Skeptic News: Complementary Army Therapy

The US army has launched a program of complementary and alternative medicine including many untested and unproven therapies.

Veterans and GI’s returning from combat are now able to receive a variety of complementary techniques for pain relief such as acupuncture, hypnosis, biofeedback, relaxation therapy and Qi gong.

The Army’s surgeon general, Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, is a powerful advocate for alternative therapies and his Army Medical Command has launched an ambitious program to learn what alternative approaches work and make them a standard of care. He stated:

“What we’re doing here is to open the aperture, as I say it, to a much wider range of modalities that can be applied to the management of both acute and chronic pain, and they’re largely focused on the results of pretty careful studies.”

Those who have read Jon Ronsons “The Men Who stare at Goats” will recall that the US Army has previously invested in projects to explore the military application of the paranormal.

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