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Joan McParland Interview: "I Have Been Conned" - When Sick Patients Are Sold Psychological Snake Oil
Wednesday 26 February 2020
From Medical Error Interviews:
Joan McParland interview: “I have been conned” - When sick patients are sold psychological snake oil
When people are very sick and suffering, especially for months and years, they are desperate to try almost anything to have even a little improvement in their quality of life.
This makes patients susceptible to shysters preying on desperation. Like the snake oil salesman of yesteryear, today we have their modern incantations and must contend with their psychological snake oil.
For a short while, Joan McParland metaphorically drank the snake-oil-laced Kool-Aid.
Joan had been very sick and bedbound for years with the neuroimmune illness myalgic encephalomyelitis - which literally means ‘inflammation of the brain and spinal cord’ - Joan was desperate to try anything so she could be well enough to the healthy Mom she used to be for her son, and return to the work she loved.
Joan paid big money to participate in the ‘lightning process’, a program that professes to treat all sorts of chronic symptoms in just 3 days.
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