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Archive for November, 2011

Nasal Congestion? Try Chili Peppers to Clear Your Sinuses

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 03:11 PM  posted by jbuytaert

Compliments of NeilMed

November is in full swing and so is the cough/cold season. Don’t let congestion bog you down. The next time you’re feeling a bit stuffed up and want some immediate relief, try reaching for some chili peppers! If you love spicy food, this is the perfect cure for you.

 Have you ever eaten spicy food and found that suddenly your stuffy nose was clear? Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a chemical compound that not only makes peppers spicy, but studies have also shown that it reduces sinus symptoms, such as nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sneezing, coughing, and mucous production.

 Capsaicin can be found in all chili peppers except for bell peppers, which have a recessive gene preventing its production. Peppers, such as cayenne, jalapeños, tabasco, birdseye chili, habañeros, and Scotch bonnets all contain capsaicin. Adding them to foods, or using the ground chili powder forms, can help reduce nasal congestion.

 A note on wasabi:

 It may seem as if wasabi has this same effect on your sinuses. This is because wasabi may react with heat receptors in the nose causing your nostrils to flare and allowing more air into the nasal passages. Your brain is tricked to believe there is less congestion. However, studies have found that wasabi can actually block the sinuses by increasing blood flow to the lining of the nose.

 Though wasabi may not work as a decongestant, it does have several health benefits, including antimicrobial properties beneficial for seasoning raw fish. If you’re a fan of wasabi and spice, enjoy!

New Product Spotlight: SunTouch Plus home lighting kit

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 02:11 PM  posted by jbuytaert

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is episodes of depression that occur at a certain time of the year, usually during winter, due to a lack of exposure to sunlight.

 Handi Medical Supply is proud to announce the addition of the SunTouch Plus home lighting kit to its inventory to assist customers with the treatment of this condition.

  The SunTouch Plus bathes you in light while simultaneously releasing negative ions into the atmosphere. This combination balances your body clock making you fee rested, refreshed and revitalized. A single, relaxing 15-minute session each day can make a marked change in your spirits, sleep cycle, and concentration.

 To order this product, please contact our customer service department at 651-644-9770.

A sainting goes out to Lisa Michaels of Handi Medical; Laurin Dalton, physical therapist at Courage St. Croix; and Dr. Gormley of Gillette for working above and beyond to make sure our son’s wheelchair can be covered by our insurance before it runs out. May Santa be good to those of you who strive to help others.

Jennifer Thayer, White Bear Lake

Help Handi Medical Supply help the Brain Injury Association

Monday, November 28, 2011 @ 11:11 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Advocacy Matters – Join us at our final 2011 Town Hall Forums!

The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota needs your help. We need to work together to educate state policymakers about brain injury and how the 2011 state budget agreement may impact you, your loved one or the individuals that you work with. We are approaching the end of our town hall forum season, don’t miss an opportunity to learn about advocacy and speak directly to your state policymakers about issues that are important to you. Here are our final town hall forums this season:

 St. Paul
Tuesday, December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Northdale Recreation Center
1414 Saint Albans St N
Saint Paul, MN

Saint Cloud – Special Education Forum
Thursday, December 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Great River Regional Library
1300 West Saint Germain St
Saint Cloud, MN

 For more information and to find an event near you visit the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota’s Advocacy Action Center or contact the Public Policy Department at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota by e-mail at michelleg@braininjurymn.org or toll free at 1-800-669-6442.

University Avenue at Handi Medical Supply is now open on both the east and west bound lanes. The entrance to our East Parking lot has also been reopened.