Last updated: 2015/07/31
USING TREATMENT SCORES ALONE MAY BE HARMFUL OR CAN EVEN CAUSE DEATH. YOU MUST SEE YOUR OWN LICENSED MEDICAL PHYSICIAN FOR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT. We are trying to do what many say is impossible. We are trying to quantify the science of medicine behind medical treatments!
We want to make this easy enough that any patient in the world can do it. It will take time. For the foreseeable future treatment scores should be considered inaccurate – even wildly inaccurate. We are letting people use four tools to do their homework and study the science behind treatments. However, Treatment Scores, Inc. DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. We (the company and its people) are attempting to organize and quantify the science of medicine behind treatments; we are NOT rating the treatments themselves. These are two different things. We hope to help you to review the medical literature and quantify the science of medicine behind treatments, but YOU CANNOT USE THIS INFORMATION TO TREAT YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
We make no claims about accuracy; in fact, we claim ZERO ACCURACY or even inaccuracy. Treatment scores may be constantly changing, they may vary all over the place, and they may be totally wrong. We are an educational exercise only. You must see your own licensed medical professional for diagnosis and treatment. We are an educational exercise, not medical guidelines. We are looking at the past medical literature; we cannot predict how treatments will work for you or anyone else going forward into the future. Choosing a treatment also involves clinical experience, making the right diagnosis, and knowing all about someone after a medical history, physical examination, and testing. Our tools cannot know these things with certainty. In addition, the medical literature can be wrong. SO YOU MUST SEE your own physician or other qualified medical practitioner to help you choose a treatment or treatments. We specifically DO NOT CLAIM to cure, treat, or prevent an illness or condition. No do our services provide medical advice or constitute a physician patient relationship. Contact your physician if you suspect that you are ill. Call emergency services (call 911 if available) or go to the nearest emergency room if an emergency is suspected. We are not responsible for any delays in care from using our website, or for any other reason. We are not responsible for any consequential damages of any nature whatsoever from using our website or any tangential service to our website.
These disclaimers may be updated, modified, or revised at any time at our sole discretion, and by using this website you agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions. It is your responsibility to check this page from time to time for any updates, changes, modifications, or revisions. You must read and agree to this entire document. If you are not of legal age or cannot agree to these disclaimers you cannot use this website.
We claim zero percent accuracy for Treatment Scores! See your own doctor to evaluate any treatments. You can never use this website for treatment; you must see your own licensed medical professional for treatment. We are only educational tools to help you organize and understand the medical literature of the past, as well as to organize other information about treatments. You must see your own licensed medical doctor for treatment decisions for yourself or anyone you oversee or know. We do not treat diseases, mitigate diseases, or help with the treatment of diseases in any way. We do not form patient-doctor relationships. We do not practice medicine in any way. We only help with organization and education, and with understanding what has happened in the medical literature, or related literature, in the past. We cannot predict the future especially when it comes to treatments. Any treatment you undergo for any reason you do so at your own risk. Below we list all kinds of reasons why "treatment scores," "treatment grades," and medical statistics may be inaccurate or even harmful.
Treatment Scores, Inc. makes no guarantees, warranties, or express or implied representations whatsoever with regard to accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or usefulness of any information contained or referenced on this website regardless of its source. Users assume all risks for using this website.
The headings in this document are for convenience only and shall not affect these terms or their interpretation.
These disclaimers are all for all mediums accessing our projects, whether it is the website, printed materials, laptops, cell phones, other devices, or any other medium of information sharing.
You must accept that the reviews of the medical literature using the tools on this website are not necessarily peer-reviewed and we claim zero accuracy. The reviews or information here may be written and reviewed by one person only, or they may be done automatically using mathematical algorithms. As always, you must see your own licensed medical physician for diagnosis and treatment.
We are trying to do everything for the patient point of view first. We start with what is available online first. The user may only have access to an abstract, not the complete article. Sometimes the abstract data and the article data do not agree, which may cause confusion and errors. Sometimes the full text article data is nuanced in ways that the abstract cannot express. These are additional reasons why we claim zero accuracy.
We are attempting to establish the science of medicine behind medical treatments in a quantified format. This may at times create some situations that appear odd or unusual. For example, one successful case report can have a 100% increase in overall survival until next case report in which the patient perhaps does not survive. But because the quality of a case report is so low the 100% increase in overall survival will not necessarily show up as that high of a number in our system. Until the user goes through the learning curve, such situations may seem like oddities, or be unusual in the user's experience.
Healthcare professionals should recognize that they need to exercise their professional judgment in evaluating any information or result, and healthcare professionals must confirm the information available on this website for accuracy, and all other possible issues. Healthcare professionals must not make treatment decisions based upon the information obtained from this website alone.
Healthcare consumers should not rely on the information from this website. Healthcare consumers must not use this information to replace the advice of a knowledgeable licensed health care professional. Healthcare consumers, patients, must always consult with a medical professional before undergoing any type of treatment, and before assuming that any diagnosis is correct.
Treatment Scores, Inc., or any of its directors, employees or freelancers, will not be liable for any losses or damages whatsoever arising from the use of our website or affiliated websites. Use of our website and reliance upon its content is entirely at your own risk.
We hope to provide users with tools, guidelines, and algorithms, and other useful services. Our tools must not be used as a substitute for the clinical judgment of a healthcare professional. We do not provide medical advice. We do not claim any accuracy whatsoever. The user acknowledges this website and any information derived from it may include inaccuracies, errors, and other problems that we cannot be responsible for.
Our main URLs are TreatmentScores.com, Tscores.com, TreatmentScores.info, and TreatmentScores.blogspot.com. However many other domains may foreword or link to these URLs. These disclaimers are also true for all the domains that we own, or are associated with, or that we forward, or that we link to the site TreatmentScores.com or Tscores.com.
We are not responsible for users using our tools and then making claims which may not be truthful or which may be exaggerated.
We are a new way of writing medical review articles. We review the medical literature just like it has always been done; however, we organize the biostatistics in a new way, and we go through the education exercise of quantification, which adds a new wrinkle to the medical review. Since, we are writing medical review articles in a new way, we could possibly be less accurate than the old ways of doing things. Since we're doing something considered impossible, and we're doing it in a new way, we make no claims whatsoever about any possible medical benefit to you or anyone else.
We try to list many of the reasons that every statistic in medicine is a "bad statistic." The studies are too small, the study is not specifically about your problem, and the quality of the study is bad for some reason. No two statistics can be given the same weight because no two studies are every perfectly identical.
It's very difficult to find medical data. It's difficult to verify the authors, it's difficult to see the original date of most of the time, it's difficult to verify the institutions, and it's difficult to know all potential biases.
We claim 0% accuracy for Treatment Scores, they may be completely wrong. This can happen because of bad data, missing data, falsified data, biases, and other problems within the medical literature. In addition, sometimes the clinical practice of medicine and the medical literature are out of sync. Sometimes the medical establishment knows that the published science is wrong, but no one has every corrected it.
If at any time this site could lead to harm for you or others please leave the site immediately and do not return.
Our Treatment Score Analyzer helps you to review the medical literature and quantify treatments into Treatment Scores and Treatment Grades. You cannot use this information to treat yourself. We make no claims about accuracy. We are an educational exercise only. We are looking at the past medical literature; we cannot predict how treatments will work for you going forward into the future. Choosing a treatment also involves clinical experience, making the right diagnosis, and knowing your medical history, physical examination, and test results. Only you and your doctor know these things; therefore see your own physician or other qualified medical practitioner to help you choose a treatment or treatments.
Physicians, nurses, dentists, osteopaths, pharmacists, all allied healthcare professionals, and any other type of medical practitioner using this website are not working as clinicians, but rather are using the site to review the medical literature. This is not treating patients in any way, but rather an educational process only. There are no client-customer, doctor-patient, nurse-patient, or other relationships here.
See a licensed medical practitioner for all your healthcare needs. Do not undergo any treatments, withhold any treatments, or make any treatment decisions based on information at TreatmentScores.com. We do not recommend any treatments, doctors, nurses, any other type of healthcare provider, or any organizations. We are an attempt to be educational in a new way; we have nothing to do with the medical care you choose for yourself or others. We do not give medical advice of any type. We are trying to look at the past. We have no advice for what might happen in the future for you or anyone else that may undergo any type of treatment.
The information on our website, or related domains, should never be used as a substitute for the advice of a qualified, licensed physician or other health care professional. We are a new way to write review articles. We are not advocating any treatment, physician, medication, or other entity. We are educational only. We do not form physician-patient or doctor-patient relationships. Contact your physician for medical treatment or if you have medical symptoms. Call 911, or see a doctor immediately, if you have an emergency. We are not responsible for any delays in care because of information obtained from our site, or for any consequential damages of any nature whatsoever, either directly or indirectly related to the use of this site, or from assumptions made. We cannot predict the future, we are only trying to do a better job of quantifying and reviewing what happened in the past.
We claim zero percent accuracy for Treatment Scores, Treatment Grades,
SOM® scores, SOM® grades, and all other information on our website. It is cumbersome to mention all of these terms every time. So when we mention one of these terms our disclaimers go for all of them and any related items.
We claim zero percent accuracy for Treatment Scores, Treatment Grades, and Science of Medicine (SOM®) Scores and grades! Let us repeat that for emphasis, we loudly proclaim ZERO ACCURACY! Why do we make such an outrageous statement? It's because we are trying to do the impossible. Quantifying the Science of Medicine behind medical treatments has always been thought to be impossible, because clinical decision-making is so complex. We claim zero accuracy, because in medicine every patient is different, every statistic is a flawed statistic in some way, there are always estimations, and there is always bad or missing data. Averages may be used and no patient is average, every patient is unique. There are also three averages: mean, median, and mode, and it may not be clear which one is best for any situation. Although, we claim ZERO accuracy, we intend for our processes to be highly educational. SEE YOUR OWN PHYSCIAN FOR TREATMENT. Because of the impossibility of our project, there are many things that we do NOT claim.
The science of medicine is sometimes wrong! The medical literature often says one thing, while physicians in actual medical practice do something else. This is because clinical experience can outpace the scientific literature because publishing has a lag time. This can be good or bad. Clinicians may know more than the literature, or they may not be up to date on the medical literature, or they may be doing things because they have always been done that way. When the literature is bad, or deficient, and practicing physicians know it, there is no easy way for us to know it. These are more reasons why we make no claims of accuracy when it comes to treatments.
Our Treatment Scores, Treatment Grades, and SOM® Scores may have very large ranges, yet are summarized as one number. This is one more reason why we claim zero percent accuracy.
Often the name for a treatment is confusing. There may be many synonyms or many treatments that have almost the same name, but are not exactly the same. This is another reason we claim zero percent accuracy. Users may mix up names. Sometimes treatments require follow-up. We cannot always know these things, or the terminology may mean different things to different people, thus we claim zero percent accuracy.
We cannot say if a treatment is safe for you or safe for anyone else. We cannot say if a treatment is FDA regulated or approved or not. All we can say about treatments is that they are mentioned somewhere, and if we are lucky that data exists for it. We cannot say if that data is truthful.
The scores, advice, Star Blocks, recommendations, information, conclusions, and discussions posted to our website, or otherwise communicated in or around our website, or emailed, are not in any way vetted, approved or endorsed by TreatmentScores.com, and you use such information at your own risk.
We guarantee zero accuracy! Why do we make such an outrageous statement? Because the clinical decision making process is so outlandishly complicated. All we are doing is trying to organize and create better review articles of the medical literature with quantification that anyone can do. Making claims of accuracy is something far in the future.
We claim no health benefits from Treatment Scores whatsoever! Treatment Scores Inc. is an experiment in education. Treatment Scores trademark have zero accuracy.
We are an educational system to help you understand the medical literature available to you at the moment on the Internet. There may be huge gaps in the information that is available to us. There may be huge quality differences in the data as well.
We cannot determine the psychological importance of pain or any other subjective factors with accuracy.
Many studies are short term, but many diseases are longer in duration than the studies. This is a huge problem in medicine and is another reason we claim no accuracy.
It is not our intention to provide you or anyone with general or specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with organizational tools and information to better understand medical treatments, but we claim no accuracy for this whatsoever. You must consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis, treatment, and answers to your personal medical questions.
The medical literature on treatment may be published by an "artist." An artist is someone who is extremely skilled at what they do. They may also be extremely experienced. The treatment results of an artist may be far better than the treatment results of the average physician, or the least experienced physician, or the least well trained physician. The user must take these issues into account.
Sometimes the medical literature is wrong; even completely wrong. Sometimes a specialty will have the impression that is true and will not practice medicine in accord with what the literature says. However, often studies are not done to counteract the existing bad studies, or to correct bad data. It is very difficult to correct these situations and they can make the treatment scores or grades completely wrong as well.
Sometimes highly cited papers in the medical literature actually are never reproduced or cannot be reproduced when the study is done again. This means there may be many medical papers that are very inaccurate in existence. One study found that: Among 83 articles recommending effective interventions, 40 had not been subject to any attempt at replication, 16 were contradicted, 11 were found to have substantially smaller effects and only 16 were replicated." – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26159600
This is another reason why we must remain highly skeptical about medical studies.
Treatment scores can never perfectly take into any all of any certain person's individual medications, individual physical and mental characteristics, and individual disease characteristics or interactions with other medications or treatments.
It's a lot of work to review the medical literature and quantify the science of medicine. This means that people will often start doing a review and quit before they are finished for time reasons or other reasons. Thus, treatment scores and treatment grades should always be considered incomplete. For example, someone may work on the main statistic, but not have time to work on all the side effects and side benefits.
Another problem we may have in creating treatment scores or grades is that the statistic we want from a medical study may not be available for a STAR Block at the time we create the STAR Block for that statistic. We have to allow the STAR Block to sit "empty" without a statistic until we can fill it in. This may cause distortions in our calculations. But because we are committed to patients first, we always start our treatment score process with whatever data we have available now.
Data can be inaccurate for women, or pregnant women. Often studies exclude women or pregnant women so as not to have to deal with the extra expense of determining pregnancy, and so as not to have to deal with the possibility of the patient getting pregnant during treatment. This is another reason why we claim that treatment scores may be inaccurate or even harmful. You must see your own physician for diagnosis and treatment.
Sometimes a statistic may exist but we may not have access to it. This can cause inaccuracies in treatment scores and treatment grades. All we can do is use as much information as is available to us.
PC-SPES was a combination herbal therapy used for stage IV prostate cancer. We will include it in our treatment list. However, this is a good example of a therapy that has been taken off the market. Allegedly PC-SPES was contaminated with prescription medications. However, it begs the question was PC-SPES with or without contamination better than other therapies available. The point is we put treatments on our list and then finding out about whether they are available, approved, or contaminated is out of our purview. This is another reason why you must always discuss and undergo diagnosis and treatment with your licensed medical physician.
Treatment scores and treatment grades are not to be used as medical guidelines, legal guidelines, or any other type of guidelines. They are educational tools only.
We allow companies and sellers to input what they believe to be the science of medicine behind their products as long as they are transparent about doing so in some manner, such as describing their affiliation in the comments section(s). We may not be able to verify this, so users must accept the risk of possible bias or else not use our tools and services.
This site will attempt not to be influenced by sponsors or advertisers. However, we believe that every individual person in the world is biased in some manner, and therefore we cannot make claims to be perfectly unbiased or uninfluenced by outside individuals or organizations. What we try to do is make the data points and clinical decision-making transparent so the user can attempt to look for bias and influence. Because we allow you to use our tools, you could come up with your own evaluations, which you believe to be free of influence and bias.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCORI) team, under the department of Health and Human Services, says, "Every day, patients and their caregivers are faced with crucial health care decisions while lacking key information that they need."
PCORI goes on to say that we need to translate "…existing scientific research into accessible and useable formats…" What the government is asking for is what Treatment Scores, Inc. is trying to provide.
(Source: "Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Funding Announcement: Communication and Dissemination." PCORI. Published May 22, 2012, Revised September 17, 2012, P. 7. Accessed December 1, 2012, http://www.pcori.org/assets/FINAL-PFA-Communication-and-Dissemination-v3.pdf)
Nothing on this website has been evaluated by the US FDA or any other governmental agency. Use of this website does not create an expressed or implied professional relationship or governmental relationship. Treatments are mentioned on this website that are not FDA approved. It is the user's responsibility to determine whether any treatment is FDA approved or whether any treatment is safe or effective by consulting with their licensed medical physician.
We do not promote the use of any medication or treatment that is not FDA approved. We only review what has taken place in the medical literature, and what has taken place in other sources from the Internet. Whether any medication is FDA approved, safe, or is okay to be used for an off label, non-FDA approved indication is between you and your physician or other licensed medical.
We are looking at what has happened in the past in the medical literature and from other sources available on the Internet. You may have heard of companies being penalized for making false claims for promoting treatments for uses that aren't FDA approved. We make no claims at all for any treatments, because we are looking at the past only, and we cannot comment on what will happen in the future when anyone undergoes treatments. We do not promote treatments for uses that aren't FDA approved, or that are not approved by any other government or private entities that are in the business of such approvals. Again, we are only trying to do reviews of what has happened in the past, we make no claims about the future or about any approvals from any government bodies or private organizations. Being mentioned on TreatmentScores.com, or on any related website, in no way indicates FDA approval or any type of safety.
We do make some claims however:
We can tell you if a medical treatment has been mentioned in medical journals or on the Internet somewhere. We are trying to create much longer treatment lists for diagnoses than has been done in the past. If a treatment has been listed in the medical literature somewhere, or even in the news or on a blog post, we will try to include it in our treatment list. Then, we will try to uncover the Science of Medicine behind that treatment. Again, we claim 0% accuracy for doing this. We are taking baby steps towards doing something that has always been impossible, which is to quantify the Science of Medicine behind medical treatments. We may never get there. The reasons why this can't be done accurately right now are numerous. There are many problems the quantification of the Science of Medicine behind medical treatments must overcome:
We are not saying we will never have any accuracy with Treatment Scores and Treatment Grades, but it will be a long time before we ever make any such claims. We will have to put in processes, we will have to establish experts, we will have to refine our guidelines, algorithms, and we'll have to do verifications. We will need to do validation studies. We will need to do controlled experiments. We'll have to figure out how to use experts versus how to use crowd wisdom. We will also have to have permission from our lawyers before we claim any accuracy whatsoever. So remember, until we loudly proclaim otherwise, we claim "no accuracy at all" for Treatment Scores, Treatment Grades, SOM® scores and grades, and any other information on TreatmentScores.com.
Just eliminating the impossible from the hype that is sometimes seen in advertisements, in the media, and from what patients assume, will be a big step forward in treatment transparency. Remember: "How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?" - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of the Four. Chap. 6, p. 111.
Another warning is that your diagnosis may be wrong. At TreatmentScores.com, and our related domain names, we often begin with the diagnosis. Your diagnosis, or the diagnosis or someone else, may be wrong. There is not 100% diagnostic accuracy in medicine. If the diagnosis is wrong all the information about treatments pertaining to that diagnosis will be wrong as well.
Presumably, all the patients treated in the past in the medical literature have been cleared to be treated by physicians or other medical professionals. You cannot assume you are cleared for treatment unless a physician or other professional clears you. Many times, treatments required clearance from many different medical specialists before treatment should be undertaken. We cannot do any of these things for you. You must see medical professionals on your own.
Just like you can have thousands of opinions on one subject, our Treatment Scores, Treatment Grades, and Science of Medicine Scores are constantly changing. For you to have the best possible review of the medical literature, you need to do the review yourself, and you need to update the statistics yourself. If you cannot do these things yourself, you need to discuss all these issues with your physician or licensed healthcare provider.
We cannot determine with certainty whether studies done in the past were ethical or not. We cannot determine whether they were truthful or not. We can only determine whether they exist or not. All other determinations are up to you, your physician, or other licensed medical professionals.
In medicine, there are so many variables it's ridiculous. There is bad data, missing data, incomplete data, biases, and sometimes every variable has another variable that goes with it and should be taken into account. This is why we claim 0% accuracy. It is also why we claim to be educational, because we hope to make some attempts to point these things out. If you start organizing the medical literature, and start trying to quantify it, you will be better educated than you were before.
We also make no claims about being up-to-date at TreatmentScores.com, or any of its associated websites. There are over 25,000,000 medical articles indexed by Medline at PubMed. The digital universe had 2.7 zetabytes of data in 2012 (http://thegovlab.org) and is growing rapidly. Treatment Scores, Treatment Grades and Science of Medicine Scores and grades, can quickly become out of date, assuming that they are ever up-to-date in the first place. It's very hard to keep up with the data, and it can be very hard to find the data in the first place. No claims are made about being up-to-date. WE CLAIM TO NEVER BE UP-TO-DATE because of the impossibility of it.
The Science of Medicine System produces Treatment Scores and Treatment Grades. These are designed to give the relative value of existing treatments based on what the medical literature has reported in the past based on opinions or algorithms. What you need for your own personal treatment is the net absolute value for you specifically. WE CANNOT GIVE YOU THAT NUMBER. We cannot provide that for you. We can only organize and estimate what the medical literature says based on the patients actually studied in the past. These patients may not even resemble you. You are individual, you have your own illness, with your own comorbidities, your own genes, your own phylogeny, and so on and so forth. You have your own genetic code and your own mutations that have occurred during your lifetime. We cannot tell you how to treat yourself; we cannot practice medicine. You must go see your own physician to try to determine your own treatment. We are just an educational step on the road to help you educate yourself about medicine and treatments. For example, surgery is often listed as a treatment option, but you may not be suitable for surgery. See your physician to make such determinations.
Our Treatment Score Analyzer and Treatment Score Calculator, and other tools, are not designed to replace or be a substitute for your physician's judgment about the appropriateness of any treatment. We do not claim to be able to take into account all the risk and benefits of any treatment. We cannot predict the future for anyone undergoing any treatment, because that is far too risky. There are too many variables and too many unknowns.
TreatmentScores.com will be experimenting with medical review articles done by individuals and with medical review articles done by groups. We will even be experimenting with medical review articles done by "crowd sourcing." Only one opinion may be the best opinion out of all the opinions, only one method may be the best method out of all the methods to do a review article. Sometimes consensus is good. Sometimes consensus is wrong. Again, we make 0% claims for accuracy.
We claim no health benefits whatsoever from using TreatmentScores.com, or any related website, or any of our tools. We claim no accuracy for Treatment Scores or Treatment Grades whatsoever. We are a new way to do a review of the medical literature. We are attempting to be educational, but we make no claims at all regarding our accuracy.
We are not producing medical guidelines or standards of care. We are reviewing the medical literature and organizing and quantifying what has happened in the past. Medical guidelines and standards of care are tools for physicians and medical specialties to determine what to do in the future. We only examine the past. We do not suggest what to do in the future nor do we predict what would happen in the future if people were to undergo any treatment or treatments listed on our website. Treatment Scores Inc. does not develop, produce, approve, or endorse any type of medical guidelines or standards of care.
If a pharmaceutical company (or other companies) wants to put up a review of the medical literature and produce Treatment Scores and Treatment Grades for one or more of its medications that's fine by us. However, we want them to be transparent in doing so. Their literature and their thinking process can then be, duplicated, critiqued, and rearranged by everyone else on the website. Everyone else can then produce their own Treatment Scores and Treatment Grades We actually want drug companies, medical device companies, and so on to do Treatment Scores and Treatment Grades themselves on their products. We want them to show their science and to defend their science.
We may accept advertising on our website. If we do accept advertising, we will attempt to do it in a nonbiased fashion. Since, what we do is all about transparency, we will also attempt to make any advertising as transparent as possible as well. However, we make no promises at this point in time. This too will be a process with a learning curve. We may request that all advertisers layout the science behind their treatments if they want to use our website. But this process is not been determined yet.
We want companies, corporations, and businesses to come onto our Treatment Scores Inc. website and publish what they believe the Treatment Scores for their products are. No one should know the medical literature behind a product better than those who have developed that product. This gives us all an opportunity to look at every data point on which they are making their conclusions. Eventually, when the programming becomes sophisticated enough, users can then either agree or disagree. Users can also do the Treatment Scores themselves and can change them according to their own, perhaps better, guidelines.
Remember, Treatment Scores.com, is a website providing educational tools to the public. These tools are to help organize and study the medical literature and other sources of medical information.
The conclusions and opinions that people reach by using our tools may vary wildly. We are not restricting the use of our website to people with medical degrees, medical knowledge, or any other special skills. The conclusions that people sometimes come up with may be no better than completely uneducated guesses.
It is entirely possible that a great treatment may exist, but the studies that demonstrated have not been done yet. In fact every good treatment will go through this process. It will take time for the studies to be done that demonstrate that a study is better than any current existing treatment.
We make no warranties that using TreatmentScores.com, or anything provided by Treatment Scores Inc., will help you in any way. We make no warranties about accuracy.
We cannot protect you against falsely published data. We cannot adjust for differences in the skill of physicians or surgeons or other healthcare professionals. Perhaps surgery by one skilled surgeon always turns out well, while the exact same surgery by another less skilled surgeon seldom turns out well. We can only work with published data. We cannot fix the underlying problems of the published data, nor can we account for them.
We cannot predict the future. We are quantifying the past. We are not saying that something is FDA approved. We are not saying that something is safe. We are only attempting to quantify what happened in the past. We do not have all the data. We never have all the data. There is almost always an experience out there that is not documented.
When you have cancer or another serious illness, you and your loved ones face many unknowns. When someone you know has a serious illness they face the same unknowns. NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT DISEASES WITH BAD PROGNOSES. We try to find and post statistics on what happens with no treatment. We try to find and post statistics that may reveal a very poor prognosis. If you do not want this kind of transparency, do not use this website. While we believe that understanding your illness and knowing what to expect can help you and your loved ones, or anyone else make decisions, some people DO NOT WANT TO KNOW. We respect that and request this website not be used in those circumstances. On the other hand, many people want to know their prognosis. They find it easier to cope when they know more about their illness, not less. We claim zero percent accuracy for all these things as well. All patients need to see their own physician or licensed medical practitioner for all these statistics and all related information. Some people find statistics confusing and frightening, and think they are too impersonal to be of value. It is up to you to decide how much information you want and it is up to you and your physician to find the best statistics for your scenario or anyone else's scenario. The doctor who knows the most about your situation is in the best position to discuss your prognosis and explain what the statistics may mean.
There are sometime several different staging systems for diseases. On our website they may be confused, misused, or switched around by various users without us being aware. This is another reason we claim zero percent accuracy.
Medication Purity Problems
Another reason we claim 0% accuracy is that there are purity problems with medications, over-the-counter medications, herbal medications, alternative medications and many other types of medications or products. Sometimes there may be studies about a substance and it may be unclear what the level of that substance truly is in various products. Sometimes someone may assume that the level of a substance used in the study is the same as the level of that same substance in a product. This can be an erroneous assumption.
Another reason we claim 0% accuracy is the problem of naming medications, over-the-counter medications, herbal medications, and alternative medications. Sometimes names may be similar on labels, in the literature, and on the Internet, but the names may not always have the same meaning. This is also very difficult.
It can be very dangerous to combine treatments. When a list of treatments is present, you cannot use the Treatment Scores, Treatment Grades, or SOM® Scores, and assume those treatments will be safe or effective in combination. The opposite may be true; they may be dangerous in combination. You must see your own physician or pharmacist when combining treatments or medications.
Treatment Scores, Treatment Grades, and SOM® Scores are by their very nature always evolving and changing. We do not claim to be complete or up-to-date. You should consider our projects to "always be in progress." We claim zero accuracy.
What we are trying to create is the relative value of the treatments for those already treated in the past. We cannot due this accurately as per all the reasons mentioned in this document. We cannot predict the future. We cannot predict the absolute value of a treatment for you in the future, which is what you really need to know.
We cannot determine or predict the absolute value of any treatment for you. We are an educational system designed to find the relative value of treatments according to the existing medical literature available to us based upon the opinions of anyone and everyone no matter their level of training. All our users are not physicians, we do not form doctor-patient relationships, and we are not recommending any treatments for you or anyone else. For your own personal treatment you need to figure out the absolute value of that medical treatment for your very own personal circumstances. We cannot provide that absolute value for you. We can only be one step on your long educational journey. See your own physician.
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We are not practicing medicine. We are not recommending any treatments. We are not recommending the use of any treatment that is not FDA approved. We are not recommending any treatment for any office label FDA use. We are not practicing medicine. We are not making doctor-patient relationships. We are not predicting how treatments will work for you in the future. We are in no way determining the absolute value of the treatment for you or anyone knows you know. That is something that you can only do with your physician and other experts for your personal situation using the best means possible for you. We cannot do that.
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