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I Don't Buy It: Ear Stapling for Weight Loss

I Don't Buy It: Ear Stapling for Weight Loss

I have heard of some crazy approaches to weight loss and this one might just take the cake – ear stapling. A stainless steel staple is placed on the inner cartilage of the ear to constantly stimulate the acupuncture point associated with the stomach. The staple is supposed to decrease hunger as well as cravings. The cost is generally around $60 and you can keep the surgical staples in your ears for months. "Placing the staple" is a little euphemistic since the action is more like a piercing and infection rates can be as high as 20 percent. While acupuncture has been around for centuries (and you don't walk around with a needle in your ear cartilage), the stapling procedure is quite new and many states have no regulations regarding the procedure. Mississippi was the first state to require a practitioner to be licensed to perform the stapling and Ohio now requires it too.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no evidence that stapling works. There is no magic pill or magic staple for weight loss. Even proponents of ear stapling admit that to lose weight you need to lead an active lifestyle and actively want to lose weight.

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