Acupuncture One

        When the wonderfully effective practice of acupuncture becomes common in the United States, health-care might become more affordable. We could pay less for better health care. Anesthesiologists might lose most of their work. We would get better care of our health because acupuncture handles a significant number of procedures better than do present practices.

        MDs, surgeons, and anesthesiologists form a group not interested in supporting acupuncture for fear of experiencing a drop in income. Anesthesiologists might have a good reason for that fear.

        The huge amount of drugs American doctors prescribe would probably lessen. Acupuncture is is great for reducing pain and for eliminating it. Fewer prescriptions would mean less profit for drug manufacturers and savings for many of us. Drug manufacturers have formed and use powerful lobbying organizations in Washington. Drug companies contribute huge sums of money to selected kinds of medical research.

        Drug manufactures are unlikely to support a health system founded on a broad base of health expertise rather than one based on the use of drugs.

        So, a large part of the present medical establishment is organized to resist the use of acupuncture. Acupuncture is better for health than it is for business.

        For the individual, acupuncture could mean significantly lower medical costs and better health. What can an individual do about acupuncture and better care of our health? Not much. However, individuals can do all that is necessary. Please not the "s" I have used as the last letter in the word  "individuals." Individuals know about cooperation and can act together to form powerful organizations. Organizing need not be complicated, but it does take persistence.

        More later.



by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill

From Taoist Writers of Around About 1700

I find something attractive about a philosopher who laughs with me. I have enjoyed the humor of certain Chinese Taoists. I find much of their writing witty and accessible. Much is also wise and usable.

Their use of a phrase like the following has moved my thinking and perceiving in useful ways:

  • Accept the reality of the available freedom.
  • Easy does it.
  • Attend to your energy reserve.
  • No regrets.
  • Set your burden down and enjoy the water. 
  • The door is not locked.
  • Peacefully rejoice in reality.
  • Know the joyful security wandering where there is no path.
  • Enjoy your wit and romantic adventures.
  • Is it really so?
  • Great knowledge and long life.
  • How do you know that it is so?
  • Be little moved by praise and blame
  • Discriminate.
  • Be clear about the nature of honor and disgrace.
  • Small self, little vanity.
  • Know the rule without ruling.
  • Know you
  • Be willing to know the quality of your perception.
  • Let go of the clutter and the trivia.
  • Nothing is useless.
  • All is useful.
  • As you smell the roses, hear the music.
  • Nothing depends on your point of view.
  • As you speak, be aware of how little you know.
  • Your opinion is changing at this instant
  • Let them be.
  • How can we understand it all in one day?
  • Clarify your understanding today,
  • Embrace reality.
  • Day-dream and smile. 

I guess I need to learn some taoist jokes. I did not include much humor here. Still, you might be moved to smile or laugh as you contemplate one of the phrases. 



by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill