Do I care? Nope! I live for this stuff.

Study hard and enjoy your break! I'll see you in 2012 if the world doesn't end! ;)



What the Heck is FLOW?

In Short: Flow is the science (psychology) of optimal human experience. Flow is perhaps better known as 'Getting in the Zone' among athletes and creative folk.

A Tad Longer: Flow, whether in athletic competition, creative arts, engaging work, or spiritual practice, is a deep and uniquely human motivation to excel, exceed and triumph over limitation.

What's the State of Flow like?

2011-07-06_Flow Book CoverMihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience describes flow as, "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement and thought flows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."

Who founded it?

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, noted psychologist and pioneer of the concept discovered it in his own search for happiness. He wanted to figure out "how to live life as a work of art, rather than as a chaotic response to external events." Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced "chicks sent me high-ee")--I know, awesome last name, huh?--explains how when you're in a state of flow, anything you're doing can be truly awesome.

My Favorite Part of Flow

Dr. Csikszentmihalyi's life work has been to study what makes people 'truly' happy. With the emphasis on truly, which separates what is commonly associated with happiness such as pleasure, an emotional state or even flow itself. Rather, the happiness he points to is the "continual challenge to go beyond oneself as part of something greater than one's own self interest." Dr. Csikszentmihalyi's other books involved looking further at flow and at the bigger picture of human evolution in time and offering a new paradigm on how human beings can become better versions of themselves. To someone like me who values, and continually strives for, self-improvement, the concept of Flow is more than intriguing, it has become part of my personal philosophy.


2011-07-06_Flow Graph
A visual graph of flow.

Dr. Csikszentmihalyi's flow diagram is above. You will notice that it takes the right blend of challenge and skills to produce the right environment for flow to occur. It was quite enlightening and accurate of my own experiences. Give someone a task that requires no skill but is overly challenging and they get anxiety. Think most entry 9-5 jobs. Give them a task that requires vast skills but isn't very challenging and your bored out of your mind. Think of a doctor's office with only one patient to treat a day. Boring. However, rocking it like goldilocks, 'just right,' primes the person to enter a unique state (FLOW) where their current skill set is maximized and their brain is fully engaged on an equally matched task.

The really fascinating part I noticed about the graph, and one that Dr. Csikszentmihalyi notes in his book, is the need to increase challenges or skills to get back in the flow zone. For instance, when a particular task becomes too mundane (you've figured it out now) or when the challenge escalates above your current skill level (unforeseen incident), you need to adapt and evolve in order to relish in the desired state of flow and maximum potential/productivity/creativity/ability.    

6 Tips for Finding Your Flow 

2011-07-06_Dr Flow1. Clear Goals

Knowing the expectations and having defined rules is essential. It seems limiting external variables or wayward thinking is paramount. 

2. Focus on a Single Task

Seems to fire in the face of multi-tasking and productivity gurus. The old saying was, "balance many tasks to get more done." The Flow way is to maximize your potential by focusing on one main task or groups of tasks at a time to really engage your whole skill set and attention.

3. Quick Feedback Loop

A direct or indirect feedback during an activity is vital so whatever behavior can be quickly adjusted on an as-needed basis. Think golfers. If they are slicing and they don't know why, they will probably keep making the same swing fault without knowing the true cause. If you had a professional coach there, you'd immediately get proper feedback and your bad mechanics would quickly adjust.

4. Balance of Ability Level and Challenge

As described in the chart above. Finding the correct combination can improve worker productivity and satisfaction or even increase your athletic performance.

5. The Activity is Intrinsically Rewarding

If you don't enjoy an activity, how are you going find flow, an optimal mental state? You're not. Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to, but if your activity is important to your future success, keep following the steps for best results.

6. Control Over the Situation

This is another no brainer. If you don't have some type of personal control over your task or flow for you.

How to Use Flow Concepts in Room Design 

Creative Spatial Arrangements: Make sure you have plenty of dry erase boards, pin walls, charts, and ironically NO tables. Dr. C found the act of moving around and standing had a more positive effect on entering flow. Obviously this isn't practical for everybody. (I did randomly just realize that I did my best studying by writing on a dry erase board while standing and then going back to my notes to check if I wrote it correctly.) When in doubt, ask what would Google do? They have a habit of pumping out some of the best creativity and innovation in the world and they didn't do it with cubicles and TPS reports!

What KILLS Flow?

1. Fearing what others think of you. Remember if people aren't criticizing you that means you're not pushing the envelope or doing awesome things. Don't fret. Let me guzzle Gatorade while you do what makes you happy.

2. Mundane daily routines. If you're not pushing your bubble or 'comfort zone,' you won't be experiencing flow anytime soon.

Hope you enjoyed your 4th of July Weekend!