HEY! The Periodic Table of POCA Community Acupuncture Clinics is Finally for Sale!

I’ll get to the Periodic Table in just a sec, but first a science question: What do you get when you combine Barium, Cobalt, and Nitrogen? Answer: Bacon!

Ha! I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming! Explanation: the Periodic Table abbreviations of Barium is Ba, Cobalt, Co, and Nitrogen, N.

O-kay. Moving on. So the long long long rumored Periodic Table of POCA clinics has been completed and is on sale at your POCA store. Here’s the linky (scroll to the bottom of the page to see it: https://pocacoop.com/publications/products

A couple of things. Hopefully we’ll get a better picture up soon as the picture there is me holding up the proof. The real thing is nicer. It’s laminated using fresh organic lambs and is 18×36”. Price is $22.50 plus shipping OR if you are going to POCAfest in the Twin Cities you can pick one up there without the shipping charge. (It might be good for you to email me to say you are picking one or more up there so we know how many to bring.) Another thing. This Periodic Table, where the clinics are ordered by founding date, is a snapshot of the current CA clinics that filled out the Annual Survey last spring. Note that some of the clinics that filled out the survey are not actually current POCA members so if you are one of these (and ahem, I am looking in your direction as I type) please renew your membership, cause together we make a stronger team. Who else besides your co-op is gonna immortalize you in a Periodic Table?

Another another thing. This Periodic Table has been in process for four years. A brief history: I have no idea why but one day in early 2010 I thought it would be cool to have a list of CA clinics on a t-shirt. I thought a little more and thought instead of trying to fit a map of North America on a t-shirt. That couldn’t possibly be readable. OK, I would arrange them in a Periodic Table! Yeah I get weird thoughts. Then I undertook a compilation of all the CA clinics I knew that fit in with CAN’s LOC. (Back then it was CAN, not POCA.) That took a little while and with the help of a bunch of you correcting me about when your clinics started (you probably don’t remember that but you definitely helped) I got a list. I briefly thought of ordering the clinics by size-how many treatments each clinic did, but that changes from year to year and besides people might not like seeing their clinic numbers on display like that. So founding date it was.

Next I commenced to arranging the clinics on a Periodic Table template and everything came to a screaming halt. I truly suck at doing art projects that require a small amount of laying out and stuff. Funny because my sister is a graphic artist and could do this in a second. BUT…siblings: THAT was never gonna happen. A couple of people said they would try to help but nothing final came out of those efforts and the whole damn project came to a halt. Rats on everything. And so it lay dormant for four years until this spring when somehow the idea crept back into my brain.

This time I asked for help in the POCA forums and my fairy godfather, Kevin Germain, rescued me! He volunteered to help with the design and was perfect. He sent me different alternative layouts and color schemes and whipped up the design we have now! DONE! I can’t believe that after four years this is finally done!

Besides Kevin to thank endlessly, I want to thank Alison and Mary Margaret in Summerville who run the POCA store and do the shipping and Carmen who helped get it printed and Wade who placed it in the POCA store and Lisa for encouraging me to get back to it.

I hope you like and and buy one for your clinic. We only ordered a fairly limited amount because we weren’t sure how many of you will want one (or two or three, etc.) You get to see what other clinics started at the same time you did and when other clinics in your area started. To me it says that we are all part of a greater whole, a continent-wide community and as such I love you all. I am glad we’ve found each other to make this Big Thing that is Community Acupuncture. And I think of how much bigger we will be in 10 years-not just our own clinics but many more clinics too-way more than can be compiled into a Periodic Table in the future. This is it. Years from now we can talk about one of our clinics and make the distinction: “THAT clinic was on the Periodic Table,” we’ll say with a nod.

– Skip, WCA

Skip Van Meter
Author: Skip Van Meter

Skip is Lead Acupuncturist and Co-Founder of <a href="https://www.workingclassacupuncture.org/" target="_blank">Working Class Acupuncture</a> in Portland, Oregon. With the earlier part of his life spent acquiring knowledge about geology, urban planning and teaching high school, he has now been an acupuncturist for 19 years, using about a 1,750,000 needles poking his patients. He likes all things soccer, has three fabulous sons, the best wife in the world, and a great dog and two cool cats.

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  1. The poster looks great!! WCA posted ours today and within the first hour or so we had folks clustering around to check it out. It’s a great conversation piece for clinic waiting areas!

  2. Who can I ask about shipping to Canada? When we looked into buying the punk shirts there was a big difference in cost, but looking t the POCA store the rates look the same. If there’s a big difference we will ship to US and be patient…. but can’t wait to get our table!