Cure!

Have you heard the news?

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The scientists are wrong!  The cause of RA is known!  It’s easily curable!  And for only $425, in less than two months I can be back to my formerly healthy self!

Sure.

This would be funny – even the blog where “patients” give “testimonials” - if it didn’t look there really might be a couple people considering “investing” their money in this “cure.”  Ack!  Where to start…

The claim that this was developed by a single NZ doctor treating 40,000 patients?  If the population of New Zealand is 4 million, and if RA affects 1% of the population, then one would expect to find approximately 40,000 RA patients in the entire nation.  Has that one doctor treated every single one of them?  I think not!  Are there no other rheumatologists in NZ?  In fact there are many.  Does it matter that NZ’s population has been growing significantly - just as there have been fewer citizens of NZ in the past, there have probably also been fewer RA patients.  I doubt that it’s realistic for one rheumy to treat 40K patients in twenty years.  Read medblogs; phone your physician’s office.  Reputable doctors – those who back their claims with their names – cite a patient census of 3,000-4,000 people.  I know of one practice with 10,000 patients, but they have five doctors to cover all those people.  Sure, there’s a little turnover, but to treat 40K people in twenty years, it would be necessary to see 2,000 different people every year.  Does this sound realistic to you?

IF – that’s a big if – the person who discovered this “cure” had one iota of evidence that it works – that it really is possible to cure RA – then it would be incredibly easy to present the facts to doctors around the world.  If I was wanting to “prove” that something worked (sell my product, not conduct a scientific study), I wouldn’t use randomized trials; I’d carefully select the people most likely to be helped as the group that got the drug, and place the people in the worst possible shape into the group that gets the placebo.  The results from this experiment would show a dramatic difference between those treated with the “cure” and those who weren’t.  This would then inspire others to replicate the results in additional studies.  Some poor medical student hard-pressed for a research topic could have a pretty quick and easy study.  Others, too, would get in on the action.  It would be simple for a rheumatologist to start small:  select twenty patients and assign ten to get the supposed cure while ten took a placebo.  Even purchasing the product at full price would mean that for less than $5,000, there would be enough data to indicate whether or not it would be worth further investigation into this “cure.”  The fact that this product has been on the market for at least two years (according to dates on the blog), yet is not wildly cheered throughout the world as a breakthrough in treatment for anything speaks volumes.

Oh, wait, it doesn’t actually cure anything.  “pain and swelling… considerably reduced.  …reduce medication…  continue to heal over several months…  …the results of the detox cannot be guaranteed.”

As to this claim:

Really?  This is entirely new information that I’ve been unable to verify elsewhere.  Is it possible to even pinpoint the nerve to the immune system?  How can something that doesn’t exist be blocked?  My very basic understanding (which I freely admit could be faulty since my degrees are in fields unrelated to healthcare), is that the lymphatic system has three functions:  fluid balance, fat absorption, and immunological defense.  Isn’t it a huge system, not one tiny little part that can be blocked by nerves in the way that gallstones and kidney stones can block their respective ducts?  Aren’t issues with nerves treated by neurologists, not rheumatologists?

There are lymph vessels (capillaries, ducts, lacteals, etc.), lymph nodes, the spleen, and the thymus – probably other stuff, too, that all work together as the immune system.  Even the skin is sometimes considered part of it.  Whole books are written about how the immune system works, but there’s a basic primer here, if you’re interested.  The guy claiming to be able to resolve rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t quite make his explanation fit what science knows about how the body works.

The website from which this was taken lists contact information as a post office box in New Zealand, plus phone numbers in three countries.  A little digging turns up a report that the phone number is for a recording that tells people to contact the “company” via the internet.  Let me get this straight:

  • no physical address
  • no phone contact
  • supposedly in NZ so no way to check the BBB
  • counter to scientific evidence
  • specifically says that it won’t work if there’s joint damage

And there are people willing to give this guy money?  Seriously?  Why would a NZ company require payment in US dollars?  If this really is a NZ company, why the disclaimer to comply with US laws?

Caveat emptor!
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Edit to add:  Resolve Arthritis is part of Resolve All Ltd., which has a grade of F with a Better Business Bureau in California.  Obviously no complaints are filed in CA against a NZ company, but the BBB did review Resolve All, Ltd’s advertising.