Targeting Cancer in the Human Body
The signs and symptoms of cancer can greatly vary within the body, depending on the type of cancer and the stage. But regardless of type and stage, a depletion of the body’s resources results in some common mental and physical stressors. Read More There are also numerous factors that can increase the progression of cancer. It is important to understand all of the secondary effects and effectors within the body to look for potential areas to target for prevention and treatment.
When a person learns they have cancer, often they become stressed, fearful and confused; they just can’t relax. The body’s resulting stress response allows the cancer to take over, even accelerate, the patient’s depreciation. The field of psychoneuroimmunology is now looking at alternative ways to target cancer, in an individualistic and holistic manner, with a bigger focus on mental and emotional factors. NuCalm can help alleviate some of the psychological and physiological effects of cancer and improve quality of life by, predictably and rapidly, putting the brakes on the stress response, giving them peace of mind, clarity, balance and improved sleep quality.
Added Stress is Like a Second Diagnosis
A vicious cycle forms as a cancer diagnosis leads to psychological stress in the patient. Stress can interfere with healing behaviors. Difficulty sleeping and unhealthy coping mechanisms can worsen the condition. This in turn causes more stress. Read More
Chronic stress or toxic stress occurs when the body is in sympathetic nervous system (SNS) dominance for too long with an overactive hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. An overworked SNS and HPA axis cause sustained high levels of epinephrine and cortisol even after an acute stress response ends. These hormones can significantly affect the tumor’s local environment and studies have demonstrated that chronically high levels may lead to cancer growth and spread.
Norepinephrine and epinephrine instigate a cascade of consequences in the development and persistence of cancer such as angiogenesis (blood vessel growth in the tumor) as well as tumor cell migration and proliferation.
Chronic amounts of glucocorticoids in the body, like cortisol, inhibit chemotherapy’s positive tumor-killing effects by “turning on” the tumor cells’ survival genes.
Over the long-term, stress hormones also work to suppress the immune response. Our immune systems should play a vital role in fighting off the disease alongside the prescribed treatments, but when poorly functioning, it is little surprise that cancer progresses or recurs, or other illnesses develop.
Luckily, Stress is Now Easier to Manage
NuCalm is the world’s only patented, clinically proven neuroscience technology to manage stress without drugs or side effects. NuCalm is a reset button that dramatically lowers the stress response and allows the body’s natural healing processes to thrive. Read More
NuCalm is designed to treat stress. It acts directly on the stress-responding systems embedded in the center of the brain including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.
The HPA axis is supposed to turn off after a stressful experience, but cannot do so in chronic stress. NuCalm resets this feedback loop by inhibiting the activity in this region with GABA supplementation (the inhibitory neurotransmitter) and cranial electrical stimulation (responsible for facilitating the absorption of GABA). Greater inhibitory activity is linked to less stress and anxiety, as it brings about a state of calm and relaxation.
NuCalm allows not only the patient but also families and friends of the patient to deal with their stress head-on. Alleviating chronic stress is essential for the patient’s immune function and recovery. Alleviating stress in the patient’s support network is equally important because research shows that patients with better social support are less likely to regress in their disease.
NuCalm relieves patients of their stress and gives them the opportunity to focus on their health and recovery.
Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Dysfunction
There is an unfavorable two-way relationship between cancer and the autonomic nervous system. As cancer grows, the ANS becomes more imbalanced. As the ANS is more imbalanced, it may actually be supporting the tumor’s development. Read More
The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is adversely affected by cancer and by cancer treatments. These consequences are often under-evaluated by physicians during checkups and likely worsen a patient’s quality of life.
Primary ANS tumors are located in ANS structures like the adrenal medulla, or the sympathetic or parasympathetic nerves. One clinical symptom of these types of tumors, caused by the oversecretion of norepinephrine and/or epinephrine, may be severe sustained or episodic hypertension.
Non-primary ANS tumors are not located in the ANS structures but still indirectly contribute to autonomic dysfunction. Tumors in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) can over-excite the brain causing seizures. Tumors affecting the peripheral nervous system or organs outside of the nervous system entirely may be associated with a variety of autonomic syndromes which affect the autonomic regulation of the cardiorespiratory, digestive and immune systems.
Finally, autonomic nerves can interact with cancerous cells as a malignant tumor grows and develops its own blood vasculature. Studies have shown that increased neurotransmitter and hormone release from ANS cells into cancer cells can actually favor the unhindered growth and development of malignant tumors.
Maintain ANS Balance with NuCalm
The body needs ANS balance to have a good shot at fighting cancer. NuCalm suspends the body into parasympathetic dominance allowing the ANS to shift away from a stressed, overly excited, sympathetic state and giving the body the opportunity for rest and recovery. Read More
NuCalm is a patented neurotechnology that restores autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance. It has the potential to alleviate some of the effects that stress, chronic inflammation and cancer have on the ANS. NuCalm can affect the ANS in two ways: it entrains the brainwaves to frequency ranges associated with catecholamine production and it increases overall brain inhibition allowing the parasympathetic nervous system to prosper.
A low heart rate variability (HRV) (little changes in heartbeat frequencies) can be indicative of an imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic components of the ANS. HRV analysis can show which arm of the ANS is dominant. In Dr. Hranicky’s cancer patients, it was evident that the sympathetic nervous system was in control. However, after only 5 min of NuCalm these patients showed on average a 92% decrease in sympathetic power. The ratio of the sympathetic versus the parasympathetic also decreased, suggesting that the body entered a state of parasympathetic dominance.
When the body is parasympathetically dominant, it has the opportunity to combat some of the ANS dysfunction brought on by cancer. Using NuCalm as a supplemental treatment may be highly beneficial in helping reduce certain ANS symptoms of cancer and benefits cancer patients on multiple fronts.
Cancer itself and treatment side effects, as well as stress, ANS dysfunction, and inflammation, can gravely disrupt a patient’s sleep. This lowers quality of life and worsens immune function – neither of which are helpful when battling cancer. Read More
Review studies have confirmed that there are high rates (25-59%) of sleep disturbances in cancer patients, yet despite this prevalence, they are not properly being addressed. Chronic stress, particularly with its high cortisol and epinephrine levels, leads to an overactive HPA axis, ANS dysfunction, and an excess of inflammatory proteins, all of which affect circadian rhythms and the sleep-wake cycle.
Insomnia syndrome may be the most common sleep disturbance in cancer patients and is classified by the inability to fall asleep at night, restless and non-restorative sleep, daytime fatigue, and overall cognitive impairment. Additionally, one of cancer treatments’ biggest side effect is fatigue. Patients generally have a lower quality of life because of this.
Not only is sleep disruption a consequence of cancer but it may actually propel the disease forward. Immune system function is highly dependent on restful sleep. Research has shown that disrupted circadian rhythms can negatively affect the immune and inflammatory response which may actually enable the progression of cancer.
Current sleep therapies for cancer patients include behavioral therapy, exercise therapy or pharmacotherapy. However, studies testing the efficacy of these therapies showed that all were minimally successful in treating the sleep disturbances in cancer patients.
Get the Sleep You Need
NuCalm works wonders on a patient’s sleep quality and their recovery process. In a chemical and electrical manner, NuCalm improves sleep by resetting the ANS and circadian rhythms. One session of NuCalm provides the restorative benefits of two hours of sleep. Read More
NuCalm gets your brain chemically and electrically ready for sleep or for the equivalent restorative purpose of it. The NuCalm Biosignal Processing Disc decreases neural excitation and allows inhibition to take over. The neuroacoustic software brings your brainwaves down to the verge of sleep and wakefulness.
Research at Harvard Medical School showed that 45 min of NuCalm is equivalent to 2 hours of sleep. This efficient sleep-like meditation gives the body the chance to heal, by rebooting its immune system and rest, by resetting its circadian rhythms. The immune system and sleep-wake cycle are negatively affected in cancer patients suffering from insomnia syndrome. None of the current sleep therapies focus on treating the root causes of the sleep disturbances in cancer patients like sympathetic dominance, chronic inflammation or the homeostatic perturbations (changes to internal balance), but NuCalm does. NuCalm gives patients the opportunity to rest in a more efficient manner to help smooth their recovery.
The Effects of Cancer Treatments
Cancer treatments, although necessary for defeating cancer, often cause many adverse side effects. Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery can negatively impact the autonomic nervous system possibly leading to hair loss, fatigue, nausea, and autonomic dysfunctions. Read More
Surgery and radiation target a cancerous tumor directly. Surgery removes a tumor, whereas radiation destroys it with high energy. Chemotherapy targets cancer cells that may have metastasized throughout the body. Chemotherapy includes a variety of drugs that can destroy, shrink or control cancer.
The negative side effects of chemotherapy are better known but surgery or radiation therapy may induce an autonomic syndrome originating at the target site of cancer and its treatment, as well as side effects of fatigue and skin changes.
Since chemo works all throughout the body, it will likely affect healthy cells in parallel to cancerous ones. The cells most likely affected are:
– Blood forming cells; accounting for the bruising, bleeding, and low cell oxygenation
– Hair follicle cells; inducing hair loss
– Digestive or reproductive cells; damaging peripheral nerves responsible for gland or organ function and causing side effects of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and changes to appetite or libido
Many chemotherapy drugs can also lead to increased heart rate and decreased heart rate variability, both signs of an imbalanced autonomic nervous system. As less oxygen is delivered to the brain patients may experience cognitive issues, fatigue, or “chemo brain”. All cancer treatments are given with the weighted consideration of benefit versus harm. However, it may be worth investigating adjunctive and complementary treatments aimed at alleviating these negative side effects.
A Forced Time Out
In resetting the autonomic nervous system, NuCalm may alleviate some of the adverse side effects brought on by cancer treatments. But not only that, it gives patients a much needed escape from their disease and difficult recovery process. Read More
NuCalm gives cancer patients a forced time out. It gracefully suspends the body into a restful and restorative state. Here, the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is in full swing to overcome the autonomic imbalances brought on by chemo, radiation or surgery.
NuCalm can effectively manage the stress response and reduce vagus nerve overstimulation, thus remediating nausea, chemo fog, and improving sleep quality. Deep relaxation, coupled with newfound emotional safety, interrupts the patient’s negative stress response, making way for a new, healthier response. It allows for recuperation and a reboot of the system that can provide resiliency and regeneration.
The PNS is referred to as the “rest and digest” branch of our autonomic nervous system. It gives cells within our digestive and reproductive systems the chance to reboot and reset both electrically and chemically. It may help reduce the side effects of nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite or libido.
During NuCalm, diaphragmatic breathing occurs in which respiration is reduced to one breath every ten seconds. With this type of breathing heart rate lowers and oxygen delivery is optimized. This can help counteract the cognitive side effects of cancer treatments and alleviate “chemo brain” and fatigue.
Many cancer patients are using NuCalm to not only control the side effects of their treatments, but also to relieve their anxiety about their diagnosis and their treatment. Gail Zeemer, who was gifted a NuCalm system to help her manage the stress of cancer recovery, remarks: “NuCalm has been an important part of my journey to wellness. It allows me to fully rest, recover and heal after difficult treatments. More importantly, it allows me precious time during the day to give my mind and body a break. When I use NuCalm, it’s the ONLY time I don’t think about cancer.”
The Effect of Chronic Inflammation
Research has demonstrated that chronic inflammation may increase one’s risk of developing cancer, and contribute to the growth, spread, and immunity of cancer. Chronic inflammation is linked to chronic stress and ANS dysfunction, and together these present a dangerous combination for patients. Read More
Inflammation is the immune system’s response to tissue damage brought on by infection, injury or irritation. It is essential to our body’s primary defense and if all goes smoothly will aid in fixing the problem. However, if inflammation persists for a longer-than-normal period, the inflammatory cells negatively impact the affected region. Chronic inflammation is related chronic stress and ANS dysfunction and in these conditions the body does not function at its best. Research has shown that chronic inflammation increases the risk of cancer development and progression.
Inflammatory cells produce very reactive species of oxygen and nitrogen that, during neighboring cell division, can interact with and possibly mutate DNA. Any cell with damaged DNA has the potential to develop into cancer if not properly repaired. Even as a tumor develops, certain tumor-released inflammatory proteins may disrupt or inhibit DNA repair, thereby furthering mutations.
Chronic inflammation may also lead to angiogenesis (growth of blood vessels) and metastasis (spread of cancer cells). Think of it like this: As times passes the inflammatory cells linger around no longer accomplishing anything (chronic inflammation) so they get hijacked by a tumor. The tumor then uses their growth factors to grow, to spread out its cells, to build its own blood vessels, and to prevent itself from being killed by cancer treatments. If a tumor is inflammatory in nature then it can also release signals to recruit more inflammatory cells to hijack them too. Although the mechanisms of this are still being studied, it is understood that this positive feedback loop is difficult to escape but could be a target for cancer intervention.
Let NuCalm Help You Heal
NuCalm can interfere with the negative cascade of reactions that chronic inflammation produces in cancer. The meditative and restorative state that NuCalm induces, optimizes oxygen delivery and boosts immune system function to help cancer patients through their recovery. Read More
NuCalm’s neuroacoustic software suspends the brain and the body into a meditative and restorative state. The brainwaves can be entrained to the theta frequency range, which is associated with light REM sleep, meditation, and deep restoration. This state gives the body the opportunity to heal and here, diaphragmatic breathing dominates. This type of breathing allows for maximum diffusion of oxygen into the circulatory system, thus, increasing the amount of oxygenated red blood cells being delivered to vital organs. This more efficient circulation may help clear up some of the inflammatory response. Additionally, NuCalm decreases the stress response, thereby, preventing chronic inflammation from developing or sustaining, in the first place.
NuCalm can interfere with the negative cascade of reactions that chronic inflammation produces cancer. NuCalm is another method that Dr. Hranicky describes as an important addition to the CCWP, as its use can help heal cancer patients, on some level, who are struggling with the depletion of their body’s resources.