Yesterday, I was disappointed to learn from the TCNL (tactile communication and neurorehabilitation labotatory) is done with their Parkinson's research and is no longer recruiting. Their device, the PoNS (portable neurostimulator), trains the brain to use new pathways by stimulating the tongue. It is something I think might be able to make Parkinson's a thing of the past.
I first learned about PoNS when I read the first chapter of Dr. Norman Doidge's first book, The Brain That Heals Itself. That chapter introduced the work of Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita. I was gobsmacked. I looked but Dr. Bach-y-Rita had died from brain cancer. I did not pursue it. Then, Dr. Norman Doige wrote a second book The Brain's Way of Healing. Someone had picked up the thread of the work. They are still working on the PoNS! The earliest possible FDA approval is late 2016.
" When did you hear of this?" "About three years ago."
" Do you think about what is being developed?"
"This waiting," Frank said "gives you the time to take full advantage of whatever is being developed."