Self-Healing Soldiers: Pentagon Seeks Technology That Can Manage Body’s Nervous System

The human body has amazing self-healing capabilities — and the Pentagon believes it can manipulate those capabilities to its advantage.

Researchers say they’re on the verge of tap into the body’s peripheral nervous system by using technology created through its five-year Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program, which the Pentagon touts will “fundamentally change the manner in which doctors diagnose, monitor and treat injury and illness.”

“Instead of relying only on medication — we envision a closed-loop system that would work in concept like a tiny, intelligent pacemaker. It would continually assess conditions and provide stimulus patterns tailored to help maintain healthy organ function, helping patients get healthy and stay healthy using their body’s own systems,” Doug Weber, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program manager, said on DARPA’s website.