Whoa! What an appalling order to undergo useless treatment.
A TEENAGE thug who subjected a Litherland family to a series of assaults and intimidation has been ordered to take part in a course of electro-acupuncture.
The 17-year-old boy, also from Litherland, carried out two attacks on the family on October 7, 2012, before damaging a window and door on their property.
In addition to the curfew, the teenager will also be required to attend six sessions of electro-acupuncture – a form of therapy where an acupuncture needle delivers a painless small electrical charge.
Although more commonly used for pain management, the treatment is thought by some scientists to be effective in relaxing the patient by reducing levels of a protein linked to chronic stress.
The article claims this is part of an nationwide initiative. Who decided that electro-acupuncture was a sound idea? The article mentions the Sefton Council but no further details except this:
As part of the project, thousands of children aged between ten and 19 have been treated with massages, acupuncture and healing techniques to reduce crime and drug abuse.
A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Electro-acupuncture is a non intrusive service often available to young people to help manage stress and/or anger issues.
It appears the service may be authorized through them? They claim it has a high success rate but also note that other aspects of treatment are used – a typical thing. What caused the “success”? We can’t tell.
Use of this pseudoscientific stuff is disturbing. Are local science-based physicians and social workers speaking out?
Clinical trials show that acupuncture DOES NOT work. So I’m curious where they get their claims from.