As a world-class judoka, Kim Ribble-Orr weathered an extraordinary amount of adversity – not to mention battered limbs — to achieve her dream of competing in the Olympics.
When a massage therapist tried to treat the headaches she suffered after a 2006 car crash with acupuncture, however, he set off a cascade of health problems that would shatter Ms. Ribble-Orr’s sports-centred life — and raise questions about the popular needle therapy.
The article calls this situation “a rare but well-documented side effect of acupuncture.” Ribble-Orr’s left lung was pierced during acupuncture treatment causing the lung collapse. The therapist who performed the “treatment” was suspended for a year. His appeal was rejected.
Not only was the practitioner off base for using acupuncture on her chest, he adviser her that nothing was wrong when she complained. This information, brought out in the tribunal to discuss the case, also revealed that he feels he WAS in the right and the injury could have been caused by something else. Excuses, excuses.
She ended up with permanent lung damage from an infection and a subsequent blood infection.
The article notes that a report showed that five similar cases had also previously been reported.
We cover acupuncture a lot here on Doubtful News. It’s important to make the point that acupuncture DOES NOT WORK. If I keep saying it, maybe people will get the hint. There is NO good reason to use it and even this small risk does not outweigh the benefit, which is NONE. Medicine does not move forward based on “it worked for me”. It moves forward based on clinical trials and science.
The decision on acupuncture is in. Don’t bother, it may cost you in more ways than one.
If you want to know more about acupuncture, PLEASE, consult this guide written by physicians who have medical training and who point out what they don’t tell you about the foundation and efficacy of acupuncture.
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