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All the latest, greatest products along with the tried & true, to keep you comfy during your pregnancy.

Allegro Customer’s Top 10 Picks for Expecting Mothers

Band Be Hold – Maternity Belly Band – A must-have support piece for all pregnant women.

 

Beattitude – Skivvies – Breathable microfiber fabric “shorts” with expanding tummy section, back support panel and extra-wide under tummy support band.  Great for evening wear or exercise.  See all Amon Briefs, Bands & Shapers.

Car Seat Belt Cushion – An excellent solution for pregnant women who need a little extra cushion on their seat belts.

 

Obus Forme Body Pillow – This 4 1/2 foot long pillow fits perfectly between the legs and under the belly for a comfy night’s sleep.  Antibacterial fiberfill.

 

Rest EZ II – Two connecting pillos filled with supporting foam.  Soft removable cover.  Adjustable.  See all Summer Infant products.

 

Heart-to-Heart Prenatal Listening System – Hear your unborn baby’s heartbeat, kicks & hiccups.  Two headsets.  Includes cables to record sounds that can be emailed. Very cool.

 

Preggie Pop Drops and Preggie Pops – A natural, drug-free way to ease morning sickness.

 

Comfort Body Pillow – Promotes healthy leg circulation and healthy spinal alignment.  Supports the back and the belly.

 

Baby Belly Ups – Keeps Your Pants Up! Attach your bra to your waistband. No extra bulk or layers.  Machine washable.

 

 

 

Bounce-a-Bye Baby Ball – can be used as a pre- and post-pregnancy fitness ball, a birthing ball, and a baby soothing motion seat.

See All Expecting Mothers Products.

Undergarments

Our newest line is from Amon, and it is for the mommies (please).  They make these great, super comfy under garments for pregnant women.  There’s even a thong!  Whichever Amon bra, panties or belly band you choose (get them all) you’ll look and feel supported and smooooooth under your clothes –  before and after the baby arrives.  See All Amon Garments.

   

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Strollers & Stuff

Make way for the Zoopers!  Our newest line from Lan Enterprises is mostly Zooper strollers, but there is the CUTEST Peas & Carrots High Chair too.  Sturdy, extra-comfy and high quality.

 

 

 

 

Baby Monitors

MobiCam AV Wireless Audio/Monitoring System – It’s the most versatile color, handheld, 900 Mhz wireless monitoring system available.  Move it anywhere in your home, instantly!  AV output can connect to your TV or other audio-video device.  Automatic see-in-the-dark night vision.  Transmits up to 300 ft.  2″ X-large color hi-res TFT LCD display.

PalmWatch III Baby Monitoring System – Another 900 Mhz wireless monitoring system with night vision.  This one has an alarm triggered by motion and sound.  The monitor is 2.4″ LCD and can be connected to a recorder or bigger screen monitor.  Supports up to two cameras.  I like the look of this one.  Very cool.

 AllegroMedical is more than medical supplies and child nutrition! In fact, jogging strollers are among our most popular products.  We have the classic styles from Baby Jogger, InStep, BeBeLove, Dreamer Design and Zooper – all at the lowest prices available anywhere.

Here are our Top 10 Most Popular Jogging Strollers:

 

1.  Baby Jogger Independence Push Chair

 

2.  InStep SAFARI Single Jogging Stroller

 

3.  InStep RUN AROUND 2 Double Jogging Stroller 

 

4.  InStep RUN AROUND Single Jogging Stroller

 

5.  Baby Jogger Liberty All-Terrain  Pushchair

 

6.  InStep SAFARI TT Double Jogging Stroller

 

7.  BeBeLove USA DS-Jogger Double Jogging Stroller

 

8.  BeBeLove USA S-Jogger Jogging Stroller

 

9.  BeBeLove USA Sixty-Eight Series Jogging Stroller

 

10.  BeBeLove USA Shock Z Jogging Stroller

 

*NEW*Jogging Strollers

Dreamer Design Park Avenue Stroller

 

Zooper Boogie Jogging Stroller

 

Favorite Jogging Stroller Accessories:

Baby Jogger Carrying Bags

 

Baby Jogger Bug Canopy

 

Baby Jogger Snuzzler

 

Baby Jogger StrollSoft

 

Baby Jogger Wind and Rain Canopy

 

Dreamer Design Footmuff

 

Dreamer Design Back Pack Diaper Bag

 

Dreamer Design Park Avenue Bug Canopy

 

Dreamer Design Park Avenue Carseat Adaptor

 

See All Baby Joggers & Strollers.  See All Bike Trailers & Carriers.

Happy Trails!!  -v

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On Thursday, Feb. 19th, Allegro Product Manager Mike Benge and four of his new friends will be wheels up and off to Australia as the latest Rotary Foundations “Group Study Exchange” (GSE) Team.

Mike and the team are businesspeople and professionals from the Phoenix area, chosen to participate in a unique cultural and vocational exchange with the Aussies.  During their 4-week stay they’ll experience the Australian culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas. 

Mike’s team – the Rotary’s first “all wheelchair” GSE group – will focus on learning about Australia’s disability laws, medical insurance companies, accessibility and public acceptance and in turn will educate the Aussies about how we manage these issues in the US.  All five team members have spinal cord injuries which, along with their professional experiences, will provide a unique perspective about how “truly able” Americans with disabilities are. 

Darol is an Entrepreneur, Jennifer is an RN and Teacher, Rob is a Police Officer, Kerry is a Student and Enrollment Counselor at the University of Phoenix and Mike is a 7-yr veteran at Allegro Medical, specializing in Product Management and Medical Supply Sales. 

Mike says, “My primary focus will be on the medical supply distribution channel and how Australian medical supply companies compare to ours.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about my profession and teach them about Allegro’s way of doing business online.  So far I can’t find any Australian companies like us over there so I may be able to shed new light on potential business opportunities.”

“As we go along,” Mike added, “we plan to dissolve any negative or misguided perceptions of people living with disabilities.  We want to show people that we’re productive members of society and we do essentially everything that everyone else does.” 

To prove his point, the team will be busy making presentations, attending meetings around the country and having tea with the Governor, but they will also be doing things like touring wineries, climbing mountains, camping, SCUBA diving and deep sea fishing . 

“We’re hearing that Australia is not as disability accessible as the U.S. and we want to help their cities understand how imporant not only social impressions of disabilities are but how vital accessible public facilities are.”

In April, a similar group from Australia will be visiting the U.S.  For each team member, the Rotary Foundation provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries.  Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging and group travel within their district.

Follow the team on Mike’s blog AZWheelsDownUnder and find out more about the RotaryFoundation’s Group Study Exchange Programs.

Meanwhile, We’ll MISS YOU MIKE!!  How will we survive without you? Be careful, kay? Eat your greens and stay warm, mate.  Smooch.

L, -v

I remember my mom and dad dumping buckets of water into the big humidifier in our living room each winter in Nebraska. I loved the warm moist mist that steamed from it, making the hot dry air pumped out by the furnace a little easier to breathe. I never really thought about it until I moved out of the house and started missing that “moist air feeling” in my own home. I’ve had a humidifier ever since. 

The air in your house in the winter, no matter how temperate the climate, can get very dry. It happens right about when the heater starts clicking on. That’s when the humidifier comes out.  Experts say that you should keep the indoor relative humidity (water vapor in the air) at between 35% and 55%. Get a hygrometer to easily test your humidity levels.  It works like a thermometer.

Why Do You Need a Humidifier?

* Your Health:   Low humidity dries your skin, causes nasal situations and makes your eyes itchy.  Humidifiers keep your skin moisturized, help relieve cold and flu symptoms and can relieve asthma symptoms (check with your doc first).  The American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as other medical organizations, recommend the use of humidifiers and vaporizers for treating upper respiratory infections.   Proper humidity levels year round will help you avoid colds, bloody noses and sinus problems.

* Lower Utility Costs: You will feel warmer at a lower temperature so you can turn your thermostat down a couple degrees in the winter. 

* Your Furniture, Art and Instruments: Dry air can ruin your wood floors, wood furniture, piano, guitar and artwork.

Your Electronics:  Dry air causes static electricity.  Sometimes funny, sometimes just a pain, but these “zaps” can wipe out computers and electronics.

What kind of humidifer do you need?  Read Humidifier Types & Tips.

If you have a portable humidifer, are you keeping it clean or Is Your Humidifier Making You Sick?

First of all, Do You Need a Humidifier?

Humidifier Types:

Central humidifiers are built into home heating and air conditioning systems and are designed to humidify the whole house.

 
Ultrasonic humidifiers produce a cool mist with ultrasonic vibration.

Surround Air MiniAire Humidifier – A palm-sized humidifier that’s perfect for your office or car.  Weighs less than 1 lb.

SonicAire Humidifier – Ultrasonic cool mist with built-in air purifying ionizer.  2 gallon tank for up to 30 hours of operation without refills.

 
Impeller humidifiers produce a cool mist with a rotating disk.

Sunbeam Cool Mist Impeller Humidifier – Perfect for small to medium-sized rooms.  Produces a refreshing cool mist.  Contemporary design. 

 

Evaporative humidifiers use a  fan to blow air through a wet wick, filter or belt.

Care-Free Humidifier Plus – 2.5 gallon.  PermaWick, mechanical humidistat, NiteGlo night light and 2-speed whisper quiet Hunter fan.  Needs no regular maintenance.  Clean once a year.  Triple antibacterial SafeSystem protects 100% agains bacteria, molds & spores.

 

Steam vaporizers use electricity to create steam that cools before leaving the machine. Avoid this type of humidifier if you have children; hot water inside this type of humidifier may cause burns if it’s spilled.

Sunbeam Warm Mist Vaporizer Humidifier – Produces a soothing warm mist to combat coughs and colds.  Great for small rooms.  Up to 14 hours on 1 filling.  Sleek and compact.  Easy to clean.

Humidifier Tips:

  • Keep your humidifier clean and maintained or you could get sick. Dirty reservoirs and  filters quickly grow bacteria and mold.  Read Is Your Humidifier Making You Sick?
  • Talk to your doctor about using a humidifier if you have asthma or allergies.
  • Test the humidity in your home with a hygrometer or “Mold Alert”. A healthy range is between 35% and 55%.
  • Rule of thumb: 40°F outside 45% humidity inside; 20°F out, 35% in; 0°F out, 25% in, -10°F out, 20% in.
  • Move to another State if it’s 10 below in the winter.  Okay, anyway…
  • High humidity can be remedied by an air conditioner or dehumidifier.
  • Some rooms will be higher in humidity than others.  Even if you have a central humidifier unit, you may need to regulate some rooms with separate units.
  • You can remove excess  humidity in kitchen and baths by running the vent/fan during cooking and bathing, and afterwards for about 20 minutes.
  • You may consider a cool mist humidifier for children, so they don’t risk accidental steam burns.

Apparently you can get really, really sick if you don’t keep your portable humidifier clean. 

Here are Mayo Clinic’s Tips for portable humidifiers:

  • Use distilled or demineralized water. Tap water contains minerals that can create deposits inside your humidifier that promote bacterial growth. And, when released into the air, these minerals often appear as white dust on your furniture. You may also breathe in some minerals that are dispersed into the air. In addition, use demineralization cartridges or filters if recommended by the manufacturer.

 

  • Change humidifier water often. Don’t allow film or deposits to develop inside your humidifiers. Empty the tanks, dry the inside surfaces and refill with clean water every day if possible.

 

  • Clean humidifiers every three days. Unplug the humidifier before you clean it. Remove any mineral deposits or film from the tank or other parts of the humidifier with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution, which is available at pharmacies. Some manufacturers recommend using chlorine bleach or other disinfectants.

 

  • Always rinse the tank after cleaning to keep harmful chemicals from becoming airborne — and then inhaled.

 

  • Change humidifier filters regularly. If the humidifier has a filter, change it at least as often as the manufacturer recommends — and more often if it’s dirty.

 

  • Keep the area around humidifiers dry. If the area around a humidifier becomes damp or wet — including windows, carpeting, drapes or tablecloths — turn the humidifier down or reduce how frequently you use it.

 

  • Prep humidifiers for storage. Drain and clean humidifiers before storing them. And then clean them again when you take them out of storage for use. Throw away all used cartridges, cassettes or filters.

 

  • Follow instructions for central humidifiers. If you have a humidifier built into your central heating and cooling system, read the instruction manual or ask your heating and cooling specialist about proper maintenance.

 

  • Consider replacing your humidifier each season. Over time, your humidifier can build up deposits that are difficult or impossible to remove and encourage growth of bacteria. Even if you plan to toss out your humidifier at the end of the season, it still needs frequent cleaning in the meantime.

 To keep humidifiers free of harmful mold, fungi and bacteria, follow the guidelines recommended by the manufacturer.

Buy one from Allegro Medical that needs very little maintenance, like the 3.5 Gallon Care Free Humidifier Plus with 100% protection against bateria, molds and spores. 

For more info, see  Humidifier Types & Tips.

We regret to inform you that as of Tuesday, February 17th, you will no longer be able to purchase Pediasure 8 oz. Cans  from Allegro Medical – or – through any other online or retail supplier.

We understand how important a product *like* Pediasure is for the care of loved ones requiring supplemental nutrition. Allegro Medical has helped hundreds of thousands of people just like you conveniently buy their supplements over the Internet for the past 11 years. However, Abbott Laboratories, the pharmaceutical manufacturer, has announced that it would no longer allow the the 8 oz cans (used in hospitals and health care facilities) to be sold to retail customers.

 
The good news is, we have a great alternative for you, plus a savings discount:

Nestle Boost Kid Essentials –
Nestle offers a fantastic nutritional product – Boost Kid Essentials – that is widely accepted by pediatricians and moms everywhere. Click here to order Kids Boost

To help with the transition, we’re offering a 15% savings on Boost Kid Essentials – Use gift certificate code Nestle15 at checkout – good through Monday, Feb. 23rd.

*Important Note to Health Care Providers – If you are a health care provider or institution purchasing Pediasure 8 oz. cans from Allegro Medical, please respond with your company information. We can assist you in the Abbott Laboratories qualification process which will allow us to continue shipping you the institutional products.

Allegro Medical values your business. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to try the Nestle alternative. Check the homepage blogs for future updates as this story unfolds.

Best regards,


CEO & Founder
Allegro Medical
480-990-8881 Ext 100

We regret to inform you that as of Tuesday, February 17th, you will no longer be able to purchase Ensure 8 oz. Cans from Allegro Medical – or – through any other online or retail supplier.

We understand how important a product *like* Ensure is for the care of loved ones requiring supplemental nutrition. Allegro Medical has helped hundreds of thousands of people just like you conveniently buy their supplements over the Internet for the past 11 years. However, Abbott Laboratories, the pharmaceutical manufacturer, announced that it would no longer allow the 8 oz cans (used in hospitals and health care facilities) to be sold to retail customers.

The good news is, we have a great alternative for you and a savings discount:

Nestle Boost –
Nestle offers a fantastic nutritional product – Boost – that is widely accepted by physicians everywhere. Click here to order Boost

To help with the transition, we’re offering a 15% savings on Boost – Use gift certificate code Nestle15 at checkout – good through Monday, Feb. 23rd.

*Important Note to Health Care Providers – If you are a health care provider or institution purchasing Ensure 8 oz. cans from Allegro Medical, please respond with your company information. We can assist you in the Abbott Laboratories qualification process which will allow us to continue shipping you the institutional products.

Allegro Medical values your business. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to try the Nestle alternative. Check the homepage blog section for future updates as this story unfolds.

Best regards,


CEO & Founder
Allegro Medical
480-990-8881 Ext 100

I argue with my mom about this all the time.  She insists that the only way to lose weight is to expend more calories than you eat.  I tell her that there is an insulin component in there that regulates the way your body stores and uses fats and sugars.  If you know how your body works, you can use that to your advantage if you want to lose a few pounds here and there.  I am not advocating anything like the Adkins diet, although it works very well.  It just seems so unhealthy to eat so much fat and protein in whatever quantities you want.  That is the hook, though.  I like to eat a modified low-sugar diet complete with high complex carbs that break down slowly and don’t cause a big blood sugar rush.  When I want to lose weight faster, or get it “going”, I cut back on the carbs.  There are plenty of books and resources out there about how to do this safely, and plenty of reasons not to do it at all if you don’t know what you’re doing, but here’s a quick synopsis of how it works.

Low Carb Step-by-Step:

1.  You stop eating carbohydrates – bread, rice, pasta, high-starch veggies (potatoes, corn, peas), anything with sugar, fructose, honey, etc. in it including fruit and things like ketchup, salad dressing, gum & baked beans.   Instead, you eat low-starch veggies, plus protein and fat – things like lettuce, turkey, eggs, cheese, olive oil, chicken, fish, seafood, beef & pork.   This depletes your body of sugar.  It takes about 48 hours to get the sugar out of your blood and it sucks but your sugar cravings go away pretty quickly.  I always feel tired and a bit confused the first few days if I go too low on the carbs.  This too passes as my body figures out a new way to burn fuel. 

2.  The fewer carbs you eat, the less insulin you produce.  Note:  Insulin is produced when your blood glucose levels rise in order to bring the levels down in your blood stream (otherwise you have a build-up of sugar in your blood, i.e. diabetes).  Insulin also acts as a hormone to condition your body to store future carbs as fat in case of starvation and it also tells the cells not to release stored fat.

3.  So, if you aren’t eating anything that converts to glucose (carbohydrates), then insulin does not get produced and your body goes into “ketosis”.

4.  Ketosis is a state where your body primarily uses fat to fuel the body since there is no fast-burning fuel available.  Fast-burning fuel is made from carbohydrates and it is burned first.  If that’s gone, you start burning fat for energy and thereby lose weight.  If you’re always carbo loading, your body continues to burn that first plus you store the fat and never lose it.

I definately recommend you talk to your doc before starting any diet plan.  My doctor and I talk about what I eat and when I eat it (sometimes why I eat it) at every visit.  I’m a good student and I only significantly reduce my carbs for short periods of time, then reintroduce high complex carbs a little at a time (whole grains, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes), always trying to avoid white rice, white breads, potatoes and refined sugars (especially high fructose corn syrup).

See My Favorite Breakfast – Cheesy Egg Muffins

Important Things To Remember:  If you’re going to go out for a low-carb dinner, go ahead and have that wedge salad with blue cheese, grilled steak (try to pick a lean cut) smothered in mushrooms, some creamed spinach and grilled asparagus on the side.  Enjoy every bite.  It’s all low-carb or no carb.  If you’ve already burned off any sugar in your body (maybe since lunch depending on what you did to burn energy that day) and you don’t add any bread or potatoes or desert or alcohol to your meal at dinner, you will burn that meal as fat as long as you don’t add any carbs before it is burned, which could take a while.  If you eat that big fat meal and have a few bites of a roll and maybe a glass of wine or a little bit of dessert, your body is going to release insulin, burn the roll and dessert as energy first, tell your body not to release the fat and you will have just consumed a gazillion calories of food that will stick to you like glue.  That’s the danger of going off and on the carb wagon without knowing what you’re doing.  You could easily gain weight instead of lose!  Along those lines, be sure to check the “nutritional facts” on the food packaging.  Many products contain sugar or carbs and you would never know it.  Beware of foods marked “lite” or “low-fat” as well.  They can be surprisingly high in carbs.  Did you know that pretty much everything at PF Changs has sugar in it?  Be sure to ask your waiter about the ‘sauce’ you’re about to order, wherever you are.

One of the most important components of keeping the weight off is an exercise plan.  Now hear this.  You can lose weight without the burden of a full blown workout schedule and maybe that’s the best way to go at first, but I guarantee you will feel better if you get moving.  Start with a slow, short walk and some stretching and go from there. 

Allegro Medical has a Dietary Supplements category with everything from Low Carb Products to Herbal Supplements and Vitamins that just by reading the different product descriptions will educate you.   I also recommend a visit to our Exercise/Fitness area for tools to get your in-home workout plan going.  Need help losing weight?  Visit our Weight Loss Help category.

Please respond with comments below.  I would love to hear from you about your experiences with dieting, recipes, advice, etc.

As always, thanks for being an Allegro customer.

-v

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