Are you a doctor?

Are you a Doctor?
An open letter the medical community by Stephen Thompsen, LAc

Throughout my career, I have been asked over 500 times if I was a medical doctor. And, for many years, I proudly said, ‘no, I am an Acupuncturist; how can I help you [eyebrow raised]?’ As though I was some kind of super doctor; a stronger, better, faster version of a medical practitioner. Over time, though, I started to change my answer as I began to understand the significance of what they were asking me. Those potential patients weren’t asking me if I was necessarily an allopathic medical doctor, but was I a practitioner of health qualified to practice within the medical field. Did you have to go to medical school? Do you have to have a degree before going into TCM school? Are you licensed or governed by professional board? All of these questions and many more are/were asked of me almost on a daily basis by people unfamiliar with TCM which number in the hundreds every week. Yet, these questions are not asked of a Doctor of chiropractic, physical therapy, dentistry, or pharmacy, though our scope of practice is larger, our treatment of disease more refined and inclusive.

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Spring Allergies

It’s the end of March, which means seasonal allergies are right around the corner right? So maybe that’s wishful thinking here in Madison this year.  However, it really is the time to start protecting yourself against seasonal allergies, especially if you are one of the 35 million Americans who suffer from sneezing, wheezing, congestion, runny nose and itchy watery eyes due to seasonal allergies. 

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