[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.