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The history of the medical use of electricity

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The history of the medical use of electricity goes back more than 2000 years.  In AD 46, the Roman physician, Scribonius Largus wrote his Compositiones Medicae,  recommending patients stand on a live black torpedo fish to relieve gout and other pain.  To do this they waded out into shallow water in the ocean and stood on the fish (presumably against its will).

Much later, Claudius Galen (131-201 AD) was still recommending the use of shock from electrical fish for various medical therapies.  Galen’s word was “law” in medical circles for several thousand years, as was his recommended use of electric fish.

Electricity was not generally known and used separately (from fish) in medicine until the 1700s, when various medical devices were developed and used.  An earlier researcher developed an electrical device that could be used to shock a heart that had stopped beating into beating again.  The church stopped that treatment very quickly by saying that bringing dead people back to life was the work of the devil.

By the time John Wesley and his brother and their friends left the Anglican Church and began Methodism which took the Word directly to the people in the streets of London, they also set up medical clinics for the treatment of the indigent.  In each of those clinics they installed electrical treatment devices.

By the turn of the 20th century, the vast majority – some say more than 90% – of physician’s offices in large U.S. cities, such as New York City, had electrical treatment devices on hand.

CES from the early 1900s to 1953 and beyond

While electricity had been used in medicine for some time, in the early 1900s researchers in Europe began trying to find a way to use electricity to put people to sleep.  They tried different pulse rates, various intensities of stimulation, direct and alternating (biphasic) current and so forth.  They found that if they used a strong enough current, they could put patients into unconsciousness, but the patient tended to regain consciousness the minute the current was turned off.

electrosleep

In 1953 Russian scientists began using 100 pulses per second, limited to from 1 to 4 milliamperes of current, which tended to relax patients and allow them to proceed to a restful sleep.  Current was passed through the head with an electrode over each closed eyelid and one over each mastoid process behind the ears.  The device was the Somniatron, and the treatment was called “electrosleep.”

Chionophobia and how to cope with it

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Chionophobia, or intense fear of snow, is a type of phobia categorized as a natural environment phobia.

The word originates from Greek chion meaning snow and phobos meaning fear, aversion or dread. People with Chionophobia often understand that their fear is unfounded and weird. However, they are unable to control it.

Overview

Chionophobia is not just a dislike of snow or a rational fear of severe weather forecasts, it is an irrational fear of snow that is typically linked to a fear of bodily harm or death. Though phobias can and do manifest themselves differently in different people’s experiences, there are typically two primary fears behind chionophobia: the fear of becoming snowbound and the fear of being stranded in snow.

Symptoms

Like all phobias, the fear of snow may cause a variety of symptoms. Paying undue attention to weather reports, refusing to leave home during snowy weather, and experiencing panic attacks are extremely common in people with chionophobia. For people with true chionophobia, the mere forecast of a winter storm or snowfall can induce physiological symptoms of fear and anxiety-like cold sweats, panic attacks, and even an unrealistic feeling of doom and dread.

Coping

The best methods for coping with the fear of snow depend on the severity and the level of impact that your fear has on your life. Some people find that becoming educated about different types of snow and their effects on local conditions can calm their fears. Others find that gradual exposure to winter activities is calming. If your fear is severe or life-limiting, however, seek the guidance of a trained mental health professional. Winter weather is a fact of life, but with proper assistance and hard work, there is no reason for it to seriously curtail your life when faced with snowy winter weather.

Living with chionophobia is not easy, especially during the winter or in places where snow is the way of life. Friends and family may ignore the phobia, thinking the sufferer is attention seeking. However, for the phobic, this is a real and serious phobia that interferes with your everyday life.

According to a study carried out by the American Meteorological Society, chionophobia is the second most prevalent natural environment phobia subtype.

If you are anxious about a snow storm coming, and your anxiety is becoming greater and greater – do not wait until it reaches the level of a phobia. You can use Cranial Electrotherapy neuro stimulation to reduce anxiety. CES balances your brain’s chemistry, allowing you to be at peace with yourself again. Many experience this immediately in the course of treatment; others, hours, or several days after. CES leaves you 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 clearer. Results are cumulative and lasting. And unlike drugs, CES has no negative side effects. It is non-addictive and you can use it safely as often as you like.

ref:> verywellmind.com, cesultra.com

Snowed in with CES Ultra

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It’s snowing again. CES Ultra’s employees are fighting the snow in their cars trying to reach the office. Good luck everyone. Drive safe. Or simply stay at home, grab your CES Ultra and relax on a sofa.