It's very difficult to produce a set of definitive guidelines for anyone considering trying electrotherapy, but what I will try to do here is to present some logical points which I believe everyone should take into account. And it is worth mentioning that these guidelines should be applied equally to both the people who advocate electrotherapy as well as the ones who deride it.
1. Check out the person (if any) who suggests that any electrotherapy would be good (or bad) for you.
2. Check out any device and its claimed effects
a) Beware of generalisations. Many devices are sold "as seen", some make medical claims which must always be treated with suspicion in the absence of proof. A claim that a device was "proven to be of benefit in 99 out of 100 cases of cancer" is inherently unproveable. It could mean almost anything. It could mean that 99 out of 100 cancer patients were cured when they used it - which is what the vendor probably wants you think! But it could also mean that 99 out of 100 cancer patients THOUGHT it may help them and felt happier for having it (but then subsequently died of cancer!).
"It meets all the requirements of the appropriate regulatory agencies" (Which requirements and which agencies? They could be telling you that the plastic case the thing is in, was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency because the plastic doesn't contain any noxious chemical by-products).
"It has EMC approval" (Translation: it has been approved by an electrical standards agency not to cause radio interference, but does not in any way guarantee therapeutic effectiveness).
"It's used widely by the orthodox medical establishment". (Translation: many doctors find it makes a great doorstop!)
"It's proven to be harmless" (Translation: none of the people it's killed were able to report back that it killed them!).
b) Beware of logical but unproven associations. This is a tricky area. There are many cases where it's known with some scientific certainty that a particular disease has a particular cause. For example if you get flu you must have flu virus. Some devices may claim to cure flu because they are proven to kill the flu virus in a Petri dish in a lab. This sounds logical and reasonable but is not necessarily true. Even if the device can be proved to have killed flu virus in some properly conducted lab experiment it doesn't follow absolutely that it would cure the DISEASE of flu in a real person.
c) Beware of unverifiable historic events. A device may claim that some scientist proved absolutely that it cured dozens of diseases 100 years ago. Unfortunately none of the people it cured are alive today to back up that claim, but there are hundreds of pages of old documents that prove it was true. Basically, anyone can forge anything. It may be true. But equally it may not, the old documents don't prove anything at all. And even if it did, the diseases it cured 100 years ago may not be the same diseases as they are today due to mutation, drug resistance etc. And of course the standard of "proof" must be questioned.
d) Beware of convenient excuses as to why the data is not available. For example, "All the records were seized and destroyed by such and such an agency in an attempt to suppress the technology". This is difficult to determine either way. Such things HAVE happened in the past and are a matter of historical record. But at the same time it makes a great excuse for anyone who can't back up their claims. Once again, use your own judgment and common sense.
e) Beware of other convenient excuses to avoid giving any proof that can be independently verified by ordinary people.
"I can't offer proof because it works on a new principle that has not been discovered by modern science"
"I don't have the proof with me but give me your address and I'll send it to you later"
"It's a matter of national security and I'm not allowed to talk about how it operates for defence reasons, but believe me, it works!"
"The US military uses dozens of them on their soldiers, but of course they won't admit it"
"I've got the proof but unfortunately it's written in a Mongolian sub-dialect - you're welcome to a copy but I can't translate it for you"
"It's proprietary information, a trade secret, I can't reveal to you how it works"
"I can't give you proof because the FDA (or other organisation) will get me"
3. Check if the device is available on a money back approval basis.
Even if the device that is offered does work in some cases, there is no guarantee it will work in yours, or that it won't have some undesirable side effect because no two people are alike. Most ethical vendors will have some scheme by which you can try the thing for yourself first to see if it's of any benefit and return it without paying the full price if you're not happy with it.
4. Speak to real people about their experiences.
If possible try to get in touch with real people who have real experience with any device. Be careful with purely remote contacts by telephone or internet, because you have no way of knowing who is really at the other end or what their association is with the vendor, if any.
5. Research thoroughly the nature of your disease if you have one and understand fully what is known to work and what isn't.
Unfortunately you can't always believe claims about what works and what doesn't. There are organisations of fanatical individuals who want to discredit electrotherapy as much as the fanatics who want you to try it. The good thing about researching a disease state is that you can often see logically when someone is trying to mislead you because the fanatics on either side often resort to disinformation that can be easily seen through with some knowledge of the condition at hand. One key to seeing the truth of these matters is to see to what extent advocates try to limit your options. If someone tells you, "This disease can ONLY be cured by such and such a therapy", they are lying, pure and simple. Because new methods and therapies are being discovered all the time and nobody knows for certain that there are only one or two effective methods of treating a disease.
That's all for now. I hope this will be an impartial and sensible guide to what pitfalls to watch out for in the electrotherapy game. Many of these guidelines are equally effective in general life and many other areas as well.
Please note that where I have used particular names above, these are not intended to refer to any real individual or organisation and that any such use is purely coincidental. I've tried to use names that are generally publically associated with generalities or fictional organisations.
(c) Copyright Aubrey Scoon 2002 - Mirror of information from www.scoon.co.uk
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