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A common criticism of nullopathy is that it cannot be combined with other modalities. Skeptics say that it is impossible to do something and nothing at the same time. This is certainly true, but it is naive: you can combine the principals of nullopathy with other modalities. For example, nullopathic pills are called “homoeopathy”.

I’ve just read about a very interesting study on David Colquhoun‘s blog about acupuncture. Apparently, some German researchers have compared acupuncure to conventional medicine and found it to be better. They also tried an arm of “sham” acupuncture, where the acupuncture was done all wrong, which worked just as well as the real acupuncture. The so-called “bad science bloggers” say that this shows that acupuncture is a placebo, but this fails to consider the nullopathic component of ‘sham’ acupuncture, which is a potentially confounding factor. This study equally well supports the conclusion that nullopathy is as good as acupuncture.