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Acupuncture.

Essential Facts About A Major Scam
An excellent example of biased "positive only" results: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9551280 The above article defending herbal remedies and acupuncture states: "Acupuncture is a traditional technique developed over two thousand years ago based on the insertion of needles or more recently electrical stimulation, based on the Chinese medical theory that diseases are caused by blockages in the flow of energy within the body."  Better than Hypodermic standard needles 2,000 years ago? And no reports of Traditional Chinese Autoclaving or sterilisation? Just Mystical Good News? Or, Chinese medical theory? Really? Even I'd take a closer look at that claim. And the Natural reality is... False at every turn, and demonstrably so. No research - none - has documented the claimed existence/attributes of energy meridians, qi or even acupuncture points - which have risen from 360 [days of year with no anatomical relevance] to 2,000 in a few decades thanks to Western marketing, bogus diploma courses and general unaccountability manifesting in mock up journals. Reflexologists claim 5,000 years. Earliest Chinese texts are from 3rd century BC, and no mention of any needling is in evidence. By 90 BC needling of infected wounds and bloodletting was reported. Archeological evidence is robust and unambiguous. Needles used were huge. It was not until the 1600's that the technology to manufacture acupuncture needles existed.  So, immediately we're down to a generous 400 years. In 1680 the first Western accounts of Chinese medicine [TCM was introduced by Mao in the 1960's] by Wilhelm Rhijn did not mention acupuncture points, "qi" or energy flow. Needles were shoved into wombs and skulls for "thirty respirations". USA try this technique for drowning victims from 1826, reporting 100% failure and that they "gave up in disgust". Western reports of "acupuncture" over
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early 1900's mention not one word of the practice we're today told is 2,000 years old: no points, qi or meridians.  In fact, it mirrored mechanical nociceptor stimulation and endorphin release, with needles jabbed into site of pain.  By the 1900's, "Qi" is still "vapour emitted by, or arising from food". Meridians are still inert vessels/channels with no bodily association.  So, we're down to a few decades - but how few? Enter... The French. Georges Soulie de Morant coined the usage of "meridian" to justify his belief that energy or "qi" moved throughout the body.  He is the first properly documented human being to make that link. It was 1939. However, we had to wait until 1957 until another Frenchman invented auricular acupuncture. Note this is not 'today's acupuncture', nor the claimed "ancient method". It is the notion of unseen energies. Similarly, today we hear much of non existent "toxins" where once we heard of disease carrying "Miasmas".  Some others in France accept this concept. Most French doctors claim this is "resurrecting an absurd doctrine from well deserved oblivion".  So, we're down to 53 years have no scientific or medical community support and seem to be nowhere near China.  Oh - that "TCM" phrase is yet to exist also. Why? Indeed, the only nation to strive to ban acupuncture was China, between 1822 and WWII, under the Chinese Nationalist Government. Post revolution, Mao was faced with the reality after wiping out and exiling his science and medicine community. Disease spiked immediately.  Enter his "Barefoot Doctors" who provided cheap and dangerous "alternative medicine", and broached the power of the Peoples Army when ordered to physically catch all fresh water dwelling snails capable of passing on the parasite responsible for schistosomiasis - causing "Big Belly".  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4990242 Mao's government coined the term "traditional Chinese medicine" - TCM, including herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion and more in the
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1960's. Mao despised the notion, never using any "TCM". He had little trouble manufacturing an entire fake history which - ironically - we in the West could access with ease, from a nation proudly able to suppress the flow of air, much less information.  Chinese do not use the TCM we have invented here in The West. In 1995 a group of visiting American medico's were informed between 15-20% of Chinese use herbal medicine. Almost no Chinese medicine is used in and of itself but with mainstream medicine. It is considered a sign of poor class and ignorance to use any "TCM" by the Chinese in general.  As a student living at Beijing's "Institute of Physical Culture" in 1985, I could access acupuncture treatment and patients in Beijing hospital during highly choreographed visits - the staple of Dictatorships. Once, it took us half a day to find an acupuncturist for a severely concussed colleague. The equivalent to our AIS this institute focussed on winning Olympic Gold. In effect, the iron control that tore athlete families apart in pursuit of national identity also banned any and all "natural medicine".  The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association is a celebration of meaningless “qualifications”, codes of ethics and standards – all carefully crafted by themselves. So, what's happening within this multibillion dollar industry that need face no tribunals, provide data nor adhere to Australian Medical Standards?  Clearly it is a Western marketing success on the back of Communist Dictator Mao's smirking at - then - superior economies. We were scammed via our own gullibility, still are by the Wellness Industry and China has indeed had the last laugh. Acupuncture is a documented placebo effect. If you think youʼre getting it – it works, whether you are, or not. Itʼs you – the recipient who does this “mystical thing”. "In the best controlled studies, only one thing mattered: whether the patients believed they were getting acupuncture. If they believed they got the real thing, they got better pain relief – whether they actually got acupuncture or not! If they got acupuncture but believed they didnʼt, it was less likely to work. If they didnʼt get it but believed they did, it was more likely to work. Acupuncturists can rationalize with great ingenuity. In a recent study using sham acupuncture as a control, both the sham placebo acupuncture and the true acupuncture worked equally well and were better than no treatment. The
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obvious conclusion was that acupuncture was no better than placebo. Their conclusion was that acupuncture worked and the placebo acupuncture worked too!" http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=252 The greatest concern is the use of Oppositional therapy within complimentary therapy. More and more this trick is defined not by what is does - nothing - but by what Monstrous Medicine does to us. Simply - forcing "chemicals", drugs and disease onto unsuspecting "cattle", to maintain profit.  Subjecting high risk D&A clients to this culture is fraught with risk. It skirts with AIDS denialism, homeopathy, conspiracy theories and insistence of fantastically impossible cures, treatments and claims about nature itself. Natural meds often work - aspirin is an example of a properly controlled natural drug, still being researched today.  "Alternative" meds have been shown to not work, or not ever been shown to work. When they do work they become... Medicine.

Refs: Power Point presentation: http://drspinello.com/altmed/acuvet/acuvet_files/frame.htm Acupuncture, placebo effect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=866YvYJRvWw Even Fake Acupuncture is better than none 10 Herbal Myths Is TCM a fraud? Science Based Medicine: “Puncturing the acupuncture myth” Relexology TCM Discovery Lowering blood pressure naturally Placebo: Mind over matter – Google Book Tim Minchin's STORM - humour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB_htqDCP-s
Paul Gallagher. April 28th, 2011.

Paul Gallagher. April 28th, 2011.