Posted by: yogavet | May 14, 2006

parachutes

This “study” was actually published, in a peer-edited scientific journal:

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Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials

Conclusion: As with many interventions intended to prevent ill health, the effectiveness of parachutes has not been subjected to rigorous evaluation by using randomized controlled trials. Advocates of evidence-based medicine have criticized the adoption of interventions evaluated by using only observational data. We think that everyone might benefit if the most radical protagonists of evidence-based medicine organized and participated in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial of the parachute.

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That was included in our lecture on acupuncture. I got great pleasure in studying that, especially since I recently heard that there is someone in our class who said she “didn’t believe” in acupuncture. This is the same girl who told me that yoga was bullshit (okay, she didn’t say “shit”… but she meant it). I pictured her reading all the evidence toward acupuncture, and how our professor has done surgery on horses, dogs, and sheep, with nothing but a few needles in place… and it made me smile 🙂

alright, time for more anesthesia… just had to throw that in there. (I may be a huge dork, it’s okay, I’m cool with it…)

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