Andrew,AndrewKFletcher wrote:I am at a loss. Question is: Am I wasting my time here??
This might sound nutty coming from me, and perhaps you really don't care about my thoughts on this, but you put up a question in a public forum and I feel inclined to reply ..... You are not wasting your time.
It's a baffling thing for me to say, I'm not going to put any time and effort into this inclined bed idea - at least not in the foreseeable future. Maybe one day, but seriously, not that I can see right now. Given that, why would I bother to post a reply???? Because I can see that you have put your heart and soul into this and you genuinely believe in it. Analogy: I may not want to come to your church, but I think it's a great thing that you have a religion you believe in deeply. Please keep strong in your belief.
So, your statement is alarming to me. I don't know if you like sports, but if the head coach of my favorite football team made a statement like that, I'd be alarmed. When we believe in our cause, we do not question our efforts. Andrew, you are important and relevant, however, I believe in a different religion and I'd hope we can respect each other for where we are on those paths.
So, lets be clear I'm not interested in the bed thing. I can tell you that I go to other boards and I share info about antibiotics and I am effectively ignored by most. You are not alone. I'm fine with that because, for me, the religion analogy holds. For me it's about sharing information and showing the support for it. We have to realize that there are hundreds of folks out here on the internet trying to convince folks with various conditions that all sorts of therapies are useful. My first bit of advice for you is to better understand the other therapies that are commonly being thought about. A post about accupuncture will get you more interest than the bed thing, it's all part of how folks think.
I used to think that I could just parachute into a forum and show how much better Kim was doing and dozens of folks would be aching to get more info from me. I doesn't work that way. You need to factor in the human element, you need to recognize the independence of each person you're trying to reach. They have on going lives, we are much like a disruptive advertisement in the middle of the sporting event.
I know you think you have something VERY important. I do too. So, we need to be persistent, but respectful. Firstly, repectful of our convictions. Interestingly enough if you compare the bed idea to the CCSVI or abx idea, you have a huge advantage in cost and ease of introduction. CCSVI is clearly hard to get and ABX, requires a prescription. But, your idea sounds pretty easy.
So, I'd propose you try something different. Take your idea on the road and start finding folks who want their beds adapted for free. Let them do the talking for you. Word of mouth is the very best way these ideas grow. The method you have now, isn't working so well. You might want to read the original business case of how the Post-it note became a huge success. Good Luck Andrew.