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I don’t know why Harriet Hall hasn’t appeared in a blog post yet, but now I have a reason! She Has been active in fighting sham medicine for years. One of her old articles on acupuncture is an excellent breakdown of an ancient practice that is not only a theatrical placebo, but is also probably not ancient.

“Acupuncture works, but placebos work too. Acupuncture has been shown to โ€œworkโ€ to relieve pain, nausea, and other subjective symptoms, but it has never been shown to alter the natural history or course of any disease.”

Here is her talk from a 2012 European Skeptics conference in Germany where she breaks down all different kinds of “Fairy Tale Science and Placebo Medicine.” I skipped to the part about acupuncture for relevancy, but feel free to watch the whole thing if the topic is interesting to you.

↓ Transcript
WYLONA
Hello! I'm interested in a beginner's acupuncture class.
CURTIS
Sorry, we don't really do that.

WYLONA
But my friend is a science nerd who says it's just a placebo and I really want to try it on him.

CURTIS
These are extra-strength.

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