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(Austin Statesman)   Listen doctor, we didn't mind you electrocuting those troublesome mental patients' brains for all those years, but now that you're writing about it and publishing, we're gonna have to put a stop to it. KTHXZAP   (statesman.com) divider line 15
    More: Interesting, mental disorders, informed consent, human subjects, mental hospital, developmental disability, Department of State Health Services, Austin American-Statesman  
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2012-05-20 12:14:07 PM  
Zero comments. 19 clicks. And farked?
 
2012-05-20 12:15:45 PM  
I was going to make some witty comment about "I loves the smell of fresh grilled brains in the morning" but then I remembered there's a TED talk on the topic. I just can't find it.
 
2012-05-20 12:20:11 PM  
Tard Shockin' 3, the Search for More Pie?
 
2012-05-20 12:23:56 PM  
i.ytimg.com
 
2012-05-20 12:25:43 PM  
Electroshock therapy give you quite a buzz. So now they have a handheld unit?
 
2012-05-20 12:35:15 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-20 12:40:16 PM  
Isa disappointa, monkey boy
www.toptenz.net
 
2012-05-20 01:46:32 PM  
FailedZapped link,subby.
 
2012-05-20 03:34:43 PM  
FTFA: Alpha-Stim is a hand-held device that is powered by a 9-volt battery

Why am I suspicious about this being 'electroshock' therapy.
 
2012-05-20 04:04:17 PM  
I like pie...rawr...[ZAP]
 
2012-05-20 05:14:31 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: I like pie...rawr...[ZAP]


Came for this... leaving amused.
 
2012-05-20 06:15:58 PM  
subby: "... electrocuting ..."

multimedia.billybrew.com

/hot like 2450 volts
 
2012-05-21 02:15:01 AM  

ChubbyTiger: FTFA: Alpha-Stim is a hand-held device that is powered by a 9-volt battery

Why am I suspicious about this being 'electroshock' therapy.


FTFA: Over the past decade, the state has bought 12 devices for about $400 each, Williams said.

Ummmm.... wha? That's crazy cheap. A medical device manufacturer at least has to have insurance. Is this just a fancy stun gun?
 
2012-05-21 02:51:25 AM  

Bacontastesgood: ChubbyTiger: FTFA: Alpha-Stim is a hand-held device that is powered by a 9-volt battery

Why am I suspicious about this being 'electroshock' therapy.

FTFA: Over the past decade, the state has bought 12 devices for about $400 each, Williams said.

Ummmm.... wha? That's crazy cheap. A medical device manufacturer at least has to have insurance. Is this just a fancy stun gun?


I don't know how much ECT machines usually cost, but they're fairly basic. All they do is sedate you, stick a bite guard in your mouth, put electrodes on your head and zap you, after all. It's not a design that has particularly changed since it was invented (although it looks a lot less creepy). It must be well out of patent by now (created in the 30s, I think).

However, googling this Alpha-Stim thing it does NOT appear to be an ECT machine. It appears to be some bunkem 'stimulation' woo along the lines of a TENS machine.

Quoth the website "The current is applied by easy to use clip electrodes that attach on the ear lobes. Used just 20 to 40 minutes every day, every other day, or on an as-needed basis, it can help induce a pleasant, relaxed feeling of well being."

Definitely NOT ECT. Definitely bullshiat woo.
 
2012-05-21 04:10:42 AM  

if_i_really_have_to: Bacontastesgood: ChubbyTiger: FTFA: Alpha-Stim is a hand-held device that is powered by a 9-volt battery

Why am I suspicious about this being 'electroshock' therapy.

FTFA: Over the past decade, the state has bought 12 devices for about $400 each, Williams said.

Ummmm.... wha? That's crazy cheap. A medical device manufacturer at least has to have insurance. Is this just a fancy stun gun?

I don't know how much ECT machines usually cost, but they're fairly basic. All they do is sedate you, stick a bite guard in your mouth, put electrodes on your head and zap you, after all. It's not a design that has particularly changed since it was invented (although it looks a lot less creepy). It must be well out of patent by now (created in the 30s, I think).

However, googling this Alpha-Stim thing it does NOT appear to be an ECT machine. It appears to be some bunkem 'stimulation' woo along the lines of a TENS machine.

Quoth the website "The current is applied by easy to use clip electrodes that attach on the ear lobes. Used just 20 to 40 minutes every day, every other day, or on an as-needed basis, it can help induce a pleasant, relaxed feeling of well being."

Definitely NOT ECT. Definitely bullshiat woo.


On the plus side that sounds like it doesn't hurt. I was envisioning some awful scenario where some poor guy is strapped down and whacked with a cattleprod unless he's into that kind of thing NTTAWWT
 
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