Alternative Therapies interviewed Dr. Pomeranz
Dr. Pomeranz’s scientific achievements include being first to publish that analgesia in acupuncture is mediated by endorphins and that acupuncture accelerates wound healing in shin by activating sympathetic nerve terminals in the skin.
Well known – for his eminent scientific work in the field of acupuncture, Bruce Pomeranz, PhD, has been a professor in the Department of Zoology at the University, of Toronto since 1979, and a professor in the Department of Physiology since 1982.
He received his doctoral degree from Harvard Medical School in 1967.
Dr. Pomeranz has received numerous awards throughout his career including the Clifford Woolfe Award from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada in 1994,
the Weigand Foundation Lectureship from the University of Toronto in 1991 and the
Dag Hammersjold Medal from the Academie Diplomatique tie la Paix (Brussels) in 1986.
He has published over 66 papers on acupuncture research in refereed journals,
and 8 acupuncture textbooks. Dr. Pomeranz is currently president of the
American Society of Acupuncture (1992-1996), and serves in the advisory boards of the World Federation of Acupuncture Societies; Harvard Medical School, NIH Center for Alternative Medicine; and the University of Maryland NIH Center for Alternative Medicine.
Alternative Therapies interviewed Dr. Pomeranz at his office at the
University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada in 1996
Alternative Therapies: How would you describe yourself?
Bruce Pomeranz: I’m a neuroscientist whose job is to disprove. Karl Popper, a famous philosopher of science, said you never prove anything, but you try to disprove your hypothesis. You do everything possible that any skeptic could think of to show that the hypothesis doesn’t work; in spite of that, if it still survives, then you’re okay.