Dear Patient, Back in acupuncture school I had a textbook called Acupuncture Case Histories from China, which was a compendium of over a hundred case studies from prominent acupuncturists in China. In each case, a patient would present with a problem, say insomnia, then a…
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Dear Patient, Deadlines. So often they’re arbitrary and self-imposed, yet we drive ourselves to illness and exhaustion in our quest to meet them. This…
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Dear Patient, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the US, and as the month winds to a close I've been thinking about cultural appropriation…
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Dear Patient, Health is not a moral virtue. I like to remind people of this, because our society tends to equate health with worth and goodness. People…
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Dear Patient, You might have noticed that my usual Wednesday Note didn’t land in your inbox yesterday. I had something mostly ready to go, but I…
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Dear Patient, One of the perks of my job is getting a close-up view of people’s tattoos. Some are beautiful, some whimsical, and recently I saw one that…
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Dear Patient, At my clinic, we recently posed this question to the staff for a social media post… If acupuncture could talk, what would it say? My…
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Dear Patient, Slowness. It’s an under-appreciated quality in a world of hyper-fast internet speeds, productivity hacks, and instant results. Slowness is…
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