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Acupuncture is NOT risk free – Case report of serious injury to heart

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This may be a rare complication but it is STILL just one complication (an extremely serious one) for a treatment that has not shown to be beneficial. Therefore, the risk outweighs any benefit. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery | Life-threatening cardiac tamponade: a rare complication of acupuncture. A 48-year-old korean woman was brought to the emergency…

Not yet published acupuncture results touted in Australia

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Oh, how… sensationalized. Because even according to the article, the headline is misleading. Acupuncture as effective as drugs in treating pain, trial shows An acupuncture trial in four Melbourne emergency departments has found it is just as good as drugs in relieving lower-back pain and that from sprained ankles and migraines. The finding could open…

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…

Acupuncture nightmare: It’s not all “safe” or effective.

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Here’s the bottom line: Acupuncture DOES NOT WORK as a treatment and it can be dangerous. Kim Ribble-Orr’s ‘nightmare’ after acupuncture needle collapses lung | Canada | News | National Post. As a world-class judoka, Kim Ribble-Orr weathered an extraordinary amount of adversity – not to mention battered limbs — to achieve her dream of…

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…

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…

Petition for acupuncture to be covered by Medicare

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This is a piece from a pro-Acupuncture web site. Active lobbying is occurring to push for inclusion of acupuncture into insurance coverage. A waste of your money? Yes. Acupuncturists have a petition. Acupuncture One Step Closer to Medicare Inclusion. The new year has proven to be a promising one for acupuncturists nationwide. On the start…

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…

Acupuncture my EAR!

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Acupucture pinpoints alternative therapy to addiction, anxiety. Once a week, Virginia Rapin has five needles stuck in each of her ears for a treatment that she says helps alleviate her depression and anxiety. The treatment Rapin receives is a form of acupuncture called acu-detox where thin, sterilized needles are placed in specific locations in the…

Acupuncture trial for fatigue lacks placebo group, is positive

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A new study assesses the effectiveness of acupuncture for cancer-related fatigue (CRF) in patients with breast cancer. Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Patients With Breast Cancer: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial We conducted a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial comparing acupuncture with enhanced usual care. Three hundred two outpatients with breast cancer participated. We randomly assigned 75…

Acupuncture administered to injured bald eagle at University of Florida

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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…

A sharp difference: Study of sham vs real acupuncture appear good or bad depending on how you view it

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One research paper, two rather significantly different media reports. What’s the deal with acupuncture? The Guardian puts it this way: Data indicates treatment is more than a placebo, but differences between true and sham acupuncture are modest. USA Today puts it this way: Acupuncture gets a thumbs-up for helping relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches…