Giving everyone the right to acupuncture is akin to recognizing everyone’s right to food.

As I read the article above about the Brazilian city that ended hunger, I was warmed by the changes in the people that this simple act engendered, which led to fantasizing about our CAN movement to give everyone the right to acupuncture.  Right now we exclude the “underclass” because we need some kind of payment to keep our businesses afloat, but our model could easily be adopted by governmental agencies to serve the destitute.  What is so amazing is that this food program was “so easy” to implement, and so is ours.

Author: lumiel

I earned a B.A. in Hotel/Restaurant Admin, but soon realized that I wanted to do something more meaningful.  Became interested in nutrition and education when pregnant with my first child. Interest in health led me to becoming a foot reflexologist, which led to a massage practice and suddenly discovering the love of my life: Chinese medicine! Practicing for 18 years, Hawaiian/Californian, acu-educated PCOM San Diego/OCOM Portland. Started my CAP in <a href="" target="_blank">San Rafael</a>, Marin County, July 4, 2006, even while earning my doctorate at OCOM.  This didn't seem to make sense, but it was my way of comparing the old way of practicing acupuncture to a simpler, truer expression of what I had learned in school.  I love it. And I love being a part of this grand movement to change the world by being true to our conscience. Reopened all over again when I moved to a place where no one had ever heard of me. 3 months open so far, and just beginning to meet expenses. I have no doubt this will succeed and I will be hiring by next year.

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  1. Great story!  My favorite

    Great story!  My favorite quote, right near the beginning:

    “Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but a scarcity of democracy.”

    Like our approach to healthcare, an obvious class issue.

    Makes me think of Derrick Jensen’s eigth premise: “The needs of the natural world
    are more important than the needs of the economic system.”  In this case, people’s hunger being an obvious need of the natural world.

    (The rest of the 20 premises can be found here: