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13089570_sHave you ever come home to a purring cat, nestling against your leg, or a jumping-for-joy dog, wagging its tail? You caress your pet’s head, stroke it’s back, and then rub your eyes out of pure exhaustion, only to feel that sting. No, it’s not the sting of unconditional love, it’s the sting of burning, irritating, pupils. And that’s just the start of it.

An astounding 1 out of 6 Americans have either dog allergies or cat allergies whether they know it or not. However, that doesn’t stop the 164 million households in America from adding Fido or Whiskers to their families.

In fact, The Humane Society and 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey based on statistics from the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy released the following estimates:

Dogs
• 78.2 million—Number of owned dogs
• 46 percent—Percentage of households that own at least one dog
• 60 percent—Percentage of owners with one dog
• 28 percent—Percentage of owners with two dogs
• 12 percent—Percentage of owners with three or more dogs
• 1.7—Average number of owned dogs per household

Cats
• 86.4 million—Number of owned cats
• 39 percent—Number of households that own at least one cat
• 52 percent—Percentage of owners with more than one cat
• 2.2—Average number of owned cats per household

Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies, and based on the aforementioned statistics, cats are even more popular than dogs. Even if you are not symptomatic initially, that doesn’t mean you’re not susceptible to becoming allergic.

The cause of indoor allergies is “protein allergies” that come from your dog or cat’s skin, saliva, urine, excrement, fur and dander. The protein contaminant that affects people with cat allergies is called Fel-D1, and the protein contaminant that affect people with dog allergies is called Can-F1. In both cases, these contaminants are invisible to the human eye and become immediately airborne once shed. These “protein allergies” can travel yards and yards and attach themselves to clothes, furniture, rugs, and other fabric surfaces before being absorbed through the human skin.

And even though you might not show symptoms, the human body has a threshold for handling allergens before it starts showing symptoms. Once reached, there’s no turning back. Common symptoms that can develop over long exposure to your dog and cat are: puffy-red eyes that tear and burn; runny nose; sneezing, coughing and upper respiratory congestion; headache; itchy skin, hives and rashes; pronounced and chronic exhaustion; shortness of breath; joint pain and arthritis.

Children are most at risk, kids exposed to domesticated animals have a 500% higher chance of developing asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions compared with children who aren’t exposed to pets .

Instead of just living with it, now you can get safe, long-lasting relief with the all-natural remedy for allergies called Mite-NIX Anti-Allergy System that is safe for kids and pets alike. Unlike other allergy remedies, the Anti-Allergy Relief Spray and Anti-Allergy Laundry Rinse don’t use harmful chemicals and won’t leave strong chemical scents like other home allergy remedies. The Mite-NIX Anti-Allergy System deconstructs both cat and dog protein allergens on a molecular level and provides long lasting natural allergy relief. Our Mite-Nix Anti-Allergy system will make your home into an Allergy Free Zone.

10184511-purple-lavender-flowers-in-the-fieldFor the end of summer, nothing beats lavender!  Add a few drop of this essential oil to tepid water and you’ll have a very effective (and aromatic) compress for sunburns. Some aromatherapists like to include an equal amount of chamomile oil in this formula, especially for children because chamomile is the most popular essential oil for childhood remedies.  If the sunburn stings too much to apply a compress, you can fill any spray-head bottle with the mix and spritz on your sunburn as often as you like until the skin feels begins to recover.  You’ll find it heals quickly and without peeling.

Lavender is also a natural medicine for migraines and headaches caused by too much sun. It’s intended especially for “throbbing head pain” and indicated whenever “cold brings relief.” This may be due to lavender’s analgesic properties. It has a remarkable ability to numb pain of almost all sorts. So if too much fun in the sun has you needing low back pain relief, just add 10 drops of essential lavender oil to one-quarter cup of jojoba oil and you’ll have the perfect therapeutic massage oil.

Finally, lavender is a well-known natural insomnia remedy. If nighttime heat leaves you in need of help getting to sleep or help to stay asleep, use a few drops of this essential oil in a room diffuser. What’s more, because lavender is frequently used to relieve tension, depression and irritability, you’ll be more likely to fall asleep in fine  mood and wake up content.

One note: the finest lavender oil for therapeutic purposes is Lavandula Officinalis. Native to Persia it is now cultivated primarily in France. But this powerful plant is small and yields only a few blossoms at a time, making it very expensive. If you’re willing to hunt for it and can afford the cost, it’s well worth the effort. But the more common alternative is Lavandula Angustifolia, which works well for most everyday aromatherapy treatments.

brand-mite-nix-350pxOur revolutionary Mite-NIX Anti-Allergy System provides relief from indoor allergies without the harmful chemicals found in most popular allergy products found on store shelves. Our all natural allergy relief system removes harmful allergens from the air of your home without leaving harsh chemicals in there place. Mite-NIX Anti-Allergy System helps prevent the following allergy symptoms; puffy red eyes, runny nose, coughing, wheezing, headache, itchy rashes or splotchy skin.

Use our Anti-Allergy Relief Spray to reduce airborne allergens such as dust mites, pet fur, and dander. This special formulation works by destroying these protein based allergens by breaking them apart at the molecular level. Our Anti-Allergy Laundry Rinse removes the allergens that accumulate in your families clothing, towels, mattress pads, sheets and pillow cases, blankets, quilts and bedspreads. Mite-Nix Laundry Rinse does what conventional detergents never can—reaches down to deconstruct protein allergens at the microscopic level.

If you have been searching for a home allergy relief product for your family look no further. Mite-Nix is laboratory-tested,  made with 100% Organic All Natural Ingredients, and Safe For Pets.

 

200177292-001Any given day, 1 in 20 Americans suffers from back pain. Premiere’s Pain Spray works amazingly well as a treatment for all types of back pain. Use Pain spray whether it be for Acute Back Pain caused by mild trauma or for ongoing Chronic Back Pain. Our Pain Spray offers relief to back pain sufferers without the need for prescription medications or invasive surgeries.

This natural remedy for back pain comes in two different forms. First, Premiere’s Pain Spray, which begins working immediately after 2-3 sprays offering instant relief to back pain. Second, in our Premiere’s Pain Spray Roll-On, which rolls on rather than sprays. This roll on version is favored by our more active and athletic customers who suffer from back pain and other injuries related to an active lifestyle. Both versions of our Pain Spray effectively treat both upper and lower back pain.

Don’t continue suffering daily with back pain, order Pain Spray or Pain Spray Roll On now and take your life back!

 

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In their excellent newsletter HEALTHbeat, Harvard Medical School recently reported that, “when it comes to shedding pounds, the key is cutting calories — and it doesn’t really matter whether those calories come mainly from steak, bread, or vegetables.”

Okay, but if you commit to doing regular, calorie-burning exercise can’t you enjoy more fattening food more of the time?

Research suggests that the exercise approach will work – at least for women – if they start out at a normal weight. But for those who are overweight to begin with, exercise won’t be enough. In other words, exercise can keep you thin but it’s not going to make you thin. For that, you’re going to have cut calories and increase exercise.

If you don’t believe it, here’s the research evidence…

The study’s focus… Many studies have shown that physical activity can promote weight loss among people who are overweight or obese, but far fewer have investigated whether it can prevent unhealthy weight gain in the first place. That IS the focus of a study by Harvard Medical School researchers.

The researchers analyzed data provided by 34,079 healthy women, average age 54, who were participating in the long-term Women’s Health Study. Between 1992 and 2007, the women reported their body weight and physical activities every three years. They also provided information on matters that could affect the link between physical activity and weight change, such as smoking, postmenopausal hormone use, alcohol intake, and diet.

Participants were divided into three groups based on their level of physical activity, with energy expended in each group expressed in metabolic equivalent (MET) hours per week. A MET is a unit used to estimate the energy expended during physical activity, relative to the energy expended while sitting quietly.

The results… Not surprisingly, moderate-intensity activity, such as brisk walking, consumes more METs than lower-intensity activities such as yoga or stretching. In the study, women at the lowest activity level got less than 7.5 MET hours per week, the minimum recommended in federal guidelines (it’s the amount expended in walking briskly for 30 minutes, five days a week). The middle group got 7.5 to less than 21 MET hours per week; and the most active women got 21 MET hours or more per week, which requires at least 60 minutes per day of moderately intense physical activity — or 30 minutes per day of vigorous activity.

Over the course of the study, the women gained 5.7 pounds, on average. Those who exercised less tended to gain more: over any three-year period, women in the low and middle activity levels were more likely to gain 5 or more pounds than the most active women. When the researchers looked only at the 4,540 women who were normal weight (a body mass index of less than 25) at the study’s outset and who had managed to hold their weight in the normal range, they found that these weight-maintainers averaged 60 minutes of moderately intense activity per day.

What it means… Among normal-weight women, the likelihood of putting on weight decreased as physical activity level increased. Among women who were overweight or obese, there was no relationship between physical activity and weight gain.

Thus, for women who aren’t overweight or obese, exercise can keep off excess pounds, but it must add up to about seven hours per week of moderately intense activity such as brisk walking or casual bicycling — or 3.5 hours per week of vigorous activity such as jogging or aerobic dancing.

For women who are already overweight or obese, increased physical activity alone is not enough to prevent further weight gain. These women also need to reduce their calorie intake. But they should still get at least 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity most days for the sake of the many health benefits, which include a reduced risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

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When men are asked to choose the sexiest woman out of a group, researchers find that they consistently (and usually unconsciously) pick a very particular “waist to hips ratio” (WHR).  And happily for many women, a little more bum appears to be exactly what men like best.  How much more? The data shows that over and over, men are drawn to a 0.7 “waist to hips ratio” (WHR).

So while Kate Moss and Marilyn Monroe definitely don’t have the same curves, they’ve both got just enough butt to complement their chest.  By the way, so do Sophia Loren and the Venus de Milo.

Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is also the newest and probably the best at-home test for coronary health. Some experts go as far as to say that the best way to predict your risk for heart attack and other obesity-related diseases is simply to divide the width of your waist by the width of your hips.

Bottom line: your waist should be SMALLER than your hips, whether you’re a woman or a man.  For women, a healthy waist-to-hip ratio should be no higher than 0.8  For  men, there’s a little more wiggle room, but nothing higher than 0.95

If your belly has caught up to the size of your hips—even if you’re thin and fit—you’re mucking with your first-impression sex appeal. Maybe even worse, you’re playing Russian roulette with your health. We all know that obesity increases our risk for virtually every health problem, from diabetes to cancer. But recent research findings suggest that not all fat is equally bad for you. It’s what giggles around your waist that you really need to be concerned about. That’s because abdominal fat is more likely than any other fat to initiate metabolic changes that ultimately lead to clogged arteries and heart disease.

So extra fat on a woman’s hips does not appear to predict increased risk nearly as much a flabby belly. Likewise, one man’s beer belly is far more dangerous than another’s wide glide.

WHR has all but overtaken Body Mass Index (BMI) in medicine’s race to determine coronary risk. Still a useful way to determine if you’re overweight, BMI is calculated by dividing you body weight (in kilograms) by the square root of your metric height. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems and certain cancers.

But most scientists now agree that there are problems with the BMI, because it ignores muscle and bone structure. It can indicate overweight in healthy athletes and others who have a heavy, muscular build. Conversely it can underestimate body fat in older people who have lost valuable muscle, not dangerous flab. WHR on the other hand, appears to be “consistently and strongly” predictive of coronary heart disease for men and women.

A number of studies make the argument for WHR.  The most recent was published just this past summer by a team at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Principle investigator Dr. Dexter Canoy reports that in following 24,508 men and women (ages 45-79) for nine years, his team found that slightly fewer than 11 percent developed coronary heart disease. And their risk increased continuously as their waist-to-hip ratio went up. Even among obese men, the rate of heart disease was slightly lower among those with a lower WHR. “And in women, at all levels of BMI, waist-to-hip ratios were strongly predictive of heart disease.”

How big a butt is big enough? Well, in the UK study, with every increase of roughly 2.5 inches in hip circumference for men and roughly 3.5 inches in women—the risk of coronary heart disease dropped by 20%.

Of course, packing on inches below your waist is not an intelligent goal. Fat is fat, and none of it is good. The evidence does remain, however: even among the overweight, bigger hips and smaller waists are associated with lower risk. And even if you maintain normal weight, you face increased risk if your waist-to-hip ratio is high.

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Christmas cookies and cherry pie. Mashed potatoes, candied yams and homemade turkey stuffing! Surrounded by so much delicious holiday food, it’s terrifying to even think about getting on the  scale come January 2nd.

Or maybe not…

Contrary to popular belief, most Americans gain only one pound over the holidays. Sadly, though, research from the National Institutes of Health indicates that most of us never lose that pound. And so it goes, the slow but steady s-p-r-e-a-d of our waistline.

This holiday, take hope from some new and impressive scientific research. The respected journal Sciencerecently reported on an unusual study in which researchers asked volunteers to spend 90 seconds methodically imagining what it would be like to taste, chew and swallow 30 M&Ms, one after another. Then, when presented with a bowl of real M&Ms, the volunteers ate only about half as many candies as participants who’d been asked to imagine eating only three M&Ms (or none at all).

All this defies conventional scientific thought, which has long assumed that only real sensory input can produce the feeling of fullness (satiation). This study suggests that thought alone may trigger satiation—at least where eating is concerned. The results are likely to generate new investigations into overeating and ways to curb it.

PS… Subsequent testing found that methodical thinking about M&M eating did not suppress cheddar cheese consumption; but in-depth thoughts about eating cheese did. No kidding! So put on your thinking cap.

 

So you have a problem. And racking your brain for a solution just isn’t helping you come up with a way to fix it.

Like a lot of people, my best problem-solving ideas usually don’t reveal themselves when I want them to. And certainly they don’t come to me while I’m working. Some people say they get ideas in the shower. Or while working out. Or from a restful night’s sleep. (Mine come to me when I’m relaxed and talking with friends about something completely unrelated to what I was trying to figure out!)

So — what does this mean? Is there a science, perhaps, to when and how our brains solve problems? Well…I found out some interesting answers from the writers of “The Winner’s Brain,” a book which examines the correlation between success and the way we creatively think through issues.

Up above is a podcast from CBC Radio exploring this phenomenon of “shower thinkers” and other models for releasing your brain to give it more room for creative problem-solving. Give it a listen.