Treat that Cold Without Drugs or Honey!

The FDA recently warned parents that cold and cough medications for children under the age of 6 were ineffective and potentially dangerous. Consequently drug makers voluntarily recalled all of the cold medications aimed at the young crowd. Parents are now in a quaundry over what to do with their sick infants. However, with parents feeling like they have little options to soothe their infants’ stuffy noses, hospitals are seeing a rise in botulism cases. Wondering what stuffy noses and botulism have to do with one another? Apparently, many mothers are using honey to soothe throats and treat colds. Hospitals are … Continue reading

Burn Basics

I picked up a lovely fresh focaccia bread at the food store over the weekend and decided it would be even better served warm. So, I plunked it down on a pizza pan and stuck it in the oven for a few minutes to heat up. Brilliant, focused chef that I am, I reached out for the pan NOT with the hand that had the oven mitt, but with the one that didn’t. Instant burned fingers! Burns can be caused by more than just heat (or stupidity). Electricity, friction, chemicals, and radiation can also cause burns. Traditionally, the severity of … Continue reading

Frugal Food: Make Your Own Chewy Granola Bars

My kids are crazy for those chewy granola bars. They love to take them with their school lunches or to the park when they might need a snack. They are very convenient to have. Unfortunately, the price of chewy granola bars has been rising, all while the amount you get in a package has been shrinking. Combine that cost with the unsavory ingredients in some of them (“natural” versions are even more expensive), it only makes sense to create my own homemade version. I experimented with a number of recipes but wound up settling on one that uses honey as … Continue reading

Cool Summer Spa Treatments At Home

It’s hot. It’s humid. So how are the hottest spas around the country cooling people off? Try home versions of some swanky spa treatments to cool off and pamper yourself. Peppermint Conditioner: add a drop of peppermint essential oil to a dollop of your usual conditioner. (You might want to mix this up before you get into the shower! Use a little bathroom cup and leave it where you can reach it from the tub.) Massage the peppermint conditioner into your hair and scalp. Rinse with lukewarm water — the peppermint will make everything feel cooler. Aloe Body Wrap: in … Continue reading

Lyme Disease: Treatment

Lyme disease can be effectively treated with antibiotics. As with many diseases, the sooner you catch the disease and begin treatment, the smoother the recovery will be. Oral antibiotics (like doxycycline, penicillin, and amoxicillin) can speed the healing of the circular, red EM rash and prevent symptoms (like arthritis and neurological problems) that may show up if the disease were to go untreated. If the initial rash is missed and other symptoms develop, it isn’t too late to treat Lyme disease effectively. Lyme arthritis is also treated with antibiotics. Depending on the severity of the arthritis, the antibiotics may be … Continue reading

Skin Repair In Your Kitchen

Winter is a rough time for your skin. You need to have the heat on, but that can suck moisture out of the air and out of your skin. Here are some quick and easy ways to fix your skin in the kitchen. Feeling dried out? If you need to boost hydration, start with good old H-2-O. Drink six to eight glasses of water every day to moisturize from within. Then make sure your diet includes enough essential fatty acids, like omega-3 and omega-6. These fatty acids help make up the membrane that protects each and every cell in your … Continue reading