There is no place like home. And nothing feels longer than the trip between Spartanburg, SC, and Grand Rapids, MI. To make things more interesting, I stopped in Sevierville, Tennessee to drop off fellow blogger, Melinda Hallam. I spent the night there and continued on to Illinois to visit my brother at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He rolled out the red carpet as best he could by showing me his research lab and let me hear the depressing stories of failed research ideas of all of his fellow lab mates. (There is nothing more depressing than organic synthesis). Then the next day, I powered through the rest of way home in time for a very relaxing bonfire.
Hanging out at the lake with Melinda and her family.
When I travel home, I always want to stop at Rarity, TN. It just looks so inviting.
My first time in Louisville
Look at that traffic heading into Louisville
Now it is my turn to get stuck in traffic.
Southern Illinois driving
4 hrs of Southern Illinois driving
The Graduate Student hard at work
Entering Inidana near the tristate area. Only 3 more hours and I am home.
Finals start next week (June 11-14). That is the reason I decided to forgo the studying for a few more hours and take part in Chiro Fellowship Night at Dr. Chris Kersko’s house. I was invited by Wendy Parker and I am glad that she went out of her way to do so.
It was a potluck dinner with pulled pork, salad, chips, and pie for dessert. It was a great time to talk and visit with the 15+ students that showed up. It was a mix from 14th to 2nd quarter.
After eating Dr. Mike Geran, a local Sherman alumnus that practices in Greenville, demonstrated lumbar sets ups on different students. Everyone had a chance to feel and assess the restriction in the low back and SI joint. This was a great opportunity to get my head out of the books and look at real life applications of the material set forth in the Sherman curriculum.
I hope that others are able to get involved with Chiro Fellowship Night in the future. The next upcoming event features Dr. Reizer and the following is President Cordero. It is a great opportunity that Dr. Kersko has graciously set up to benefit students of all quarters. I would recommend everyone check it out next month. Just be sure to bring a side dish and an open mind to learn.
It is not often that I take my head out of the books are go exploring the local community. On this particular day I was taking Ryan (fellow Sherman blogger) to the airport so I convinced Rachel and Christian to go early and eat in Greenville. I am sure many of you have heard the expression the best kept secret of the south. I would apply this to Greenville.
If you have never been to downtown Greenville the main street is filled with restaurants, cute boutiques, and pubs (sorry my husband is British I can’t call them bars). But the best kept secret is Falls Park. I had been to the main street before, but I had never walked all the way to the end. If you walk past Carolina Ale House and keep going eventually you run into the park. I love the architecture of the bridge and the cascading waterfall is beautiful.
We had appetizers and a pint at the Green Room. (I did not know until after we left, but the Green Room was featured on TV for their French fries.) We had dinner at California Dreaming where I highly recommend the marinated chicken. And ice cream at Spill the Beans. Not in that order. I love trying new places and managed to go to 3 new places in one day. I think I will need about 10 more trips to try every restaurant on Main Street.
I watched this old Reggie Gold video on YouTube. Despite being filmed long before I was born, I think this held some good insight into subluxation and the grind of old time medical doctors. This is an interview between Dr. Terry Rondberg, DC, Dr. Jerome Williams, MD, Dr. Reggie Gold, DC, and Dr. John Grant, physician.
Reggie Gold did a great job of defending the chiropractic philosophy in this interview. When this interview was originally taken, the relationship between medicine and chiropractic was clearly still tense from attempts by the AMA to degrade the credibility of DCs. Dr. Rondberg and Dr. Gold both had a united front on the purpose and abilities of chiropractic. It is for the “restoration and maintenance of health (Dr. Rondburg).” It is about the alignment of a vertebra compared to the above and below segment. The consequent compression and damage of misalignment leads to malfunction of organs at end of the nerve fibers. This ideal stems from the view of the whole body suffering from the presence of a subluxation regardless of the symptoms. This is similar to bad nutrition causing a lack of resilience of the body rather than specific disease (Dr. Gold).
The first half of the interview seemed to be focused on getting the DCs to admit they in some way treated symptomatology. The moderator was continually attempting to get Dr. Gold to say that since a patient may seek chiropractic care to help with asthma (a diagnosis) must mean a DC is treating the disease. It seems to be the vitalistic worldview that medicine and moderator don’t like or cannot comprehend. Reggie maintains that the DC is content to address the damaging effects of the subluxation as an entity of itself instead of diagnosis. This elicits an “agree to disagree remark” from the MDs.
Meanwhile, Dr. Grant clearly explains the goal of medicine is to treat what seems appropriate for the individual parts of the body (disease). Both MDs agree with the major premise that nerve damage is bad when it causes symptoms while holding that the practice of chiropractic is based on faith and not science. Dr. Williams even claims there is no doubt in its lack of scientific validity. He says “there is no doubt” about as may times as Dr. Gold states he would like to finish answering the question. Dr. Gold correctly points out that faith isn’t a good explanation for the positive outcomes of chiropractic care since most patients use it as a last resort (which implies the least amount of faith) and its outstanding results on animals (which lack a beliefs system).
I respect Dr. Grant for properly identifying that there is a force that heals the body. He stated, “…some [patients get better] from what we do, sometimes by faith in us and sometimes because the body has a way of healing itself.” He also agrees that medicine is limited in its ability to offer permanent, long lasting cures to diseases beyond symptom removal. Conversely, Dr. Williams was unreceptive to the possibilities of chiropractic. One of his first remarks stated that he knew very little about chiropractic care, but had already concluded from simple research it is ineffective. This man I found to be smug and a borderline annoyance.
It was interesting to see this discussion forum that took place long before I was born to learn from the leaders in healthcare from that time. The debate on the validity of chiropractic is still seen today so this topic is still very relevant. It is up to the each doctor to weigh their own personal philosophy and hone their healing art, but there is clearly something involved in the power of the chiropractic adjustment. Dr. Rondberg and Dr. Gold could see it clearly. Hopefully I can do my part in advancing this profession we call chiropractic.
I always preface my order with “I know this is an odd request, but may I have 2 waffle cones with no ice cream?” Everywhere I go I get a different response when I ask this question. Some people just give me the cone and say no charge, others look around for a manager and ask “can we sell just the cone,” and sometimes I have to pay the same price as if I had the ice cream. To some of you this is an odd request, but I try to limit the amount of sugar my children consume.
My girls are 4 and 2 and have never had ice cream, soda, or chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, it can be hard to keep these things away when they are at daycare, but with a little effort and collaboration it works. On days when they have parties at school I will make oatmeal raisin cookies with apple sauce and a little brown sugar. My mom always comes up with creative ways to cut fruit and vegetables to make them fun. People always ask do you eat ice cream in front of them. Yes (maybe I would be healthier if I was as strict on myself as I am my kids) I just tell them it is a Mommy/Daddy treat, and when they are as old as us they can have ice cream too.
Why am I writing this post? 2 reasons: To let people know you can raise your kids with less junk food. And also if you see my daughters eating cones please do not ask them what happened to their ice cream (like the nice lady did this past week). Nothing happened to it. It was never there to begin with.
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!
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.
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.
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