Besides the high cost for a device that seems so simple and cheap to make ($500), the next hidden surprise that I discovered from my dentist about my EMA Keller Laboratories stop snoring mouthpiece was that I would have to pay $1 per band (it uses two EMA Bands at a time), and these bands wear out fast--the yellow EMA bands wear out in a few days, the blue EMA bands last about a week at best, and the clear EMA appliance bands about two weeks if you are lucky.
On top of all this the product is designed to fail--my first one broke after only two weeks. The spacer between the top and bottom EMA pieces is glued on, so the entire bite force of your back teeth is focused 100% on top of two small plastic spacers that are glued onto the appliance. One of mine cracked in half after only two weeks and I woke up with a dangerous piece of plastic in my mouth. I notified my dentist (Essential Dental in Santa Rosa) who offer to have another made for me at no cost, as it was still under warranty.
Unfortunately that is not the only design problem with the EMA device by Keller Laboratories. The the EMA bands that are so expensive (and probably cost 5 cents to make) hook onto the EMA appliance on plastic posts that are also glued onto the two top and bottom pieces. This means that these 4 small pieces of plastic, and specifically areas where they are glued onto the top and bottom pieces, must take the full stress of the bands tugging on them constantly...and guess what? They break off at the point where they are glued. Of the two defective EMA mouth pieces that I now own each has broken this way several times.
I have sent each of these anti-snoring devices back for repair several times now, and, because my dentist told me that they basically use a form of Crazy Glue on these, have even glued them myself a few times (but I probably won't do this again).
Now my dentist is tired of hearing about this defective product from me, so he has told me that the warranty has expired and is only 6 months. I remember when I had the first break he told me that it was one year warranty, so I called Keller Laboratories directly and they told me it is a 12 month warranty. Sounds like my dentist is not telling the truth to me. Now my dentist wants me to pay each time I need one of them fixed.
Hopefully this blog will help someone else faced with paying so much for such a cheap product!
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[font="Arial"][size=2]Celiac.com 12/28/2006 - The American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Clinical Practice Recommendations have been updated to include new information about treatment and prevention that reflects the latest research. Changes have been made in numerous areas, including the management of hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes; nutrition recommendations; and screening and treatment for children who have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.
In 2006, the ADA published Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) guidelines for people with diabetes, specific to individual populations, such as those who are obese or pregnant. The Clinical Practice Recommendations have been updated to reflect these guidelines and to encourage people with diabetes or pre- diabetes to seek individualized MNT to help them achieve their treatment goals.
Information about how to treat children who are diagnosed with both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease was also added to the Clinical Practice Recommendations this year. Up to 16 percent of children with type 1 diabetes are also diagnosed with celiac disease, an immune disorder that affects the digestive system, damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. The recommendations call for more aggressive screening for celiac disease in children with type 1 diabetes who present symptoms such as weight loss, growth failure, abdominal pain and chronic fatigue. A gluten-free diet is recommended for those who test positive for celiac.
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Dear Friends, You've seen the big story in the news for the past 24hours, right? Yes, there has been a significant reduction in breast cancer over the recent past. Halleluiah!!! Authorities are attributing that to the relatively recent changes in the use of HRT (hormone replacement therapy), both in the formulation (now using the low-estrogen formulas) and the reduced number of women taking HRT at all. This simply confirms the fact that estrogens (and excessive progesterones) are a major player in the development of this all-too-common condition.
But it also emphasizes the role of exogenous (outside) sources of estrogens, which includes both dietary and environmental sources. The gluten grains, dairy products and soy are MAJOR sources of estrogen, with soy being the richest of all. It is important for people (including men) to understand this and grasp the difference between lignans and isoflavones, the two basic categories of phytoestrogens. Rather than write a long dissertation, I will refer you to Wikipedia and the Internet ( [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytoestrogens"]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytoestrogens[/url] ). This should help clear up the raging controversy over whether eating soy (especially the way [i]some[/i] would have you do) is good for you or [i]not[/i]. However, we also need to put "environmental estrogen" into our search engines and read about the other common sources with which we need to deal.
This issue of breast cancer is a [i]major [/i]one and serves as another [i]wonderful[/i] example of this awesome paradigm shift we are all privileged to be witnessing. Between this, the public's new awareness of the role of viruses and cancer (also huge), and the hydrogenated oils issue (the removal of which will also greatly reduce cancer rates), 2006 is ending on a [i]very[/i] high note. Halleluiah, again! No telling what truths will emerge in 2007!!!
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[font="Arial"][size=2][i]This article appeared in the Autumn 2006 edition of Celiac.com's [url="http://www.celiac.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=47"]Celiac Disease Newsletter[/url].[/i]
Celiac.com 12/11/2006 - Yes, that's what I think. Gluten-sensitivity is a disease of your brain and nerves.
[b]The gluten puzzle[/b]
I have come to this conclusion after studying the effects of gluten on my patients for over a decade. I am a paediatric gastroenterologist and allergist. I run a busy clinic for children and their parents. I have been increasingly concerned by the large numbers of my patients who are affected by gluten. I was perplexed by their wide-ranging symptoms. The puzzle was to explain how gluten could cause so much ill health to so many people in so many different ways, including celiac disease.
[b]Faulty brain control[/b]
Eureka! The solution came when deep in discussion with my friend and colleague, Ron Harper, Professor of Neurobiology, UCLA. We were both struggling with the concept of multiple symptoms that needed to be explained. The answer appeared absurdly simple: disturbed "brain control". It suddenly seemed obvious