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I bought some shares a while back based on my liking the idea that the product is popular with athletes and was extending its applications. I later (a mistake, perhaps) looked at abstracts from clinical studies in athletes and saw nothing to suggest that there is any real enhancement in cardiovascular performance using the strips. I don't think consumers look to clinical studies to support their decisions regarding non-prescription purchases (herbal medicines, running shoes, mega-dose vitamins, etc.), but I'm a little concerned that trainers are more savvy than the average consumer and that the news will eventually get to the athletes that they're simply wearing a fashion item. I don't watch a lot of sports on TV, but I don't think I've seen basketball or baseball players using the strips yet - if not now, when? Will the fad run out of breath, or will the fad breathe right?
Is anyone aware of evidence of clinical efficacy that I haven't seen? Are we banking on a fad here or something more? BTW, as far as I can tell, menthol vapors have no real clinical utility either.
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