You'd do well to skip the crystal meth. We've established that. So if you're stressed out and just can't take it anymore, here's one "chill out" alternative that won't wreck your life and is not addictive (at least not physiologically): StressEraser from Helicor.
This souped-up "pulse-oximeter" was launched last year, and looks surprisingly legitimate despite the smarmy claim on the web site: "Feel good again in 30 days... guaranteed." Sounds like something you'd order off a late-night TV add that comes with a bonus 20-piece spatula set, no?
So what the heck is it?
A little unit you're supposed to use 15 minutes/night as it guides you through special breathing and mental focus exercises that eventually make you feel more relaxed, younger, and altogether free and clear of stress. It works by "reversing your ergotropic tuning" -- which means nothing to me, either.
Apparently the device "measures the influence of the vagus nerve (the primary nerve of the parasympathetic nerves) on heart rate... (and) uses a proprietary implementation of the Consecutive Heart Period (CHP) to measure vagal activity. ... In other words, every time a person has a painful or emotional thought, there will be a temporary inhibition of the vagus nerve, causing the real-time CHP measure to drop to near zero. By monitoring real-time CHP, the StressEraser can detect when that happens and respond appropriately."
Still sounds like hocus-pocus to me, but Helicor's web site features an array of impressive testimonials from the likes of MSNBC, The Washington Post, and Wired Magazine. Not only that, but StressEraser won Frost & Sullivan's 2006 Technology Innovation of the Year award, the "Oscar of medgadets," they say.
Ask your local licensed psychologist or and psychiatrist about it, as it seems the product's really meant for use with patients by them. Hence, perhaps, the price tag of $299. On the other hand, the company's been offering a 30-day risk-free trial, advertised in a number of consumer magazines. Anyone game?