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When I first developed MicronOne technology I was trying to help my then 4 year old son manage his asthma symptoms that would get worse during the night.  Dr Klein at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence RI explained to me that dust mites and their waste was the leading cause of nightime allergies world wide!  Well its been alost 6 years and hundred’s of thousands of pillow and mattress encasements since my discovery.  I have received heartfelt thanks from mom’s learning to manage their loved ones illness and for that I am trully grateful.

For the last 12 months I have been working on extending the use of our MicronOne fabric to products other than those used in and on the bed (like our stuffed pillows and encasements) After my wife and I got our son’s bed encased we then removed the window treatments in his room and put in wood blinds.  Our doctor explained that fabric hanging around the window was a catch all for allergen and needed to be wiped down or cleaned,l so as a result the beautiful window treatments that we had purchased were moved to the basement and we installed wood blinds.  Keeping a room clean is critical in helping to manage allergy symptoms.

Today I am proud to share with our newest product, a complete line of window treatments that use our MicronOne fabric technology to not only prevent dust mite infestation but also create a surface that can be machine washed!  Unlike normal window curtain panels, which need to be dry cleaned or even worse can not be cleaned; our CleanRest window panels can be thrown in the washing machine like any regular household laundry item, then they can be tumble dried and easily hung back up.

If you hate the thought of only having wood blinds or vinyl blinds to choose from then take a look at our selection and sleep well!

New Mom's Need Their Sleep
New Mom

NEW YORK – Poor sleep after childbirth appears to increase the risk of postpartum depression, according to findings published in the journal Sleep.

“Postpartum women sleep less during the early weeks following delivery than during pregnancy and other periods of reproductive age,” Dr. Signe Karen Dorheim, of Stavanger University Hospital, and colleagues write in their report. “At the same time, these women have an increased risk of depression.”

Dr. Dorheim’s group studied 2830 women who delivered at Stavanger University Hospital between October 2005 and September 2006.

The women reported that they slept an average of 6.5 hours per night. After adjusting the data for other significant depression risk factors — including previous sleep problems, being a first-time mother, not exclusively breast-feeding, having a young infant or having a male infant, and stressful life events — poor sleep was still associated with depression.

“Tiredness after delivery may be attributed to lack of sleep, but the reduced daytime energy could also be caused by depression,” Dorheim told Reuters Health.

“Women with postpartum depression may also benefit from treatment of sleep problems,” she added.

“Having a newborn baby affects the sleep of the whole family,” Dorheim added. “However, when a mother is depressed or complaining of excessive daytime tiredness, it may be important for the partner or other close family to offer support with baby care at night time, to allow the mother a night of recovery sleep,” she noted.

While I have taken the time to write about a variety of topics over the past few months as they relate to allergy bedding and the benefits of protecting your sleep from the Micro-Toxins that build up naturally in every home regardless of how clean you keep your home. I have had various requests to go into more detail about the specific pore sizes of fabrics which are used in allergy bedding products and how the pore size can affect the performance and benefit the user receives from the product they buy. 

This entry will be the first of many discussing pore size, I will write specifically about MicronOne technology as well as other products on the market and for the first time I will mention brands and their specific claims. 


I would like to point out that all of the points that I will make in these posts have been idependantly verified by third party testing laboratories.


Not all companies and brands measure pore size the same way so it is important that you first understand the differences in how most companies describe their product’s pore size and how MicronOne and the family of products which use MicronOne technology differ.

You will find that most if not all allergy bedding products use an Average pore size as a description.  so lets take a quick look at how an average is calculated.  If a piece of barrier fabric is submitted for Average pore size measurement the following occurs.  A small sample area is examined and hundreds of individual pores are measured and the data is collected as a group here is an actual group of measurements from a pillow fabric manufactured by a brand named Allergy Luxe®.

0.3183 20.3387 0.00933 3.04 0.307 0.307    
0.5547 11.6718 0.58276 5.043 11.248 11.555 1.2978 16.0053
0.7078 9.1463 1.10521 6.257 6.108 17.663 2.4186 10.4091
0.8809 7.3496 1.88839 7.628 7.092 24.755 3.9469 8.2479
1.0232 6.3275 2.67536 8.728 5.897 30.651 5.7691 6.8385
1.1567 5.5972 3.48168 9.718 5.177 35.828 7.0887 5.9623
1.4072 4.6005 5.10324 11.575 8.262 44.09 8.2898 5.0988
1.5709 4.1211 6.23374 12.788 4.658 48.748 9.7171 4.3608
1.9499 3.3201 8.95692 15.541 8.885 57.633 11.092 3.7206
2.8938 2.2372 15.96103 22.38 13.686 71.319 12.6374 2.7787
3.5311 1.8334 20.89958 26.879 6.435 77.753 15.9367 2.0353
4.4092 1.4683 27.95802 32.73 7.668 85.421 21.0031 1.6509
5.2319 1.2374 34.63414 38.14 5.387 90.809 23.3329 1.3529
6.0301 1.0736 41.02016 43.28 3.97 94.779 24.2357 1.1555
6.6987 0.9665 46.23854 47.53 2.505 97.283 23.3716 1.02
7.4269 0.8717 51.75835 52.159 1.949 99.232 20.5704 0.9191
7.7119 0.8395 53.892 53.97 0.623 99.856 19.3579 0.8556

The above measurements are in microns, there are 160,000 microns accross the face of a penney, a micron is very small; but so are the known allergens that can make you quite ill.

For example, dust mite waste can be as small as 2-3 microns, when compacted it can become even smaller.

Here are the interesting facts about the above data, the largest measured pore in the sample area of the Allergy-Luxe® fabric by London Luxury is 20.33 microns!  that is 10 times larger than dust mite waste, the known allergic trigger which the product claims to be protecting you from! So while the average pore size is 4 microns, you can easily see how that measurement can be quite misleading, in fact 20% or one fith of the entire surface of an Allergy Luxe pillow has pores larger than 10 microns, incapable of protecting your lungs and respirtatory system from most known allergens.

MicronOne technology only describes the largest known pore in its fabric and sets a new standard of clean by creating a surface where no single pore is larger than 1 micron, infinately smaller than the host of known allergens.


Set your Tivo, DVR and alarm clocks, I will be appearing live on QVC Sunday April 5th at 5PM!  Visit QVC’s web site to see their schedule online.  If you have been planning on purchasing a CleanRest product for your home or loved one, this is the perfect opportunity as there will be some terrific offers never before available.  Make sure to tune and and take advantage of this great opportunity, and if you are already CleanRest® user feel free to call into the show (800-345-1515) and share your clean sleep experience live.

See you on TV

Sleep well,


QVC behind the scenes picture

It’s a complicated question for many companies to answer, and in the ever changing global economy a company can find itself drifting away for its core values.  For me and the company and brand I founded CleanRest® our mission has never been clearer.  Clean Healthy sleep, allowing you to maximize every day by caring for you and your loved ones while you rest.  I never thought that inventing an allergy barrier fabric and transforming it into a simple mattress cover and pillow cover would profoundly affect so many people.  Just a few days ago I received a call from the mother of a young allergy sufferer who explained to me that for the first time in over a year, her child slep through the entire night without waking up to use his rescue medication.  As a result, the mother and the rest of her family got their first full night of sleep, they all feel better and that keeps our innovation engines motivated! 

As a company we feel that everyone deserves the dignity of a clean nights rest and we have worked hard to make our products available for free by donating our mattress and pillow allergy covers to a variety of local charities, like the Providence Rhode Island Ronald McDonald House as well as the Crossroads Shelter here in Providence.  Regardless of a person’s income, all should be offered the opportunity to experience a clean comfortable sleep, by making this a priority of your own family as well as your community everyone’s lives will become more productive and satisfying.  To that end I wanted to provide my readers with an offer to save 25% off on any purchase of CleanRest® products featuring MicronOne® technology, simply entering “garysblog” at check out.  Use this opportunity to invest in the health and wellness of your family and yourself.



When I first began the research phase of the MicronOne® project I was lucky to personally have the opportunity to visit with some true heroes of today’s medical field.  Dr. Robert Klein of Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI truly supported my desire to understand the fundamentals of allergen avoidance and helped me better understand what exactly the know micro-toxins that occur naturally in our home looked and behaved like. At first I was under the impression that my son was allergic to Dust Mites, the fact is that Dust Mites themselves are not the allergic trigger, it’s actually the enzyme that they use to digest their food that is the root cause of the allergic response.  The fecal pellet of the dust mite is just the right size and shape to easily become airborne and quickly lodge itself in the soft moist tissue that lines our respiratory system.  From there it is easily transferred into the body’s blood stream and at that point does the allergy symptom cycle begin to trigger.  I owe an additional great deal of gratitude to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen, having met with both of these wonderful physicians on numerous occasions I learned so very much about the relationship between toxin avoidance and the body’s ability to remain healthy, as well as the critical relationship between sleep and health and well being.  In fact I should tell you on a personal note that both of these men live what the preach, I can recall sitting with Dr. Oz in his office at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and he asked if it was ok if he ate at his desk while we talked about CleanRest® and my vision for MicronOne®, it was at that time that I saw he eat his ever famous recommended brown rice, beans with walnuts sprinkled on top.  The fact remains that the development of MicronOne® technology was born from my own personal desire to provide my family with the protection they needed but was truly unavailable, a pore structure so small that no other product available could meet our level of protection, while remaining comfortable and breathable.  However, without the help of medical leaders, like Drs. Klein, Roizen and Oz, I would have been hard pressed to truly understand exactly how to define both the words “Protection” and “Success”.

By Juliet Eilperin

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 22, 2009; Page A15


Reducing air pollution has extended average life expectancy by five months for urban residents in dozens of U.S. cities over the past two decades, researchers found.

A team from Brigham Young and Harvard universities reached that conclusion based on data on changes in air quality and life expectancy between 1980 and 2000 in 51 cities, including Washington. After taking into account the life-extending effects of other factors, including changes in population, income, education, migration, demographics and smoking, they calculated that cleaner air had lengthened urban dwellers’ life spans significantly — the first time researchers have been able to document an effect of improved air quality on longevity.

The researchers found that nationally, urban dwellers’ life expectancy rose by an average of 2.72 years from 1980 to 2000, and five months of that increase was attributed to breathing cleaner air.

People in and around the District benefited more than most because the region has enjoyed a greater reduction in airborne fine particulate matter, or soot, which is linked to heart and respiratory diseases, than many other metropolitan areas. Overall, D.C. area residents were living roughly three years longer in 2000 than in 1980, and more than seven months of that improvement was attributed to the drop in airborne soot.

Between 1980 and 2000, levels of this type of pollution fell by more than 10 micrograms per cubic meter of air in the metropolitan region, the study found. It was only 15 years ago that other researchers discovered the link between airborne particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter (less than 4/100 the width of a human hair) and lung and heart disease.

C. Arden Pope III, lead author of the study published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, called the increase in life expectancy due to better air quality “remarkable.”

“We are getting a return on our investment,” said Pope, an epidemiologist and economics professor at Brigham Young University, adding that cutting air pollutants in major cities amounted to “a large, nationwide, natural experiment.”

Between 1980 and 2000, federal regulations on power plants, including the acid rain program, helped reduce smog ingredients such as sulfur dioxide significantly, while the installation of catalytic converters on vehicles cut nitrogen oxide pollution across the country.

Every five years the government evaluates whether it should tighten the standards for fine particulates. In September 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to keep the limit unchanged at 15 micrograms per cubic meter averaged over an entire year, but it tightened the maximum permissible in any one 24-hour period from 65 to 35 micrograms. Both the EPA’s scientific advisory panel and independent researchers urged the agency to impose a more stringent annual standard.

Janice Nolen, assistant vice president of policy and advocacy for the American Lung Association, said she hoped the new findings would spur policymakers to tighten federal soot standards the next time they issue new regulations, scheduled for 2011.

“Air pollution shortens life, and when we reduce air pollution, it actually adds months to our life,” she said. “While it’s hard for people to see the connection, we can document it, and we know that the connection exists.”

Pope added that one of the encouraging aspects of the study, which was co-authored by Douglas Dockery and Majid Ezzati at the Harvard School of Public Health, is that further reductions in particulate matter continue to produce health benefits.

“There is room to improve,” Pope said, noting that even relatively clean cities can experience the benefits of cutting down more on airborne particulates. Furthermore, he said, “there’s a lot of room to improve in Chinese cities, and Indian cities, and cities throughout the world.”