All the prep work was worth it for this practical

This morning in physical diagnosis class, we had our first practical. It covered all aspects of taking a thorough case history on a patient. For an entire week, we discussed the importance of taking an extensive case history and all the components of the case history, so that by the time the practical rolled around today, it seemed easy! During the practical, we each took the doctor role and did a complete case history on a patient (upper-trimester students filling in) from memory. It went great, and I am so glad that we got a chance to master this skill before moving onto the next big idea, which will be taking blood pressure and vitals. I feel like I will learn a lot in this class!

Lacey Pletchette, 5th trimester student
Davenport Campus

Spotlight on your health: Chiropractors help you express what you already possess

Today I want to talk to you about health and chiropractic.

If I were walking down Brady Street, where our campus is located, and I pulled someone off the street and asked them, “Where does disease come from?” What would they say? Bad germs, bad genes, right?

Most people today follow the paradigm that viruses, bacteria, fungi are out there and you can catch them, and it will cause a disease in your body if it is a bad one or if it was the right timing or whatever.

But B.J. Palmer sat down and he said, “wait,” and he wasn’t the first one, he wasn’t the only one. But he said, “wait.” In the same workplace, in the same environment, exposed to the same thing daily, what is making that person sick, while the other stays healthy? Valid point. What IS the difference?

Then Claude Bernard said it’s the internal milieu. It’s the internal environment of the body. Health comes from the inside.

It depends on our body’s resistance to those outside factors because those germs, bacteria, fungus, viruses are everywhere—including inside our bodies right now!

Now, as long as we have the paradigm that we are sick and helpless and diseased and meant to age that way, we are going to seek intervention that parallels that paradigm. And what I mean by that is that as long as we think that the body can’t heal itself, we will seek outside in intervention like drugs and surgery to cure us.

Now, let’s all picture ourselves in a room. That room is completely empty. It’s got a floor, a roof, four walls, maybe your room has carpet, maybe it has elaborate paintings on the walls, it’s your room. It has a light in the center of it. Now, let’s pretend that that light equals health, and the light is shining absolutely everywhere in that room, it’s hitting all four walls and it is shining everywhere on the floor. Let’s say that this light room is the picture of health.

Something is in that room. Something you don’t want. Can you give me an example? Let’s say it is a monster.

Is the light still hitting every spot in the room on those four walls that it used to? With that monster in the room? No. That monster is creating some shade, it casts a shadow behind it. Now, what did that monster create? Darkness. If health is light, what is this darkness? Disease. Great, so I wanted to tell you this because disease is lack of health, just as darkness is a lack of light.

Now, how many of you want to express that true health? That bright, shining light, everywhere in our bodies at all times? Great! You can. You absolutely can. Because I am telling you that there is a profession that is all about helping you express your true potential to be everything you can be, and function at 100 percent. That profession is chiropractic.

Chiropractic is based on three foundations. The philosophy, the science, and the art. 

The philosophy is that the power that made the body heals the body.

Our bodies are so smart. When we cut ourselves, it heals, without us thinking about it. Our hearts beat about 100,000 times in 24 hours, and we don’t think about it.  We grow, and we don’t think about it. Our cells are multiplying and getting rid of bad ones, and replacing them with good ones as we speak! Think of how grateful we can be for our bodies that they are so intelligent!

In chiropractic, we call that wisdom of the body innate intelligence.

 The science of chiropractic lies in the anatomy and physiology and research that we have done. We know that the brain sends messages to the spinal cord and out the nerves to the end organs. That spinal cord is SO important, we have a spine made up of 24 vertebrae made just to protect it.

Now, these bones can misalign, irritating a nerve and reducing that functioning, maybe only allowing 80% instead of 100%, causing what we call a subluxation. By a show of hands, who wants to function at 100% and no less?

The third foundation, is the art of chiropractic. The art is the ability of the trained chiropractor to remove this irritation, this monster in our room, the subluxation. There are many ways a chiropractor can do this, with many techniques, but the goal is the same, to address the cause.

Now that you know what a subluxation is, how do you get them?

There are three reasons for that. Trauma, toxins, and thoughts.

Trauma – whether it is a major or minor fall or bump, bad posture, baby coming out of a birth canal and getting twisted the wrong way.

Toxins – we need to really think about what we put into and onto our bodies, Does the food we eat have preservatives? Would you put the lotion that you’re putting on your body into your mouth?

Thoughts – important one that we maybe forget about sometime. We are so quick to dwell about what we should have said or done in the past, or worry/stress about that test or busy week in the future. That all detracts us from living in this moment! Being happy, right here right now.

Now, isn’t it fantastic that we have an entire profession dedicated to removing these subluxations, these monsters in our room!?  It’s amazing! And they are here to fully support your journey to health. They may even want to help you reduce the need for them, and help you prevent getting subluxations to begin with! They may want to help you prevent negative thoughts, traumas and toxins and these minor insults to your body so that you need to be adjusted less, have less subluxation, regain function and expression of 100% health! Our bright room! We each opportunity to reach your 100%. What does that mean to you?  It is my dream to be a chiropractor and empower people to reach their truest, 100% potential, that totally bright room, your body, perfect health.

 Kaileigh Strath, 6th trimester student
Davenport Campus

Gratitude: For my education and my family

As I start my fourth trimester at Palmer, I am once more excited to be participating in such a wonderful program. Palmer has been more than accommodating to me in my quest towards becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic, as well as a busy wife and mother.  This is my second trimester being back from the birth of our son, Gavin, I have been able to take a reduced course schedule and allot myself plenty of time for studying and spending quality time with my family.  Both professors and fellow classmates are always very supportive and open to sharing words of wisdom of how to excel in the program with several other things going on.  Being at Palmer has further developed my multitasking skills and has taught me to make good use of my time available.

We have been very fortunate that our son has been healthy and growing like a weed during his first eight months of life and I strongly believe his regular adjustments have helped to support his health.  He usually spends his chiropractic appointments giggling through his adjustments.  He is a pretty ticklish little boy and well-adjusted all around!  It’s great to see my son interacting with fellow classmates at various Palmer events or even during study sessions with friends.   We look forward to watching him grow as we learn about the wonderful world of chiropractic at Palmer together as a family.

Jennifer Katzer, 4th trimester student
Davenport Campus