Pentagon Scientists Inject Necks to ‘Cure’ PTSD

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Thought this was interesting enough to post as a separate thread

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/04/pentagon-scientists-inject-necks-to-cure-ptsd/

Finding an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder has been a top Pentagon priority for years. And with an estimated one in five veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from PTSD, the military’s been willing to consider anything and everything, including yoga, dog therapy and acupuncture, to alleviate symptoms.

But a small new study out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center might offer more than temporary relief — with nothing more than a quick jab to the neck.

It’s a procedure called stellate ganglion block (STB), and involves injecting local anesthetic into a bundle of nerves located in the neck. The bundle are a locus for the sympathetic nervous system, which regulates the body’s “fight-or-flight” stress response.

Led by Lieutenant Colonel Sean Mulvaney, Pentagon scientists gave STB injections to two soldiers, one on active duty and another who’d been suffering from PTSD symptoms since serving in the Gulf War nearly two decades ago. Their study reports that both men “experienced immediate, significant and durable relief” after the 10-minute procedure, and no longer exhibit symptoms that would qualify them for a PTSD diagnosis.

Seven months later, both had successfully stopped using antidepressant and antipsychotic medications with the guidance of a psychiatrist.

While the research out of Walter Reed only tested two patients, a Chicago-based doctor named Eugene Lipov is already conducting his own double-blind trial on war-vet volunteers. One of his patients, 28-year-old John Sullivan, found little relief with prescription anti-anxiety meds. But the former Marine Corps Sergeant told ABC News that the STB injection completely eliminated his nightmares, flashbacks and ongoing anxiety.

“[It was] not painful and the results were within five minutes — I felt more relaxed and calmed down. It’s been great.”

Lipov has also conducted before-and-after brain scans on patients. Those suffering from PTSD usually exhibit characteristic “hot spots” that light up when a patient is exposed to violent imagery. After an STB treatment, the brains of PTSD patients no longer displayed the abnormal reactions.

But STB treatments, which have been used for decades to treat a handful of illnesses, including Raynaud’s Syndrome, aren’t without risks. Injuries to the nervous or vascular system are the most common, usually from a misplaced needle. Still, STB is likely to be met with more enthusiasm from the Pentagon than another potential PTSD treatment. MDMA, the key ingredient in ecstasy, was in the spotlight last week after successful results of a study on 21 veterans. But according to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, who sponsored the study, the Department of Veterans Affairs has thus far refused to collaborate on future research.
 
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"And suddenly out pops a magic cure"!!!
Don't believe a funking word......Pentagon Scientists and Injections are Extremely Dangerous!!
These *********** invented Agent Orange and we all know what happened there!
Probably responsible for Gulf War Syndrome too!
The best part is, if anything goes horribly wrong with their poisons they produce, they are literally above the law --- FACT! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
 
#3
Interesting, although manipulation of the sympathetic nervous system as described is likely only a short term measure, but could prove helpfull when combined with other treatments (e.g. drugs & counselling) for treatment of PTSD.

Certainly an innovative step.
 
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theprior said:
Suspicious as the Manchurian candidate made me, sounds like a good step forward.
are you taking the piss? It doesn't solve the issue, but mask it from what I've read.

Perhaps an application before front line fighting may be beneficial, but I'd steer away from meds like that. You can do it, or you can't.

What happens when the effect wears off?
 
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Why don't they stick it in their own funking necks if they are so much into it?
Dr Mengele would be proud !! ....... And i would not be surprised if these cnuts made it mandatory by military law in future conflicts that you take this drug before going anywhere near the battlefield. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
 
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I should never take the piss, having, quite obviously, never fought in a war zone. I should however point out that I support whatever helps soldiers recover from the undoubtedly horrid things they see and experience. Plus, since the heroin I like injections.
 
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In the last thirty years we have heard so many of these storys, almost all from the USA ,and what happened, to these wonder cures? SFA
 
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The usual acronym is SGB (not STB).

With the number of treatments countable on the fingers of one hand, those patients also receiving other therapies, and placebo effect not ruled out, then there is a long way to go before a treatment regime emerges.
 
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Without a larger number of subjects and a control group, this treatment is essentially based on speculation. What's to say that the individuals concerned wouldn't have gone into remission anyway? Contrary to popular belief, PTSD sufferers do sometimes get better for no obvious external reason (although a change in life circumstances such as a new job or relationship may be significant).

It would be great if it were this easy, but we need to see where this goes in a randomised controlled trial first I think.
 
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More importantly ...... Has this treatment been pier reviewed and has this new chemical cocktail been fullly aproved and been properly licenced ??

Always remember ...... Prescription drugs may very well be safe on their own, however start mixing them together and you can easily create a potential deadly potency in ones own body to which the long term effects are unknown !!

Pharmaceutical companies are only interested in profit and securing large contracts.
 

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