Plus, the usual media gullibility
Starting with a provocative statement and finishing with nonsense worthy of Lewis Carroll, the headline in the September 11 Calgary Herald read; Acupuncture helps relieve headache, back pain, whether placebo effect or not: study.
According to the article, “The new analysis was published online Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine. The federal government’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine paid for most of the study, along with a small grant from the Samueli Institute, a non-profit group that supports research on alternative healing.” Researchers with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and several universities in England and Germany wrote that the results ‘provide the most robust evidence to date that acupuncture is a reasonable referral option,’ . Read the rest of this entry »