I went to a Brenau University Women’s College for my undergraduate degree. It is a small liberal arts college located in Gainesville, GA about an hour northeast of Atlanta. One of the things I loved about Brenau was its history and deep rooted traditions. We would have convocation at least 5 times a year were the faculty put on their robes and processed into the auditorium. This past weekend as I watched the faculty of Sherman College process in for Dr. Cordero’s investiture I was taken back in time to my undergraduate days. 

The definition of Investiture is the act or formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of a high office. While the intent is for the ceremony to be formal, you could feel the excitement in the crowd, especially from the Cordero Family members that can all the way from Puerto Rico. Welcome speeches were made by several people representing organization within the chiropractic community. Dr. Cordero’s son sang a song. Dr. Kavorkian preformed the investiture. Then Dr. Cordero gave a short speech. I am grateful to be a part of such as auspicious occasion. I talked with one doctor and I am sure there were several other doctors that flew in just for the night. Just to be a part of this one event! To me that is mind blowing.  

If the support surrounding Dr. Cordero is any indication of the type of leadership that he will bring to Sherman College then I look forward with anticipation to my next 3 years. To any prospective students who attended Lyceum or career day I hope being on campus was enough to get you excited about starting your chiropractic career at Sherman, but if you are still thinking let me give you my advice. You are here for a reason period. To any prospective student that was unable to attend this past weekend, come check us out! 


The Unexpected Crisis pt 1

I was thinking about what the most pressing issue was for American society in the next twenty years. My essay called the Unexpected Crisis is what followed.

The Unexpected Crisis

Developed countries are facing an
unexpected crisis today. It is the rise of obesity, hypertension, cancer, and
many other chronic diseases. While many children on this earth are struggling
to find shelter, fresh water, and food; thirty-three percent of American boys
and thirty percent of American girls are estimated to be overweight or obese (Go
AS). It is also estimated that over 1.6 million new cases of cancer will occur
during the course of 2013 in America alone (Rick Alteri). These statistics are disconcerting
since we have seen an astounding number of medical advancements over the last
50 years.  Yet, the health of our society
continues to decrease.  I believe that
our society is becoming an unhealthy nation despite all of our medical
advancements due to poor lifestyle choices.

The ambiguity of how to live a
healthy lifestyle is a major factor in the inability of so many to live such a
lifestyle. This stems from the individualized and abstract nature of health. An
individual may use words such as strong, vigorous, energetic, and/or mentally
clear to subjectively describe how they feel when healthy. Conversely, antonyms
of these words such as sluggish, under the weather, weak, achy, pain, and a
loss of vigor are used when someone isn’t feeling well. So, what does a person
do if they are experiencing no pain or ailment, but still feel unhealthy?  I believe most physicians would be at a loss
as to how to treat the patient and would refer them to another physician that
specializes in alternative and complementary care. This is because most general
practitioners create a diagnosis from a list of aches and pains rather than
focusing on global health.

Global health is a broad subject
and very hard to define since it requires an examination of more than just our
physical health.  One can be free from
ailment and still be unhealthy. For instance, if someone has a BMI of 30, they
are obese by that index measure. I personally am at a BMI of 30, but I would
describe myself as free from aliment. Does that make me healthy? Of course not;
I could certainly do more to improve my health by changing my lifestyle to make
it more sustainable as I age. Additionally, I believe health involves more than
just the body and mind. A person can be mentally sound, but emotionally unhappy
due to life’s circumstances. Over time, this may increase the risk of disease
or psychosis. I also believe there is a spiritual or metaphysical piece of
health which is often ignored since it cannot be treated by traditional means.


The Unexpected Crisis pt 2

Traditionally, society has depended
on physicians in the medical field to be responsible for their global
health.  This really isn’t possible as medicine
confines itself to the scientifically, quantitative interactions of bodily
systems.  Doctor’s diagnose and treat on
the basis of case history and medical tests which are shown to most accurately
describe bodily condition not global health. Medicine has a clearly defined
niche and is very good at stabilizing patients after serious invasions to
health such as car collision injuries, third degree burns, and appendicitis. However,
modern medicine doesn’t always do the best job treating chronic conditions or
encouraging people to make healthy lifestyle choices. For example, people with high
blood pressure are usually given medication to control the problem, rather than
working with them to adjust diet and lifestyle. There are also endless amounts
of antidepressant and high cholesterol drugs which have more side effects than
original symptoms of the disease they treat. Chronic diseases require
management and lifestyle changes that need to be addressed by the individual
through patient education.

The major issue preventing healthy
people in developed countries is the lack of understanding what is healthy or the
lack of desire to choose health promoting activities. Most people today live a
sedentary lifestyle with minimal time for exercise.  Others live in constant stress due to their
jobs.  Fast food and processed food is
the standard for meals.  All of these
activities and choices have a negative impact on our health.  Yet, our society continues to do what is easy
and the quickest.  Instant gratification
is the goal without thought of current or future consequences on our health and
well-being.  It’s hard to undo years of
poor health choices with a pill.  It
requires education regarding what is beneficial for our health and a desire to
make wise choices throughout our lives.

So, how can we become a healthier society?  We need to become an educated society. With
so much information available at our fingertips through the internet and other
sources, we can educate ourselves on almost any topic.  There are also alternative healthcare options
available that are less invasive than medicine and promote health.  We also need to make wise choices based on
the information we have obtained even if it seems counter-cultural.  Healthier living is not always easy, convenient
or less expensive.  If we want to have a
healthier society in the next ten to twenty years and beyond, we need to be an
informed society and make wise choices as it relates to our lifestyle each and
every day.


Lyceum Highlights

There is no way that 3 days worth of events can be combined into one blog post so I have come up with a few categories.  Copy the categories and let me know your favorites as well. 

Most interesting person I met…Fran Lounsbury-the first Sherman graduate to open a practice.

Favorite meal… LCW ladies lunch on the lawn

Glad I had my camera for… a photo op with a BJ Palmer look-a-like

Best event/session… 70’s banquet

Most precious moment… Dr. and Mrs. Cordero dancing at the reception for his investiture

What I am still recovering from… The 5K Saturday morning, I walked with my mom. 

LCW lunch


Interesting Bit of Sherman Trivia

Here we have Sherman College’s original heraldic crest. Isn’t it awesome? I just had to share this little bit of trivia via Dr. Liam Schubel. Below you will find the meanings to the images.

I personally would love this heraldic crest hanging in my practice! 


Dear Larry the Lion…

Dear Larry the Lion,


Larry and Rhea at Lyceum

I must say that you are such a majestic, loyal and wise being and so dedicated to Sherman College that I knew you would be the right “person” to ask about my, uhm, predicament.  So here goes. 

I also realize you’re probably really, really busy at Lyceum right about now and have had a busy night at the celebration but I have an urgent question that I hope you can help me with. And, I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem.  Well, at least I hope this is the case and perhaps you can belay my concerns.

Ok, it’s like this…I awoke this morning to get ready to go to Lyceum and the first thing I did was check the speaker schedule. I found to my dismay that at 8 a.m. there were THREE speakers I wanted to hear and they were all at the same time: Dr. Ron Castellucci, Mr. Keith Wassung, and Dr. Skip George.  And that kinda put me into a bit of confusion.  

I looked further at the schedule and knew that I would be volunteering for the next block of time so that wasn’t too bad because I  knew that “Serving the Cause” was important… but then I found another batch of speakers that I wanted to see. Now it’s not that I can’t choose between them….it’s that I want to hear all of them! I’m now afraid to look at the rest of the schedule because I know…there will be many more I don’t want to miss. 

I feel frozen in my seat right now because I know that it’s not possible for me to see each one. It does help to talk this out with you. But, I’m not sure what to do… am I a Chiropractic Junkie and if so uhm, is it OK??? Please respond soon.





one of your greatest fans!

The Word Heard Around Clinic…


Good news! Great news from returning interns that have just taken their Part 4 Board! The word is that everyone was well prepared and that the exam was even…”fun”…a true word from one of the examinees.

I’m happy to hear that because I’ll be there soon enough. And I certainly do believe them as I have found exams at Sherman generally harder than the Boards I’ve taken (1 and 2). So although I know I have work to do ahead of me, and that work is always challenging, I also know that I’ll make it too because I’ve been prepared

Thanks ahead of time to all the professors that have put me and the other students through the paces! It all pays off in the end!   

And a big congrats ahead of time to all the returning students from Part 4 Boards!  


Redefining Expectations

Imagine what it would be like if this was all you saw during
a visit to Sherman College of Chiropractic. This would clearly not be the case,
but for one student this is all she can see. Marcia, one of my friends from
Michigan, decided to fly down to visit Sherman this past week. She is a
non-traditional, blind student interested in the health sciences.

Marcia had always had the dream of being a doctor, but her
blindness due to a childhood cancer had stifled her dreams. She was encouraged to do social work as a
career since it was more socially acceptable when she attended college for the
first time. She went through undergraduate and graduate school only to find out
she doesn’t enjoy social work.

For the past two years, she has been working through her
prerequisite classes to apply for a career in the health sciences. This was
around the time I met her. We had a semester of statistics class as well as
year of physics together. During our studies together, we had an opportunity to
learn from each other a lot of life lessons. For more on her how we met and Marcia's story, click
for an article done by Calvin College.

Now that she has her sights set the application process, I
pointed her in the possible direction of chiropractic care in addition to her
interest in osteopathic school.

During her visit to Sherman College, she sat in on an
Anatomy and Neuroanatomy lecture. Despite her disability, she enjoyed the
classes very much. She actually loved Neuroanatomy which is ironic since it is
one of the harder classes offered in the basic sciences curriculum. I think it is great that she has so many opportunities today that she lacked earlier in her life. I know from spending time with her that no one else is more motivated to succeed in the realm of academics despite having some difficulties in formatting of information. 

She and I also had some good times outside of the classroom.
These sorts of events make the education process worthwhile. In 20 years, I
might forget a lot of the muscle attachments or psychological symptoms/diagnoses,
but I will always remember the time spent with both friends from home and those
that I have met at Sherman College of Chiropractic.


Rainy day activities

My mother always told me when I complained about the rain, “April showers bring May flowers.” I am sure this is a saying you have all heard before. What this really means to me as a mother is I have to be more creative and think of fun indoor activities for rainy days. Of course you have to pick age appropriate activities. There are plenty of websites with good ideas, but here are a few I liked just to get you thinking:

Laundry basket magic – a laundry basket can be a race car, a row boat, a cave. You can even tell your
kids they have to put the laundry in the machine so the basket is free to use!

Is it salt or sugar- do an experiment to see which dissolves in cold water, warm water, can you feel, smell or taste a difference.

Plastic bottle bowling – all you need is a few water bottles and a rubber ball.

Glue stick – what kid does not like to use glue? Make a card with construction paper or try making a picture by gluing cheerios or popcorn to a piece of paper. 

Shadow puppets – there are plenty of good websites that can teach you how to make puppets just with your hands and a flashlight. Have your kids make up a story to go along with the shapes. 

Indoor camping – a two person pop-up tent fits nicely even in our small apartment living room.   



Sit in B.J.’s Chair at Sherman Lyceum!

BJchair2A chair that belonged to B.J. Palmer has been added to the Brown House Chiropractic Museum, thanks to a donation from Dr. Kim Williams on behalf of the family of Dr. Sid Williams. Dr. Kim is president of the B.J. Palmer Historic Home Foundation.

The chair was part of the furnishings at B.J.’s home located on St. Armand's Key in Sarasota, Florida, and was in the home at the time of his death in 1961. B.J. himself, as well as many other chiropractors and guests, have sat in this very chair. Miguel Hastings transported the chair and other items donated by Dr. Kim from Atlanta to Sherman this week.

If you ask nicely, Museum Curator Dr. John Hart assures you can try out B.J.’s seat during Lyceum. The museum will be open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Lyceum from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. If you haven’t been over to the museum in a while, please stop by – Mrs. Debbie Cordero, Roberta Thomas, maintenance staff, and work study students Kyle Geer and Courtney Ritenbaugh have been hard at work to re-design and prepare the museum for Lyceum.