Max-Freeze vs BioFreeze

Max-Freeze vs BioFreezeIn my search for the perfect pain analgesic I did some research on Zim’s Max-Freeze vs Biofreeze and compared them to the highly rated Penetrex reviews on Amazon. Why? Last week I suffered another one of my, vintage, unnerving, wrenchingly painful neck cricks. I don’t know what it is about the holidays, especially the week in between Christmas and New Years, where some of the most painful maladies seem to occur to me; whether it’s a ruptured disc in the neck, gout or a strained lower back, I am always a little apprehensive from Christmas until the time leading up until New Years. Last year I escaped the holidays unscathed, but this year I wasn’t so lucky. At the onset of the neck pain and stiffness, I did the usual treatment of ice, alternating with brief periods of heat and Aleve Pain relievers. Nothing seemed to help the stiffness. By the 2nd day, I was looking for relief and started researching pain cream reviews. Biofreeze and Penextrex reviews consistently ranked very high on Amazon and other websites. Here is what they said:

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Penextrex Reviews

Penetrex Reviews362 users of Penetrex ranked the product’s effectiveness as 4.5 out of 5 stars. I thought that was a pretty strong endorsement. I would not have been hesitant to try Penetrex, but only a couple of things bothered me. One, Penetrex does not mask the pain; its claim to fame is that it actually uses chemicals and nutrients to heal the afflicted region. I felt as though I needed instant relief and it didn’t help reading from a couple of users who mentioned that the Penetrex offered them no relief at all. At $20.00 for a 2 ounce bottle I didn’t want to take a chance on being another one of those victims who experienced no relief when it was needed most. I wanted something that worked fast and even if it was only temporary, I would gladly accept that in my current condition.

Penextrex Ingredients:

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM/DMSO2), Vitamin B6, Glucosamine Sulfate, Cetyl Myristoleate, Arnica Montana Extract, Choline Bitartrate, Shea Butter, Boswellia Serrata, Camphor, Purified Water, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glycerin, Glycerin Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Esters, Steareth-20, Butylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Dimethicone, Ammonium, Acryloyl-Dimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. As you can see below, Penetrex includes chemicals as well as natural ingredients and vitamin B. On to the next product

Biofreeze Reviews

Biofreeze looked to be the most promising for my painful and stiff neck condition and I found out that it was available at Walgreens which is on my way home. The impressive part about Biofreeze is 269 users giving it an average rating of 5 stars. For the most part, users of back, neck, muscular aches and nerve pain said that the Biofreeze gave them instant relief. This is what I was looking for and there was a 4oz bottle of gel available at my local Walgreens store according to their website for $14.99. There was only problem: When I got to Walgreens I discovered a fork in the road. I had a choice to make.

Biofreeze Ingredients

Active Ingredients 
Menthol USP – 3.1 %Cooling Pain Relief
Inactive Ingredients
Carbomer , FD&C Blue #1 , Glycerine USP , Ilex Paraguariensis Extract , Isopropyl Alcohol USP , Propylene Glycol USP , Methyl Paraben , Purified Water , Silicon Dioxide , Triethanolamine

Max-Freeze vs Biofreeze

Max-FreezeAs I was looking at Walmart a pharmacist led me to the analgesic creams. I told him I was looking for Biofreeze. He quickly grabbed the one bottle left of the Max-freeze and explained to me, “I doubt that we have Biofreeze, but we do have this Max-freeze and handed me the 4oz bottle of gel.” I thanked him, knowing he was probably mistaken since their online website indicated they actually had Biofreeze in stock at this very store. Just 10 seconds later I discovered the Biofreeze right underneath and on the shelf below the Max-freeze.  I found it peculiar that the Pharmacist would be so quick to assume they didn’t carry Biofreeze. They had many more bottles of the Biofreeze in stock than of the Max-Freeze. I became a little bit suspicious that the BioFreeze logo was in small letters, preceded by the much larger title, Perform, which ran across the length of the bottle. Was it possible that I wasn’t looking at the same thing when I read the Biofreeze and Penetrex reviews earlier that day? I compared the ingredients of the Max-Freeze vs Biofreeze and found the active ingredients to be the same. Both contain Menthol, but the Max-Freeze is 4.0% vs. just 3.1% of Biofreeze. The Max Freeze also had quite a few more, inactive ingredients, including the Arnica Extract which some users reported to be very effective at treating pain. For a price of $10.99, I decided to gamble on the Max-Freeze and put the two bottles of Biofreeze back on the shelf. If Max-Freeze really worked, I was about to know in 2 minutes – as soon as I got out of the store and into my car.

Max-Freeze Ingredients

Active Ingredients
Camphor – 0.2 %Topical Analgesic , Menthol – 3.7 %Topical Analgesic
Inactive Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Certified organic) , Arnica Montana Extract (Certified organic) , Carbomer , FD&C Blue #1 , FD&C Yellow #10 , Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract (Certified organic) , Isopropyl Alcohol , Methylparaben , Tea Tree Oil , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate) , Triethanolamine , Water

 Does Max-Freeze Really Work?

I eagerly opened the bottle and squeezed the greenish, translucent Max-Freeze Gel onto my hands and rubbed it into my neck. An immediate, icy sensation came over my neck and back and everywhere else on my body that was touched by the gel. I was also relieved to discover that instead of the strong peppermint odor of other analgesic creams like Icy-Hot and Ben-Gay, the Max-Freeze has more of a eucalyptus smell – sort of like Halls Cough drops. Also, the gel does not rub on greasy at all and by the time I got home, the aroma was not over powering. I can honestly say that the Max-Freeze was very effective at loosening up my neck and shoulders and relieving me of some of the pain. On a scale of 1-100 for its effectiveness, I’d rate the Max-Freeze like this:

  • Pain Relief: 74
  • Relaxation of Muscles: 78
  • Soothing: 88
  • Overall:  80

I don’t know my personal experience with Max-Freeze compares to Biofreeze or Penetrex reviews , but to be honest, the product works better than I expected it to. No pain reliever or cream is 100% effective for treating severe stiffness and pain, but the Max-Freeze improved my symptoms significantly, if only for a little while.

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Homedics Shiatsu Massager

Homedics Shiatsu Massager

What is the Best Neck Massager?

What is the best neck massager you can buy for stiff, sore necks, shoulders and back? Had I not discovered the Homedics Shiatsu Massager yesterday, I would not even be thinking about writing this article, much less actually sitting up straight and typing it. I gave myself two treatments with the shiatsu massage pillow this morning. I literally feel as though I went into a professional Shiatsu spa for a professional massage. Shiatsu is a deep kneading form of massage that digs into tight, sore muscles; releases toxins and helps loosen up tension.  I have always been prone to getting stiff cricks in my neck. About 8 years ago, this rather common malady took on a whole new, more serious meaning when I was diagnosed with a ruptured disc in my neck.  After lots of ice, physical therapy and stretching every single day, I was able to avoid surgery and have even greatly reduced the frequency of neck ‘cricks’, as I call them.  On the rare occasion that I do suffer from a crick,  they usually seem to heal faster than they used to thanks for having the knowledge from my therapy, stretching and frequent use of ice.  This most recent neck crick was an exception. After two days, I was still feeling extremely sore, tense, tight and worried that my ruptured disc was acting up again. I was looking for a way to loosen up my tight muscles and kept stumbling upon reviews of these different types of the Homedics Shiatsu massager. Not all of the neck massagers by Homedics are equally praised by users as I’ll explain.

Neck Massage Types and Models

As I looked into vibration and massage solutions for my neck, I discovered there are two different types of Shiatsu Massagers by Homedics that are very popular: Pillow Massagers and Neck Massagers. The advantage to the shiatsu pillow massager is that it is not only for use around the neck. There are some clear advantages and disadvantages to both. One  has to do with cost and the other has to do with flexibility. Here is a brief description of each.

Shiatsu Neck Massager

Shiatsu Neck MessagerThe Homedics NMS-350 is a shiatsu neck massager made exclusively for the neck. The NMS-350 is a horse shoe shaped neck massager device that fits snugly around the neck. Inside the neck massager are a total of four rotating, pulsating, golf-ball sized shaitsu type thumbs which dig into your neck in a circular motion on both sides.  At the press of a button, you can get this NMS-350 unit to disperse some heat to your neck while it performs a shiatsu massage on your neck.  The NMS-350 Shiatsu Neck Massager was rated an average of 4-stars by 64 Amazon users.  Users were happy with the strength of the massage and the way it loosened up sore, stiff muscles in the neck. The major drawback to the NMS-350 is versatility. It will only fit around your neck and therefore is unable to reach your shoulders or other parts of your vertebrae.  There were a few other spurious complaints about longevity and overall quality, but for the most part, the NMS-350 was rated as an effective shiatsu neck massager. For me, a neck massager like theNMS-350, would be a little bit too limited. My disc problem is mostly in the lower part of my neck where it it couldn’t be reached. Also, I would like to be able to use it for a stiff, lower back occasionally.  The Shiatsu Massager seems like a great idea, but I would prefer something shaped like a pillow that can be moved around and used on different parts of the neck, back and spine.  Alas, I found it at my Walgreens store on my way home from work. I also picked up a bottle of  Max-Freeze analgesic cream which I’ll tell you about soon.

Shiatsu Pillow

Homedics Shiatsu Massager Pillow

Shiatsu Pillow Massager

The Homedics shiatsu massager turned out to be a life safer. I took it home, opened the box, sat on the sofa and positioned right behind my neck. I had a difficult time getting the pillow positions properly on my neck until I realized I had it upside down. By turning it the other way, I was able to position so the firm,  rotating shiatsu thumbs were grinding and kneading on my neck exactly where I wanted them. It took a little while figuring out how to get comfortable at first. The massaging pillow needs to be positioned between you and a soft surface, but one that is not too cushy or bloated so that it pushes your neck forward in an uncomfortable way. It is possible to position the pillow between you and other pillows in such a way that you are leaning forward in a comfortable position. You can also place it on a flat surface like the sofa seat or bed so you are lying on your back. After 10 minutes of use, I can guarantee the results will be looser muscles and less pain in the affected area. Before going to bed, I gave myself a thorough shiatsu massage: 10 minutes on the upper neck; 10 minutes on the lower neck and 10 minutes on the lower back. The Shiatsu pillow massager by Homedics seemed like the best of both worlds. The pillow uses the same rotating, mechanical thumbs as the shiatsu neck massager and also disperses heat to the surface. The only difference seems to be the shape and size. The pillow massager can be placed on any portion of the neck, back and shoulders. I was only able to find 7 reviews on this product, but all 7 of them were from 5-star rated, happy users. The $40 price tag at Walgreen seemed a little stiff, but not as stiff as my neck. I needed immediate relief and I was in no shape to spend hours shopping on the internet for a better neck massager. The Shiatsu Massager proved to be the best neck massager for me. My shoulders and back think so too. My only concern with these Homedics shiatsu products is longevity and durability. With those hard balls rotating against the fabric of the pillow how long will they last before the fabric rips or tears or the motor wears out from the pressure and weight resistance of my body? The way I look at it, though, is that for $40, I’ve already gotten 4 very good massages from the Shiatsu pillow – way less than a spa would have charged me for two visits. Also, we were able to get you a new product review article out of the deal before the end of the year. Perhaps, but the pillow massager has already paid for itself and for my money is the best neck massager you can buy.

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Shake Weight Reviews

What are Shake Weights?

Shake WeightsYou have probably noticed these Dumbell-looking exercise devices called Shake Weights near the check out stands of your local department stores. I became curious as to what they actually are supposed to do as opposed to your typical, boring set of 10lb, 20lb or 30lb dumbbells. Shake Weights are basically dumbbells with a pulsating motor in them. The inertia of the motor inside the dumbbell is designed to give you better upper body strength and tone through the physics of Dynamic Inertia. That is what the makers of them claim, anyway. The motor doesn’t actually run electronically. You activate by simply doing what the name of the product implies: shaking. Typically, the product package includes one shake weight dumbbell along with an exercise video and sells for about $20.00. That might not seem complicated, but like any popular fad, I’ve noticed a number of different sizes, colors and flavors; as well as a package for men and a different package for women.

What is the Difference between Shake Weights for Men and Women?

Size and weight are what distinguishes the men’s weights from the women’s. The women’s dumbbell is 2,.8lbs and the dimensions are 12.2 x 3.3 x 3.3 inches in size. The men’s weight is 5.8lbs and is 15 x 5.3 x 5 inches in size. Of course, the men and women’s shake weights are interchangeable depending on your strength, size and needs. Perhaps a better question is, do these motorized dumbbells really work?

Do Shake Weights Really Work?

The advertisement on the box suggests you can improve your muscle, body tone and upper torso strength in just 6 minutes per day. Of course, the results will vary based on how often and how long the shake weights are actually used. To answer whether or not Shake Weights really work as claimed, I scanned over 300 Amazon reviews: That’s 180 for women and around 120 for men. Surprisingly, the mens reviews were rated a little higher. Men gave the product an overall rating of 4 stars. Women rated it just over three stars. Perhaps the reason for the slightly higher rating in men is because some women complained of shoulder pain and other neck and shoulder-related injuries from the exercises they performed. Nearly half of both men and women gave the product a 5-star rating and said they were very pleased with the results in getting flabby, weakening arms looking and feeling toned and strong again. Some users who were less than satisfied claimed that they could get just as good results shaking a partially filled bottle of water. I find it hard to believe that a bottle of water would be as ergonomic; easy to hold and use. For $20.00 the convenience size and exercise DVD make it a no brainer for anyone wishing to find ways of strengthening their arms and feeling better about themselves without going to a gym. Based on the total sum of Shake Weight Reviews,  the product does seem to provide benefits for most of the people who use them or they wouldn’t continue to be such a big seller and average 4 star ratings between men and women.

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Ignore the Awkward by Uffe Ravnskov

Ignore the Awkward Uffe Ravnskov

Ignore the Awkward is yet another informative and enjoyable book by Uffe Ravnskov, which explains in detail how the Cholesterol Myths are Kept Alive. I’ve read Uffe Ravnskov’s other two books: The Cholesterol Myths and Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You. Each of these books would serve as a good lesson for anyone who is interested in opening their mind up to the truth on fat, cholesterol and statins.
So, how does this most recent title differ from Uffe Ravnskov’s other two books? First off, let me tell you what I know about Uffe Ravnskov, the author.

Expert on Cholesterol

Uffe Ravnskov

I am convinced that nobody knows more about Cholesterol than Dr. Uffe Ravnskov.
To be honest, it wasn’t necessary for me to read any of his three books to be convinced that the commonly accepted views and warnings of fat and cholesterol are all the result of an unfortunate, long-legged, runaway medical scam. I was educated on fat and cholesterol by Uffe Ravnskov through his websites, Cholesterol Myths and THINCS. Having become familiar with the author over the last 10 years, it is obvious to me that Uffe Ravnskov has spent the better part of his lifetime studying cholesterol. Dr. Ravnskov has delved into, analyzed and digested the critical facts and statistics of dozens, if not hundreds of cholesterol studies. The author has even performed his own meta analysis of all of these studies to prove how the popularly accepted theory on cholesterol is wrong – dangerously wrong. All of Ravnskov’s work is meticulously referenced in each of his three books. Uffe Ravnskov critically analyzes the actual data and statistics and presents logical conclusions in his books which are sometimes shocking, yet always ring truthful when you take the time to digest all of the misleading garbage we’ve been fed about cholesterol and dietary fat. While all three books certainly focus on the same topic, I believe each of them serve a useful purpose. His latest book, Ignore the Awkward is no exception.

A Most Appropriate Title

Perhaps Uffe Ravnskov didn’t have this in mind when he wrote the book, but I believe Ignore the Awkward, is an appropriate title for more reasons than what was intended.
I will give you the perfect example of this by relating a true story. Several months ago, I lended Ravnskov’s previous book, Fat and Cholesterol are Good For You, to a young man approximately half my age whom I met at a party, through my wife’s work. We’ll refer to this young man as, Frank. Frank had just been given a ‘high cholesterol’ sentence, along with a Lipitor prescription from his doctor. As I listened to him describe his irrational fear of cholesterol and insane, low-fat diet ambitions, I couldn’t help but to speak up. I told Frank everything I learned from Dr.Uffe Ravnskov. I thought perhaps that he had listened to me as he did seem a little reassured at the time. Evidently this was not the case. A week or so later, my wife overheard him bragging to co-workers about his absurd, low-fat diet dishes and how he aims to lower his cholesterol ‘naturally’ by eating completely flavorless food lacking in nutritious fat and protein. I couldn’t bear hearing this, so I gave the Fat and Cholesterol are Good For You book to my wife to give to Frank. Weeks later, I asked my wife to check on Frank and ask how the book went over with him. Frank’s reply was that he didn’t agree with the book and that he was going to continue eating the bland diet of rabbits and other grazing animals. When asked what specific information was in the book that he didn’t agree with, Frank had no answers. Obviously, he didn’t read the book – talk about Ignoring the Awkward! I’m sure Frank couldn’t get past the first page before his brainwashed mind told him that the truth was too awkward for him to believe! Weeks later, when I heard about the title for the latest cholesterol book of Uffe Ravnskov, I immediately thought of Frank. If a poor, brainwashed patient like Frank can ignore the awkward, the brainwashers themselves are experts on the topic.

Ignore the Awkward: It’s Not Just for Patients

When Uffe Ravnskov named the book, I think he really had doctors, researchers, medical companies and fat-industry food giants in mind. The gist of the book is that this is exactly what has been happening to us for decades: We are ignoring what is awkward to us. The result is the longest running medical scam in our world’s history. Uffe Ravnskov explains how the special interests of the low-fat food industries and statin drug manufacturers have successfully perpetuated this myth time and time again. But, he achieves this goal very methodically and systematically through the use of study facts, statistics and his own research analysis of these studies. Each study is footnoted and referenced at the end of every chapter. Dr. Ravnskov even tells us how to use Google or our Library to get a hold of the actual studies ourselves to verify his accuracy and reach our own conclusions. How does Ignore the Awkard compare to Ravnskov’s other three books? I’m afraid that Cholesterol Myths will always be my sentimental favorite because it was the first of his books I ever read. While all of these books do make use of the very same material, each one adds new material and includes studies which were either not available or mentioned at the time of the previous books. His latest two books; Fat and Cholesterol are Good For You and Ignore the Awkward includes a very compelling case for what really does cause heart disease. So, if there was one and only one Uffe Ravnskov book that I could use to convince someone of the fraudulent cholesterol theory, which one would I choose?
I think this most recent title might resonate the best for a patient like Frank who is being told the shocking lies about cholesterol theory for the first time. Of the three books, I thought Cholesterol Myths did the best job convincing and easing my fears with its extensive use of statistics and explanations of risk vs. relative risk. The 2nd book, Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You was a well-done update of his first book. Ignore the Awkward, I believe, does the best job elevating one’s fear of the dangers of Statin Medications. Ignore the Awkward is the easiest to read of the three books and is probably the one that is best suited for whetting the appetite of a hungry, brain-washed patient on a low-fat diet. Anyone who has trouble accepting views that are unpopular should read this book with one condition: Don’t ignore the title.

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Allergy Buster Sinus Relief

Allergy Buster
Review: Does it really work?

Allergy Buster Sinus Allergy Relief

Allergy Buster is a new rendition of the popular, all-natural nasal spray, Sinus Buster.  If you’ve read my reviews, you know that I’m a big fan of sinus buster capsaicin nasal spray. My Sinus Allergy relief needs tend to lean towards the sinus side of the equation, particularly at night when my nasal passages get stuffy while sleeping on my side. Still, there are times, after mowing the lawn, taking a walk or bike ride, when I come down with the sneezing and runny nose symptoms from allergies.  So, the question for me is: In addition to it’s supposed allergy relief benefits, will this enhanced product provide the same sinus congestion relief as Sinus Buster? 

Allergy Buster vs Sinus Buster

While Sinus Buster greatly relieves congestion, it doesn’t do me much good for the allergy symptoms.  I reluctantly use Claritin for these allergy symptoms, because it makes me drowsy. I found the new, Allergy Buster product on the shelves of Walmart where I normally would see Sinus Buster. With Sinus Buster nowhere to be seen, I took a look at the active ingredients and found that Capcicum, like Sinus Buster is at the very top of the list. But, unlike Sinus Buster, this claims to be for both Sinus Allergy Relief. Allergy Buster is essentially a Capsaicin Nasal spray with some additional ingredients: Eucalyptus and Urtica diocia. The Eucalyptus provides additional relief of sinus congestion while the Urtica diocia is designed to ease allergy symptoms.

All-Natural Sinus Allergy Relief in One Bottle

The important ingredient in Sinus Buster is of course the active hot pepper, capsicum or capsaicin. Since Allergy Buster lists this ingredient at the top of the list, I assume it is just as effective as Sinus Buster for clearing up the nose. Eucalyptus is an ingredient that is  in Alkalol that I’ve used along with the Neilmed Sinus rinse.  Eucalyptus does have a very soothing and clearing effect on sinus passages and because it’s natural, it doesn’t bother me having this extra ingredient included along with the capsicum. Not being familiar with Ortica diocia, I decided to look it up.  Urtica diocia, also known as Nettle, is a perennial leaf extract which is reported to have many health benefits, including relief of allergy rhinitis symptoms.

Does Allergy Buster Work?

Upon first use and feeling the stinging burn of the active pepper ingredients, I can say with certainty that the new allergy version is just as effective as Sinus Buster for clearing a stuffy nose. What I cannot yet answer is whether or not the Eucalyptus provides improvement over the traditional Sinus Buster formula. Also, I have not yet had the opportunity to use the allergy product at the upon the onset of severe hay fever symptoms. Needles to say, another review will be in order to report on the effectiveness of Allergy Buster as a complete, all-natural, all-in-one, sinus relief nasal spray.

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