Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a procedure currently used to treat depression. It works by using magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in areas of the brain involved in mood control.
But collaborating researchers from University of York in the U.K. and at UCLA have found an interesting new application by using TMS to target a different area of the brain: the posterior medial frontal cortex, involved in detecting and solving problems.
Disabling certain areas of the brain with transcranial magnetic stimulation can reduce a person's belief in God and negativity toward immigrants, claims a new study published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
So they can now dial back an individual's belief in God, angels, and heaven while simultaneously rendering them less suspicious of "immigrants" by subjecting the person to a simple, noninvasive "treatment". Of course, further research is required, as the sample size was relatively small, but it suggests that undesired behaviors such as distrust of "immigrants" can be mitigated with TMS treatment.
It also may prove useful in preventing obesity, as religious activities are associated with that health risk, according to a study out of Northwestern University, Chicago:
They found that those who attended at least one religious event per week had almost twice the risk of becoming obese between early adulthood and middle age compared to those who had no religious commitments.
Obviously, dialing back a tendency to believe in God by as much as 33% could yield profound savings in overall healthcare costs, and that can be accomplished simply by rounding up believers and subjecting them to TMS treatment.
The study did not look at what might be causing the higher risk of obesity. It could be due to the physically-inactive nature of such activities as Bible study and prayer group, or perhaps the eating traditions surrounding religions with feasts, desserts, fried foods, etc.
Nonetheless, it appears that we could achieve significant savings across several areas of problematic issues by the simple expedient or mandating TMS treatment for all individuals at age 25. Much like the provision of "free" breast pumps mandated under Obamacare, "free" TMS treatment could be required as a condition of obtaining required health insurance under Obamacare.
Depression would be a thing of the past, as would that whole "One nation, under God" thing, and "immigrants" - legal or not - would be welcomed by all. Is this a great country, or what?