170 Acupuncture for Skeptics
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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 “work” 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.
Hello! I'm interested in a beginner's acupuncture class.
Sorry, we don't really do that.
But my friend is a science nerd who says it's just a placebo and I really want to try it on him.
These are extra-strength.