The National Institute of Quackery, D.C.

James Randi --- Wizard (
Wed, 13 Dec 1995 01:13:03 -0500

Let me get this off my chest, please. The Larry King special that I bitched
about featured Dr. Larry Dossey of the National Institute of Health validating a
miraculous cure of multiple sclerosis, and tonight NBC Nightly News gave us Dr.
Wayne Jonas -- also from the National Institute of Health -- validating the use
of a 5,000-year-old form of quackery known as acupuncture. The NIH gave a
doctor $900,000 to assess the effect of acupuncture needles stuck in the ears of
people with bad knees. Were the tests double-blind? Were there control
subjects? Did it occur to anyone to try finding out IF ACUPUNCTURE WORKS AT
ALL? We in the USA are paying our taxes to support a Ministry of Occult
Practices! And there's NOTHING we can do about it. Nothing!

I'm appalled, and you should be, too.
James Randi.