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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

POCA's Statement To ACAOM re: THE FPD

Below is the body copy of POCA's letter to ACAOM. The ACAOM website only allows a small amount of space in their public comments field, so an abbreviated version was filed there and this full statement was sent along via snail mail: 

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CAN's official letter of complaint to ACAOM re: decision on FPD standards

ACAOM Commissioners,

Please accept this formal complaint regarding the February 2010 ACAOM Decision On First Professional Doctoral Standards.

This complaint has three parts, and we ask that the Commission consider and address each complaint separately according to its normal policies and procedures.


FPD and ACAOM for the gold!

In the new Olympic sport of Moving the Goalposts. Or is it Gaslighting? Hard to define, but it's clear we have a winner! In this blog post, a recap of a groundbreaking performance, along with some commentary from this thoroughly embittered viewer.


Outside the Box

I once knew a friend named "Ace Forest" who lived in a squat shack in rural British Columbia, He would show up at the 49th parallel and when the agent would ask him "how long do you intend to stay in Canada?", he would answer straight-faced, "two days", or

'First Professional Doctorate Exposes Rifts on Future of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine' by John

Summary: Responses of readers from the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession challenged a statement in the most recent Integrator round-up. They argue that there is no "emerging consensus" on the proposal of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) to establish a "first professional

CAN Does Not Support The Proposed First Professional Doctorate Degree

The following is a copy of the letter sent by the CAN Board to ACAOM (Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) stating official opposition to the FPD. ---- To the Commissioners of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, I write to you as a representative of

Why the Chinese Acupuncturists Should Oppose the FPD

Thanks Jessica for asking me about the viewpoint of Chinese acupuncturists.

(warning) I am not professing to express the views of ALL the Chinese acupuncturists just a little slice of what I see.

I think the stance of the Chinese acupuncture community could probably be looked

Dumbing Down....Or Wising Up?

span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight:normal;">The following quote appeared in a forum post as a part of some pro-FPD material being circulated by some folks in California. I found it unfortunate. 


In Which Even They Admit It's All About the Money

The First Professional AOM Doctorate Fact Book  (thanks to Jessica for making a link! Note: the authors of the Fact Book have requested that we i>remove this link)is clearly meant to defuse opposition to the FPD. The tone is even, reasonable, authoritative – tastefully bureaucratic, you

So you want people to think you're a Doctor?

Kudos to all my colleagues who have addressed the primary issues of fairness, access and cost, all of which, I believe, will be greatly harmed if the FPD becomes law.I have found your writing to be inspiring, amusing and articulate.Today, I got thinking, though, (and pardon me

FPD: Who Might Benefit If It Passes?

Ultimately we need to decide on the FPD based on whether it will help our profession by creating more jobs. Might it make life easier for graduates, who by various estimates get out of our profession within five years of graduating at a 50-80% rate? In other words most

Low Numbers and Big Titles: A Report on Status from Rhode Island

Here in Rhode Island if you have a license plate for your car that has a number below 5000 you are special.  I’m serious.  Low number plates are  coveted, family heirlooms , and when you see a car with say number 3476, something inside you yearns to know just who


I have been involved with acupuncture for 14 years now. I am convinced that acupuncture is a noble healing profession. There are over 20,000 in the United States today and many of them were struggling financially before the troubled economy we have now. Why is this so? Is it because

On Getting Respect from MDs

span style="font-size:small;">I have to wonder what planet the L. Acs live on who think that the FPD with one more year of WM classes will put them on “equal footing” with the MDs and get the respect from MDs that they crave.


(Thank you, Matt Bauer, for giving us permission to post your article on the CAN blog page.)  I want to offer my opinion on the First Professional Doctorate (FPD) and why I am opposed to moving forward with this plan at this time. As you will see, my opposition

Posted with Permission - Letter from a colleague opposing the FPD

To the ACAOM, As an ACAOM credentialed practitioner of acupuncture and TCM for almost twenty years, I understand that I am a stakeholder in the current practice of acupuncture and oriental medicine in my local and national community. I am resolutely opposed to the development of standards for and

Are We Making Ourselves Obsolete?

People want natural, safe, and effective care.  We provide that.  Sounds like a win-win situation, right?

Yet, some acupuncturists  seem determined to shoot themselves (and our profession) in the foot.  For years, a combination of high prices and insider jargon has ensured that the majority of the

"Support for FPD Increasing"

I received the latest issue of Acupuncture Today in the mail yesterday.  On the front page was THIS ARTICLE.  Read and weep.  Then do something about it!

At the beginning of this article, Tina Beychok, Associate Editor, describes the FPD as "a doctorate degree that prepares a


Let me begin by saying that I think there’s one thing everyone on both sides of the FPD debate can agree about: Dae Jang Geum is a totally awesome show.

If you’ve never seen it, allow me to wholeheartedly recommend it.It has something

The Art of Practicing Acupuncture or Why the FPD won't save us

I think it was the last chapter in the "Web That Has No Weaver". It was called the "Art of Chinese Medicine" or something of that sort.  When I read it, I loved it. I made a ton of copies (even though I owned the book), so I could

what would (did) Miriam Lee do?

Ladies and gentlemen, i kindly invite you to walk the talk.

This other phrase is getting thrown around a lot these days, but I do kind of like it. And it's true. And it may never be more true than RIGHT NOW for all of us as

Thanks but No Thanks.

For the life of me I am wondering what the FPD as it is proposed would add to the experience of running or working in a program in a hospital in the United States as an acupuncturist. I ran a program for 3 years in a hospital and at no

FPD in Acupuncture: The Upside

There's got to be a balance to the FPD issue. There's been so much written against it, we're due for some balance. Don't you agree?

I thought so.

So here's the upside. The silver lining...um...

I got it!

With the

Conspiracy Theories

Last week my stepson, Alex, called from college to ask me to help him edit a paper for his freshman colloquium class. Alex attends a tiny liberal arts college in Ohio that has some very creative approaches to freshman colloquium; instead of everybody having to read the same material

GUEST BLOG: A Chiropractor's Perspective on the FPD

Thank you to Todd Shulfer from Wisconsin who wrote and submitted this tome to the state-wide acupuncturists' online forum.  Special thanks for allowing me to re-post it here.

I certainly believe that an acupuncturist should receive training beyond the use of disposable needles. I believe that there

Acupuncture is Not Rocket Science (and other reasons the FPD is a bad idea)

I’ve got some staggering news for those who might not already know it: acupuncture is not rocket science.  Not even close.

When I first found out about the proposed First Professional Doctorate (FPD), my thoughts were “just what, on earth, do the schools intend on attempting

Another push for fpd?

Something I found exasperating in my school's clinic (thanks, Steve Knobler and Cris M. for the idea for this blog) were too many times when there were not enough patients for every student. There was no excuse for that. Those  slots should not have been vacant as often as

Striving for legitimacy, by pounding on the wrong door!

Striving for legitimacy by adding the “right” letters after our name is like pounding at the door of the mainstream medical mansion, hoping that our best jewelry and big smile will get us into the party. The problem is that it won’t, and the party we should be

How the Acupuncture Profession is in Danger of Following the Mortgage Bankers of 2008.

Acupuncture is relatively simple in my mind – at least, when compared with biomedicine involving surgery or pharmaceuticals. In the hands of a licensed professional, it is safe and effective and vastly underutilized in America. Why is it then, that the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine