Military turns to acupuncture as alternative to prescription painkillers

Lt. Col. Dan Ferris has taken some ribbing for what he calls “the bling in my ears.”

But the 44-year-old Air Force pilot doesn’t mind: What appear to be post earrings are actually tiny acupuncture needles, which Ferris said have helped ease his chronic lower back pain, allowing him to keep up a relentless flying schedule during six months in Afghanistan.