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Ask Dr. Gott 9/3
Stroke victim can't get a good night's sleep
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    DEAR DR. GOTT: I am an 87-year-old female. June 2007, I had a very bad stroke and am now in a rehab facility because my left side is paralyzed. I have Restless Legs Syndrome. Requip no longer works, I get little sleep, and it is driving me nuts. A friend told me you had a soap remedy that might help me. I am counting on you!
    DEAR READER: The soap-under-the-sheets remedy was originally sent to me as a cure for night-time leg cramps, but since then, many RLS sufferers have found relief using it. It does not work for everyone, but it is worth a shot. Simply place an unwrapped bar of soap under the bottom sheet of your bed near your legs. That's it. Many people have also found that if they have a problem while not in bed, putting soap in their socks or rubbing liquid soap directly onto their legs reduces pain. Let me know if it works.
    As an aside, I recently received a product in the mail called Wilcox Family Products Leg Cramp Relief. The manufacturer claims that after seeing first hand the benefits of placing soap under the sheets, he wanted to know how it worked. He interviewed soap manufacturers and formulation specialists from across the country. He then began working with a specialized chemist (40 years of experience in soaps, creams and lotions). Together, they isolated and concentrated the common soap ingredients found in the most beneficial brands.
    Anyone interested in finding out more about the product or purchasing it should visit I have no financial or personal interest in the company and was not paid to promote it. I am mentioning it because I believe it may be of interest and benefit to my readers.
    To give you related information, I am sending you copies of my Health Reports "Dr. Gott's Compelling Home Remedies" and "Stroke."

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I started taking Certo seven years ago thanks to your column. Certo has a tartness that bothers my stomach, so I tried using other brands. They worked just as well as the Certo. Then, four years ago, I found apple pectin capsules after doing an Internet search on "pectin." I buy them at my local health-food store. Two 700-milligram capsules daily keeps me pain free.
    DEAR READER: Thank you for writing to remind readers that generic pectin is just as effective as Certo. It is also less expensive. Now we can add apple pectin capsules to the mix.
    Readers, if you have tried apple pectin pills, please let me know your results. I will write a follow-up column with the results.
    Doctor Gott is a retired physician and the author of the book "Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet," available at most chain and independent bookstores, and the recently published "Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Cookbook."
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