Rock with CES. A perspective from 35 years ago.


Throughout the winter and spring of 1981, British music circles reverberated with news of Pete Townshend’s repeated transgressions. The lead guitarist and chief composer for the Who rock band was said to be drinking his breakfast and popping pills as if they were children’s gumdrops. After gaining international recognition for his pioneering rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, Townshend now seemed to be sinking ever deeper into drugged oblivion. At London’s trendy Soho clubs, he became the instigator of countless shouting matches and fights. Then there was the disastrous concert that March at the Rainbow, where the musician incensed the rest of the band by launching into long discordant codas and improvising on the spur of the moment. By the fall, gossip columnists had begun spreading rumors about his flirtations with heroin. There was even talk about one sordid night at the Club for Heroes, a New Romantic venue, where Townshend collapsed on the verge of death.

Pete Townshend’s close associates watched his metamorphosis from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde with both confusion and concern. Why should the voice that had belted out such fiery teenage anthems as “My Generation” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” suddenly falter? How could the fist that had banged out electrifying guitar riffs become the perpetrator of senseless barroom brawls? Why had rock’s spiritual leader become so dispirited?

Whatever personal horrors had triggered this crisis, Townshend was unquestionably back in form by the time the Who began its final farewell tour of North America last autumn. For the 1.2 million fans who attended the forty concerts, the wayward rock star appeared to have been restored to all his former glory. Stirring the crowds to a frenzy, Townshend bunny-hopped across the stage and, without missing a beat, executed one dazzling leap after another. Flailing his guitar in the dizzying, whirligig strokes that had become his trademark, the thirty-eight-year-old musician displayed the same gusto that marked his early performances at the Marquee Club, that steamy dance hall where the Who first captured the hearts of a generation nearly two decades ago. Only this time around, there was none of the sloppiness — the bad notes or ill-timed overtures — that had so often marred their youthful deliverance. The band was tight, demonstrating a flawless virtuosity almost unprecedented in its eighteen-year career.

Back at the hotel room after the concert, Townshend confirmed that he was off drugs. He looked trim and fit. Only his jaded blue eyes, windows on a frazzled soul, hinted that some scars remained. Despite the dramatic upswing in his life, it was clear that the turbulent past continued to weigh on his conscience. Having only narrowly escaped the same fate as the Who’s late drummer Keith Moon, who died of a drug overdose in 1978, Townshend was grateful to be alive. And so he spoke at great length about his miraculous salvation.

Miraculous, in this instance, may be an understatement, for the cure Townshend underwent seems to have reversed two years of dissipation. in ten days. The secret behind his startling rebound, he divulged, is NeuroElectric Therapy (NET) — a novel method of detoxification that is currently awaiting clinical approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This unusual treatment involves a Walkmanlike device that transmits a tiny electrical signal to the brain via electrodes taped behind either ear. Townshend wore this portable gadget — or the “black box,” as he nicknamed it — day and night during the initial phases of treatment. He claims that it rapidly cleansed his body of drugs without the painful withdrawal symptoms that usually make going “cold turkey” such an unbearable ordeal.

The black box is the brainchild of a middle-aged Scottish surgeon, Dr. Meg Patterson. Her explanation of its scientific rationale provides insight into the experience of her celebrity patient. According to Patterson, who is something of a celebrity herself among the higher echelons of rock management, the black box quickly redresses chemical imbalances in the addict’s brain. She believes the weak current stimulates the production of various neurotransmitters, notably the brain’s own opiatelike painkillers, the endorphins (for “morphine within”). Because the frequency of the electrical current appears to determine which chemical reactions will occur, Patterson has to fine-tune the signal for each type of addiction. With Townshend, who suffered from multiple addictions, she applied several different frequencies over the course of treatment.

Her remedy appears to have worked, for the disheartened musician experienced what can only be described as a rebirth. And his case is by no means unique. Townshend himself first learned of NET through blues guitarist Eric Clapton, whom Patterson weaned from heroin in 1974. Since then, she has successfully reformed over a dozen top recording stars, including such notorious drug abusers as Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Townshend felt compelled to speak out about Patterson’s work both to repay a personal debt and to draw attention to her enormous behind-the-scenes contribution to the music industry as a whole.

Of course, some psychological problems remained, and in the interview that follows, Townshend talks with disarming candor about the difficulty of facing up to his own failings and the even greater challenge of healing badly strained relationships with his family, friends, and members of the band — bassist John Entwistle, vocalist Roger Daltrey, and drummer Kenney Jones. But for the most part, the nightmare had ended by the time he talked with Omni magazine editor Kathleen McAuliffe in the fall of 1982.

McAuliffe told us: “Certainly in the artistic arena, there were abundant signs that his life had come together. Not only had the Who’s final tour received rave reviews in the music press, but their latest album, It’s Hard, had been hailed as their most powerful work since Who’s Next. Townshend’s two solo albums, Empty Glass and All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, released two years later, had also won broad critical acclaim.

“These recent successes, however, seemed less important to Townshend than the need to put his past in perspective. Yet his frank disclosures, he later confided, served no cathartic purpose. He was trying to share, not shed, his immediate past, presumably so that others might learn from his experience.”

A Summary Look at CES Studies Of Depression

Eighteen studies were analyzed, in which a total of 853 patients were treated with cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) for depression. The patients had presented with various clinical syndromes, of which depression played a major part. The treatment outcome depression scores were combined statistically in order to get a more confident look at the effectiveness of CES for treating this condition. While many of the studies were of the classic double blind protocol, others used either the single blind, the cross over design or were open clinical trials. The result of the analysis showed that the overall effectiveness of CES was 47% improvement. The results indicated that various types of depression, which accompany a wide range of clinical syndromes can be expected to respond, sometimes dramatically to CES treatment.

The goal of clinical studies is always to first test the effectiveness of a potential treatment and secondly to discover which patients the treatment may be most effective in treating. Meta-analysis has the effect of allowing researchers to essentially study a larger number of patients than can usually be assembled for a single study, and the larger the combined study sample, the greater is the confidence that can be placed in the study outcome: that the study findings are true and accurate. Also, the more diverse the study group is in the combined sample, the more confident one can be in generalizing the study outcome to larger groups of patients outside the study. That is, it increases the range of potential types of depression patients that we can predict will be effectively treated with CES.

In the table below is a summary of 18 studies that were combined into the meta-analysis reported on here.



a Correlation scores, representing percent improvement, are obtained mathematically from the study outcomes presented by the authors. Scores such as percent change scores, the statistical probability scores reported, F scores, t scores, and the like, are changed to r correlation scores and then into Zr scores. That is because percent improvement scores can not legally be averaged. The Zr scores are then averaged and converted back to percent improvement (effect size.)
b Most of the rating scales, both by the patients and the clinicians were of published reliability and validity. In many of the studies, more than one measure of depression was used. In those cases, the average of the results was calculated and reported as the overall result of the study.
c Effect size, here, is a statistician’s basic estimate of the overall percentage improvement by the patients as a result of the treatment

In many of the studies, depression was but one symptom within a larger presenting syndrome. For example in many of the patients, fibromyalgia was the presenting symptom, while in another large group of studies substance abuse (drug abstinence syndrome) was the presenting diagnosis. The presenting syndrome or type of patient is given in column three of the table. In all of the studies, however, depression was a major diagnosis within the presenting syndrome or group.

In the open clinical study, the patients know they are being actively treated for their depression, the clinicians know who is being treated, and the statistician who summarizes the study data also knows, since there is only one group of patients.

Do You Need a brain implant?


How far would you go to keep your mind from failing? Would you go so far as to let a doctor drill a hole in your skull and stick a microchip in your brain?

It’s not an idle question. In recent years neuroscientists have made major advances in cracking the code of memory, figuring out exactly how the human brain stores information and learning to reverse-engineer the process. Now they’ve reached the stage where they’re starting to put all of that theory into practice.

Last month two research teams reported success at using electrical signals, carried into the brain via implanted wires, to boost memory in small groups of test patients. “It’s a major milestone in demonstrating the ability to restore memory function in humans,” says Dr. Robert Hampson, a neuroscientist at Wake Forest School of Medicine and the leader of one of the teams.
The research is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which sees brain implants as a life-changing technology for the 270,000 American soldiers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury in combat. The possible applications go much further, however. Brain implants could also change the lives of millions of Americans battling Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders, or even help stave off the mental decline that we all confront as we get older.

Interested? But why go through a highly invasive and dangerous procedure? Why needlessly spend thousands of dollars to do so? Not when there’s a safe, non-invasive alternative—with no negative side effects, at a fraction of the cost. Plant seeds in your garden, not devices in your brain. Learn how the CES Ultra can help you.

The Cost of a Good Night’s Sleep: Would you pay $90,000 ? Do you have to?

Actually not all $90,000 but a little less – $89,995.00. This is exactly the price of a Nap Capsule that you can buy from its manufacturer Relaxman from Medirelax on amazon. If you are a student you can get a big 45% discount – if you are buying it from Boston News. They advertise the product in their Gift Guide for the Overtired College Student as “You can get this Relaxman capsule for your favorite sleepy scholar for the low price of $49,995!

And look what you can get for the price.

Psycho Stimulation Shuttle. This “space vehicle” combines sensory stimuli insulation with a program chosen to induce extreme relaxation that will allow you in one session of 50 minutes replace sleep. Welcome aboard Relaxman! Comfortably installed in the cabin you will leave no effort to discover the sleeping borders. Guided by the program, you will explore your mental space without losing consciousness. At the end of the session you will be returned to your waking preserving the memory of the whole experience. Relaxman the shuttle is a real vehicle exploration of the interior spaces in lucidity. The most obvious applications are Relaxman sleep or jet lag recovery, treatment of sleep disorders, stress management, exploration and personal development.
If you think that we are joking – you are wrong, we are quite serious. The nap capsule is a real. The first example was made in 1986 and was honored with a diploma of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. its technical data: Structure of composite materials. Length: 300 cm. Width: 170 cm. Height: 140 cm. Net weight: 250 kg. External Power Supply: 220 V – 10 A Power consumption: 50 – 150 W. And a few multimillionaires are already enjoying it. Probably even Elon Musk bought a few for his SpaceX, who knows.

What I know for sure – most of people cannot afford it for sure. But we all deserve a good nap or night sleep.

Why not to use something much more cheaper, more compact and user-friendly. Try Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulator instead, specifically the CES Ultra.

A Safe, Non-Drug Approach to Treating Stress

For a public increasingly concerned with the effects of stress on physical health and emotional well being, CES (cranial electrotherapy stimulation) provides a way of addressing that stress in a safe and effective manner. CES is not only for those with a diagnosed condition but those simply coping with the stresses of an everyday existence. Whether one is a student under pressure in preparing for an exam, an athlete dealing with pre-competition anxiety, a businessman dealing with the stresses accompanying his work, or a housewife juggling her many responsibilities, CES can help them lead a more balanced and productive.


CES impacts most directly by reducing anxiety. This is often experienced in the course of treatment; for others, hours, or several days after. CES leaves the patient feeling both relaxed and alert. The effect differs from pharmaceutical treatments in that people report their body as feeling lighter and more relaxed and their mind, more alert and clear. Results are cumulative and lasting. For those suffering from depression and anxiety, CES means relief with none of the unpleasant side effects of prescription drugs. For those seeking nothing more than a good night’s sleep, it is an alternative to habit-forming tranquilizers.

CES Ultra users report that depression and mood swings become less frequent, as do irrational anger, irritability, and poor impulse control. You’ll find mental confusion due to stress begin to subside. Your ability to focus and concentrate on work will become easier and more efficient, with visibly enhanced cognitive processing. As your concentration and memory improve, recalling information and learning in an accelerated manner should return to normal pre-stress levels.

Please note: Individual results may vary.