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Old 08-06-2007, 11:55 PM
Location: Michigan
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HONG KONG (AP) - Playing the popular Chinese tile game mahjong can lead to seizures, Hong Kong researchers say, calling the phenomenon "mahjong epilepsy."

In a study published in the Hong Kong Medical Journal's August edition, researchers from the Queen Mary Hospital reviewed 23 cases of mahjong players in Taiwan and Hong Kong who suffered seizures. They concluded that mahjong-induced epilepsy is a specific condition—not the result of the stress or exhaustion associated with the game.

Study: Mahjong Can Lead to Seizures
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:51 AM
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Holy moly!! My Mom plays mahjong once, maybe twice a week!!! There has to be something else involved!! My Mom has played mahjong since retirement (7, 8 years) and she LOVES it! Keeps her mind sharp, she says.
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:44 PM
Location: Montgomery Alabama
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There may be something else, Subliminal Distraction. SD was discovered when it caused mental breaks for office workers. The cubicle solved that problem by 1968.

Those who have these Mahjong Seizures might also have SD exposure elsewhere. The exposure from 11 hours game play with others moving in peripheral vision would add to that other exposure to push someone over the edge.

Players who have no other Subliminal Distraction exposure would not be effected.

Mental concentration to a slight level of dissociation is the first step. The second step is repeating detectable movement in peripheral vision.

To be able to continue with out repeating startle and vision reflexes we have to learn to ignore that detected movement in peripheral vision. But we don't have control over the brain system that triggers the reflex. It continues to do that and tries to warn us that something is approaching.

When the threshold of that repeating detected movement is reached the mental event happens.

Doctors and psychologists are unaware the problem exists. A sudden dissociative break might be seen as a seizure.

It wouldn't matter if you stopped Mahjong or another activity. Stopping either would stop the seizures.

VisionAndPsychosis.Net is a five-year investigation of Subliminal Distraction.
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