Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Think before you Thync

Ariana Eunjung Cha writes in the Wash Post, Mar 30, 2016, about a low-voltage electrical device called Thync that some "early adopters" are strapping to various areas of their skulls to "activate their body's natural state of energy or calm."

Hmmm...Did not get a warm fuzzy off this one, even though there is peer-reviewed science behind it, according to the story.

For one thing, this is likened to electroshock and also deep-brain stimulation for Parkinson's. I consider these to be two different cases from a device you can buy on Amazon and zap yourself with.

The companies refuse to get too detailed and claim that the current in them is so weak they are not even medical devices.

So far, the FDA apparently has not gotten into it.

No one knows the long-term consequences of "stimulating" one area of the brain--say on an adjoining area.

Writing in the journal Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, some researchers said this may sound benign, but some with risks as great as opening the body for surgery.

"Not playthings," is how one put it.

The founder of Thync, who recently returned to academia at AZ State, said one day this will be commonplace and might cure migraines and other disorders.

One day...not now. So if you want to try Halo or Foc.us to improve your force, gaming skill or "happiness," thync twice.

Or not--up to you.

But remember this--people worry about the current from cellphones. This is more intense. A brain is a terrible thing to tase, even mildly.

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