No Re-wiring Necessary

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Back in March, Forbes magazine published an article titled, “Rewiring the brain” which focused on a new pacemaker-like device that scientists were using to affect changes in the nervous system.

With Forbes being a financial publication, it is interesting to see how new products, drugs, and devices are portrayed. Often times, other medical approaches and procedures are put down in an attempt to make the featured product appear more appealing to investors. Read the article (links are below) and you’ll understand what I mean.

The article opens with a story… a woman who had “tried more than a dozen drugs” to treat depression. The drugs did not work and she could not hold a steady job. But by surgically implanting an experimental device “that treats her blues by transmitting tiny pulses of electricity to nerves in her neck” she is experiencing reduced symptoms. (maybe it’s because she is not taking a dozen drugs)

Now introduce the device… The “incredible” device then goes center stage and we are told it is a product of a publicly traded company. (I’m not giving stock tips) What is interesting, is that this product is just one of several new generation pacemaker-style gadgets which are used to affect electrical changes in the body.

We then get a little science… “The brain uses electrical current to communicate within itself and with other parts of the body. When that fragile circuitry goes awry, it can play a role in disorders ranging from depression to epilepsy to Parkinson’s disease. Researchers are learning that precisely targeting barely noticeable pulses to affected areas of the brain can help restore some normal function to the cerebral circuitry.”

What if that fragile circuitry goes awry in the spine, what do we call that?

Then we get some financial incentive… It appears that this “new” field of affecting electrical changes in the body is “exploding.” One CEO says, “It’s a gigantic opportunity. We are talking about some of the largest medical markets in the world.”

Drugs are so 1900’s… The article tells us that “Doctors have spent decades using drugs to tweak aberrant brain chemicals, with only limited success.” While drug makers would probably disagree, an offered statistic suggests, “of 6 million Americans treated for depression, more than a million don’t respond to drugs.”

Another “decades-old treatment”… Remember electroshock therapy? It affects electrical change in the body but just not specifically. The mentioned therapy, “indiscriminately blasts the entire head to induce seizures and jar patients out of their blues.” (yikes!)

But this baby is safe… “The new techniques are better aimed with less collateral damage.” I never heard that term used in health care before. I like it. Instead of side effects, we could say things like collateral damage may include loss of bowel function, headaches, insomnia, etc… The main side effect (collateral damage) from this device: hoarseness when the current begins.

More science… “Vagus-nerve stimulation approach.” Look at your charts on the wall, the vagus nerve links the brain to such major organs as the heart and lungs. And the discovery… “Until recently researchers thought that it was a one-way conduit, sending messages from the brain to the body.” Scientists now believe feedback travels back up through the vagus nerve to the brain. (safety pin cycle)

Skipping over a bunch of financial stuff to get to a conclusion… “Brain stimulation will be to the next 10 years what cardiac pacemakers were to the last 40,” a researcher predicts. Now go out and stimulate some brain cells… naturally.

FORBES: Rewiring the brain (page 1)
FORBES: Rewiring the brain (page 2)

And don’t forget to look at this image link. If you x-ray someone and see what looks like a big nail in the middle of their skull it may just be this device (is that a contraindication to adjusting?): Electrical healing @ 9:03 am | Article ID: 999101005