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
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
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).
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'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!
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:
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
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
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.
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
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
The 10 contestants are:
Peace Out Cub Scouts,
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
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.
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
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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