Quadriplegics and individuals diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis are forced to consider the fact that their lives have changed forever. As a result, many people get their hopes up when they hear of medications, pills or products that offer results that sound promising, but are unrealistic. While products including assistive technology for quadriplegics and individuals with debilitating diseases (i.e. voice assistive technology, augmentative and alternative communication, environmental control unit, speech generating device, etc.) have been proven to improve quality of life, there are other products that give false hope. Here are some things to look out for to identify some common scams:
Promise of a Quick Fix or Cure
Beware of any medication, pill or product that promises a quick fix or cure. It is unlikely that a true cure will be sold through an infomercial or over the counter. When a cure is available, it will receive much publicity and will probably require a prescription from your doctor.
Money Back Guarantee
This is usually a red flag. Manufacturers are counting on the fact that the money back guarantee will draw you in, but make the process of the return difficult, thus deterring you from getting your money back when the product does not deliver the advertised results.
Undocumented Case Studies
Case studies should be backed by medical facts. Before and after photos of someone in a wheelchair and then walking is not medical evidence that a product or medication actually works.
Any product, pill or service that touts a “scientific breakthrough” should be thoroughly researched as this is terminology that is commonly used in scams. If you are considering purchasing a product that mentions this terminology, be sure to run it by your physician first.
“Secret”, “Miracle” and “Breakthrough” are also examples of red flag terminology. Be aware of any product, pill or service that uses these terms in advertising and promotions.
Cures Multiple Diseases
Beware of any product, pill or service that claims to cure multiple unrelated diseases. When a true cure for a disease such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or multiple sclerosis is discovered, your doctor will know about it.