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“Quell”, A TENS Unit You Wear On Your Calf, For Relieving Chronic Pain.

by Anura Guruge

Click on image to access the official “Quell Relief” Website.

In concept it appear to be somewhat similar to a wireless TENS unit such as the Aleve. A big difference is that it is a SMART unit in that you control with a smartphone APP and the APP will keep track of how you used the device, your sleep patterns etc. Like with most TENS units a typical session is 60-minutes long.

It works by trying to interfere with and block peripheral nerve pain signals before they get processed by the Central Nervous System (CNS). Since it is the CNS that, in the end, is responsible for generating all pain that you feel, IF you can stop the CNS getting pain signals from the peripheral nerves, you can, in theory, minimize the amount of pain generated by the CNS. By and large TENS units work — though they only alleviate pain for some periods of time. It is not a cure. At best a temporary respite from pain.

The Quell, like other TENS units, should work — at least to an extent. It is, however, about five times the cost of the Aleve and the crucial electrodes that you have to replace on a regular basis are expensive.

What I have not been able to determine as yet is whether a Quell really is more effective than say a Aleve — or whether it is all hype. Yes, the APP is unique for now — but the APP does not play any part in reducing chronic pain.

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by Anura Guruge

“Aleve Direct Therapy” TENS Unit Appears To Live Up To Its TV Commercial Claims.

by Anura Guruge

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A version of the “Aleve Direct Therapy” TV commercial — this one on “iSpot.tv”. Click to access and play. It will give you an idea of what the TV commercials claim.

I got Deanna a wireless “Aleve Direct Therapy” TENS unit, from Walmart, on July 19, 2016 (on our way back from “Polar Caves“). As I had said before Deanna already had a professional-grade TENS unit — but it was one with lots of wires that she didn’t like to use since the wires would come loose and give her shocks. The wireless “Aleve” (made by the curiously named “Hollywog” corporation) seemed the perfect solution which is why I was willing to buy one — though anything to do with her back is supposed to be covered by her “Workman’s Comp” insurance in that she hurt her back at work.

The Aleve Unit only comes with one set of gel pads. Deanna found a good deal for 10 gel pads, on Amazon, from Hollywog. We had those delivered early last week.

Last Friday morning she was putting on the Aleve JUST as their TV commercial came up (most likely on MSNBC). So we both watched it — she midstream in the act of pasting the unit to hre back.

When the commercial was over I asked her how the Aleve claims matched up with what she had experienced.

She said that the unit works and works as well as they claim on TV!

That, to me, is a pretty good endorsement given all the harsh things I had heard over the years about her wired TENS unit.

So that is good.

Just wanted to share that with you just in case you were thinking of getting one.

For the price and given the money-back guarantee I would definitely try it out.

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>> The “Hollywog” of the “Aleve” TENS unit maker.
>> “Aleve Direct Therapy” TENS unit not available at Amazon.

by Anura Guruge

I Bought An “Aleve Direct Therapy” TENS Unit From Walmart (Plymouth, NH) Yesterday.

by Anura Guruge

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Wasn’t too difficult to find. It was with, as I expected, the other BIG medical units (blood pressure monitors etc.) that Walmart sells in its Pharmacy section. After I had already put a unit into my cart we discovered that Walmart had an entire ‘endcap’ display dedicated to these TENS units — with lots of signs and a non-working display model.

I was surprised by how small it was. But I guess that makes sense. You don’t want a big, bulky, heavy unit stuck to your back.

I was also impressed about how meticulous they were in including everything you need in the box and clearly listing them on the outside — so as to avoid any confusion. It is READY to use straight out of the bog. Batteries and even a small screwdriver are included. Very slick. Bravo.

And there is a “no questions asked” 30-day money back guarantee. That is GREAT.

Paid $49.88.

So do NOT buy the $69 “Core Product” version … even on Amazon (and I say this as an Amazon shareholder).

Deanna tried it out this morning. Had to reinsert the batteries in the main unit to get it to work.

Said it was GOOD. That it was strong. The impulses aren’t as strong as those of her professional-grade wired unit, BUT she said it was ‘enough’ and good.

So …

There you have it. Available from Walmart, ready to run, with a 30-day money back guarantee and Deanna says it works!

What more could you ask for?

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by Anura Guruge

“Aleve Direct Therapy” TENS Unit Not Available From Amazon — But “Hollywog WiTouch” Is.

by Anura Guruge


From “aleve.com” no less. “Walmart” is the ONLY online supplier listed. Available, locally, at ‘Walmart’, ‘CVS’ and ‘Walgreens’. Click image to access the Aleve Website …


Amazon has REFILL Gel Pads — but not as Amazon Prime items. Click to ENLARGE.


Amazon has OTHER variants of this “Hollywog WiTouch” product. Refer to yesterday’s post. “Core Products” is one of “Hollywog’s” key distributors. Notice the difference in price. $69 vs $49.99 for the “Aleve” branding. Click to ENLARGE.

The “Aleve Direct Therapy” TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit as I pointed out yesterday is a re-branding of the “WiTouch” wireless TENS unit made by the curiously named “Hollywog“.

As you can see above the “Aleve” variant, at least for now, is NOT available on Amazon — which is annoying if you are I. It would have been so much easier to order it online — yesterday — and have it delivered on Tuesday (by USPS). Now I will have to go to “Walmart“. I would rather NOT order anything online from “Walmart.com” since they are definitely NOT Amazon.

Just a heads up.

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by Anura Guruge

Why Does The Maker Of “Aleve Direct Therapy” TENS Unit Call Itself “Hollywog”?

by Anura Guruge


This, as you can see below, is what Aleve is selling — different color, their name. Click on image to access the “Hollywog” product page.


The “Aleve Direct Therapy” TENS unit. Notice it is the same as the “WiTouch”, above, from Hollywog. Click image to access the Aleve product page.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access the original at the “hollywog.com” Website.

Click here to access original.

I saw an Ad. for the “Aleve Direct Therapy” TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit on TV on Friday. It immediately piqued my attention since it was WIRELESS. Deanna, with a chronic, disabling back pain does have a rather fancy TENS unit provided for her by her Insurance Company. She, however, does not wear it much since she has trouble with the wires and as a result ends up getting electrical shocks. Of late I have been urging her to use it more … and that is when I saw the Aleve. [I happen to be a BIG fan of Aleve, and have been for decades since a very nice Air Hostess on a flight gave me two Aleves, from her personal supply, to ease a neck pain.]

Deanna and I both started doing research on wireless TENS units when Deanna came across “Hollywog“. I initially thought I was hearing the name wrong. Nope. Definitely “Hollywog”.

A Pollywog is a tadpole. But can’t find anything that relates “Hollywogs” to frogs.

That anybody would opt, of late, for any name ending in “Wog” surprised me. There has been enough fuss made of the word “Golliwog” (below) — and, yes, I do remember, of course, repeatedly been called a WOG, at school, in the early 1970s — though ‘wog’ really refers to men from the Middle East (just as Jesus) as opposed to Asians. I used to point that out to my rather ignorant schoolmates.

Then I did a Google on “Hollywog meaning” and came across ‘this’ (below) as the first result! What?

What where they thinking.


From “urbandictionary.com”. Pretty amazing.

How things ending in “wog” got a bad name.

From the U.K. “Daily Mail“.
Click link above to access original. Click on images to read here.


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by Anura Guruge

If You Miss The March 22, 2016 Kindle Software Update You Will Still Be OK.

by Anura Guruge

Amazon Kindle update chart

From Amazon. Kindle Software Update chart. Click to ENLARGE and study here.

The March 22, 2016 deadline is just for Wi-Fi or Wireless (if you have 2G/3G support) update of the Kindle Firmware.

2012 and earlier Kindle’s, UNLESS they have new software, will be UNABLE to receive UPDATES over Wi-Fi or Wireless. Basically after March 22, 2016, unless you have new software, Internet connection is not going to work.

Not the end of the world. Kindles can still be UPDATED via a PC. Download the Kindle software to a PC and then transferring it to the Kindle via a USB connection.

To be fair, if you miss the update THROW away your old Kindle! Get a decent Android Pad and you can still read all your Kindles. Amazon knows what you had and you can download the books again from the cloud.

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by Anura Guruge

FitBit Ultra: So Sad For All Concerned. Wife’s Prized FitBit Stops Working! She Was FitBit’s Biggest Advocate.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

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Read the COMMENTS on above post, including those from FitBit support & my wife.

Deanna was FitBit’s biggest fan; their most loyal advocate. I think she used to say great things about them on FaceBook.

I got her one for Christmas 2011. She has loved it, cherished it. Surprised Devanee and I when she claimed this Summer that it was her most prized possession!

Then she got me one for my birthday, but mine would not synch. After a month I gave up. She was very upset. She defended FitBit. She contacted them, she liaised with them, she wrote comments defending them.

Two days ago her FitBit mysteriously stopped working. She charged it and recharged it, hoping it would come back to life. It displays erratic messages but from what I hear it is still ‘dead’.

Deanna is beside herself. This is bad news all around. Deanna is upset. But, it is also bad news for FitBit. Deanna had to be up there among one of their most loyal fans.

Yes, she is contacting them and I am sure they will bend over backwards to help her. But, this is not good. Two FitBits and they both proved to be defective! Hhhmmmm.

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