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4th Quarter and House Hunting

4th quarter has not been a particularly easy quarter as was warned by many upper quarter students. I don’t think you can say 4th quarter is harder because of any one reason. Yes, neuroanatomy is a lot of information. Yes, 2 different micro classes take up macro amounts of time. But I think it is other things like we have classes from 8am-5pm, instead of 8am-3pm like it has been the last few quarters. That is an additional 10 hours at school each week. I will be honest, we do have breaks in the day, but I don’t find an hour enough time to leave campus and do anything of importance like grocery shopping, laundry, or working out at the gym (including taking a shower) and make it back in time for the next class. Those precious 10 hours might be the hardest thing about 4th quarter. 

If that’s not enough, for me personally, I have been house hunting. I really don’t recommend house hunting before midterms in 4th quarter, but I am very excited about the house we have found! It is a townhouse by el burrito, a small local Mexican restaurant that every Sherman student has heard of. The best part about the townhouse is I will have a yard that I don’t have to mow, and I won’t have to listen to the guy in the apartment next to me playing video games at all hours of the night! We should move in over fall break if everything goes according to plan.  Now I just need to focus on finals and not let this be too much of a distraction.


Coming Home From Board Review…

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Yes, indeed! We came home rather worn out from Board Review this past weekend. These cavalier pups are expressing just what I’d like to be doing right about now… recovering, snuggling and enjoying the simpler things of life!

Don’t get me wrong, it was a great board review, I don’t regret it. Just sayin’… sometimes ya need a little down time! 

Until then, just keep on studying!



I would like to start by thanking Dr. Browning for planning and organizing this event that exposed 50 + students to a specific upper cervical technique that we would not have been exposed without this opportunity.

Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific (KCUCS) mission is to train, develop, and mentor doctors and students of chiropractic to be excellent ambassadors, practitioners, and researchers of the specific knee chest upper cervical work. Dr. Henri Dallies and Dr. William Soriano of KCUCS taught a 4 hours seminar yesterday afternoon that included x-ray analysis, pattern work, and setup practice.

I think as humans we instinctively want to help people feel better. As a student what has been one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp is that sometimes doing nothing is the best option. The body goes through a healing process, and sometimes you can feel worse before you feel better. I also think it can be hard for patients to hear when they are in pain. It is harder to say no I am not going to adjust you today because your body is healing then to say ok yes hop on the table. What I liked about the seminar yesterday was learning about pattern, and reasons not to adjust. If you have the opportunity to learn more about KCUCS I would recommend learning something new!


Dr. Cordero: “How Are Chiropractors Made?”

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Cordero speak on topic of “How Are Chiropractors Made?” I was very excited to hear him speak since Dr. Cordero does a lot of traveling as he continues to promote Sherman College.

Dr. Cordero began by showing my favorite Key and Peele sketch.


It is all about miscommunication. Dr. Cordero stated that if every chiropractor has a different objective, then their philosophy will be constructed around that objective and create a miscommunication between the profession and general public. The classic example given was a chiropractor that focusses solely on pain management. This chiropractor will only maintain patients in their office for as long as a patient is experiencing pain. As soon as the pain is gone, the patient will assume that there is no longer a need for chiropractic services. This is so sad since chiropractic care can “reconnect the individual to the source.”

Dr. Cordero also warned against the poverty mindset. If a chiropractor is only concerned about the money, they will always be accommodating the complaints of symptoms. Dr. Cordero gave the example of adding extra therapy such as “rubbing [their] feet or rubbing [their] elbow to make them feel better.” This isn’t chiropractic. If a doctor has low confidence and can’t stand on their philosophy, “then they don’t have a leg to stand on.”

So how are chiropractors made according to Dr. Cordero?

1. Know what you want to do

2. Know how you will do it

3. Train

Dr. Cordero emphasized the necessity to continue to practice so one can deliver the goods when it comes to the art of adjusting. He recommended time spent connecting to the innate within by mediating, praying, and being connected to a local philosophy group. He also stated that one can’t know for sure how an individual will respond to having that interference removed from their nervous system. Occasionally, a patient may have to go to the ER after an adjustment since their body is all of a sudden detoxing. The philosophy will keep the doctor grounded.

Dr. Cordero closed with another classic youtube. Its not about the nail.


The problem with patients a lot of the time is that they just want to be heard. Part of the job of a chiropractor therefore is to listen and give out of their own abundance and love to reconnect that person and the community with the Source.
Dr. Cordero closed the meeting with a time for questions. It was definitely a good study break, but it was time to get back to work.


Southern Cooking

Since moving to South Carolina, I have enjoyed many new experiences.
In the past I have blogged about visiting Biltmore House, having a wide array
of churches to visit, and recently white water rafting. But now I get to
comment on the food. I have been attending Gateway Church which is just a short
walk from my apartment complex. Once a month on Wednesday night they have a church
potluck. This past week was Hawaiian themed but it felt more South Carolina themed
by the cooking.  Pulled pork with vinegar
based BBQ, pineapple casserole, fried okra, deviled eggs, mac and cheese, broccoli
based Cole slaw, baked beans, and green beans with banana pudding and key lime
pie for dessert. A true Southern meal if I have ever seen one.

Before moving to
South Carolina, I didn’t know what pineapple casserole or fried okra was; deviled
eggs and baked beans were something I typically avoided at potlucks; and I
haven’t seen banana pudding at very many events (but I love it). I think I have
truly adapted to the atmosphere while going to Sherman y’all.


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What Do I Know?

What do I know?

Not much and so much. 

I know what’s important. I know that the body can
heal itself. I know that we can help or hinder our body’s function and

How can we help it?

A great many ways; that is why there are so many
healing choices. But the only way to
remove / correct nerve interference to the central nervous system is through chiropractic
care; regularly scheduled chiropractic care.

How do we hinder the body’s ability to function and
heal? Oh, there are a great many ways to do that too. Chiropractic-ally
speaking, we hinder our healing capacity by ignoring our physical body. 

We can easily ignore our body’s natural desire to be
balanced by sitting sloppily and moving without realizing that certain
positions and certain work stresses can be detrimental to the skeletal system
and therefore the central nervous system. It’s really simple in concept. 

When we ignore our body’s innate intelligence and
over-ride it with not-so-wise decisions, we become disconnected to our inner
wisdom. We “turn it off,” so to speak. 

The AWESOME thing is that despite our sometimes
unwise choices or unexpected life situations, we can heal our body with our very own innate intelligence. The
AWESOME way to do that is through regular chiropractic care. 

Just ask a chiropractor or chiropractic intern today!


Royal baby born

It's a boy! The next heir to the British throne was born today. You either fall into the category of completely obsessed royal watcher or ok so what is the big deal, but either way this is a momentous occasion. The baby is now the 3rd person in line for the throne after his grandfather Prince Charles and his father Prince William.

I know for my generation we were not able to remember the birth of Prince William or Prince Harry.  This Prince is the start of a new era in the royal family.  The modern marriage of Kate and William has breathed new life into the monarchy.  The delivery of this royal baby adds a new chapter to their fairly tale romance. 

His Royal Highness will have an impact on the world we can only speculate about. He may or may not be king in my lifetime, but my children will see him ascend the throne. The British commonwealth includes 15 countries and has the potential to shape the future of not only Great Britain but the world. 

*Addendum The baby has been named! George Alexander Louis or more formally His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge!!


Thoughts on 4th Quarter

I have found in the past few weeks that fourth quarter is a
little different from the first three quarters. The first difference is 7 classes a week last
for two hours. I am not one to complain about learning, but sitting in the same
seat for two hours is downright painful. It is a lot to absorb in one sit and
is doing very little to help my already limited flexibility which is being
challenged by upper cervical technique class.

With that being said, I have really enjoyed the material
which I have been learning
this quarter thus far. I get to learn about the
inner workings of the brain and spinal cord, the histopathology of infection,
the primary immune response, dynamics of the spine, and how to view X-rays.

Second, I am done learning in a lecture setting from Dr. Wu,
Anatomy PhD basic sciences. I still have the pleasure of working beside him the
lab as a T.A. I can learn the practical side of anatomy as I help with dissection,
but I miss hearing stories about the “moon” (which is actually China)  

Finally, there are also a few less faces in our quarter. Unfortunately,
the Fall 2012 quarter has lost a couple students to personal choice of moving
on from Sherman College as well as bad circumstances of struggling with subject
matter. I am looking forward to celebrating when my quarter has passed through
this program to go out and change our communities for the better. I also hope
for the best of those that are looking for other options.


White Water Rafting

One of the great things about summer, is the opportunity to be outdoors. We have not had many chances this summer with all the rain, but today we went white water rafting. We were going rain or shine, but thankfully it was the latter. About 2 hours from Sherman is the little town of Hartford, TN. It is home to several rafting companies, but the company of choice for our adventure was Rapid Expeditions. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking to go white water rafting! The trip took about 1.5 hours from start to finish going down the Upper Pigeon River. Rapids ranged from class one to class four. I have included a chart that describes how rapids are classified for those that don't know. 

  • Class 1: Very small rough areas, requires no maneuvering. (Skill Level: None)
  • Class 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, small drops, might require maneuvering. (Skill Level: Basic Paddling Skill)
  • Class 3: Whitewater, medium waves, maybe a 3–5 ft drop, but not much considerable danger. May require significant maneuvering. (Skill Level: Experienced paddling skills)
  • Class 4: Whitewater, large waves, long rapids, rocks, maybe a considerable drop, sharp maneuvers may be needed. (Skill Level: Advanced Whitewater Experience)
  • Class 5: Whitewater, large waves, continuous rapids, large rocks and hazards, maybe a large drop, precise maneuvering. Often characterized by "must make" moves, i.e. failure to execute a     specific maneuver at a specific point may result in serious injury or death. Class 5 is sometimes expanded to Class 5+ that describes the most extreme, runnable rapids (Skill Level: Expert)

Afterwards we went for a 3 mile hike round trip to the night whole. The night whole has crystal clear freezing cold mountain water with a couple of 10 ft rocks that people jump off. Fellow adventures Ryan Burkhart, Brad Marx, Chad Janes, Meagin Sumrall, and Paige Sigmon all jumped, but I like the old saying if all your friends jumped off a cliff would you go too? My answer is no! I think summer quarter might be the hardest not because the classes, but because I am less motiviated to study when we have long summer days and I want to be outside. Oh well, it was nice to enjoy this weekend before the class load gets to heavy. Monday is the start of another week, and time to get back to work.  


LCW Debbie Cordero

This past week I found time to visit a League of Chiropractic Woman (LCW)
sponsored event during lunch break. The Sherman chapter was hosting Debbie
Cordero, the wife of President Cordero. She was there to talk about principles
of managing a chiropractic practice.

After a 20 minute introduction to the LCW as well as a sneak peak at
upcoming events from club co-presidents Anna Elkins and Rachel Leskosky, Mrs.
Cordero moved right into her speech.
She began by explaining a little about herself and her college education. She
stressed the importance of learning. She recommended being well versed in
literature to be able to relate to people. Being a better communicator is key
in starting a practice.

IMAG0477She also explained some of the hardships of when Presdent Cordero went to
Chiropractic school in 1989. She had to balance a family of two children as
well as three jobs to make everything work. It was during this time that she
was inspired by the vision of chiropractors like Sid Williams to appreciate the
message of chiropracTIC.  

After this brief introduction she explained that everyone has hard time like
she did as Dr. Cordero was earning his degree. One makes it through these hard
times by being a RHINO.

She stated that in all things “you have to become a rhino.” They have thick
skin and when they charge, they do so powerfully.  She emphasized that everyone must put the
blinders up and don't let the doubters cloud goals. She said "You must be
a rhino when getting through boards, opening up shop, hiring staff.  Get it in your head and it will help you get
through those situations. Charge massively.”

She also talked on the importance of training staff, both procedurally and
philosophically. This allows them to effective in sharing the vision of the
doctor as well as not being disorganized. There also needs to be system of
double checking to minimize the potential to for mistakes in finances/billing
as well as prevent potential embezzling.

Mrs. Cordero also gave financial advice like the 80-10-10 rule. This rule
divides the priority of spending of 80% goes towards bills, 10% goes into
savings, and 10% is for tithe.

She also handed out cards with word affirmations printed on them. She
believes that if one only lets positive in, only positive will come out. This
is important to be confident like the rhino in charging ahead. Finally, she
encouraged everyone to write down goals and keep the goal sheet with us as
constant reminder of where to charge.

I enjoyed the event and have a better grasp on managing a practice thanks to Mrs. Cordero. I hope to hear more from her as time
goes on.