Television being what it is, it can be rather difficult to research the stories presented. I don’t record the television news and at my age, my memory is a good deal less than perfect.
What I do remember from the Wednesday, December 16 edition of the CBC Television News at 6:00, is someone telling me that acupuncture cures migraine headaches. Not for everyone mind you, but definitely for some people. I remember there was no qualifiers to this. It wasn’t that someone was claiming acupuncture cures migraines. It was a definitive statement by the reporter – acupuncture cures migraines for some people.
It is pure nonsense of course, but I couldn’t help wonder what evidence the reporter had, to substantiate the claim. I could be wrong in my assessment after all. Perhaps some new research had demonstrated a strong link between acupuncture and pain relief. It would have to be new research, because after twenty years of past research, acupuncture has failed to show positive pain relief much beyond a placebo. Read the rest of this entry »