I have received comments from other people about their experience as patients of Dr. Paul Whitcomb at the Fibromyalgia Relief Center. Since these stories are not immediately visible on my blog I decided to compile them into one post. If you have an experience that you would like to share, send me a comment and I will add it to this post.
I too was a patient of Dr.Whitcomb and relapsed within a month of returning home from a 74 day stay in S.Lake Tahoe. Following all after care protocols and numerous conversation with Dr. Whitcomb once returning home provided no help whatsoever. This man claims to have "the cure" but "the Cure" is only temporary at best. I have struggled with depression and sadness as a result of my pain returning after such an expensive treatment plan. After seeing numerous doctors once back home ranging from chiropractic care, atlas orthogonal, reike, deep tissue massage nothing seemed to help. Fortunately, I came upon an article on cold laser therapy and the results have been tremendous and longstanding!!! I rated myself a 0% after 4 weeks of returning from Tahoe on a pain scale. After 6 weeks of cold laser therapy, I am at a 70% recovery rate pain wise. For me it as truly been a miracle and so inexpensive. $7.00 a visit and I am now going once every 3-4 weeks and have energy, stamina and sleep restored. I will never regret my friendships in S. Lake Tahoe, however, I would urge anyone who is contemplating going to see Dr. Whitcomb to reconsider. The time and expense is not worth it. Please investigate other options that have been provided here and STAY AWAY from Dr. Whitcomb and his so called "solving the mystery". The mystery is why is he still in practice. - Mary-Lynne Shank
Yes I too was a patient of Whitcomb's... I too spent a minimum of $10,000.00 I did get relief from pain while at the clinic. When you prepare to leave the clinic you are given a sheet of instructions of how to stay well. Pretty much it is essential to do very little for 6 months, should you over do it YOU WILL be afflicted with your symptoms slowly returning. I did pretty much did nothing for six months, other than walk do very light house work. Should I try to have a more normal life, my fatigue and neck pain would return. I understood that I needed to live in a very thin glass bubble.
I began to work for Whitcomb as a patient care rep. in the Anaheim office. Whitcomb wanted me to sign people up to be a patient at Tahoe. For which he would pay me $300.00 per paitnet that I signed up!!! And -- that I could really make a great income because they were going to do a huge marketing campaign - TV and all. GET IT??? I told him no that I did not want to sell (trick) people into coming to Tahoe for a short turn recovery. (My recovery was longer because I DID NO ACTIVITY) I told him my purpose for working was to help patients once they returned home, to remind them they must do very little to stay well. To be a patient outreach. I worked for his son Eric Whitcomb calling prior patients to see how they were feeling. The few that did stay well all seemed to have my home life style. Which was I did not work and had no children at home; so it was very easy for us to do nothing. But should they be tempted to do more activity a flair up surely would visit them.
Conclusion: PLEASE DO PLENTY OF RESEARCH PRIOR TO VISITING TAHOE. YOUR LONG TERM RECOVERY IS VERY VERY UNLIKELY. IT IS VERY LIKELY THAT YOU WILL SPEND $7,000 JUST FOR THE CLINIC (NOT INCLUDING AIRFAIR, HOTEL AND MEALS) ONLY TO BE ILL AT ABOUT A MONTH TO SIX WEEK MARK OF COMING HOME. I quit after 2 weeks - I can not really say what I saw and heard at the office - but it made my stomach sick. "It is my opinion" that Whitcomb is a master at charming very sick people out of their funds, and does not look back. BEWARE!!! - Susan Uribe
I am also a former patient of Dr. Whitcomb. First of all, let me say this...BUYER BEWARE...he is a very charming man and makes everyone feel like they are special and that he really cares. It took me a long time to come to the conclusion that the only thing he cares about is his bottom line. The first time I went to his clinic I spent two months there. I left Lake Tahoe thinking I was cured and continued to feel well for a month after returning home. That was it...one month...then all of my symptoms returned with a vengeance. I followed his after care instructions to the letter, but was made to feel by his staff that I must have done something to make my neck "slip" which caused the relapse. I returned for one week last December, because Dr. Whitcomb said he had a new technique that he was teaching his patients to use. With this "technique" he said his patients were staying well after returning home. What a joke. The technique is nothing more than pressing up on the occipital bone and does nothing. It was during this visit that I brought to Dr. Whitcomb's attention that just about all of my fellow patients had relapsed. I told him about one patient, a young 33 year old women, who was using a walker again because she was so sick. He told me three times during the week that he was going to call her, but never did. That just about says it all. That second trip to his clinic was very difficult for me. I saw the hope on the faces of the patients in the waiting room that they, too, were going to be "cured". They reminded me of the wonderful group of people I spent two months with in his clinic, many of whom are now close friends. I knew that most of them, like us, had traveled a long distance to be there and were spending money they did not have. It broke my heart to know that they were being taken advantage of by a man who knows that his patients do not stay well.With that said, Dr. Whitcomb is still advertising and traveling to promote his clinic. On a recent television program that was broadcast on a Christian television station he stated that follow up care is rarely needed. This is simply not true and he knows it. - Robin Storms
Wow how amazing to find your site! I attended the Tahoe CRACK CLINIC in April of this year. After 3 weeks there I realized what a RIP OFF this place was. There were 25 plus people there. Some had been there 4-6 months!! I kept an eye on everyone and no one seemed to be getting better. Good days and bad days...what was new? I have suffered with FM for 35 years and have tried a LOT of things so I am extremely intuitive. After 3 weeks what I surmized was that this was the biggest SCAM I had ever fallen for. How could I possibly have believed that having my neccracked 3 X a day would cure Fibro??? WOW that website is a DOOZIE - that is all I have to say!!! It grabs you by the heart, makes you cry, and touches every emotional nerve you have! Dr. Whitcomb is a MASTER of manipulation. Why would someone who supposedly have FM himself deceive others??? I am here to say that is exactly what he is doing. And he is doing a DAMN GOOD job of it! First you see the site and realize you are not alone. Then you flip out the credit card or cash in your retirement and head to Tahoe. Once there you are stuck in a room with people who understand every ache, pain, complaint, and feeling you have - sooo you feel "understood" and accepted. You feel as tho you are in a warm and safe cocoon! Not to mention in a beautiful setting and AWAY from the stresses of life! And if anyone is caught talking negatively the group is scolded as a whole. You are brainwashed from the minute you walk in the door and in a very "controlled" environment. Once you are there 8 weeks and not better then they say you need to be there 10 weeks. I heard yesterday that there is a woman still there from when I was in Tahoe in April... That is 5 MONTHS!!!
When I made my decision to leave after 3 weeks I was called all kinds of BAD and negative things. 5 others left as well. Now we are in contact with the sweet and desperate souls that stayed the duration and they have all regressed back to sick. Now the are just SICK and BROKE! I still have a bill of $2,500 I am paying off and I want to scream every month I pay the $300! For WHAT?? Dr. Whitcombs exotic vacations? Oh and speaking of exotic. While I was there one of the (very successful) patients had lunch with Dr. Whitcomb to discuss "growing" his business. He has now confessed to me that Dr. Whitcomb was talking about moving the clinic to COSTA RICA!! Geeeeeee I wonder why? Could it be because people are catching on to his SCAM??? I wish this information could be announded on public news... This man needs to be put out of the business of preying on desperate and TRUSTING individuals. - Regretfully, Jacque Simmons
Unfortunately, I was also a patient at the Whitcomb clinic from March-May 2008. The first Sunday I was home, I had a severe flare and cried all day and night. I was devastated. I picked myself up and thoughtit's ok, the treatment worked, that was just a fluke. However, just like everyone has said at this post, if I did any, any activity a flare was sure to follow. I did not/could not believe that this compassionate man as well as Dr.Brady and his staff know exactly what is happening and they are still preying on all of us sick people who are desperate. All I did was use my retirement money to stay in a run-down hotel (away from my family) hoping/praying that this was finally the answer. That I would have a life again!!! I will never never regret the wonderful fri ends I made there but I am so saddened that we have all been abused by this clinic. Once the reality hits you, you are devastated/embarrassed, you don't know what to tell your family, because they as well as you had put their hopes in this treatment. My pain is now back just like before, and I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do next. No wonder everyone thinks we "the fibro's" are all crazy. I would, too, If it was someone else. But it's not someone else, it's me/it's us. We have got to stick together, support one another (because no one else understands) and stop.stopfibro.com.(thanks jacque) It makes me so mad everytime I research fibro, their site pops up. How heartbreaking!!! That others will fall prey to this scam unless we can stop them or get the word out. - Lori Fleming
I was treated by Dr. Whitcomb 3 years ago and the improvements were also temporary. I was treated for almost 4 months, he also wanted me to come work for him. I did receive a treatment called Atlas Profilax 2 years ago which is a one time treatment which puts the atlas in place at the one time cost of $250. This is what Dr. Whitcomb is trying to achieve with his treatments but at a extremely higher cost and about 100 adjustments. Dr. Whitcomb knows about the Atlas Profilax treatment and had it personally done and recognizes that it does get the atlas in. - Lena Walker