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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.


Big Medicine

Electra Allenton, ND, MSOM, LAcTwice recently, I’ve been given a gift of someone’s medicine.  It’s not what you’re probably thinking.  In today’s troubles with an opioid epidemic, with ADHD medication sharing or selling on school campuses, and things like that, being given medicine sounds very strange.  I’m not talking about pharmaceutical drugs, though.

I’m talking about plant-based medicine that heals as much through history and meaning as it does through phytochemicals.

I am talking about relationship and communication, fostered through our less intellectualized senses like smell and taste and touch, between humans and humans and between humans and our world.


Those waters are still troubled, but we’re coasting along.

Electra Allenton, ND, MSOM, LAcDear ones, I’m ready to go!  How about you?

For anyone looking back…back…back through time at this blog post, I want to give you some context.  It is November of 2016.  Last week, Donald J. Trump became our president-elect.  There’s almost no one in the country who hasn’t had an emotional response, whether it’s elation at having the sense of being heard and seen, or fear at what drastic changes will come.  Everyone’s relative sense of safety has shifted for better or worse.  And, our country is remarkably polarized.

My clinic is in Portland, Oregon.  I’ve lived in Portland on and off since 2001, and I’ve lived in quite a few places in the United States and in the world.  I am a white, cis-female, neurotypical human being. But even though I am these things, I want to assure you –whoever is blessing me by reading my post here– that I am doing my best to seek training and experiences so that you are safe in my care.  You’ve maybe looked around my website to get a sense of who I am and what I offer to my patients.  I want to, straightaway, tell you my core values:

I value quality of life.

I value informed autonomy and agency – a.k.a. independence –
within an interdependent society.

I value a strong and resilient sense of self.

I believe these things are the root of healthy self-esteem, healthy relationships and the basis of a secure place in society.

I’m currently starting up my practice, but once it’s rolling smoothly I hope to donate some of my net income (after my professional bills are paid but before I get paid) to charities that will support vulnerable people in our country. There are so many to choose from that I haven’t decided yet, but I think the ACLU reflects my values pretty well.  They are also generous in lending lawyers to other organizations who defend the vulnerable among us.

I look forward to meeting you, and hope I can be a bridge to your becoming whole!


Beginnings, spanning a bridge over troubled waters.

Dear ones, I have received my acupuncture license from the Oregon Medical Board, and am working on getting malpractice insurance and opening up scheduling at the place I will practice!

I look forward to serving anyone who has been set off-kilter by this election season, who is shaken and unsure of their security or identity in this political climate.

I have been waiting to be involved in my community for more than 6 years; I hoped and trusted that once I was qualified and vetted to serve you, I will be able to bring peace and healing to my patients and my colleagues and my profession and my community, and I am so excited to be opening my practice!

You can find out how to contact me or make appointments through this page.

You can find other updates at my parallel Facebook Page.

If you want to learn more about my medical philosophy, thoughts, and updates, you can follow my blog here, or sign up for my newsletter (when it is set up).