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Deep Brain Stimulation – Another Psychiatric Torture Treatment Emerging

by | Aug 11, 2015

Brain DevicesPsychiatrists are the first to admit they don’t really understand what causes the mental conditions they have labeled as disorders. They also freely admit they don’t really know why a particular drug or surgery “works” but they continue to theorize and experiment endless on their patients.
Cycling back and forth between professional trends in brain surgeries, electric shocks and drugs they push forward any new technique that government funding and the public are willing to buy.
Currently a push is on for employing Deep Brain Stimulation to attack depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
The Mayo Clinic offers this definition: “Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes within certain areas of your brain. These electrodes produce electrical impulses that regulate abnormal impulses. Or, the electrical impulses can affect certain cells and chemicals within the brain. The amount of stimulation in deep brain stimulation is controlled by a pacemaker-like device placed under the skin in your upper chest. A wire that travels under your skin connects this device to the electrodes in your brain.”
DBS has been used to help patients with Parkinson’s disease but it’s nothing one would undertake lightly. One such patient described the procedure.
“He shaved my scalp in five spots, numbed the spots with lydocaine, and then proceeded to screw 5 anchors into my skull using what looked and sounded like a screw gun from a construction workers tool box. All this was in preparation for the next day when they would be mounting two towers onto my head that would act as guides in inserting two probes into my brain.
The surgery would entail drilling two holes in my skull allowing two probes to be inserted deep into my brain. The probes would later be connected, by wires run below the skin, to a stimulator that would be programmed to send electrical signals to the probes.
The idea is that this is a long operation and you are conscious for much of that time and you have to lie still.
I had been told that the drilling of the holes is very loud, but it must have been done while under anesthesia because I was unaware of any cutting or drilling. It wouldn’t be until I left the hospital that I finally got to see the two rows of staples that were used to close up the two long slices in my scalp.
Two weeks later I was scheduled for my second surgery; implanting the stimulator in my chest and connecting it to the probes from the first surgery. This was done on an outpatient basis. I was under anesthesia the whole time. When I awoke the surgery was done.
The stimulator is about 3″ x 3″ by 1″ thick and is sewn into a pocket of skin. The batteries have to be changed every few years and it will require surgery when that becomes necessary.”
 
Thomas Schlaepfer is a psychiatrist from the University of Bonn Hospital and a leading expert in researching deep brain stimulation. He gives it to OCD and severely depressed patients who were not helped by psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy and psychopharmacology. This class of patient is labeled as having “extreme treatment resistance”.
He writes “The idea of holes drilled in the skull and electrodes placed deep into the brain is as a concept understandably frightening.”
Yes, by drilling some holes in the patient’s skull, DBS is likely to create some “treatment resistance” of its own.
Psychiatrists Enjoy Turning Up the Voltage
Dr. Peter Breggin of the Center to Study Psychiatry reported on a psychiatric abuse case using an early form of Deep Brain Stimulation around 1970.
The victim was Leonard Kille, an electronics engineer who fell into psychiatric hands during a marital dispute. His wife was having an affair and Leonard was having angry rages during arguments with her in which she denied it was happening. A psychiatrist referred him to psychiatrists Frank Ervin and Vernon Mark for neurological tests. They decided his jealousy was “paranoia” and that Kille was “uncontrolled” and “dangerous”. He was hospitalized and pressured by his wife and the psychiatrists to have a brain surgery as otherwise she would divorce him. He eventually submitted and received a remote control electrical device called a “stimoceiver” implanted into his brain. As “treatment” the psychiatrists could boost the voltage on some 80 or so electrodes imbedded on 4 wires they had implanted in his brain.
Ervin and Mark claimed their experiment a glowing success but Dr. Breggin found Kille to be “totally disabled, chronically hospitalized, and subject to nightmarish terrors that he will be caught and operated on again at the Massachusetts General Hospital.”
Kille’s wife left him after his surgery and married her lover.
Following another treatment from his electrodes, Kille was left permanently paralyzed from the waist down due to brain damage. The doctors turned his moods on and off at will using electrical stimulation.
Later another psychiatrist wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine, regarding Kille’s case that he felt “a haunting fear that men may become slaves, perhaps to an authoritarian state.”
Military Vets Labeled with PTSD – Guinea Pigs for Deep Brain Stimulation
Over at Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Emad Eskandar, is a neurosurgeon at the Center for Nervous System Repair.
” The brain is an electrochemical organ that can respond to both electricity and meds, so instead of prescribing milligrams of a substance, we can now prescribe milliamps for specific regions. The therapy gets right to the target. The downside is, of course, you have to undergo neurosurgery to get the implant.”
He’s part of a military funded program called Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS). This is an attempt by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to address problems veterans are having with depression, PTSD and substance abuse.
DARPA program manager Justin Sanchez said, “DARPA is looking for ways to characterize which regions come into play for different conditions – measured from brain networks down to the single neuron level – and develop therapeutic devices that can record activity, deliver targeted stimulation, and most importantly, automatically adjust therapy as the brain itself changes.”
The latest smart implants are responsive DBS devices that will monitor neuronal activity. When they detect unusual patterns, they’ll dampen those signals by stimulating the brain with electrical impulses. These implants will be programmed by MIT, Boston Univ. and Draper Lab.
They will operate 24/7 in “the living brain, measuring signals and intervening in real time.” “Physicians will be able to see data from the device right in their office.”
They plan to be ready for clinical trials in 3 to 4 years and the first subjects will be combat veterans.
The fact sheet put out by the Pentagon and Dept. of Veterans Affairs states they have been given $78.9 million dollars for this research and the purpose is “to develop new, minimally invasive neurotechnologies that will increase the ability of the body and brain to induce healing.”
No more screwing in head frames and drilling holes – they want some tiny device they can shoot into a soldier’s body in a split second and then remotely control his emotional moods and physiological state.
A Neuroscientist Stands Up to Fight Deep Brain Stimulation
Curtis Bell, is Senior Scientist Emeritus at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and is writes that deep brain stimulation could easily be used to subdue people similar to the prefontal lobotomy which quieted down noisy prisoners or political foes.
“You could imagine such things being more sophisticated nowadays,” he says. “You wouldn’t need to damage all the frontal lobes if you could go to a specific nucleus and alter someone’s personality.”
Below is an oath he is calling for all Neuroscientists to sign:
“Pledge by Neuroscientists to Refuse to Participate in the Application of Neuroscience to Violations of Basic Human Rights or International Law.”
We are Neuroscientists who desire that our work be used to enhance human life rather than to diminish it. We are concerned with the possible use of Neuroscience for purposes that violate fundamental human rights and international law. We seek to create a culture within the field of Neuroscience in which contributions to such uses are unacceptable.
Thus, we oppose the application of Neuroscience to torture and other forms of coercive interrogation or manipulation that violate human rights and personhood. Such applications could include drugs that cause excessive pain, anxiety, or trust, and manipulations such as brain stimulation or inactivation.
Thus, we also oppose the application of Neuroscience to aggressive war. Aggressive war is illegal under international law, where it is defined as a war that is not in self-defense. A government which engages in aggressive wars should not be provided with tools to engage more effectively in such wars. Neuroscience can and does provide such tools. Examples include drugs which enhance the effectiveness of soldiers on one side, drugs which damage the effectiveness of soldiers on the other side, and robots that move, perceive, and kill.
As Neuroscientists we therefore pledge:

  1. a) To make ourselves aware of the potential applications of our own work and that of others to applications that violate basic human rights or international law such as torture and aggressive war.
  2. b) To refuse to knowingly participate in the application of Neuroscience to violations of basic human rights or international law.

This is an opportunity for scientists to stand up and refuse to create such devices under the guise of “learning about the brain” when their purpose is clearly a destructive one in the hands of psychiatrists and the military branches of the government.
SOURCES:
 
 
http://arraytherapeutic.com/library/articles/IEEEspectrum.pdf
http://www.betaboston.com/news/2015/05/25/mgh-is-working-on-smart-brain-implants-that-may-help-combat-depression-and-ptsd/
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/talking-back/scientist-interview-implanted-electrodes-reboot-brain-out-of-intractable-depression/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2014/08/27/new-obama-plan-calls-for-implanted-computer-chips-to-help-u-s-troops-heal/
http://dreamndean.hubpages.com/hub/My-Deep-Brain-Stimulation-Surgery
http://www.nature.com/news/the-pentagon-s-gamble-on-brain-implants-bionic-limbs-and-combat-exoskeletons-1.17726
https://neuroethicscanada.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/a-conversation-on-the-neuroethics-of-war/
https://sites.google.com/site/mcrais/implants
 

6 Comments

  1. nathan daniel mondragon

    i would love to escape all these mad scientists and there experiments im in hurricane utah i really wouldent mind a safe place that wont medicate me use electric shock pain or harrasment i prey to god please tell me florida is a safe place! any response is a good response text 9706298434 appercaite it!

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  2. Frank Marquez

    I have been implanted with a Nuerolink chip. Covina Intercomminity hosp. & extreme interventions are using addicts as guinea pigs in Southern California. I’ve been subjected to this barbaric mental torture for over 6 years. They us slaw enforcement to intimidate & IDENTIFY theft to isolate you. Then they force you to commit crimes with the promise of it ending. Do you have any suggestions?

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  3. Tammy Florence Aoughsten

    I went to a Andrew Center in East Texas in Athens and every since then I have electric shock treatments I don’t know how they in planted a RFID chip but somehow they have they electric shock me they tell me I’m a manic depressant they tell me I’m bipolar they mess with my mind all the time I do not have any of these things I am not sick but they are trying to get funding from the government now I have been on my job for a year at Walmart and they still mess with me the electronic shock I can feel it and I can even see the waves when I’m at work my ex-husband told me to get in touch with y’all about this to let y’all know he knows as well as I do that the psychiatrists are trying to get money and I was just wanting to know if I could get some feedback on this thank you so much have a blessed day.

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    • CCHR

      I am sorry to hear about your situation. Since you live in Texas please contact them at http://cchrtexas.org/contact-us/ CCHR Texas
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      Austin, Texas 78704
      800-572-2905

  4. Theresa Tong

    I have a situation. I have been seeing a psychiatrist for about six possibly eight sessions now. I have bi polar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and Complex PTSD. I have finally decided it is time to try to get disability since I have been turned down for job interviews for the past two years. Unfortunately, I was contacted by the company I am working with to get my disability and they told me that my psychiatrist is putting odd and conflicting information on my records. In the section where she is supposed to fill in what happened in the actual session, she is somewhat close (although she has left out important remarks made to me in our sessions…like, “You will never be able to work with people again.” I would think that would be significant enough to be included in the session record but it is nowhere to be found in ANY of the assessments she filled out. The really scary part is this. She will put something like this at the top…..Patient was seen and evaluated today. She exhibits a lot of symptoms of depression along with focus and concentration issues.
    Now here is where the super freaky part comes in. There is a part at the bottom of the report labeled Mental Status which has ten headings. Now she just said I was depressed and couldn’t focus and couldn’t concentration…but get this….here’s what is listed on the robolist on the mental status section:
    Appearance: Normal(Since when does a depressed person look normal?????)
    Speech: Normal, Coherent, no abnormalities(Since when does a depressed person have a normal speech pattern????? I mean really!!!!!!)
    Orientation: Oriented to time, person and place(When I am depressed I am not oriented to anything. I have NO idea what she means by this at all)
    Mood/Affect: Normal to Context depressed———-seriously????????? NORMAL to depressed???????? I am getting new meds because I am depressed and she puts NORMAL to depressed and she’s medicating me up to the gills!!!
    Motor/Musculoskeletal: No abnormalities noted in muscular strength and Tone. Nor in Gait or Station. No Abnormal Involuntary Movements.(First of all, she is my pdoc, NOT my rheumatologist, so WHY would she be looking for any abnormalities in my muscle strength and tone or in my gait or station???? And I hate to mention this, but she must not look very closely because I WALK WITH A CANE. I’d say that would cause an abnormal gait. Der Duh. As for any abnormal involuntary movements, I just so happen to have developed a VERY annoying tic in my right eye that comes and goes, but since she only sees me for 30 minutes once every 3 months, how would she know? And since I had no idea this information was on the psychiatric evaluation, and she never asked, how would I know to tell her?
    Next category-Thought and Perception: Now remember, I’m depressed, can’t focus and can’t concentrate, but she puts on THIS part of the review—Thought process, perception, and content within normal limits. Normal rate and content of thought processing. Normal Computation. No abnormalities in abstract reasoning and associations. Circumstantial thought content within normal limits.(OK, I’m so depressed I can’t focus or concentrate, BUT, SOMEHOW, BY some great incredible feat of what?, mind over matter?….I can have a normal thought process,normal perception,normal computation and all with absolutely NO abnormalities in my abstract reasoning or associations??????????? Oh and of course, my Circumstantial thought content is also within normal limits. If I am doing so very, very well in all of these categories then how can I be so very, very depressed? And why do I need to take some more pills?????? Curiouser and curiouser, isn’t it?
    There is a side note of a negative theme……ya think??????
    Next category: COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING: Gotta love this one! Remember……depressed and can’t focus and needs pills up top………..but in THIS section…….recent and remote memory intact(I don’t know about any other folks who have bi polar disorder, but my memory is like a will o’ the wisp, it comes and it goes with no reason and no rhyme. I never know what I will remember or forget or when….so recent and remote memory hasn’t been intact …..well since I can’t remember when! Then get this one…….NORMAL ATTENTION SPAN and CONCENTRATION, uh…….ADHD anyone? As anyone wit ADHD knows, there is no such thing as a normal attention span with ADH, and let’s see, my original diagnosis was…. symptoms of depression along with focus AND concentration issues……….(Can we all say INCONSISTENCY???????) I also love that she thinks my language and fund of knowledge is intact. Do you know how MANY times I’ve had to dig in my head for a substitute word because my brain has been turned to swiss cheese by these meds and this disease?????? My vocabulary is shrinking daily. As for my fund of knowledge….if I HAD to do an algebra problem with a gun to my head…..guess who wouldn’t be having her morning coffee tomorrow?
    JUDGMENT/INSIGHT: She says no evidence of a problem. My son pointed out that I spent nearly 20 thousand dollars on a half of a car. (It’s a scion IQ which is the size of a smart car, but a little bit sturdier) I’m not going to quibble on this one because it’s a bit more objective that the other categories so I’ll let this one go.
    Anyway, I felt the need to put this out there because I want to know if anyone else gets this kind of crazy-making (yeah, I said it, I went there!) kind of feedback from their psychiatrist. If so, how do you handle it? I am open to any suggestions.
    Thanks,
    Beffuddled

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    • Jessica Blackmore

      Yes I do. My last psychiatric appointment was shocking & the language used was offensive.

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