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‘Brain Wearables’ Are But Variations On ‘Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation’ (tDCS) Devices.

by Anura Guruge


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Thanks to the popularity and success of fitness trackers and smartwatches — my Garmin MARQ Expedition an example — ‘wearables’ are trendy.

But, from what I can see, there are ‘wearables’ and then there are other ‘wearables’.

I would hate to equate these so called ‘brain wearables’ with a smartwatch or fitness tracker. To I there is a fundamental differences. Brain wearables are trying, via technology and some form of direct electromagnetic stimulation, to modify your behavior. A fitness tracker or smartwatch ONLY tries to ‘interfere’ with your behavior via motivation and/or shame. BIG difference.

I am familiar with tDCS technology. I have talked about it in my ‘Central Pain’ book. tDCS can work. But, with wearables the manufacturers have to be ULTRA cautious. They don’t want folks accidently frying their brains! So, they have to severely constrain the power output they deliver. And that is the crunch. tDCS, TMS or ECT administered under supervision can — and will — use significantly more juice. That in my opinion is what will cripple brain wearables. They will not be able to deliver adequate ‘juice’ to really make a difference.

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So keep this in mind as you are reading about and evaluating brain wearables.


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Is Depression A Physical Rather Than A Mental Illness?

by Anura Guruge


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Link to U.K. “Daily Mail” original from April 30, 2018.


This, thankfully, is one ailment I do not suffer from — at least for now. But, I am, alas, way too familiar with it. As such I do know that medication does NOT seem to work. Electromagnetic stimulation, such as ‘Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation’ (tDCS), TMS and ECT seem definitely more effective.

I do not know whether there is any credible merit to this hypothesis but it sure seems to make sense.

Definitely worth reading. Hence, why I am sharing it with YOU.


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We Got An APEX ‘Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation’ (tDCS) “Type A 18V” Unit From Amazon.

by Anura Guruge


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Deanna had seen this tDCS unit on Amazon over the weekend, and I, as is my instinctive wont, ordered it from Amazon Prime without looking around.

It arrived today, per the Prime 2-day promise.

It was as portrayed in the Amazon product page — which has since INEXPLICABLY disappeared off Amazon. This () is what I now get when I click on the link in the order. Never seen that before in the thousands of items I have ordered, over the years, from Amazon. Never mind. Our unit arrived.

We could have got it from Apex directly for $20 less — with free shipping (though I am not sure whether it would have been 2-day). C’est la vie. Amazon does not offer price matching. Yes, of course we could have returned it … But, I refuse to be that churlish.

Deanna tried it, for her Chronic Pain. She could feel the ‘current’. It is somewhat like a TENS unit, though the principal is rather different. It will take some time before we can determine whether it works.

I will keep you posted.


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‘Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation’ (tDCS) For Depression & Chronic Pain Now Available INEXPENSIVELY.

by Anura Guruge


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I talked about tDCS
in my ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) book.

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With cranium referring to the ‘skull’, transcranial means through the skull.

So, of the 4 non-invasive cortical techniques now available, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) & Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) refer to brain stimulation methods, applied through the skull — in the form of magnetic pulses in the case of TMS and very-low electrical currents (applied to the forehead) in the case of tDCS.

Given its use of electrical currents, tDCS is ‘similar’ to ECT — the huge difference being that tDCS uses a fraction of the current applied with ECT — probably 1/400th. ECT can only be administered under general anesthesia and as such is an expensive and time-consuming process. tDCS can now be done at home in 20-minute sessions! Big difference.

TMS is also expensive.

For what it might cost you to get a few sessions of TMS, you can buy your own tDCS unit!

Think about it.

I will tell you more about tDCS in the coming days. OK?


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