Cooling prevents heat stress
E.COOLING FOR MORE HEALTH AND
QUALITY OF LIFE
High temperatures in summer and in hot countries increase physical stress and endanger health. The climate change increases the global temperature and heat stress even further.
A lot of people suffer from heat stress. People with health-related heat problems are even more exposed.
Many feel significantly worse and exhausted from just 20°C. A cold shower usually helps. What would you do at work, in your leisure time or doing sports? How do you manage climate change, which according to climate experts is associated with an increasing number of hot days?
In order to protect ones health, it is immensely important to provide effective heat protection. Especially for people with health-related heat problems like MS, COPD, Parkinson, menopause, vein or cardiac problems. As a pharmacist, I know this to be important. That is why we at E.COOLINE have developed the perfect, climate-neutral heat protection strategy for better health and more quality of life.
Heat affects persons with multiple sclerosis
People suffering from heat-related illnesses such as multiple sclerosis may succumb to high temperatures. The consequences are exhaustion, loss of performance and health issues. Cooling clothes such as a cooling vest or cooling shirt provide a simple, fast and efficient means to reduce heat stress and fight the fatigue syndrome (Uhthoff’s phenomenon).
One can use the cooling vest and cooling shirt in offices without air conditioning. They provide excellent protection against heat and improve concentration and performance. Choose between a cooling vest, cooling shirt and cooling caps, bandanas and neckbands or a combination of the previous mentioned. Scientific studies with confirm the efficiency of the E.COOLINE cooling vest.
INTERVIEW WITH AN MS PATIENT
MS RECOMMEND E.COOLINE
Mr. Gaisser, how do you judge the benefits of the E.COOLINE cooling vest?
Overall, I can say that I’m feeling much better. Before, hot weather made me tired very quickly. The vest vastly improves this heat problem.
How does E.COOLINE affect your physical condition?
I feel much better while wearing it. I experienced that I am feeling best at temperatures just below 20°C. Everything above impairs my performance extremely. Meanwhile, thanks to the cooling vest, I can concentrate much better on a task, especially in high temperatures
When do you wear the cooling vest?
Most of all, I use the vest at work. I’m a software developer. With all the computers and other equipment, temperatures may easily rise above 25 degrees. When I wear the cooling vest, I don’t have any problems, even when the air conditioner is turned off in summer. With the vest I am totally independent of the conditions around me. Even my employer has noticed how well I am doing with the vest and has offered to get another one for me at company expenses.
How does wearing the vest affect your quality of life?
The vest is very easy to handle. I hold it under the tap for a couple of seconds and then wipe it with a towel to dry the outer fabric. Once I have put it on, it feels a bit chilly for just a moment. But then it feels very comfortable.
What is your experience on the cooling effect and its duration?
Mostly I use about 1 liter of water. The cooling effect then lasts for one and a half days, which is a very long time. So I’m also comfortable when I go out in the evening.
Would you recommend the cooling vest to other people affected?
I can absolutely recommend the vest to all people suffering from MS and heat problems. Then, I chose the E.COOLINE cooling vest because it was easy to handle and I didn’t regret my choice. My quality of life has improved a lot. Before, steady performance always depended on temperatures. As soon as it got warm, my concentration dropped noticeably. Before, I always took a cold shower in such moments, if possible. Meanwhile I can count on my potential, thanks to E.COOLINE. The vest works as a cold shower worked before.
Andreas Gaisser suffering from MS on his experience with the E.COOLINE cooling vest
heat protection to wear
AIR CONDITIONER TO WEAR
ONE TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL CASES
E.COOLINE FOR A BETTER LIFE
People suffering from multiple sclerosis may be affected by elevated temperatures. One common symptom of multiple sclerosis is the Uhthoff’s phenomenon. It occurs in approx. 60-80 % of thepatients. The neurological symptoms worsen. The cause is the elevation of body temperature through fever, bodily exercise, or simply through an increase in ambient temperature, e.g. in summer, warm countries, or warm rooms.
In addition to a frequently dramatic worsening of bodily symptoms, the patient becomes more rapidly fatigued (“fatigue syndrome”). Both effects produce enormous limitations both in patients’ professional life and in their activities of daily living, resulting in a substantial reduction in their quality of life. The effects, however, are reversible in the sense that these negative symptoms will disappear once the body is cooled (Source: DMSG German Multiple Sclerosis Society)
70% concentration loss
COOLING FOR BETTER COGNITIVE CAPACITY
For patients suffering from MS, cooling textiles significantly reduce signs of exhaustion. Recent US studies carried out by the Kessler Foundation confirm a loss of memory and concentration of 70% in heat. People affected must deal with many limitations in professional life, at home or during sports. The high decrease in memory functions and concentration makes everyday life enormously difficult.
Cooling clothes such as cooling vest, cooling shirts, cooling caps, bandanas and neckbands help to fight exhaustion. This results in more success and fun during work, leisure times and sports, even when temperatures are hot.
MORE HEALTH AND LIFE QUALITY
The World Health Organization defines health as follows: „A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being not merely the absence of disease“.
It is not possible to heal MS with cooling vests, but it is possible to improve the physical, mental and social life a patient.
At high outside temperatures, patients affected by the Uhthoff’s phenomenon cannot enjoy holidays in hot countries, ice cream on hot summer days, gardening and much more. Not only during leisure times, the person suffering from fatigue is also affected during work. Even if their workplaces are air-conditioned, the way to the parking lot at 30°C often turns into a torture. Not to mention bicycle tours or grill parties with colleagues in summer. For all these activities, E.COOLINE provides relief and a tremendous increase in quality of life.
E.COOLINE – a means to fight heat stress caused by multiple sclerosis?
In cooperation with leading hospitals in Germany and Austria, we carried out tests with many multiple sclerosis patients. The reactions of the patients affected were overwhelming. The feedback of physicians and therapists, who are usually rather moderate, were positive. The reason for these reactions is simple: easy and quick activation of the vests with water from the tap, the low weight of the textiles that guarantees high comfort and cooling for several hours or a whole day. The vest is just worn on top or underneath normal clothing. It is available in various sizes and easy to care.
Better life quality
Application study on the reduction of fatigue symptoms
The use of climate neutral cooling vests significantly reduces symptoms of the Uhthoff’s phenomenon. This is demonstrated by the E.COOLINE application study carried out in the Germany.
The results were unambiguous: In the relevant few studies on the effects of cooling products on the life quality of MS patients, more than 90% of the patients rated the cooling effect of E.COOLINE as good to excellent. They believed that the products increased performance and decreased symptoms of fatigue.
Patients rated the comfort of the vests and their easy handling positively.
Fachklinik für Neurologie Dietenbronn GmbH, Schwendi / Asklepios Klinik, Schaufling / Reha-Zentrum Nittenau, Nittenau / Kiliani-Klinik, Bad Windsheim / Marianne-Strauß-Klinik, Berg-Kempfenhausen / Neurologisches Rehabilitationszentrum Bad Wildbad / Neurologische Hochschulambulanz, Ulm / Neurologische Klinik Selzer GmbH & Co. KG, Baiersbronn
INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR GRIESHOFER
COOLING VEST PREVENTS OVERHEATING AT MS
Professor Grieshofer, how long have you been working on the topic of multiple sclerosis?
I have been a neurologist for almost 25 years and have been working with multiple sclerosis.
What are the biggest problems in MS and what have been the best achievements in recent years?
Multiple sclerosis has fortunately lost much of its problems in recent years, partly due to modern drug therapy and partly due to the possibilities of rehabilitative medicine. In Austria, the Judendorf Strassengel Clinic is dealing with this topic. A major problem of multiple sclerosis is the still existing ignorance about the cause of this disease, but also the individual development of the disease in each person.
A further problem is the individual insecurity of those affected with regard to activities in professional and everyday life, in the sense of physical activity, sports and mental performance. Today, special individual training programs make it possible to maintain good performance and physical fitness in multiple sclerosis.
How does this manifest itself in the everyday life of those affected?
Particularly in the summer months and during physical activity, the physical symptoms can often worsen dramatically, which can also lead to more rapid exhaustion (“fatigue syndrome”). Both effects have an enormous limitation on the ability to perform in everyday life and at work, as well as a considerable influence on the quality of life. However, the effects are reversible. This means that the negative symptoms disappear again as the body cools down.
Over 60% of people with MS are less productive at temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius. How do you experience this in your patients?
One of the best known phenomena of multiple sclerosis is the so-called Uthoff phenomenon. “In the original sense, a temporary deterioration in visual acuity in multiple sclerosis (MS) occurring after physical exertion is referred to as “Uthoff’s phenomenon”. The phenomenon was first described in 1890 by the ophthalmologist Wilhelm Uhthoff (1853-1927). It is based on a reversible blocking of the conductivity of the pre-damaged optic nerve as a result of an increase in body temperature. Uhthoff’s phenomenon in a broader sense is also called the temporary worsening of neurological MS symptoms when body temperature is raised (e.g. during fever, hot baths or in the sauna). More than 2/3 of people with MS are affected.
What can those affected do about it? And what do you do about it in your clinic?
In order to prevent overheating, cool rooms are certainly an advantage, especially in the summer months, but also cool baths, etc. However, many well-intentioned pieces of advice often cannot be combined with everyday life, so I already thought about possibilities more than 20 years ago. Primarily the clinic Judendorf Strassengel and I tried to improve the problem by using active cooling. However, the possibility that originated from NASA technology proved to be technically complex and too expensive.
For several years now, we have been using the passive cooling vests (E.COOLINE) from pervormance at the Judendorf Clinic. This passive cooling system of the body can primarily prevent overheating and thus prevent the symptoms of the Uhthoff phenomenon. A small series of studies shows this and could be presented at large international congresses.
PROFESSOR GRIESHOFER, HEAD OF THE NEUROLOGICAL CLINIC JUDENDORF STRASSENGEL, GRAZ