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Most Talked About Magazine Covers of 2014

Posted Jan 22, 2015

Most Talked About Magazine Covers of 2014

Written by Natalie Laseter

Eye-catching, evocative, and forward-thinking—magazines held our attention this year with covers that made a statement. From the controversial Kimye Vogue cover to Time magazine’s inspirational salute to Ebola fighters, EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services has compiled a list of the most talked about magazine covers of 2014.

1.Vogue’s Kimye Cover

The April 2014 issue of Vogue featured one of Hollywood’s most contentious couples—Kim Kardashian and Kanye West—with plenty of backlash from celebrities offended by the magazine’s departure from haute couture. Despite the criticism, Vogue editor Anna Wintour was right about the Annie Leibovitz-shot photographs of the duo—the issue was a big newsstand seller.

2. Time Magazine’s Person of the Year: Ebola Fighters

Nothing captured the world’s attention this year as much as the Ebola epidemic, which swept through parts of Africa and infected several U.S. aid workers and medical professionals. In honor of the brave people who treated this dangerous disease, Time magazine chose Ebola fighters for its annual Person of the Year award.  The magazine produced five different covers featuring Dr. Kent Brantly, Dr. Jerry Brown, Salome Karwah, Ella Watson-Stryker, and Foday Galla.

3. People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman: Lupita Nyong

The Oscar-winning actress took home another significant honor this year: People magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman. Raised in Nigeria, Nyong’o recounts her struggle with European standards of beauty: “the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love” pervades the predominant worldview, and “Africa is no exception.” Lovely and philosophical, the actress represents a new standard of beauty that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity in our world.

4. Wired Magazine’s Edward Snowden Cover

Wrapped in an American flag, Edward Snowden donned the cover of Wired magazine’s September issue. After leaking top-secret documents on NSA surveillance activity, the former National Security Agency contractor found political asylum in Russia where people rarely recognize the self-proclaimed whistleblower. The controversial cover photo signifies Snowden’s idea of himself: a patriot who felt his act was in the best interest of his country.

5. Marie Claire’s Denim Issue

Who says print magazines are dead? Not Marie Claire. The fashion magazine offered a unique, tactile experience with the zipper-pull cover on its August Denim Issue. This experimental design revolutionizes the traditional magazine cover, allowing it to transcend the purely visual realm. So while other magazines featured denim in their fall issues, Marie Claire came out the winner.

6. Time Magazine’s Laverne Cox Cover

Netflix broke the mold with its highly popular drama Orange is the New Black, while one of the show’s stars—Laverne Cox—shattered stereotypes, opening up a dialogue about LGBT rights in America. The transgendered actress appeared on Time magazine’s cover a month after fans expressed outrage when she did not make the magazine’s list of the year’s most influential people. In the June issue, Cox relates her story of growing up transgendered in Alabama, and the happiness she feels at finally accepting herself.

7. Men’s Health’s Ultimate Men’s Health Winner: Noah Galloway

Facing life as an amputee hasn’t kept Noah Galloway from achieving Men’s Health magazine’s Ultimate Men’s Health Guy award. The Iraq-war veteran makes history as the first reader to grace the Men’s Health cover, which typically showcases celebrities and athletes. After battling depression and gaining weight as a result, Galloway eventually dedicated himself to getting fit, competing in multiple marathons, Tough Mudder events, and Spartan races to inspire others.

Join the water cooler talk and determine the best magazine covers of 2015 for yourself. Subscribe today with EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.

New Year, New You! 9 Resolutions to Get Physically and Financially Fit

Posted Jan 15, 2015

Subscribe to Health and Financial Magazines

Written by Natalie Laseter

A new year signals new beginnings—and setting resolutions is the perfect way to start fresh! Whether your goal is to lose weight, improve your finances, or climb the corporate ladder, lifestyle magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) offer practical health and fitness, finance, and business advice for anyone on the path to self-improvement. We’ve consulted our favorite subscriptions and compiled a list of nine resolutions that will get 2015 off to a successful start!

Get Healthy

1. Stay connected. And no, we don’t mean via social media or your smart phone. Being healthy isn’t just about physical fitness. It’s also about mental health. Health magazine found that interpersonal relationships were important to achieving better health and happiness. So, reconnect with old friends or establish new bonds through volunteering—either way, you’ll experience the heartwarming effects of engaging with your fellow man.

2. Maintain healthy habits. Achieving optimal health sometimes requires simply following the advice medical professionals harp on every year. The latest issue of Men’s Health offers its list of “10 Things You Should Do Every Day, But Don’t,” which includes flossing, cutting back on TV time, and getting plenty of shut eye. Have trouble falling to sleep? Practice self-hypnotic techniques (imagine yourself diving into dark water) to increase the time you spend in deep sleep.

3. Make resolutions stick. Anyone who has seen the statistics on New Year’s resolutions knows that only a small percentage of the population actually sticks to their goals—but Women’s Health, Natural Health, and Dr. Oz The Good Life magazines are here to help you keep your commitment. It’s easy to give up on your goals if they aren’t realistic. So start small, even if that means resisting the urge to go home after work and driving to the gym instead.

Be Financially Fit
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4. Improve your credit score. A good credit score is essential for any big purchase you plan to make this year or in the future—and Money magazine offers practical steps to get you there. Develop a strategy for paying debt off on time and use credit cards wisely. Missing a payment can drastically hurt your credit score, so sign up for automatic bill pay or text alerts to ensure you never suffer late fees again. If your credit score has improved in the last year, try negotiating for a lower interest rate on your auto loan, mortgage, and credit card payments.

5. Invest in stocks. Make your money grow with smart investment advice from Fortune, Success, and Kiplinger’s magazines. Want a low-risk fund with high returns? Kiplinger magazine’s Steven Goldberg recommends the FPA Crescent, which uses a “free range” approach to selecting stock, bond, and real estate investments. Rather invest in well-established companies? The Vanguard Dividend Growth holds one-third of its assets in consumer staples and health care—making it a stable selection for any new investor.

6. Buy a home wisely. Forbes magazine suggests looking to the suburbs—instead of your popular downtown district—to get more real estate for your money. Interest rates on 30-year fixed mortgages are historically low (4.3 percent on average) making it the perfect time to buy if you’re looking to stay in same location for more than 10 years. Whether this is your forever home or a starter, buy a house that appeals to wide market in case you need to lease or resale in the future.

Become Business Savvy

7. Ask for a raise. Feeling appreciated for a job well done contributes to job satisfaction. So, ask for a raise whether your boss mentions it or not. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, women are less likely to bring up money than men. And for this reason, they are often the last ones in the office to see a change to their paycheck.  Don’t feel pushy for asking—more than likely, your colleagues have already done the same.

8. Mentor your employees. The success of your business depends on the hard work of your employees, so make it your objective to empower them. Entrepreneur, Home Business, and HR Magazine offer guidance on mentoring seasoned veterans and new hires. Help your employees set challenging yet achievable goals that encourage growth in their field. And recognize how their achievements contribute to the overall success of your company’s mission.

9. Spend money. Black Enterprise magazine explores the old adage that sometimes you need to give in order to receive. Invest in your business by spending money on training and the latest software. Upgrade your company’s website or hire a life coach to get your priorities for the new year in order. If your start-up has little to spend, access free resources via Youtube, Coursera courses, and other online options. Knowledge is power, so add new skills to your metaphorical tool belt.

Make your resolutions stick this year! Browse health and fitness, financial, and business magazines from EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.

Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy Change More Than Name

Posted Jan 6, 2015

Catster magazine

It appears that New York magazine has the skinny on why both Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy changed their name recently. Now instead to Cat Fancy, you should look for Catster. And Dog Fancy is now Dogster. According to New York magazine, both magazines actually were cancelled or actually dissolving the old print title and instead of going digital introducing a completely new print version of each.  This is so odd as the Internet is flooded with funny pet pictures all the time.  With so much cat and dog viral stuff on the Internet, how could a magazine like this have gone under??

Two words...Culture Shift.  

Dogster magazine

Cat Fancy had trouble shifting from a show and breeders mentality to just taking joy in the craziness of our pets and how they affect our lives.  Judging by how viral pics and videos of cats/dogs doing crazy thing fly around Facebook it’s probably safe to say that this is what people want now. The majority of us have our pets to make us smile not so much just for show anymore.

But why Dogster and Catster?

I’m guessing this is just playing off the word "hipster?" Seems silly, but it appears the new magazine did adapt to the Internet culture shift on pets.  Judging by the content I’ve seen lately, it definitely is a lot more fun. I feel it has changed for the better, although the number of issues has been altered.  Both magazines are now bi-monthly.  So if you never considered Cat Fancy or Dog Fancy in the past, but you love pets, maybe it’s about that time to give the "new kids" on the block a try. Subscribe to Catster and Dogster today.

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6 Top Holiday Decorating Ideas from Home Magazines

Posted Dec 30, 2014

Holiday Decorating Ideas from Home Magazines

Written by Natalie Laseter

From “Deck the Halls” to “O Christmas Tree,” holiday songs prominently feature festive, wintertime décor. And nothing creates holiday spirit more than wrapping up in a warm blanket in front of a beautifully adorned mantel and Christmas tree. Spruce up your house this holiday season with decorating ideas from home magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) and feel the magic of this special time of year.

1. Real Simple draws holiday inspiration from designers, bloggers, and event planners who offer creative ideas for celebrating the season. If space for a tree is limited, stick evergreen branches in large cylinder vases and decorate with ornaments. Designer Jonathan Adler recommends hanging a disco ball instead of mistletoe to make your festivities truly sparkle.

2. Pay homage to various U.S. regions with Country Living magazine. Hang cactus, tepee, and dream catcher ornaments on your tree to represent the Southwest desert country. Set out farolitos—brown paper bags filled with sand and a small votive—to recognize a Christmas Eve custom in New Mexico that dates back to the 1500s. Or incorporate the preppy style of Kentucky horse country into your design with a wreath made from red vintage horse ribbons and chairs trimmed with green tartan slipcovers.

3. Nothing’s cozier than a holiday sweater, so why not bring that same warmth into your décor. Better Homes and Gardens offers step-by-step instructions for DIY garland, wreaths, and table toppers. Our favorite idea: mini trees cut from Fair Isle sweaters and stuffed with polyfill. Simply drill a hole in a wooden base and insert a dowel. Stick the dowel inside the sweater tree and hot-glue the material together. Then display your handcrafted holiday accents around your home for festive, Scottish style.

4. Martha Stewart Living appeals to the senses with aromatic and edible holiday garnish. Her citrus and bay leaf garland harkens to the Victorian tradition of placing oranges in Christmas stockings. The sweet fragrance emitted by this fruit mixes nicely with the warm pine scent of your evergreen tree. Enliven your taste buds and establish a woodland motif with Martha’s edible ornaments, which include meringue mushrooms, acorn-shape sugar cubes, and gum-paste snowflakes.

5. For a glamorous gathering, take your style cues from entrepreneur Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of cosmetics mogul Estée Lauder. Elle Décor features her Hanukkah celebration in this month’s issue. An arrangement of deep red peonies and berry branches welcomes guests to her Manhattan apartment. But her 9-foot-tall evergreen adorned with golden ornaments is the true focal point of her elaborate holiday parties.

6. Don’t forget the outdoors when fashioning your winter wonderland.  HGTV magazine contains festive front-porch decorations that are both cute and classy. A snowman made from three faux evergreen wreaths allows children to clothe this melt-free Frosty without braving the cold. Place small glass vases filled with snowy, white salt and candles along the path to your door—an invitation to carolers to perform your favorite Christmas classics.

Deck your halls this holiday season with décor ideas from home and garden magazines. Subscribe today with EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.

10 Best Magazine Holiday Gift Guides

Posted Dec 16, 2014

10 Best Holiday Gift Guides

Written by Natalie Laseter

Does holiday shopping overwhelm you? Commercials, catalogs, and malls stocked with holiday merchandise—it’s hard to select the perfect gift with so many options available to you. Let our selection of magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) help you find something special for everyone on your gift list. Each year, magazine editors compile a list of the best products for their holiday gift guides—and we’re providing our top 10 favorites below.

1. Get your holiday gift ideas from the best gift giver we know—Oprah! The talk show queen samples hundreds of products to bring you Oprah’s Favorite Things, featured in this month’s O, The Oprah Magazine. For a one-of-a-kind surprise, FrameMinted.com creates thoughtful, heart-shape collages from pictures of your friends or family. Or consider giving a holiday tin of the “part graham cracker, part toffee bark,” Oprah calls, “buttery, crunchy, addictive deliciousness."

2. Martha Stewart, another famous insider to everything luxe, celebrates American-made craftsmanship with her holiday gift guide. From handmade jewelry and home goods to handcrafted heirloom toys and dolls, Martha Stewart Living covers gifts for men, women, and children. And with specialty treats from businesses including Blake Hill Preserves and TruBee Honey, you can shop local without leaving home.

3. Fashionistas trust Glamour magazine for stylish trends year-round, so why not consult their pages and become a sartorial Santa. Glamour’s gift guide includes options for every price range and interest. Cozy, chic faux-shearling slippers from TOMS make cold winter days warmer. Plus, your purchase ensures a child in need receives a new pair of shoes. If your favorite girl loves sampling new cosmetics, give her the best of beauty with Sephora Favorite Superstars. This 12-piece set contains makeup, fragrance, and skin care essentials from brands including Benefit, Nars, and Urban Decay.

4. Pamper your man with suede shoes, cocktails, and cologne—all from Details magazine’s masculine holiday gift guide. Boost his Mad Men image with 500 cocktail recipes from Death & Company, a popular New York City bar. Tom Ford’s Private Blend Collection adds to his allure with six irresistible fragrance options he can throw in his briefcase at a moment’s notice.

5. The world traveler in your life will appreciate Condé Nast Traveler’s eclectic gift guide. Perfect for the bath or beach, Turkish Pestemal towels from Poketo, Turkey, are a luxurious yet practical stocking stuffer. Add a tube of Lucas’ Papaw Ointment for the beauty lover on your list. Made from fermented papaya, this Australian product protects skin and heals blemishes.

6. Outside magazine contains gifts your rugged, thrill-seeking friends will love. The Klecker Knives Klax Lumberjack is better than your average Swiss Army knife. This versatile utility knife includes a detachable ax head, five wrench sizes, a bottle opener, and a ruler. For days spent skiing or hiking, the Stanley Coffee System gives adventurers fuel to keep going. The one-liter system includes a tiny French press, an integrated water pot, and two cups.

7. If your music-loving teens spend the holidays hidden beneath headphones, consult Rolling Stone magazine for gifts that will rock their world. Complete their concert poster collection with psychedelic ’60s- and ’70s-era reproductions from Wolfgang’s Vault. Vinyl lovers will rejoice at the sound of the warm, rich tones produced by the affordable U-Turn Audio Orbit Turntable.

8. Your marathon-running mother can stay fit and fashionable with Fitness magazine’s health-conscious gift guide. Burn off those holiday calories with a Tory Burch for Fitbit bracelet or pendant necklace that tracks daily activity. A haute look for hitting the gym, Nike’s Victory Bag offers spacious storage to keep shoes and clothes separate from other workout necessities.

9. All About Beer magazine suggests giving beer enthusiasts a holiday gift pack from their favorite brewery. You can pair it with the perfect meal using recipes from The American Craft Beer Cookbook. For apartment-dwelling home brewers with limited space, Box Brew Kits offers a small-scale solution. Available in one to three gallons, each rustic wooden kit includes easy-to-follow instructions and inventive recipes.

10. Tech-gurus tested the latest devices for Wired magazine’s gadget-filled gift guide. Take beautiful filter-free photos with your phone using 18-mm wide-angle and 60-mm telephoto lenses from Moment Lens. Or capture the imagination of anyone who’s a big kid at heart with the reasonably priced Parrot Rolling Spider Drone. Large wheels protect the drone from falls and the tilt-sensing app keeps its flight stable.

Find something for everyone on your holiday list. Browse the wide variety of magazines from EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services.

Gluten or Rice, Which Is More Dangerous?

Posted Dec 4, 2014

Written by Shawn Pearson

I don’t know about you, but as of lately I’m beginning to feel like there are too many generalizations on what we should and should not eat. The studies out there appear to be all over the place. And when you truly apply the scientific method to dietary studies I would think that there are just way too many unknowns among the participants to make an actual definitive scientific correlation.

Unknowns among dietary study participants include undiagnosed genetic problems, fudged/omitted meal journal entries, hormonal changes, environmental factors, pre-existing vitamin deficiencies, and stress levels. And we can't forget media exaggeration, bandwagon effect, and conflict of interest issues where many "scientific studies" (at least many meant for the mainstream media) are usually paid for by businesses who have more interest in selling you something. Don’t believe it? It’s actually pretty easy these days to insert a biased article into the 24 hour media cycle.

Consumer Reports on Gluten and Rice

The January 2015 issue of Consumer Reports has two very interesting articles on gluten and rice. I tend to agree with their assessment on gluten. As for their take on rice, I still need to do more research to form my opinion as I did not realize it was a problem.

Let’s talk about gluten first.

Gluten has gotten a bad rap over the past decade, but that is to be expected...how in the world could we have a brand new diet come out every one to two years if we didn’t have a new food martyred publically on a regular basis? Don’t get me wrong there are food allergies and real diseases like celiac disease, but for the general public...your own diet is way too customized to your genetics and lifestyle habits to be generalized to just one culprit. The article on pages 37-40 from the January 2015 issue of Consumer Reports finds that those gluten-free foods you are eating are probably doing more harm than good.

One of the big things they point out is when the gluten protein is removed; the manufacturer has to fill in that gap with something. This is where they use increased fats and sugars to fill in that gap. Nobody likes "diet foods" that taste like cardboard. Okay, you say...I switched to rice, no big deal. I thought the same thing. It’s no big deal if you don’t mind ingesting heavy metals.

The rice plant is great at filtering water of the heavy metal arsenic. Unfortunately, when absorbed into the plant arsenic isn’t broken down into anything so some of that arsenic ends up in the grain which we consume. That article on rice is found on pages 41-42. The rice article does state that you can eat alternatives like quinoa, buckwheat, and millet. According to the infographic on page 41, brown rice is higher in arsenic as well as rice from Texas. Basmati rice from California is low.

Wow, it feels like we can’t win...doesn’t it?

Now before you get depressed and feel like you can’t enjoy anything this holiday season. Maybe it’s best if we take all this kind of dietary news with a grain of salt. The key to a better diet is reducing stress and learning to listen to your body’s intuition to see what is really causing you to be overweight or just feel out of sorts. More than likely, your body is out of whack from too much stress and anxiety.

Try taking these next holidays to avoid TV news, relax, meditate/pray, live in the moment and find gratitude for the things in life that give you peace. Once you are "de-stressed" begin listening to what your body is telling you it needs and do that. Make this an ongoing habit and you will find you feel healthier and happier each day. You’ll find that your body will crave the foods that help bring you back into balance and help filter out the unhealthy metals, bacteria and viruses it doesn’t need.

You can always find more quality food articles like this in each issue of Consumer Reports magazine, but we’ve got some shopping to do this holiday season. So make sure you are gifting the best for your friends and family by adding a subscription to Consumer Reports into your own stocking this year.

EBSCO's Holiday Hours for Christmas 2014 and New Year's Day

Posted Dec 3, 2014

Here are the current EBSCO office hours during the 2014-2015 holidays.

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December 23 (Tuesday) – 8:00 am to 2:30 pm CST
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January 1 (Thursday) – Closed
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Use Promo Code CHR14 to get $5 off your next order. Code expires January 2, 2014. Happy Holidays to all our customers we appreciate your business this year!

Cheese or Chocolate?

Posted Dec 1, 2014

Written by Shawn Pearson

Food Network 2014 Holiday Issue

Being from the mid-west, from my perspective, the holidays during December isn't the holidays without sprinkles…and cheese…and chocolate. This is exactly why the December issue of Food Network magazine caught my eye. Brightly decorated green and red Christmas glazed sugar cookies on a bed of sparkling sugar sprinkles takes me back to my childhood. But when I opened to pages 102-103 it reminded me of the more difficult choices I have to make as an adult!

That choice is cheese or chocolate....fondue?

Surprisingly, when the Food Network surveyed its devoted foodie fans back in September; cheese fondue won at 71%. Now let’s be real here; the demographic for this off the cuff poll must have been pretty small. I mean who really has fondue all that often? It’s a pain to set up and clean up...so I would think that most people’s exposure to the melty goodness is only at a restaurant and even those are really hard to find.

I think I would have chosen cheese also; I’m more of a salty fan myself. Plus every time I see melted cheese this cheesy 80’s commercial echoes in my head. You’re welcome.

I said surprisingly earlier because you would have thought that chocolate won since you almost can’t go to a wedding these days without tripping over a chocolate fountain. A fondue pot is essentially the same thing just without the extra novelty. Ah, chocolate covered pineapple and oranges are my favs.

So which is it for you...Cheese or Chocolate? Tell us down in the comments below.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of this month’s Food Network magazine as this particular issue is over a half-inch thick with holiday recipes that will make your friends and family rave. But do yourself a favor so you don’t miss out next year, renew or add a new subscription to Food Network. You won’t be disappointed.

Recognize Movember with Health Tips from Men’s Magazines

Posted Nov 26, 2014

Mens Magazines

Written by Natalie Laseter

Growing a full moustache this winter isn’t just about keeping your face warm. It’s also about raising awareness and research funds for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. Not to be confused with No-Shave November, this worldwide charity event established by The Movember Foundation encourages both men and women to participate in everything from 5ks to galas that support the cause. In the spirit of Movember, we’ve compiled a list of progressive health tips from men’s magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) to help you live a healthier, happier life.

1. Rid your home of toxins. Chemicals and cancer—a strong association exists between these two words. And our homes may be the place we most frequently encounter these deadly toxins. This month, Men’s Journal helps you lead a chemical-free lifestyle. Ditching chemical cleansers, storing food in metal or glass containers instead of plastic, and avoiding synthetic fragrances are just a few ways to reduce endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) called phthalates that lower testosterone levels in men.

2. Add probiotics to your diet. Want to fight obesity, reduce anxiety, and restore balance in your gut? Probiotics may be the answer. While many companies have targeted women as the group that gains the most from probiotics, these live organisms offer substantial health benefits for men. And they may do more than just regulate digestive health. Men’s Fitness shows you how to incorporate probiotic-rich foods into your diet with wide variety of options, including yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and tempeh.

3. Kill off colds. It’s that time of year when everyone around the office is coughing and sneezing. But you don’t have to join them. Men’s Health outlines 26 lifestyle changes for fighting off the common cold. Meditation doesn’t just restore peace of mind—the University of Wisconsin at Madison found that people who meditate take 76% fewer sick days. Already suffering from a sinus infection? Exercise helps relieve nasal discomfort by stimulating the production of epinephrine—a hormone that constricts the blood vessels around your mucous membranes.

4. Don’t mix your foods. Details magazine explores the latest diet craze—food combining. Adherents claim that mixing certain foods leads to bloating, low energy, and weight gain, while other food pairings actually boost your metabolism. A few of their rules: 1) don’t mix proteins with fats, 2) don’t eat fruits with other foods, and 3) refrain from drinking liquids 15 minutes before your meal. The science behind the diet? Controlling the production of enzymes that inhibit or aid the digestive process.

Support the health of the men in your life. Subscribe to men’s magazines from EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services

Your Cold and Flu Pre-emptive Strike

Posted Nov 6, 2014

Written by Shawn Pearson

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? :-)

Fight the cold virus early with Dr. Oz

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)
  • Echinacea
  • Zinc
  • Elderberry

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.

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