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.

Spaghetti Fest

Christian Chiropractic club hosted their quarterly event Wednesday night. This quarter the typical cookout was traded in for a spaghetti dinner with 3 types of sauce (meat, vegetarian, or alfredo). There were even gluten free noodles for those who chose them.

Dr. Kenya presented on the value mothers add to society and what the salary would be if mothers were paid for all the jobs they do for free around the house. The tasks include cooking, laundry, housekeeping, day care teacher, van driver, psychologist, CEO, computer operator, and facilities manager.  The total salary would be equal to $113,586 (reported from

The program concluded with a funny YouTube clip you can watch on Ryan's blog ( and a slide show of pictures of mothers with their families. I always enjoy the time to fellowship with the Sherman family, and hope to see more faces next quarter. I would also like to thank all the people that work so hard to make this event successful. Here are a couple of pictures from behind the scenes. 




One of the funny things about being a student is the
obsession over grades. It isn’t uncommon to have someone
state grades are posted only hours after a test. This declaration is followed
by a rush to get on ones smartphone or to the nearest computer to find out that
number that ranks your supposed mastery of a subject. Finally the moment of truth.

Then, there is the exchange between quarter mates. The
innocent question, “How did you do?” Everyone exchanges numbers to establish
the pecking order.

One of the ironies of a profession school is that a
doctorate degree doesn’t state a grade point average, yet it seems like most
programs are still incredibly competitive.

So do grades reflect work? – Maybe but I believe there is
always a student that works themselves raw to pass in the same class as the student who
doesn’t show up except to ace the test.

Do grades reflect self worth? – I hope no one believes this.

Do grades reflect mastery of a subject? – I believe this is
their purpose, however, with testing anxiety and related test taking melt downs
I am not sure if they are always the best measure for that either.

Ultimately, I think grades are just something to occupy
students. If school was pass fail, I think everyone would do the minimum work
to get by. That is why there has to be a percentage to separate one student's preformance
from another. So, it is just a number designed to keep you working. So let it
be just that. A number that has no more value than to motivate.

If you pass an impossibly hard class, rejoice in your accomplishment along with others
that passed as well. If someone doesn’t quite make the cut, tutor and make the
schooling become a cooperative experience and not a competition experience. People try to sell the lie of survival of the fittest, when things in nature actually survives
by symbiosis and co-operation. If a class puts their heads together, it can only increase the efficiency and preformance of everyone.


Happy Mother’s Day

I have never been so excited to put a Mother's Day card in the mail. Being away from home has given me a new found appreciation for my mother. I am not talking about the fact that she does laundry and makes meals (though that is much appreciated). I am talking about appreciation for the nurturing spirit that every mother seems to have. It is difficult to match the kind of unconditional love a mother has for a child. This love spans through all stages of life including infancy, childhood, adolescence, teenager years, young adulthood, and middle aged adulthood. During each stage of life, they adopt different roles: caretaker, provider, protector, advisor, and friend to name a few. I think understanding of this love is best seen in children since they don't have the weight of the world distracting them from how awesome their mothers are. This video shows it well.




These children love their mothers. They mention a lot of things their mothers do for them, but I believe they recognize the love of their mothers shining through these actions. Mothers show love to their children in the way they spend time with them. Thanks for all you do Moms! 


(image taken from


D.D. Palmer and Magnetic Healing

DDPalmerSome interesting information about D.D. Palmer for those wondering what kind of Magnetic Healing he performed before he discovered Chiropractic.

This is from “History In The Making” p. 14

“8.  He placed one hand OVER the liver (for example), other hand UNDER    back, UNDER LIVER.

9.   Both hands remained stationary.

10.  Flowing his MAGNETIC STRENGTH from positive hand TO negative      hand; flowing MAGNETISM from HIS body INTO AND THRU LIVER.

11.  His “magnetic treatments” consisted of patient lying on couch, back  down-he sitting along-side, with hands resting above and below, in 15-minute periods, flowing HIS magnetism for that period.

12.  His fee for 15 minutes was $1.00,  always cash.”

The book goes on to explain how he went from this healing process to discover chiropractic. An interesting read!


NJ Bound

I know several other students have already posted about New Beginnings, but I would like to add my experience as well. I would like to thank Dr. Peter Kevorkian and the Board for provided transportation. Is was nice to be able to study on the bus as well as not have to worry about speeding tickets trying to get to NJ. I enjoyed meeting the big wigs of chiropractic and spending time with my fellow students.

For those of you that don't know chiropractic has an interesting history in the past 100+years. From DD Palmer thinking he found the cure for deafness, to doctors being put in jail for practicing medicine without a license. Now I have the right to practice just about anywhere. I am grateful for the people who have gone before me to make this possible. One of my favorite sessions during the event was when 6 of the most influential women in chiropractic where all on stage together. (Patsy Sigafoose, Barbara Dubel, Irene Gold, Ruth Ribley, Sue DeMarco, and Rose Panico) I also had the opportunity to meet Dr. Strauss, the writer of several chiropractic textbooks. These people are not going to be around forever, and to have the opportunity to meet then and ask questions is an honor. I am grateful that they continue to donate their time to students. 

I also enjoyed meet a couple of guys from Northwestern during a doctor round table.I know we talk about philosophy a lot at Sherman, but I could not image a school that does not talk about philosophy at all. These guys have just started a philosophy club at Northwestern. I give you guys the utmost respect for being the light on your campus. Some other fun memories include the bon fire on the beach, as well as playing pool with fellow class mates. I hope everyone will take advantage of the opportunity to attend New Beginnings as a student! 


Apr 29, 2013

Apr 29, 2013

New Beginnings Philosophy Weekend

On April 19-21st I had the pleasure of going to “the Mecca” of principled chiropractic. Alright I am exaggerating. I went to the New Beginnings philosophy weekend in Long Beach, NJ. Now some of you are thinking, Hey you are located in South Carolina. Why are you going to Jersey? Well, it was for the speakers and the chance to get fired up about my profession. There was also a bus headed up North which made travel incredibly easy. (A special thanks to the Sherman Board of Trustees for taking on the financial burden of getting everyone to NJ.)

The weekend was a lot of fun. I heard speakers like Sam Selimo, Mike Warner, Tony DeMarco, Peter Morgan, Shane Walker, Bob Tarantino, and Irene Gold. I also got to hear from many of the leaders at Sherman including Peter Kevorkian, Liam Schubel, and President Edwin Cordero to name a few.

New Beginning 257


 ( I am sorry I can't organize the pictures any better. This program is terrible for orrienting pictures)





Each doctor had their own speech which hit on the importance of focusing on subluxation removal primarily and presenting symptoms secondarily. I would also say there was a congruent message of keeping prescription of pharmaceuticals out of our profession. Another highlight was the need to praise the intelligence that maintains the health in the body.

   New Beginning 223 New Beginning 388 New Beginning 360 














  New Beginning 362    New Beginning 373


I also managed to have some fun. The last night, there was a bonfire on the beach as well as a Beatles cover band playing inside the hotel. These events were a good opportunity to meet students from the other chiropractic schools. We also had access to pools/hot tub.
















There was also a chance to network with Doctors. We had a student lunch session where we rotated through several doctors as an open panel. They were willing to answer any questions about philosophy, practice building, personal or whatever you wanted to talk about for 5 minutes. (I think there was a 10 doctor rotation but for a more accurate recalling of the small details you should also check out Melinda’s blog)




I was also able to show off my Toggle skills. Apparently no other schools teach this technique.


There were far too many details to say in this blog but let me summarize by saying everyone interested in Chiropractic should go to one of these events to hear, learn, and grow. Even if you don’t think the weekend is fun, you can at least make an informed opinion on ChirorpacTIC.


The 7-Day Back Pain Cure

I came across a website which was advertising a book called The 7-Day Back Pain Cure. As an astute student of chiropractic I thought I should look into this. If there is a quick way to help patients that are having acute pain, I should definitely be aware as well as look into the possibility of applying these principles in my future practice.

Here was the link:

I was greeted by a nice video advertising a free copy of the book.












So I listened to the presentation: apparently he has helped patients with a multitude of symptoms like sciatica, herniated discs, thoracic outlet syndrome….. It was like 20 items long. I was feeling a bit skeptical at this point but also curious. I know Chiropractic can work with the body to help with these symptoms as well, but it is helping the body heal through removal of subluxation and in-coordination. I was wondering what magic Jesse Cannone had up his sleeve.

So I turned to the web again to read some reviews and was a little disappointed. Here let me show you a quote from a review:

“In fact, I would recommend this book even if you do not suffer from back pain or pain of any kind.  Why?  Well, quite simply, because Jesse Cannone goes deeper than the pain to the root cause of your discomfort.  He has realized what many other doctors and therapists have not: back pain is a symptom of ill health.” Sukie Baxter Posture & Movement Therapy


Some may be thinking this sounds awesome. The last statement is quite profound. “…back pain is a symptom of ill health.” It is like the wisdom you would expect from a Chinese monk. However, this has been common knowledge to many healing arts and philosophies including chiropractic since the beginning of time. I would say only Western medicine appears to ignore the whole health for the function of the individual parts.

His explanation of back pain is similarly summarized by Stevenson’s Chiropractic principles

Principle 30: Interference with the transmission of Innate Forces causes In-coordination and Dis-Ease.

Principle 23: The function of Innate Intelligence is to adapt Universal Forces and Matter for use in the body, so that all parts of the body will have coordinated action for mutual benefit

Cannone's short autobiography states he visited many doctors (including chiropractors) prior to writting the book since he had an injury himself. He found muscle work helped him. I find myself disappointed with the chiropractors that originally worked on him. The chiropractors should have taught him about the subluxation.

I haven’t read his book, but I would imagine it is silent on the issue of subluxation. He most likely addresses the issue of sciatica and herniation through discussing pinched nerves, but won’t highlight the importance of working with the body through subluxation removal. By addressing stress and diet he has referenced 2 out of 3 common causes of subluxation: thoughts, traumas, and toxins. 

That is why there is a need for principled chiropractors who actually care enough to spend time with their patients. This book is a great resource for those with back pain, but it won’t address the issue of subluxation. He attributes most problems to a muscle imbalance. Muscle cause real imbalances, but regardless the body won’t function at 100% until one is checked for subluxation.


Oh by the way. I found a PDF copy of The 7-Day Back Pain Cure. Enjoy and get checked by a Doctor of Chiropractor regardless.