Does naming something give you power over it? Apparently it does. This past week I’ve had a couple of patients come in without a diagnosis from an MD. Basically all they’ve wanted is to feel better. And after their treatments they did feel anywhere from 40-90% better. What that did was move them from feeling pain and dysfunction to feeling suffering. That is much harder to alleviate because of a mental aspect I have no control over. In having an established medical diagnosis, even if it is incomplete or insufficient, the person is no longer wondering. Things have moved from the unknown to the known, even if there is nothing to be done about it. This initial form of suffering has been alleviated by a name.
When she experimented with foods recommended by the American Diabetes Association, such as low-fat granola with yogurt and berries, her blood-sugar level spiked immediately.
“The food wasn’t working for my body. I realized then that this wasn’t a diet for someone like me,” Rencountre said. “We have a lot to learn about how food works in our bodies, and not one thing works for everyone. I remember what it felt like for the first time to eat something and feel awake and ready to do whatever.”” —A Lakota Indian woman works to correct her weight and diabetes in this article. A great reminder of 2 things: 1) be proactive in your own health and 2) much of the health information out there is based on an statistical average (in the case of medical info, often white Euro-descended males aged 25-50 I believe). European diets don’t work well with Native American bodies. And the average American diet works for no one.
Did you know that when a person doesn’t understand what is stated over the phone, a possible reaction is to end the conversation without asking for clarification and not call again? I didn’t until this week. I’ve received 2 calls asking about whether or not acupuncture can help with their condition first and then about fees.
When the person hears that yes with some work the condition can be helped, they move on to fees. When I tell them that it’s pay-what-you-can for follow-ups, they stumble and stutter and then say OK. But it seems that they were uncertain about using acupuncture in the first place and that when they hear that there is flexibility in the fee schedule, the lack of predictability in fees surprises them enough that they retreat from accessing the service. This is new to me since this has only happened this week. Many people are actually eager to try acupuncture when they hear that it won’t cost them so much and that they can determine their fees right now. But this week sticks out a bit as one for the fence sitters.
Chungliang Al Huang (via zengramophone)
The same can be said about acupuncture/herbalism. The system’s developers never meant for it to be exotic. It was meant to be practical.
Beverly Thorn, PhD, of the University of Alabama (via butyoudontlooksick)
It’s tough to find the balance between giving the person in pain hope and helping them come to terms with a possible reality.