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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: Subject: More official nonsense from Washington Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 04:05:23 -0500 As if we didn't have enough pseudo-science and science-bashing to put up with from Washington, now the FDA has officially sanctioned -- at least partially -- a particularly ancient form of mythology known as acupuncture. This quaint quackery has largely fallen out of favor in recent years, following it's heyday a decade ago, when clinics devoted to making human pincushions were found on alternate street-corners. As disillusionment set in and the clients discovered it just didn't work, even the glamor associated with using this Chinese superstition didn't offset the failure. Now the Congress has validated the classification of acupuncture needles as "medical devices," and the quacks will be back in business in no time. Why don't we also designate ordinary sewing-needles (for removing splinters) and Kleenex tissues as medical devices? I thank the Congress for once again establishing its naivety, to reassure us that things are the same as they've always been in Washington. JR


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