adventures of a belly dancing acupuncturist

This started as a travelogue to Turkey in the fall '05 so that I wouldn't have to send multiple emails and postcards. I'm still adding anecdotes as I remember them, but it's morphing into a "rant to the ether" spot. Stay, or go. This is my bit of space to do with what I wish.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

reducing harm and widening the reach of acupuncture

In my own ways.

Did 'demonstrative acupuncture' at the Harm Reduction Project of SLC conference on Methamphetamines, HIV and Hepatitis week before last. Now there are at least a half dozen drug treatment facilities around the country that want to add acudetox to their programs. With just 3 hours of effort on my part. And I helped to add to the cache of the Denver program which has led to the writing of more grants to enlarge the scope and reach of the Denver project.

Organizing the phone calls to maximize turnout for the Acupuncturists Without Borders workshop in Boulder 2 weeks from now. I got another registration for the initial 6 hour team participant section of the course and I only made about a dozen calls.

And only 5 1/2 weeks til I go to Portland for the first time since I moved from there over 8 years ago for community acupunture training. It's a viable business model, but it bucks the system by not catering to the small number of people with a significant disposable income. Therefore, many people look at it and don't see it as a model that can lead to prosperity, especially those who are still of the mindset that it is a luxury as opposed to a necessity for many. I used to think that way, and it is only my own narrow mindedness that took me so long to see how far and wide a true understanding of the medicine has made, and that the progressive/alternative friends I have often have little and/or false understanding of it, and I am the only was they'd have correct info.

I have great dreams and aspirations for what I want to accomplish with this medicine, where I see myself, which is far from where most other practitioners are. I felt so much more comfortable with the varied assortment of people who attended the Harm Reduction conference than I have with such a large group of people in as long as I can remember. People who don't necessarily agree with each other (the Indianapolis left libertarian vs the neo liberal from Hartford provided nice hotel bar fireworks, and not in the romantic sense) but have the true best interests of people at heart. And who truly care to work with those who need our attention, not just those who have the money to dabble in all sorts of pursuits as tourists, for the most part lacking discipline to do their part in their path. The health practitioner must heal them, regardless of the bad habits they choose to continue and the ways that their actions undermine the practitioner's efforts.