Encourage FDA + Calif to regulate CoS e-meter microamps

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Re: Encourage FDA + Calif to regulate CoS e-meter microamps

Post by Don Carlo » Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:28 pm

This U of Pennsylvania study shows there is an effect from current, but the read-for-free article doesn't specify how many microamps were used. Still, this underdcores that running low electrical current has a medical effect. Transcranial direct current stimulation can boost language comprehension, April 8, 2015, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2 ... 112238.htm

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Re: Encourage FDA + Calif to regulate CoS e-meter microamps

Post by Don Carlo » Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:18 pm

Bad news about tiny currents in the brain. Again, no mention of how many microamps, but there is a medical effect.
Boosting the brain can lead to cognitive overload, Science Daily, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2 ... 085930.htm

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Re: Encourage FDA + Calif to regulate CoS e-meter microamps

Post by Don Carlo » Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:20 pm

The growing trend of "do-it-yourself" transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) poses hidden risks to healthy members of the public who seek to use the technique for cognitive enhancement. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, along with several members of the (cognitive) neuroscience research community warn about such risks involved in home use of tDCS, the application of electrical current to the brain. Their Open Letter will appear in the July 7th issue of Annals of Neurology...
"We know that stimulation from a few sessions can be quite lasting, but we do not yet know the possible risks of a larger cumulative dose over several years or a lifetime,"
*

ALSO
Stimulating the visual cortex of the brain for 20 minutes with a mild electrical current can improve vision for about two hours, and those with worse vision see the most improvement, according to a Vanderbilt University study published this week in Current Biology.**
* Neuroscience researchers caution public about hidden risks of self-administered brain stimulation, July 7, 2016, http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-07-n ... ntent=link

** Cortical stimulation can improve vision temporarily
July 8, 2016 by Liz Entman, MedicalXPress, http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-07-c ... .html#nRlv

My comment: Neither study mentioned the microamp dosage, but both studies again affirm that small current has medical effects AND THEREFORE THE E-METER SHOULD BE REGULATED AS A MEDICAL DEVICE.

Also. I have known a Scientologist who considered eyesight improvement after auditing to be the "miracle" that proved Scientology was wonderful and perfect. Wouldn't it be funny if it was the microcurrent?

Hat tip to Fark.com which linked to the first article with this tag line today:
Do-it-yourself transcranial electric brain stimulation may pose risks to wombat uranium maple commode nonlinear poop Trump slurpee

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Re: Encourage FDA + Calif to regulate CoS e-meter microamps

Post by Don Carlo » Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:02 am

More proof low-voltage devices like the e-meter have medical effects and should be regulated:
Spinal cord stimulation, also known as dorsal column stimulation, uses low-voltage electrical stimulation to the spine to block the feeling of pain, via a small device implanted in the body
Spinal cord stimulation is a safe, effective drug-free treatment for chronic pain, experts say, July 16, 2016, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2 ... 100315.htm

Neither Science Daily nor the original publication specify how many microamps or milliamps are used. See A review of spinal cord stimulation systems for chronic pain, Authors Verrills P, Sinclair C, Barnard A, Journal of Pain Research, published July 1, 2016, https://www.dovepress.com/a-review-of-s ... rticle-JPR

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Re: Encourage FDA + Calif to regulate CoS e-meter microamps

Post by Don Carlo » Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:50 am

New Aleve Direct Therapy uses small electrical doses on a gel pad to reduce pain, with a dial to increase and decrease the dose.* US television commercials just started promoting it. It is regulated by the FDA as a Class 2 medical device, and you can buy it at Walgreens without a prescription. It doesn't quite describe the microamps or milliamps used, but here are some specs: https://www.aleve.com/aleve-direct-ther ... &gclsrc=ds.

* https://www.aleve.com/aleve-direct-therapy/

Point 1: Since there's no "psych pill" or "pain pill" involved, will CoS approve of such a device for its members who have pain problems? Or will CoS see it as competition?

Point 2: This device uses "TENS" which is becoming a HUGE consumer technology - stay alert for new products. TENS stands for "transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation," http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/TENS . Will the FDA regulate the e-meter as a "Class 2 medical device using TENS ?"

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Re: Encourage FDA + Calif to regulate CoS e-meter microamps

Post by Don Carlo » Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:41 pm

people... stimulate their own brains with low levels of electricity, largely for purposes like improved memory or learning ability.
Zapping Their Brains at Home, by Anna Wexler, NY Times, July 24, 2016,
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/opini ... ction&_r=0
My comment: The article says ordinary people are experimenting with low-dose electricity on the brain, sometimes creating or modifying devices. What if someone owning an e-meter tried to modify them to apply the microcurrent to the head? The e-meter needs regulation.

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Re: Encourage FDA + Calif to regulate CoS e-meter microamps

Post by Don Carlo » Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:17 am

No dream: Electric brain stimulation during sleep can boost memory, source: University of North Carolina Health Care, July 28, 2016, Science Daily, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2 ... 143247.htm

More medical effects from microcurrent.

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Re: Encourage FDA + Calif to regulate CoS e-meter microamps

Post by Don Carlo » Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:27 am

Yow! Does auditing microcurrent make you lose self-control and say yes to more auditing? This article doesn't talk about auditing, but it makes you think...
Scientists “Switch Off” Self-Control Using Brain Stimulation, By Catherine Caruso, Scientific American, October 19, 2016, https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... D=ref_fark

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