A Potential Cure for Parkinson's Disease?

by Aaron Franz


first published Jan, 2010


I am going out on a limb to make a prediction. I know that this is risky business, but in gambler's speak I really feel like I've got a "lock." 
There is a very high profile campaign to end Parkinson's disease. The most public figure in this effort is actor Michael J. Fox. He sadly developed the disease at an early age, and has since become the most famous person associated with Parkinson's.  His foundation raises large amounts of money to find a cure for the disease. I noticed a billboard recently that featured Fox with text that read "outfox Parkinson's" or something like that.
I honestly know very little about the Michael J. Fox Foundation, what research they have funded in particular, and the like. What I do know is that Fox is a very important person in the drive to find a cure, because of his fame. His familiar face provides a personal touch to the fight against Parkinson's that extends throughout the world. Hollywood's influence literally reaches the entire world. Untold multitudes of people know Michael J. Fox because of his films. This huge mass of people stand united with him in the hope for a cure. It is a cure that I believe is forthcoming, perhaps quite soon.
It is my prediction that Parkinson's disease will be cured through the use of an implantable brain microchip. Long ago, the work of Dr. Jose Delgado outlined such a possibility. Delgado is the most famous (but not the first) scientist to implant electrodes into the brains of animals to effect their behavior. He also experimented on humans. This all took place in the 1960's! Brain implant research has continued to this very day, and implantable chips have been used to do a wide variety of things. In his book "Physical Control of the Mind" Delgado mentions successful experiments performed with his "stimoceivers" to alter epilepsy. He also mentioned that Parkinson's could likely be treated with brain implants. 


(A video of Jose Delgado) 

Parkinson's will very likely be cured in the near future through the use of an implantable brain chip. This is my prediction. If this does come to pass, then Michael J. Fox would be the perfect spokesman for the new cure. If he received this treatment, and was effectively cured of Parkinson' it would be a major news story. It would inspire people the world over. 

This would be incredible P.R. for implantable brain chips in general. By curing a terrible disease their intimidating nature would be dulled significantly. As it stands now, most people are incredibly wary of microchips that connect directly to brain tissue, and with good reason. These implants do indeed have many beneficial uses, but they can also effect behavior. This has been scientifically proven through the work of Delgado and others. Our minds, our personality, our identity arises from the brain. It is a profoundly important organ, and appropriately one of the "final frontiers" to be explained by medical science. It is an incredibly complex thing, but much attention has been paid to it.

(one of Delgado's experimental monkeys, implanted with a "stimoceiver")

The concept of implantable brain chips has been slowly, but surely making its way into the mainstream. Their potential uses are far-reaching. By curing disease this dynamic and powerful technology could get its proverbial foot in the door. Once established as beneficial, brain chips could go on to be used for a wider variety of purposes. They could be used as the transhuman enhancements that they have long been described as. They could be a way to make humanity "better." Thehumanity+ (formerly World Transhumanist Association) "better than well" campaign specifically talks about using such upgrades to improve intelligence, memory, and coordination. This all sounds so good, but there remains a very real danger regarding these chips that will never go away. Once implanted, the possibility that your mind will be effected remotely and with definite purpose by an outside source (the producer of the chip/ their associates) will always be present. Placing such a device within your brain would be an incredible act of faith. 

If my prediction is right, then this is an issue that will have to be addressed by the grassroots. We cannot take any expert opinion on faith alone. There is far too much at stake when it comes to the transhuman agenda. However, it is certainly possible that implantable chips will be introduced in a different way. One way or another, they will certainly appear in the public arena sooner or later. This scenario would be incredibly effective, and that is why I believe that it is likely to happen. Time will tell...