Skip to main | skip to sidebar modern materialism atoms and the void. buy viagra without prescription And yet it is all so very much indeed. Sunday, may 30, 2010 acupuncture revisited: idiot edition i haven't been blogging lately (sorry, that whole dissertation thing), but i've been moved to anger over this article "think acupuncture's a hoax? Think again. ": i think what bugs me the most is that the idiot who wrote the article, elizabeth armstrong moore, calls herself "a skeptic". viagra generic prescription It's like homeopaths calling themselves "practitioners of evidenced-based medicine". The argument in the article is as follows: some doctors poked mice with needles, and they noticed an upswing in adenosine, and anti-inflammatory, soothing chemical. Therefore acupuncture is not a hoax, it works, and we should all carry around personal acupuncture kits. You really can't make this shit up. buy 25mg viagra online Recall what we learned last time, when we looked at a recent meta-analysis of acupuncture treatments in bmj: "a small analgesic effect of acupuncture was found, which seems to lack clinical relevance and cannot be clearly distinguished from bias. Whether needling at acupuncture points, or at any site, reduces pain independently of the psychological impact of the treatment ritual is unclear. order viagra online " moore says that there is a "seeming lack of evidence" that acupuncture works. But the case is stronger than that. We have a seeming presence of evidence that acupuncture does not work. generic viagra online It "seems to lack clinical relevance". viagra 20 mg tablets "clinical relevance" means "works". The problem for acupuncture is not that there's no plausible physical mechanism by which it might work. viagra online Our real skeptic, orac, said this: "there are needles breaking the skin in acupuncture. It was, at least to me, not entirely implausible that that might have some sort of physiologic effect. " the problem is that even if there's a plausible physical mechanism by which it works and even if it does in fact cause an increase in adenosine, we still know that it isn't clinically significant. You can't improve people's health by using it, beyond what you could do by giving people placebos. It may "do something". But doing something is not the same as working. No one doubts that sticking needles into someone does something. where can i buy viagra But why do it if it doesn't relieve their pain? Furthermore, the. buy 25mg viagra online