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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Why The LifeWave Patches Are Called Training Aids

The reasons why LifeWave™ patches are training aids, not nutritional supplements

The clothing worn by athletes is considered to be athletic equipment, however sports clothing can also be considered in a broad definition to be training aids, since athletes can not train without clothing. Historically sports clothing is manufactured out of both man made as well as natural fibers. Natural fibers fall into two main groups: protein fibers, which come from animals, and vegetable fibers, which come from plants.

Cotton is economically one of the most important nonfood plant components used in the manufacturing of sports clothing and sports towels. Wool is an animal protein fiber obtained from sheep that is also used in the manufacture of sports clothing.
The main ingredient in all vegetable fibers is cellulose, a carbohydrate found in all plant life.


Cellulose, a nonfood polysaccharide, is the main structural component of cotton fibers. This polysaccharide made up of anywhere from 100 to 15,000 glucose molecules that are attached to one another. Although glucose is the main fuel burned by the body, there is no evidence that wearing cotton clothing or using cotton towels will cause glucose from the cotton fibers to enter the body. Glucose will not enter the body when athletes wear cotton clothing or use cotton towels because the glucose is bound in the cotton fibers and is nonabsorbable.

The natural animal fiber wool is composed of coiled chains of the protein keratin. By definition proteins themselves are composed of chains of amino acids. Even though wool protein is made of chains of amino acids, the amino acids are linked chemically to form a water insoluble and indigestible fiber. From a chemical or nutritional point of view the amino acids in wool stay bound in the fibers and do not enter the body.

From a chemical perspective, it is apparent that sugars and amino acids are present in the cotton and wool materials that comprise the clothing that athletes wear. Yet cotton and wool are constructed in such a way that the sugars and amino acids that are present in these materials do not enter into the body through the skin. From a regulatory perspective, cotton and wool materials are not considered to be nutritional supplements even though they contain sugars and amino acids.

In examining the LifeWave™ patch product. It is the position of the manufacturer that although LifeWave™ patches contain amino acids and sugars the patches are designed so that the materials in the patches do not enter the body.

The reason that the organic sugars and amino acids in the patches do not enter the body is because the patches are manufactured out of a water impermeable medical tape made by the 3M Company. This means that the materials placed in the patches are bound within the patches. Therefore LifeWave™ patches by definition are nontransdermal patches.

A product like LifeWave™ patches acids cannot be considered to be a supplement if the sugars and amino acids remain bound in the product and are not allowed to enter the body. The fact that the organic materials in the patches do not enter the body makes the LifeWave™ patches nontransdermal training aids not supplements.

If wearing materials that contain amino acids and sugars that do not enter the body is considered to be supplementation then cotton and wool clothing would also have to be considered to be nutritional supplements.

Steve Haltiwanger, M.D., C.C.N, Health and Sciences Director of LifeWave™

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