H.R. 5600, the No Hero Left Untreated Act, passed the House with bipartisan, unanimous support on Tuesday, November 29th. Boasting 33 cosponsors, this legislation would develop a pilot program within the Department of Veterans Affairs on magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy to treat 50 veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, chronic pain, opiate addiction, and military sexual trauma. The intent of this piece of legislation is to provide the needed data to support the provision of this promising new treatment for many more service members and veterans in the future.
Magnetic eResonance therapy is a protocol developed by neurologists at the Brain Treatment Center (BTC). BTC has treated over 500 veterans utilizing this protocol, achieving excellent success rates in both open-label trials and double-blind studies. Double-blind studies with combat veterans demonstrated an average 61 percent reduction in symptoms severity after four weeks of treatment.
The Department of Defense has already begun clinical trials on this treatment option at Tinker Air Force Base, and U.S. Special Operations Command is about to launch a larger two-site trial study to treat a cohort of military personnel. This study will be carried out by the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
Here is a testimonial concerning the technology:
Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and U.S. Astronaut
“As a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, I strongly believe that our veterans need to be one of our nation’s
top priorities. Unfortunately, PTSD and TBI continue to play a large role in veteran’s suicides due to
the lack of viable treatment options. I salute Congressman Knight for his commitment to our veterans
by advancing new innovative treatment options like MeRT technology.”
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