Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Recruiting Scuba Divers to test a product that may help clear/equalize ears when diving

Here is a note from Dr. David Colvard:

Announcement: Recruiting Scuba Divers to test a product that may help clear and equalize ears when diving and reduce the use of pre-dive decongestants and rebound congestion

The 2004 diver safety survey revealed that 42% of the divers had difficulty clearing their ears occasionally and 6% had difficulty half or more of the time (publication pending).

I have been asked by another physician to help test his simple non-prescription FDA-approved product (NeilMed’s Sinus Rinse System) in divers over the next six months. In a small pilot test it showed some effect in helping clear and equalize ears when diving and in reducing the use of pre-dive decongestants and minimizing rebound congestion. At this time we are recruiting divers to participate in a larger scale test. If you choose to participate, then you will receive the product with instructions for free during the test. You will be asked to complete “Before” and “After” web-based surveys, which will take 3 to 5 minutes each.

Some amount of mucus production from the nasal and sinus lining is normal. Allergies and infections will cause excessive mucus production. This will create nasal and sinus symptoms such as runny and stuffy nose and post nasal drip. When the nasal rinse is performed, you wash away mucus, allergy causing particles and irritants such as pollens, dust particles, pollutants and bacteria, thus reducing the inflammation of the mucus membrane. Normal mucosa will fight infections and allergies better and symptoms will be reduced and allow the Eustachian tube to function more normally.

· 1 Custom Designed Cap

· 1 Rinse Bottle 8 oz. (240 mL)

· 1 Tube

· Regular Premixed Packets of pH Balanced Sodium Chloride & Sodium Bicarbonate Mixture (USP Grade, Natural Ingredients, Isotonic, Preservative Free & Iodine Free)

· Educational Brochure

· Instructions in English, Spanish or French

If you or any other divers you know are interested, then please go to the Scuba Diver “Before” Survey (http://www.unimedprod.com/diver_survey_before.shtml) to take the survey and to request your free samples. The manufacturer is paying the shipping costs, but not import duties or taxes that may be required in your country or state or province. After you have used the product and made several dives, you will be asked to complete the Scuba Diver “After” Survey using the identification number included with the samples you received.

There is no guarantee that this product will work as well for you as it has for me or others. But, we want to find out how effective the product is before recommending it to other divers.

Financial Disclosure: At this time I do not have a financial interest in this product or the companies that manufacture or distribute or sell this product.

David F Colvard, MD


Raleigh NC USA

(919) 781-3141