Poll Results for the following Question:
Do you support the idea of having just one national acupuncture/Oriental
Total Respondents: 1790
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YES. Let there be only one chief. If you don't like it,
you can always vote him out next year.
All things must have balance to be healthy. Yin - Yang, a
choice is good, balance is nice.
So that will be able to set a professional stantard
The person below who talks of the AMA is right. Just look
at our organizations today. We have already started to restrain the trade
of acupuncture in this country. Asian DCMs can't practice here without going
through all the liscensure requirements. We are even trying to prevent our
own health care professionals like MDs, DCs, DDS, and DPMs from practicing
acupuncture. This practice stifles the free flow of thought and will ultimately
hurt patients who could have otherwise benefited by the free flow of knowledge
between all health care professionals of the whole world. Let's not build
organizations that will create more beaurocracy of professional self interest.
Let's break down the barriers to the free flow of knowledge and practice
so that all of humankind may benefit.
If we have one organization we will fall into the good old
boy system. We will have only a few cocky "elitists" controlling the rest
of us. They will pass the titles of president, acuupuncturist of the year
and etc. around to each other and pat each other on the back as they stab
the rest of us in our backs. Just look at the AMA. The majority of medical
doctors don't belong to the AMA or profess to believe in their political
and feverently "religious" bias that only American western medical doctors
are gods of the body. European and asian medical doctors can practice throughout
the world without taking medical exams in every country and being lucky
enough to land a residency except in America. This is how the AMA locks
out competition. European and asian doctors should be able to practice here
and bring with them their knowledge which would allow the whole health care
society grow their IQ. Lets not be arrogant to think that one organization
will satisfy us all because it won't!
If one reads this question as it is written, it is simple
ignorance to answer yes. There are different national AOM organizations
for different purposes that do not overlap - AOM educational program accreditation,
professional certification, an organization of colleges, and national professional
membership orgs such as general AOM orgs, sports acupuncture orgs, qigong
orgs, oriental bodywork therapy orgs, detox specialists, and on and on,
simply cannot exist as one entity, either functionally or legally.
If the question was meant to refer only to professional membership organizations,
as I suspect it was, and I will bet that is how most readers have interpretted
it - I would declare the results you gather from this poll to be invalid
as a result - anyone who answers yes to the question is oblivious to the
professional world they operate in and know nothing of human nature. We
will not have one national AOM professional organization for the same reason
we do not have one national civic org. that we all donate to or volunteer
for, one national art form, one national newspaper or magazine, etc, etc.
As a people, we insist on freedom of choice and expression and on the checks
and balances that a free enterprise system ensures. We cannot then complain
of the headaches that accompany lack of uniformity. The voices of the AOM
community are many and diverse - it's way past time we got used to the idea.
The ones who cry the loudest for this so-called unification are the very
ones who would be the first to scream if their own ideas and practices were
contravened in the interests of unity.
Acupuncture is so diverse that in Australia, we have several
Practitioners and Health Care Providers that are not affiliated with an
organisations. They must be accredited to get a patient rebate from Private
Health Funds and that alone is enough recommendation.
The more practitioners in one organization, the voice of
this organization will have more power!
i think that chiropractors should give acupuncture since
they introduced it to America back in the early 1971.It goes with chiropractic
should be one assn, but i doubt that you could get the alliance
folks to embrace the idea that there should be only one practitioner of
oriental medicine, and that non-LAc's should not have membership in the