Abducted by Aliens??


drop capknow some of you think I am a strange duck! And a few of you may think, I was abducted and violated by some space aliens! You might be thinking, now we have the proof! One picture is worth a thousand words. This is indeed the back of your Rural Writer Jim Shinn. Looks pretty strange huh! Well, I would like to tell you the story of how I took my dog out in the back yard the other night, about 1:00 am, and the next thing I knew, I woke up at 5:00 am in the grass, with pain emanating from my back. That’s a cool story, but not the real deal.

Can you guess what really caused the unusual crop circles on my back? No I don’t do paintball, because I am a bad shot, and a big target. My pastor tried to get me to do paintball, but I have never been into seeking physical pain as a source of recreation (except when I was kid and we played tackle football at Bucklin Park.) The truth is, I have been seeking minor pain at an acupuncturist for help with some health problems.

This is not the first time. In El Centro, in the old Garcia market mini-mall at 4th and Ross Avenue, is a very good acupuncturist, in the office of El Centro Acupuncture (370-0516) I went several years back for some neck pain and respiratory problems. It was helpful, and it was covered by my insurance. This time I am going for different reasons, and I hope it is helpful once again.

The first time I was treated, I did not receive the unusual circular bruises. I am assuming different treatments for different problems. When I went in a few weeks ago, David the fine Christian needle doctor who treated me, put some skin-sucking things on my back. He said they were to help improve the functioning of many of my internal organs. Well, at the young age of almost 64, I will take all the help I can get.

The day after my treatment, my wife was shocked when she saw my back. I freaked out for a bit, until I remembered getting sucker punched in the back. Really folks, neither the suckers nor the needles hurt very much!! Acupuncture works for a variety of ailments and when Western medicine is coming up short on good answers for health questions, it is a smart shopper who will check out the alternatives. I am not the only satisfied customer of El Centro Acupuncture, but if you are hurting, or want to heal outside the box, give them a try. I believe you will not be disappointed.

This experience reminded me so something I saw at the Olympics, but didn’t get any information at the time. I saw some athletes with colored circles on their bodies as well, but I just filed it away in my sub-conscious, until my editor reminded me of it. So if it is good enough for Olympic athletes and your Rural Writer, it might be good enough for you! Or we could go paintballing and I would be the only one with a gun!!