Acupuncture administered to injured bald eagle at University of Florida

This story from facebook was submitted to expose the U of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine using alternative healing on a rescue bird.

Eagle Acupuncture.

This American Bald Eagle, a donation brought to the zoological medicine service three weeks ago after being found injured in Suwanee County, has been receiving therapy for broken bones in its feet and lower leg. Acupuncture therapy has been administered as a supplement to traditional treatment in order to stimulate bone healing, appetite and blood flow in the eagle.

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Yeah, only there is no evidence that it “stimulates bone healing, appetite and blood flow”. This is rather disgraceful and the comments reflect this. Thank you to Martha Keller for the comments she supplied on this FB page.

Univ of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Facebook page

Watch Dr. Martha Keller’s talk from TAM on this pseudoscience in veterinary medicine.

  7 comments for “Acupuncture administered to injured bald eagle at University of Florida

  1. Martha Keller
    September 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Thanks for posting this. As much of a waste of time this treatment is for this bird, the saddest part of this story is how entrenched University teaching hospitals have become in promoting this pseudoscience to the next generation of doctors.

  2. Vin
    October 1, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    love how they use the word ‘donation’…

  3. Martin Scherer
    October 1, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    Martha Keller’s presentation is well worth watching. Factual, accurate and at tmes very amusing.

  4. drwfishesman
    October 1, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Justin Shmalberg who is the Clinical Assistant Professor of Integrative Medicine at UF College of Veterinary Medicine claims in one of his responses on this facebook post that, “Nearly all veterinary schools now teach acupuncture and other integrative medicine techniques due to the huge amount of public interest.” Pretty much backing up what Martha Keller was saying at TAM.

  5. Bob
    October 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    You can get a good education at the University of Florida. It doesn’t happen very often, but you can.

  6. Kate
    October 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Doesn’t the extra handling required to stick needles into this bird cause it additional stress? This isn’t someone’s ailing pet, it’s an injured wild animal. It was not raised to tolerate physical restraint and human contact. The bird is not able to understand what is happening to it or why. As a former zookeeper, this seems like more than a waste of time, it seems cruel.

  7. Am_Sci
    October 1, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Alternative headline suggestion: “Man jabs injured bird with needles, crowd does nothing to stop it”

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