The Invisible Machine: The Startling Truth About Trauma and the Scientific Breakthrough That Can Transform Your Life (Paperback)
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The world has long misunderstood trauma. Now, leading experts in the field have a radical new understanding of post-traumatic stress . . . and a surprising new treatment to reverse it could have profound implications for medicine, mental health, and society.
Despite its prevalence, post-traumatic stress, PTSD, is often seen as an unbeatable lifelong mental disorder. However, top trauma doctors and neuroscientists now understand that the result of trauma is not a disorder, but rather a physical injury—and while invisible to the naked eye, the posttraumatic stress injury (PTSI) can now be seen on a scan. Most importantly, the effects of PTSI are reversible.
Meet Dr. Eugene Lipov. His research and partnerships have led to an amazing discovery that all trauma has at its root a single piece of human hardware: the sympathetic nervous system, controlling the fight-or-flight response. Anyone who has endured trauma, including long-term microdoses of emotional stress, can have this injury. Dr. Lipov has pioneered a safe, 15-minute procedure that reverses the injury, relieving mild to extreme symptoms of PTSI—irritability, hypervigilance, anxiety, insomnia, and more—for survivors to combat soldiers to the everyday person.
Weaving hard science with moving human stories, The Invisible Machine reveals how this treatment was developed. It also tells the incredible story of the unlikely team, including the doctor, an artist, Special Forces leadership, and a sheriff, who are working together to change our understanding of post-traumatic stress and why it matters to society.
Coauthored by artist and innovator Jamie Mustard and in collaboration with writer Holly Lorincz, The Invisible Machine weaves hard science with moving stories of warriors, prisoners, and ordinary people to provide a stark new understanding of the human condition. The implications for a better, pain-free world are astounding—and that world could be nearer than we think.
About the Author
Dr. Eugene Lipov is a complex anesthesiologist and has been called the “Einstein of modern anesthesiology.” His discovery and innovation, the Dual Sympathetic Reset (DSR), was endorsed by President Obama in 2010. His research has an 85-90% success rate in reducing the effects of trauma.
Jamie Mustard is a conceptual artist, futurist, and writer, including his work on perception in the physical world. As an Iconist, his passion is to teach the science and art of obviousness, the anatomy of what causes any idea, art or message to stand out and take hold. He loves to make beautiful things. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Jamie's work is an explanation of the "economics of attention," based on the primal laws of human perception. He has spoken, educated, and inspired others with his work prolifically, including TED at the creative giant, Wieden and Kennedy and has guest lectured at Parsons The New School, Georgetown University, and Pratt Institute. Jamie's Iconist work has spanned some of the world's leading companies—Cisco, Nike, Adidas, Intel—leaders, change-agents, artists, and the globe. Growing up in severe poverty and illiteracy in inner city Los Angeles, Jamie overcame obstacles to eventually codify systems that can now help us all. Jamie Mustard reverse engineers things for everyone to understand.
Holly Lorincz is a successful collaborative writer and the owner of Lorincz Literary Services. She is an award-winning novelist (Smart Mouth, The Everything Girl) and co-writer (including the bestselling Crown Heights, How to Survive a Day in Prison, and Arsenal of Hope), a nationally recognized speaking coach, and the proud new proprietor of Cloud and Leaf Bookstore on the Oregon coast.