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The Vague Medical Explanation for Side Stitch

Contrary to what you may have heard, side stitches also do not exclusively affect runners.  In truth, any activity that twists the upper body can trigger them like swimming and even horseback riding.

Why does menthol make us feel better?

By Jana Taylor Have you ever noticed that sports rubs (like Muscle Ice®) with menthol in them have always been a popular choice for aches and pains?  The cooling effect from menthol is uniquely soothing. I like to think of menthol as the polar opposite of capsaicin, the ingredient that makes peppers so hot.  Menthol […]

Are you in the 90 percent?

By Jana Taylor Do you suffer from cold sores?  You are in good company.  It is thought that about 90 percent of all people will get at least one cold sore in their lifetime because they have the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in their system.  Why some people get them more often than […]

Moving away from depression

By Jana Taylor Depression is characterized by withdrawal, inactivity, dullness, and feelings of helplessness.  You may not realize it, but bouts of depression and “clinical” depression feel the same and are only differentiated by the amount of days a person is depressed.  Clinical depression is typically diagnosed when feelings persist daily for at least two […]

8 Step Plan for Winter Eczema

By Jana Taylor Be ready with this 8 step plan to combat ‘winter eczema’! Step 1 – Moisturize daily Moisturize your skin in the morning and again in the late afternoon or evening.   Choose moisturizers that lock in moisture longer. Step 2 – Use a humidifier Make sure you keep the humidity in your house over […]

What’s in a name?

By Jana Taylor Achilles heel.  Carpal tunnel syndrome.  Trigger finger.  Tennis elbow.  Plantar fasciitis.  Swimmer’s shoulder.  You may have heard these terms but not connected them; do you know what they all have in common? These are all names for the phenomenon of tendon pain, or tendinitis. Tendons are cord-like, fibrous tissues surrounded by membranes […]

Who has time to be sick? Apparently, only people in the U.K.

By Jana Taylor It’s the start of cold and flu season and for those of us in the labor force, that means the potential to miss work due to an unexpected illness.    It’s interesting to note that although many in the United States have sick days built in as part of their  terms of employment, […]

Bursitis and Tendonitis, What’s the Difference?

By Jana Taylor Sometimes you hear people use the terms bursitis and tendonitis interchangeably. Even our product Joint and Tendon Rescue® is designed for both ailments interchangeably. Bursitis and tendonitis are actually very similar (both deal with inflammation of soft tissues, and can affect similar areas on the body)… but, they are not exactly the […]

5 Ways to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

NATURAL HEALTH MATTERS with Dr. Laurell Five ways to stay healthy during cold and flu season 1. Get your sleep. Lack of sleep contributes to elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which suppresses the immune system. 2. Watch your stress levels. I know this is easier said than done, but even a little change […]

Understanding Parabens

by Jana Taylor What are parabens? Parabens are a type of synthetically engineered chemical preservative that are used in many cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. They have bactericidal and fungicidal properties, and are in everything from deodorants, shampoos and lotions to makeup, toothpaste and baby products. They can also be used in some cases as food […]