Alert — and irritated — readers noted this recent entry by Bob Flaws on the Blue Poppy blog. When I first read it, I thought that I would be irritated as well. Instead, however, I was full of gratitude. I’m not being sarcastic, I was. The blog, the Facebook conversation it’s based on, and the first reader comment on the Blue Poppy site, if you consider them as a unit, are a thing of beauty, an encapsulation and illumination of an entire set of acupuncturist attitudes that I am constantly trying, and failing, to describe. And now here they are, all in one place. Right before I have to teach a workshop.
What makes it even better is that I agree wholeheartedly with Bob that acupuncture theory doesn’t matter that much. No matter what points you choose, no matter what method of pulse diagnosis you use, no matter how you needle, the results are pretty comparable. And I *also* think that there is an 800-pound gorilla in the room.
Different gorilla, though.
So this is what I want to do. Let’s pretend this is a workshop, and we’re going to discuss and dissect this blog post together. Looking at the blog, the FB conversation, and the first reader comment, I counted 10 separate glaring examples of either classism or acupuncturist-centric thinking. Any one of them, all by itself, will doom a community acupuncture clinic to failure — heck, they probably contribute to the failure rate for acupuncturists in general. I want you to list them. Everybody who identifies one of the 10 gets a gold star! If you identify one that I missed, you get 2 gold stars! Go!
Edit: I don’t seem to be able to count gold stars…I’ve been giving one star for each noted example of classist or practitioner-centric thinking, whether I missed it or not. Sorry about that, comrades. Please multiply accordingly.
Also, once the commenting has run its course, I’ll make a comprehensive list.