Did you miss me?
I realize I’ve been quiet for…a very long time…but I had to speak up in this moment of crisis.
The POCA Legislative Circle’s Open Letter to the Acupuncture Profession was no doubt well intentioned but I believe that it will have serious unintended consequences — unless we act NOW. (You know what they say about good intentions and the road to hell.) Really I must remonstrate with my POCA comrades for once again acting out so recklessly and without regard for the integrity of the acupuncture profession. I am sure the Legislative Circle knew that this letter would be controversial and would arouse discussion…
but alas, what a discussion! It has revealed so much, so much that should never have been revealed! I speak now of the heretofore hidden wisdom of my esteemed colleague who wrote:
If every acupuncturist would teach their patients to stretch their back by hanging from a tree I am certain we as a profession could eliminate all back pain, prevent countless needless back surgeries and prevent the chain of surgery to opioid addiction.
…from the online book, which is, alas, FREE
Oh POCA Legislative Circle, don’t you see what you’ve done? Behold the slippery slope! Now that this private wisdom of a highly trained expert has been put out on the internet for all — YES, ALL — to read, don’t you comprehend what will happen? It is only a matter of time…
before undertrained PTs will be teaching their patients to hang from trees.
You might say that horse is most regrettably out of the barn but don't! Don't be defeatist! Teaching patients to hang from trees is OURS! Don't let the PTs dishonestly steal what is rightfully ours, degrade and co-opt our medicine and diminish our payments! Look around you, acupuncturists, you’re probably in a state where there are trees and every one of them will soon have a PT in it, shamelessly hoisting up patients, curing their back pain, right under your very nose!
There is only one way to stop this.
This is a call for volunteers for the new POCA Chainsaw Circle. We need to clearcut ALL THE TREES before the PTs take advantage of the situation to cure anybody's back pain. OK, maybe that’s a little drastic. We can leave a few trees as long as they’re in the yards of actual licensed acupuncturists, preferably ones that call themselves “doctor”, and as long as those trees are behind a very high fence with spikes on it. No, razor wire. We need razor wire to protect our sacred heritage as healers.
Who’s with me?