Vagus Nerve Girl
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 the Director of Education at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY. 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, of which I am a direct beneficiary. After battling Crohn's disease and inflammatory arthritis for fifteen years and failing nearly two dozen medications, my husband Sean and I rolled the dice and 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 within a couple of months of stimulation, 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 is a platform for those who are interested to become informed on the research happening today that will shape tomorrow, as well as little bits of grit to help all of us better navigate adversity and fuel the journey.
In the 'Blog' tab, you'll find some of my essays, previously published articles, and things of that sort.
If you wander over to 'The Toolbox' tab, I've attempted to curate a collection of great minds that collectively come together to help all of us become the best version of ourselves; after all, we are each a collection of not only our experiences but the people and ideas we surround ourselves with. Look at 'The Grit Directory' to refill the tank when you're blue, 'Kelly's Literary Corner' for some food for the soul, and 'Shifting the Narrative' to nibble on some tidbits of wisdom as you see fit.
In the 'Research' tab, you’ll find published papers on bioelectronic medicine.
'Extra! Extra!' has tons of access to the different media coverage on advances in bioelectronic medicine.
If you're in a rush, check out the 'FAQ & Disclaimer' tab.
To understand the Origins of Bioelectronic Medicine, click here.
If you'd like to review a Timeline of Bioelectronic Medicine Milestones, click here.
Want to shock your doctor with your epic scientific vocabulary? View this Bioelectronic Medicine Glossay by clicking here.
What needs to be done to get bioelectronic medicine over the finish line to benefit patients? View the Alliance for Advancing Bioelectronic Medicine's white paper by clicking here.
Buckle up, buttercup. It’s going to be quite a ride.