Case Study: Dr. David Walters, DO, PhD
Written by Larry Trivieri Jr.
One of NuCalm’s former skeptics, Dr. David Walters, DO, PhD has become one of the biggest advocates for using NuCalm® for better recovery, strength, sleep, and energy.
As a leading integrative physician trained in a wide range of cuttingedge healing modalities, Dr. Walters, is also a highly accomplished athlete who regularly competes in a variety of competitions. Oh, by the way, he’s in his sixties and experiencing the best health of his life.
In this case study, Dr. Walters weighs in about how he uses a third-party technology to prove NuCalm’s effectiveness for optimal sleep and recovery. He explains how he was able to gain an extra three waking hours each day, double his training regimen, and decrease his recovery time with NuCalm.
Is NuCalm Hype or Legit for Recovery?
Soon after NuCalm debuted it quickly began to attract the attention of world class athletes. Today, athletes and teams across the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, La Liga, Serie A, French Ligue 1, MMA, tennis, golf, and car racing have made NuCalm an integral part of their overall training and conditioning regimens, as have many Olympic athletes. Coaches, trainers, and athletes all consistently report that regular use of NuCalm improves performance, helps athletes enhance their “mental edge,” and also significantly aids in their recovery. Despite such acclaim, however, when told of all the benefits NuCalm has proven to provide, many people still respond with skepticism, given the hype that surrounds so many high-tech physical performance aids these days.
As Mike Gapski, Head Trainer of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks stated, “The crucial part of this game [professional hockey] is recovery. NuCalm played an important role for us, especially during the playoffs”, when the Blackhawks won two Stanley Cup championships in three years.
One such former skeptic is David Walters, DO, PhD. As both a physician and athlete he most definitely “walks his talk.” In his early 60s, Dr. Walters’ body fat percentage is less than six percent, which is something even few professional athletes can claim, and he has the physique to match it.
For over 20 years, he has dedicated himself to achieving what he calls ultimate wellness, which he defines as “the highest degree of the state of being healthy through deliberate effort.” In his journey to achieving and maintaining such a high degree of physical fitness, Dr. Walters religiously tracks his overall health status through the use of both medical tests and data monitoring devices. One such device is the OmegaWave, a system developed by Russian scientists to effectively and accurately track, measure, and assess how functionally ready athletes are to engage in physical training and competition. In addition, OmegaWave is able to help better identify the most optimal types of training athletes require on a shifting, ongoing basis, as well as the level of intensity they should train at, in order to enhance their performance and limit injuries.
A Healthy Dose of Skepticism & Critique
Dr. Walters first learned about NuCalm by reading the book Head In The Game: The Mental Engineering of the World’s Greatest Athletes by Brandon Sneed. “I read that book a couple of times and Sneed was just raving about NuCalm, so I thought it would be worth a try,” Dr. Walters says.
“Although, when I saw the price of it, it gave me pause. I was already using Halo Sport by that time and had fantastic results with it. But since the pros were using NuCalm, I decided to buy it; high-level athletes and their coaches don’t typically waste money on things that don’t work, and that was a pretty strong selling point for me, too. Once I got it, I didn’t really have any expectations of wonderful things happening. I just wanted to see if it would help improve my recovery.”
To his surprise, Dr. Walters experienced positive effects from NuCalm after his very first session using it. “And within one or two weeks after using it I noticed that I was requiring less sleep and still waking up feeling refreshed,” he says. “It was then that I started comparing my recovery using the OmegaWave system. It monitors both my central nervous system and my cardiovascular system, and I put more stock in that rather than just how I feel. I have a background as a researcher so I am data-biased. I had data on OmegaWave for four or five months prior to using NuCalm, so I already had a good baseline established, and it showed that, with NuCalm, my recovery went up dramatically even though I was getting up earlier.”
“Then I decided to start playing around with it by doing workouts every day. Usually, my normal routine prior to NuCalm was three to four days of CrossFit workouts, one session a day, and then I would take a day off to get full recovery; then another three to four days of workouts followed by another day of recovery. I would determine what day I would take off based on OmegaWave. Once I started using NuCalm I went to the absolute best level of recovery you can get on OmegaWave; I went day after day and it never dropped from the top level, so I decided to just keep going and not take any rest days. I went two full weeks like that, and my level never dropped during that entire time.”
“Once I started using NuCalm I went to the absolute best level you can get on OmegaWave, and I went day after day and it never dropped down out of the top level, so I decided to just keep going and not take any rest days. I went two full weeks like that and my level never dropped during that entire time.”
Using Data to Verify the Power of NuCalm
One of the key ways OmegaWave provides and interprets all of this data is through its software system, which, by using a cardiac monitor worn as a chest strap, measures and assesses an athlete’s EKG (electrocardiogram) readings. In addition, OmegaWave measures and assesses the EEG (electroencephalogram) brain waves through a wearable probe attached to the forehead. The system then compares both readings to determine one’s current level of physical fitness. Accurate heart rate variability, neuromuscular status, and one’s reaction time rate are also measured by OmegaWave. Dr. Walters quickly went from NuCalm skeptic to NuCalm power user once he noticed the significant change in his OmegaWave readings.
Dr. Walters provided a few screenshots from his OmegaWave app readings prior to purchasing NuCalm (more on the next page). These were the days when he would normally rest because OmegaWave showed that he was not fully recovered and not ready to train at full strength.
Here’s how OmegaWave explains their Windows of Trainability:
What physical qualities is your body prepared to train each day? At a glance, Omegawave provides a visual picture of your body’s capacity to train in four principal categories: endurance, speed & power, strength, and coordination & skill. Wide green “Windows” indicate an ability to positively adapt to hard training in that associated quality. Smaller yellow or diminished red windows are signals to consider modifying training volumes or intensities— you can still train and perform at a high level when readings are in the red, but that performance may come at a greater physiological cost.