Miracle Cure???

I was channel surfing and I found some show called 3 lbs on some channel called Universal HD… It was some sort of medical show…I’ve never heard of either, but that’s probably because my mom has around 900 some channels…

So, how does this relate to us??? The neurosurgeons performed an experimental surgery called Deep Brain Stimulation… They implanted tiny wires with electrodes into the part of the brain called subgenual cingulate… From what I understand, this controls some of the emotions, self-esteem, sleep, etc… When the generator is turned on, low voltage pulses are continuously delivered to the brain… This is supposed to change how you feel instantaneously…

Ok, DBS was originally designed for those with certain motor control problems, such as Parkinson’s Disorder… But depending on where the electrodes are implanted, you get different results… Thus, the studies began for psychiatric disorders… So far, they have done a study of six patients with Major Depression (not much of a study, really…) Four of the six showed drastic improvements once the battery was turned on…
Of course, there are risks and side effects, such as bleeding and infection… I find it odd, however, that there are neuropsychiatric side effects such as hallucinations, apathy, compulsive gambling-and depression!!! The docs say this is temporary and will subside, but seriously???

Anyway, after all my ranting, I’m wondering if this DBS will ever get anywhere??? I know this hasn’t been studied yet, but wouldn’t it be nice if this could ‘cure’ bipolar, too??? I don’t know…

By the way, sorry if some of my medical lingo or definitions are wrong, but I’m not entirely sure what a subgenual cingulate and what-not is… I Googled it!!! 😛

God bless!!!

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