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How can an electrode suit treat nerve disorders?


Author's Note

I love learning and writing about the power of our bodies, not only our mental and muscle capabilities but also about the body's electrical system. The electrode suit is one of those types of inventions that has the possibility of being a life changer for millions of people, which is inherently cool, and it began with an idea and a reality TV show. It also doesn't hurt that it looks like it's been fashioned out of something from the costume closet on a Star Trek set.

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