The more I want to learn.


This is a tough program that stretches a person. I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone while at Palmer by just being here. I recently heard a quote that said something along the lines of, “once the mind gains new information and is stretched it can never again regain its original dimension.” The new dimension that I have been stretched to is this idea of what I am capable of. I have learned how to organize, focus, and prioritize better than I ever had to before. What I have enjoyed about this is that it has been a refining process. I am able to learn faster and comprehend more. My investigative skills of knowledge have expanded and the more I learn the more I want to learn. Seeing the personal development has been a very rewarding thing for me.

Dylan Clark – Iowa Campus

Remember: always take time to step back and enjoy the ride

Where has the time gone?

As I sit down to write this, I think about where the time has gone since I started at Palmer. I am almost done with my 6th quarter, just completed national boards, and gearing up for finals. I rarely take time to step back and look at all the time that has passed, all the exams I’ve crammed for, and all the memories I’ve made with my new friends. School has a way of doing that to you; it makes you focus on the moment, on cramming for the five tests you have that week, and not giving you much of a chance to look ahead. Before you know it, another set of midterms have passed and another quarter has come to an end. There are definitely times when I appreciate how fast the time flies by, but then there are others where I would like to just slam on the brakes and take this experience for what it is; a time where my friends will soon be my colleagues, where reading for pleasure happens only about twice a quarter, and making it to Friday without pulling an “all nighter” means it was a good week. Chiropractic school has a way of sucking you in; sometimes taking your focus off the big picture so you can make it just one more day. But, taking the time to see the light at the end of the tunnel, to see that you will be a health professional who will be positively changing lives on a daily basis without drugs and with just the use of your hands is an important thing to always remember. I constantly remind myself that this is just school, the real reward comes when I graduate and get the opportunity to better the lives of those who come to see me.

Ajay Iselin – West Campus

Toggle Recoil … toggle-like?

Another holiday break came around. It is kind of crazy the time that is flying by. I am currently in Toggle Recoil Technique class, and within the next year I will have taken the rest of the technique classes that will be the foundation of my whole future!

Toggle Recoil Technique is viewed by some as an old and outdated technique that we are only taught because of the historical significance not only to our school, but to the whole world! I have had some students from other chiropractic schools ask me if we were taught Toggle Recoil, and I would reply that it is a required class for everyone who passes through our program and graduates from Palmer. Their replies have always been almost apologetic.

From my point of view, I feel apologetic towards them because they are not being taught a technique that is rooted in the history of Chiropractic–one that is backed-up with lengthy research projects that were performed within the same clinic space where we have our first clinic experience during 7th trimester.

It is true that we are not suppose to live in the past or to hold onto events from the past as if they are everything and “it.”  However, we are to revere events of the past and, as we embrace significant moments, we are to build upon them and to improve upon them to better society as a whole.

An interesting experience for me took place in the student clinic the other day (where the B.J. Palmer Clinic was). The Clinic doctor was trying to instruct the students in some hands-on training, and he stated that the thrust should be a “toggle-like” thrust. How often do we actually go through a class or an experience in life that at the moment we feel it is a waste of time, skill, money, etc.? On the flip-side, we need to look into these experiences with more long-term-vision spectacles to see how these can benefit our lives as well as those we will help heal themselves through not only our chiropractic care that we will offer, but also the healing as we take time to hear and communicate with our patients! (And please do not take this as something I have mastered … I am yet a peon in this aspect of enJOYing life.)

-Anton

Chiropractic Kids

Being raised by a Chiropractor may be a different experience than being raised by someone who is unfamiliar with the profession. Since chiropractic is a profession and lifestyle, it impacts not only the graduate but also their family. My father is a 1982 Palmer graduate, and my mother is an avid health advocate. The combination of my parents who valued health more than the average American parents led to some interesting and awesome experiences. At points growing up, I felt somewhat embarrassed for being different than my peers, but looking back, I am overwhelming thankful for the way they raised my brothers and myself.

One of the major differences I noticed between my peers and myself was our overall mentality towards health and sickness. In our family, we all knew that if we felt like we may be getting a little cold that it just meant we needed to get adjusted, drinks lots of water, have some tea and get lots of sleep. In a lot of households, name brands like Tylenol, Advil, Nyquil and Pepto-Bismol are a staple, but we just knew that we did not have them in our house or even need them. I’m not saying that all drugs and medications are awful and should not be used, I’m just saying that sometimes they are used too often or when unnecessary. We also were not vaccinated, which is a topic I will save for another blog. My brothers and I were also sick a lot less often than our classmates, except for getting the chicken pox and minor colds here and there.

School lunches were another place that I noticed our “different” lifestyle. I was sometimes disappointed with my peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread, carrots and grapes in comparison to my classmate’s lunches that consisted of peanut butter and fluff on white bread, Dunk-a-Roos and Doritos. I didn’t appreciate my “boring” lunches then, but now as an adult, I am so thankful my mom fed us a really healthy diet. Also as far as lifestyle, my parents really value the importance of exercising often. They both did and still do a lot of running, biking, lifting and other physical activities. I was fortunate enough to be driven around to many dance, cheerleading and gymnastics practices since I was in preschool, which gave me a great appreciation for staying active. My brothers were also involved in many different sports including soccer, football, baseball, wrestling and lacrosse.

Getting consistent chiropractic care helped my brothers and I excel within our sports, which was awesome to experience. We were fortunate enough to come home to our Dad and say, “My ankle feels funny, can you please fix my ankle?” and “I got tackled really hard in that game and need an adjustment immediately!” There are definitely perks to being a chiropractic kid, perks I didn’t fully appreciate until I began to pursue the journey of becoming a chiropractor as well. Overall, I feel very blessed to have been raised in a chiropractic family and I hope more people will embrace the chiropractic lifestyle in the future.

Keeping profit in perspective

Today in philosophy class, Dr. Sorgenfrey (the extremities adjusting professor) shared about his experience starting in practice after he graduated. He noted that there are many chiropractic seminars and magazine articles dedicated to helping the practicing chiropractor “get paid.” But, he asked us, isn’t our time and brain power better focused on best patient care and helping people stay healthy?

As I look ahead to graduation in February (2013)—Woot! Woot!—it’s good to be reminded not to get swept up in the entrepreneurial worries. It’s good to keep things in perspective. Present-time consciousness, being thorough, and keeping the end goal in mind (people’s health)­—these are the things I’ll focus on the most.

I’m realizing that in this, as in other higher principles, one needs a little help and community encouragement to keep the main thing the main thing. Fortunately for me, my soon-to-be wife is a passionate chiropractor! I think we’ll keep each other focused. Here’s hopin’.

Vito Spadafino
9th trimester student, Davenport Campus

Prescription drugs: Not the answer

As I enter clinic in 7th trimester here at Palmer, I get excited because I know I will be able to save lives through the power of chiropractic. This really is the best profession ever! The amazing thing is that we do not treat symptoms or disease; we work with the function of the nervous system. Yes, symptoms or disease may disappear as a side effect of chiropractic care, but that is because you as a chiropractor removed the nerve interference and allowed the body to heal on its own.

I’m thinking of this today because I just returned from the Catch the Wave seminar in San Francisco. (I went to listen to some of my mentors speak and to support a classmate who competed in the “Talk the TIC” worldwide competition—and won!) At the seminar, one of the speakers had a unique reason that he got into chiropractic. This gentleman was an ex-pharmacist. When the medical model failed to help his health issues, he turned to chiropractic care and got his life back. So he started warning the patients coming to the pharmacy that the prescription drugs they were getting were dangerous and toxic, and that there was a healthier alternative: chiropractic care. He said that one day he just got so sick of poisoning people and being “part of the problem”— so he quit his job and enrolled in chiropractic school. How awesome is that?!

So many people still think chiropractic is about neck and back pain. That’s what Advil and Tylenol are for! We as chiropractors help the nervous system to function at 100% so the body can heal and function at its greatest potential.

Consider this: The average American takes 13 toxic prescription drugs each day. Clearly their bodies are not functioning at 100%. Just imagine how you could change someone’s life by helping their body to function the way it was designed to function without drugs.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This really is the best profession in the world!

Stacia Kampschnieder
7th 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

A season for everything

This dawn of a new trimester has come with some great changes including my perspective on life. Over the short break in between my first and second trimesters my wife delivered our first baby–Olivia Dumond. The whole experience was one that cannot be put into words. Reflecting upon the duration of the pregnancy and then looking at this little one, of whom we have been very blessed to receive, helps me realize that these short years at Palmer will soon pass by.

It is true that I am only commencing my second trimester, but I try to look at it like this: I have less than three years left to soak in as much as I possibly can through training, opportunities, and learning about the legends who walked the same halls that I do each day.

As I ponder this time in front of me, it gives me the courage and motivation to give back while I am here, hence my early involvement with Palmer Campus Guides.

Within this short involvement, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet some of the great leaders of this school, both of faculty as well as students. I have also been able to learn more about campus and the B.J. and Mable Palmer Residence (The Palmer Mansion). The history is rich which helps us keep things in perspective that we are truly not alone in this great struggle of gaining our education to benefit mankind as a whole.

I have also had the opportunity to have lunch with a prospective student and her family. This was a choice experience that I hope I remember for all time. During the great discussion we had we got on the topic of what the philosophy of chiropractic is. While smiling and having Dr. Victor Strang’s voice in my head from Philosophy, I replied that chiropractic is about allowing the body to heal itself.  I gave my personal philosophy to help illustrate this.

We are products of Deity.  God never has created nor will ever create anything imperfect.  Thus, our bodies have the needed knowledge of how to get and stay well.  In chiropractic lingo this is called “Innate Intelligence.”  I went on to explain that at times we do need intervention from the pharmaceuticals for when need to keep in mind that “there is a time and season for everything.”  Why else would God grant unto us the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and discover the products we have?

This became all too real for me over this last break as I witnessed my wife going through labor and delivery.  She and I both were exhausted from being up throughout the whole previous night and our strength was gone.  She was not coming along very well in dilation and needed to have some help with the contractions and so Pitocin was administered.  As Pitocin started to have full effect the immense pain started to set in, which commonly comes with the “synthetic Oxytocin.”  My wife started to look at me sternly and let me know that she wanted something to help her.

I recalled how we wanted to proceed through labor and delivery as natural as possible, however I had to take into consideration some of the events that had recently taken place.  She had been administered a synthetic hormone that causes intense contractions. She was also extremely exhausted and I knew that if she was not given anything she would not have the needed strength to deliver the baby, therefore causing more problems and complicating the end goal of the last nine months: a healthy baby. 

Pain medications were administered in degrees which would allow her to rest (fall asleep actually) in between contractions as well as not feel the full effect of the Pitocin.  As I watched her fade into the sleep she desperately needed I felt we had made the correct decision.  Even though my wife did feel some of the contractions, which were getting more frequent and more intense, she was not feeling the full effect.  The interesting event was when it was time to push my wife was immediately “back in the game” and ready to get the baby out.

After only 20 minutes of pushing (which is DARN good for a first baby!) Olivia Dumond was delivered by her dad (yep, that is me!) with a little help, of course, from our midwife. =)

 This whole experience was one that awakened my outlook on medicine.  I will never forget the thought and feelings that I received sitting on my little cot-bed next to my wife while we were deciding on medication or not for the labor.  I had thoughts come to me that explained that we, in this day and age, have been blessed to have this knowledge and ability to help people when the time and season are correct.  This was the right season and the correct time for my wife to receive help.  I am forever grateful for the thought that, yes, we are blessed to have the knowledge and technology!

We cannot dismiss the effectiveness of allopathic medicine when it is used properly.  My recent personal experience has reminded me of its blessing in my life through assisting my wife during that pinnacle time in her life and Olivia’s.

When to properly use holistic or allopathic medicine is a matter of wisdom—knowledge applied at the right time and during the correct season.  It is up to us, as lifetime learners, to receive the needed knowledge through many avenues, gain the experience of applying it correctly, and be open for true intelligence to whisper to each of us when we need that extra help.

Anton L. Keller, 2nd trimester student
Davenport Campus

A seminar weekend

This weekend I had an exciting opportunity to attend a free seminar with doctors in the field from Omaha, Nebraska! I went with a fellow Campus Guide friend who is from Fremont, Nebraska, Stacia Kampschnieder. The seminar was very unique because it was held in a small office with many chairs, mimicking how BJ Palmer used to set up talks in his own office. If you have ever toured the mansion, you may remember the room he used to have lots of people come and discuss chiropractic with him in. The place we visited was bought and fixed up by a successful doctor in Omaha and it’s nicknamed “The Source”. He wanted it to be a place of philosophy just like the founders of our profession! It had BJ and DD painted on the walls inside, along with many of BJ’s epigrams that you see around the school!

We got to join the doctors who had been in practice anywhere from 3 to 30 years and listen to their discussions on topics ranging from Caljam, green books, Chestnut wellness, insurance practices, goals in practice, how to explain chiropractic, universal and innate intelligence, success stories and what they do for fun! The list goes on! They even included us in the conversations and asked us questions. It was a really neat experience and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to join Stacia!

That being said, I am happy there are so many learning opportunities, seminars, clubs, and speakers once you arrive here on campus. These are all great ways to supplement our classroom education! We can never be done learning, right?? Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Des Moines are all popular seminar locations as well, and are an easy weekend’s drive away. There are often many events right on campus or in Davenport as well because of the amount of eager Palmer beavers that want to learn! It truly is what you make of it and it is about how much time and effort you can devote to becoming a great chiropractor while you are here. Sleep lots, but spend your waking hours wisely, my friends! I’m trying! Ha, ha!

Kaileigh Strath, 4th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

Outside the classroom

One of my favorite opportunities I have as a Palmer student is the incredible number of clubs and organizations that we have access to. There are clubs for specific sports and activities that give you the opportunity to meet people with similar interests as you, there are clubs that represent different states and countries that students come from that give you the opportunity to meet people from your home town or maybe that are interested in moving to your home state, and there is a club for every adjusting technique I could ever think of! These adjusting clubs provide you with an opportunity to meet other Palmer students both in your trimester and in trimesters above you. These students are great resources for encouragement, as well as advice, early on in the D.C. program to help you maximize your time at Palmer and to help you become the best doctor you could possibly be. It is also a great way to be exposed to some chiropractic philosophy, palpation, and different adjusting techniques early on so that you can begin to discover what works best for you and start to develop those skills early on.

I jumped right into these clubs first trimester and couldn’t be happier with that decision. Having moved here from across the country, (Seattle, WA!! 🙂 and not knowing anyone with 1000 miles, participating in these clubs helped me meet other like-minded students that have since become some of my best friends here in Iowa. Getting involved early has also challenged me, built my confidence with each trimester, and expanded my education – all of these things I know will benefit me greatly both with the rest of my time as a student here at Palmer and down the road in my future practice.

Many new and prospective students share their concern with me about having the time to come to the different technique clubs in the midst of the full class load and I tell all of them, yes you are busy with school and studying and establishing yourself in this new environment, but what you gain from these organizations and the people involved in them far outweighs the one to two hours a week you give up to be there. Also, it’s a fun break from sitting in the classroom or studying textbooks, to actually interact with people and get some hands on learning time. There are so many to choose from, you are sure to find one that will be perfect for you!

I am a member of three campus organizations and love nothing more than welcoming new members to these groups and encouraging them in the same way I was when I started!

Devanni Partridge, 4th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus