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“Bioelectronic medicine is a revolutionary new approach to treating a number of diseases. Rather than taking manufactured drugs, which expose the whole body to the medication, bioelectronic medicine uses a tiny device to stimulate a specific nerve, which then sends a signal to a specific tissue to make and release the natural chemical the body needs to treat the problem at the site of the problem.”
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Similarly, other researchers, like DARPA, are embracing this future of bioelectronic medicine to help target other specific diseases. The field is growing because it effectively eliminates the unfortunate reality of pill- and chemo-based therapies affecting other organs in the body outside of its specific target. If we can send electrical signals throughout our body in order to invoke specific chemical reactions, we’ll begin saving more lives than ever before. After all, isn’t that the goal of every scientist: make new discoveries and save lives?
The future of bioelectronic medicine has a wide array of possible applications. From a medical standpoint, the ability to send electrical signals to help treat a specific disease will do absolute wonders that previous therapies have only dreamed of achieving. The development of a cancer treatment that doesn’t subsequently destroy your body from the inside-out would be most welcomed.
From a non-medical standpoint, the drug market will greatly benefit from bioelectronic medicine as well. From psychotropics to nootropics, the ability to send electrical signals throughout your body to achieve that perfect high, all while ensuring no unfortunate side effects were to occur, would subsequently be most welcomed. Or perhaps to help boost your cognitive faculties by increasing focus, memory, etc. Either way, bioelectronic medicine clearly has an important future ahead of itself!
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