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Practitioner of bee sting therapy accused of negligence

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A California acupuncturist is cited by officials for using a potentially risky treatment that could produce life-threatening allergic reactions. Alhambra acupuncturist’s ‘bee sting therapy’ investigated An Alhambra acupuncturist’s license is on the line after state medical regulators alleged he was “grossly negligent” when using bees to sting patients as part of a medical cure, an…

Acupuncture clinic violations show the risk clearly isn’t worth it

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If you must find a way to shutter up acupuncture clinics, this is a good start. Show they are unsafe. Ottawa Public Health has ordered a Wellington Street West acupuncture clinic to shut down immediately after failing two inspections within a week. Source: New Acupuncture Clinic closed by Ottawa Public Health – Ottawa – CBC…

Dr. Wallace Sampson, advocate for science-based medicine, dies

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Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away on May 25, 2015 in California. We are very saddened at the news and remember Dr. Sampson’s great contributions to the public discussion about “alternative medicine”. Wallace Sampson Obituary Dr. Sampson was the editor in chief of the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, a blogger and editor emeritus at Science-Based Medicine,…

The unacceptable risk of pet acupuncture – Cat swallowed the needle

Treatment? More like abuse.

Well, here’s a thing. If you give a cat (or dog) acupuncture, they may lick or bite it and SWALLOW A NEEDLE! A swallowed needle in a cat treated for feline hyperaesthesia syndrome Touching of the back and needle insertion led to muscle twitching, piloerection and some vocalisation but she settled after several seconds. She…

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…

Carrying around an embedded acupuncture needle for 40 years

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Think acupuncture is harmless? It’s certainly not. Chinese man with chest pains finds he’s had acupuncture needle in stomach for 40 years – Yahoo News Canada. A Chinese man who complained of chest and back pains stunned doctors when they found an acupuncture needle which had been lodged in his stomach for 40 years. Xu…

Komodo dragon acupuncture – Is this cruel?

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Since acupuncture has not been shown to be effective or have any basis in reality, should it be used on animals? Perhaps the humans who are invested in the belief that it does something have all good intentions but when it comes down to brass tacks, acupuncture DOES NOT DO ANYTHING. Putting an animal through…

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…

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…

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…

Knees strewn with gold thread

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An image presented in a major journal is eye-opening — pieces of gold thread infuse the knee joint. X-Ray Reveals Hundreds of Gold Needles in Woman’s Knees | LiveScience. When doctors examined an X-ray image of the knees of a woman experiencing severe joint pain, they found a gold mine: hundreds of tiny gold acupuncture…

Acupuncture is pseudoscience, said for the hundred thousandth time

I’m not sure how many times it has to be said… New Study Exposes Acupuncture As Pseudoscience – SFGate. A new study published online in the journal Cancer suggests that any relief acupuncture brings may be the result of a placebo effect. Researchers followed a group of 47 women being treated with aromatase inhibitors, a…

Zoo swan is victim of quackery

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 for alligator: What a croc!

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A croc(k) of nonsense. Acupuncture Helps Ailing Alligator in Brazil – ABC News. Bino the albino alligator lives at the Sao Paulo Aquarium, where he’s been since 2007. Veterinarians said Wednesday that he was born eight years ago with his ailments, and nothing seemed to alleviate them. So, in early 2011 veterinarians decided to see…

Left in a prickly situation at the acupuncturist

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.…

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

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.

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…

Acupuncture is dead

I would like to think so. Maybe if we say it enough, it will come true. David Colquhoun writes in Acupuncture is a theatrical placebo: the end of a myth: Anesthesia & Analgesia is the official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society. In 2012 its editor, Steven Shafer, proposed a head-to-head contest between those who…

I feel bad for the turtles

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

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…

Louisiana university receives $60K grant for holistic veterinary program

More people are requesting useless treatments, for their pets. LSU Vet School gets grant for holistic medicine | News | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA. Sometime next fall, when a 10-year-old dachshund is suffering from a bad back or a 13-year-old pit bull mix is afflicted with arthritis, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine…

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

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…