Category: Health

Sex Ed for Grown-Ups

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 by No Comments

Sex education in American schools has always left a lot to be desired, which is why books like The New Naked: The Ultimate Sex Education for Grown-Ups are so helpful.

The New Naked answers many of the questions you’ve always had, but were too afraid to ask. If you’re wondering how much sex the average couple your age is having or how long the typical man lasts, Dr. Fisch gives you the inside scoop.

Dr. Fisch also talks about the dangers of chronic masturbation, causes of premature ejaculation, how to treat erectile dysfunction, and excessive pornography consumption as a sign of sexual addition. If you’re in a committed relationship with just one sexual partner, feel free to skip over the parts that don’t apply to your situation.

The New Naked is written for the heterosexual adult female reader, which I suspect is because most men would rather retreat to a deserted island than admit that they’re having trouble in the sack.

Dr. Fisch is a board certified urologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a clinical professor of urology and reproductive medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has been listed on the “Best Doctors in America” list for the past nine years.

Of course, good sex isn’t just about the mechanical aspects. In addition to discussing some of the possible medical concerns you might encounter, Dr. Fisch spends a great deal of time explaining his LSD system for improving your love life. He’s not advocating the use of illicit drugs, but is encouraging you to work on the three components of a strong relationship: listening, security, and desire.

For women, I think his tips for expressing your fantasies to your partner are likely to be the most helpful. Women tend to be culturally conditioned to let men take the lead in the bedroom, so it’s liberating to have someone tell you that it’s OK to speak up and let your partner know what you want.

Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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A Homeopathic Answer to Seasonal Allergies that Really Works

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 by No Comments

I can’t take any allergy medication whatsoever unless I want to behave like a zombie for the better part of the week. It’s not just drowsiness. My mood changes, my eyes glaze over, I feel so dehydrated no amount of water will help, and my brain gets so foggy, I almost need to stop trying to function until the effects wear off.

I’m not sure why that is or what’s in traditional allergy medication (I’ve tried Benadryl, Allegra, Zyrtec, Claritin…) that does it to me, but I had to look for a natural solution for my horrible allergies. I was almost constantly dealing with watery eyes, stuffiness, sneezing, and general misery when I picked up the homeopathic Hyland’s Seasonal Allergy Relief tablets from the Vitamin Shoppe (less than $10).

I didn’t really expect much, and they don’t knock my allergy symptoms out completely, nor do the effects last all day the way they do with some of the other medications. However, they do give me substantial relief almost instantly and I can actually take them without the zombie-like side effects.

I don’t think they’re completely non-drowsy (the package says “non-drowsy formula), but then dealing with allergies can be kind of exhausting anyway. I usually feel like I need a nap a little while after taking them, but I don’t have to have one in order to be able to finish the day the way I did when I took Benadryl.

These tablets are meant to be dissolved under your tongue and you take one or two at a time every four hours or as needed. These are not for children under 12, but Hyland’s does have other allergy products for kids. The allergies they target include: animal dander grasses, mold, pollen, and ragweed

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A Natural Way to Relieve Aches and Pains

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 by No Comments

Getting older is definitely no fun, especially when you’re chasing after your child! If you’re looking for a natural way to relieve your aches and pains, Zim’s Max-Freeze is worth a look.

Zim’s Max-Freeze is made with organic ilex, aloe, arnica, vitamin E, and tea tree oil. It is free of parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, and artificial fragrances. The product is made without animal testing.

Zim’s Max-Freeze is available in several different formulas, including a cream, roll on, and spray. I like the roll-on because it’s easier to apply, but the cream is more effective for heavy duty aches and pains. Either way, remember to wash your hands with soap and water after applying the product. You don’t want to accidentally get any near your eyes or mouth.

Even though Zim’s Max-Freeze is advertised as having a vanishing scent, I think the scent is definitely noticeable. The product is so effective, however, that the funky smell is just a minor inconvenience.

I like Zim’s Max-Freeze because it’s a way to relieve my everyday aches and pains without aspirin, NSAIDs, or ibuprofen. I have stomach issues that are aggravated by taking too many painkillers, so Zim’s Max-Freeze has been a lifesaver for me. However, you should ask your doctor about using this product if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

Visit the Zim’s USA website for more information. You can either purchase the product directly from their website or look for it at a Walmart store near you.

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Whiten Your Teeth at Home with Colgate’s New Optic White Toothbrush and Whitening Pen

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 by No Comments

White teeth are a necessity for a great smile, but coffee, wine, tea, sports drinks, and cola can yellow your teeth over time. If you are looking for a simple way to whiten your teeth at home, Colgate’s new Optic White toothbrush and whitening pen can help. This premium toothbrush has a built-in whitening pen for convenient application.

The product is very easy to use. Simply brush your teeth as normal, then remove the pen from the bottom of the toothbrush. Apply the gel to your teeth, insert the pen back into the toothbrush, and go about your day. The gel adheres to your teeth immediately and does not need to be rinsed out.

The whitening pen can be used two times per day. The gel will last up to eight weeks, depending upon how much you apply at once. I would recommend a lighter application, since you’re not supposed to rinse out any excess.

Although I’m not a huge fan of how the gel tastes, it seems to be doing the trick. I fell and chipped one of my front teeth about 10 years ago. The resin they used for the repair was a perfect match at the time, but since then I’ve noticed my teeth getting yellower.

After about a week of using this product, I can see that my teeth are closer to the color of the resin. They’re not quite back to being a perfect match yet, but I’m still very pleased with the results.

I have been just using my regular toothpaste with this toothbrush and whitening pen, but Colgate recommends adding its Optic White toothpaste and Optic White mouthwash to your routine to improve your results.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

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Exederm Provides Eczema Relief for Children and Adults

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 by No Comments

Dry skin and eczema affect 35 million people a year. Exederm is a complete product line designed to provide relief for people who suffer from eczema or dermatitis.

I’ve never suffered from anything more than the occasional bout of winter-induced dry skin, but my son and my husband both struggle with eczema. Their flare ups look awful and I’m sure they feel even worse.

The Flare Control Cream for adults helped stop the itching on my husband’s legs during his last flare up. My son hasn’t had a major flare up in awhile, but regular applications of the Hydrating Baby Lotion seem to be keeping dryness at bay. I think this is a good sign, since limiting baths has been one of our main strategies for keeping his eczema under control and he’s hitting the age where he needs to start bathing more regularly.

Exederm products seems to absorb into the skin well, without leaving behind any sticky or greasy residue. The smell is better than many of the other eczema treatment products we’ve used in the past, although it’s not as pleasant as traditional skincare products with an added fragrance.

Since people with eczema must be afraid of even mild irritants, products are made to be free of colors, parabens, fragrances, dyes, lanolin, formaldehyde, and cocamidopropyl betaine.

Exederm products are approved by the National Eczema Association to provide gentle relief for eczema sufferers. The Flare Control Cream and the Baby Lotion were both awarded the National Eczema Association ‘Seal of Acceptance’ with 5/5 score from the expert review panel.

Visit the Exederm website to learn more or to purchase products for your family. You can also follow Exederm on their Facebook page.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

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A Simple Way to Help Keep Little Ones Safe

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 by No Comments

Being in crowded public places with small children always makes me really nervous. When my son was a toddler, I was terrified he’d get lost and wouldn’t know how to find his way back to me. I would have loved a product like Uh Oh Bands to provide us with a little extra peace of mind.

Uh Oh Bands are waterproof silicone rubber bracelets with a simple safety message. The bracelet says “I’m Lost” with the international safety symbol of the cross and has a space for you to write your phone number. If your child gets lost in a crowded public place, all he or she needs to do is find a trustworthy adult and point to the bracelet. (I’ve heard several people say to tell your child to look for another mom with small children and ask her for help, which seems like a decent idea to me.)

The Uh Oh Bands come in red, pink, and blue. There is also a glow in the dark version that would be great for night time activities like trick or treating on Halloween or watching fireworks on the fourth of July.

If your child has allergies, there’s also a version of this bracelet with space to write your child’s allergy information.

All of the Uh Oh Bands sell for $10 each and can be purchased from their website. The bracelets are 6 1/2 inches around. They are made for toddlers and preschoolers who don’t know their emergency phone numbers yet, but are stretchy enough that they would work with older kids if needed.

What do you think of this product?

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Take a New Spin on Healthy Meals with the Paderno World Cuisine Veggie Spiralizer

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 by 1 Comment

Pasta lovers will especially love the Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer, especially if they’re trying to cut back on their favorite carb-heavy foods.

Making “pasta” out of vegetables leaves no room for guilt. You can make three kinds of vegetable noodles with this machine—long, spaghetti-like noodles; long flat noodles (like ribbons); and long, thick spirals. You can make pasta, curly fries, or just beautiful additions to meals that would normally have plain, boring sliced vegetables on them.

Though it would be nice for the machine to just do the work for you at the flip of a switch, it is nice that you don’t have to worry about batteries or finding a good place to plug it in. You do the work manually. The suction cups stick to your countertop so you have both hands free. One turns the handle while the other pushes the platform with the vegetable attached toward the blades.

You have to be extremely careful when handling the blades, but one good thing is that the machine has storage for the two blades that aren’t in use while the third one is in use. That means you don’t have to store them in a drawer somewhere and risk cutting your fingers when you reach in for something else.

The parts are top rack dishwasher safe, which is probably one of my favorite things about it.

How can something that turns vegetables into spiral noodles up to two feet long be anything but fun? The food’s more fun to eat, too, so if you have kids who don’t like to eat their vegetables, this may be something you can use.

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Safe Home Remedies for Everyone in Your Family

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by No Comments

500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them: Ease Aches, Pains, Ailments, and More with Hundreds of Simple and Effective At-Home Treatments has remedies for a variety of everyday concerns, including acne, asthma, diabetes, bad breath, bruises, burns, depression, colds, earaches, and insomnia.

The book relies heavily on the premise that food is medicine, so the many of the remedies suggested for various ailments are actually recipes for meals, snacks, or beverages. For example, the book provides recipes for fiber filled bran muffins to prevent hemorrhoids and a sweet spice tea that helps with menstrual cramps.

However, there are also lots of tips for what one might traditionally think of as a home remedy, such as a suggestion that melatonin supplements can help with both insomnia and acid reflux, or advising the use of probiotic supplements to help shorten the duration of diarrhea in children. A brief and easy to understand explanation of the science behind each suggestion is also provided.

Obviously, alternative medicine is not appropriate in every circumstance. Each chapter has a box that explains when you should call a doctor instead of trying to treat yourself at home. This information is especially useful in the sections that relate to children’s health concerns, such as the chapter on diaper rash.

Overall, 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them is a helpful reference for any parent looking for safe and natural ways to treat common health concerns. Author Linda B. White has BS and MS degrees from Stanford and an MD from the University of California, and editor Barbara Brownell Grogan is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, so I feel like this is a much better alternative than simply running a quick Google search whenever I have a question.

Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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ChromaGen Lenses Offer Hope for Children with Dyslexia

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 by No Comments

If your child is having trouble learning to read, he or she may suffer from a vision-related learning disability. Many dyslexics, for example, report seeing words that appear to be moving on the page in some way. This can cause headaches and nausea or make a child so frustrated that he or she stops trying to read all together.

ChromaGen lenses are a new product developed by Dr. David Harris. The lenses were developed based on Dr. Harris’ research into dyslexia, but may also help people who suffer from light sensitive or binocular vision issues. He reports that 90% of people who see words moving on the page experience immediate symptom relief after trying ChromaGen lenses.

ChromaGen lenses are made with a unique technology that employs a series of 16 different filtered lenses. The filters modify light’s wavelength as it passes into each eye. This balances the speed of the information traveling along the neurological pathways to the brain, which allows the wearer to properly view books, magazines, and other printed materials.

The lenses have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are patented.

ChromaGen lenses are available as eyeglasses, contact lenses, and clip-ons. All products come with a 90-day unconditional satisfaction guarantee. To learn more, please visit the I Can Read Better Now website.

My son doesn’t have any vision problems that affect his reading ability, but I think this sounds like an amazing product. Learning how to read well is vital for a child’s academic success. If something as simple as the right pair of glasses can make a difference in a child’s ability to read and learn effectively, that is an amazing use of technology in my book.

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