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