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Snorin’ In The USA

Guest post by Dr. John Henning Schumann

I’m not a drum banger for the latest “epidemics” to come to media attention, whether it’s H1N1, Vitamin D, or getting your kids CAT-scanned routinely.

But there comes a time in every blogger’s life when he must comment on something that does bubble up into consciousness a tad, shall we say, often.

I’m talking here about an epidemic that we are learning more about each passing day. Something that you or someone you know or sleep with may be diagnosed with, and ultimately treated for (an interesting national problem in its own right): Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

What is it, you ask? A new national scourge? Stop the presses! Can I catch it? Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at ACP Hospitalist*

Wear “Goodnighties,” Get Better Sleep?

Few medical products tickle our imagination as much as this one. We present for your consideration “Goodnighties” made from patented Ionx fabric.


All About Ionx®
Some have called it a ‘miracle,’ but the benefits of Goodnighties® is really the result of nature meeting science in a process called ionization. Ionization under the patented brand name ‘Ionx’ is the process that saturates the fabric with negative ions –- more than 20 times found in nature.

Wearing Goodnighties with Ionx close to the body has been proven to increase blood flow thus reducing inflammation, improving muscle function, speeding recovery and reducing muscle aches and pains.

For years ionized fabric has been used by the medical community, professional athletes, Olympic teams, the military and astronauts because of these amazing benefits. Even race horses have enjoyed the restorative properties of negative ions in fabric used for blankets and leg wraps.

Goodnighties is the first and only sleepwear with Ionx. While wearing Goodnighties you will experience the benefits of balanced ions while you sleep so you’ll wake up rested, restored and rejuvenated. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Medgadget*

Dosage Disclosure Denied For Sleep Remedy’s “Perfect Blend”

A new product, Dream Water, is designed to help one relax, fall asleep and improve the quality of sleep using the “perfect blend” of all-natural ingredients melatonin, GABA and 5-HTP (tryptophan).

A single-dose 2.5-ounce bottle retails for $2.99. They also offer a more dilute formulation in an 8-ounce bottle. They suggest drinking half a bottle, keeping it at your bedside, and drinking more if you wake up during the night.

What dosage will you get from half a bottle? From a whole bottle? There’s no way to know. They offer a money-back guarantee, free shipping, free samples, and lots of testimonials. But they refuse to disclose how much of what is in their product. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Science-Based Medicine*

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