Contact Us

Electroshock Therapy Making a Comeback for Alzheimer’s Patients

(Keystone/Getty Images)

Remember the (good?) old days when electricity was used for treating all sorts of behavioral disorders?  Eventually most of us came to think of that sort of “treatment” as cruel and barbaric, but now electricity is once again being used for treatment of Alzheimer’s and similar dementias.  “Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present the ‘brain pacemaker.'”

Yes, the brain pacemaker.  Doctors drill small holes in the head and implant tiny wires, strategically placed to contact the correct spots of the brain.  Then low voltage electricity is created by the pacemaker to (hopefully) correct brain function.

No one knows if this type of treatment will work, but some doctors believe that it’s worth a shock…er, shot, especially with more than five million Americans suffering from symptoms of Alzheimer’s or other similar dementias.  We all have to count on that number increasing, too, as baby boomers age.

Not to make light of a serious problem for many Americans, but if this treatment doesn’t work, maybe they could ramp up the amps and test it on radio announcers, many of whom are in definite need of some sort of therapy.  I personally am aware of two morning show announcers who could benefit from it!

(Read more about this by clicking here)

Best of Newstalk 1280

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Newstalk VIPs quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Newstalk VIPs contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.