More dubious acupuncture research

Believe it or not, I happen to be on vacation this week. Fear not, it’s a stay-at-home vacation (sometimes the best kind) and therefore my vacation doesn’t mean I’ll stop blogging. In fact, I consider blogging to be part of my recreation. What my vacation does mean is that I will probably slow down a bit and not do posts that force me to do a lot of background reading. It also means that, because I went to an actual rock concert last night (something I haven’t done in years), not only did I sleep in a bit and therefore not have that post that usually goes up here by 8 or 9 AM, but I didn’t have time to come up with any of the Insolence, either Respectful or Not-So-Respectful variety, that you’ve come to crave every day, before my planned activities for today commence.

Oh, well. It’s vacation. Cut me some slack.

Fortunately, an old “friend” has taken care of critically examining an acupuncture study that’s been making the rounds since late last week (I know you were wondering why I didn’t take it on last Thursday or Friday, didn’t you?), with a post entitled Needles in the skin cause changes in the brain, but acupuncture still doesn’t work, or, as it should have been subtitled, “I do not think it means what you think it means” (referring to the results of the study, of course).

If there are any neuroscience mavens out there, have at it. Actually, you don’t have to be a neuroscience maven to have at it. In fact, everybody, just have at it.

And, as a certain Cyborg from a certain series of movies would say, “I’ll be back.” Probably tomorrow. Maybe tonight if I’m bored.