Noodles book review from a young reader (and writer)

My life partner’s daughter Hannah (11 years old) recently read Acupuncture is Like Noodles. Through the reading, she asked only a couple of questions, and every time I aksed her if she understood what she was reading, she said “yes”. As Hannah is an aspiring writer, I asked if she would like to write someting about the book. This what she wrote:

When I read ‘Acupuncture Is Like Noodles’ I knew Tatyana, a community
acupuncturist, I had been to the her clinic and I thought that
community acupuncture was a good thing. When I was sick I would get a
treatment and it usually helped. I had heard about acupuncturists who
practiced in the non-community style, but knew little about them. Then
I read ‘Acupuncture Is Like Noodles’. Now I know much more about
acupuncture. I also know a lot more about how important it is to have
community acupuncture available for the people who really need it, and
I find it amazing how many things acupuncture can cure or help with.
Someday I hope there is a school for acupuncture students like what 
the practitioners of WCA talked about starting in ‘Acupuncture Is Like
Noodles’. If there is a school like that I hope it will be sometime
soon so when I’m old enough I can go there. I can easily say I learned
much more from that book than from most books I read. I also want to
say I’m very glad to know Tatyana, if I didn’t know  her I probably
never would have even heard of community acupuncture.

Hannah, 11

Author: tatyana

<p> I grew up in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States as a teen, living in New York and Chicago before moving to the Bay Area in 1998. I began as a Yoga instructor and as a practitioner of Ohashiatsu bodywork and have been practicing Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine since 2003. Before switching to community acupuncture practice model I had a sporadic and struggling private practice, worked as an herbal pharmacist, as an instructor and clinical supervisor at an acupuncture school, plus did a two-year stint doing acupuncture at a public health clinic, working with mostly HIV/HCV+ populations in San Francisco. </p> <p> My discovery of Community Acupuncture practice model (via Lisa Rohleder's Acupuncture Today columns) profoundly transformed my life -- not just my work life but many other aspects of it. I gained a vocation, a community of friends and the most stable and rewarding job I have ever had. I see community acupuncture practice model as the most sustainable and most fitting to my values. It makes sense to me from the point of view of healthcare access, social justice, spirituality, and as an antidote to isolation. In 2008, together with another stellar acupunk Pam Chang I...

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  1. That’s so sweet! It’s nice

    That’s so sweet! It’s nice to hear from someone outside the profession about the profession. Hopefully we can deliver on that school for her.

  2. So sweet!

    Thank you, Tatyana and Hannah. This review made me very, very happy. I’m so glad the book made sense to you and I’m so glad you wrote about it!