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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.

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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.”

Happy Thanksgiving: What I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned
To what time has taught us, to what we’ve learned:
We often focus all our thought
On shiny things we’ve shopped and bought.
We take our pleasure in material things,
Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings.
If a lot of our stuff just vanished today,
We’d see the foundation of each happy day
Is special relationships, constant and true,
And that’s when our thoughts go directly to you.

We wish you a Thanksgiving you’ll never forget,
Full of love and joy—your best one yet!

Rock with CES. A perspective from 35 years ago.

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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.”

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.

Depression During Pregnancy: Using CES, a Pregnant, 35-year-old Woman Finds Relief from Severe Depression

L*, age 35, was diagnosed with chronic depression. She was being prescribed Prozac for several years, which modulated her mood and prevented suicidal ideations. When she became pregnant her physician was concerned about her fetus while on Prozac. She shared her concern with her therapist who asked me if CES could replace her antidepressant. At the time, the therapist and I shared space in The Family Counseling Center, and she would consult with me whenever a patient might warrant CES use if medications were not advisable.

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I was skeptical at first about recommending CES because in the literature there had not been any studies of CES treatment during pregnancy. The therapist and I consulted with the physician about this dilemma. He recommended that CES could be safely used for the first and second trimester and not in the third trimester for fear of inducing labor. He had few worries of CES affecting the fetus. His primary concern was L’s possible slide into a severe suicidal depression. He hoped CES treatment would keep her depression under control without the Prozac. The physician began careful monitoring during the first 2 weeks of CES use and was satisfied that no side effects were noted.

The result was encouraging. Just prior to her first having being prescribed Prozac, L’s depression was quite severe – a 9 on a 10-point scale, 10 being the most depressed, with constant suicidal thoughts. After having been prescribed Prozac, she rated her depression a 3, with no suicidal ideations. Once her pregnancy was verified, the physician immediately had her stop taking Prozac (there was a time when Prozac was not recommended during pregnancy), and L. noticed her slide toward a severe depression.

After the physician consulted with the therapist and me, he decided to prescribe daily CES treatment, 30 minutes per day, for the first 2 weeks, then re-evaluated her condition. L complied willingly, along with weekly psychotherapy with her therapist, and rated her depression as 4 or 5 without suicidal thoughts. This rating was slightly higher than what she rated her depression with Prozac but she was not suicidal and her depression was manageable. The physician was satisfied with the CES effects and continued CES until her third trimester at which time he stopped the treatments completely. He kept close observation as L continued to keep her depression in check with weekly psychotherapy. Two weeks into her trimester without CES L rated her depression as a 6 without suicidal thinking. Both the physician and the therapist saw the results they wanted: no severe suicidal depression.

As the birth of her child neared, there was some brightness to L’s affect. Whether it was a change in her hormones or perhaps just the thought of bringing into the world her own child gave L hope. L and her family prayed to have a healthy child, and this prayer was answered one Sunday morning in November, a 6-1/2 pound baby girl. We were all pleased with our effort to keep L psychiatrically stable.

After the birth of her child, L continued with a CES device that she eventually purchased. She was beginning to find CES as a good alternative to antidepressants and a comforting backup to medications.

* (For the sake of privacy, identities are withheld.)