Noise and sleep—help!
A friend recently asked me about white noise machines, and if I knew whether they helped with sleep or not.
I’ve never used one, and honestly didn’t know anything about them.
In theory, white noise masks more irritating noises, such as traffic, airplanes, barking dogs, talking, television and random household sounds.
For sensitive individuals, or shift workers or partners of snorers, noise can be a major sleep …
read on Over-the-counter medicines can be costly (and unnecessary)
There are two ways to save money at the drugstore:
Know what you need and find the cheapest price. Know what you don’t need and avoid buying anything at all.
I’ve written a lot of posts on this topic because I think it’s one of the easiest ways to save money on health care, and certainly the one we have the most control …
read on Healthy eating tip #1: Be label smart
Healthy eating must be one of the top New Year’s resolutions, but it can be difficult. How do you define “healthy”?
That vague word makes it easy for marketers to sell their products, whether they are truly healthy or not.
Lucky for us, the consumer website
wants to inform consumers about these marketing tricks. Peel Back the Label Fear sells healthcare
In our predominately for-profit healthcare system, fear sells products.
Every day I read an article or listen to a news story about cancer. Breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, liver cancer, mouth cancer, ovarian cancer…I often feel like a ticking time bomb!
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the grim statistics being tossed around by marketers. Then we live in fear, become anxious and …
read on LASIK isn’t a cure all
LASIK has tempted me.
I’ve been nearsighted almost my entire life, and began wearing glasses when I was 5.
I would love to wake up in the morning and not have to fumble for my glasses, or worry about my lenses getting wet in the rain or fogging up when I come in from the cold.
I would love to say goodbye to irritating contact …
read on Over-the-counter nasal sprays
It’s cold season, and I see so many ads in the media for nasal sprays.
The best tip for saving money on OTC nasal sprays is to know the ingredients used in the different products. Read the labels!
When you understand which ingredient is best for which nasal problem, you can shop for the best price.
Nasal sprays fall roughly into three categories:
Allergy sprays Decongestant sprays
read on Not really.
It’s cold season and products that claim to prevent or significantly shorten colds are flying off the drugstore shelves.
The best strategy to prevent a cold is to
wash your hands frequently.
Still, the advertisements for such products are both pervasive and persuasive. But are they worth buying?
Vitamin C and zinc are the supplements used in most of these products. You can buy them in capsules, lozenges, …
read on Black licorice health hazards
It’s coming up on Halloween and I know lots of people who love to decorate with black licorice candies. They even like the taste (which I definitely do not!).
But every year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes
a public safety message about the possible health hazards of black licorice.
Why is it unhealthy? And which products should be avoided?
Licorice comes from a root …
read on Stick to the basics and buy generic
Everyone has a home pharmacy or medicine cabinet: a drawer or cupboard or box where they stash all their over-the-counter (OTC) products and prescription medications.
Bathrooms are the worst place to store medicine. The above-average temperatures and moisture cause drugs to break down faster.
My home pharmacy is a small basin in a kitchen cupboard. I purposefully chose a small container so I …
read on To screen or not to screen
That is the question women are asking (well,
I’m asking). But there is no clear answer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, aka
Pinktober. The news and social media are already broadcasting the message “Mammograms save lives.”
That simplistic platitude isn’t enough. Do screening mammograms really save lives? What do the numbers tell us?
Cancer screening has become a huge business in our …