Parenting In Progress - 2018 Back to School Guide: Personal Care Must-Haves

2018 Back to School Guide: Personal Care Must-Haves

Touchpoints:

Does your child find back to school time stressful? Touchpoints use neuroscience technology to reduce stress.  These are wearable devices that you can wear to help with any stress and anxiety you might be feeling during the school year.  My oldest is a senior and college student this year and has suffered from anxiety for several years now.  This is a healthy and non-medication alternative that helps her reduce her stress level in minutes.  It’s a great solution.

TouchPoints, non-invasive wearable devices that are worn on either side of the body (on the wrists, pockets, socks, etc) and use patent-pending neuroscience technology shown to reduce stress by up to 70% in just 30 seconds.

Two models are available:

  • TouchPoints Basic: Manually controlled with three settings (sleep, calm, anger). This model is perfect for elementary and junior high students. ($160)
  • TouchPoints Original: Controlled via smartphone (iOS and Android compatible) with six settings (calm, focus, sleep, performance, anger, and cravings). High school and college students prefer this model. ($250)

Here is a case study to show how TouchPoints can be used to manage stress, hyperactivity, lack of proactivity and focus while at school.

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*This article first appeared in Parenting In Progress on August 11, 2018, by BETHANY1980To read the full article, click here.

Viral Thread - This truly amazing piece of tech is making stress a thing of the past

This truly amazing piece of tech is making stress a thing of the past

We've all had one of those days. You know, the ones where you got up late because you couldn't sleep last night, you're horrendously behind schedule for work, the phone's ringing off the hook with calls from your boss who already hates you, your car has broken down, your kid is off school sick, and you feel like no one on earth has experienced stress quite like this.

You're certainly not the only one to feel this way, but despite what you may think, there is a solution to your problem. And, yes, it's one that doesn't mean walking around your office with a pained smile that tells your co-workers that "everything's fine", while you secretly scream inside.

Allow us to introduce you to TouchPoints, the wearable stress relief devices which could be the answer to nearly your every worry. Founded in 2015, TouchPoints alleviate stress through neuroscience and technology, working by sending vibrations that disengage the body’s instinctive 'fight or flight' response to stressful situations. Using patent-pending technology called BLAST, they offer a discreet and non-invasive method to remedy taxing moments in life.

Credit: TouchPoints

When a person is feeling pressured - whether this be through a big presentation coming up at work, an unpleasant conversation that needs to be had with a manager, a desperate need for sleep, or whatever else - TouchPoints shifts the individual back into thinking with the logical, rational part of their brain, incredibly making their stress seem manageable.

If you're looking for results, look no further than this impressive statistic: TouchPoints users have reported a 71 percent reduction in body sensations within 30 seconds.

Perhaps the revolutionary device has been so successful because it comes from a very personal place for its creators. Co-founder and CEO of The TouchPoint Solution, Vicki Mayo, spent countless sleepless nights watching her daughter experience vivid night terrors before reaching out to her friend Dr. Amy Serin for help.

Credit: TouchPoints

"It was horrible. I felt helpless, like there was nothing I could do for her," Vicki said. "The whole family was suffering because she would wake up nightly and we’d all be awake. The following mornings we would be exhausted - we were caught in a spiral I couldn’t get out of. I felt like I had tried everything, and we were at our wit's end."

Having isolated a component of successful PTSD treatment, neuropsychologist Dr. Serin was using it to research the impact of stress-reduction using a handheld device on children, and soon suggested that Vicki's daughter try her product.

Credit: TouchPoints

The treatment provided fantastic results and soon enough, Vicki and Dr. Serin decided to team up to create an instant stress-reduction solution that could help out individuals all across the globe who were grappling with stressful workloads.

Since then, the company has soared, with many of its users unable to praise it enough. Take TouchPoints user Wanda Gibson's husband, for example. After he was deployed nine years ago, he returned a "different man", who was often angry, impatient and depressed, and was soon diagnosed with PTSD.

After testing different methods of recovery, including counseling and medication, Wanda feared she would never have any resemblance of her old husband back. Until she discovered TouchPoints.

Credit: TouchPoints

"I convinced him to try the sleep setting and the first night he slept better than he had in years!" said Wanda. "We are now three months out from the purchase. My sweet, gentle, kind husband has returned. He’s used them almost daily since then and I have no doubt that he has built new neuropathways which has helped him cope with the daily stresses that he encounters. He feels a million times better and is now equipped to deal with difficult situations with hope."

Wanda and her husband have joined thousands of others raving about TouchPoints - and you could be next. Next time you find that pained grimace emerging on your face in the office, you know what to do.

*This article first appeared in Viral Thread on July 30, 2018, by Emma Brazell. To read the full article, click here.

Voyage Phoenix - Conversations with the Inspiring Vicki Mayo

Conversations with the Inspiring Vicki Mayo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vicki Mayo.

Vicki, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Entrepreneurialism is in my blood. My dad and all of my uncles lived the “American Dream” by immigrating from India and growing successful businesses over the course of their lifetime. My brothers and I had excellent role models, and I started my first business when I was 14 years old. Since then, I have started and grown businesses across the finance, hospitality, tech, and most recently the wellness industry. When I was 20 years old, I adopted two teenage boys who had been abandoned by their parents. I was a single mom for several years before marrying my husband and having two biological children of our own. Today, I’m the CEO of The TouchPoint Solution, a wellness company that offers neuroscience-based solutions to manage stress.

I’ve been knocked down and gotten back up more times than I can count, but I would never have gotten to where I am today if I let stress hamper my motivation and passion. Stress is a reality that we all have to deal with — but learning to channel properly can help you reach new heights. I am a firm believer in the law of abundance and the power of manifestation, and my goal is to share these secrets with the world.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Navigating the highs and lows of starting up life is never an easy road! The #1 thing I’ve learned is to reach out to people. Get their advice, ask their opinion. We’re better together and we can’t do it alone. My husband, who is also the CEO of a global IT firm, has become my confidant throughout this journey. Having gone through this experience himself, he has been able to offer guidance and advice to me in so many ways. I encourage all women to seek advice from others who have embarked on this journey. There’s something to learn from everyone – all you have to do is ask!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The TouchPoint Solution story. Tell us more about the business.
Stress is a global epidemic that underlies 80% of all mental and physical diseases, yet only a small percentage of people receive treatment due to rising health insurance costs and lack of available resources. Traditional methods of managing stress include prescription medication, therapy and living a long-term healthy lifestyle (think yoga, meditation, proper nutrition, etc.). The problem is that both options are time intensive before any tangible results are seen – a high price to pay for our wellbeing. Today, advances in neuroscience and new technology can actively work with the brain to offer a natural and effective solution to stress and anxiety in real time.

This is why my co-founder and I, neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin, teamed up: to provide neuroscience-based solutions that are scientifically proven to reduce stress by up to 70% in as few as 30 seconds. Dr. Serin discovered that a component of successful PTSD treatment can be used as a stand-alone product for a range of individuals whose stress and intensities hamper performance, relaxation, sleep, and their ability to cope with sensory stimuli. We realized that this method was too powerful a treatment to be confined to a doctor’s office, which resulted in bringing TouchPoints, neuroscientific wearables, to the world.

Using gentle, haptic micro vibrations called BLAST (bilateral alternating stimulation tactile), TouchPoints give the user a gentle vibration that affects the brain and alters the body’s fight, flight or freeze response to restore calm nervous system functioning. This not only helps to reduce the amount of perceived stress experienced, but also the associated body sensation that comes with it (i.e., stomach butterflies or tightness in the chest). Having the ability to think rationally without an associated body sensation helps the brain create new neural pathways that are net positive, and this has a lasting effect on your brain.

Working on this product for the past two years has been one of the most humbling yet exciting experiences of my entire life. I used to think that stress was something we had to “just live with”. And to a certain extent, it is. Some stress can be good for you if you learn how to channel it properly. But for many people, myself included, stress can build up over time. If we don’t find ways to manage it, it can lead to much more severe physical, mental and emotional long-term side effects. Stress is a universal concept, but how it manifests in each of us is highly personal. TouchPoints are a tool that anyone can add to their toolbox to de-stress at the touch of a button.

The most rewarding part of my job is hearing from our customers about how TouchPoints have changed their lives. From overcoming childhood adversity to learning to manage their anger and becoming more productive at work – TouchPoints have helped more than 100,000 people across the world live better lives through neuroscience. Including myself and my family!

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
As Mr. Wonderful Kevin O’Leary said, he prefers to invest in women-owned companies because they perform better than male-led companies. Women have a knack for not just out-of-the-box thinking but for literally getting rid of the box. I think it’s up to us women to change the conversation from challenges to our successes.

Pricing:

  • TouchPoints Basic – $160
  • TouchPoints Original – $250

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*This article first appeared in Voyage Phoenix on July 10, 2018. To read the full article, click here.

Innovation Freak - Keep Calm Like Never Before

KEEP CALM LIKE NEVER BEFORE

  

A wearable device that can reduce or eliminate your stress or anxiety in 30 seconds? It almost sounds too good to be true but after chatting with Vicki Mayo from Touchpoint Solutions I learn the true science behind their device… Now I need to try one.

Vicki and I chat about the many different applications that TouchPoints have, reducing stress and anxiety is the one that most people can relate to. For a lot of people, stress seems normal and something that everyone has to deal with it. But after chatting with Vicki and learning about how TouchPoints work, my thoughts on how to reduce stress have changed. Vicki does a wonderful job explaining how TouchPoints work in this short video.

Vick and her team were gracious enough to give you a 10% discount code which is INNOVATIONFREAK. If you get a pair let me know how well they work for you!!

Check out TouchPoint on Facebook!

PODCAST EPISODE 32 WITH VICKI MAYO FROM TOUCHPOINT SOLUTIONS:

*This podcast first appeared in Innovation Freak on June 27, 2018 by . To read the full article, click here.

Product Watch - TouchPoints: An Easy Way To Reduce Stress And Anxiety

TouchPoints: An Easy Way To Reduce Stress And Anxiety

by Chasen Banks

Just like everyone else, I get stressed. Trying to meet deadlines, sitting in a traffic jam caused by everyone deciding to slow down and look at a car with their hazard lights on, navigating interpersonal relationships, and a myriad of external pressures that I’m expected to deal with.

Naturally, I was curious when I saw a product on Indiegogo called TouchPoints which made the bold claim to alleviate stress with the press of a button. These are noninvasive wearable devices that are worn on the user’s wrists. They connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth where one can either make adjustments or use settings already built into the app to help with various forms of stress.

How does it work?

On their website, Touchpoints are described as “wearables that are placed on both sides of your body and give gentle, haptic micro-vibrations that interfere with your body’s stress response.” This is in reference to their BLAST technology, which stands for Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation-Tactile thereby overriding the body’s nervous system when it’s stressed and overwhelmed, allowing the body to relax. Dr. Amy Seiren, a neuropsychologist, and co-founder of the TouchPoints states that when we are stressed our Sympathetic nervous system takes over. Our Parasympathetic nervous system sends signals to the body causing to calm down, and as a result, we have the ability to show more empathy. TouchPoints elicit a stress-reducing response allowing us more easily tap into our Parasympathetic nervous system.

 

I tend to be very skeptical when companies make claims similar to those made by TouchPoints, but after the 30-second TouchPoints challenge, I will admit I did notice a drop in my stress levels and felt an immediate release in tension throughout my body. This is no mere placebo effect, according to this peer-reviewed study, the BLAST technology used by TouchPoints, “has been shown to modulate the electrical activity of brain networks that mediate the stress response, resulting in a stress-reducing effect in individuals with high reported levels of anxiety, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.”

I continued to use TouchPoints for a couple of weeks and indeed noticed some changes. My stress levels went down and my focus increased. I remembered an incident specifically where I was having trouble getting through a chapter of a book. I found myself reading the same page over and over again. I used the focus setting and once again noticed an improvement in being able to concentrate on the task at hand. As for my stress levels I tend to get anxious when sitting in traffic. I’ve been using the touchpoints and have caught myself in the middle of getting anxious at times, telling myself to relax; something I rarely ever did before.

I was very curious and had a couple of my colleagues use TouchPoints, they all claimed to recognize a significant and swift change in their mood. I can definitely see how this could greatly provide relief to someone in the middle of a panic attack. This truly is a remarkable product and while I would not recommend it replace people who use medication for different anxiety disorders, it could be used in conjunction with medication to greatly help those in need. In fact, TouchPoints even has some case studies of helping kids with ADHD and Autism.

This screen shows how the vibrations can be adjusted via the TouchPoints app available on Android or IOS. One vibration is felt on one wrist, followed by the other. The app comes with settings to help with sleeplessness, anxiety, lack of focus, anger, and certain cravings. These can all be adjusted by:

frequency: how fast the vibrations move from one wrist to the other

intensity: how strong the vibrations can be felt

overlap: the length of time the vibrations can be felt on both wrists

Stress is something that is becoming all too common in our ever-growing society, so it is nice to see that there are people out there trying to make a difference. The touchpoints are very easy to set up and they work instantly. The one problem I had was the aesthetic of the two wristbands. Due to the way the technology works, it is a necessity to have them on both wrists, but as someone who likes to wear watches, it felt strange having something on my wrist that mimics the shape of a watch, maybe in the future there can be a new model with a watch on top.

We interviewed TouchPoints for even greater understanding

Q: What was the original motivation behind TouchPoints?

A: Stress is responsible for 80% of chronic disease. It inhibits our daily functioning by causing a lack of focus, poor sleep, unhealthy eating habits and so much more – but it is rarely given the recognition it deserves for wreaking havoc in our daily lives.

That’s why serial entrepreneur Vicki Mayo and neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin are on a mission to challenge the status quo in the way stress is understood and managed. Traditional methods of managing stress require a significant financial and time investment (therapy, medications, yoga, etc), so finding a way to regulate it while you go about your day represents a profound shift in the way we all can live more productive lives. Dr. Serin believes that managing stress on an ongoing basis is the key to preventing PTSD and other chronic physical and mental illnesses and is committed to improving the world with this neuroscience technology.

For the past decade, Dr. Serin was practicing neuropsychology and therapy. She found out EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapists treating PTSD in war-torn communities and often reported that after therapy people are less likely to get PTSD a second time. Unfortunately, many people don’t get any immediate or ongoing treatment after trauma, as one-on-one therapy is expensive and time-consuming. This was the inspiration behind TouchPoints — how do we bring this type of therapy to the mass market in an affordable, easy-to-use way? With advances in neuroscience, we were able to isolate a component of EMDR therapy (bilateral stimulation) into a consumer wearable (TouchPoints) so that people can be empowered outside of the doctor’s office to live a healthy, stress-free life.

Q: Can you explain to the layman what EMDR therapy is and how it relates to BLAST Technology?

A: EMDR Therapy is a comprehensive, 8-phase form of therapy that integrates bi-lateral stimulation in different forms along with the processing of upsetting memories. BLAST technology is a component of the therapy and Dr. Serin’s revolutionary research quantified using electroencephalogram data that the technology could be used to treat general stress anytime rather than being confined to therapy appointments. Many therapists use TouchPoints in session and people all over the globe are now using TouchPoints to relieve stress, improve sleep, improve performance, and reduce irritability.

Q: How expensive are the alternative treatments to TouchPoints, and how effective are they in comparison?

A: The cost of EMDR therapy can range depending on the therapist credentials and location. In our area, therapy ranges from $120-$250 per session. Other ways of managing stress include taking medication, which usually costs a monthly co-pay and may have side-effects. Meditation is generally free or can be done in conjunction with an app that has a monthly subscription and yoga classes can be free online or cost per class. TouchPoints are not a medical device and are not a cure for specific conditions, but can be used in conjunction with other therapies and a healthy lifestyle. We haven’t found a substitute that helps people de-stress while they go about their day, so this is a major advantage of TouchPoints

Q: Is it more effective to leave the TouchPoints on all day?

How you wear your TouchPoints is completely dependent on how much anxiety a person has. Stress is highly personal based on a complex set of risk factors (genetics, internal emotions, external environments) so some users ‘spot use’ TouchPoints for just a few minutes several times a day, and other users wear TouchPoints many hours during the day. They are more effective when turned on and should be left on during prolonged stressful situations such as giving a presentation, taking a test, or during a heated conversation.

Most TouchPoints users wear their TouchPoints preventatively or on-the-spot for 15 minutes before, during or after a stressful situation. However, we also have many users with Autism, ADHD, or Generalized Anxiety who prefer to wear their TouchPoints all day while in class or at work to regulate their central nervous system. TouchPoints are just as effective if worn for 15 minutes or all day and are actually helping your brain to create new neural pathways – so the next time you experience that same type of stress, it doesn’t feel so bad.

Q: Are there any other products on the market like this?

Most other wearables simply track and report your progress, whereasTouchPoints actually actively reduce stress non-invasively. Having the ability to think rationally without an associated body sensation helps the brain create new neural pathways that are net positive, and this has a lasting effect on your brain. Biofeedback products can help remind people to breathe or pay attention to their stress, but rely on the person to try to bring their stress levels down themselves and stop what they are doing. TouchPoints do the work for you.

Q: Can someone become so accustomed to the sensations of the touchpoints that they stop working?

A: The BLAST technology delivers gentle, non-invasive stimulation that is received by the brain – so becoming accustomed to the stimulation on your body does not alter the efficacy of the treatment. It’s just like listening to a song over and over- your brain may recognize the song but you are still able to hear it no matter how many times you listen to it.

Q: What would you say to people who think this is just a placebo effect?

A: Double-blind placebo-controlled research is used to distinguish placebo effects from real effects of a treatment. Our double-blind placebo-controlled research is showing a spike in cortisol levels (a stress hormone) in the placebo condition vs. no significant increase in cortisol in the active conditions when TouchPoints are on and synchronized. This rules-out the placebo effect. Generally, the placebo effect can account for a 30-40% success rate and our success rate and significance in several samples of thousands of people show a much higher rate of success and between a 62-74% reduction in stress in 30 seconds.

Q: What plans are in store for the future of touchpoints?

A: We are expanding our message of hope for people to #PressAndDestress with TouchPoints and going global with our products. We also have a new app (available on iOS and Android) where users can take their “Personalized Stress Profile” quiz to determine which type of stressful personality they are, read lifestyle tips on how to manage that type of stress, and determine best ways to use their TouchPoints. We continue to innovate and improve based on customer feedback and are adding exciting functionality to our app in the coming months.

The touchpoints are available for sale on their website. The Original model runs at $250, while the basic model runs at $160. The basic model comes with three basic yet popular settings: Sleep, Calm, and Anger. The Original runs a bit higher but gives the user more control when it comes to the settings. Our readers get a 10% discount on orders of $99 or more when they enter in the promo code ‘PRODUCTWATCH’.

*This article first appeared in Product Watch by Chasen Banks. To read the full article, click here.

AZ India - A Valley Tech Start-Up's Answer to Stress-Free Life

A Valley Tech Start-Up's Answer to Stress-Free Life

AZ India May Edition 5

*This article first appeared in AZINDIA on May 1, 2018.

CTA It Is Innovation (i3) Magazine - A Tipping Point for Life-Changing Technologies

A Tipping Point for Life-Changing Technologies

CTA - It Is Innovation (i3) Magazine

Electronic technology has taken colossal leaps in the past 40 years since I first began covering tech, and it now impacts just about every human activity. This year’s CES included the introductions of many technologies and devices that provide a vision of what the immediate future will look like. Thanks to developments in 5G, AI, VR and IoT, 2018 will be a tipping point for a host of societal changing technologies. Here are a handful of the companies I visited at CES that, at the very least, will educate consumers about the technological revolution that is happening now. 

BrainCo was founded three years ago less than a mile from Harvard University and develops “brain-machine interface (BMI) platform technologies for the education and healthcare markets.” The Focus headband is said to accurately monitor, analyze and visualize brainwaves. “Together with neurofeedback training techniques, this product is used in the education market to help teachers understand student engagement and also help students increase their study habits,” BrainCo explains. It may sound like science fiction, but the technology is being used today.

TouchPoints, founded by neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin and child advocate Vicki Mayo in 2015, brings relief to people who suffer from stress and anxiety. TouchPoints devices can be worn on wrists or clipped to clothing and use Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile (BLAST) technology, transferring alternating vibrations to alter the body’s response to stress and to restore homeostatic nervous system functioning. TouchPoints are said to overcome anxiety, focus issues and sleep problems, and have been reported to help cope with conditions like Parkinson’s, Autism and ADHD.

Transdev developed i-Cristal, an electric and fully autonomous shuttle designed for “tomorrow’s shared mobility.” The 16 passenger vehicle uses Transdev’s Universal Routing Engine adapted for fixed-line services and is fully charged in 90 minutes. By mid-year Rouen, France will be the first location in Europe to deliver an “on-demand mobility service” operated using five fully electric and autonomous vehicles on open roads thanks to Transdev. The service will serve three routes totaling 6.5 miles and 17 stops. The fleet will include four Renault Zoe cars — two with Renault’s and two with Transdev’s autonomous driving technology.

HiberSense is a personalized climate control system which provides homeowners with HVAC automation and control for individual rooms, using a mobile app that lets users set their preferences and view system usage. It analyzes data from wireless vents to control room temperature and the airflow to each room while the HiberSense thermostat controls the HVAC system. HiberSense says it can save up to 40 percent in heating and cooling, and it is an “easy retrofit” with homes that have a forced-air HVAC.

L’Oreal USA is introducing UV Sense, “the first battery-free wearable electronic UV sensor,” and a limited-edition My UV Patch to provide consumers with “crucial information about their individual ultraviolet (UV) exposure levels.” According to global VP Guive Balooch, the goal was to “create something that blends problem-solving technology with human-centered design.”

There are many more examples of ways that technology is transforming society. Products you never thought your company would sell, manufacture or use to operate your businesses — and as a consumer you thought you’d never use — may soon become part of your everyday life. In an industry that thrives on innovation and disruption, this year may turn out to be the most innovative and the most disruptive ever.

Steve Smith

*This article first appeared in the Consumer Technology Association's It Is Innovation (i3) Magazine on May 17, 2018, by Steve Smith. To read the full article, click here.

Hello Giggles - Can Stress Make You Sick? We Asked Doctors For The Truth

Can stress make you sick? We asked doctors for the truth

Most of us have experienced stress in our daily lives. With work and other personal responsibilities, it seems inevitable. Because April is Stress Awareness Month, it’s helpful to not only be aware of how you can manage stress but to also be aware of why you should do so in the first place. 

As you may have heard, stress is known for being the silent killer that can affect you both mentally and emotionally. If you’ve ever been so overwhelmed to the point that you can’t think straight, you know what that’s like. But can stress make you sick? According to Dr. Amy Serin, PhD., neuropsychologist and founder of The Serin Center, absolutely.

How stress can make you sick:

It’s important to know that stress is actually responsible for about 80% of all chronic diseases, according to Dr. Serin.

"When stressed, an individual's body goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode, which releases a complex mix of hormones and chemicals in order to prepare the body for physical action," she tells us. "Some of these physical involuntary reactions include restricting blood flow to muscles and shutting down some necessary bodily functions, such as digestion. While this is helpful in dangerous situations, the challenge is when the body goes into this mode during inappropriate times. This results in inflammation and fatigue."

Since blood flow gets restricted, things like your brain function can become limited, which explains why many of us can’t think clearly during stressful times. According to The American Institute of Stress, it can also cause your pupils to dilate, your bowels to slow down, an increase in blood pressure, and muscle tension. Stress can even cause your heart to beat harder and faster, which can be damaging to the organ if it gets too overworked.

“During stressful situations, cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’) is released throughout the body, and as a result of the increased hormones, the immune response can be weakened,” Dr. Katherine Miao, Medical Director at CityMD tells HelloGiggles. “With a diminished immune response, people are less able to fight off all types of infections, including the common cold and flu.” 

So although stress doesn’t directly cause you to get the flu, it can make catching it much easier. That’s why it is so important to be mindful of how you respond to stressful situations.

How you can recover:

Stress can cause you to become physically ill. The good news is, you can recover. “The best way to recover from stress-related illnesses is to first remove the underlying stressor,” Dr. Miao says. While many of us deal with stress in our lives, it’s important to acknowledge when it happens. Knowing when you’re overwhelmed or ill can help you determine when it’s time to give your body a chance to slow down and recuperate.

“This is just as important as resting and making sure to get proper nutrients,” she says. “Not reducing or removing the stressor can mean that it takes a person longer to recover.” In other words, first, recognize you have a problem and go from there.

Managing it by practicing self-care is also key. It may seem cliché, but according to her, there is evidence supporting the role of exercise, particularly yoga, in decreasing your overall stress levels. “Even 10 or 15 minutes a day is better than nothing and will have some benefit,” Dr. Miao says. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, a brisk walk around the block when you’re feeling overwhelmed can be beneficial as well.

It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and making sure you’re well-rested. “With all of the distractions in modern society, we tend to skimp on sleep,” she says. “Take a break and unplug from your phone and recharge your own batteries! A minimum of eight hours of sleep every day will help cut down both fatigue and stress, which can go hand in hand.”

Stress can do a number on your health. But if you find ways to manage it, you can limit the negative physical effects it can have on your body.

*This article first appeared in Hello Giggles on April 19, 2018, by KRISTINE FELLIZAR. To read the full article, click here.

Hello Giggles - What Does It Mean If You Get Chest Pains From Stress? Experts Have The Answer

What does it mean if you get chest pains from stress? Experts have the answer

It's no secret that stress can affect you in some pretty alarming ways. If not managed properly, stress can mess with you mentally, emotionally, and physically. It can even aggravate any medical conditions you may already have. If you’ve ever been so overwhelmed to the point that you’re clutching your chest in pain, it’s not uncommon to automatically assume the worst.

But just how bad is it really?

“As a cardiologist, one of the more common questions I get from my patients with chest pain or palpitations is, ‘Do you think it could be stress?’” Dr. Todd Hurst, center director for Cardiovascular Health at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, tells HelloGiggles. “The answer is typically, ‘It’s possible.’” 

According to Dr. Hurst, it’s been long recognized that stress impacts health, and this is particularly true when it comes to cardiology. “We know that sudden emotional stress can be a trigger for serious cardiac problems, including heart attacks,” he says. That’s why people with chronic heart problems need to avoid acute stress as much as possible. In general, learning how to manage life’s daily stressors as much as you can is key.

Because April is Stress Awareness Month, it’s important to be aware of the effects stress can have on your body, so you can find ways to manage it in the best way that works for you. But beyond that, it’s just as important to know why stress causes these physical reactions in the first place. 

So what do chest pains from stress actually mean?

When you experience something stressful, it’s common to get an associated body sensation like butterflies in the stomach or tightness in the chest. According to Dr. Amy Serin, PhD., neuropsychologist and founder of The Serin Center, this is absolutely normal. 

“Chest pains are just one kind of physical stress symptoms that signals your body has shifted into the stressful nervous system,” Dr. Serin tells HelloGiggles. “Mistaking chest pains for a cardiac event causes many stressed out people to go to emergency rooms, only to find out that their heart is completely fine. There is no emergency, it was just their nervous system activating the fight or flight response (i.e. panic).”

This, of course, applies to the average person who doesn’t have any issues with their heart. The only way to know for sure is if you consult a doctor. But once you’ve been cleared, Dr. Serin says the best way to deal with chest pains is to simply de-stress and manage it accordingly. Some suggested ways to manage stress include getting some physical activity, getting a good night’s rest, practicing breathing techniques, and adopting a gratitude mindset. 

“Being thankful is a surprisingly effective method to reframe our challenges and put things in perspective,” Dr. Hurst says. “It’s human nature to focus on our problems rather than our blessings. As little as 60 seconds a day (I do it first thing in the morning before I get out of bed) spent thinking about the things you are grateful for can be life-altering.” 

Life can get super overwhelming sometimes. It’s good to know that chest pains from stress don’t necessarily mean anything too serious. But when it happens, your body is trying to tell you something. So listen to it, take deep breaths, and don’t let it consume you. 

*This article first appeared in Hello Giggles on April 19, 2018, by KRISTINE FELLIZAR. To read the full article, click here,

Well Connected Mom - Relieve Stress in Minutes Without Medication

Relieve Stress in Minutes Without Medication

Last year we introduced to our readers ReliefBand.  ReliefBand uses proprietary programmed pulses to send a signal to relieve nausea.  It really works and I don’t travel on boats/ships without it. 

Today we’d like to introduce TouchPoints to you.  TouchPoints is a similar device in the sense that it uses using neuroscientific technology, involving electrical pulses, to relieve stress by over 70% in as little as 30 seconds.

In fact, to be more specific, “TouchPoints uses Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile (BLAST) stimulation to give the user a gentle vibration that affects the brain and alters the body’s fight, flight or freeze response.”  

Wow, is that even possible?  Yes, it is, we tested it.  In fact, I wore the TouchPoints bracelets during the Consumer Electronics Show in January.  Why? With over 4,000 exhibits to see and 185,000 people, let alone all of that exciting technology and accessories, your blood tends to pump a little.  I used TouchPoints to help settle me. Did it work? 

Can TouchPoints Really Reduce Stress in Minutes?

 

Yes.  I felt calmer.  But to drive the point further, when I stopped by the TouchPoints booth at CES (when I wasn’t wearing them), they had me sit down and they took my blood pressure.  My blood pressure was 131/99 with a heart rate of 66.  My blood pressure is usually 120/78 and my heart rate is normally 65.

I then put on my TouchPoint bracelets for several minutes and my blood pressure went to 121/88 and my heart rate slowed to 64 beats per minute.  Now mind you, all the chaos was still going on around me – thousands of people around, loud talking, people in the TouchPoints booth asking questions, waiting for their turn to have their blood pressure read.

An interview was going on in the booth, showing TouchPoints to TV show videographers.  Things were happening, yet I was getting calmer.  The CES Show is no place for peaceful blue skies, chirping birds, a placid lake, or other calming cues.  So to be in the midst of chaos and obtain a state of calm is near impossible.  But it is possible with TouchPoints.

So, What are TouchPoints?

TouchPoints are sold with two bracelets that you slip on each of your wrists.  You need two of them to tag team each other and work throughout your body. Although I should note, that they do not need to be on your wrists. You can also clip them to your clothing or keep them in your hands, they just need to be on opposite sides of your body.

TouchPoints will send alternating pulse BLAST vibrations on your wrists which can actually calm your brain, thus calm your heart rate and pulse.  The vibration is noticeable and audible, but it does not hurt or tickle.  If you purchase the TouchPoints Original, you will sync your TouchPoints to the app to choose between six presets:

  1.  Sleep
  2. Focus
  3. Craving
  4. Calm
  5. Performance
  6. Anger

Or you can customize your own sensations by altering the Frequency, Intensity, and Overlap of the alternating pulses and even create your own favorite settings (up to 3).

TouchPoints Help Children and Adults in a Number of Ways…

Stress

As you could see from my blood pressure results above, TouchPoints have an almost immediate way to reduce your body’s response to stress. 

In fact, case studies conducted by TouchPoints that people using TouchPoints with generalized stress showed a 90% reduction in headaches while increasing the quantity and quality of their sleep.  They also improved their productivity.

ADHD

There are over 6 million children diagnosed with ADHD in the United States.  Although TouchPoints cannot make ADHD disappear, they can do a remarkable job in helping children (and adults) focus and reduce their normal activity impulses. 

Does your child have trouble completing simple tasks in the morning to get to school?  How about focusing on tasks?  Can s/he stay in his/her seat during school?  TouchPoints can help.

In this ADHD case study, a 14-year old boy wore TouchPoints in the morning for a 1/2 hour while getting ready for school and things became much easier…for him and his exhausted mom.  She couldn’t believe the difference.  Her son also wears them in school to help him stay in his seat.

After one month of the daily use of TouchPoints this 14-year old boy achieved…

  • A 45% reduction in anxiety
  • A 25% reduction in hyperactivity
  • A 36% improvement in attention
  • His 2.3 GPA rose to 3.1 GPA
  • More self-confidence
  • Improved relationships with parents

Oh, and the average hours of homework he used to spend were reduced by an hour a day.

Autism

Does your child or a child you know have autism?  One in 68 people is diagnosed with Autism.  Typically, a child with autism can be obsessive, hyperactive, irritable, angry, reactive, has little eye contact with others, and can refuse to do their work.  That was the case with the 10-year-old boy in this Autism case study.

He would come home exhausted each day from sensory overload at school and his teacher, I’m sure exasperated.  TouchPoints changed all this.  No, TouchPoints didn’t cure him, but after regular use, he had…

  • A 60% reduction in leaving the classroom
  • A 50% reduction in angry outbursts with lower intensity
  • Easier transitions
  • Better sensory integration
  • Improved eye contact
  • Less hyperactivity

In fact, his teacher was so impressed with the difference that she requested that the school has extra TouchPoints on hand in every classroom to use as needed.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Over 24 million people are living with PTSD.  They have had experienced traumatic events in their lives that they can’t get over.  They experience immense stress, negative thoughts, hyperarousal, and can’t get past re-experiencing or reliving the traumatic event over and over again.

TouchPoints can be used to help manage panic attacks, decrease or prevent angry outbursts, diminish unhealthy cravings, and improve their quality of sleep.

Sleeplessness

Over 50 million people suffer from a sleep disorder.  Do you, your child, or other family member have trouble falling asleep or waking up numerous times during the night? The quality of your sleep has A LOT to do with how productive your day is going to be.

Using TouchPoints 15 minutes before falling asleep can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.  You’ll notice the difference right away.  If you’re one who stays up at night thinking about all the things that need to be done in the morning, TouchPoints will help you immensely.

So Why Haven’t You Heard of TouchPoints?

One of the founders of TouchPoints, Dr. Serin, used quantitative electroencephalogram data, existing neuroscientific research, and archival data to see the impact BLAST technology can do with just a few seconds of use. 

BLAST has been used in doctor offices for years, but after seeing the immense benefits, Dr. Serin teamed up with entrepreneur Vicki Mayo to bring this amazing technology to the masses in 2015.

The TouchPoints company isn’t backed by a huge company with deep pockets.  It’s a smaller company with a mission to reach families and adults who either can’t afford such treatments in a doctor’s office or most likely never knew this technology existed.  Dr. Serin and Mayo’s mission is to make it affordable and available.

TouchPoints Original is rechargeable and comes with an app for customization.  At careful glance, you’ll see they are made of plastic; they do not look like a suped-up fitness watch or even possess the style and glamor of a Samsung or Apple watch.  It’s not the cover of the book that possesses the beauty, but what is on the inside that counts.

The TouchPoints BLAST technology can rock your world.

TouchPoints Come in Two Versions:

  1. Original has 6 settings to help with calm, sleep, focus, anger, performance, and cravings.  In addition, TouchPoints Original comes with an app, offering additional customization.
  2.  Basic, offered at a reduced price, has 3 settings to help with sleep, calm, and anger and does not need an app to begin working.

TouchPoints Basic kit for $160 or the Original kit for $260, pre-order them directly from the TouchPoints website.  Wristbands are also offered in assorted colors, starting at $20.  TouchPoints sent me a pair of the Stainless Steel Mesh wristbands (offered for $10 more) and I highly recommend them.  They are magnetic and super easy to slide on and off.

A Mom’s Perspective

TouchPoints work through the use of Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation – Tactile (BLAST) which send alternating vibrations through your body to alter the Fight, Flight, or Freeze response to stress.  With as little as 30 seconds, your homeostatic nervous system can return to normal, giving you clarity and a calmness not thought possible minutes before.

Once you begin TouchPoints, you will hear them working…unfortunately, others can hear them too on your wrists. You also need to recharge them after every use. But they do work and can help with stress, focus, and performance.

Believe it or not, one in three Americans suffer from extreme stress.  TouchPoints can help with this.  But you can benefit from TouchPoints even when not feeling stress.  Use it daily for preventative measures to start your day more calmly, improve your focus and performance, and even reduce anger.  Use them before bed to prepare yourself for sleep.

Is your child anxious before a speech or test?  Let him/her use them.  Your husband has too much on his plate?  Perhaps he needs to try them too.

We were really excited to learn about TouchPoints and how they can remarkably change a state of mind within as little as 30 seconds.  We can’t wait to hear your stories of how TouchPoints has changed your family life (or personal life) for the better!

*This article first appeared in Well Connected Mom on April 6, 2018, by . To read the full article, click here.

NeuroTech X Medium - TouchPoints — End your stress & Energize your mind

TouchPoints — End your stress & Energize your mind

TouchPoints are a one of a kind, non-invasive way to help us train our brain to mitigate stressful situations. It uses patent-pending BLAST (Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile) technology to deliver gentle, haptic micro vibration patterns to stimulate Neuronal Pathways. This shifts the user out of the sympathetic nervous system and into the parasympathetic mode, which enables calm nervous system functioning. Over the past decade, Co-Founder of The TouchPoint Solution, neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin studied neuro-therapy specifically with QEEG, trying to find a solution for PTSD.

As a result of her research, we got TouchPoints, a well packaged well designed, ready to use out of the box device. All you have to do is download the TouchPoint app (available on iOS and Android), pair the device and start the process. One thing that we found a bit confusing (yet well thought) were the clips versus the wrist straps. We didn’t know which to use at first, but after the first use you get yourself acquainted and you’ll be able to use the TouchPoints in different situations. While working or running you can have it on the wrist strap, and when giving a presentation or when with kids you can have it clipped onto your pockets or belt loops. The difference in both mounts has no effect on the stimulation itself.

After you launch the application, a good questionnaire was put in place for baseline and mental profile creation. It is composed of simple questions that collect and give information related to general stress and ways to cope with this stress identified by six profile types (scattered, overwhelmed, wired, hot, veiled and craver). After the questionnaire, users are encouraged to take a quick challenge by thinking about a stressful situation and how that affects your body (i.e. stomach butterflies and tightness in the chest). After rating your stress on a scale of 1 to 10 before using TouchPoints, you then put them on for 15 minutes and watch your stress melt away! Kind of like a training zapper that obliges your brain to shift its attention.

“Challenge Mastered! I went from a 10 to a 6 in 30 seconds. Join the revolution! thetouchpointsolution.com #TouchPointsChallenge #TouchPointsRevolution”

Within the application, you can select what you want to train for. You can choose from six different pre-settings: Calm, Focus, Sleep, Anger, Performance and Craving. Each setting has its own parameters for frequency, intensity, and overlap of vibrations and from the names used you can know what each setting is for. You can also check out the QuickStart guide or the YouTube videos: https://youtu.be/o5jO0ssMcwo

After few days of training, you will discover where and how to best use your TouchPoints. Personally, I identified stressful situations in a context where I have to avoid fear — like stage fear or before an exam. I face this type of stress when I have a public talk or a conference to give, and I felt TouchPoints helped me eliminate the stress in my brain. Other areas they cover include General Stress, ADHD, Autism, Sleeplessness, and PTSD. I didn’t have the time to try them all yet, but I did try it on my kid, and to be honest, I was impressed to watch him change from an agitated situation to calm in minutes. This could be due to the use of a new tool or the tickling sensation he gets from the device.

So, I decided to do the exercise on a daily basis with him and put the TouchPoints on every day when he gets home from daycare. After the second day he started asking for them, but still, I wasn’t convinced about the effect it was creating and how it was actually working. I had to do some extra testing and I decided to hook myself up with the NeuroServo hat, a device that shows the Focus and Perturbation levels using a light pattern on the hat itself. You can read more about Neuroservo via our Medium Article, but generally, it is Red light for Focus and Blue light for perturbation.

During the first test with EEG Neuroservo, the Focus function made the light go red in a matter of minutes. The most important aspect here is not to bring the light to Red using the TouchPoints, it is more of adapting your brain to shifting attention. Several exercises exist in research to help you do so, and for me now TouchPoints is one easy solution but I can not confirm it yet. We need additional user research to be conducted with proper protocols to determine whether it’s the vibration effect that is making your brain shift its attention or it is really Neural Pathways that are being shifted and modulated.

If you wish to purchase a set of TouchPoints you can visit their online store at https://thetouchpointsolution.com/pages/shop-touchpoints

None of the links is an affiliate link, and all the information provided in this article is for general information and review purposes only and is the expressed opinion of myself, Ferdinand Ephrem and not the Publication. This includes (but is not limited to) my membership organizations and the product manufacturers.

*This article first appeared on NeuroTechX's Medium Blog on April 6, 2018, by Ferdinand Ephrem. To read the full article, click here.

 

12 News Long Island - The Download: TouchPoints

The Download: TouchPoints

The TouchPoints are twin vibrating devices that are worn on each wrist and use "Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile" technology to reduce stress. Click here to view this innovative technology on The Download for 12News Long Island TV. 

*This video first appeared on 12 News Long Island on April 6, 2018, by the producers of 12 News Long Island. To watch the full video, click here.