Humanity has been enraptured by electricity for millennia. The ancient Greeks used electric rays, a type of fish, to treat gout and numb the pain of childbirth and operations. Equally intrigued, ancient Egyptians stood on electric rays to control pain. Walt Whitman wrote, “I Sing the Body Electric” in 1855. In 1899, Tesla found that the earth was “literally alive with electrical vibrations."
“If you want to find the secrets of the Universe,” he said, “think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”
Now, bioelectronic medicine is treating disease using electricity.
Bioelectronic medicine represents a convergence of molecular medicine, neuroscience, and bioengineering. Its central idea is that injury and illness can be treated by carefully targeting the nervous system using devices. Rather than suppressing the patient’s immune system with biologics and immunosuppressants, instead, by modulating the brain’s inflammatory signals traveling through the nervous system to the spleen and other organs, bioelectronic medicine allows the body to achieve homeostasis when inflammation goes into overdrive.
So, how do I know any of this? Well, I’m a bioelectronic medicine education and outreach consultant. Like many millennials, I am not necessarily doing what I went to college for.
Instead, I’m working to advance the revolutionary field of bioelectronic medicine, which I am a direct beneficiary of. After battling both Crohn's disease and seronegative spondyloarthropathy arthritis/ankylosing spondylitis for fifteen years and failing nearly two dozen medications, my husband Sean and I moved to Amsterdam for six months in 2017 to participate in a clinical trial using vagus nerve stimulation.
I was implanted with a device on June 22nd, 2017, and the device was turned on two weeks later, July 6th. Within a couple of months, I was in remission for the first time since diagnosis nearly sixteen years prior.
Nowadays, my mission is to expand access to more patients and advance research.
This website includes resources to learn more about bioelectronic medicine research, clinical trial availability, bioelectronic medicine news articles, a FAQ page, and little bits of grit to help all of us better navigate adversity and fuel the journey.
After reviewing the information on this website and getting caught up on the research of bioelectronic medicine, the trials available, and the FAQ's above, feel free to wander over to these other two websites:
Buckle up, buttercup. It’s going to be quite a ride.