Veteran Credits NuCalm In PTSD Recovery

Joseph “Blake” DeLoach lost his vision after a rocket propelled grenade struck his vehicle in Afghanistan.  Returning to the states, his PTSD was so severe that he was “flooded with paranoia” and was unable to eat without getting sick.  After being introduced to NuCalm, Blake says he’s now been able to move beyond such feelings and move forward with his life.

Joseph “Blake” DeLoach, who is 30 years old, was born is a small rural town in South Carolina, not far from the U.S. Marine training base at Parris Island. From the time he was a young boy, Blake remembers having a deep love for the military. As a child, he dressed up in Army fatigues and playacted missions in his yard. “Even as a child I knew joining the military was what I was going to do,” Blake recounts, “and as soon as I came of age I tried to enlist in the Marines.”

But Blake’s childhood was not all playacting and frolic. Far from it. When he was young, he and his older brother were abandoned by their unloving, alcoholic mother, leaving them in the sole care of his father. “I couldn’t ask for a better father,” Blake says. “He’s still the reason I am what I am today. He provided for us and we never went without a meal, although sometimes dad did.”

Because his father worked the graveyard shift, he needed to sleep during the day. Since Blake’s brother was four years older than him, he was usually off spending time with his friends, leaving Blake mostly on his own. His feelings of isolation did not improve when Blake turned old enough to begin school. He didn’t enjoy school and found it difficult. Because of the loneliness he felt, Blake began to use drugs. “I was twelve or thirteen when I started using cocaine,” he admits. “That’s what I turned to because I really didn’t have anyone or anything else in my life at the time. There’s really no answer for why I did what I did. That’s just the way it played out.” He was forced to repeat ninth grade three times because of his poor grades, and once he entered tenth grade and came of age, Blake chose to drop out of school. “I just wasn’t good at school,” he says. “I couldn’t understand it. It just wasn’t for me, so I dropped out.”

In place of school, Blake found work through local temp agencies, biding his time until he could enlist in the military. Using the money, Blake paid for and passed a course to obtain his General Equivalency Degree (G.E.D.). As soon as he was old enough, he went to enlist in the Marines, only to be told a G.E.D. was not enough to be accepted into the Corps. Disheartened, Blake returned home. “I didn’t even consider enlisting in the Army,” he says. “I wanted to be a Marine.”

Then fate intervened. That same night, Blake received a call from an Army staff sergeant who had obtained his name and number from the Marine recruiting office. The next day, after taking and passing his qualification tests, Blake signed his enlistment papers to join the Army. “My goal was to get a combat-oriented job so that I could serve my country,” he says. “I didn’t want to be a paper pusher or anything like that. I’m a people pusher.”

Based on his qualifications, Blake was offered positions in the infantry or as a cavalry combat scout in the 19th Delta. According to the U.S. Army’s website, a “cavalry scout is responsible for being the eyes and ears of the commander during battle. They engage the enemy in the field, track and report their activity and direct the employment of weapon systems to their locations.”

Blake asked for more information about the cavalry scout position, insisting on an honest answer. “I was told, ‘Well, if you like hard work, long days, and getting dirty in the mud and so forth, you’ll love the job.’ I said, sign me up.” Blake was then told about the Army’s Airborne School, or Jump School. This interested him, so he signed up for that too.”

It was during this time that Blake married his first wife, someone he’d known since sixth grade. One week later, he departed for six weeks of basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

In March 2007, Blake was seriously injured for the first time while serving in Iraq. “I got blown up,” he deadpans. “I was on patrol walking down a street in South Baghdad when an IED (improvised explosive device) blew up about ten feet in front of me.” Despite suffering a shoulder injury and trauma to his brain, “I pushed through the mission, and then returned home later that month, in time for my second son to be born.”

His respite home was short-lived, however. Two weeks later, Blake was back in Iraq “pushing through more missions” despite lingering problems with his shoulder. “Every time I would put on my gear, my arm would go numb,” he says. Eventually, it was determined that because of his injury he was experiencing poor circulation in both his arm and shoulder. As a result, he was medevacked home in June of that year, where he underwent intensive therapy to rebuild his shoulder.

It was during this time that Blake first began to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They manifested when he found himself unable to be around his infant sons when they cried. Their cries were too much for him cope with because while in Iraq the opposition forces regularly played recordings of babies crying and screaming. “I couldn’t bear to be around them when they cried because it bothered me so deeply,” he says.

Before much longer, Blake’s enlistment in the Army was coming to an end, but because of his desire to continue to serve his country, he wanted to re-enlist.

Blake re-enlisted so that he could continue to look out for his fellow Army colleagues and new recruits arriving in combat zones for the first time. Blake’s next tour of duty was to Afghanistan. Two months into his deployment there he learned that his wife had taken his sons and left him for another man. In order to cope, he kept his focus on his mission “and keeping my guys safe.” Before long, Blake and his wife divorced. Since then, she has refused to allow him to see his sons. “The last time I saw them, they were two, three, and four,” Blake says. “They were so little.”

When Blake returned to Afghanistan, he was assigned to a personal security detachment detail, where he was responsible for protecting a high-ranking officer. “But I didn’t want to leave my unit,” he says. “Those guys were like family.” So, Blake did all he could to spend time with them while in Afghanistan.

On October 18, 2010, Blake was assigned to accompany the officer he guarded to meet with local Afghani elders as part of a community outreach detail. But he soon discovered that the soldier assigned to replace him in his unit wasn’t even awake, let alone dressed and ready to accompany them on their next mission. Knowing that his unit was already short of men due to some of them being away on leave, Blake asked for and was granted permission to instead accompany his unit in what was supposed to be “just a simple mission.”

It wasn’t.

Soon after Blake and his unit set off, after they passed the first checkpoint, they were ambushed. The vehicle Blake was in was hit by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) that landed inside it, where it exploded. “It broke my driver’s arm and did a lot of damage to my face and eyes,” Blake recounts. “I lost my vision instantly and took a lot of shrapnel. My headset was completely blown off my head, my protective vests were destroyed, and so were my weapons. Basically, my entire crew was down.”

“A piece of metal had punctured my ribcage, shattering my fourth and fifth ribs and blowing bone fragments into my lung,” Blake recalls, “so I couldn’t breathe. I was also in severe pain, with wounds to the arteries in my neck. I was bleeding out and couldn’t receive painkillers because they would have thinned my blood, and I would have bled out faster.”

Because of the severity of his life-threatening wounds, Blake was put into an induced coma, both to spare him from his pain, and in the hopes that he would somehow pull through. While in this unconscious state, Blake was visited by a general, who asked him if he was all right. “Apparently, when he asked me that, I was told that I gave him a thumbs up,” Blake chuckles.

Days later, when he was finally brought out of his coma, his eyes were taped shut. He was told the doctors were unsure of his hearing, especially in his right ear, which had suffered the most damage from the grenade’s explosion. Nor were the doctors sure how well he would ever talk again because Blake had lost fifteen percent of his jawbone structure, as well as eight teeth. He’d also had a bad reaction to the anesthesia he’d been administered, leaving him with limited mobility, along with serious muscle loss. “I couldn’t even hold my head up,” Blake says.

But the biggest blow came when Blake was told he had lost his vision. The attack had left Blake irreversibly blind in both eyes. Despite his injuries, Blake returned his focus to self-recovery. Each day, he made a bit more progress until, one month later, he walked out of the hospital. “I walked out of there under my own power,” he says proudly, “ I carried myself out of that hospital. I did that. Nobody else did that.”

Blake left the hospital in December 2010, and continued to undergo therapy in Augusta, Georgia. During his rehabilitation, Blake met his current wife Lauren. Lauren was one of his instructors during his rehab therapy. “When we met, I felt like I’d known her my whole life,” Blake smiles. Lauren was the first person who Blake felt loved him for who he is. “I didn’t know how to react to that at first,” he admits.

When Blake and Lauren first met, he was on 26 different medications, most of which were narcotic drugs that Blake became addicted to. “I was self-medicating,” he says. “Lauren met me at my worst, yet she still saw the best in me. I don’t know how she did it, but she did, so I try every day to give a little bit more to her.”

After nearly nine years of service, Blake retired from the military in 2014. Blake still desired to remain in the Army because he’d always wanted to spend his entire career serving his country, but because of his disabilities he was told he had to retire. The news sent him into a downward spiral of depression. “I was in a bad place,” he says. On one particularly low day, Blake “took a bunch of painkillers and alcohol” that caused him to have a seizure. Collapsing, he broke his back in six places. “I was so embarrassed by what I’d done that I lied to Lauren about what caused it,” he says. “I didn’t want her to think I was weak.”

Blake continued to abuse painkillers on and off for another two years, but Lauren’s love for him finally led to break free of his addiction in 2016. “I did it on my own,” Blake says. “I went cold turkey, going through tremors, shakes, puking, all of that.” This lasted for seven brutal days. Since that time, Blake has maintained his sobriety.

In his quest to continue to improve his health and maintain his sobriety, Blake began going to the gym to work out. He quickly discovered how much he loved doing so, especially lifting weights. As a result, Blake became a power lifter and now competes in competitions. “It’s such an amazing feeling to know I’m sweating because I’m doing something good and healthy for myself,” he enthuses.

The progress Blake has made as a power lifter is remarkable. In one competition, he squat-pressed 363 pounds and bench-pressed 297 pounds. In April of this year, Blake traveled to Boston, where, because of his achievements, he and Lauren were selected to receive a fully adapted house by Homes for our Troops. Blake still marvels over this because of the mindset that was instilled in him during his time in the military. “When you join the military,” he explains, “the number one thing they tell you is you are not special, you’re just a soldier, and that’s it.” Being considered special is something Blake still has not gotten used to, though the way he’s triumphed over all the adversity he’s endured certainly attests to the fact that he is.

Understanding Blake’s anxiety about dentists, a common phobia of many dental patients, his dentist Dr. Kaufman introduced him to the NuCalm system. “NuCalm has helped me quite a lot,” Blake says. Upon hearing Blake’s story, David Poole, Executive Vice President of Sales of Solace Lifesciences gifted Blake and Lauren with their very own NuCalm system. Blake believes having his own system will be a big help for him as he maintains his sobriety.

Blake is brutally honest about his struggles with addiction. “I’m an addict and I will always be an addict,” he says. “Anyone who says they were an addict is still in denial. Power lifting helps me stay sober, and now having NuCalm, the things that might make me want to use again are addressed through the NuCalm system. It keeps me calm. Before, I might choose a narcotic to do that, now I don’t have to anymore. NuCalm helps me stay strong.”

“If anyone deserves the gift of NuCalm, it’s Blake, “David Poole says. “He’s given so much and served so many and has received so little in return for his service and sacrifices. Our chief scientist specifically invented NuCalm for people like Blake to help them better cope and heal from addiction and PTSD.”

Blake’s love for his country and desire to serve it remains as strong as ever, and the example of his heroic journey continues to inspire others. “I told myself when I found out I was blind that I was not going to let blindness win,” he says. “So, I’m pursuing things you don’t normally see blind people do. I want to be a change agent for my fellow veterans and give back to them by my example. That’s my goal.”

Because of the acute PTSD he developed due to his past tribulations, “I was flooded with paranoia,” Blake says. “I couldn’t eat without getting sick. I literally thought everything was going to make me sick.” Because of NuCalm, Blake says he’s been able to move beyond such feelings. “All of that has gone away or is so minute it’s barely noticeable.”

Another significant benefit Blake has experienced since he began using NuCalm regularly is improved quality of sleep. “I can tell that my sleep is better when I use NuCalm compared to the times that I don’t use it,” he says. Even more importantly, Blake reports that NuCalm has changed the quality of his dreams, which previously could devolve into night terrors. In his dreams now, he can see, and he often dreams he is telling people that he has his vision.

Blake continues to use NuCalm five days a week. One Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays he uses it for an hour each day prior to going to the gym to train. “There are several audio tracks that I like that really calm me down,” he says. “I alternate between them.”

Based on his own experience with NuCalm, Blake would like to see it adopted for use by the military so other men and women who are putting their lives on the line in service to our country can also benefit from it. “Being in a third world country in a war zone takes a toll on you mentally no matter who you are, so if NuCalm is being offered, why not take advantage of a system that has scientific proof to help keep you from going down a bad path?”


Breast Cancer Survivor Credits NuCalm’s Help

Award-winning producer and executive Barbara Valentine credits NuCalm with helping her overcome immense stress and anxiety after receiving a devastating cancer diagnosis.

The evidence has long been overwhelming that Hollywood is a world in which female producers, directors, writers, and actors face far more difficult challenges and hurdles than their male counterparts. Yet none of that has ever stopped Barbara Valentine. She has achieved great success as an award-winning producer, reporter, on-camera host, and multimedia executive. Despite the roadblocks she faced, especially early on in her multifaceted career, Barbara achieved all that she has with her “no quit” attitude.

“That determination, that little spark plug inside me, has really helped me to never give up. That’s always been my philosophy.”

In a career spanning 30 years, she has been nominated for an Emmy Award five times, winning the Emmy twice, while serving as an Executive Producer on hundreds of film, television, and digital media projects. In that time, her work has taken her all around the world while providing her services to many of today’s largest and most well-known entertainment, distribution, and manufacturing companies. Besides her determination, Barbara’s willingness to keep learning and reinventing herself has also been a hallmark of her success.

A Life Changing Diagnosis
Barbara’s own life was unexpectedly transformed when she learned she had developed breast cancer. “I got the diagnosis at a time when we were just getting ready to start production on a new project,” she says. “After receiving the diagnosis from the doctor, I just sat in my car and thought, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do now? I have so many people depending on me.'”

Rather than allowing herself to be overcome by despair and self-pity, Barbara has been able to marshal the same inner resources that have served her so well in her career. “I had a little cry, took a deep breath, put my shoulders back and turned my trust over to God,” she says.

In addition to determining her course of treatment with her doctors, Barbara realized she would also have to change how she oversaw her companies. “I had to take time-off to undergo Chemo treatment and medical procedures, but a little over a year-and-a-half later, I am feeling wonderful and strong enough to get back to work. Life has been a challenge since the diagnosis, but I feel that you only have two choices: you can dig a hole, climb in and wallow in self-pity, or put your boxing gloves on and come out fighting. I know what it’s like to be upset and angry when given such a diagnosis, but you can’t stay there. If you stay there, it’s like quicksand, it will pull you under. I chose to fight through it and with a great deal of faith, love and support of family, friends and colleagues, great doctors and a strong intestinal fortitude, I am doing great. It’s all been an incredible learning experience.”

“NuCalm has saved me.”

Barbara Valentine

“When you are given a diagnosis of Stage 4 metastatic – triple positive breast cancer you get really anxious. You get anxiety attacks because you just don’t know what is going to happen to your life, your loved ones, your business, your home, your friends. In the beginning, I had a lot of fear and I thought I’d be letting everyone down. All sorts of thoughts go running through your mind. I know what fear is. Every woman that I have met at my support group is scared like hell, and righteously so, because your life changes and your family’s life changes with you”.

“NuCalm has helped me tremendously through my fears and anxiety attacks. After receiving the unexpected diagnosis, I was scared and didn’t know how I was going to cope. To overcome the anxiety attacks, I would take a prescribed anti-anxiety drug.”

When Barbara’s good friend, Patrick Netter told her about NuCalm and how it would help her through her cancer journey, Barbara’s initial reaction was, ‘it sounds too good to be true.’ Patrick loaned her his NuCalm for a couple weeks to try.”

Once Barbara used NuCalm, she realized that Patrick was right.

“The first time I used it I had a spiritual experience,” she reports. “I was listening to the audio tracks and suddenly I started dialing back to my childhood. Tears came to my eyes and I didn’t know why this was happening, but after a while, the experience became serenely peaceful. And then I wanted to experience more of it.”

Soon after, Barbara met Jim Poole, CEO of Solace Lifesciences, Inc, the company that created NuCalm. He provided her with her own NuCalm unit, and she has been using it regularly through her chemotherapy treatments ever since.

“NuCalm has been a real blessing in my life,” Barbara says, “even when I was administered my first chemo treatment, I was not accepting it well. You don’t know what to expect when you walk into the chemo lab for your first treatment. They are poking needles in you, while administering intravenous chemo drugs into your body, and you’re thinking, ‘Oh my God, how did I get here?’” During my first treatment, I became very sick and nauseous and they had to stop the intravenous transfusion. I asked the doctor if I could use my NuCalm that I brought with me and explained what it could do. Of course, everyone was curious about NuCalm and wondered what was going to happen. I used NuCalm for only 20 minutes and started to feel peaceful and anxiety-free. My anxiety meter went from a 10 to 0 in only 20 minutes. I was then able to successfully resume my treatment.”

The medical staff who witnessed the effect NuCalm had on Barbara during her first treatment wanted to know what it was.

“I told them that NuCalm provides a fully immersive experience that helps erase stress and anxiety by using neuroscience relaxation technology.”  After her first experience using NuCalm during chemo, Barbara called Jim Poole to tell him how incredibly effective NuCalm has been for her. “I asked him what makes the product so incredible and he explained the years of science and technology that went into developing the product.

“NuCalm definitely lives up to its name. It creates a new kind of calm. I don’t know what I would do without it. It has such a wonderful, soothing, relaxing, calming effect. It’s something you can’t really explain. You have to experience it.”

Barbara has also found that NuCalm helps her in her work.

“When I have a major deadline to write a script, sometimes I am hit with writer’s block and that’s a scary thing to happen. I can sit at the computer for a long time and nothing creative will come. So many things are going on in my mind and I can’t think…then I start to panic knowing there’s a deadline to meet. That’s when NuCalm plays an important role. It stimulates brain wave functions that help me to achieve a deep level of calm. This allows me to think clearly and come up with fresh and unique ideas and gets me back into the creative flow.”

“I could never say thank you enough for NuCalm and to Jim Poole. If you have ever seen a really good movie, you can’t wait to tell someone about it. NuCalm is like that for me. I can’t wait to share what this great product can do for someone else. NuCalm has greatly helped me on my road to recovery. NuCalm has become a good friend that I rely on to keep me calm and less anxious.”

NuCalm & The Science Of Stress

It’s imperative to your health and happiness to be able to manage stress and not be managed by it.

Whether we are dealing with physical or psychological stress, our bodies put us near an intense sympathetic ‘fight-or-flight’ state. No matter the size of the problem (i.e. paying a mortgage or escaping danger), our bodies react the same way: sudden adrenaline rush, high blood pressure, high energy. Prolonged stress, often propelled by lack of sleep, can result in a multitude of health issues (suppressed immune system, slowed metabolism, high blood pressure, etc.). Simply put, the evolution of the human body has not yet caught up to our new age lifestyle.

This is just a regular day to us, but it comes with dire physiological, neurological and biochemical consequences. It’s imperative to your health and happiness to be able to manage stress and not be managed by it. NuCalm gives you the power and control to relax and recharge anywhere, anytime. NuCalm “flips the switch” from high cortisol and adrenaline to deep relaxation. This allows your body to stop the flood of cortisol and transition away from the stress response.

Stress is unavoidable, but you have a choice when it comes to how you want to manage it. NuCalm is patented neuroscience technology, clinically proven to lower stress and improve sleep quality … without drugs. So take stress management into your own hands and relax both brain and body with NuCalm.

The Evolution of Stress
Our primal stress response is designed to be activated when our body senses some type of physical danger. In the Paleolithic era, this could have been triggered by encountering a dangerous animal. This short-term stress response results in an adrenaline rush, which causes an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and an energy output that activates all the systems controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. When in this state, all non-essential systems such as digestion and repair are shut off, thus allowing your body to maximize your chances of survival; whether it be by fighting the wild animal or fleeing from it. And once the physical threat is gone, all systems quickly restore to normal working function and you go about your daily life hunting, gathering, and learning how to build fires.

However, in this day and age, our bodies also endure this same intense response when dealing with psychological stress or perceived threats. Stresses such as paying your mortgage or having a difficult conversation with a loved one, are all chronic, psychological stresses only created by humans. These stresses trigger an unnecessary release of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, which put us near that ‘fight-or-flight’ state without an actual threat to our survival. A constant state of psychological stress, often propelled by lack of sleep, can result in a multitude of health issues (suppressed immune system, slowed metabolism, high blood pressure, etc.). Even with our new age technology, medicine, and food supply – we can feel much more stressed than we did over 10,000 years ago. This is just a regular day to us and this new age stress comes with dire physiological, neurological, and biochemical consequences. Simply put, the evolution of the human body has not yet caught up to our new age lifestyle.

NuCalm vs. Stress
One of the big challenges with stress is that you cannot see it, but you can certainly feel it – psychologically, emotionally, and physically. Around 95% of all disease cases are caused by stress and you can see the impact of psychological stress in many forms: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, IBS, auto-immune diseases, etc.

Even if you feel that your stress isn’t an immediate problem or concern, it can become one. So it’s imperative to your health and happiness to be able to manage your stress and not be managed by it. By incorporating a healthy, regular relaxation and recovery tool such as NuCalm, you can effectively manage your stress.

NuCalm gives you the power and control to slow down and recharge anywhere, anytime. NuCalm “flips the switch” from high cortisol and adrenaline to deep relaxation and parasympathetic dominance. NuCalm’s neuroscience-based patented 3-step process consistently and naturally helps to get your body and mind into a state of maximum relaxation and healing. NuCalm’s science-based approach accomplishes this through blocking stimulation, naturally interrupting the stress response systems, and then using advanced patented neuroacoustic tracks to slow your brainwaves into a state associated with deep meditation, recovery, and parasympathetic nervous system dominance. And not only will NuCalm interrupt acute stress at its source, deep within the brain, but it will also promote the development of neurological pathways associated with stress resiliency in these same areas.

Stress is unavoidable, but you have a choice when it comes to how you want to manage it. NuCalm is patented neuroscience technology, clinically proven to lower stress and improve sleep quality … without drugs. So take stress management into your own hands and relax both brain and body with NuCalm.

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