For those of you new to Weekly Well-Being, I've had a young man jot down his
experience at Sherman College in South Carolina since just before he started
studying to become an Upper Cervical Practitioner almost two years ago. Please
take the time to gain the knowledge of what a student has to go through to do
what we do for a living. TV glorifies law school and medical school, but there
are people out there that still think we go to weekend seminars to get our
1) Cervical X-ray positioning- This 48-hour lecture/laboratory course is designed to teach the student those practical procedures necessary to obtain analytical quality x-rays of the cervical spine including lateral cervical, A-P Open Mouth, Base Posterior, Nasium, A-P lower cervical, cervical obliques and cervical flexion/extension views. So, the first three x-ray views mentioned are the ones Dr. Chad takes on all of you folks when you first start under his care. These x-rays are EXTREMELY critical for the doctor to understand the exact misalignment of atlas so the adjustment can help your body do what itís supposed to do; get you well, and keep you well. This was by FAR my favorite class of the quarter. I would say about 90% of the class was done in the x-ray rooms practicing and applying what we have learned about the x-ray views. So, at 8:00 in the morning every day Monday-Thursday, we are up, moving around, and practicing these views. The class was always a great start to the day and got us energized and focused for the hours of lecture classes lying ahead of us. At the end of the course, my classmates and I feel VERY confident on setting up for x-rays in an efficient amount of time and knowing how to get the best images possible in order to properly analyze the misalignment(s).
Orthopedics/Neurological Exam II - This 60-hour lecture/laboratory course covers
etiology, presentation, evaluation, and management of disorders of the nervous
and musculoskeletal systems. Students are taught to conduct and assess
neuromusculoskeletal and orthopedic examinations and correlate findings with
information obtained from the case history and physical examination. Emphasis is
placed on identifying critical information for development of a working
diagnosis and determining the appropriate management of the condition.
4) Cardio Diagnosis- This 48-hour lecture course teaches the students about different pathologies dealing with the heart and lungs. Topics such as Myocardial infarctions, EKGís, pulmonary/systemic hypertension, and COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are all covered in detail.
5) Lab Diagnosis II- This 60-hour lecture/laboratory course is a continuation of Laboratory Diagnosis I, and concentrates on the interpretation of laboratory results obtained in the analysis of blood chemistries. The course focuses on the results and interpretation of the standard biochemical panel. It considers normal and abnormal values and the diagnostic significance of the laboratory findings. When abnormal findings occur, emphasis is placed on the following or more extensive testing to be ordered to aid in the diagnosis of pathologies. This class wasnít as bad as the first course in lab diagnosis. Instead of learning about urine and blood, we mainly learned about different types of tests that are routinely done in blood work, so a little more tolerable.
6) Physical Exam II- This 48-hour lecture/laboratory course is designed to teach the procedures used in physical examination of the cranial nerves, head, neck, gastrointestinal, rectal, urogenital and gynecological anatomy.
X-ray Physics - This 24-hour lecture/demonstration course addresses the uses and
dangers of ionizing radiation. An in-depth study of the physics involved in the
production of x-rays, their properties, and interactions with matter is
presented. Basic x-ray machine operation, developing procedures and procedures
to minimize radiation to the patient are also covered. With the advanced
technology in todayís x-ray systems, we probably get more radiation by getting a
sun tan or sitting in front of a computer all day under fluorescent lights than
actually getting x-rays in a doctorís office. As a matter of fact, according to
Idaho State University research, just by living in Denver, Colorado, the
population gets exposed to 50 mrem/year, which is the equivalent of two x-rays
of your neck. Thatís just from living there! Not to mention all the ADDITIONAL
radiation we already expose ourselves to simply by flying in an airplane, using
a cell phone, sitting in front of a laptop, or driving in a car. The x-ray beam
exposure in and out of the body so fast, the total amount of radiation is very
So, those are the classes that my classmates and I completed this past 7th
quarter. Like I mentioned in our previous blog, we also had to take part 1 of
the national board exam for licensure. The test was made up of six sections,
which covered all of the basic sciences that were covered in the first 18 months
of our chiropractic education. So, how did it go? Letís just say I will know by
the end of April. All six exams were extremely difficult. But, they are graded
on a specific curve system. So, it is very normal to feel like you failed all
six sections by the end of the weekend. I didnít feel like I failed all of them,
there was really only one section where I felt like I had no clue reading some
of the questions. Everybody else taking the exams with me felt the same way.
There were a lot of times I had no clue what the question was even asking me, so
I couldnít even make an educated guess on the four answer choices. My strategy
for those types of questions was to look at my scantron and pick a letter I
havenít selected in a while, and that was my answer. It was a very difficult
exam, but I felt more confident than I thought I would have coming out. I will
be able to give you folks the results on my next blog this upcoming summer.
During my Spring break, I got the privilege to hang out with Dr. Chad in
Greensboro for the day at the Natural Triad annual conference. We spent the
entire morning and afternoon educating people on the wonders of upper cervical
care and how the brainstem controls and connects all the messages routing from
the brain to every organ, tissue, and cell throughout the rest of our bodies.
During the conference, Dr. Chad also gave a one hour speech specifically on
upper cervical care. It was an awesome learning experience for me. I gained a
lot of confidence by telling the story of upper cervical to so many different
people throughout the course of the event. Although I learned several things
from how to educate patients, to actually scanning the potential patient, to
telling them what their scan means, and why they need upper cervical care; I
also learned a lot about myself and why I am so passionate about what I want to
Itís very easy for me to discuss how upper cervical could help due to the fact
Iím a living testimony. Instead of telling patients that upper cervical care has
seen positive results with this disease and that disorder, a lot of the times I
can just tell my story. I herniated a disc in my back, causing severe,
life-altering sciatica. I couldnít tie my shoe, I couldnít go up or down stairs,
I couldnít get out of bed in the morning without tears in my eyes due to the
pain. I was going to a full spine chiropractor THREE times a week, getting
waterbed massages, and bio-electric stimulation therapy. On top of that, I would
drive 1.5 to Mooresville, NC to see a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor to get
acupuncture and deep tissue massage. I felt like I was running out of options
and began looking into surgical procedures done in Ohio and Texas. Yes, I was
that desperate. Through a friend I went to undergrad with, by divine
intervention might I add, (he never met Dr. Chad and was from Chapel Hill,
somehow he knew a guy who knew a girl who knew a guy who lived in Kernersville??
Thatís no coincidence). He told me about Dr. Chad and how he receives all these
weekly-well beings from Dr. Chad. So, I gave it a shot. It was either this upper
cervical practitioner in Kernersville or off to Ohio for surgery. One
adjustment, my entire body changedÖ I was running and tying my shoes and back at
work within two-three days. Unbelievable.
So, what am I trying to get across?
Iím thankful for my injury. Iím thankful for the fact that I was in so much pain
that summer. Through the injury, God brought me to Dr. Chad and the wonders of
Upper Cervical Care. From there, there was no turning back. Iím grateful for the
fact that I canít sit in a chair for more than an hour or two without the
sciatica coming back a little bit. Itís a constant reminder of what I believe my
purpose is. Itís a constant reminder for me to get people well and educate them
about the POWER of their OWN bodies, not any new age medicine or surgery. OUR
BODIES are the best doctors. So, I feel more compassionate and sympathetic to
people who have gone through what I went through. I feel I have that extra push
to go that mile to want to lend a helping hand. And itís all because of a
slipped disc while lifting a bar at my dadís work one summer. Everything has a
reason for it. Sometimes, bad things may happen in life. It will cause your
faith to be tested, it will make you stronger, more courageous, build character,
become more appreciative, learn from it, and it will give you the opportunity to
glorify God through the misfortune.
So, whatever youíre going
through, donít give up. If you or a family member or friend is sick, hurting, or
want to perform at their optimal potential, get under Upper Cervical Care.
On to 8th quarter! 8th quarter is also known as Pre-Clinic ! 9th quarter is known as Student Clinic, and finally 10 quarter to graduation is just known as ďClinic.Ē Therefore, Iím close, only a few more months :-). Iím taking TEN classes this quarter. I will let you know how it goes when you hear back from me this summer. In 8th quarter, you are also allowed to begin taking elective courses. The first elective class I will be taking is called Applied Clinical Radiology. This course is a pre-requisite for the X-ray Intern program for students wanting to specialize in taking x-rays and assisting the entire clinic in the x-ray department including students and faculty during their clinic experience. Itís a really great program and will benefit me immensely. By the time I get out of school, Iím going to be so tired of reading x-rays itís going to be like a first language to me.
As you know, I always end with words of encouragement straight from Godís wordÖ having it been Easter weekend just recently, I thought this scripture would fit well straight from the Savior of the world:
ďThis is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you my friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. (ESV)
May God Bless you, and love one another. Until next quarter!!