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Party Like It's the 1980s

Hey National,

Hope everyone is having a great week! This week is my worst academic week so far this trimester: Chest radiology quiz on Monday, clinical nutrition quiz on Tuesday, psychopath midterm on Thursday, and Rehab and Botanicals 2 midterms on Friday. Yay (sarcasm lol). Overall, this 7th trimester hasn't been that bad yet, but this week will define the rest of the trimester so I'm going to ramp up the studying. I've been slacking on school studying lately as I've been putting all my time into old seminar notes studying! I CANNOT STRESS IT ENOUGH people, if you've been reading this blog you understand how important it is to go to seminars.

If you were to ask me, "Hey Christian, what are the best things to learn at NUHS?"

My reply would be, "Learn how to 1) palpate any bone on anyone at anytime; 2) adjust any bone on anyone at anytime; and 3) muscle test any muscle on anyone at anytime."

Those are the highest value traits to have as a chiropractor. Think about it. You might be the smartest person in the world and be able diagnose every disease National teaches us. But if you can't adjust and treat--who would pay for a diagnosis if you can't treat? MDs can diagnose and they can at least give a drug (even if it doesn't work). DCs need to be able to diagnose AND TREAT. DCs need a unique combination of academic smarts and kinesthetic skills.

Chiropractic is a beautiful combination of science and art that treats the person in a holistic way few other doctors out there can boast. Learn the academics and build your clinic with your hands. The public doesn't know how smart we are coming out of National. They know chiropractors adjust "low backs." So, fix the stuff they "expect" you to, and BLOW THEIR MINDS with the education you get from National. Seriously, I've yet to come across someone who's been like, "Wow, you guys don't get enough education." Haha.


This past weekend featured the Frat/Sorority combined 80's Party! Each trimester, the frat and sorority muster up something creative and put on an event that is a refreshing change from the same ole' same ole'! This trimester featured a themed party in the NUHS gym decked out in 1980's décor. They had colorful balloons, 80's Pandora mix, spiked punch, Twister, 80's themed picture place, and some classic adult games. I want to congratulate my friends for putting together the hilarious decorations and plenty of balloon spin kicks (ask Kendall).

Be Awesome,

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)!


NUHS Life, Gonstead, and a Challenge

Hola Cygnets,

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!

Mini Challenge

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:

  • "I'm so tired today!"
  • "I feel terrible going into this test; there wasn't enough time to study."
  • "I hate studying."
  • "Our professor didn't get grades up in 24 hrs."
  • "Boards are coming up."
  • "I'm stressed out" ... etc, etc, etc. You know what I mean!


  • "The material was tough, but I buckled down and we'll see how it goes in there."
  • Or for you nerds like me: "I never knew that gout was exacerbated by taking aspirin!"
  • "If I didn't study, I wouldn't have that knowledge to help my future patients."

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 smiling!

Stay Beautiful,

Mr. NUHS is this Week

Hi Everyone,

I am detoxing from an epic June of brain exercises that resulted in me laying on the couch all weekend feeling like a blob, muttering "nonsense," and watching subpar-at-best-movies to pass the numbing time.

This Thursday, the sorority is putting on a FUNdraiser they're aptly naming "Mr. NUHS." This contest has been tried before at the school but red tape had postponed its inception. Alas, this trimester it was allowed and here we are, 10 contestants prepared for what promises to be a hilarious combination of 'Magic Mike' and Fail Blog.


The structure of the competition is each audience member pays $5 dollars for 5 tickets or 'votes' (that's the fundraising part). There are 3 rounds or categories where each of the contestants will try to woo the audience's votes.

  • In the first round, the contestants will be escorted by one of the sorority girls up to the stage in clinical attire where they will answer a random question. Questions are unscripted and so will follow absurd answers. :) One of the questions has been rumored to be "Please imitate a teacher at National." Oh, the possibilities! :) Soo much fun is there!
  • The second round is beach attire and a theme song of the contestants' choice. That should be the 'Magic Mike' part of the show.
  • The third and final round will feature a TALENT. It can be anything, and most likely this will be the 'fail blog' portion of the contest. According to everyone I've talked to, the talents are going to be hilarious and most likely will be the deciding factor in who wins this shindig.     

To add to the lure of the competition, we have 3 heralded teachers as judges, as well as one 'surprise judge' that the ladies have not told us about. The three I know about are Dr. Darby, Dr. Elder, and Dr. Curtin. These three are quite animated and are among my three favorite teachers here at National and I think they will contribute to the success of the show. After all, you can't have American Idol without Simon Cowell. We will see who NUHS' Simon is this week!

Just in case you were wondering: I entered into the competition! ;) Stay tuned for next week's blog for pictures, and possibly (hopefully not) an embarrassing video or two of my 'talent'. Oh boy...

The 10 contestants are:

  1. Christian (me)
  2. Kendall B.
  3. Todd P.
  4. Caleb S.
  5. Ryan G.
  6. Joseph (NUHS prez)
  7. Nick M.
  8. Nick R.
  9. Chuckie
  10. Konrad

Peace Out Cub Scouts,

I Don't Know Anyone at National - What Now?

Hey Everyone, 

The MIDTERMS have FINALLY ended!!!! And the first thing I did was pass out...and when I woke up, I felt like my brain resembled more of the puddies from Power Rangers than the thing we dissected in Trimester 2 neuroanatomy. (Yeah, I just put a Power Ranger analogy in a med school blog, you're welcome. :)  Eventually reality came back and this post was finished.

Me in the cab going to St. Patty's in Wrigleyville.

A question came via email last weekend and I'd like to help you (what else am I supposed to do?). Since most of the time more than just the person who emailed me needs the answer, I open it up to a little blog action.

Q: "I'm entering NUHS in August and I don't have a place to stay or a roommate and I don't know anyone there! What would recommend?" 

A: Classic Question! Have No Worries. Unless you plan on living under a rock and sitting in the corner of class with a scowl on your face (no offense if that's your style;) you will meet plenty of friends at National. However, if you are looking for a roommate before you start, you either have to start creepin' on Facebook (Twitter, if you're into that kind of thing) or email Pam in Housing. I'd recommend the later. Pam Thomas* has been fantastic in sorting out housing arrangements and getting you set up on campus. If you have your heart set for off-campus living, there are A LOT of apartments within 1 mile of campus. Google and your telephone will help narrow your list.

Tri Games

On a side note, Tri Games is this Friday and dodge ball is the game of choice! Search my old posts for an explanation of past Tri Games. I've been practicing dodging wrenches all week at Average Joe's Gym. Ya, I'm ready. 

Talk to y'all next week,

* Editor's Note: Please contact Marilyn Fread for housing information.