The Next Hottest Health Trend

If you’ve been reading Sound Health for a while, you’re already pretty familiar with the benefits of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). (I write about it all the time!)

But in case you’re new or need a little refresher: The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in your body—stretching from the bottom of the brain stem, down through the torso, and ending at the abdomen. It touches nearly every major organ and bodily system. And stimulating the vagus nerve unleashes a wide array of healing benefits.

Having personally studied this fascinating nerve for decades now, and seeing first-hand what it’s capable of, I predict it’s only a matter of time before a flood of handheld, at-home vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) devices hit the shelves.

They’ll claim to heal an array of ailments—from migraines to pain and even depression. And they won’t be cheap.

How can I be so sure?

I’ve been following the science—and the money.

New studies on therapeutic uses for VNS are being published nearly every week now. Of course, I’m ecstatic that this simple, natural technique is finally getting the credit it deserves!

The problem is, all this attention translates to dollar signs in the eyes of Big Pharma, which is already working to capitalize on the healing abilities of VNS.

So today, I’m going to reveal what you really need to know about at-home VNS devices, why you should proceed with caution before investing in one…and how you can tap into the healing powers of the vagus nerve without spending a single cent.

The truth about “revolutionary” VNS devices

First, let me tell you a little bit about these new VNS devices.

Currently, doctors are prescribing them to help treat patients who suffer from chronic pain, cluster headaches, migraines, and depression.

To get the full picture, let’s take a look at a product description from one of the more popular brands:

“Designed as a portable, easy-to-use technology, [name withheld] can be self-administered by patients, as needed, without the potential side effects associated with commonly prescribed drugs. When placed on a patient’s neck over the vagus nerve, [name withheld] stimulates the nerve’s afferent fibers, which may lead to a reduction of pain in patients.”

handheld VNS device
An example of a handheld VNS device.
IMAGE SOURCE: Medscape.com

Sounds pretty great, right?

I decided to do a little digging to see how prescriptions for these devices really work.

Turns out, there’s a catch. A real big one…

If your insurance doesn’t cover it, the device costs $598!

And get this… Apparently the device runs out of charge every 31 days and needs to be “refilled.”

According to the company’s customer support team, the device can only be “refilled” with a scannable card that costs the same amount as the device itself.

VNS refill cards
The scannable refill cards for a popular VNS device.
IMAGE SOURCE: gammacore.com

So if you’re using the device for a chronic, ongoing issue, you’re on the hook for upwards of over $7,000 a year!

Now, I have no doubt some people have found these types of devices helpful. But it’s sort of like they’ve been conned into a buying a Rolls Royce when all they really need is a trusty pickup truck.

People don’t need to be taken advantage of, especially when an equally effective solution already exists.

Because here’s the thing: This pricey gadget offers the same exact benefits I talk about every single week here in Sound Health.

Try DIY VNS instead

The undeniable fact is that VNS provides a wide range of impressive health benefits. Research shows that it can help protect against Alzheimer’s, reduce pain, ease anxiety and panic attacks, alleviate stress, promote better sleep, build better lung capacity, improve concentration, and speed up the body’s ability to heal… I could go on and on. (If you want to learn more, check out my free e-letter archives.)

But you don’t have to break the bank to find relief or improve your health.

Instead, you can rely on an all-natural, centuries-old, completely FREE technique: Your voice.

Here’s how to prescribe yourself a healing “dose” of VNS, using the healing effects of self-generated sound.

Try this:

  1. Set a timer for two minutes.

  2. Take a slow, deep breath inward through your nose.

  3. Then, with your mouth closed, exhale through your nose, while simultaneously making a humming sound. Do this for as long as your exhalation.

    Here’s what it should sound like.

  4. Repeat this humming cycle for 2 minutes. Be sure to take breaks as needed.

    And if you get dizzy or light-headed, stop immediately.

  5. When you’re finished, take a moment to notice how you feel.

    Has your pain lessened? Do you feel calmer? Can you think more clearly?

Remember, you had the ability to bring these positive changes on completely your own—all by stimulating your vagus nerve and activating your body’s built-in healing systems.

To feel the effects more deeply, I recommend gradually working your way up to 10 minutes of humming. Of course, if you find you’d like to hum for longer, go for it!

Don’t fret if you don’t feel any benefits the first time. Sometimes it takes your body a few tries to get used to the new sensation.

If you do decide to give it a try, I’d love to hear all about any changes or improvements you notice. Drop me a line at feedback@donovanhealth.com.

And if you’re interested in incorporating the power of all-natural VNS into your everyday health regimen, I’ve got just the thing for you…

I recently released my InnerSound Method—a weekly video program where I introduce you to the most powerful sound-based techniques for optimal health.

Each week I’ll teach you something new, while also helping you to refine the basic foundations of VNS. It’s almost like having a private health coach!

But don’t worry—as powerful as the techniques I’ll teach you are, I like to keep things fun and easy.

Click here to learn more about my InnerSound Method, or to get started today.


SOURCES:

Clowers, M., Lo, N., Smith, A., Mahdavian, S., and Hoenywell, M. (2019). gammacore Noninvasive Vagus Nerve Stimulator. U.S. Pharmacist. 44(11): pp. 33 – 36. Retrieved from: uspharmacist.com/article/gammacore-noninvasive-vagus-nerve-stimulator

Cost of Clinical Trials for New Drug FDA Approval Are Fraction of Total Tab. (2018). Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Retrieved from: jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2018/cost-of-clinical-trials-for-new-drug-FDA-approval-are-fraction-of-total-tab.html

electroCore Receives FDA Clearance for gammaCore™ (nVNS) for Adjunctive Use for the Preventive Treatment of Cluster Headache in Adults. (2018). electroCore.com. Retrieved from: investor.electrocore.com/news-releases/news-release-details/electrocore-receives-fda-clearance-gammacoretm-nvns-adjunctive

Simon B. and Blake, J. (2017). Mechanism of action of non-invasive cervical vagus nerve stimulation for the treatment of primary headaches. American Journal of Managed Care. 23(17): pp. S312-S316. Retrieved from: pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29144716/

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Jim Donovan M.Ed., is a professional musician and educator. He's an Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University where he teaches music and how the power of sound can help you experience a healthier life.