Re: Fw: Will Florida Outlaw Naturopathy?

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri May 26 2000 - 06:35:47 MDT

KPJ wrote:

> |> Can you prove decisively that acupuncture cannot help you lose weight?
> |
> |I can prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, to the standards of criminal
> |law, that the person making the advertisement and selling the
> |services does not have valid evidence that the method is effective.
> So the power humans in the territory where you live have decided they don't
> accept evidence on acupuncture effectiveness against obesity, then?
> Do you suggest that the power mongers have the say on scientific information?

If there is actual peer reviewed, double blind studies that show an effect beyond
that of placebo, then that is admissible in court. If the acupuncturists are
making claims that are in excess of the effects determined in scientific studies,
that is STILL fraud, even if there is evidence of some effect. Exaggerated claims
on a real effect are as fraudulent as any claim on no effect, especially when the
exaggerator KNOWS that he is exaggerating.

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