While I love my relatives to bits and I know they are trying to help, I could do without the magic cures. Worst thing is I don't know how to tell them it is all a crock without offending them particularly since they got the information from a doctor that used these doohickies to cure her own FM. While I don't doubt her feeling better I have serious doubts about the scientific basis of the patches she used. There is a list of papers on the website but they are all self published, i.e. not peer reviewed, and some don't look like they were published at all just formatted in the style of science papers. To top it off, the trials are not double blind with a control group receiving a placebo, which is the gold standard. The thing is I know the doctor is a nice person but there is no way to tell if the patches actually did something, the doc had a placebo reaction to them or it was the doc's time to get better. But crap, companies passing on pseudoscience to sick people just frosts my onions.
According to this web site if I just spend $300 I can get rid of all that pesky electromagnetic radiation (EMF) that is making me sick. Now, prior to getting sick I played with lasers, used optical modeling software and generally know more about EMF fields than the average human walking this planet. When some company declares that if you plug their $300 widget into the wall to negate all that EMF floating around trust me it is a crock. Tidbit from physics class: all light even that from the sun is EMF even light from a candle so if their little widget worked your house would turn into a blackhole and none of your appliances would work. Of course they don't actually explain the circuitry or the science behind why it works, but you will have a magic cure.
They also claim it is all the pesky wireless devices that we have in the home are the culprits while ignoring the fact that the sunshine streaming in through the window has a stronger field than your phone. Don't believe me? Just wait until the solar flares start up again over the next few years. I'm betting it is going to wreck havoc on all wireless devices. I do understand being concerned if I had a cell phone stuck to my ear all day. There have been some valid studies done on brain tumors vs cellphone use but I think it has been well over two weeks since the last time I even turned my cell phone on and I haven't spoken on one since loosing my Mom at the airport last month. I'm not a chatty Kathy and I'm not particularly fond of cellphones in general so I don't think wireless EMF has made me sick. I also like the claim that it was exposure to wireless during my childhood that made me sick as an adult. Um, let me think I was born in 1962, yup they had AM radios and wireless telegraph back then. I grew up on Cape Cod back when it was fairly bucolic and phones still had cords attached. We did have FM radios by then but computers were still the size of a small house. What a crock!
Stuff like this makes me so angry. It is a company taking advantage of people with very little science background who are desperate and very very sick. It just makes my blood boil. I wish these guys would put this much effort and money into solving the real problem of XMRV.
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