Direct Current Stimulation and Brain Injury
2/4/2008 5:02:42 PM
There is a field of therapy called Electrochemical Therapy (ECT, or EChT) that uses DC to kill tumors, to heal bone breaks, etc. The reader is encouraged to visit Wikipedia for "galvanic stimulation" to see what this involves.
The use of EChT to increase muscle mass has been patented; and, from the field of mathematical biology, comes an equation (see Wikipedia for "Kleiber's Law) that describes the role of electrochemistry in metabolism for things small and large. The equation models how the use of EChT to increase muscle mass and metabolic rate, can extend the functional life of humans from 30 to 100 percent. This means that paralysis following nervous system trauma from stroke or concussion, always followed by disuse atrophy of the muscles that advances during the acute phase, can be reversed without exercise. What a wonderful thing!
The only problem is that biological scientists still have no idea what the difference is between AC and DC, that electrical/metabolic energy is measured in amperes (not calories), and that amperes cannot be had from AC or a DC that changes poles with each pulse. The biggest impediment to the spread of EChT and its exploitation for fitness and life extension, is biological science's adherence to archaic notions of bioenergetics that have their root in 19th century thermodynamics.