...my transient ihub notoriety and to commemorate a simultaneously hilarious and pathetic act of desperation on CTT's part, I did something a little special...I sent out a letter...this is the first half:
"May I suggest someone take a few minutes to review a device called the "Calmare" from this company:
w w w .competitivetech. n e t
...which appears to be sold and distributed via:
w w w.calmarett. c o m
...the device was approved as a TENS device by the FDA but the company maintains that it isn't a TENS device. Instead, they claim that it uses some sort of elaborate computer program to generate signals which causes neurons to send "scrambled signals" to the brain which, in effect, confuse the brain into believing that there isn't any pain. Judging from what I've read, it's utter nonsense and has no scientific basis whatsoever. Moreover, none of the studies so far could be considered to possess experimental designs sufficient to merit any claims of efficacy:
w w w .calmarett. c o m /doctor/index.html#panelid=publications
...I'm particularly offended by its inventor:
w w w .deltard. c o m/
...who appears to have been arrested for practicing medicine without a license in 1995 while treating AIDS patients with what sounds like another TENS device:
archiviostorico . corriere . it/1996/aprile/01/BEL LEZZA_mio_Aids_punizione_Dio_co_0_9604013050.s h t m l
...and who appears to be a fraud in that he has claimed "MD, PhD" as well as "MD, DSc" degrees in the past:
w w w .smj. o r g . sa/PDFFiles/Aug04/Delta20040158.pdf
w w w .nutritionj. c o m /content/3/1/9/comments
...and most recently claims just a PhD:
w w w .sperotherapy. c o m /pdf/Scrambler%2052-patient%20RCT_July2011_JPSM.pdf
Yet CTT has acknowledged that he has no MD and while they claim that he does have a PhD, they refuse to identify what institution awarded it. Despite my best efforts, I can find no evidence that he ever even went to college. I've emailed him several times requesting a CV but he has never responded. If you examine the papers, you may note that studies where he was involved produced truly extraordinary success. He also has another machine that he claims can cure cirrhosis, remove scars, and reverse the effects of aging by using electric currents via superficial electrodes to somehow "reverse" entropy."
"But what motivates this email at this time is CTT's recent announcement that they convinced the US military to purchase 12 of the machines for $50,000 each, not including supplies:
w w w .competitivetech. n e t/news/110818.html
That is simply ridiculous. Six hundred thousand of MY tax dollars for a TENS device is bad enough, but for a device with NO studies sufficient to claim any superiority to a placebo? Also, it's unclear who and/or how the machines are to be serviced, maintained, and repaired. CTT is certainly in no position to do it since they have only about two employees total and having serious financial difficulties, and the contract manufacturer, GEOMC, is in Korea and appears to have financial difficulties of its own. I confirmed on the VA website that the contract was indeed awarded at the amounts specified, and I sent complaining letters to several people at the VA but failed to gain much traction, and I'm still working on my representatives in Congress.
In any case, I'm sending out emails similar to this to various "quack" watchers and consumer organizations trying to marshall some support for my assessment. I appreciate any effort you offer."
...so far I've sent it to about 20 sites -- everyone from the editor at Discover magazine to quackwatch.org to "w w w. cagw. o r g" to the VA "OIG Hotline" and assorted consumer protection related sites...and right now, I'm working my way through assorted newspaper editors...keep smiling!...HAW!!!...