One Pseudo-Science Objecting to Another

One Pseudo-Science Objecting to Another

Acupuncture alters no physiologic process and only changes subjective endpoints. It is, at best, a theatrical placebo and at worst, a kind of curse removal, a form of fraud.

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) says it takes time and education to learn acupuncture. Thousands of hours.

Acupuncture, like Western Medicine is a complex subject. It cannot be mastered in a weekend or in a month. All AAMA members, in addition to four (4) years of medical school (MD or DO), must have 300 hours of didactic and clinical acupuncture education and training.

Well, 300 hours is a weekend or a month. It is the same duration needed by chiropractors need to become a chiropractic neurologist. So color me unimpressed.

But does thousands of hours in nonsense equal better care and safety?  I don't think so.  

What is odd is the ongoing turf wars over who can do acupuncture or, to skirt the issue, dry needling.

Acupuncturists worry about dry needling, see it as a Crisis for the Profession.  And they should.  Dry needling shows that the thousands of years of practice and theory are meaningless and unneeded.

In Arizona it was between physical therapists who want to do dry needling and acupuncturists who want to keep it for themselves.

In Oregon and Texas, it is/has been a battle between acupuncturists and chiropractors.

The objection is that chiropractors lack the training to use needles safely and effectively.

As if acupuncturists know how to do their procedure safely. The videos and pictures on the web never have them wearing gloves or using good infection control technique.

"There are two levels of risk," Finkelstein says. "First, doing some damage anatomically by not knowing where to put needles—puncturing the lung, for instance.

As if most of the reported complications are not from acupuncturists.

Second, they could discredit the profession of acupuncture because, without proper training, they may not achieve [beneficial] results."

As if, given the innumerable forms of acupuncture there is 'proper training'.

These battles are odd. The practitioners of Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine objecting to the pseudo-scientific practitioners of chiropractic using their form nonsense.

In a science-based world it would not be an issue: neither TCPM nor chiropractic would be offering their pseudo-medicine.

Points of Interest 03/05/2016
Points of Interest 03/03/2016