Posted Nov 6, 2014
This past week I finally got over a nasty sinus infection. I know, I know...TMI?? Anyway, I believe it was probably the result of the horrendous ragweed bloom we had this year. I felt it coming on, but there didn’t seem to be anything I could do. Although, I will say it is more than likely my fault, since I’m pretty sure I started the neti pot a little too late.
Honestly though, I dragged my feet because it can be such a pain to prepare the neti. Twice a day, I have to nuke 2 cups of water for 2 minutes to kill any brain eating amoeba just to be safe. Then I make my own wash mixture by grinding together kosher salt, baking soda, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and a touch of zinc in a crucible. Finally I get around to the actual (somewhat gross) neti pot procedure…but then have to wait for the water to cool to no hotter than 110 degrees.
Whew...that’s a lot of work, but it does work if you do it twice a day; once in the morning and once at night before bed. After starting the neti, I got over the sinus infection within about 3 days, but had trouble kicking the tickling cough from the bacteria in my throat for another six days. I don’t yet have a decent cough remedy. I think you can use licorice extract, but I didn’t have any this time around. Any suggestions? Let me know in the comments and I will be eternally grateful? :-)
It wasn’t a cold/flu virus because I didn’t have a sore throat or fever. However, we are coming into that season and if you didn’t get the shot or don’t like the shot, according to Dr. Oz in his December 2014 issue there are alternatives. The time right before you getting full-blown sick you can implement a preemptive strike to help lessen the symptoms of the oncoming viral train about to plow you down.
I didn’t know this, but there is actually a name for that time when you get the scratchy throat, sneezing, headache and stuffy nose, it is call the "prodrome." This is your opportunity when fighting back has the greatest effect. Below are the four tools the article mentions...suggested by doctors.
- Chicken soup (includes recipe...looks good too)
I have tried Echinacea, but with limited results...it doesn’t seem to work if you have a sinus infection. Zinc does appear to help, but you MUST take it with food. They suggest 75mg, but that seems a little high to me. I usually take 30mg with 2mg of copper to balance it out. Do not take zinc if you have been experiencing hyperthyroidism...it will rev up your thyroid.
Now, I have not tried Elderberry. The article mentions it helps with nasal congestion and is an anti-viral. This is one I believe I will try next time around. According to the reviews on Amazon, there are a lot of satisfied customers using black elderberry syrup. Interesting...and at $22, it seems like a good deal since you can’t use $10 antibiotics to fight a cold/flu virus.
The chicken soup looks pretty good, I like that they included jalapeno. Spicy foods do help with sinuses. I ate hot wings one night while dealing with the crud and it cleared me up for a few good hours.
So if you find yourself holed up in the bed and down for the count, don’t forget to look for more healthy ideas in your copy of Dr. Oz, The Good Life magazine. I would love to hear some of your tips to fight a cold/flu naturally; write them in the comments below.
Posted Nov 3, 2014
November 1 was Dia de los Muertos, so to celebrate let’s talk about the almost dead.
I’ve always been fascinated by Near Death Experiences or NDE’s. Not that I am morbid or actually want to experience one, but the stories you hear after the fact are interesting to say the least. The October issue of Psychology Today has an intriguing article about the subject. Is an NDE a hallucination or Nature’s biochemical trick to easy the stress of death...or could it be a true expansion of consciousness into another dimension?
Many of the experiences witnessed by people who "cross over" are similar in their description, the tunnel of light, long dead relatives welcoming their transition and out of body excursions from a 3rd person perspective. Coincidentally I was flipping through the channels the other day and got sucked into watching the TV show "I Survived...Beyond & Back." All the stories had examples similar to what is mentioned in the article...but the one thing the article and the show seem to avoid was the miraculous recoveries that people make after "dying" for a few minutes to a couple hours.
Why is that?
Is that being of light or relative telling them that they have to go back and that they will heal their own self giving them a pep talk? I’m not so sure. If you get a chance read the story by Anita Moorjani called "Dying to Be Me." Near the end of Stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma she became unresponsive, experienced an out of body near death experience (similarly reported by others) then miraculously scans showed she was cancer free within 2 days after her death. Normal medicine will tell you this is not possible, chemotherapy just doesn’t work that fast.
Is our consciousness much more mysterious?
As with most things I become interested in, this book intrigued me so much I began consuming all I could on the subject, even going as far to read the more fringe literature from authors like Dr. Eban Alexander, Brian Weiss MD, and Michael Newton Ph.D. And yes, I even read "Heaven is for Real," but while the main message was comforting, I found it a little too religiously slanted for my taste and since the NDE happened to a child relaying information with limited vocabulary and life experience, I didn’t consider it as strong.
The book by Dr. Alexander was interesting, as well as the Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Weiss. However, the two books I found that piqued my interest most were Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls by Michael Newton. The concept he puts forth is well outside the rational borders and hypnosis is still considered to have some credibility concerns. I did enjoy the multitude of stories. And honestly I feel it gave me a new perspective when looking at my life and a better feeling when contemplating the end of my story here on planet Earth.
Do you know someone with a near death experience? I would love to hear their story. See this is what I love about Psychology Today, every issue does a great job of cranking those wheels inside your head. Learn more about the science of being human with your subscription…if you don’t have it already, I promise you are missing out on a great magazine.
Posted Nov 1, 2014
As your family gathers around the table, the aroma of roasted turkey fills the house. Everyone partakes in a decadent meal that leaves them warm and satisfied, ready for an afternoon nap. If achieving an idyllic, Rockwell-esque feast seems out of reach this Thanksgiving, think again. Rely on food magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) for delicious Turkey Day recipes you can easily prepare in no time!
1. Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends--don’t let the kitchen keep you from them. Ina Garten, best known as the Barefoot Contessa, puts together a sumptuous spread of make-ahead Thanksgiving food for this month’s issue of Food Network Magazine. From roast turkey and gravy to goat cheese mashed potatoes, every dish can be refrigerated then reheated the day of your event.
Become a gourmet chef in minutes with holiday recipes from Bon Appétit. Easily cook a hearty, flavorful stuffing in six simple steps. All you need is stale bread, chorizo, and a few grocery store staples for a stuffing recipe that merits rave reviews. For a quick side dish, try crisp Jerusalem artichokes, which have a sweet yet nutty taste when browned.
Serve a dish from every region with Taste of Home’s cover story, "Turkey Day, USA!" Originating in the Midwest, the scalloped sweet corn casserole incorporates Rice Krispies, cubed bread, and fresh or frozen corn into this tasty entrée. For a New England classic, prepare the magazine’s butternut squash with maple syrup. This sugary side item seems sinful but meets "Eat Smart" criteria with only 178 calories per serving.
Add a little country flair to your Thanksgiving with this month’s issue of Southern Living. Create a culinary masterpiece with one of four mouthwatering turkey recipes, including the smoked self-basting turkey and the Nashville hot turkey. Throw a few spoon bread corn muffins and graham cracker rolls into your bread basket or dip them in the make-ahead gravy. For a stylish presentation, follow the magazine’s guide for beautiful table settings and do-it-yourself centerpieces.
Entice your guests’ taste buds with 30 savory, sweet dessert options from Saveur. Bake a traditional pumpkin, pecan, or sweet potato pie. Or establish a new favorite with the Grizzly Bear Pie (served at the Vinegar Hill House in Brooklyn) or the Torta di Sant’Antonio, which uses red wine, cinnamon, and apples as its main ingredients.
Find more quick and easy Thanksgiving recipes. Subscribe to food and wine magazines from EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.
Posted Oct 23, 2014
It’s that time of year when everything turns pink--from NFL jerseys and fountains to the national capitol and more. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an occasion to encourage early detection and spread knowledge about preventive steps and risk factors for the disease. This month, women’s magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) offer current research and medical advice to help you recognize warning signs and lower your risk of breast cancer diagnosis.
More than half of women report having tender, lumpy breasts, but how can you tell if those swollen areas are a serious concern or simply benign? More magazine identifies different types of lumps and offers the next steps for treatment. Many women who report lumpiness are diagnosed with fibrocystic breasts, a condition that requires yearly examination. But firm, unmovable lumps, discharge, and thickened or dimpled skin should be taken seriously as these characteristics are common symptoms of breast cancer.
Angelina Jolie’s recent double mastectomy caught the attention of women everywhere--raising questions about the criteria for this procedure. Glamour magazine clarifies this health debate with expert medical advice to guide your decision. Women, like Jolie, who carry the BRCA mutation, lower their risk of breast cancer from as high as 85 percent to less than 5 percent by undergoing this procedure. But because cancer does not spread from breast to breast, women without this gene will not lower their risk by removing a second breast if diagnosed with cancer in only one.
Can you reduce your breast cancer risk with a pill you already take? O, the Oprah Magazine explores an observational study that suggests aspirin as a preventive drug. Research conducted by Harvard Medical School found that women with stage I, II, or II breast cancer who took aspirin two to five times per week were 71 percent less likely to die from the disease than those who didn’t take it. Although this is empirical data, the painkiller could eventually become an important treatment method for women battling breast cancer.
Cancer-fighting foods are a recent discovery, but the benefits are not unfounded. Studies show that women can lower their risk of breast cancer by eating greater amounts of these nutrient-rich foods. This month’s issue of Woman’s Day offers pages worth of cancer-related facts, including a list of foods and their cancer-blocking abilities. Cruciferous vegetables, such as arugula, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, etc., produce toxin-clearing enzymes that prevent cancer cells from forming. Add pecans (which contain ellagic acid) to your salad to further combat the growth of cancer cells.
Simple lifestyle changes could significantly reduce your risk of breast cancer. Shape magazine reports evidence which suggests that women who slept six or less hours per night had a 62 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who slept seven hours or more. Three additional prevention tips: limiting alcohol consumption to five drinks per week, getting rid of plastics that contain BPA, and ditching your Paleo diet. The saturated fat found in animal protein increases the risk of hormone-fueled breast cancer by 28 percent--making quitting this diet a no-brainer.
Find out more on breast cancer risk factors and prevention. Subscribe to women’s magazines from EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.
Posted Oct 22, 2014
Watch out Psychology Today! Pacific Standard magazine has come to challenge you for the throne.
Don’t miss this opportunity to try out Pacific Standard at its lowest discount price! The content is excellent…you won’t be disappointed. If you want to understand the human condition, look no further than a subscription to Pacific Standard. They report on the science behind what makes humans tick which makes for a VERY interesting read no matter which issue you pick up.
Time is running out to get 6 issues of Pacific Standard for only $19.95. As of November 1st, it goes back up to $24.95 so add your subscription today.
Posted Oct 9, 2014
Want to throw the ultimate Halloween party or create a creepy costume to spook your friends and family? Home and family magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) offer crafty ideas for a ghoulishly fun holiday. Here’s a list of our 7 favorite Halloween DIY’s for costumes, decorations, and goodies that are sure to be a hit!
1. No-Sew Costumes
Lions, gladiators, and Seussian wigs--Martha Stewart Living has all the cutest costumes for kids. This month’s magazine includes easy-to-make paper outfits that are as adorable as they are inexpensive. Follow the templates provided online and your little ones will be ready to trick-or-treat in no time.
2. Halloween Hoodies
Need more costume ideas? FamilyFun shows you how to transform a basic hoodie into a variety of critters and creepy crawlers. From foxes and owls to spiders and bats, the magazine provides step-by-step directions and templates for get-ups that will make your child giddy with excitement.
3. Trick-or-Treat Totes
Before you begin your trek around the neighborhood, decorate a tote bag big enough to carry candy from every house on the block. Good Housekeeping provides a tutorial for creating a Halloween potato stamp. Simply carve around the outline of a Halloween shape, paint the potato black, and stamp the image on your tote for a unique trick-or-treat bag you can use for years.
4. Spooky Décor
Welcome your guests to a house of horrors with simple crafts from Country Living magazine. For a spectral surprise that scares unsuspecting visitors, hang ghosts from your ceiling--easily made from balloons draped with cheesecloth. Follow the magazine’s instructions for paranormal portraits that turn your family photos into a horrifying sight, and craft a black paper flower bouquet for added macabre magic.
5. Pumpkin Carving
Decorate your doorstep with a pumpkin designs taken from Family Circle magazine. Create an owl pumpkin using sunflower seeds for eyes and ears. Or carve an oddly shaped green gourd for a goofy-looking jack-o’-lantern that’s sure to get a laugh.
6. Terrifying Treats
Don’t stop your tricks at the treat table. Better Homes and Gardens provides imaginative recipes with Halloween spirit. Choose from truffle tarantulas, bloodshot peanut butter eyeballs, meringue mice, and an array of other delectable yet "gross" desserts.
7. Haunted Centerpieces
Gingerbread houses aren’t exclusive to Christmas. Woman’s Day "renovates" the traditional treat into a haunted house surrounded by with creepy trees made of chocolate Twizzlers and Milano cookie tombstones marked with an icing "RIP." Cereal shingles line the roof while candy corn forms a delicious balcony railing
Want more ideas for a spectacularly spooky Halloween? Subscribe to home and family magazines from EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.
Posted Oct 3, 2014
Written by Shawn Pearson
The newest data says...NO...??
This is my forty-second trip around the sun this year and ever since I can remember, you were ALWAYS told that you must complete the full 3-10 day cycle of antibiotics OR ELSE! Personally, I’ve wondered where that number came from; it’s probably not hard to guess. And I’ll go ahead and admit this now, I usually never finish my bottle; always stopping the day after I feel better. It’s been my philosophy for years that when sick only use medicine to knock back the initial infection until your immune system could swoop in and do the heavy lifting.
According to an article in the October issue of Discover Magazine, my gut feeling was right, at least when it comes to bacterial infections. If you have your copy of Discover, flip on over to page 16 and you’ll see what I’m talking about. This new theory under prescribing antibiotics is based on real cases from the BMJ, JAMA, The Lancet, and PIDJ.
But...what about drug resistance?
Oh, now that’s the interesting part. It turns out that over medicating may kill off too many of the susceptible bacteria that ironically act as a replication "throttle" on the drug resistant types. One recent case that the article mentions was based on mice and malaria. The under medicated mice were found to be 150 times less likely to infect others with the drug resistant bacteria.
In today’s seemingly over drugged society, maybe the body doesn’t get the credit it is entitled? The immune system is very powerful. However, evolve resistance slowly when it comes to viruses and some bacteria. Some strains of bacteria replicate very quickly, much faster than the immune system can react. The body gets overwhelmed and one of the first responses is to increase body temp via fever. Bacteria don’t live long in an overly warm environment. This brings up another long-standing myth about treating fevers, but that is for another blog post.
So what about the recent Ebola scare?
For the readers who are not doctors, Ebola is a virus, not bacteria, so antibiotics are ineffective. That is why we need a working vaccine. The crazy part about Ebola though is this…Remember how I mentioned earlier that the immune system is extremely powerful? Well with an Ebola infection, your immune system is actually the culprit that causes the death blow. Scary, huh? You can learn more about that here and here, in these great articles.
Also be sure to check out this article from Mental Floss
Learn much more about how we combat viral and bacterial infections, plus a whole lot more amazing science/technology with a subscription to Discover magazine.
Posted Sep 26, 2014
Want peace of mind and a super-toned body? Embrace the long-practiced art of yoga. Benefits encompass everything from improved stability to the prevention of type 2 diabetes. September is National Yoga Month, so it’s the perfect time to try a class for the first time or take your training to the next level.
You can also rely on health and fitness magazines from EBSCO Reception Room Services for body-firming poses and health information that will make you as fit and wise as a yogi master. The following publications give their readers insights into the moves that make the most impact.
Burn Fat and Improve Posture
Fitness buffs typically opt for cardio --not yoga-- when fat burn is their goal. However, Health magazine proves that hitting the pavement isn’t the only proven method for weight loss. Fast repetitions of sequences, such as Sun Salutations, get your heart pumping -- a cardiovascular benefit that contributes to pounds lost. Yoga also improves posture and stability by strengthening your core and keeping your spine in alignment, which reduces risk of osteoporosis.
Increase Energy and Power Up
Does work leave you drained and frustrated? Natural Health walks you through poses that make you feel both energetic and powerful. The Locust Pose promotes deeper breathing, increases blood flow, and provides you a boost of energy, while strengthening the back and shoulder muscles. Before an intimidating meeting or presentation, strike a Warrior Pose. This wide, open stance boosts feelings of confidence.
Find Your Creative Voice
Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced yoga student, Yoga Journal is the ultimate guide to poses, meditation, and nutrition. This month’s issue provides a beginner’s guide to chakras -- seven key points in the body that generate energy. Deviasana (Goddess Pose) engages the chakra responsible for creativity and emotional stability, while the Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulder Stand) opens the chakra associated with emotional awareness and better communication.
Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
Sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits are responsible for the increasing number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes each year. Combat the statistics with yoga -- an exercise that boosts insulin control and decreases body fat. According to Fitness magazine, performing at least 2 1/2 hours a week of resistance training and stretching (like yoga) lowers the risk of diabetes by 40% for women.
Relieve Anxiety and Sleep Better
After a stressful day, getting your mind off work is often impossible -- a reason why a growing number of people struggle with insomnia. Healthy Living magazine distinguishes the difference between seven well-known types of yoga, including relaxation-oriented Restorative Yoga. This form of yoga isn’t focused on fitness, but on healing the mind and body from daily stressors the prevent peace and inhibit sleep.
Celebrate National Yoga Month by adopting a healthier, more mindful lifestyle. Subscribe to the best in health and fitness magazines through EBSCO Subscription Room Services.
Posted Sep 17, 2014
Written by Shawn Pearson
Every month I go through our internal website search results and find the magazines that you are searching for that may not be in our catalog...yet. While we do have most in our offline catalog, there will be a few here and there that we have trouble getting authorizations for. If you have a favorite in mind and don’t find it in the search, please be patient, I will try and get them added soon.
Top Gear (UK version)
So this month, we’ve added some pretty popular new titles for you. The most popular out of all of them is Top Gear (UK version). Be warned, it looks pretty pricey, but then again so are the captivating cars they review…honestly though, it is really only $13 an issue for a spectacular magazine.
For our customers in the Northeast, we added Boston Globe daily newspaper. I hear it’s still a pretty good read. Let us know what you think in the comments.
We have actually gotten quite a few searches for Kerrang lately. I haven’t read this one myself, but after doing a quick Internet search, it one looks top notch. If you are into following rock music and concert news. PLUS -- Kerrang is another magazine produced in the UK, so you are guaranteed that the content will be sensational!
Donna Hay Magazine
This title looks yummy! After reviewing much of the content, probably the best way to describe this one would be that Donna Hay is THE Martha Stewart of Australia. You can actually get a decent sneak-peek here. Um...WOW?!?!?
This title is published by the American Craft Council. It features inspiring works of artistry from incredible artists who work in ceramics, paint, fabrics/fibers, wood, metal and glass. If you want to see beautiful one-of-a-kind furniture, sculpture, décor, jewelry and the artist behind it, American Craft is definitely for you.
All About Beer
You may or may not know this, but there is an explosive underground movement of garage beer brewers here in the US. I know this because my brother recently became an initiate to this particular club. His current project is to replicate the sublime zesty taste found in Spotted Cow...ONLY available in the state of Wisconsin. If you ever happen to be up that way, try it, you’ll find yourself exporting at least a case, I promise you that.
Anyway, what else can I say...it really is All About Beer. Seriously though, it is definitely a must-have magazine for the beginner and advanced home beer brewer. Who knows, after subscribing for two years of All About Beer you may get the urge to open your own micro-brewery.
All that said, why don't you give one of these new titles a try. The new addition selections this month are all excellent magazines.
Posted Sep 15, 2014
Written by Shawn Pearson
Get inspired this weekend! There are all kinds of events and festivals going on in the fall. The big one I have my eye on right now is the World Maker Faire in New York City. If you haven't been to a maker fair before you really should experience it. It's a visual buffet of eye/brain candy consisting of dynamic art pieces, inventions and entertaining performances.
The World Maker Faire in New York is the largest of all the Maker Faires. However, each month all around United States and the world there are Maker Faires almost every weekend. In fact, I and my makerspace crew will be attending the one in Atlanta on October 4-5. Or rather racing in one…that's right I said racing!
Most of the larger Maker Faires have Power Racing Series races to provide hours of wacky performances and fast-paced action for adults and children. This is where college students, self-proclaimed McGuyvers, makers and electric car hobbyists take a child's driving to toy and modify it to go from 3 mph to 30 mph. Oh, and spruce it up a bit...Have you ever seen a 180 pound adult ride a tiny DeLorean from Back to the Future? It's hilarious.
My team, Team T-Wrecks, is going for the Jurassic Park theme. If you go to the Atlanta Maker Faire and see the PRS races, ours will be that red and gray Jeep towing the big 4 foot velociraptor behind it. We've almost gotten the car finished, but we still need to complete the dinosaur. If time and our crowd-funding effort doesn't pan out it may just be a scary looking over-sized lizard head. :-)
Being originally matriculated as an industrial designer you could say I've always pretty much been a "do-it-yourselfer." So at my house you'll see all types of magazines like Popular Science, Family Handyman, Do-It-Yourself, Popular Mechanics, Wired and my favorite, MAKE magazine. Sorry, I'm still trying to get that one in our catalog, but you can buy it through us off-line. Hey Maker Media! Give call me a call back, let’s get you in some waiting rooms!
The content in MAKE is wonderfully rich and amazing for teaching yourself and your children how to modify and invent new things to astound your friends/family. And maybe even make something worth selling like this ridiculously successful Cooler campaign.
In fact, if your child is too old for Highlights magazine then I would highly recommend MAKE magazine, especially if you see they have a inquisitive creative side. Their content is so incredible that they recently upgraded from a quarterly magazine to a 6 issue per year bi-monthly subscription. This says a lot in a magazine environment where most publishers are reducing the number of issues, folding or going fully digital.
This is actually how MAKE is winning at the magazine game. They started out as a hybrid digital and print publication. Then, while growing a tribe of curious and crafty people, they used the power of Internet video and coordinated fantastically fun/inspiring real world events with the string of branded Maker Faires. Take note other publishers...Maker Media is doing it right! This is how you run a magazine in the 21st century.
Do you have what it takes to become a Maker? More than likely you already are one you just don't know what yet. As is the story with most of us Makers we mostly fake it until we make it.