The Grind

Well, this week has pretty much been the same as every other week of eighth trimester classes. This is a short synopsis of the past week prior to my blog entry. A very heavy workload with quizzes three of the five days, two presentations along with another paper due (this is the busiest and I think it's a bit downhill from here). 

The presentations this week consist of the impact of various heavy metals and their toxic impacts upon the human body's systems; as well as an informative presentation describing the method of naturopathic medical approaches. The heavy metal presentation is presented at the level of medical professionals while the naturopathic medicine presentation is constructed for use with the average person after I open my practice. 

The hat is a shout out to my 84-year old dad, Roscoe Ammons, who is
still working a full 40-hour workweek at the recycling center at our home
in Madison County, North Carolina. (Also, note the shirt; it says it all!)

The heavy metal topic, prepared for presentation in my Functional Medicine class takes a look at three metals we encounter every day, their function in our lives, what constitutes a toxic load (or dose), the vector of entry and impact upon the human body, as well as testing procedures and remediation methods, if possible. This was a huge undertaking! I had to scale down to three metals (not including mercury) and the presentation will still be around 45 minutes long. 

The presentation on naturopathic medicine for my Practice Management II class centers on the philosophy (or five principles) and therapeutic order of naturopathic medicine. The presentation describes what is NOT naturopathic medicine, then follows with the principles, therapeutic order and how a properly trained naturopathic doctor would apply the therapeutic order to treat an illness, including referral to a specialist, where necessary. I feel that this presentation will be quite the useful tool for presenting to local clubs, libraries and groups for building my future practice. 

This is about as exciting as things get right now everyone. I said it before, and I'll say it again, I heard all the rumors about eighth trimester classes being relentless with work and I chalked it all up to hearsay and drama. This is not the case. Be ready for your eighth trimester here at NUHS. Topics are more deeply covered, subjects are relentlessly probed, topics are researched ad nauseum, and the feeling of learning has never been stronger! The light is at the end of the tunnel! 

Until next week, here's a little something from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough
and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.

Keep on kicking everyone, spring is technically here! :)