“You Get What You Pay For”, and other American myths

Children’s books are teaching me a lot these days. Domitila is a Mexican Cinderella story. My five year old seems to be able sniff these classics out as soon as she enters the library. Smart girl - gives me a lot of hope for our future. Domitila’s mother puts love into everything she does, even cooking with scruffy cactus plants from the desert, transforming them into a delicacy (nopales). Domitila learns her mother’s art and impresses the governor’s son who endures great sacrifice, trying to find the mysterious servant who can reveal the secret. Meanwhile, the evil stepsister and her mother try to trick our heroine and her father with delicacies made from stolen food - but the taste is horrible. We love these stories and honor their wisdom. Why is it often difficult for us to live by them?

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posted on March 1 2008 by River Jordan

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This morning I revisited something I wrote about in the forums a year and a half ago. Back then I said that it felt like the capacity of WCA topped out at about 80%, meaning that once we filled about 80% of our slots it became increasingly hard to fill the remainder because it got increasingly harder for patients to find open slots that met their time constraints. (This is a variation of the difficulties one faces when moving at speeds close to the speed of light. Surprised .)

When I first wrote this some folks had slightly different percentages for their clinics. Makes sense- results will vary.

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posted on February 28 2008 by Skip

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Finnish Education and US Healthcare

Well it was nice to hear that ACAOM tabled the entry-level(first-professional) doctorate for now, but it is clear in the end of theirstatement that they intend to go forward with this:

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posted on February 28 2008 by crismonteiro

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...and speaking of trees: bonsai forests!

Last night I was in the kitchen, cooking up some radicchio for dinner* (Liver loves those bitter chicories!) and listening to "Marketplace" on NPR. I don't know why, I sort of hate NPR and Capitalism, but I have a soft spot for "Marketplace." Maybe it's because they talk about international events and ecological issues through the lens of macroeconomics; I guess it's nice that they're not pretending that that's what the news is mostly really about. (And last night they really won me over by using New Order and Siouxie for their interstitial music.) Anyway, this show inclulded a commentator, Charles Handy, talking about the obsession businesses have with growth.

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posted on February 26 2008 by Nora

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Carob Trees and Community Acupuncture

Lately I've been doing a lot of reading about things that have nothing to do with Chinese Medicine. The funny thing is that even when I am not reading about things directly related to CM there is often a connection for me.

I found this passage in a book that refers to the Babylonian Talmud. It tells the story of an old man who was seen planting a carob tree. As the king rode by he called out "Old Man, how many years will it be before that tree bears fruit?" The old man replied "Perhaps seventy years." The king asked "Do you really expect to be alive to eat the fruit of that tree?" "No," answered the old man, "but just as I found the world fruitful when I was born because my ancestors planted for me, so I plant trees for my children's children."

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posted on February 26 2008 by bmiller

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Another read-challenging blog!

Fellow CANers,

If you can put up with the dry verbiage (brevity and no emotion seem to be required in such published reports!) you will see a very nice definition of social entrepreneurship. 

Are we on track?Do you enjoy thinking of yourself as a social entrepreneur?Here’s a carefully considered and researched definition that you might like to explore, to see how you measure up.


See if you fit the description!

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posted on February 26 2008 by lumiel

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I think this fits right in with CA intentions and why we get such good results.

I found the November 2007 issue of the Kan Herb Company newsletter interesting.First, because it was written by Ted Kaptchuk (whose herb classes is one of my favorite memories of the PCOM masters program in San Diego) and second, because he brings up a topic that many of us on this forum touch on frequently: the fact that Oriental medicine practitioners may be slowly getting sucked into the biomedical (say “western”) expectations of using our tools in Newtonian fashion, forgetting that our acupuncture and herbs are only part of a larger paradigm that includes the way we personally relate to our patients as professionals.

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posted on February 26 2008 by lumiel

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On The Job Training

We at Community Acupuncture on Cape Cod have just passed our two year anniversary. We’re still riding the wave of publicity from last month’s press coverage, flirting with 100 patient visits in a one week period and getting ready to add a third acupuncturist to the staff, yet somehow I find it hard to figure out what to blog about. I do know that lately I have been asking myself, “Did 10 years of solo practice teach me much about how to run a micro business with more than one employee? “

I think there is a good chance that it did not.Mostly I learned how to do acupuncture and talk about acupuncture and not much else.Along with this, I have been thinking about things I wish I had done sooner, and thought I would mention a couple:

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posted on February 24 2008 by Diana

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WCA Gets Linked

The other day I had a new patient and like I usually do I asked her how she found out about us.  She replied that her doctor recommended us.  That in itself is not that unusual for us because we get several referrals a month from doctors who we've never talked to.  Usually we find out that the doctor in question found out about us because one or more patients of his are also patients of ours and heard great things about us, especially the price and so he recommends our clinic.

This case was a bit different however.  This doctor had no patients who knew of us.  Instead this guy found out about us because the place he works had a link to us and sometime previously he looked into the link!  The place he works? The Providence Hospital chain.  Here's the link: http://www.providence.org/oregon/for_employers/employee_assistance/e40Resources.htm

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posted on February 22 2008 by Skip

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ACAOM’S New Statement

Remember the first-professional doctorate that we were discussing a couple of months ago?

How it seemed like an idea that might really hobble acupuncture rather than elevate it? 

Remember how CAN clinics were able to gather over 500 signatures in under 2 weeks?

Well, it seems as though our voices have been heard... please read


(I am running off to work and haven't yet found the link to the comments on the ACAOM website...if you find it please post a link.... apparently they got over 600 pages of comments!) 

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posted on February 20 2008 by crismonteiro

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