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Alternative to health: The Telegraph does a totally credulous piece on naturopathy

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There is so much pseudoscience being spouted off in this piece it’s hard to keep track of it all. A smorgasbord of nonsense health treatment claims. Alternative health: what is naturopathy?. It is perhaps easier to list what the naturopath Katrin Hempel doesn’t offer her clients than what she does. “Bioresonance and live blood analysis,…

Acupuncture or child abuse? Child in China abused by teacher

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This would not be called acupuncture in the US, it would be called outright abuse, which it is. Girl gets kidney failure after kindergarten teacher forcibly performs acupuncture on her. A three year old girl was diagnosed with pulmonary infections and kidney failure after her kindergarten teacher in Zhumadian, Henan province allegedly performed acupuncture treatment…

30 patients contract tuberculosis after visits to the same acupuncture clinic

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Add another drawback to acupuncture: possible infection with primary inoculation tuberculosis. That does not sound good. A new paper is published showing a correlation of acupuncture and electrotherapy with onset of a form of tuberculosis. PLOS ONE: Analysis of 30 Patients with Acupuncture-Induced Primary Inoculation Tuberculosis. Abstract: Primary inoculation tuberculosis is a skin condition that…

Use of acupunture appeared to work on injured owl

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Another case of animal acupuncture that shows no proof that it actually worked. Animal rescue center tries ‘OWLcupuncture’ to heal wounded bird – KATV. A Central Arkansas rescue organization is using an unconventional treatment to get an injured owl back on her feet. “We take these animals that have human-caused injuries, and when there is…

Zoo swan is victim of quackery

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Zoo acupuncture is popular. I feel bad for the poor critters having to endure the silliness. Phila. Zoo experimenting with acupuncture – Philly.com. Donna Ialeggio, a staff veterinarian at the Philadelphia Zoo, has been trying to cure a black-necked swan’s bumblefoot for 31/2 years. She’s finally found something that seems to be working: acupuncture. “The…

Left in a prickly situation at the acupuncturist

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Not an enviable position. But you wouldn’t catch me having acupuncture to begin with. Acupuncture patient makes 911 call after being left pinned and stuck in clinic | wfaa.com Dallas – Fort Worth. It was an unusual 911 call in Arlington. “Yes, I’m locked in someone’s business establishment,” a woman reported. “I don’t hear anybody.…

Electro-acupuncture ordered for youth criminal in U.K.

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Whoa! What an appalling order to undergo useless treatment. Teenage thug sentenced to receive electro-acupuncture following crime spree – Crosby Herald. 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…

Acupuncturist wanted: Specializing in tigers

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Ill tiger gets some quack vet care. Acupuncture for Sumatran Tiger at Israel Zoo. A Tel Aviv-area zoo decided to treat a 14-year-old male Sumatran tiger with alternative medicine when all else failed, calling in an acupuncture specialist. Pedang, who suffers from chronic ear infections, is a resident at the Ramat Gan Safari, an open…

I feel bad for the turtles

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A completely credulous, poorly researched, biased and kind of silly article about acupuncture for sea turtles. Acupuncture helps hypothermic turtles – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger. Two endangered sea turtles that are shells of their former selves after getting stranded on Cape Cod during a cold spell are getting some help easing back into…

I’m getting itchy reading this promo piece on acupuncture for allergies

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Here is another tall tale about the efficacy of acupuncture. Allergy sufferers getting rid of over-the-counter allergy meds for acupuncture “Acupuncture actually decreased the symptoms of allergies. Itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion and you needed less medication,” [Jamie] Starkey [lead acupuncturist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine] explained of the study. Instead of…

Swiss healer accused of infecting clients HIV via acupuncture (UPDATE)

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I’m not what sure “unlicensed” has to do with it. ‘Healer’ infects with HIV – UPI.com. A music teacher and unlicensed acupuncturist in Switzerland was charged on allegations of intentionally infecting 16 people with HIV between 2001 and 2005. A five-judge panel at Bern-Mitelland regional court indicted Maurice Goeller, 53, who does not himself have…

Skeptics poked holes in acupuncture study which needled the study’s author

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An INTERESTING follow up to this story… A sharp difference: Study of sham vs real acupuncture appear good or bad depending on how you view it. The lead author of this acupuncture study complains about “ad hominem” attacks from skeptics. Two skeptical medical blogs give him what’s what. Here is the abstract. In September 2012 the Acupuncture…

Obamacare covers alternative medicine treatments

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This sounds disturbing. Obamacare to cover acupuncture, alternative medicine. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “Obamacare,” what is now called alternative medicine may become as accessible and as widely accepted as conventional medicine. The controversial act specifically mentions complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and integrative healthcare in seven different…