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Looking for a quick fix for your headache?  Get in line.  It is no wonder headache cures and remedies are so sought after.  Headaches are rampant – some worse than others, caused by hundreds of reasons from bad posture to pollution to vitamin deficiencies. 

The good news is, headaches can usually be eliminated without drugs.

Instead of popping a pill when you get a headache, your best bet for getting rid of them for good is to determine the cause. As in life, if you fix the source of your problems then all your headaches go away, right?  🙂

Headache Causes and Remedies

Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching

Super Calcium Magnesium – 250 tablets – Check with your doctor or dentist, but often times Calcium and Magnesium tablets, taken at bedtime, can eliminate your jaw clenching and headaches.   Have your calcium/magnesium levels checked however, because high calcium could actually be the cause of your migraine or cluster headaches.  If you need just Magnesium to stem your headaches, try Magnesium Oxide tablets.  If you have muscle cramps (night time leg cramps), menstrual cramps, fatigue, constipation, heart palpitations, insomnia and/or anxiety, you may have a magnesium deficiency.  Regulate the dosage if the magnesium causes diarrhea.

See all Vitamins

 

Tension Headaches

AcuBead Headache Beads – Acupressure Strips – Easily applied at home.

 

The Original Backnobber II– If you can’t remove your source of tension, at least give yourself a deep muscle massage with the Backnobber II.  Find your pressure points to relieve muscle tension and get the blood flowing again.  Bye-bye headache.

See all Pressure Positive Massagers

See more Tension Headache Relief Products

 

Skeletal Misalignment

 

Neckpro Cervical Traction Device– One of our most popular products, the Neckpro home cervical traction device is used to relieve, among other things, tension headaches associated with back, shoulder and neck pain, fibromyalgia and whiplash.

See more Home Traction Sets

 

Stress and Anxiety

Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa – Nothing relieves a stress induced headache faster than a nice soak in the spa – in your own house!  This portable home spa with air-jets soothes and relaxes at a fraction of the cost of traditional hot tubs.  Super popular.

See all Stress Reduction Products

 

Bad Sleeping Habits

D-Core Pillow – Restores the natural curvature of your neck and upper spine.  The wrong pillow, or too many pillows, will put your neck in a bind and throw your alignment off.  That can cause a major headache.  Headaches are also caused by not getting a good night’s sleep due to sleep apnea and snoring.

See all Pillows

See all Snoring Products

 

Sinus Problems

Eye Pillow with ergoBeads – Conforms to your face and eyes, blocks the light and provides cool relief (when frozen) without the shock of ice or gel packs.  Sinus headaches melt away with this eye pillow.  Great for travel.

See all Sinus Headache Products

 

Menstrual Problems

Thermophore Automatic Moist Heat Pack – Stop the cramps and the headache follows suit.  Moist heat almost always helps.

See all Menstrual Pain Products

 

When I can’t pinpoint the exact cause of my headache I usually determine that I’m dehydrated.  Dehydration headaches are very common and a few glasses of water can often cure a nagging headache.  Try it!

When worse comes to worse, I pop a couple Headache Relief Tablets or other Over the Counter Pain Relievers, although for me this is a last resort. 

Shop our Headache Products “Shop by Condition” category for even more headache cures and pain management products.

A word about Migraines.  Migraine headaches may have different causes (usually chemical) than run-of-the-mill ones and we recommend you see a doctor if you believe you are experiencing migraines.  Symptoms are intense throbbing pain, usually on  one side of the head, sensitivity to light and nausea.   See our Shop By Condition page for Migraine Headache Products.

Here’s to a clear and pain free head!  Have a healthy day and as always, thanks for your business.

Medical supplies are desperately needed in Haiti.  Individuals, offices and medical facilities are being asked to donate medical supplies to their state and local churches and relief organizations for delivery to earthquake victims in Port au Prince and outlying areas.  Allegro is supporting this effort by offering discounted medical supplies and medical equipment to the public, nationwide.  

People are asking, “How can I help the earthquake victims?” Medical supply and medical equipment donations are your way of ensuring that these critical products reach those in need of medical help.  You are essentially helping to save lives.  To find donation sites in your area, google “medical supplies donation sites (your city or state)”. 

Sources from state and local organizations nationwide are asking for the following medical supplies:

 

Exam Gloves – Save 40% on a box of 100 Invacare Powder-Free Vinyl Exam Gloves.  Only $5.95.  Save even more on boxes of 1000.  Save 27% on Sterile Surgical Gloves.

See all discounted Surgical Medical Supplies

 

Wound Care Supplies  – Save 25% or more on Bandages, Wound Care Dressings, Gauze, and Tape.

 

Syringes & Needles – Save 40% or more on Needle/Syringe Combos, Hypodermic Needles, Sharps Disposal and Syringes.

 

Alcohol Wipes & Prep Solutions – Save 51% on alcohol prep pads.

 

Elastic Bandages, Splinting & Casting Supplies – All shapes and sizes of orthotic and orthopedic supplies are needed. 

 

Hand Sanitizers, Antiseptics and Disinfectants – Save on all sanitizing medical supplies.

See all Personal Protection medical supplies.

 

Emergency Medical Supplies – Save 60% and more on Disaster Relief and Disaster Prep medical supplies including First Aid Kits, Hygiene Supplies, and Emergency Water and Water Purification Equipment

 

Condition related medical supplies are also needed including Catheters, Incontinence, Ostomy Supplies and Diabetic Supplies.  Nothing is too specific.

The list of medical products needed does not end with just medical supplies.  Durable medical equipment  is also in short supply in Haiti.  For larger donations see Walkers, Canes, Crutches, WheelchairsRamps, Heart Defibrillators and Bathroom Assists.

How can you help?  Join the thousands of people supporting the humanitarian efforts in Haiti by donating medical supplies to your local donation sites.  Your donation will not be in vain and no donation is too small.  Every bit will help. 

Thank you for being an Allegro customer.

If anyone has ever said you have a dirty mouth, they were right.  A normal, healthy mouth is host to millions of germs and more than 500 identified bacterial strains.  And even though you use toothpaste to clean your teeth, and water to rinse your toothbrush, studies have shown that toothbrushes still become contaminated with bacteria, blood, saliva, oral debris and toothpaste.  The Journal of American Dental Association says that contaminated toothbrushes not only harbor, but also transmit both viruses and bacteria that cause systemic, localized and oral inflammatory diseases.

Want a clean brush every time?  UV Technology zaps toothbrushes and dental appliances free of germs (including the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus) after each use.   There’s a solution for every brush in your household!    Battery operated, the batteries last about 3 months if used twice a day.  Great gift idea.

Keep Your Toothbrush and Dental Appliances Germ Free

 

The Dental Spa uses UV technology and sonic waves to eliminate 99.9% of germs and bacteria on your dentures, bite plates, retainers, mouth guards, invisible braces and whitening trays. 

 

Original Violight Toothbrush Sanitizer – Kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria on up to four toothbrushes at a time.  Removable tray for easy cleaning.  

 

iZap Portable Toothbrush Sanitizer – Did you know that UV light kills the H1N1 Swine Flu virus?  So does this portable toothbrush sanitizer.  Use with your favorite electric or manual toothbrush, or use the free tooth brush included. 

 

 Zapi – The Personal Toothbrush Sanitizer–  Choose from 4 super cool colors to match your personal style.  This Zapi’s germicidal bulb also kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria in just minutes.  Works with most manual toothbrushes and electric heads.

 

DUO Toothbrush Sanitizer – A portable germ killing toothbrush sanitizer built for two.  Uses dual technology – UV light and sonic waves to get your toothbrushes 99.99% germ free.  The first portable toothbrush sanitizer built for two brushes.  It includes the brushes, but most others models will also fit.  Perfect for travel or at home.  I know, because I have one!

 

Personal Travel Toothbrush Sanitizer – This toothbrush sanitizer eliminates 99.9% of germs in just 6 minutes.  Great for hotels, airplanes, dorms and health clubs.  And you don’t have to remember to put your brush in there.  It comes with one.

Shop all Violight Sanitizers

 

UV Toothbrush Sanitizer and Holder – Like the Violight product this toothbrush sanitizer from iTouchless holds and sanitizes up to 4 toothbrushes at the same time.   Eliminates unwanted and harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses that reside on your regular and electric toothbrushes.  Just press the button and you’re sanitizing.

See all iTouchless Products

 How about a super plaque fighting power toothbrush to go with your new toothbrush sanitizer?  Check this out:

 

Conair Interplak Battery Opticlean Plaque Remover – Reduce plaque and other dental hygiene concerns with this rechargeable cordless toothbrush. Three types of bristles in the oscillating brush head clean better than conventional brushes.

See also the Conair Interplak Waterjet

A clean mouth is a happy mouth.  Happy germ fighting!

Whatever your goal or resolution, January 1st or year-round, sheer determination is not generally enough to ensure your success.  What keeps most people from realizing their dreams is not determination or willpower.  It is lack of definition and planning.  The secret to reaching your goals is in the numbers.  You need to do the math.  Even if you’re too pretty to do math you can manage this strategy. 

Here’s How to Make Your Resolutions Work:

 *  Clearly define your goal and divide it into measurable, achievable  increments.  Write it down.  Keep it simple.  Every goal has metrics that can be measured.  Let’s say you want to look better in your jeans.  Well, this could mean you need to lose weight, gain weight, buy new jeans, firm up your fanny – whatever.  Let’s take the weight loss route for this example.  First, decide exactly how much weight you need to lose.   Let’s say 15 lbs. 

* Set deadlines.  A critical part of success is setting a reasonable deadline.  In this case, figure it will take you 15 to 30 weeks to lose 15 lbs. at a healthy 1 to 2 lbs a week.  Mark the calendar.  Record your current weight.  Check out one of the free web applications to get started plotting your strategy.  I use http://www.fitday.com

*  Research.  Set out your plan in detail.  Research the best way to reach your goal.  Make notes.  Get into it.  For weight loss, use the web, your doctor or your local bookstore to help find a sensible plan that will allow you to lose 1 to 2 lbs a week.  I suggest Weight Watchers because they are all about the numbers and support.   Please avoid fads or schemes, no matter what your goal.

Don’t Delay.  Excuses will sabotage you.  Don’t wait to start your plan.  If you must delay, plot your course accordingly and follow it to the letter.

Stay on Track.   Monitor.  Record.  Monitor.  Record.  Adjust if necessary, but don’t give up.  For weight loss, keep a food log (again, I use fitday.com).   There are lots of ways to monitor weight loss, calories, inches, fat ratios.  Suggestions:  Bodyfat Analyzer, Pedometer, Flexible Tape Measure, Scale, Digital Scale, Talking Scale and Dial Scale.

Stay Motivated.  Make your goals and progress visible to help you remain committed and motivated.  Mark your calendar and put it on the fridge with your ‘before’ picture.  Remind yourself of the goal and say it out loud frequently.  Let your family and friends in on your plight so they can help keep you honest. 

Reward yourself.  Along the way, and at the end, be sure to reward yourself for success.   How about a new pair of jeans at your goal weight, plus little rewards along the way.  No hot fudge sundaes! . . . 🙂

This goal keeping technique can be used for anything you want to conquer, learn or accomplish.  From learning to paint to getting a job to saving money.  You just have to plot your strategy and monitor your progress through numbers, dates, deadlines. 

Helpful health monitors and aids:

Track your blood pressure and cholesterol with the Cholestrak Test Kit, Resperate BP Reducer, Automatic Wrist Digital Blood Pressure Monitor, or Talking Blood Pressure Monitor.

Protect your family with a Smoke Detector w/Strobe & Battery Backup or Carbon Monoxide Detector w/Strobe.

Rest easier with a Better Sleep Pillow, Sleepmatterzzz Pillow, D-Core Pillow or Butterfly Pillow.

Be on time with the Sonic Bomb Alarm, Sonic Boom Alarm or SunRise Alarm Clock.

Success is yours if you just do the math and stick to the plan.

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