Thursday, February 7, 2008

hey doc, watch where you put that needle

Acupuncture is a science that requires very precise placement of needles in specific parts of the body.

How would you feel about a blind acupuncture practitioner?

Juliana Cumbo is a 31 year old graduate intern at the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, Texas. She holds a master's degree in acupuncture and has passed the national board exams.

However, her first application for a license to practice acupuncture in Texas was turned down by the licensure committee. Cumbo has recently applied a second time.

The committee chairwoman, Meng-sheng Lin, said that she would probably vote against granting Cumbo a license. She noted that sometimes acupuncture causes bleeding that can cause a contamination risk.

Cumbo's attorney, David Cohen, says that failing to license Cumbo on the basis of her blindness is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

anyone feel like a game of "pin the tail on the donkey?"

please give your opinion about this in the next post...

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