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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,

The Lion Status 100

If you do these. your biography will outsell Steve Jobs'. 

Hey Everyone, 

Another different type of post this week. NUHS news: Kendall Banning won Mr. NUHS. He's awesome, so it's OK I didn't win (haha). My 'dance' was well received but his glowstick dance and juggling with the lights out was EPIC. 

Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the workload at school (not uncommon :) I resort to looking beyond school and take a look at life and what I want out of it. It keeps me excited, which in turn helps my grades. Or at least, that's my findings. 

I once read a great life analogy for happiness. The visual was if you fill your bucket (life) with sand (less important things), then when you go to put in the big rocks (things that really make you happy), they won't fit. BUT, if you put the big rocks into the bucket (your life) first, then the sand just seems to pour right in without too much hassle allowing your life to be filled with all the "BIG ROCKS", but without totally ignoring the other parts of life. 

My Bucket List is a combination of the Big Rocks that excite my life and make me happy.

My Big Rocks:

  • Family/Friends
  • Epic Adventures
  • Integrated Medicine
  • Travel
  • Entrepreneurship/Finance
  • WTF events (Things you do that you wake up the next day and say, "What the … did I do that for? O well, it will make a great story one day.")

If each or all of those are present in my life, by all definitions, I had an awesome day and my life is full of happiness and purpose. Notice: None of them is "have a big house" or "fancy car" or anything really materialistic. While money does help you accomplish things, it rarely "fills" your inner happiness. Money will come and go but happiness is something, regardless of the amount of money or materialistic things you have, that is a basic and ATTAINABLE human RIGHT. What was this country founded on again? O yeah, "the right to the pursuit of happiness." It seems our current government doesn't always remember what our founding fathers instilled (but that's a different conversation for a different day).

I encourage you to make a list of things that truly give you inner happiness. It may be quiet time in the woods, taking your wife on a dinner date, traveling to a foreign country, or just finding new places to eat. Whatever it is, I implore you to write them down and start saying "NO" to the things that don't fulfill one of your big rocks, and start saying "YES" to the things that do. It will have a profound effect on the rest of your life. I promise you.


My Lion Status 100 Bucket List:
(and I'm sure it will change as I age and different things become more/less important to me. 

  1. Become a world-class doctor
  2. Help someone overcome an "incurable" disease
  3. Start an online business in med school
  4. Pay for med school before I graduate
  5. Drive a NASCAR
  6. Skydive
  7. Swim with sharks
  8. Marry "the one"
  9. Become as healthy as I can be
  10. Triathlon
  11. Scuba dive and find Nemo
  12. Go into space and experience zero gravity
  13. Travel to a foreign country to help underprivileged children
  14. Become a New York Times best-selling author
  15. Surf and "shred the gnarr" in California
  16. Set up a successful cash practice
  17. Generate $1 million in revenue in a fiscal year
  18. Buy a boat
  19. Go on an epic all-inclusive cruise with friends
  20. Go to a private island
  21. Do something every week that expands my "bubble"
  22. Truly love and accept myself and others
  23. Become a better Christian
  24. Start a hedge fund/invest as a private equity investor
  25. Work with a start-up company
  26. Meet a president
  27. Have 100k + subscribers on youtube/facebook/twitter
  28. Stumble upon one of my own websites
  29. Be on a board of a company
  30. Coach a young sports team
  31. Adjust Tiger Woods
  32. Be a DC on the PGA Tour
  33. Catch a blue marlin deep-sea fishing
  34. Go hunting and eat what I hunted
  35. Buy a pimped-out golf cart
  36. Become a member at a prestigious golf course
  37. Shoot even par on 18 holes
  38. Dunk a basketball
  39. Weigh 190 lbs <10% body fat
  40. Play in a poker tournament in Vegas
  41. Compete in a Mr. ___ competition
  42. Make a complete fool of myself in front of an audience
  43. Sleep in a tree house
  44. Ride an elephant
  45. See the great pyramids
  46. Play golf at a US Open course
  47. Kiss the Stanley Cup
  48. Play St. Andrews on a windy day
  49. Go to the Master's
  50. Give a stranger a $100 bill and ask them what they'd do with it
  51. Buy a homeless person a meal
  52. Pay for someone's groceries
  53. Play Pebble Beach with my dad, brother, and grandpa
  54. Get in the Guinness Book of World Records
  55. Go on a shopping spree with someone
  56. Pay off my parents' mortgage
  57. Teach a seminar
  58. Give a presentation to 50+ people
  59. Be featured in a national publication
  60. Jump in a cab and yell, "Follow that car!"
  61. Walk by a Girl Scout cookie table... and not buy anything!
  62. Take a hot air balloon ride
  63. Ride the highest coaster in North America
  64. Go on a safari
  65. White water raft
  66. Test drive a really expensive car I can't afford
  67. Have a bunch of kids and be an awesome dad
  68. Bench-press 300 lbs.
  69. Make a video on YouTube with more than 100,000 views
  70. Make a video on YouTube with more than 1,000,000 views
  71. Play guitar and sing to an audience
  72. Build my own website
  73. Juice fast (I did this for 21 days and turned orange)
  74. Sell a bunch of belongings at a garage sale
  75. Send a message in a bottle
  76. Run the Boston Marathon
  77. Get a hole in one!
  78. Take advantage of "all you can eat shrimp" and "endless salad and breadsticks" (because I've been a server at both restaurants, and I want revenge! Note: I'll leave a big tip and take digestive enzymes with you.)
  79. Cliff jump 
  80. Photo bomb a ride at a theme park 
  81. Go to Australia and tell the first beautiful woman who speaks to me with an Australian accent "I love you" before she finishes what she's saying
  82. Design my own T-shirt
  83. Try to sell that T-shirt to someone
  84. Go on a wine tasting tour
  85. Read every book my favorite author has written (mine's Tim Ferriss)
  86. Have a Star Wars marathon and watch all 6 in one day with friends. (costumes preferred)
  87. Apply to Harvard (and get in?)
  88. Finish medical school
  89. Meet and have dinner (and wine) with Tim Ferriss
  90. Invest in an IPO (initial public offering) before it trades on Wall Street
  91. Pay for my kid's college education
  92. Walk behind a waterfall
  93. Start a scholarship for unique kids
  94. Donate microloans to entrepreneurs worldwide via
  95. Go to the Super Bowl
  96. Get a diplomate in Applied Kinesiology
  97. Score a goal in hockey on a penalty shot with a triple deke (I've actually done this)
  98. Give a Ted talk
  99. Bet on a horse at the Kentucky Derby! (Also: bring a beautiful girl with one of those big rich people hats!)
  100. Be the change I want to see in the world.

And… other things I've done:

  • Gone to a Harlem Globetrotters game
  • Went to a game at Fenway Park
  • Went to a game at Wrigley Field
  • Saw a Red Sox / Yankees game at old Yankee Stadium
  • Got the "king of email detox," Tim Ferriss, to e-mail me
  • Smoked a Cuban cigar
  • Ice skated at Rockefeller Center
  • Saw the Boston Commons lit up during the holidays

I'll end with this quote:

"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Just make sure that it's worth watching when it does!" 

Peace out,

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,