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February 09, 2006

Why Ted Kaptchuk's the Man

For those of you who didn't go to school in Boston, and somehow have gone through the life of Acupuncture without hearing the name Ted Kaptchuk (author of The Web That Has No Weaver), you're living under a rock and you need to come out! Ted's focus of late has been on fixing the Western double-blind clinical trial model to work for Acupuncture, which IMHO it doesn't right now.

The British Medical Journal has just published a study of his that pitted placebo versus placebo: Sham-Acupuncture vs. Placebo Pill. At first, it was one versus the other in reducing pain. The winner: no one. The same patients were re-randomized, and then put in a Sham vs Real Acu situation, and a Placebo vs Real Pain Pill one. The winner: Sham Acupuncture. There was a significant difference between the effects of Sham vs the effects of the placebo pill.

Check out the Science Daily Article.

Posted by Admin at February 9, 2006 12:31 PM


Thanks for the head's up, and just wanted to let you know I enjoy your posts very much.

Ted's been showing up more and more on different websites, I keep stumbling upon articles and so forth with his name, even a long interview in PBS.

Have you any idea how I can get his e-mail?

Posted by: Yael Ernst at February 12, 2006 04:58 AM

I wish I knew. It doesn't appear that Ted has a blog or a web page and thus I can't dig up his addy from google.

Posted by: Steve at February 14, 2006 09:00 AM

Given that the first line in the PBS interview (http://www.pbs.org/saf/1307/features/kaptchuk.htm) says he "doesn't surf the web very often" and in another interview (http://journals.medicinescomplete.com/journals/fact/current/fact0703a04i01.htm) he noted that he was unfamiliar with Jerry Springer (or so he said - I don't know him well enough to know if he was joking or not), I doubt that sending him e-mail would do much good. Maybe try calling the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at the Harvard Medical School Osher Institute, since he's doing research there?

Posted by: Brynn at February 7, 2007 02:21 PM