I’m preparing another free document and was perusing my files. I came upon a great quote from a former FDA commissioner:
“The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them. It isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it’s doing are as different as night and day.” Dr. Herbert Ley, Former FDA Commissioner.
In essence the FDA struggles to do its job, but in reality it cannot … and with budget cuts this is going to get worse. Politically both the Left and the Right diminished this department in scope and effectiveness. I know first-hand that those so-called “medical studies of new products” are largely fake. (I can elaborate on this if you wish.)
I know that Hairtell is a terrific place for potential clients of hair removal to begin to sift through all the “crap” to find a solution that will benefit them. Clients are lucky to at least have this site. Bravo to all of you!
But, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a “Ralph Nader of hair removal?” Ideally, this would be a person not directly involved in the business of hair removal: somebody not trying to attract more customers and somebody truly neutral and ONLY looking after the interests of clients.
The manufacturers cannot, the associations do not, and the therapists cannot either. Being involved in the business (taking money), by its very nature, makes one’s opinion questionable.
I’m thinking somebody like Fino Gior, Terri Petricca., Harvey Grove, or Jim Schuster … or, perhaps, a former patient that has “been through it all” and has a solid scientific background (Brenton?).
Prospective patients have too many (marginal) choices and not enough actual data. Clients need information that can be verified … not just opinion!
Over the years, the rip-offs that clients endure has not become better … it’s much worse! I know all of us have the common experience of patients finally coming to us after having spent scandalous amounts of money on worthless products and therapies. (In a few cases, this was so extreme that I decided to do the patient for free.)
Ralph Nader … where are you?