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July 13, 2015 / Karen R Adams

you have a choice

10445943_10152602456011675_1062102836865427333_nI am continuously baffled by conversations that go like this:

‘You’re an acupuncturist?’

‘Yes, I am.’

“I always wanted to try that.  I’ve got this [insert issue here] problem.  The doctor hasn’t been able to do anything about it, and I don’t like pain medication, it messes with my head.’

‘I’m sorry to hear that.  We see things like that all the time in the clinic, and acupuncture has been really helpful, often resolving [issue again] after treatment.’



‘Wow, I’ll have to come in.’

And then I never see that person.

Or I bump into them some time down the road, and they say ‘I’ve been meaning to come in for some treatment, I could really use it.’  Same outcome.

If you’re one of these people who think they don’t have the money or the time to use for yourself, to feel better, to optimize your life, let me help you out.

You are not a machine.  Your natural genetic design does not do well with 2 hour commutes, 8 – 10 hour work days, 5 – 6 days a week,  gulping down whatever food is easiest, even if it’s only food-flavored products.   You are not designed to live in a continuous state of stress.  This is, by any measurement east or west, a fact.

Why do you accept that this is the way life is?

It is not selfish for you to carve out the time in your busy life to deal with that back pain before it becomes debilitating.  You are not selfish to budget some money to relieve that stress so you can stop snarling at your children/dog/partner/co-worker.  You are not selfish to invest in discovering the best way to eat so that you stay active and functioning until you’re ready to lay your body down.

You have a choice.  Stop pretending you don’t.


another meKaren is an acupuncturist in Greenfield, MA.  She has a Facebook page where she likes to philosophize, comment on and pass on the things she’s learning.  You can visit her at Karen Adams Acupuncture on Facebook, or on her website:  She’s also the founder/owner of Greenfield Community Acupuncture.  It, too, has a GCA Facebook page and a website:  If you’d like to speak with her, use the form below.


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