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Class and Classism in Community Acupuncture

Lisa Rohleder talks about the prevalent class issues that exist in acupuncture practice in the West and how the community acupuncture model is designed to provide access to people who otherwise wouldn't get acupuncture. Mature language alert: Lisa can't seem to talk about class without swearing. A

Prick Prod & Provoke blog entries tagged classism


Hierarchy of Needs: Poor People's Priorities

Comrades, I’m kind of obsessed with this hierarchy of needs. I keep thinking, if this particular tool had appeared circa 2005, about half of the writing, speaking, and video-making we’ve all done over the last 14 years wouldn’t have been necessary. When punks have complained,

Here's to Open Sourcing: Modern Acupuncture, Part One

It’s the time of year for retrospectives, and this from our friends at Acupuncture Today caught my eye: “Modern Acupuncture started a movement with the tagline, Let’s Tingle.”

Ah, Modern Acupuncture. I have such complicated feelings. On one hand, I 

Part 4 in the Saga of WJIP/CA

Woohoo! It looks like the Membership Drive is rolling along! Thank you everybody for your support with this years drive! It's looking good!

We've been promising another installment in Michael Kalebich's saga of warning..so here it is!

Part 4, "April to November"

The Acupuncture Profession has 99 problems, but NADA ain’t one of them.

The most common question I get when promoting New Hampshire’s new ADS law is: “does acupuncture only treat addiction..”


Last year, I advocated for a law.  It became the biggest acupuncture media campaign in New Hampshire’s

Dear Prospective Punk (from a Recent Grad and New Punk), or Why We Need POCA Tech

A guest post from Caroline Picker of Providence Community Acupuncture

Dear Prospective Acupuncture Student--

So you want to be a community acupuncturist.  That's great!  In this time of mounting violence, destruction of any minimal social safety net that previously existed, and ongoing

Liberation Acupuncture FAQs

How is POCA Tech's Liberation Acupuncture program different than a TCM program or a 5 Element program?

The Liberation Acupuncture program is focused on training people who will serve marginalized people by making acupuncture available to them on their own terms. The focus is on praxis, on

POCAfest Keynote: Dangerous Potential

Thank you all for coming.

I'd like to acknowledge that we're on the traditional territory of the Miwok people, and I'd like to acknowledge and thank everyone who made it possible for us to be here, including the people who built these buildings and

POCA Tech Accreditation is Sexy

Dear POCA comrades,

If you need a reminder of why Community Acupuncture is important, please check out this article from Reuters titled “Arthritis may boost the risk of poverty, generally for women.”

“Women who developed arthritis were 51 percent more likely to fall

Providence POCAfest 2015 Keynote: Collapse, Liberation, and the Power of Words

Collapse, Liberation, and the Power of Words



As is our custom in POCA, I’d like to start by acknowledging that this is the traditional home of the Narragansett people, and that we’re visitors here.


Liberation Acupuncture Q & A

Wait, what?!?

Please read this press release.


Please read “Why Liberation Acupuncture?”  Keyword: social.

No, really, why? Wasn’t community acupuncture enough?

Good question.  Most people found the community acupuncture model after Skip

Is There Room for Us Here?

You guys, I miss blogging. An awful lot has changed over the last year, and so much of it’s for the better (infinitely better), but it’s been like being swamped by a huge tidal wave. I want to make sure things that are important to

Using a 0-10 Pain Scale Effectively

Ok, so this thread is pushing some buttons.  I have been meaning to write something about this because acupuncture school does such a shitty job of teaching us to evaluate pain and the 0-10 scale can be tricky to understand.

I know we all have good

Acupuncture for the New Economy

Or: Barbara Ehrenreich Explains It All, or: Why I Couldn't Finish My NCCAOM Survey

 Ever since we started teaching Community Acupuncture 101 workshops, Skip and I would argue periodically about the section where we talked about class. It's not exactly right, he would say. I

Acupunking in the Tomato Capital of Canada

This weekend I packed my needles and a sleeping bag and joined a crew of migrant justice activists driving south from Guelph to Leamington Ontario for Leamington’s first-ever migrant workers’ health fair. Leamington, home of the Heinz factory, is the tomato capital of Canada, and has

More on Privilege:

A great (old, re-introduced) article by Rebecca Solnit is making the rounds of the interwebs lately.  Nominally, it explains the phenomenon that has become known by the shorthand “mansplaining,” but I think a lot of what she’s saying applies to the workings of privilege in general, and how

Science Explains Why POCA Patients Are So Nice and Why POCA Punks (mostly) Love Each Other

OK, this article and the research it describes don't actually say anything of the kind, and it's not about us or our patients. It discusses the opposite phenomenon, that having money makes people unpleasant. I'm totally extrapolating that the converse is true, and I know you

Class Cultures, POCA and Peter Deadman

So I guess we were all somewhat surprised by Peter Deadman's recent comments about community or multibed acupuncture(CA/MB) and best practices.  After all, I had remembered that the person who is credited with co-compiling the definitive tome of point location used in most American acupuncture schools had

Best Practice for WHO?

 I debated whether to respond to these comments by Peter Deadman about community acupuncture. It seems like most of us in POCA have had this argument over and over. But plenty of students and new practitioners, especially in the UK, are having it for the first time. In

Secrecy vs. Transparency: A Community Acupuncture Response to Old Style Capitalism

Secrecy vs. Transparency: A Community Acupuncture Response to Old Style Capitalism.

In writing about transparency, perhaps it is fitting to start with a little self-disclosure. My ideas are all merely borrowed and re-expressed through the filters of my mind. This piece

Leadership in POCA Clinics. On being an owner AND an employee punk.

I’m now 7 months into transitioning from an owner punk to an employee punk. Having seen both sides, I have some thoughts and questions which I hope are useful when thinking about how a successful clinic, as well as this whole coop thing is going to

More One Percent Acu-BS

Some members of the acupuncture profession seem more interested in obediently repeating the mantras of the 1 percent elites in America, rather than questioning the structure of power and yawning chasm of class inequality that prevent vast numbers of people from being able to afford acupuncture services. In a recent

Gertrude and the Question of Class - By LisaB

Before I worked at Poke I had a lot of angst, despite my solidly middle-class background, about trying to make a living as a health care professional. This was partially bewilderment about how to make private treatments accessible and still make a living (I didn't know about community

Community Acupuncture and the 99 Percent

Community acupuncture has much in common with the Occupy movement. There is urgent need to reform laws and cultural mores which legitimize obscene financial wealth and extravagant indulgence for the one percent. With seven billion people trying to live together on the planet, it is time for the age

Community acupuncture and the political nature of Professional Boundaries

Last month I went to Vikki Reynolds' home office and sat in a supportive circle with a small group of service providers in east Van. These are people who work within a social justice framework and are dead serious about keeping their hearts open, about

When Pay-What-You-Can Is Problematic

Check out this story from the Portland Tribune about Panera Cafe's troubles with a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can model: http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=131663856972432200

I had two simultaneous responses to this article, which I wished I hadn't read while eating breakfast: sympathy and revulsion.

What's Wrong with This Picture/Pictures/Video?

Have at it, comrades: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXI_29BUL0g (Thanks to Aruna Elizadeath Ropp for posting it on FB and Mike Hulsey for calling me up in a rage; otherwise I would have missed it. Let the deconstruction begin!)

The Untapped Potentials in "Community" Acupuncture -- response to Lonny Jarrett

My dear friend and comrade Gene sent me a copy of an article in which, he said, "I think Lonny Jarrett gave community acupuncture a simultaneous fist bump, left handed compliment, and a call out (in the latest edition of California Journal of OM)."

The article is

Reflections from NADA conference

I attended (part of) the annual NADA conference in KC, MO this past weekend (didnt want to miss Friday at the clinic) and was impressed by a few different things.  Dr Michael Smith in his closing remarks had some choice words for LAcs.  He said that licensing for acupuncturists

2010 Census

Nowhere near as inspiring as the other blogs here on our home page, below is some of the data that Skip & Lisa present at their workshops, updated with the recent 2010 Census results.  I don't have an analysis about it, but you're welcome to share your thoughts in the

What is Class?

We see the clashing of class cultures in Larry and Lisa’s blogs below.  "Class is a funny thing, because unlike race and gender, it can be difficult to quickly assess who’s in what class.The US has no