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Last Blog of the Tri (Crazy Semester in Review)

Hey NUHS, 

As always, hope everyone had a great week. The last weekend featured a nice seminar from Dr. David Renner, the 3rd seminar in the 100-hr AK certification. The seminar went over neurological disorganization, acupuncture, thyroid, cranial faults, and a few others. I highly recommend all new NUHS students to come check out AK club and see if it's something for you! Shameless Plug: I'll be teaching next trimester (along with Jordan Bray if he can swing it from clinic shift). AK material I've learned in seminars is completely unique and different from what is taught at this school and has completely changed the way I practice and given me extra confidence to treat literally anything that walks through my door. 

Getting back to my routine trimester review. If you've been reading the blog for a while you know I have generally taken an objective look back at the trimester and tried to figure out what I did well and what I stunk it up at! I give myself self-imposed 'grades' for each section. 


Classes (Grade: C+) 

This trimester was a little daunting class-wise for a couple reasons. Heading into final exams I have Bs in all my classes except Chest which I bombed the midterm. I have to do really well on the final (which is supposed to be a lot easier) to pass Chest. I'm not too worried though. The tough part has been that by the time you get to the end of Trimester 7, you're body has been beaten through literally years of exams, tests, practicals, research, and papers. It's a grind folks, and you'll find the majority of classmates saying, "I just want to pass" by this trimester and "get me to clinic." For incoming students, don't be alarmed, you are becoming DOCTORS, not technicians or undergraduate bachelor's, you have someone's health in your hands post-NUHS so I'm glad at the same time we get inundated with education. My tip for the faculty and the administration is: CUT OUT THE CRAP and POLITICS and ADD in some more passion (and faster Internet)! But I digress.

Seminars (Grade: A-) 

I attended the Spine 2 seminar taught by the incredible, Dr. Tim Francis. Dr. Francis is truly a ray of light and an entirely rare and unique type of doctor. The guy fixes all sorts of conditions that typical chiropractors and MDs don't even fix or manage well. I loved all the material he presented and learned a ton for my own skills. The reason it's not an A is that there were some 100-hr AK seminars I wanted to attend but didn't have enough money for, so I stayed home and studied the material they were being taught on my own and got the notes. Remember, kids, there's always more than one way to skin a cat and even if you don't have the money you should still be hunting down the people that have taken the seminar and get their notes to learn! I did this with my friends that took TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) golf certification and got the notes to a $900 seminar. Does that mean I'm certified? No. Does that mean I know how to treat golfers much better now? Yes. 

I'm sorry if this post sounded like I'm exhausted, I am. I cannot wait for break. I'll be back in full force and energy after break for an epic summer session. I've got some really fun material pumping out for you that includes How to Learn to Play Guitar! 

Peace out until Summer Session! 


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,

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)!


Goodbye 2012 - My Last Post Before the World Ends

Season's Greetings, NUHS! 

This is my last post before the end of the world! Ha ha, what a joke. It's not going to end; I'm 99.9999% positive! Kidding aside, let's review Trimester 6 and take an annual look at the progress through school.   

A Tri 6 Look in the Mirror

  • Passed Part 1 board (see previous posts for how I did that in 10 days of studying)
  • Got over a few health problems
  • Took 4 seminars
  • Found and learned to build a website on the side for some random business ideas and my future practice website 

Learned a lot in school, but I am totally ready to be done with this trimester. I've really enjoyed the 6th trimester classes with Phys Dx and functional rehab being my favorites. Tumors, the evil class of Tri 6, is kicking our whole tris' butts. Half the class is failing a 2-credit class that most of us won't be doing. I think there's a disconnect in the curriculum with this class. I think we absolutely should know this information but most of the class shouldn't fail especially because we aren't oncologists or expected to be. If we see the weird masses on X-ray, you can bet your change purse I'm calling someone who does cancer for a living to get a second opinion. From what I've heard from recent grads, just being trained well enough and smart enough to do that usually puts us in a good professional position with the MDs, which is ultimately the goal of this school's president. I digress.

Our bonfire in the backyard, a little red wine, and study break before finals. :)

My Annual Report Card

This is the second one I've done on this blog! 

School: Grade: B-

This was about my average grade here at National over the past year. It's no all-star but I'm learning the information that is important and getting by on the stuff that is "luxury knowledge."

Outside Fun: Grade: A-

We don't get too many opportunities to go into the city, but when I've gotten the chance with friends, it's been an absolute blast. Jet skiing in Lake Michigan and overlooking the city skyline probably top my fun list.

Seminars: Grade: A

I have definitely benefited greatly from seminars, to the tune that it seems like every post I write. I hope my readers don't hate reading it but--you NEEEEEDDDD TO GOOOO TOOO SEMINARS TO BE A GOOD CHIROPRACTOR. National literally doesn't teach you enough about being a chiropractor in the real world. The seminars give you extra skills, techniques, and put it all together for you so that you're not lost to how to put together progression of treatments for patients past just "getting them out of pain." National is going to give you a phenomenal base and a degree but like most things in life, academia can't do everything for you; you have to strive to be better if you want your clinical batting average to be high! And who spends 150k and 4 years of their life to just be "a pretty good doc." I digress again!

2013 and Beyond

I've been thinking extremely hard about the decision to stay full track in Phase 2 of clinical. I've done full tris in 5 and 6, and I'm exhausted from the workload and 9 seminars. I'm signed up for 6 seminars next trimester. I literally don't think I can do 6 seminars and a full track 7th trimester and still pass all my classes with the knowledge I hope to absorb from each class/seminar. So, I think this might be my official announcement I'll be slowing down just a tad.

Why? At the end of the day you have to look at what's right for you and what you want. I want to open a practice right after graduation, so I've prepared through school differently from the rest of the student body that plans on starting with seminars after they graduate and then working for someone else for a few years. When I graduate, it's literally just me on my own so I've tried to go to as many seminars and take the time to figure out how to treat everything and anything that walks into my office. I owe a huge thank you to Tim Francis, DC, and his 100-hr+ AK seminar training. That course literally changed my view of medicine and changed my life for the better. Thank you, Dr. Francis, for showing me what's possible in this profession with our hands. :)

Slowing down has also opened a few opportunities that I've been planning on for a while but have had no time to extrapolate them. One is a supplement idea I've been working on, and another is tutoring adjusting and putting together mini seminars on Saturdays for younger students looking to learn more.

I also am really excited about working with my friend, Kim, who's turning pro as a golfer and has had bad back pain. She said if I fix her, she will tell her tour friends. That's like a dream come true for a golf fanatic like me! Ha ha.

The world is full of fun and possibilities!

Stay Passionate,

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,