Latest Trend in Weight Loss Could Have Consequences

March 17, 2006 – Posted at 6:21 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- K8 news reported a few weeks ago about a new trend in weight loss...ear stapling. It's a form of acupuncture that is supposed to help curb smoking and work as appetite suppression. But, as one Region 8 woman claims, you may end up with more than you bargained for.

"I started noticing that it was irritated and throbbing and then like a day after that I woke up and my left eye was twitching, like twitching really badly. It was noticeable and I don't know if that was really related to it, but since I've had them removed, my eyes aren't twitching anymore," said Jana Holmes.

Holmes had her ears stapled at Appetite Rx in Jonesboro, trying to lose weight. Nearly two weeks after having it done, she started experiencing problems.

"I've known some people who have lost some weight with it and I lost a little bit of weight with it, but not enough to do again," said Holmes.

Appetite Rx removed the staples for her a few days ago and her ears have healed up. Manager Jennifer Carr admits the procedure doesn't help everyone.

"There is a 93% success rate with it, so it works for most. But it's not for everyone," said Carr.

Appetite Rx has been in Jonesboro for about 10 weeks and during that time, they've put in more than 14,000 staples.

"We've had about 50 or 60 people come back needing it repositioned or it's irritated for them and that's a mix of both," said Carr.

Often an allergy to metal can cause infection.

"We do have some get irritated and stuff," said Carr, "We tell them at the first sign of irritation, come in, we want to take a look at it. We want to take care of it." But Holmes says she isn't convinced.

"I think you could take that $55 dollars and could go join a gym somewhere and do the exact same thing," laughed Holmes.