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   Posted 12/11/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

I have a question - this is the first time I have ever heard of such a thing. My brother, who is kind of "out there," asked if I would be interested in using a "zapper" to see if it would help with my fibro. I told him I had no idea, and would look it up. I just Googled it and thought, "Whoa!" to myself; it sounds like a bug zapper for people to help "zap" away illnesses and parasites using a tiny electric current that they wear! My first thought was, I better ask my fibro family to see if anyone has ever heard of this. I have never even heard of this device before.

I am open to all kinds of new ideas, natural remedies, and such, but has anyone ever heard of this before? Is it a new thing? It doesn't sound quite conventional or even widely accepted, so if this thread needs to be deleted I understand. It just sounds so.... strange. :)


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   Posted 12/11/2009 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Littleneck, I have never heard of a zapper before. Just last week though I met a woman who was convinced that Fibro and Connective Tissue diseases were caused by parasites. She
told me people could be cured if they did colonic cleanses. I told her that was some theory
and she thought I was crazy for not believing it. She said the drug companies don't want us
to know because they make so much money off of us. She claimed she had Fibro and
Arthritis and now is cured. How is that for being "out there"?

I wish we could be zapped and cured!


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   Posted 12/11/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Littleneck, but when an item makes it to Quackwatch I do not think it can help you.

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   Posted 12/12/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Mmmm, why would I need to buy a zapper? I get zaps all the time just on my own... brain zaps, spine zaps, cheek zaps...

I suggest you try it out first before you spend any of your hard earned money. Start off slow, like for everything we do. Put your tongue on a 9volt battery, then work up to a finger in the light socket. If you find any relief, then by all means buy the zapper!

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   Posted 12/12/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
You need to go bake cookies or something! You've gone round the bend! (I'm still laughing!)

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   Posted 12/12/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   

I have a 'new age' friend who wrote a book on natural healing.  His cure for my fibro pain was to mix castor oil, lemon juice and vinegar in a glass and drink it once a day.  He claims it 'cured' his RA.  OMG...I slept on the bathroom floor for two nights in a row.

I was going to say that to see if 'zapping' stand in a  puddle of water and lick a car battery, but Mamanan had the same idea.  Don't think so, Littleneck.  But wouldn't it be fun if it DID work...we could all get together once a week and shock the crap out of each other!



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   Posted 12/12/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
When I read your first post, the first thing I thought of was a TENS unit. Do you know what they are? I'm pretty sure Marlee and some others on here have one. It sends electrical stimuli through your muscles to disrupt pain signals. I don't have one, but I think they are kind of like ultrasound units. Maybe Marlee will get on here and explain it better. Diane
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   Posted 12/12/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Diane, The Zapper is supposed to zap the parasites out of you.  shakehead   It's not like the Tens Unit.  I can't stand it when people prey on folks with chronic illnesses.


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   Posted 12/12/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all and for the giggles. That was my inclination - that it was whacky! I had never heard of Quackwatch; what a great site. I guess if the 'zapper' brought out a sales troll it must be whacky! But that's my brother for ya.... well-meaning but "out there." I"m going to have to share Quackwatch with him. :)

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   Posted 12/12/2009 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Parasites? Seriously??!! Cancer is caused because your cells do not do the thing called apoptosis. I took only a teeny basic biology class and know that. Sheesh.


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   Posted 12/13/2009 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought you were talking about a TENS unit at first too. The TENS interrupts the pain signals to the brain. However my intelligent sons like to see who can stand it on high the longest when they visit so I guess it could be used as a party toy. Some people's children never growup.
What happens when you put your tongue on a 9V battery???
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   Posted 12/13/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Marlee...I think it would be a gut busting laugh for you to sit in a nice comfy chair, get a fully charged 9 volt battery and take a swipe across the connections with your tongue.devil   This is only so you will know in the future what it feels like.  I DO know what it feels like as my brother was an electronic wizard by the time he was 10 years old and used to tell me to 'lick the 9v's' to see if they were any good.  It's not too bad, really, if you like the stun gun sensation.   Go ahead...I double dog dare you.


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