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Happy Easter Egg Hunting

Hey National, 

Twelve weeks down. Three to go! Time on the grind is in full mode from here on out. Thankfully, Easter was a little early this year and allowed a nice weekend of some celebration, fun, and poor eating choices to gear up for the stresses of finals. 

Being from Boston, weekend holidays are pretty tough to get home to see the family, financially and time-wise. I spent Easter weekend with my girlfriend's family in the local area. Her brother and his girlfriend came home from college and added to the fun shenanigans. A couple weeks ago, Ashley's mom mentioned she planned on a dinner and asked if we wanted to do anything else. I, being a true kid at heart, suggested EASTER EGG HUNT! To my happiness, she rolled with the idea and went next level creative on that hunt! The rules were we had 6 eggs carefully hidden in the backyard so at least part of the egg was showing (my grandpa is notorious for completely burying eggs so this was a nice positive). We came to find that each egg had a piece of paper with a word on it. We had to find all 6 eggs, open up all the pieces of paper inside and put them in a sentence. Mine read: GO TO THE DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM. I almost peed my pants leaping across the house to the bathroom (get it ;). I busted open the door to find a wonderful Easter basket! I wasn't sure what to expect but an Easter basket was above and beyond what I expected and I was elated, along with my blood sugar, as I consumed some delicious chocolate and thanked Ash's family for such a great holiday. 


On a school note, I attended a Gonstead adjusting seminar off campus. Dr. S was the instructor and as usual for my readers of this blog, if you aren't going to seminars, don't come to chiropractic school. You're wasting your time. As abruptive as I can be: School will prepare you to become a licensed doctor--a pretty good doctor, but not a Great doctor. You need to learn from the best and practice a ton to be the best, assuming you want to be a great doctor, of course. (Sadly, there are plenty of people that don't know who you are). The one big knock I have on National is they don't expose their students to enough techniques. Why should they choose what techniques from our rich Chiropractic history that we should get taught? Shouldn't we be taught most of them and then choose which ones we like the best and want to integrate into our tool bag? Just my humble opinion. As usual, there's a way around this fault by just going to outside seminars and seeing for yourself! Problem solved! Boom. Hope you have a great week, email me with any questions. 

For starters look into AK, Gonstead, MPI, Functional Rehab (SFMA/FMS), DNS, Nutrition, Sports Rehab, Homeopathy, TBM, etc. Have fun future docs. 

Well, that's it for me this week. See, National isn't all work and no play? It's for people that work hard and play hard. 

Stay Classy,

Happy Belated Thanksgiving

Hey National,

This blog post is going to be short and sweet. I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving feast and stuffed your stomachs with turkey, pie, wine, and everything else in the cornucopia. The week of Thanksgiving is usually a bittersweet one, not because of the cranberries, but because it's an awesome holiday followed by the sobering realization that finals are right around the corner.

Flights during the holiday cost your first-born child so I stayed at my house and my roommate and I had some people over for a BOMB gluten-free feast! Couple that with football and red wine and I couldn't have been more grateful.

My buddy Mike and I on a friend's b-day.

For those not in 6th Tri, Dr. Solecki, who teaches Functional Rehab, will put you through a "Filthy 50" workout from hell! Why? You get bonus points for completing it. I was sore for 4 straight days after!

The workout from H-E-double hockey sticks:

  • 100 dead bugs
  • 50 box jumps
  • 50 burpees
  • 50 pushups
  • 50 pullups
  • 50 inverted rows
  • 50 squat and presses
  • 50 deadlifts
  • 50 snatch and cleans
  • 100 mountain climbers
  • 50 dips
  • 50 lunges

Yeah, it almost looks fake. I swear that's what he made his labs do. Most don't end up finishing as you can imagine but he still gives you the bonus points for trying.

On another sidebar: I'd like to send cyber wishes to one of my best friends from high school. Travel well.

Always Be Thankful For Today,

JMU and Chicago Bucket List

Hey, Everyone! 

This past Memorial Day weekend my best friends and college roommates came to visit me in Chicago! They got in on Friday and we rounded up an epic weekend bucket list of items we wanted to cross off before they left on Monday. They've never been to Chicago and may never have a chance to come back so we wanted to do a fun mix of touristy and shenanigan-filled adventures.

2012-05-31_friendsOur List Looked Something Like this:

  • Visit the Bean
  • Navy Pier
  • Eat Gino's East deep dish pizza
  • Ride the Metra and L
  • See a White Sox Game (the Cubs weren't in town)
  • Go to Wrigley (to at least see the historic stadium)
  • Go to North Ave. Beach on the 97º Sunday and swim
  • Laugh copious amounts
  • Bonfire and catch up on life
  • Smoke a Cuban cigar (my friend gave me one)
  • Watch the Celtics game 7 and eat bar food in Wrigleyville
  • Go right next to the Sears Tower and look straight up
  • Go to a Redneck Party (my friend was hosting one)
  • Reminisce about old JMU shenanigans

WHEW! We were EXHAUSTED come Monday morning… So much traveling (we don't believe in cabs)... So much walking... So much FUN! My stomach hurt from laughing so much. It was a great weekend and definitely filled my "JMU friends" tank as I hadn't seen these characters in 13 months and they are like my brothers after living together all 4 years of college. Fun Fact: Luke was my random assigned roommate freshman year and Faraaz was our suitemate. Total Chance. I'm very thankful for meeting great people and having them as friends years later.


NEVER, NEVER, NEVER TAKE TYLENOL AFTER DRINKING. NEVER. The liver needs to use the same enzymes to break down both the alcohol and the drug and it can cause the liver cells to lyse (think: blow up/die) and that is BAD! Tens of THOUSANDS of people are hospitalized because of Tylenol toxicity yearly and this can be PREVENTED with a little education. So, I'm doing my part. If you really need to relieve that hangover headache take IBUPROFEN, it's easier on the liver. NEVER TYLENOL. Unless, in Dr. McRae's words, "You want your liver to look like chocolate pudding at autopsy." Yeah, how's that for a visual! HA HA.

Peace out Lions,
Christian the Lion

Welcome Back

Hey, everyone! Welcome back from a wonderful winter break! Winter break is always our best (and longest) break! I was able to head back to the Boston area and hang out with my family and friends and I had a blast. My buds and I all went into Beantown for New Year's and a shenanigans-filled night! You know you're going to be lifelong friends when you haven't seen each other in 4 months and it doesn't even feel like you spent a week away.


One of the highlights of my break was watching my youngest brother's hockey games! Jordan is just a wee freshman and he made our high school's varsity hockey team! This is a big deal, and I was extremely proud as he was following in my other brother's and my footsteps (we made varsity as frosh, too). The insane part was that there were a couple of injuries after the first game and one of the senior starters got suspended. Our first year coach, trying to build a program, decided to start my brother on the first line!! My family was wondering why he would do that but soon enough Jordan had played his first game and surprisingly skated like he belonged with the big guys! Jordan even scored his first goal in his first game as a starter! I was a proud oldest brother :)

So the new trimester is up and running. I'm on a full 4-trimester schedule now and looking forward to completing the basic science portion of the curriculum. I'm much more clinically-minded and heavy sciences, while important, are grueling and memorization heavy.

My favorite class so far is Dr. Ed Bifulco's cervical adjusting class (E&M). He's hysterical and equally competent as an adjuster, which makes class a pleasure, despite the 8:00 a.m. slot.

I hope everyone enjoys the short week and I'll see you next week!


Giving Thanks

With the holidays in full swing it's easy to get distracted by the corporate advertising, the pressure to buy gifts, and the freezing temperatures. I want to take this opportunity to think about what I'm thankful for. I'd like to challenge you to do the same! 

One of the things I'm thankful for is having a great family that even when things get rough will always be there for me no matter what. I'm thankful for the great friends I've met at National because moving across country where I didn't know anyone meant that this wasn't a guarantee. There are a zillion other things but those are the most important to me right now.

This picture is of the "ugly Christmas sweater" my
friend found for me for a party this weekend! Ha, ha!

I recently read a study on happiness where researchers tried to figure out if money had anything to do with how happy people were. What researchers found was money helped to a point when all your necessary needs like food, shelter and clothing were met. Once you had the essentials, money was not important to overall happiness like many people believe. Often they found that "just making a little more money" was not the key to happiness. In fact, the best "happiness factor" they found was getting together with a big group of family/friends at night for a dinner and stories. Interesting since Thanksgiving and the holidays are upon us, and family dinners are the norm instead of the exception. 

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and didn't pass out in a food coma too long! Who am I kidding; that's the best part!

I wasn't able to make it back to Boston since the flights were outrageous, so I spent Thanksgiving with my friend Shannon and her family. I have to admit I ended up having a blast with her family and we shared a ton of laughs, food, football, and of course Apples to Apples. In case you haven't played, Apples to Apples is a board game were you have outrageous topics and you put down cards based upon what you think the other person will pick. So, there's a fair amount of psychology in the game if you want to win. Over a couple glasses of wine it becomes hysterical to see what cards people will play and pick. We played so long that we had essentially seen every card in the game at least once!  

Well, back to studying for me, we have only a few short weeks until finals and before you know it we will be on Winter Break! Hurray! I need a break. :)