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Internet addiction treated through electric shock

Internet addiction is treated through electric shock in Chinese clinics, yet the so-called addicts are not using acupuncture and other modalities in which the region is rich with history.

Thanks to Boing Boing for this snippet:

Electroshock therapy for China's "Internet addicts"

The Chinese government is imprisoning and giving electric shocks to people it thinks have become addicted to the Internet. Alarmed by a survey that found that nearly 14 percent of teens in China are vulnerable to becoming addicted to the Internet, the Chinese government has launched a nationwide campaign to stamp out what the Communist Youth League calls "a grave social problem" that threatens the nation. ...

Led by Tao Ran, a military researcher who built his career by treating heroin addicts, the clinic uses a tough-love approach that includes counseling, military discipline, drugs, hypnosis and mild electric shocks.

Tao said the clinic is based on the idea that there are many similarities between his current patients and those he had in the past.

In terms of withdrawal: "If you let someone go online and then he can't go online, you may see a physical reaction, just like someone coming off drugs." And in terms of resistance: "Today you go half an hour, and the next day you need 45 minutes. It's like starting with drinking one glass and then needing half a bottle to feel the same way."

The nation whose great health traditions pioneered acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine resorts to shocking means to treat something that may or may not even be DSM-IV worthy. Yet, people are 'volunteering' for these clinics. Why not try needling instead ... or perhaps some qi-gong to soothe the spirit?

Interpretation: so-called Internet addiction is a symptom of narcissism more than introspection - another manifestation of conspicuous consumption and the yawning chasm within. The more we nourish ourselves with good food, a healthy environment, fulfilling relationships, the less intriguing it becomes to cut and paste a bunch of text and pics. Although technology can disseminate information and enrich people across distances, there is nothing like the physical presence of another human being in shared connection. Meeting in the virtuality is a crude substitute.

Though many speculate the virtual world will become more complete and fulfilling over time, as the human body melds into something else.... then we may have to reconfigure psychology, energy healing, and other disciplines to account for these transfigurations.

Then again there is a difference between future shock and electric shock.
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Michael H. Cohen is Principal in Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen and also President of the Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine (also known as the Institute for Health, Ethics, Law, Policy & Society), a forum for exploration of legal, regulatory, ethical, and health policy issues involved in the judicious integration of complementary and alternative medical therapies (such as acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, herbal medicine) and conventional clinical care. The most recent published book by Michael H. Cohen on health care law, regulation, ethics and policy pertaining to complementary, alternative and integrative medicine and related fields is Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion. This is the fourth book in a series, following Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (1998), Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution (2000), and Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation (2003).

Health care and corporate lawyer Michael H. Cohen has also been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales as a Solicitor (non-practicing), adding to Bar membership in four U.S. states.
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