Texas - Thanks for the comments. Yes, I've been using a night splint for over eight months, and the plantar is getting better. The current theory of thought on plantar fasciitis, is that it that it doesn't not involve inflammation. I read a study where they biopsied people with PF and after awhile, there is no inflammation found, but the pain continues. They found the same thing with tendonitis, and I think they call it something different now, as the "itis" which means inflammation, wasn't found on biopsy either. I think it's called tendinopathy now. This could explain why Anatabloc, which reduced inflammation, isn't really effective for PF. But, I firmly believe it helped my residual back pain, post surgery. That pain has all but disappeared and I am back to doing a lot of jogging and lifting weights (that strengthen the back). I'm sure it is the swimming (repetitive motion) that aggravates the shoulder problem (tear) and likely beyond the reach of Anatabloc. But, since the weather has cooled, I won't be swimming again until I get to Florida this winter. Hope to do a 1/2 marathon this fall. Couldn't think of this last year due to the PF flare. Took almost a year to get better and lots of money wasted on doctor's, shoes, MRI's, PT, etc. But, again, my amazement was the 100% reduction in my LDL and all my doctors that wanted me on a statin are finally off my back about it. :-) I have the genetic predisposition for statin induced myopathy, so I've resisted the statin pushers. I wish star would do some studies on lipids from long term Anatabloc use. I think there is a statin killer lurking there. I'm going to initiate a small holding in STSI, as it is a gamble and risky, but I believe there is really something of value with the product, just hard to monetize that with as supplement. And, if it became a patented drug, I'm not sure how well the patents would hold up. Way beyond my understanding and I have been burned before by generic attacks. :-)
I don't currently own any shares of STSI. Might buy, but weary of management here. The reason for my post is to point out a anecdotal report on Anatabloc. I've been battling elevated lipids (total cholesterol and LDL) for a number of years. See a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic for this, as I have a bad family history of CAD. I tried diet and exercise without any reductions in the lipids. In fact, on a totally non-meat, non-oils diet, my LDL went up to 200. I was about to go on a statin, when I began taking Anatabloc, for chronic back pain, post surgery from a number of years ago. At my last CCF cardiologist appt, the cardiologist said the best we can hope for in lowering LDL by diet and exercise is about 20%. The most aggressive lipids drugs, we can hope for a 60% reduction in LDL. Your's went down 100%, what are you doing or taking? While I can't prove that it was the anatabloc that lowered my LDL so much, it's the only thing I changed. It took six months of taking it to drop the full 100%, but in addition to the lowered lipids, my h-CRP dropped to .01 (very lower maker for overall inflammation in the body and reduced risk for CVD). I could stop taking Anatabloc to see if the lipids go back up to help prove this, but why would I? Anatabloc has no side effects for me and I'd rather have that then a lower cost generic statin. I have a bad history of drugs causing liver damage. To boot, my post surgery back pain has improved. Anatabloc has not helped much with my planter fasciitis, nor with a small tear and pain in my right shoulder, but I would not have these other two problems had the anatabloc not helped with the back pain so I could start jogging again, and swimming. I just turned 50, so I'm out of warranty. :-) I hope the Star does some research into the lipid effects of anatabloc, as for me, it was significant and remarkable. GLTA.