Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Randi on Acupuncture II - A "Mythology of Pseudoscientific Mumbo-Jumbo":

James Randi recently stated in "More Evasion":

"so, to the NCI [National Cancer Institute] and the NIH [National Institutes of Health]: here's the answer to my question, which is: 'is there any scientific, double-blind research that shows acupuncture is effective?' No, there is not. Acupuncture is a well-developed mythology of pseudoscientific mumbo-jumbo that ranks high in the quackery constellation, fails carefully-designed tests, and makes fortunes for the practitioners largely because of the reluctance - no, the refusal - of the NCI and NIH to level with the citizens of the USA. [hear, hear]."

Note: and acupuncture is part of naturopathy, which in my view is quite the "quackery constellation". NCI also has a horrid definition of naturopathy, but it does speak to naturopathy's inclusion of acupuncture:

"a system of disease prevention and treatment that avoids drugs and surgery. Naturopathy is based on the use of natural agents such as air, water, light, heat, and massage to help the body heal itself [coded vitalism]. It also uses herbal products, nutrition, acupuncture, and aromatherapy as forms of treatment."

From this definition, you will not be informed that naturopathy is absurd, since it labels the profoundly science-ejected as scientific, e.g. that naturopathy is based upon vitalism, which is several decades [generously] DECEASED in terms of science. Nor does it speak to the requisite supernaturalism that is bound up with naturopathic vitalism, also labeled absurdly as science. I can only hope that cancer patients stay away, and ignore NCI's quasi-endorsement / misinformation.
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