[The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast S02E14. Original release date July 13, 2022.]
Mabuhay, this is the second season of The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast. My guest today is Reverend Priestess Zionarrah, H.O.E.listic health coach. That's H-O-E as in heaven on earth. Reverend is an ordained minister, founder of Taste and See Heaven on Earth Ministries, ancestral medicine keeper and holistic health coach and educator bringing heaven to earth by honoring heaven within, educating at the intersection between science spirit, sex and sensuality. Their practice centers Afro indigenous pleasure based holistic healing and expressive artistry through the activation of ancestral cellular DNA with mystical nourishment, sex illogical shamanism, creation, and play. They specialize in holistic functional nutrition, intuitive somatic bodywork, hypnotherapy, sacred sexuality, and an original channeled energy medicine modality called vocal toning energy massage. The hoelistic health coach integrates modern access with ancient ancestral mystical traditions. If you are new to this podcast, my name is Jamee Pineda. I use he him pronouns, and I am a queer, non binary trans person. And my ancestors are Tagalog and Chinoy. I am also a practitioner of Hilot and Chinese medicine. I practice in person at Fruit Camp in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as virtually now let's get on with our show.
I wrote this post weeks ago, but I needed to let it simmer. Given the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the ongoing gun violence and lack of adequate gun control, and the attacks on trans children I feel ready to share it again. If these incidents seem disconnected to you, all of this violence involves toxic masculinity and removing body autonomy from those who are not white cis men. I am not here to trauma dump, but to provide the context in which I am still finding evidence of joy, communal love, and liberation.
The past 2 months have been a blur. In May I visited my family in California, the first time in 4 years. It was filled with so much joy and laughter and FOOD. I ate tacos and Filipino food every day. It just doesn't hit the same on the East Coast. I surprised my sister for her birthday and my family finally got to meet the love of my life in person.
The pandemic started a little over two years ago, but I haven't flown out to LA in four. I love travel, but I hate TSA. If you are reading this and you are trans/non-binary/gender expansive, you know why, #travelingwhiletrans. The flight to LAX was fine. The return flight rapidly descended into a nightmare when my partner and I arrived at our layover at JFK. Our connecting flight had been canceled and we spent the night on the airport floor.
In retrospect there were many comical points to this story, but I am going to skip to a quick summary of the scary part.
Every morning I walk my dog through an old mill that has since been repurposed for business and residential spaces. One of the original buildings that still remains is made of chipped and weathered red brick. The windows are cracked green glass with what look like bullet holes. I love watching the space transform through the seasons.
In winter the mill has an industrial, post-apocalyptic charm. Spring and summer reveal a lush, verdant side. Cracks in the brick are populated by screeching songbirds. Trees project out of the building in a defiant, vertical landscape. My guess is that seeds were distributed into the brick via bird droppings or nest building materials.
Wood energy in Chinese medicine is about exploration, creating new pathways, and breaking boundaries. Its emotional correspondence is anger therefore its natural direction is up and out. Wood is spring and youthful energy, hence its association with newness and creativity.
Healing is magic. It is the most optimistic calling anyone can answer. In order to heal, you must believe in the possibility of a different reality. You must commit to re-making a piece of the world however small or large. Even a paper cut requires a regeneration of flesh – you remake a part of YOU. The alchemy of sunshine into plants into food is miraculous. Actual starlight makes its way into our bodies to become cells, tissues, and organs. It is a photon that has traveled light years to fuse with you.
When I am the one on the treatment table, I look for traces of wonder in my practitioner. Do they perceive me as an infinite being made of stars or as a problem to be fixed? Are they here for my new world making or are we trapped in preordained possibilities? Technical skills and professionalism alone are not enough for true transformation...
If you haven't already heard, there is a possibility that Roe v. Wade may be overturned. This has wide-ranging impacts that include barring access to safe abortions, but also trans healthcare and medical privacy. The news is horrific, but not entirely shocking given that we live in a patriarchal, colonial culture that prioritizes controlling certain people's bodies over autonomy and reproductive rights.
I pulled three cards today from the Kapwa Tarot:
All three cards show themes of being held: the handler of the champion cock fighter, the elder holding a person as they sleep, a headhunter being held by ancestors while holding the skulls of enemies. I see struggle and conflict. I see the challenge to step up and fight for ourselves and our communities. We must be ready to right the imbalance of power and seek justice for the violations. The strength to do this is seated in our own relationship to healing and rest. Our ancestors hold us, protect us, giving us the ability to rest and dream of something better. They bring us wisdom, introspection, and rootedness. It is a message to take care of ourselves as we rise against oppressive forces.
A traditional part of hilot was abortion care through methods like herbal medicine and massage. There are some practitioners in the Philippines who still practice this. Hilot pre-dates colonization, Catholicism, and the United States. We stand on the shoulders of ancestors that have fought for and cared for their communities. That fills me with so much strength and gratitude.
Even with this knowledge, I can still fall into despair as people's access to healthcare is stripped away. I remind myself now and again to take my own medicine, to love on myself, and to feel whatever it is I need to feel. When I am ready, I regulate my nervous system.
[The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast S01E12. Original release date April 16, 2022.]
Mabuhay! You are listening to The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast with Jamee Pineda. That's me. My guest today is Alex P. Alex is Seattle based and So Cali raised, doing healing and community organizing. They identify as a queer xicanx and they're not fucking with the gender binary. Alex and I go way back from when I was first practicing acupuncture in Seattle. In today's episode, you're going to hear Alex talk about their ancestral medicine and their journey recovering from disordered eating. And I don't know if this is picking up on the mic or not, but my cat is yelling at me from the other side of the door. So you might hear some animals in the background. If you are new to this podcast, let me quickly introduce myself. My name is Jamee. I use he/him pronouns and I am a queer, non binary trans person and a practitioner of Hilot and Chinese medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, the traditional land of the Piscataway. My ancestors are Tagalog and Chinoy. Now, let's get on with our show.
[The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast S01E11. Original release date March 18, 2022.]
Mabuhay! You are listening to The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast. I am Jamee Pineda, a queer non binary trans person and a practitioner of Hilot and Chinese medicine. My ancestry is mostly Tagalog and some Chinoy, but I was raised here on Turtle Island.
In this episode, I'm going to be discussing non compete clauses and why they replicate colonial values. So what is a non compete clause? A non compete clause is something that is very, very common in the medical industry, in the healthcare industry. And it's basically a clause that is in an employee's contract saying that they cannot take away any business from the place that they're working at.
Usually, this means that if you are working at a clinic, you cannot work outside of this clinic in a different clinic within a certain geographical radius. So for example, if I were to work at an acupuncture clinic, that wasn't my own, and I was employed there or working there as an independent contractor, that I couldn't then set up shop in within five miles of that clinic or work for someone else within five miles of that clinic, doing the same kinds of services. And generally, these types of clauses will have a - I'm not sure. I don't know if it's a statute of limitations, but usually there's a time limit for how active that clause is after someone quits their job. In addition to not being able to work within a certain geographical radius of the clinic that you're employed at, it usually includes some kind of restriction on the patients that you see.
If you are employed at Clinic A, for example, you would not be able to see any patients that saw you at Clinic A at Clinic B, at your own clinic or at someone else's clinic that you're working at. This is usually accompanied by some kind of fine. So if you are in violation of that agreement, and you do see someone from Clinic A at Clinic B, you usually are required to pay a certain amount of money to Clinic A for stealing their client, for working with with someone who is one of their accounts. And this might be a set fee, it might be, you know, a percentage of whatever fees you collected from the patients or combination of both.
It's Autism Awareness Month and until last year I was completely UNaware that I am autistic. This knowledge has given me so much compassion and understanding for myself and others (and there is still more to learn). My neurotype is inseparable from how I have been practicing medicine all these years and I thank my ancestors for guiding me into a calling that just FITS.
Attention to detail, webbed thinking, and pattern recognition. When I work with a patient I collect information from ALL aspects of their life to understand how to work with them holistically. It is never just about the disease. It is about the person and their context which includes the communal, environmental, spiritual, physical, and historical.
Hypersensitivity. I am very sensitive to stimuli like scents, textures, and sounds. In everyday life this can be difficult, strong scents and sounds can overwhelm me and cause meltdowns, but in the clinic it is extremely useful. My diagnoses are informed by palpatory exams to detect sensations like heat, texture, tightness, and movement in the body. These subtle sensations give me real time biofeedback about where to needle and how someone is responding to a treatment.
[The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast S01E09. Original release date January 17, 2022.]
Hi, you are listening to The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast. I'm Jamee Pineda, your host, and I am a queer non binary trans person and a practitioner of Hilot and Chinese medicine. My ancestry is mostly Tagalog and some Chinoy, but I was raised here on Turtle Island. This episode is part one of a two episode story with Kalei'okalani Matsui. She will be sharing her experiences as a gestational parent, the impacts of colonization on her care, and her connection to ancestral wisdom. Content warnings for this episode include domestic violence, sexual assault, and medical trauma. There are some exciting things in the works for 2022. One of them is that I am in the process of opening an in-person practice in Baltimore. I also have another zine coming in the 5 phase series. This one will be about wood. For updates on my work, you can sign up for my mailing list at linktr.ee/JameePinedaHealingArts. As always, Patreon has been so helpful in allowing me the creativity and flexibility to do these projects and make medicine more accessible in many different ways.
Aloha nui, Jamee!
Are you ready to talk about this?
I am mākaukau.
I'm so excited. How are you doing today?
Today, you know running around all over the place and as usual, so I'm doing really good you know every other days like ups and downs. But right now I'm floating on a high just because of this opportunity to speak with you and on this beautiful podcast. I feel really honored and just very welcomed and warm. So, mahalo.
[The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast S01E08. Original release date December 18, 2021.]
Jamee Pineda: Hi, you are listening to The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast. I'm Jamee Pineda, a queer, non binary trans person and a practitioner of Hilot and Chinese medicine. My ancestry is
mostly Tagalog and some Chinoy, but I was raised here on Turtle Island. Everyone's experience with autism is unique. So I encourage you to listen to many people's experiences, especially Black and Brown, queer and trans folks, because we are often overshadowed by white dominant narratives.