Chiropractic Care May Offer Solution to NBA Injuries

Clearly, a sport that requires tremendous power and speed will lend itself to injuries. And so it is with basketball.

In fact, if you go by sheer numbers alone, basketball is the most injury-prone sport of any in the nation — with the latest 2010 data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission showing its 528,584 reported injuries, topping even football’s 489,676. Sidelining hoopsters were everything from back spasms to sprained ankles.

That explains why so many professional teams — across the sports world — are now making chiropractic care part of their health regimens.

Creative Remedies to Nab Gnats

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The saying “You’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar” works better as a metaphor for human interactions than sage pest control advice — it turns out that gnats, at least, love vinegar.

In fact, apple cider vinegar is often used in homemade anti-gnat concoctions. In one popular method, homeowners set out bowls of apple cider vinegar around their homes. The gnats try to get to the vinegar, only to drown themselves in the bowls. Some people mix dish detergent or baking soda with the apple cider vinegar, so any gnat that imbibes the liquid dies. Watching potted plants for fungus and quickly throwing out rotting fruit and trash can also help keep gnats from the home.

Controlling gnats outside is a bit harder. Citronella candles can produce a smell that repels gnats. You can also switch all outdoor lighting to low-pressure sodium lighting, which emits an orange glow that gnats dislike. Fine mesh fiberglass screens can help keep porches and decks free of the annoying insects.

But you cannot surround the whole world with screens. Eventually, you’ll have to face gnats outdoors, in an environment that you cannot control. And that’s when you should turn to — a liquid pain reliever?

The marketers of Absorbine Jr. Pain Relieving Liquid often hear from people who use the product on themselves to deter gnats from swarming and biting. It’s believed that the liquid’s unique scent, which comes from natural menthol, absinthium oil, wormwood oil and other herbal ingredients, helps drive gnats away. Even employees of supermarts and drugstores that sell it are seeing the benefits.

“After watching Absorbine Jr. fly off the shelves, I decided to try it myself and was amazed. I don’t know what makes the product so effective, but the swarming gnats left me alone,” said Susan Shinn Bussell, general merchandise/drug manager at the Schnuck’s supermarket in Bettendorf, Iowa.

So, there you have it — if you want to catch more flies, use vinegar. If you want to repel them, use a product designed to relieve aches and pains. After all, aren’t gnats really just another pain in the neck?

For more information, visit www.absorbinejr.com.

Make a Smooth-ie Sell For the History Books

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In 1949, Americans watched in amazement as William G. “Papa” Barnard, the founder of Vita-Mix, liquefied eggshells, whole vegetables and whole fruit (seeds included) in his powerful stainless-steel whole-food blender. A super-salesman and pioneer in whole-food nutrition, Barnard proclaimed the healing power of Vita-Mix whole-food meals in a compelling pitch that made the phones ring — and made history.

In the early days of television, it was not unusual for companies to create shows, including children’s programming, strictly for product placement. But the infomercial — a feature-length product demonstration — was new. In fact, according to the Direct Marketing Association, Papa Barnard starred in the first infomercial to air in the United States.

Infomercials have come a long way — as has Papa Barnard’s product, the Vita-Mix machine. Today’s Vita-Mix 5200 performs the work of 10 kitchen appliances. The blenders make ice cream, grind grains into flour, knead dough, liquefy whole fruits into juice and make piping hot soups, no stove required — the blades generate heat as they spin at 240 miles per hour.

The blender’s many functions certainly lend it to demonstration. Every year, in the U.S. alone, Vita-Mix demonstrates its machines in over 2,000 county fairs and shows.

To keep Papa Barnard’s spirit alive, Vita-Mix launched its “Pitch Me!” video contest. Fans can create and submit videos showcasing their Vita-Mix skills. The winner may become the next great Vita-Mix TV demonstrator, receiving a Grand Prize of $10,000 and may each get the chance to star in upcoming Vita-Mix television commercials and web-based videos.

“We think ‘Pitch Me!’ is the perfect way for us to find creative people to reinterpret the Vita-Mix demonstration in their own way.” says Dan Kleps, senior manager at Vita-Mix.

Contestants will be voted on by the public and chosen by Vita-Mix for their creativity, popularity and the overall quality of their video. Highly rated submissions may air on television to publicize the contest. Vita-Mix will give away $20,000 in prizes, including the $10,000 grand prize.

For more information or to submit a video, please visit www.vitamixtv.com.

Take Control: Help Keep Your Family Healthy This Season

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Whether you work, travel or have children, it seems as though you’re constantly at risk for catching the latest bug going around. No matter how many precautions you take, those devious germs still find a way to make you sick.

That’s because germs don’t enter the body through our skin, but through susceptible areas like our eyes, nose, mouth and abrasions. When we touch our eyes or mouth with unclean hands or objects, germs are given an express lane entrance. When we’re in close proximity with others, such as at work, school or simple social interactions, we’re at risk.

But one Kentucky-based company has released a new product that has germaphobes everywhere rejoicing. Previously available only to professionals and a staple among police, firefighters and corrections and health care workers, MyClyns is the latest tool in the germ-defense arsenal. As a non-alcohol solution, MyClyns can be sprayed directly into the eyes, nose, and mouth — even minor cuts and abrasions — without any stinging or burning.

How does MyClyns work? Let’s say you’ve just been coughed upon or have a sniffling coworker sitting next to you. Simply take out your pen-sized MyClyns device, which contains about 50 sprays, and spray into your mouth, eyes or any other entry point. Independent laboratory tests show that the solution in MyClyns reduces more than 60 pathogens by 99.99 percent.

It’s no wonder, then, that MyClyns is quickly becoming the new “must have” for savvy business travelers, office managers and, of course, mothers.

MyClyns was developed by Union Springs Pharmaceuticals to give first responders, military and other health professionals another line of protection in the field, where they are often exposed to germs via third-party blood and bodily fluids. It is now available to consumers for the very first time.

The product, which retails for $9.99, can be purchased over the counter at most drug stores, supermarkets and other general

merchandise stores. Information about the product and its availability can be found at www.mygermspray.com.

So, germaphobes delight.

You can leave less to chance this winter.

The Earlier, the Better: Building Immune Defenses Against H1N1

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Recently, scientists discovered that the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu virus is more like the H5N1 avian flu than the historic 1918 pandemic H1N1 Spanish flu strain, and that current mutations of the virus have rendered previous flu vaccines less effective.

In a teleconference with colleagues, Dr. Roger Mazlen, an internist in Rosyln Heights, NY, discussed the current Swine Flu outbreaks. Aside from traditional medical school, Dr. Mazlen received specialized training at the National Institute for Health (NIH) and is the former Clinical Research Director for Immunotec, Ltd. in Canada. He has practiced internal medicine and nutrition for more than 30 years.

Swine flu, or H1N1, was first isolated in a pig in 1930, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus has demonstrated an ability to migrate from domestic pigs to humans. Dr. Mazlen said there are several factors contributing to the current swine flu outbreak, including environmental, cultural and economic issues. “The current recession, loss of retirement funds, compromised nutrition, reduced exercise, obesity and other factors produce immune depression. A depressed immune system cannot fight off the invasion of viral and other pathogens that attempt to find a home to set up infections in our bodies,” he says.

Dr. Mazlen suggests protection strategies for a potentially larger H1N1 outbreak during the 2009 through 2010 flu season. “Frequent hand washing is a start. Also, lots of daily water helps to hydrate the body and assist the immune system,” he said. Vitamin and mineral supplements add fortification, but Dr. Mazlen suggested also adding fish oil because of its clinically-proven immune function support. Fish oil blends are available as gel capsules or in liquid form at health food stores, and several different brands are also available at www.puritan.com.

Dr. Mazlen said that Tamiflu, the currently recommended prescription medication used in flu and Swine flu, is most effective when used within a few hours of the first viral symptoms. But Swine Flu, as reported by the CDC, has an ability to mutate within hours. Tamiflu may be effective for Swine Flu in the morning, and may be ineffective by the end of the day because of viral mutation.

When asked whether the popular herbal remedy Echinacea could be effective, Dr. Mazlen explained that studies have proven the product has minimal effectiveness in stimulating the immune response. He said he prefers a natural immune-stimulating product that he has used with over 500 patients, including his family members. The product was originally developed in Russia but is now made in the U.S. Dr. Mazlen said he has had good results during the past years with patients fighting flu and other infections. The product, Del-Immune V, is available at www.delimmune.com.

Early measures to protect health might be the key to minimizing potentially serious infections this flu season. Dr. Mazlen closed the discussion by expressing his concern over whether it is Swine Flu H1N1 or a mutated form of the Swine Flu. “It is important to have an immune defense strategy this year — the earlier the better,” he said.

New VehSmart Helps Teens and Parents Drive Better, Safer

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When teenagers buckle up behind the wheel of a car, parents start to worry. But a new product called VehSmart is going a long way toward providing parents with some peace of mind.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, teenage drivers account for just 10 percent of the U.S. population, yet were involved in 16 percent of all police-reported traffic accidents. Experts attribute many teen accidents to a lack of driving experience.

This does not mean that parents should put their children under house arrest until age 20, and at the same time, they should not allow them to drive completely unsupervised immediately after earning their driver’s license. With the new technology available through VehSmart, a parent can provide multiple levels of assistance to their teen driver -; even if the parent is not in the car with the teenager.

VehSmart uses telematics, a new technology, which combines existing GPS and communications technology to form a hybrid safety and emergency notification system. As an easily installed aftermarket device that, unlike OnStar, is available on all vehicles, VehSmart allows parents to monitor their teen’s driving habits, as well as give them the capability to provide assistance through emergency notification, making it the only product to offer such features.

Through the device, parents can be notified by e-mail or mobile phone as to whether the teenager drives at excessive speeds or enters a preselected restricted area. Parents can use a real-time GPS locator feature to see their teenager’s vehicle on a computer so they can know when and where their teenager drives. With this information, parents can teach safer and more responsible driving behaviors.

Parents can also give their nerves a much-needed rest knowing that VehSmart’s most important feature keeps young drivers within a button’s push of emergency services. Drivers can press VehSmart’s exclusive remote panic button on their key fob when they are in an emergency or feel threatened for any reason. The panic button contacts a 24/7/365 call center. The call center can locate the vehicle immediately via satellite and can call the teen’s cell phone or other prelisted contacts, immediately dispatching roadside assistance or other emergency services as necessary.

For additional information about this one-of-a-kind product or to find purchasing information, visit www.vehsmart.com.

Winterization Tips for Healthy Skin

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Winter’s harsh winds and dry indoor heat can leave cheeks looking less than rosy.

But winter doesn’t have to mean looking pallid and dull until spring. “You can take steps to keep your skin clear and healthy through the winter,” says Dr. David Colbert, founder and head physician of NY Dermatology Group. “For example, moisturizing daily with a thick lotion, like one made from shea or white petrolatum, can help restore and protect dehydrated skin.”

Some of Colbert’s suggestions challenge conventional wisdom. Believe it or not, you don’t need to wash your torso, arms and legs every day. In fact, soap can strip your skin of natural moisture. “Wash your face, hands and feet with soap no more than once daily,” said Colbert. “Rinse the rest of your body with warm, not hot, water -; sweat dissolves in water, so you don’t need soap to come clean.”

Harsh winter weather coupled with cold and flu season can trigger the flaring of chronic skin conditions. People who are prone to cold sores might see flare-ups during the winter months, so they should keep an over-the-counter product on-hand to relieve pain. Colbert recommends his patients use a moisturizing product like Nexcare Cold Sore Treatment to relieve drying and cracking associated with outbreaks. This topical treatment combines Microvex, a non-greasy emollient derived from tropical oils, with benzocaine and allantoin for fast pain relief and lip protection.

Colbert also recommends that his patients reduce their outdoor exposure. “If you must go outdoors, use scarves, hats, masks and mittens or gloves to limit skin exposure,” he adds. “For extra protection, apply a petroleum-based product to your lips. Using a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays also helps prevent skin damage.”

Indoors, Americans should try running a humidifier when moisture levels in their homes drop below 60 percent. Humidifiers make rooms feel warmer than heat alone and prevent skin from drying out.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help skin stay youthful. People might not hydrate as readily in the winter months, but bodies need water to flush away toxins and stay moisturized. Drinking herbal tea or other hot fluids can fulfill daily water requirements. Activity improves circulation to the skin, creating a healthy glow. A brisk walk, for 20 to 30 minutes three times weekly, can improve skin’s appearance.

Protect Your Pets From Fleas and Ticks

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Ask pet owners what they consider to be the most frustrating part of having a dog or cat, and fleas and ticks will likely be high on the list.

From powders and sprays to dips and pills, the array of products available to combat these annoying insects can be a difficult road to navigate for even the most dedicated pet owner. But choosing the wrong product or applying it incorrectly can be dangerous.

“Dogs and cats have different needs, especially when it comes to flea and tick control, and applying the wrong product can be harmful to a pet,” said Dr. Jordan Siegel, technical services veterinarian for Wellmark International. “Some people are too busy to read the labels or they simply get products confused, particularly if they have more than one dog or cat.”

Wellmark International, located in Schaumburg, Ill., has created topical applicators designed to eliminate that confusion and make applying flea and tick treatment easier.

Zodiac Spot On is the company’s easy-to-apply monthly treatment that controls flea and tick infestations. Its Pet Specifix applicators feature cat-head shapes for felines and dog-bone shapes for canines to help pet owners keep track of the treatment they need for each pet. In addition, the applicators are color-coded to match pet weight ranges to help avoid accidental misapplication.

Because just one adult flea on a pet can lay up to 50 eggs a day, which can end up in a home’s carpet and furniture, it’s important to break the flea life cycle. Ticks can be more harmful than fleas because of their ability to spread Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other infections to humans.

Here are some tips on applying flea and tick treatment:

* Don’t use a product on a species other than the one for which it is registered.

* Select products that contain both an adulticide and an insect growth regulator. This one-two punch will kill adult fleas and ticks while preventing flea eggs from maturing into breeding, biting adults.

* Read and follow all product label instructions.

* Treat all pets in the household, not just those with the flea problem.

* Institute an ongoing treatment and prevention program to avoid reinfestations.

For more information, visit www.zodiacpet.com or call (800) 950-4783.