Posted by susan C on January 3, 2002, at 17:55:06
In reply to Re: Microcurrent stimulation? » Cecilia, posted by manowar on January 3, 2002, at 15:30:28
> > > > Does anyone know if there`s any place that rents these AlphaStim devices so you can try before you buy?
> Sure don't, sorry.
> > Anyone else tried one of these devices? I asked my pdoc about them, but he`d never heard of them, so I know there`s no chance my HMO would cover it. Susan C., why did you stop using yours? It seems like if they work there would be a lot more publicity about them.
> Hello Cecilia,
> The lady with the co. that sells them sent me a whole packet of lit. Haven’t had much of chance to look at it (lots and lots of stuff). Lit. looks very good (but I don't necessarily trust lit esp. when it comes from the company that sells it). Clinical studies show that the device (or any of the Microcurrent stimulation devices for that matter) significantly change neurotransmitter levels in the brain. GABA being one of them. (It’s supposed to be very effective for anxiety). The research looks very promising.
> BTW: If MCS was effective, it makes perfect sense why the medical community wouldn't embrace the technology: It's a one-time purchase. Just think of all those $5 to $150 scripts we (as patients) have to get filled YEAR AFTER YEAR. Let's face it: We, as patients, are great repeat customers.
> There is no way that a pharmaceutical rep is going to try to convince a doctor about the efficacy of a MCS unit. Can you imagine a pdoc writing a script for a MCS unit, and the thing works for the patient? The patient would never need to go back for a visit.
> I asked my pdoc, and he knew nothing about it. But he was fascinated with the research that I gave him. He promised to review the research, and to do some homework, so on my next visit he could write a script for it if he thought it could be helpful. I told him it ran on a 9-volt battery (seems weak). He followed by asking me if I've ever put a 9-volt battery on my tongue. ZAP!
Next time you see him, ask him what it felt like...
At 20 minutes a day, the nine volt lasted a long time...
a disconnected mouse
> Do some web surfing and you'll find some interesting info out there. But there's not much, unfortunately.