Things to keep in mind when looking for treatments online3 min read
Sometimes desperation makes patients or their loved ones lose common sense. This make them easier targets for dubious people and companies. Our site mentions some of the ways programs for ME/CFS market themselves. But how can you recognise them?
We see how the LP-instructors posts positive comments everywhere about the Lightning Process and how they created the dubious site Recovery Norway to avoid marketing regulations. We see that the Gupta has an affiliate program that pays influencers to promote their program.
When you have seen these things enough times they are easy to spot. But still, some patients are so desperate to get better that they are lured in anyways. Well-meaning friends and family may put pressure on a patient after reading an advertisement from the Ligtning Process online.
Three tips about dubious ME/CFS programs
First, have some general knowledge about how health scams work.
The video is by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and it is short, simple and straight to the point.
Let’s look at some of the words they focus on the video.
“Quick fix”, “scientific breakthrough”, “cure all”, “no-risk money-back guarantee” are all red flags you should look out for. Therefore, when you see these words being used you should immediately take a step back.
If you pay attention, you will see that all the programs mentioned on this site will use those words and have a money-back guarantee. We showed that here.
Once you have seen enough of the programs mentioned in here, you will start seeing the same pattern over and over.
Private ME/CFS recovery programs are businesses
Second, understand that they are businesses. And businesses have to make money.
They have marketing teams working on their material just as any other business. They have affiliate programs and they regularly work with influencers, bloggers and Youtubers.
What separates them from other businesses are that they sell hope to people who are desperately ill. They know that they can’t help them but choose to keep pushing their ‘product’.
Third, use common sense. This advice is very simple. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. ME/CFS is a serious illness and brilliant doctors are working on it. Do you really think that some shady business lead by people with no health education can cure it?
In conclusion, when stumbling upon a recovery program for ME/CFS pay attention to the words they use (scientific breakthrough, money-back guarantee etc.) and remember that they are out there to make money – not to help you. Use your common sense. If it all sounds too good to be true – it is!
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