Hacking Your Supplements - How to Make a SuperFood Multi-Vitamin

What's cracking, National (pun intended)?

Hope everyone is having a great week. As with the first couple weeks of every trimester you have some extra time to work on little side projects that interest you before you have to bear down and learn the class materials for midterms/finals. Talking with most classmates, nobody does anything for the first 3 weeks of classes unless they have a notoriously hard class (such as Tumors, Neuroanatomy, Biochem, etc). As always, I don't teach idleness, I always urge investments of time into exploring your curiosities. 

A couple quick ideas to become a better doc/lead a better life are:

  1. Study past seminar notes.
  2. Take out a book on nutrition from the library (or off Amazon/borrow from friend)
  3. Grab some buddies and ask an experienced upper tri student to work on adjusting (consider setting up weekly meetings. That's how our Monday Gonstead adjusting gathering came to be, led by Jordan Bray. Go to the clinic and request him. He's the best in the clinic. Might as well go to the best. :)
  4. Make a workout program based on restoring functional deficits and rehab.
  5. Make a great healthy Paleo meal for dinner (optional: with friends/family).
  6. Make your own supplements! (Haha How to do so is below!)

Idle (pre-midterm/final) time should not  be used for:

  1. Watching TV
  2. Being lazy
  3. Doing anything not related to bettering yourself as a person or a doctor.

Seriously people, you are going to owe $150,000+ graduating from the same curriculum as 100+ chiropractic students. It begs the question: What are you doing that differentiates yourself from the rest of your class? Do you have a unique certification? Are you the best adjustor? Do you do acupuncture? Nutrition? Homeopathy? You get where I'm going here?

Sometimes difficult questions are the most important to start with. You'll thank me later when new patient John Smith walks into your office, instead of Joe Schmo, DC, down the street, because he heard you did something great and different and were getting the best treatment results. If your answer to, "Why should I come to you?" is "I got a great education at National" or "I'm a good people person" you have a rude world coming your way. Good marketing and people skills get people in your door, yes, but great treating and results keep them there and develop a referral practice you never have to market because your treatment results speak for themselves. I digress. :)


How To Make a SuperFood Supplement 

I've always been curious about supplements. I've probably tried every one on the market by now. I do A LOT of experiments on myself. The best selling and (most widely used/researched) are multi-vitamins. Multis are extremely practical since they are affordable and fill the gaps in your nutritional arsenal that are left from eating a sub-optimal diet of foods that are raising in a sub-optimal (and therefore less nutritionally dense) environment. 

The glaring problem I've found with multi-vitamins is they are synthetic and isolated. For example, Vitamin C is widely used as ascorbic acid in supplements. Research has proven it to be extremely valuable. However, why did nature pair it with bioflavonoids and other co-factors but Man decided to isolate just one molecule? Did we think we can outsmart nature simply because we found that the majority of the benefit is from a single molecule. That isn't the case in nature, nothing exists in isolation and the true biological potential comes in the synergistic relationship of MULTIPLE cofactors and coenzymes.

Nature pairs multiple compounds together not only for more bioavailability but also to increase metabolically beneficial actions. When you strip nutrients into single compounds, the body has to use its own stores to offset the co-factors missing from the "Vitamin Complex" and in some cases, according to Dr. Francis, the patient can experience a "rebound deficiency." In other words, you might be taking a Vitamin C complex but have symptomatology that mimics C deficiency because your body stores of the compounds that work with the C have run low because you've been taking an isolated, man-made synthetic supplement for a while.

So, how do we fix this, get our cake and eat it, too? In other words how do we still get the benefits of multi-vitamins while also respecting the healing wisdom of nature with nutritionally superior ingredients?

We use combinations of the most nutritionally dense (highest concentration of vitamins/minerals per ounce) foods/herbs on the planet...AKA = SUPERFOODS!

Through exhaustive research for a couple years and talking with many NDs and a few supplement company CEOs, here's the list I compiled. It features a broad array of foods that synergistically act as a nature's most potent multivitamin to give you lasting natural energy, boosting your immune system, improving your mood, increasing your metabolism, and overall making you FEEL WAY BETTER! Some even have said it can substitute for their morning coffee. 

CC's SuperFood Formula

  1. Camu Camu
  2. Dong Quai
  3. Kola Nut
  4. Cayenne
  5. Rose Hips
  6. Chlorella
  7. Spirulina
  8. Nutritional Yeast
  9. Astragalus
  10. Turmeric
  11. Noni
  12. Purple Dulse Seaweed

Where do I order?

Cheers Everyone,

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)!


How to Budget the Income Needed for Your PERFECT Lifestyle

Hey National!


Hope everyone had a great and relaxing break with your loved ones. I spent the break back in my hometown (just outside Boston) with family and high school friends, and overall had a fantastic break. I got to spend a lot of time with my siblings (3), which means a lot to me because I'm always away and I'm the oldest one. I enjoy seeing what they are up to and how they've grown and if I can help them in any way I can. This included a bunch of high-speed mobilizations. ;) 


Tri 7

After going full track for the last 4 trimesters and 15 seminars I was burning out a bit and decided to drop 2 classes below full load to give myself a break this trimester and stretch 7th and 8th trimester into 3 trimesters so I can focus on more seminar information and implementing that into my treatment skills heading into clinic. I dropped PT Modalities and Advanced Diagnosis, which were 6.5 credits total. I'm currently taking all 7th Tri classes at 21.5 credits. The Good News: After 6th Trimester, you've made it through all the hard classes!! From my understanding, 7th Trimester is just a ton of paper work but the actual difficulty of material is behind you, so it is a different animal.

For Fun

Over break I was re-reading the Four Hour Work Week  by Timothy Ferriss and how to calculate the monthly income needed to live your dream lifestyle. Ferriss insists you can live an incredible life with an unremarkable income as long as you plan accordingly. Tim describes some of his most incredible adventures like yabusame (horseback archery in Japan), world class tango dancing, skydiving, and driving a Aston Martin can all be done on an average income. Of course, the book talks about making a 'muse' business or a business that can be set up (preferably on the web) to run automatically and ideally generate enough revenue to offset the costs of your incredible adventures. I've been working on some side projects to one day to be able to do this simply because I enjoy entrepreneurship and expanding my brainpower.

How does this relate to you as a chiro? Well, we can calculate how much we need to make to live however we want!

Lifestyle Exercise: 10 mins

First print out this template: http://fourhourworkweek.com/dreamline.pdf

After Med School Graduation I Dream of: 

A: Having… (Cost/Month or One Time Cost*)

  1. Ipad ($600*)
  2. A golf course membership ($2500*)
  3. 350 Z Nissan Coupe ($400/month)
  4. Mountain Bike ($700*)

B: Being… (Steps) 

  1. A great doc
    (Go to advanced seminars. Contact local docs and get mastermind group to meet on a bi-weekly basis to bounce ideas and refine clinical skills.)
  2. Break even par on the golf course
    (Track my golf scores and identify weakest areas. Contact the head golf pro at my golf course and ask for some tips. Practice on areas as needed.)
  3. Play Guitar
    (Search a bunch of guitar playing ebooks and identify the best practices to start for a beginner and then spend consistent 30 min a night to decompress after work.)
  4. Top Blogger
    (Develop great content for things I'm interested in and reach out to top blogs for guest posts and start building a subscriber list. Read some top books on writing well. Interview bloggers that have done it before.)

C: Doing... (Cost/Steps to Complete) 

  1. Start a successful Practice
    (Put together a serious business plan while in school. I'm doing this right now in 7th tri! Modify it and refine it through your clinic trimesters before graduation. Estimated $35,000 to start.)
  2. Skydiving ($500)
  3. Network with and meet super interesting people (Start reaching out to people with business, practices that are successful, and set up mastermind group or invite for coffee, interview, drinks, etc).
  4. Visit Europe ($100 in fees after I redeem the miles on my travel card. Plus say $2,000 in travel and living and eating expenses.) 

Now, you can take this as a ridiculous exercise or a serious one. Basically it's designed to give you an idea that you can really live the life you want. All the things that would make me incredibly excited and fulfilled can be achieved for this example (all things added up) = $71,400 or $5,950 a month! 

That number is highly exaggerated, too, because that includes buying a sports car, start costs of a private practice, and vacationing 2 weeks in Europe, along with skydiving, golf membership, and a top tier mountain bike all in one year.

Obviously, you don't have to start a practice and buy a car every year! If this was an ongoing year it might be closer to $1,100 a month! Plus rent/mortgage, food, bills.

The exercise is just to get you to say, "What if I could…"

That means a much more interesting life :)


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,

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,