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Acupuncture Matters Now Available for Kindle

By Sara Calabro

AcuTake‘s new book, Acupuncture Matters, is now available as an Amazon ebook.

This means you can read it on the Kindle, as well as any other device that supports Kindle books, which is basically everything these days. It also means you can preview the opening pages of the book for free!

The Amazon version of Acupuncture Matters is bare bones compared with the original. There’s no photography or layout design, nor is it eligible for the Acupuncture Matters affiliate program.

The text, however, is in tact, the core message as important as ever: Acupuncture can help us lead healthier, simpler, more meaningful lives. Keep reading

Book Launch: A Manifesto for Acupunctual Living

By Sara Calabro

AcuTake is proud to announce the launch of Acupuncture Matters, the debut book by AcuTake editor Sara Calabro.

Acupuncture Matters is a guidebook to understanding once and for all how acupuncture really works—in the real world, on real people.

The book explores the various ways in which acupuncture can help us lead healthier, simpler, more meaningful lives. It is a manifesto for people who are interested in thinking more broadly about health and life.

Acupuncture Matters examines how understanding acupuncture principles opens up possibilities and inspires new perspectives. It explains why acupuncture is an effective, safe and low-cost antidote to the vicious cycle that has come to dominate mainstream healthcare. Keep reading

Treasure ‘The Missing Piece’

By Sara Calabro

The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein is profound in its simplicity, transformative in what it reveals. So is acupuncture.

The illustrated story is about a circular creature who feels incomplete because of his wedge-shaped cutout. On his journey to find fulfillment, he feels the sun and rain, meets worms and beetles, smells flowers, swims in oceans, and climbs up and down mountains. He meets various wedges but none are exactly the right fit. Eventually he finds what appears to be a perfect match, a wedge made in heaven. But a few rolls in, he realizes that being “fixed” actually makes him feel broken.

The Missing Piece is generally interpreted as a reflection on love and relationships. However, the book’s message also can be applied to health. Keep reading

Yoga and Acupuncture Intersect

By Sara Calabro

Yoga and acupuncture have a lot in common.

The most outward similarity between yoga and acupuncture is the clientele. An extremely high percentage of yogis seem to have at least some experience with acupuncture, and vice versa. A common sensibility pervades both practices, attracting people who are curious about the intersection of physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

However, dedicated yogis and those who receive regular acupuncture understand that this intersection is as mysterious as it is a reality. Yoga and acupuncture, in helping cultivate awareness, ultimately help us conclude that there’s always more to learn. Keep reading

Medical Expose Calls for Change

By Sara Calabro

In the concluding chapter of Hippocrates’ Shadow, author David Newman says, “Secrets beget secrets.”

He’s referring to a vicious circle whereby physicians, overwhelmed by peer, time and system pressures, perpetuate medical practices that they know to be ineffective or even downright dangerous; their inaction breeds misinformation among patients and next-generation doctors, allowing the cycle to continue and worsen as false ideas and unrealistic expectations get lodged deeper and deeper in our collective psyche.

The book reads a bit like this phenomenon: Page by page, chapter by chapter, the sense that our medical system does more harm than good feels increasingly overwhelming. In parts—for example, when Newman digs into a statistical concept known as NNT, or Number Needed to Treat—it can feel like there’s no way out.

Yet on the whole, Hippocrates’ Shadow is actually an uplifting book, a well-written, fun-to-read exposé with optimism at its core. Keep reading

‘Better’ Healthcare

By Sara Calabro

New York magazine’s latest cover story, on the impending financial doom of many New York City hospitals, is just one more reason to read Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande.

Insurance red tape and the high costs associated with caring for underserved populations have put many inner city hospitals in a dire position. Better does not provide the answers, but rather, the inspiration for improvement that’s too easily lost in today’s challenging healthcare environment.

Gawande’s book will appeal to readers beyond just those who work in hospitals. It’s about what it means to be a good doctor, but also about the universal human drive to rise to the occasion and exceed expectations. Keep reading

Chew on Acupuncture

By Sara Calabro

Acupuncture Is Like Noodles, the followup to Lisa Rohleder’s The Remedy, is another inspiring dive into the world of community acupuncture.

Rohleder is back with her tell-it-like-it-is style, never shying away from expressing distaste for the attitudes that she says are classist and at fault for acupuncture being primarily an upper-middle-class luxury.

Acupuncture education and treatments—offered according to the private-practice model, at $65 and up per session—are overpriced and irresponsible, says Rohleder, who effectively softens the blow of her many bold statements with a noodle metaphor.

The book’s title refers to the potential simplicity and widespread usefulness of acupuncture, if only it were available to larger and more diverse populations through models like the one Rohleder founded and fiercely champions. Keep reading

The Community ‘Remedy’

By Sara Calabro

The Remedy: Integrating Acupuncture Into American Healthcare is a little book—just over 100 pages—that packs a powerful punch.

Author Lisa Rohleder is the founder of Working Class Acupuncture, the first-ever community acupuncture clinic, located in Portland, OR. Rohleder, disenchanted with the traditional private-practice model of high prices for one-on-one sessions, opened her clinic in 2002 to cater to middle class people. “If you build it, they will come” was her mantra, and she was right. Keep reading