It was Saturday, 3pm, watching some "Modern Family" with my
girlfriend Ashley and just relaxing after a long midterm week for
both of us. She had 6 tests and I had 5. Suddenly, her brother
walks into the room and declares he's going to Detroit and has 2
free tickets to the Red Wings/Blackhawks game! Ashley and I looked
at each other simultaneously and yelled, "We're in!"
Danny was almost caught off guard by how quick we spontaneously
made a decision to just drop what we were doing, get ready in less
than an hour, and drive 5 hours that night to Detroit. If there was
ever a time to say it, "YOLO!" You Only Live Once.
I had never been into the great (kidding ;) state of Michigan so
this was a great adventure for me if you know how much I love
bucket list items! When I lived in New Jersey when I was younger I
loved Steve Y and Brandon Shanahan (Red Wings) so I was even more
excited to see the Wings and Hawks play. In addition, the
Blackhawks were on a 21-game streak without a loss!
The three of us got to Danny's Gf's house just outside of
Detroit late Saturday night and went out for drinks with some of
their friends with some live music, which was a great time. There's
something hilarious and exhilarating about waking up on a
stranger's couch knowing you're about to have an awesome
The hockey game was a well-played, hard skating game that peaked
when the Blackhawks were down a goal on a power play with 2 minutes
left. A big shot from the point redirected right onto the stick of
the very skilled Patrick Kane who punched it in for an unlikely
game tying goal and shocked the rowdy Joe Louis Arena. The game, to
my pleasure, went into a shootout that once again featured the
brilliant hands of Patrick Kane who finished a dirty move that
catapulted the Blackhawks streak to 22 games without a loss in
To add to the shenanigans, Ashley and I even got interviewed
between periods for Comcast Sports Network! I'll try to find the
YouTube video for next week's post!
Have a Great Week!
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 is having a great week and had a wonderful day
off! This week I wanted to give you a little background on some
things I've been thinking about and working on. It revolves around
failing at getting people on diets (and eating healthy). Sound like
something we might be doing in practice?
Diet and Exercise. It's almost cliché. It's the answer to
preventing and curing A LOT (if not most) of all the pathologies
that will walk into our offices. Everybody and their grandmother's
best friend's uncle once removed knows that diet and exercise is
good for them. Even chiropractic students are poor eaters and don't
exercise. This makes me mad. Not mad, but concerned. If we are
supposed to help people live healthy lifestyles and most of the
current student body doesn't eat or exercise as well as they
should, what makes them think their patients will magically follow
them? The rest of this post attempts to answer: WHYYY DOESN'TTT
ANYONEEE DO IT?!?!?!?!
Habits Make Perfect. Overhauls Make
Baby Steps is to Walking, as Habits are to Long-Term
How did you learn to read and write? How did you learn to ride a
bike? Step-by-Step. One skill built on top of the next. Think you
can beat Lance Armstrong before you can take off the training
wheels? It's going to take more than living strong
Let's imagine that every diet was created equal and could have
incredible results if your patient stuck to it. A study found that
even when patients were taking LIFE SAVING medicine they were only
50% likely to even take the medicine...to SAVE THEIR LIVES. That
pretty much screws us on fixing their diet and exercise regimes,
right? Well, if you look at the problem like everyone else. If
you're willing to look at their long-term goals instead of short
term, then you can indeed fix it. Let me explain.
An overweight, pre-diabetic, syndrome X patient walks into your
office. Clearly, adjusting isn't fixing this one. They need diet
and exercise. You put them on a diet and exercise program that they
start. Two-three weeks later, they are down 10 lbs., feel great,
and their cholesterol is naturally dropping. AWESOME. They are
satisfied everything is working and their initial enthusiasm waxes
and wanes and suddenly, boom, they fall off the wagon. Sound
Take a step back and ask what you are asking them to do. You are
asking them to change A LOT more than just the food they put in
their mouth. You are asking them to change how they SHOP, prepare
food, pack their lunch, eat breakfast (which could be a sleep habit
change too!), and even change some social situations (like learning
how to order healthier options), and many people may have to learn
to cook. Wow. Now do you see why the simple answer of diet and
exercise has a long-term success rate of about 2%? You can't fix
the patient without actually affecting their HABITS. That's the
"BUT CHRISTIAN, I CAN'T BE HEALTHY!"
My Answer: "Do you brush your teeth and wear your seatbelt?"
Them: "Yes. Why?"
Me: "Well, those are considered HEALTHY, but you didn't learn to
do that in one day. You developed those HABITS over days, weeks,
months, years, and now you don't even notice or think about doing
them. They are just a part of your life."
So, the answer to how to increase the reliability,
effectiveness, success rate of your diet and exercise program is to
develop habits that evolve your patient's lives. Everyone I've ever
interviewed that was a healthy eater consistently, was:
Get Started Right Meow! 5 Habits That Change
When and How to Start a Habit (and When to
Well, that should get you on your way to winning the game of
long-term health! Remember: It's not about 30-day diet compliance,
it's "in 30 years will you still be eating healthy and exercising?"
Focus on habits and the big picture for true disease
Peace out cub scouts,
Hope everyone is having a great week! I've got some awesome news
for you! Tim Ferriss, author of the New York Times Best Seller's
4 Hour Work Week, 4 Hour Body, and 4 Hour
Chef contacted me and asked me to post a guest post on
his million subscriber blog this upcoming spring. I contacted Tim a
few months ago about a clinical case study I did on myself a long
time ago here at NUHS. With Dr. Anderson supervising the blood
tests and my file at the clinic, I proceeded to gain 20 lbs. of
lean mass in 30 days and have some pretty fun before/after
pictures. The results were quite astonishing and Mr. Ferriss wanted
to chronicle my "study" on his blog.
This has prompted some thinking on my end. Starting a personal
blog. Why? Consider the amount of readers about to read this guest
post (which will probably go up in early April); it would be a
shame to waste that level of traffic with no way of leveraging
them. If I had a blog and or some supplements I would be able to
maximize the opportunity to possibly start a little side business,
which is on my bucket list.
This is a double-pronged activator head attachment made by a
fellow student at National.
I emailed a few designers and have gotten quotes on designing a
custom Wordpress theme, but the price is a little steep and I'm
considering using free "plug-n-play" type software.
I'm also considering getting that superfood formula I blogged
about the last week manufactured as the results of that formula
have been phenomenal so far!
I'll keep you updated on the shenanigans that will follow. :) As
for National, it was a pretty slow week with tests starting to
trickle on the docket.
Hope everyone's week is going well. Congratulations to the
Baltimore Ravens for their Super Bowl win, I don't enjoy typing
that as a Patriots fan, but give respect where respect is
2013 is flying by so far and Midterms will be starting next
week. I'm trying to get into Midterm mode but I've been heavily
distracted outside of NUHS activities and I need to get down to the
In case you're a new or prospective student to NUHS, they offer
a few businesses classes built into the curriculum. Why is that
important? Well, as a future DC you will wear multiple hats. One,
as a doctor, and one as a businessperson. The best doctor in the
world who doesn't know how to run an office or get a business loan
will never treat patients! Most people hate the business classes
because they didn't choose to go to business school; they chose
medical school. Sooner or later, they come to their senses, and
most likely later will thank NUHS for at least teaching basic
I'm currently in Tri 7's Business Planning Class. This class has
a host of speakers (so far) who lecture us on various aspects of
running a DC office: Insurance coverage, financial statements, your
practice "vision" and how to work that backwards, how to approach a
bank with a business plan and get a loan, etc.
Over the coming weeks we have a business plan project assignment
and we will have to do exactly what we as future private practice
owners will have to go through. In other words, if we take it
seriously we could have a great leg up on what we hope to do in
real life--a truly valuable experience, and one that will
undoubtedly help us weed out the mistakes as a student when they
don't matter as much!
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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