ED Magedson – Founder
MDjunction.com MDjunction.com Calmare SCAM Internet
A word of warning to a to anyone suffering RSD and/or CRPS.
The website MDjunction appears to be colluding with promoters of a scam medical device to deceive potential patients.
The device is called the "Calmare" -- aka "scramber therapy," "MC-5A," "TEMPR" -- and is NOTHING but an ordinary TENS device (check FDA filings for further information) that is promoted using outrageous, unproven claims about its ability to "scramble" nerve signals and thereby block pain.
They even claim that it can "retrain" the brain so that the therapy, in effect, "heals" the pain.
It is all patent nonsense.
The device was "invented" by a character named Giuseppe Marineo -- a fraud who has claimed at various times to possess a "MD,DSc," "MD,PhD," and/or a "PhD" degrees yet who likely has never even attended college.
There is absolutely NO scientific research that would support any claim that the device can send a "scrambled" signal along any nerve.
The company that sells the device -- Competitive Technologies -- is a "penny stock" bordering on bankruptcy despite marketing the device for over four YEARS via scientific meetings such as ASCO as well as via popular outlets such as USAToday. They even went so far as to make a ridiculous infomercial with Terry Bradshaw which can be found on Youtube.
Now it appears their desperation may have driven them -- or perhaps the few clinics offering the therapy -- to infect various pain message boards with spam postings promoting the device.
In MDjunction's case, group leaders "jpcrps" and "cfthb" appear to have been engaged in some fashion to facilitate the scam:
They have censored all posts criticizing the device as well as posts complaining of the device's ineffectiveness.
They also engage in "bumping" -- posting for no other purpose than to keep the thread at the top of the list.
Reading their comments makes it pretty obvious that these people aren't doing this out of the kindness of their hearts.
My own efforts have managed to get these con artists as well as the device banned from a few pain forums.
The main point here is -- don't believe anything posted on a pain forum, no matter how "real" and sincere it might seem. There is no way to know who these posters are or what their motivation is.
And it can be said for ANY therapy -- talk it over with your family MD BEFORE you spend any money.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/19/2013 08:44 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/MDjunctioncom/internet/MDjunctioncom-MDjunctioncom-Calmare-SCAM-Internet-1060332. 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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