The EPFX machine...definitely a controversial item in healthcare...we try to only publish articles about items that do carry FDA approval on this site and from what this article states, the product may have been "oversold" as a cure all for more than just stress relief...you can still find web sites by doing a simple search on the web...10,000 units sold as well...and now the owner lives in Budapest after the FDA ordered him to cease selling the machine. Something to be aware of....BD
SEATTLE - In the late 1980s, an out-of-work math instructor in Colorado built an electronic device he claimed could diagnose and destroy disease - everything from allergies to cancer - by firing radio frequencies into the body.
But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates medical devices, ordered William Nelson to quit selling his machine and making false claims. Nelson refused, and he was indicted on felony fraud charges. He fled the country, never to return.
That should have been the unremarkable end of another peddler of medical miracles.
Today, Nelson, 56, orchestrates one of America's boldest health-care frauds from a century-old building in Budapest, Hungary. Protected by barred gates, surveillance cameras and guards, he rakes in tens of millions of dollars selling a machine used to exploit the vulnerable and desperately ill.
This device is called the EPFX. In the U.S. alone, Nelson has sold more than 10,000 of them. Nelson built his business by recruiting a sales force of physicians, chiropractors, nurses and thousands of unlicensed providers, from homemakers to retirees, drawn by the promise of easy money.
The EPFX is made up of circuit boards and other computer components that run software full of colorful graphics of the body. During a typical EPFX treatment, a patient may watch as a computer screen displays an animation of the interior of an artery blocked by white blobs, representing cholesterol. Then the blobs shrink and disappear.
A retired Microsoft manager, Bergstein looked at the source code in the EPFX's software. It appeared to generate results randomly. "It's a complete fraud," he said.
In Budapest, Nelson doesn't worry about the FDA. In the past year, he established companies that are bringing in new products and devices into the United States.