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Acupuncturists As Endangered Species

Thanks to our intrepid comrades Tyler Phan and Elaine Wolf Komarow, we have news from May's CCAOM meeting. And the news is...fascinating. Or possibly apocalyptic, depending on your perspective.

Being the data geek that I am, the big moment that I was really sorry to

The Vows of Hua Tuo and Sun Si Miao..Actually Carried Out

Ok folks, bear with me-I’m gunna get a little idealistic and woo-y- BUT it’s grounded in reality-I promise.

Vow of Hua Tuo:

Treat people equally irrespective of their high or low status, of their poverty or wealth, of their distinction or

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,

Hierarchy of Needs (for Acupuncture)

I’m a big fan of The Fat Nutritionist, and it was her blog post “if only poor people understood nutrition!” that introduced me to Ellyn Satter and her Hierarchy of Food Needs, which makes brilliant sense to me (both as a practitioner and as a

Open Sourcing Modern Acupuncture: Part Four, Stamina

Recently I had an interesting conversation with a prospective POCA Tech student, who described to me his efforts to research acupuncture schools. He told me that he spoke with a current student at a Classical Chinese Medicine program, who reacted with horror when he heard that the prospective student

Open Sourcing Modern Acupuncture, Part Two: Trouble

After I read this article in the Franchise Times, a multiple choice question popped into my mind. (Yeah, that happens. More about that in a minute.) What do you get if you cross the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture with Massage Envy?

a) Modern Acupuncture

Part 6-FINAL Entry in the SAGA of WJIPCA

Part 6 "Leaving"

As I've already said, I left on July 2nd, 2017. The 2nd was a Sunday, and that Friday my father snuck into town with his truck and a Uhaul. We left early Sunday morning, as it'd always been at least an eight-hour drive from

Part 5 of the Horror Story of the WJIP/CA

Part 5- "Death"(maybe there should be a content-warning for when I start talking about the "entity" dying and death in general later on?)

So, I know we're pretty full-steam-ahead at this point, but I want to double-back for a minute on something that I just

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"

PART 3 in the WJIP/CA SAGA!!

Welcome Back Folks! This Guest Post is brought to you by Michael Kalebich of FSPA Community Acupuncture, as part of a series that illustrates the need for POCA clinics run by POCA punks. Michael sweated over writing this beauty for your enjoyment during this months Membership Drive....

Part 2 in the Saga of WJIP/CA...

Guest Post from Michael Kalebich:

Part 2- 

Hello again, everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

This time I ABSOLUTELY promise to give you much more of the details you have been EVER so patient for! We're going to start at the

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

Guest Post: Student Uprising, POCA Tech Style

a guest post by Janis Hill and Rachel Lutz of POCA Tech's Cohort 3

Thank you to everyone who has signed THIS petition to the NCCAOM! We are about 200 signatures shy of reaching 5,000. After we reach the 5K milestone, we are formally sending it to the President

Utah Update

Let’s start with the good news: the rule change amendment proposed by the Acupuncture Advisory Board of Utah, which would require new applicants for acupuncture licenses in Utah to have the NCCAOM certification in Chinese Herbology, is NOT moving forward.

This means that POCA Tech

Some Relevant Facts about Acupuncture & Herbs

Last week, some of our comrades in Utah received this letter from the Utah Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, courtesy of the NCCAOM:

Dear Utah Licensed Practitioner,

Recently the Utah Acupuncture Licensing Board voted on a rule proposal that would clarify existing statute, and

Position Paper Part 3: Retaliation

Last week on January 4th, the Utah Acupuncture Licensing Board posted its agenda for an electronic meeting on the following Tuesday, January 9th. There were two discussion items on the agenda, described only as 1) Letter of Concern, and 2) Rule Change Amendment.  There was no indication why any member

Position Paper Responses Part 2

Without going into lots of detail about the emails we’ve gotten, let’s talk about competencies. Our position paper originally included a request for ACAOM to review and revise their competencies as outlined in their Program Standards. The thing is, though...they already had. We just

Position Paper Responses Part 1

We’re delighted that our position paper has sparked discussion. We’ll be responding to emails we’ve received. Here’s part 1.

1. How can you justify lowering the educational standards this profession worked so hard for? This proposal would weaken the acupuncture profession.<

Follow Up to POCA's Job Task Analysis

Our goal with the JTA was not just to accumulate, crunch, and share data -- though we love doing those things -- it was to look at how the data we gathered could contribute to positive change. Please see below an excerpt from a position paper that we hope

Job Task Analysis Data

Happy early AOM Day! To celebrate, we’re releasing all the data analysis we have of the JTA so far. If you want more, you’re going to have to help us crunch it. (Seriously, we are looking for willing volunteers to plunge into the depths of

Urgent Call to Action: Protect the Acupuncture Profession!!!

Did you miss me?

I realize I’ve been quiet for...a very long time...but I had to speak up in this moment of crisis.

The POCA Legislative Circle’s Open Letter to the Acupuncture Profession was no doubt well intentioned but

POCA Is Throwing a Data Party and All Acupuncturists Are Invited!

POCA’s parties are famous, or maybe infamous depending on your perspective. When we were young and wild we had jello wrestling. Now that we’re grown up (lol), we’re having a Job Task Analysis.

What’s a JTA? It’s

Fatphobia, Capitalism, Etc. Part 2: Self-Care

This post is about cooperation, competition, self-care, and fat.

When Lisa B and I decided to work on a series of posts about fat shaming, capitalism, professional ethics and community acupuncture, I was excited because it seemed like we’d be filling a hole in our

Fatphobia, Capitalism, Professional Ethics & Community Acupuncture: An Introduction

Recently the punks at GCA wrote a blog post about weight loss and community acupuncture which got some interesting feedback from around the internet. Inspired by this, we (Lisa R and Lisa B) are working on a series of posts exploring issues around weight loss, fatphobia, capitalism, and acupuncture.

Re: "Time to Look Ahead Together"

Hi Steven,

you sent me an email with the subject header “guild post discusses how we’re working together”.

Let’s talk about that.  Some people found your blog post confusing, including POCA Tech students, and your subject header concerns

Things Change

These days, one of the websites I spend a lot of time on is ACAOM’s, because I’m fascinated by the nuts and bolts of acupuncture education in a way I never would’ve thought I’d be. If you’re not as

Somebody Had to Ask, Revised

Recently POCA received the following inquiry: "How can someone find out POCA's official position on dry needling?"

POCA's General Circle is officially too busy to spend any time on this issue, and would like to refer everyone to POCA's mission statement as a reminder

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

NCCAOM's Ethics, Structural Violence, and Our Petition

When I first heard that the NCCAOM had put out a call for public comment on their code of ethics, I thought, I should write something. I tried but almost immediately gave up. I thought, where do I even start??? But it kept nagging at me. And so I

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.