Too ranty?

Jul. 28th, 2009 04:39 pm
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For my next work blog, please proofread for me, lazyweb.

First, a shoutout to Stephanie Gonzalez at the Skin and Body Solutions Day Spa. I am enjoying my eyebrows!

I guess magazines have this problem, and certainly with as long as I've been reading Dr. Weil, I've seen plenty of repeats. I tend to forget that because I've published on a subject doesn't mean people aren't still going to be uninformed. Speaking of magazines, I am getting really tired of how the concept of trying acupuncture is portrayed like, "REALLY?!?!?! OMG!!!" in the media. I suppose I'm a little out of touch, but is the knee jerk emotion to my field really utter revulsion? Wow, I make people want to puke. That's...ego boosting, or something...

I've gotten 4 cancellations in the last day, so I have a little time to write. One reason is fear. Given my height and frame, I have to admit, the concept of people being scared I'm going to hurt them is pretty funny.

So, a few reality checks:

I use sterile, single-use filiform needles. Filiform means there is a point, rather than a cutting edge, and they are solid. I've been sewing lately and can definitively say that acupuncture hurts a lot less than forgetting to use a thimble. You'll feel some of the needles go in and come out, more or less depending on the anatomy of the puncture site. Mostly, people forget the needles are there a few seconds after they've been inserted. If you don't feel anything, then your body is too weak to generate a response, and that is no good. However, acupuncture is about energy flow. Energy does not flow in a body that is clenched tight. So unless I did it wrong (and if I did, tell me; I'll fix it), it's more your fear of the needle than the needle itself that is preventing you from relaxing and letting flow happen.

If you knew how low the standards were to get a drug on the market and put an "Ask your doctor about ___" campaign on tv, you'd be horrified. I never claimed that I could make someone with two broken legs cast aside his crutches with a single treatment. Acupuncture is a medical therapy. You didn't get sick over 30 minutes, so one nap on my table is unlikely to cure you. That doesn't make what I do bullshit. A course of antibiotic tablets is not bullshit just because you have to swallow them every several hours for a period of time instead of getting a single injection.

My favorite teacher likes to say, "Doesn't matter if patient doesn't believe! They have no choice but to feel better! (Unless you picked the points wrong, and I'm teaching you how to pick the points.)" I question a god who actively does not want you to try to improve your health with a millennia-old system of practices that doesn't directly support or detract from Him. Does your god frown on the use of aspirin because you don't know each chemical pathway that leads to reduction of inflammation?

(Seriously, this was a quote from an article in last month's Acupuncture Today.) Do you have a degree in medicine? Do you say that about going to an MD? Have you taken a look at magazines/the internet/your library? It's not like information about what I do is unavailable, and I love to answer questions. I'd much rather spend time talking to you than to have you make an appointment one day and cancel the next out of fear.

I like MDs, by the way. I like MDs, DOs, DCs, and NDs, and like me, an L.Ac., they all have their own area where their methods are particularly appropriate. I went to graduate school for four years, passed five national board exams, and have a license from a division of the Texas Medical Board. They regulate me to make sure I won't kill you. Know this, anyway: for most conditions (excluding chronic pain, weight control, and substance abuse, basically) I am required to have on file that you have seen a medical doctor in the last 6 months. If you aren't getting better within 30 days or 20 treatments, I am required to refer you to a medical doctor. The public puts their confidence in MD, therefore the law makes them the last authority. But the law also put in place standards for me, all of which I have passed.

There were medical doctors in my classes, and one of them asked a surgical colleague about potential injuries. She was told there was pretty much no way we could inflict permanent damage with the size of our needles. Some of my patients are on warfarin, an anti-clotting drug. A friend of mine is on it, and because of that, she just bought her first electric shaver. So, in this case, acupuncture is a more acceptable risk than many common grooming methods. Still scared? *sigh* Well, I tried...

Date: 2009-07-29 02:23 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure. I like ranty.

It's ranty. But is it "too" ranty?

I dunno, can ice cream be "too" delicious?

Date: 2009-07-29 01:38 pm (UTC)
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a bit ranty, but i liked it.

Date: 2009-07-29 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's definitely ranty, but it maintains the conversational tone of your previous newsletters, for the most part. I would drop the line about puking, or rephrase it to be less explicit; people are suggestible.

Also, you and Mazda have the same spelling issue wrt "millennium."

Date: 2009-07-29 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hooray constructive criticism. I knew I would get at least one. I am somewhat amused that nobody has called me on "bullshit," though.

Date: 2009-07-29 06:08 pm (UTC)
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I think this is good. A bit ranty, sure, but I don't think overly so.

I would drop the "If you knew the standards..." bit -- I don't think it's a good comparison (whereas I think the antibiotic one is), and to me it detracts and distracts from your message.


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