Snappy Comeback at the Gas Pump

Community Acupuncture San Anselmo now offers free acupuncture to all from noon to 3 PM every second Thursday of the month. In the week preceding Free Day, I usually sport a magnetic sign on my car announcing free acupuncture.  So does my husband.  The other day he was filling his car at a local gas station when someone at the pumps called to him. He didn't realize he was being addressed because the guy was calling "Hey!  Hey!" When he didn’t respond,the fellow said, “Hey, Needle Guy!”  Having won his attention, he asked my husband: “Isn’t this acupuncture a bunch of hooey?” This got me thinking of snappy comebacks we could have at the ready when approached by folks like this.  I told Bruce to say: If acupuncture is hooey and voodoo and all that, then why is the U.S. Army training their doctors to do acupuncture to use on their soldiers in combat?  It fixes them up right away so they can soon be sent back to the lines.  Remember that the U.S. military uses every technological advance long before civilians learn about it.  And tell them to google this online and find out for themselves. How about it, Comrades?I’ll bet you have some good ones to throw into the pot?

This story was posted on February 8 2011 by lumiel.
Tags: doubters

Comments

  • February 8 2011 at 10:45 PM
    Whitsitt writes:

    If I was about to have a

    If I was about to have a free day, I’d just tell him to come find out for himself.

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  • February 8 2011 at 11:56 PM
    kiapprentice writes:

    my thoughts exactly

    No matter who you ask a yes or no question to (is it hooey?), you will either get a yes or a no. But feeling it is real.

     Kelly

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  • February 9 2011 at 12:50 AM
    Clayton Willoughby writes:

    Of course…

    ...the US military has a long and inspiring track record of intelligent decisions.

    That argument came to mind for me as well and it’s a difficult one to tackle without getting overly defensive. I guess you could say something like:

    “You’re absolutely right, your anecdotal argument is certainly more compelling than those fools at MIT and Harvard Medical School”

    Or, just kick him in the balls; whatever works for you. 

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  • February 9 2011 at 12:59 AM
    david villanueva writes:

    I agree, Whitsitt. It doesn’t

    matter what we say as acupuncturists to someone who says something like this. There’s nothing we can say that will change a person’s mind about it. The best thing is for the skeptic to feel the acupuncture experience.

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  • February 9 2011 at 2:25 AM
    lumiel writes:

    Exactly.

    That’s what he did.  I can’t wait!

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  • February 9 2011 at 4:17 PM
    Hadea Tift writes:

    You’ll never know until you

    You’ll never know until you try it smile

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  • May 22 2011 at 3:04 PM
    Guest writes:

    I always bring up pet

    I always bring up pet acupuncture. It works and there is no placebo effect in animals!  I didn’t know that about the US Army though… I am going to have to start using that!

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