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public health social-justice

Vaccinated!

Yesterday (Feb 1) I got the first dose of the available vaccine for SarsCoV2 / COVID19! Because of availability I’m now #teamPfizer and have an appointment for my next dose later this month.

My spouse and I are both in Phase 1A Group 4, but not affiliated with a big hospital or facility, and like so many had been struggling to find appointments with doses available. Patience won! Thanks OHA and Multnomah County and our local hospitals for coordinating, and thanks to our OR National Guard and Army Reserves for serving us civilians! #ReturningVeteransProject And thanks to our new Biden/Harris Administration and Congress for working to get more doses and more money to pay these workers and facilities, to help with transparency of when doses are available, and setting up a system of distribution.

I know there are a lot of other hitches in this and other locations. But keep persisting in looking up availability and tracking your Phase and Group status. We are at a pinnacle of centuries of research, culminating in these rapidly deployed vaccines, and I trust them. Please do the same. Join me in getting vaccinated when you can even though it’s been complicated to do so. Protect the vulnerable who can’t.

Speaking of vulnerable: note that I am using my fingers to cover my PHI (name, birthdate) and also using phot editing to obscure the lot number of my vaccine. Please don’t share your full name and birthdate online folks! It is really easy to steal identities.

#vaccinated #All4Oregon #AcupuncturistsForVaccination #AcupuncturistsForBlackLives #AcupuncturistsForSocialJustice #AcupuncturistsForPublicHealth

#ProgressOverPerfection

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mental health social-justice

Helping the helpers!

Hey there, fellow citizens!

tl;dr: pro bono acupuncture for anyone phone banking for Georgia!!!

So here I live, in Oregon, paying close attention to what is happening in Georgia and how it will affect the upcoming presidential term and the US Senate.  This is a consequential run-off election!

So I thought, I want to help! I’ll phone bank to help Get Out The Vote!  Oh, but my Social Anxiety said, Nope not today. Hard to keep a smile on your face while sobbing and shaking.

So what am I good at that doesn’t trigger my Social Anxiety? 

Acupuncture!

So here’s the deal:

If you show me (sending a screen print or forward via secure messaging) confirmation that you did shifts of phone banking to get out the vote in Georgia and your scheduled shifts coming up, I will provide you one session of stress-reduction acupuncture pro bono so that you can have the emotional resilience to do more shifts! (There will be some New Patient paperwork if you are not a current or past patient. And of course all COVID19 safety precautions will be maintained.)

I figure, if I can facilitate even one other person to be emotionally resilient enough to help Georgians Get Out The Vote, then my efforts shall not be in vain!

Tell your friends!

Dr Allenton having just calmed from a fight/flight moment while trying to do phone banking for GOTV for Georgia
Are you slightly less tearful than I when making phone calls for great causes like civic engagement? Let me help you do more of that!
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mental health social-justice stress-v-stressor

Life is full of stressors. Come resolve some stress!

Wow, it’s autumn in 2020. Back in 2017, I was thinking about social determinants of health and mental health and I’m still thinking about them, endlessly.

While I focus my post- licensure self-guided education on learning about them and how we respond to them and mitigate the risks on a public and on a personal level, I know my acupuncture practice is about that personal level.

We are all under a lot of stress, even if sometimes it blends so seamlessly into ambiance that we no longer notice. (Ever think you’re feeling fine until someone touches your shoulders and exclaims, Whoa! You’re shoulders are as tight as boulders! and you realize that um maybe you are stressed after all.)

Lucky for us, treating the stress in our body is a separate process than treating the stressor that is triggering the stress. And if you can lower your body’s stress levels you can become more resourceful and responsive to your environment, participating more fully and seeing more broadly and engaging more with mutuality and care for your family, friends and community.

There’s lots of ways to complete a stress response cycle, and I think that getting a great acupuncture treatment with some aromatherapy is one of them.

Come and get a treatment!

blossoms in fall backlit by sun
photo credit Electra Allenton 2020
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social-justice Uncategorized

Social Determinants of Health

Need justice, have umbrella, willing to march!
Coming together to ensure mutual security and wellbeing, rain or shine!

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries.

As a part of my education in East Asian medicine and Naturopathic medicine, we looked at not only individual determinants of health (your behavior, your choices, your genes and your upbringing) but the social determinants of health (Are you persecuted by your government or by fellow citizens? Do you have freedom of movement, of the ability to better yourself, to accumulate wealth for security?)

This political climate calls upon us to clarify our values and to look at how our actions influence others, and our role in upholding, ignoring, or resisting our social norms and government codes.

To that effect, I want to share these documents about how we can make sure our Representatives in government truly represent our interests, and how to resist without undermining your cause.

Indivisible Guide: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA, Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.  This is both a guide translated into many languages and in both written and audio format, and a community for support.

198 Methods of Nonviolent Action: Practitioners of nonviolent struggle have an entire arsenal of “nonviolent weapons” at their disposal. Listed below are 198 of them, classified into three broad categories: nonviolent protest and persuasion, noncooperation (social, economic, and political), and nonviolent intervention.