The Other Side of Our Medicine

What’s dancing on the edge of my list of Possibilities is a project for CAN writers and artists.I hope that someone other than myself is taken with this idea, because this project would have to get into a long waiting list, and may not surface until 5 years from now.

The idea was born when I read a line in a Helfgott blog on April 8, about writing and poetry becoming a mainstay in medical schools.I searched for examples, and came up with this:

https://www.rwjf.org/files/publications/books/2002/chapter_08.html

As it turned out, expressive or creative writing is not so much a required course in medical schools, but it has long been the tradition to gift each graduate with a book (from a Big Pharma member!)that helps the new doctor to remember that medicine, after all, is a humanitarian as well as scientific discipline.

Perhaps one or several of you will be inspired to take this on as a long-term project, to invite authors to submit their poetry and prose, even re-working some of your best postings, to add to an anthology for acupuncturists, perhaps to present to our graduates or even ourselves, and to grace our waiting room tables.Finding quotations from some of our “ancestors” in China, who were also known as artists, poets, musicians, and writers, would certainly add a lot of juice to the anthology.And paintings?Of course, especially some of those wonderful examples recently revealed here in the forum.

lumiel
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="https://www.communityacu.com/" 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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