The utter irresponsibility of this type of marketing leaves me almost speechless. In a pitch by Michael Breen M.D that references a woman named "Gracie," a "Gracie" that has been recycled, at last count, six times, pushing CALMARE treatment for CRPS / RSD (parent company CTTC -- Competitive Technologies, Inc., a penny stock today hanging at 16 cents on the market) dares to begin by stating:
Gracie Bagosy’s condition is so painful, the highest
cause of death is suicide.
Of course, I cannot let the subject of CRPS and suicide be brought up blithely, by Breen or by this blog author, so I want to refer readers to the significant time and study invested in the topic by the respected RSDSA, most notably by Linda Lang:
There is a very big difference between living with a chronic disease such as CRPS/RSD and actively dying with a disease such as cancer. Although a literature search reveals claims that CRPS/RSD patients have an extraordinarily high incidence of suicide, and a CRPS/RSD patient actually read testimony into a Subcommittee on Health in June of 2001, saying that CRPS/RSD leads to death and the leading cause of that death is suicide, there is absolutely no evidence to support these statements, in fact there are no statistics at all on CRPS/RSD and suicide. When asked about it in 2001, Dr. Robert Schwartzman said, "…there is no data on RSD and suicide. It clearly happens and is almost always attributed to other causes." He adds that out of 73,500 patients, he has had only three that he is sure did commit suicide.Click HERE for a link to RSDSA's extensive look at the statistics and the realities for CRPS and suicidial ideation and action. I know I think of it every day -- but to use that as a marketing "hook" literally nauseates me, and should you.
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