Do you ever wake up and your throat is itching, burning and it hurts to swallow? If you’re old enough to read this article, I am sure you have experienced a sore throat. You quickly find yourself in a predicament. You want to drink fluids because it feels so good, but the pain of swallowing is terrifying. I found myself in this very situation and was determined to figure out the origin of the “sore throat” and some ways to get through it.
First, why the heck does this happen? Most commonly it is the result of bacteria in the back of the throat. The bacteria make the skin angry and puts those pain nerves on high alert. When we swallow, the muscles in the throat contract and irritate the surrounding tissue. There are more serious causes of a sore throat, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll stick to the simple bacteria cause.
Enough is Enough
So, I bundled up to head out to Healthy Living Market in search of something fun to try to remove the razor blades in my throat. I know from some previous research; local honey is antibacterial and can help speed things up. If you’ve been to Healthy Living before, you know, the tea isle is on the way to the honey isle. That’s right, I name the isles by what’s in them!
Anyway, everyone knows tea and honey go together like pizza and wine, which may be the reason I got this sore throat in the first place. Sugar in wine can be irritating and cause inflammation while cheese increases mucus production. I walk to the tea isle and sit down crisscross-apple-sauce, like a child, in front of the great wall of tea and start to read through my favorite brand: Traditional Medicinals. This California-based company is from one of my favorite towns just North of San Francisco.
I gravitated to a tea called Throat Coat that has lemon Echinacea in it. After 30 seconds of reading and browsing other teas, I headed to check out: tea in one hand, honey in the other. My decision to buy this tea was solidified when the woman who cashed me out confirmed this tea was incredible.
Fast forward 15 minutes to when I was sitting on the couch in amazement at how good I felt. Before I started researching new homemade pizza recipes, I needed to learn a little more about this Echinacea stuff. To my amazement, I found that Echinacea has been found to increase white blood cells. White blood cells help to fight bacteria and infection in the body.
Finally, I was feeling better. Local honey and Echinacea to help fight bacteria. Tea helps soothe the sore skin in the throat. With each sip of tea becoming easier to swallow, I took some time to write about my experience in case you find yourself in the same predicament.
As a young chiropractic student, I constantly felt pressure to learn how to treat patients. I spent hours studying obscure conditions and learning about different anatomical systems. That pressure was slowly replaced with the real world question: “How the heck am I going to run a business and be a successful doctor”? I was fortunate that my college, Northwestern College of Chiropractic had a clinical externship program to help students obtain real-world experience before graduation day.
Dr. Favro’s Externship Experience
Let’s face it, starting a business is scary, but with some guidance and a little experience, you are much better prepared. My externship was fantastic. I was able to work with Dr. Kevin Schreifels at LynLake Chiropractic in Minneapolis. Dr. Schreifels is the official chiropractor of the Twin Cities Marathon and is no stranger to treating Olympians and athletes of all skill level. I learned the value of patient communication, ethical business practice and community involvement during my time at LynLake. I vowed to become an externship doctor and give back to the profession because of this experience. Toward the end of summer 2016, I submitted the application to be a teaching site.
What This Means for the Profession
In October of 2016, Turning Point Chiropractic became an approved Externship site for New York Chiropractic College. Only 14 accredited chiropractic colleges exist in the Unites States. The problem is not all of them have an externship program. Furthermore, there are less than 3,000 new doctors of chiropractic graduating each year. Given these numbers, acceptance into the program is a great honor. This means I am able to shape the landscape of healthcare not only through patients and the community, but through mentoring young doctors and students. One of my many goals during my graduate program was to create a positive impact on my profession by giving back. This is the perfect opportunity.
About Turning Point
Turning Point Chiropractic is a research based clinic. Treatment procedures, diagnostic skills and testing protocols from the most current peer-reviewed journals in healthcare. This type of forward thinking is crucial in keeping health care costs down. It is exciting to be able to teach this model to the next group of doctors and continue to shape the face of healthcare.