Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The other evidence

Things you probably won't read about on the 'natural' health sites...

Acupuncture kills

A review of patients who died soon after acupuncture found a history of punctured hearts and lungs, damaged arteries and livers, nerve problems, shock, infection and haemorrhage, largely caused by practitioners placing their needles incorrectly or failing to sterilise their equipment.

Many of the 86 patients, aged between 26 and 82 years old, died after being treated by acupuncturists in China or Japan, but a handful of fatalities were recorded in the US, Germany and Australia. The most recent death, of a 26-year-old woman in China, occurred last year.

EoR is a little doubtful about this claim, since surely the open channels would actually release blocked qi, remove stagnant heat and realign the five elements, leading to increased vigour and health?

Probiotic marketing claims unsupported

The [European Food Safety Authority] panel concluded that the evidence the industry had submitted to support its claims that various food additives could strengthen the body's defences, improve immune function and reduce gut problems were either so general as to be inadmissable, or could not be shown to have the claimed effect.


The opinions published today were the lastest in a series of rulings. The EFSA had already published five opinions on claims relating to probiotics, all negative, although a spokeswoman said EFSA scientists "avoid using the term probiotics", since it has no proper scientific meaning.

Sounds like more Illuminati-led suppression of alternative miracle cures to EoR.

No evidence for fish oil supplementation during pregnancy

Study leader, Professor Maria Makrides, says there was no significant difference in cases of post-natal depression or the developmental outcomes of children.

"What our study showed was that these supplements really had no effect of clinical importance to either post-natal depression or the cognitive or language development of children in early childhood," she said.

This is the most unbelievable of all. Fish oil, the wonder supplement, may be pointless? Surely all the marketing can't be wrong? The advertisers and the peddlers-of-supplements are only in it for the money? No!

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