By Jim Poole, CEO of Solace Lifesciences, Inc.
Stress is bad. When we are stressed, we are not our best selves. We tend to be impatient, easily agitated, and reactionary, often leading us to making poor choices that we often regret. Stress also physiologically compromises our appetite, digestion, sex drive, and sleep quality. Chronic stress leads to almost every disease currently known to mankind, especially immunosuppressive diseases of the gut as the constant flow of cortisol (stress hormone) compromises the microbiome and balance in our gut and digestion. Simply put, stress will kill each human on Earth, unless we die from an accident. But on our death certificate, it won’t state that we died from stress, we may expire due to a heart attack, or cancer, or ulcerative colitis, but all of these were caused by stress.
Let us start by establishing a baseline understanding of human physiology. Humans have a central nervous system, a peripheral nervous system (motor and sensory nerves), and an autonomic nervous system. The central nervous system has one primary function above all others; to protect us and keep us alive. Self-preservation is paramount and our central nervous system is always “turned on” evaluating our surroundings for safety and familiarity. Humans are creatures of habit, and our neuronal circuitry is designed to seek patterns and comfort in familiar surroundings. Our five senses and intuition collect and evaluate millions of data points daily, and even more when we are in new environments. This is why there is no such thing as a “second impression.” When we are in a new environment, we burn tremendous mental calories processing information from our senses to determine threats and find safety and security. When our central nervous system perceives a threat, real or perceived, it activates our “fight-or-flight” response through our autonomic nervous system to prepare for a threat.
The autonomic nervous system is composed of the sympathetic nervous system (stress response) and the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest response). The autonomic nervous system manages human stress, fear, anxiety, depression, and worry, in addition to the fight-or-flight response. In humanity’s ancient past, the fight-or-flight response played an essential role in helping to keep our ancestors alive in the face of such dangers as predatory animals and natural occurrences such as earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions. Researchers have discovered that actual physical danger is not necessary to trigger the fight-or-flight response. It can also be triggered by our thoughts and beliefs. Simply put, if you habitually focus on thoughts and beliefs of a limiting or negative nature, you are causing your body to act as if it is in danger. This results in the chronic production of stress hormones, specifically cortisol.
The communication pathway and mechanism that activates the fight-or-flight response is known as the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is a key part of the body’s hormonal system. The purpose of the HPA axis is to spring into action at the first sign of any external threats that we may face. When there aren’t any threats, the HPA axis is in what might be described as “idle mode.” This state of idleness allows the rest of our body to flourish the way that nature intended. But when the hypothalamus perceives an outside threat, it activates the amygdala and signals the HPA axis to “roll out” and do its job, by activating and mobilizing our mind and body to protect itself from danger. Within a nanosecond of this trigger, our body’s adrenal glands increase production of cortisol, adrenaline, and other stress hormones, releasing them into the bloodstream. Once this happens, blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to our body’s cells and organs are constricted so that more blood can be made available to nourish the tissues of our body’s major muscle groups, especially in our arms and legs, since it is primarily these extremities that the body uses to fend off external attacks and get out of harm’s way. Prior to this response, the blood in the body is concentrated in what are known as the abdominal visceral organs. These include our adrenal glands, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, stomach, intestines, colon, and appendix – the organs responsible for digestion and absorption of foods and nutrients, excretion, and various other functions that provide for proper cell growth and production of cellular energy. As blood is rushed to the tissues of the arms and legs, the visceral organs cannot function at 100%, causing all growth-related activities in the body to become limited. If this process continues for sustained periods of time, our body’s overall functioning is compromised, and we begin to breakdown.
Chronically elevated stress hormones result in chronically suppressed immune function, leading to greater susceptibility to infectious disease. Additionally, because of how the visceral organs are also negatively impacted by chronic stress, many of our body’s functions are also suppressed, setting the stage for impaired digestion, increased muscle tension, and eventual declines in cell and tissue function, which can lead to a wide range of diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. In addition, stress is also a major risk factor for gastrointestinal disorders, skin problems, neurological and emotional disorders, and a variety of conditions related to immune dysfunction, ranging from the common cold to arthritis, herpes, and even AIDS. Chronic stress in middle-age can also play a role in triggering the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia decades later, most likely because of the way chronic stress, negatively impacts the brain and hormone regulation.
Sleep disorders are another area where stress is involved. To achieve healthy sleep our body’s normal cycle of hormone production must operate efficiently, especially regarding cortisol. When we are healthy, cortisol levels are highest in the morning (6-8 AM) and lowest in the evening, where they continue at a low level as we fall asleep. This allows our body to release sleep enhancing hormones, such as melatonin and serotonin, leading to deep, restful sleep. Stress interferes with this process. When we are stressed, cortisol levels remain high, even into the night, preventing restful sleep. Over time, the cycle of cortisol production becomes unbalanced, and even reversed, with levels spiking in the evening and falling in the morning, resulting in feelings of exhaustion. Insomnia and restless sleep (awakening throughout the night) are both common examples of sleep disorders that are associated with nighttime spikes in cortisol and other stress hormones, including, in some cases, adrenaline. Stress compromises the amount and quality of restorative sleep. This important phase of sleep is when our cells remove toxins and restore our mitochondria, which is our cell’s energy source. As you can imagine, prolonged lack of restorative sleep decreases your cellular health and increases your risk of disease.
Stress, more than anything else, has the greatest potential to sabotage every aspect of our life. Our health, our relationships, our work, our productivity, our brain function, and cognitive abilities, and even our ability to simply enjoy our day can all be negatively impacted by stress. Yet, despite all that we know about the importance of managing stress, as a society we seem more stressed than ever before, especially with COVID-19.
So, what can we do about stress? Well, the first thing we can do is to accept it, appreciate it, and understand that stress is real, stress impacts every human on Earth every day, and the human physiological response as described above is the same in each of us. No one is impregnable to stress, so we must address it. Many people seek yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, or deep breathing exercises as healthy pathways to managing stress. Many people manage stress through the consumption of drugs and/or alcohol. All these approaches have an impact on slowing down the human stress response, but as most of us know, the path of drugs and alcohol has negative consequences that lead to more stress.
But there is also another path to managing stress, and this one is founded in applied neuropsychobiolgy, has no drugs, no side effects, and is easy to use. Introducing NuCalmÒ, invented out of necessity by the brilliant quantum physicist, neuroscientist, naturopath, Dr. Blake Holloway. Dr. Holloway served the veteran community in San Antonio, Texas for more than 40 years. His invention path began over 32 years ago, which illustrates the challenges inherent in trying to solve complex problems such as down regulating the sympathetic tone (stress response) with predictability, reliability, safety, and ease for people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.
The goal of NuCalm is not to heal or cure disease, but to simply guide brain wave function into a state of healing (theta), where the body activates its maintenance and detoxification systems. We call this “resource allocation.” The brain as well as the body, functions on oxygen rich red blood cells. When the “fight-or-flight” response is activated, oxygen-rich red blood cells flow from the prefrontal and frontal cortex to the primordial midbrain, also referred to as the “reptilian brain.” The prefrontal and frontal cortex of the human brain is what separates humans from every other species on Earth. This is where our character, personality, patience, presence, thoughts, emotions, decision making, and executive functions occur. The autonomic nervous system and primordial midbrain manages fear, stress, anxiety, depression, worry, and our fight-or-flight. Therefore, when we are stressed, resources are allocated and trapped inside fear, stress, anxiety, depression, and worry, and we often find it difficult to access our personality, character, patience, presence, and rational decision making.
Mindful practices and drugs and alcohol help interrupt the stress response by diverting resources away from the fight-or-flight response and down-regulate the sympathetic tone. The challenges with mindful practices are as great as the benefits derived … meditation, for example, requires time, effort, patience, persistence, determination and is difficult to engage in when our “monkey mind” is racing and we are in a high stress state. Furthermore, the intangible of meditation (we can’t see it, touch it, taste it, smell it, or hear it) leaves a mystery in our minds as we engage on our meditation journey. The challenges with drugs and alcohol are far more detrimental due to the risks of addiction and the physical consequences of systematic abuse.
NuCalm is safe, portable, and easy-to-use. It takes less than one minute to self-administer and within three minutes, you will experience parasympathetic nervous system dominance that results in homeostasis of your autonomic nervous system in one treatment. NuCalm expedites recovery by oscillating your brain waves in the ‘healing zone’ of theta brain wave dominance, including the hypnagogic, dissociative state of cellular restoration. This results in a synchronization of the heart and lungs and lower respiration rates to one breath every 10 seconds. This synchonicity maximizes oxygenation throughout the brain and body which removes lactic acid, lowers inflammation, and increases focus through oxygen-rich red blood cells in the frontal cortex and prefrontal cortex. In as little as 20 minutes of NuCalm, you will
feel focused, energized, and able to perform at a high level without emotional distraction, fear, stress, or anxiety.
This outcome is accomplished by guiding brain wave function to the Alpha frequency range (12Hz – 8Hz) and the Theta frequency range (7Hz – 4Hz) using complex, patented, clinically proven neuroacoustic software. Life is vibration, resonance, and frequency. The Earth is vibration, resonance, and frequency. In fact, the Earth’s magnetic rotation is a frequency of 7.8Hz, called the Schumann Resonance.
“Alpha waves in the human brain are between 6 and 8 hertz. The wave frequency of the human cavity resonates between 6 and 8 hertz. All biological systems operate in the same frequency range. The human brain’s alpha waves function in this range and the electrical resonance of the earth is between 6 and 8 hertz. Thus, our entire biological system – the brain and the earth itself – work on the same frequencies. If we can control that resonate system electronically, we can directly control the entire mental system of humankind.”
- Nicola Tesla
The human brain operates in frequency ranges between 0.5Hz and 41Hz. Dr. Holloway invented a neuroacoustic software platform that allows you to change your state on demand by dialing up or dialing down your brain wave function to elicit a physiological change.
You simply choose the outcome you want when you want it:
- DEEP SLEEP for deep, dreamless sleep (4Hz – 0.5Hz, Delta brain waves)
- NuCalm for recovery, restoration, and resilience (12Hz – 4Hz, Alpha and Theta brain waves)
- Focus for mental acuity and cognition (20Hz – 15Hz, Beta brain waves)
- Ignite Warrior Brain for high intensity, mistake-free performance (41Hz – 39Hz, Gamma brain waves)
In the words of Dr. Blake Holloway…
“The objectives behind inventing the new NuCalm neuroacoustic software platform were to design physiological outcomes focused on recover, restore, reboot, and rebalance… like fine tuning a musical instrument. I have spent several years immersed in the intriguing and exotic arena of quantum biology and neurophysics. New discoveries in neuroscience over the past decade allowed me to develop a neuroacoustic physics file that is faster acting, provides a deeper recovery and restoration experience, and predictably balances the mind and body, compared to NuCalm 1.0 and 2.0.
Many leading scientists, including myself, believe that all of creation on this dimension is oscillatory. Mankind has become desynchronized from the master oscillatory matrix. The greater the desynchronization the greater the alienation and sense of isolation. We bring, with NuCalm, to the world, a technology that can resynchronize and restore the lost complexity. NuCalm produces coherence in the heart, which is the true seat of intelligence. When the heart and brain connection is coherent even dormant DNA potentials are released.
In the invention process I focused on 4 critical areas of the brain: the reticular activating system, the corpus callosum, the HPA axis, and the autonomic nervous system. To create effective neurobiofeedback within the complexities of the brain, I leveraged the auditory motor cortex, not just as a gateway for collecting auditory signals, but for its function in stimulating the prefrontal and frontal motor cortex. The brain is nonlinear, thus using proprietary, complex methods to present patterns that the brain won’t easily get bored with represents a significant challenge. The binaural signal processing, frequency-following-response neurobiofeedback is foundational to the software but cannot be the only effective elements. I also used specific techniques to evoke potential on a cellular level and increase electrical output focused on certain brain regions.”
NuCalm slows down brain wave function into Alpha and Theta zones so your mind and body restore and heal naturally. The technology scientifically sequences three components that closely and elegantly mimic your body’s own physiological processes for managing stress and preparing for deep relaxation. With regular NuCalm use, you will regain control of your emotional and psychological well-being, where you will feel more present in the moment without judgment, more patient, and calmer, yet clear headed and energized. In addition, you will enjoy the numerous and immediate health benefits that NuCalm provides. These include:
- Reducing stress and inhibiting the unnecessary production of stress hormones
- Calming nerves
- Improving sleep quality and helping to reverse sleep disorders such as insomnia
- Providing pain relief
- Relieving anxiety and fears
- Enhancing immune function
- Enhancing overall heart health and cardiovascular function
- Improving respiratory health and sinus conditions
- Restoring your body’s natural biological clocks and circadian rhythms
Accelerating recovery from physical exertion and injury
According to research conducted by Dr. C.K. Peng at Harvard Medical School, 20 minutes of NuCalm is equivalent to as much as 2 hours of restorative sleep. If you want to incorporate a drug-free, easy-to-use, patented, and clinically proven neuroscience technology into your life to effectively manage stress, now is the time. NuCalm used to be a $5,995 FDA class III medical device sold to doctors. On November 15, 2021, the company that makes NuCalm, Solace Lifesciences, launched a consumer subscription model so you can now join the NuCalm family for as low as $1.37 per day. Click here to learn more www.nucalm.com