This does not mean its a scam necessarily. He could just be severely ill-informed. How many out there think that CFS and ME are just fatigue, or even just post-viral fatigue? How many are wrongly diagnosed? If you cure a misdiagnosed patient, is that a scam? Or just a mistake?
I mean we've all had periods (usually earlier on) where we've convinced ourselves that we are getting better and are going to be healthy soon right? In those cases, the improvement would be attributed to the 'treatment'.
The problem is that fooling ourselves into thinking we are getting better is not the same thing as actual recovery.
Can we change the title of this thread? It's very misleading.
I think we've being very naive to assume that anyone making these claims is in full ignorance of the situation. He's not a child, and this isn't something which just occurred to him and which he hasn't had a chance to check up on yet. He's making unrealistic claims (a cure in one session), and he's guilt-tripping potential clients over the cost. He's also employing exactly the same theory as other practitioners of similar "therapies", namely the idea that the unconscious thinks it is long-term ill and has programmed the body to respond in that way. I think he knows perfectly well what he's doing.
He's done his research."Even when someone can prove they are cured sceptics say that they couldnt have had M.E. in the first place!"
and he's legally covered himself here.I can assure you our time together will be very beneficial & whilst I cannot guarantee any particular result
It's a numbers game where a subset (a small one I believe) of the CFS patient group will respond to this kind of therapy and the practitioners don't have to answer to anyone in regards those who they failed to heal or made worse.
The law doesn't work like that, you can't retrospectively sue him if the definition of "CFS/ME" changed (assuming he updated/changed/withdrew his claims once the new research came through). In the mean time though he should know that behavioural/thought-change-therapy outcomes aren't nearly as good as he's claiming, and that he ought to be stating that he clearly has no way of objectively testing whether or not his therapy is appropriate for anyone with the waste basket label CFS/ME.When ME is finally defined/identified, he should be sued for fraud as then there will be no doubt that all such is QUACKERY
3) The core feature of ME is Post-Exertional Malaise (PEM), i.e. a delayed response to exertion. People with ME can sometimes delay PEM further through sheer willpower (living on adrenalin etc.), and may be able to fool themselves into thinking that they are better, or at least stable, for a short period of time (maximum seems to be 2-3 months, and that's in exceptional cases). The problem is that this sort of brainwashing-induced seeming-remission always masks deterioration caused by the overexertion that is part of the method, and once the high has worn off, the ME patient crashes very badly indeed. This can range from simple deterioration (e.g. active to housebound) to death, and I believe there was a recent child suicide related to this. Anyway, this feature means that by focusing on the short-term seeming improvement, you can claim that you are causing a real improvement. Then you simply deflect attention away from the long-term deterioration, either by selective testimonials or by a gagging contract.