So: the 2011 winner of the worst quackery award is: battlefield acupuncture. This bizarre practice, invented just 10 years ago, offers a trifecta of ills:
It offers no medical benefit and carries a real risk of harm for some patients.
The U.S. government is wasting tens of millions of dollars per year on it, and plans to increase its spending next year.
The patients are wounded combat veterans who have no choice about where to get treatment.
In battlefield acupuncture, the “doctor” (no competent doctor would do this) sticks needles into the patient’s ear to relieve pain.
Incredible. And infuriating.
(Found on Twitter, but I cannot recall who tweeted it).