Better living through chemistry?

Every twenty-four to thirty-six hours, from 50 to 80 % of adults in the United States and the United Kingdom swallow a medically prescribed chemical. In the United States, the volume of the drug business has grown by a factor of 100 during the current century; 20,000 tons of aspirin are consumed per year, almost 225 tablets per person. In England every tenth night of sleep is induced by a hypnotic drug and 19% of women and 9% of men take a prescribed tranquilizer during any one year.

prescription pills In the United States, central-nervous-system agents are the fastest growing sector of the pharmaceutical market, now making up 31% of total sales. Dependence on prescribed tranquilizers has risen by 290% since 1962, a period during which the per capita consumption of liquor rose by only 23% and the estimated consumption of illegal opiates by about 50 percent, leading Ivan Illich in Medical Nemesis, to note how that by 1975, "Medical addiction ...had outgrown all self-chosen or more festive forms of creating well-being."

Some people take the wrong medication; others get an old or contaminated batch, and others a counterfeit; others take medications in dangerous combinations. Some medications are addictive, others are devastating emotionally and physically from their side effects. Every year a million people--that is 3 to 5% of all hospital admissions --are admitted primarily because of a negative reaction to medications. The situation has become especially exacerbated by the medical profession's propensity to dole out medication like candy for the slightest sign of depression, anxiety, or insomnia, helping make drugs like Prozac as chic in the suburbs as crack is in the inner city. This has led to that plague of legal drug addiction, documented so well by Peter Breggin in his definitive study of the topic in "Toxic Psychiatry."

Well, I do not espouse an extremist position with regard to psychotropic medication such as Peter Breggin does but I believe that consumers should be aware that some of these substances are very powerful and will benefit people as much as they are intelligently prescribed and intelligently taken.

Worse yet, is the subversion of our independence. We are self-regulating beings in possession of our own pharmaceutical laboratory which our brain draws on judiciously on our behalf. An increased reliance on external drugs interferes with that self-regulatory process, reducing our ability to cope --to develop, strengthen, and effectively employ our own inner resources.

People speak today of being captive of unpleasant emotional states. The answer to this problem, however, does not lie exclusively with the development of better and more efficient drugs. Emotions are in part products of the chemical soup, and the elaborate electrical neuro circuitry which make up the working environment of our brain.

neuron To reclaim control of our life we have but to learn how to alter that chemical composition and reorient that circuitry.

CES is a tool to help us achieve that end. As a similar ethic can ideally and practically guide pharmaceutical usage, CES offers a unique and viable "bioelectric" alternative. Personal autonomy and a gain with insight and self awareness is resultant because the learning of the intelligent application of CES permits individuals to have an amazing increase in their ability to experience a positive perception, to in effect reset the controls of their perception.

CES's primary goal is wellness, defined as peak emotional, mental, and physical health--a state of proper alignment --the balanced interplay of body and mind attained through personal empowerment rather than dependency. You know that nothing is good or bad intrinsically, it's more how it is utilized or misused. So I do not want to really put down the pharmaceutical industry, but actually want to extend the options available to people looking for answers and positive change. Pharmaceuticals may be used unintelligently and wisely, both on the part of the professional and the patient.

What is homeostasis? Homeostasis can be defined as the tendency for intrinsic balance within a system. Application of a therapeutic range of microcurrent intracranially seems to enhance the homeostasis of the biological central nervous system. An effect on one system within the individual will have correlative effects upon other systems within the individual. Improved mood can be measured. Many times improved cognitive function can be measured. Improved self image and sense of well being can be measured. An improved sense of locus of control or self determination can be easily measured. If a tool works it enhances one's ability to handle or deal with situations previously that were beyond the range of one's control.

A powerful tool can be deemed most powerful by its simplicity. Also by generalizability of use and by it's user-friendliness ability. That is if overused or underused it does not become dangerous, it is not too touchy. It's hard to be hurt by it or to go into unsafe areas with it.

Intelligent choice, what is it? We have the ability to learn. We have the ability to gain experience. We have the opportunity to change and grow. We have the ability be in control of our lives. We can learn about anything we like!