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.
[The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast S01E07. Original release date November 19, 2021.]
Hi, you are listening to the decolonizing medicine podcast. I'm your host, Jamee Pineda, coming to you from Piscataway territory, otherwise known as Baltimore, Maryland. I happen to be recording today on Undas, aka Araw Ng Mga Patay, or Day of the Dead. In the islands now known as the Philippines. This is a practice of pre colonial origins where people would spend time visiting family graves and communing with their ancestors. I'm not able to visit my ancestors graves in person right now, but my work, my values, and inspiration are rooted in those that came before me to contribute to the liberation of those that come after me. This is why this podcast center's Black and Brown practitioners and conversations about decolonization and healing work. I've got a few quick announcements to list off for you all. I am very excited to share that my first ever zine is now available online in a digital format. It's called Metal: Ritual + Reflection. This zine is part of a seasonally themed series on the five phases of Chinese medicine. If you are interested in working with me one on one for Hilot or Chinese medicine. My books are now open for November and December of this year. For more info on my work or to sign up for my email list go to linktr.ee/jameepinedahealingarts and that's link tree spelled li nk tr.ee. my guest for today is kuwa jasiri Indomela. kuwa jasiri is a seed plus medicine plus birth keeper, storyteller plus wordsmith plus coach, and the one engages in international writing and speaking opportunities that affirm people of heritage. As an intersex, Ghanaian Cuban, the one is immersed in their ancestral traditions, liberation and rest. The one infiltrates able-bodied, pale or white, and cis-led spaces advocating for us marginalized folks and resource return. This founding steward of Artistic Apothecary currently resides on Taino territory, otherwise known as Boriken. Okay, welcome listeners to The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast. And I'm so excited for today's conversation with kuwa jasiri Indomela. kuwa jasiri would you like to do a quick introduction of yourself?
[The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast S01E06. Original release date October 20, 2021.]
Jamee: Mabuhay! You are listening to The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast. We will be exploring the intersection of decolonization and healing work with Black and Brown practitioners involved in a variety of modalities. I'm your host Jamee Pineda coming to you from Piscataway territory otherwise known as Baltimore, Maryland. My ancestry is mostly Tagalog and some Chinoy, but I was raised here on Turtle Island. I am also a queer non-binary trans person and a practitioner of Hilot and Chinese medicine. I've got a couple quick announcements for October. I will be starting a QTBIPOC 5 Phase Qi Gong series again on October 30th through December 18th. That is one hour a week every Saturday between those two dates from 11 a.m to 12 p.m Eastern Standard Time. I'm also going to be taking a break from one-on-one sessions in October, but per request my books are open for November. So just check out the link in the show notes if you're interested in scheduling with me. Don't forget there are captioned episodes available on YouTube. For more info on my offerings or to sign up for my email list you can visit linktr.ee/jameepinedahealingarts. My guest for today is Tiana Dodson. Tiana is a fat body liberation coach and facilitator who's out to destroy the belief that you have to be skinny to be happy and healthy, lovable, or worthy. Through her work with the Fat Freedom programs, she guides people feminine-of-center to reconnect with their bodies, destigmatize fatness, and learn about the harms of health being a measure of worth all while finding how they can live their best fat lives
[The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast S01E05. Original release date September 20, 2021.]
Jamee: Mabuhay! You are listening to the Decolonizing Medicine Podcast. We will be exploring the intersection of decolonization and healing work with Black and Brown practitioners
involved in a variety of modalities. I am your host Jamee Pineda coming to you from Piscataway territory, otherwise known as Baltimore, Maryland. My ancestry is mostly Tagalog and some Chinoy, but I was raised here on Turtle Island. I am also a queer non-binary trans person and a practitioner of Hilot and Chinese medicine. My guest for today is Carolyn Collado.
They are a writer, decolonial dreamer, ancestral homecoming coach, and founding steward of
Recovery for the Revolution. They are a queer, non-binary, Afro Taino, neurodivergent human in long-term recovery and believe recovery from a decolonized anti-oppression lens can point the collective towards liberation.
[The Decolonizing Medicine Podcast S01E04. Original release date August 22, 2021.]
Jamee: You are listening to the decolonizing medicine podcast. We will be exploring the intersections of decolonization and healing work with Black and Brown practitioners involved in a variety of modalities. I am your host, Jamee Pineda, coming to you from Piscataway territory otherwise known as Baltimore, Maryland. My ancestry is mostly Tagalog and some Chinoy, but I was raised here on Turtle Island. I am also a queer non-binary trans person and a practitioner of Hilot and Chinese medicine. The guest for this episode is Christian Totty. Christian is of Black and Cusabo ancestry. She was born, raised, and currently resides on the traditional homelands of Kiickapoo, Shawandasse Tula, and Myaamia relatives in the Northwest Ohio region. Christian is the founder of LOAM Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is the first woman of color to own and operate an acupuncture clinic in the area. She founded LOAM in 2018 as the culmination of her intersecting curiosity in culture medicine and ecology. Christian also has advanced training in diversity, equity, and inclusion; urban farming; and breath work.