Archive | May 26, 2017

Lady Slippers In Profusion, New Hampshire, 2017 — Official Wildflower.

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A bit late making an appearance this year, i.e., 2017.

I know where to look and started looking about 10 days ago. Spotted the first one May 22.

Same bank last year. Roughly the same population — I guess the same plants, since they are NOT supposed to be disturbed, let alone moved. 


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‘Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation’ (TMS) For Depression (& Chronic Pain): Brainsway vs. Neurostar.

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Into to TMS
from my ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) book.


In the U.S., from what I can determine, the two main (if not only) options for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is based on Neurostar technology or Brainsway technology.

Though they are both classed as TMS they differ in terms of the magnetic stimulation techniques used.

The Brainsway supposedly represents the newer technology. It uses a bigger, more encapsulating H-coil that does cover a larger portion of the brain — and supposedly can go deeper. Neurostar, a pioneer in TMS, uses a 8-coil that does not envelop the brain as much as the H-coil. It is claimed that the H-coil can stimulate brain ’tissue’ 2.4 – 5.7 times deeper than the 8-coil. However, it should also be noted that it is easier to have Sham H-coils (i.e., placebo coils) than it is with 8-coils!

A Brainsway session is 15 minutes shorter per session than a Neurostar session; 22 minutes vs. 37 minutes.

Neurostar uses rTMS (as described in my book above).

Brainstar calls its process Deep TMS (dTMS). I cannot get anybody to tell me, as yet, whether dTMS uses a faster or slower ‘repetition’ rate (i.e., the rate of pulsing) than rTMS.

The Brainstar is still relatively new.

From what I can find there are two other companies that offer TMS products: Magstim and Magvita. I, however, have not found any ‘doctors’ offering TMS using these devices anywhere around New England. I will do more research.

Though only approved for treating Depression per se, TMS, whether rTMS or dTMS, is a viable treatment option for ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) and other instances of Chronic Pain, including Fibromyalgia, since any degree of depression exaggerates your perception of pain.

TMS was FDA approved for treating treatment-resistant depression as as of 2008.


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Going To Seed In Central New Hampshire — Just Ahead Of The Heavy Rain.

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These were bright yellow dandelions just a few days ago.

Again on the same hill that I see the red-headed ground cover. Made a special trip with my Sony a7 II to get some pictures AHEAD of the rain. The rain will, I think, wash away many of the seed heads.


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Tiny Red-Headed Ground Cover In New Hampshire — It Could Be A Fungi.

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I see them, this time every year, on a dirt-covered hill that I go running up, a couple of times a week. It is very pretty. They are tiny. You can probably work that out by comparing them to the fallen leaves (from fall) lying around. I always mean to take some pictures. Today, I did. But, I need to get up there with a macro lens.

Most likely a fungi though a quick Google of NH fungi did not show any that looked like these.

IF you know what they are please do share. Thanks.


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