ED Magedson – Founder
MDjunction.com Beware of con artists Internet
I caution anyone using the "MDjunction" website to be aware that it is being used to disseminate false and misleading information about a device called the "calmare" -- aka "MC-5A," "scrambler therapy," and "TEMPR."
The device itself is nothing but a TENS device that is being marketed by a near bankrupt company called "Competitive Technologies." They are a publicly traded company -- symbol "CTTC" -- and have files available for viewing on the SEC/Edgar website. You can read extensive public discussion of the company on the "investorshub" website.
The company itself makes outrageous claims about the device's miracle pain killing capabilities. However, the only blinded, randomized, controlled study of it was just released at the ASCO meeting a month ago and demonstrated the device had ZERO effect on pain and its results were, in fact, no different from a "nontheraputic" sham.
In the company's recently released annual report, they indicated that they only managed to sell twelve of the devices in the entire year of 2012. This is despite the alleged miracle pain killing properties and despite the fact that the company has been promoting the device for over four YEARS.
The therapy is very expensive -- 2500 to 5000 dollars -- and is not covered by insurance or Medicare.
Although I could write a book about the activities the company has engaged in, those interested can review comments on the "investorshub" website referred to above.
In this post, I'm primarily concerned that CTTC has engaged individuals to populate various pain discussion forums with posts claiming alleged successful treatment. I've endeavored to keep up with and respond with pertinent facts to such posts. I even managed to get one forum closed down entirely.
The name "MDjunction" implies some sort of "junction" of MDs. However, it is in no way associated with any MDs as it makes clear in its own description. In this particular case, a thread entitled "Calmare Therapy" was started in the "reflex sympathy dystrophy support group" with the usual over the top claims of miracle pain relief.
I reponded with my own analysis and provided links to relevant websites supporting my analysis. These were links to sites such as the FDA, "clinicaltrials" and various scientific journals.
My posts were criticized and promptly removed by a "group leader" going by the ID of "jrcrps."
But not only that, this group leader's reponse said that "Non-RSD posters who are here to hold a negative campaign against the calmare therapy will not be welcome and will be deleted."
How exactly the "group leader" is able to identify real RSD versus phoney RSD posters is beyond me.
I was able to contact someone with CRPS and convince them to join and post their own negative experience with the device but they were deleted as well.
It's clear that ANY negative comment will be deleted regardless of whether it's factual and regardless of whether it's from a "real" sufferer.
They also appear to engage in "bumping" -- posting trivia on the thread in an effort to keep it near the top of the discussion board.
In other words, the forum is NOT being used to share information but instead is simply an advertisement in the guise of a forum.
I will attempt to contact the Consumer Protection Agency and see if they can do anything about "mdjunction."
In the meantime, I warn chronic pain sufferers to beware of any comments regarding the calmare on the "mdjunction" website.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/09/2013 09:27 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/MDjunctioncom/internet/MDjunctioncom-Beware-of-con-artists-Internet-1057687. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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