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Top Tips for Buying Health Goods Online

Shopping online has become accepted as the norm for most people. However, when it comes to buying health goods like medicine and first aid supplies, strict shopping practices should be applied. The reality is, when purchasing things like TVs, jewelry, or countless other items, even if the received product is defective, the worst case scenario may result in a need for a refund.

In comparison, receiving poor quality health goods could have harmful and long-lasting results. In fact, using second-rate first aid supplies, medicine, and other health-related items could be detrimental to your health.

Fortunately, there are some ways to protect yourself from this. The top tips are listed below.

Tip 1 – Buy from a Reliable Company

One of the first things to check is how long the company has been in business. Some online medical supply sites have been around since the '90s and others started five or 10 years ago. These stores have histories that can be researched. It is not difficult to determine if health companies are growing if they are new, or if they are on the verge of going under.

Brand-new companies may not have been in business long enough to develop a consistent history of growth. Their reputation and brand is based on relatively new data, which in some case (Read More)....

A Brief History Of Smallpox

Smallpox, an extremely infectious disease caused by one of two varieties of virus, was a serious worldwide medical concern until its elimination by vaccination. Over the span of human history, the presence of smallpox has waxed and waned, leaving in its wake outbreaks of the virus which, at times, reached pandemic proportions. While smallpox is not always a fatal illness, every variety has the potential to be fatal. As late as the mid 1900s, even individuals living in first world countries were routinely immunized against the destructive virus, a vaccination which leaves a distinctive circular scar. Smallpox is no longer a serious threat, but it has an extensive history and has made its mark on humankind.

The History of Smallpox

It is estimated that the presence of virus variants Variola major and Variola minor, the variants responsible for smallpox, were first observed in humans circa 10,000 BC. The first historical evidence of a smallpox case that was conclusively observed was done so when examining the remains of the Pharaoh Ramses V. The virus took the lives of over four hundred thousand Europeans per year as the conclusion of the 18th century neared, and was the third leading cause of vision loss. Adults who contracted the disease during this time had as much as a 60% chance of loss of life, (Read More)....

Top 10 Tips for Staying Healthy While on Vacation

You’re finally going on that dream vacation. You packed your bags, booked your room, and bought your tickets. Don’t let illness keep you from having the time of your life. Whether you’re staying in a tropical Waikiki hotel or hiking the temple ruins in Mexico, make sure you plan ahead to stay healthy on your vacation.

Take Vitamins

Before you embark on your quest, start supplementing your diet with immune-boosting vitamins. Health gurus suggest taking B12, iron, and Vitamin C before you go on a vacation. Be sure to start early since these supplements take a few weeks to begin protecting your body from illness. Always check with your doctor before beginning any new vitamin regimen.

Don’t Drink the Water

You’ve heard it before—don’t drink the water! It’s true no matter where you go. Stick to bottled water and say no to ice while traveling. Some water systems are contaminated, and some can be hard on your stomach and intestines.

Get Outdoors

Always try to plan some outdoor activities during your vacation. (Read More)....

Ways to Keep Yourself From Getting Sick

No one likes to be lying in bed unable to move while being sick with the flu or cold. Being sick can ruin a weekend of activities, reduce a paycheck, and be a cause for one of the most miserable moments in your life. Although many people fear sickness of any kind, there is little that some of them do to prevent it. There are many things you can do in order to keep yourself from getting sick regardless of seasonal circumstances.

1. Hand Washing - Washing your hands on a regular basis can help reduce the chances of catching a variety of sicknesses. As we handle many items throughout the day, you never know what ailments are being carried by those who are seemingly well. You don't have to show signs of being sick if you are a carrier of a virus.

2. Antibacterial Lotions - If you are unable to wash your hands, having a small bottle of antibacterial lotion within reach can help you from getting sick. The small-sized bottles you can get can put one in your purse, coat pocket, car door, or anywhere else that you frequent that doesn't have access to a sink.

3. Eating Healthy - By subjected yourself with a healthy diet of foods, you can stave off sickness. Although you may eat throughout the day, are you sure that you are getting the (Read More)....

How Maintaining Your Furnace Can Help Keep Sickness at Bay

Your house could be making you sick. Your head hurts, your throat is sore, your eyes itch, and you feel like you have a cold or the flu. Maybe it’s time to check that dirty furnace?

During the winter, people want their homes to stay as cozy as possible, so they seal the warm air in tightly. It’s like living inside a bubble. You want the air circulating inside your home to be safe and clean, but if your furnace is dirty or doesn’t work properly, you could be creating an atmosphere of dangerous toxins.

What’s making you sick?

Your furnace contains a filter to trap dirt, allergens, pollen, spores, and whatever else might be floating around in the air. These toxic and dangerous airborne particles can turn your filter into a breeding ground for disease if the filter is not changed on a regular basis.

And if you or others in your home just got over a bout with the flu, then those germs are also stuck in your filter. The air coming out of your vents could be filled with germs and invisible hazards. It’s no wonder you feel sick.

Air cannot properly circulate through a dirty filter. You may be depriving your home of precious oxygen needed to make your body work properly. A lack of oxygen can give you headaches and make you feel worn-out and tired.

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Expert Advice On Avoiding The Flu This Winter

Guest Post Grace Kelly

As winter approaches, flu season will soon be in full swing. While most people recover from the flu in about a week, others can develop complications that may result in hospitalization and even death. It's important to take steps each flu season to prevent contracting this potentially dangerous illness, as well as protect those around you from germs that cause the spread of the flu.

There's no mistaking the symptoms of the flu, which include body aches, fatigue, dizziness, chills, cough and a fever of at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you experience these symptoms, your priority should be to stay in bed and recover fully before returning to school, work or other activities that could put others at risk for contracting the flu.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends several strategies for preventing contracting and spreading the flu. These strategies should be taken especially seriously by those likely to develop dangerous complications from the flu, including:

· Children younger than 5 and especially younger than 2 years of age
· Adults age 65 and older
· American indians and Alaskan Natives Alaskan
· Pregnant women
· People with athsma
· People with chronic lun (Read More)....

What You Need To Know About Mono

Mononucleosis, better known as mono or the "kissing disease," is a common virus. One out of every 2,000 people will get mono each year. Symptoms can be uncomfortable and may even be deadly under certain circumstances. The following information will help you to recognize, avoid, and treat mononucleosis.

Who Can Get Mono

Mono can develop at any age, though it is particularly common in younger people. The most incidences of the infection occur in patients between the ages of 15 and 24. Older adults often develop immunity to the infection, but can pass it on to others. Young children can also get mono, though symptoms can be difficult to detect.

What Causes Mono

Mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a common virus that lives in the salivary glands. Most people will come into contact with the virus before age 40. In most cases, the virus causes no problems. In others, it causes mononucleosis. Because the virus lives in the saliva, it can be spread through kissing; sharing toothbrushes; sharing gum; and sharing utensils, dishes, or glasses. The virus can also be spread through mucus or tears.

Common Mono Symptoms

The symptoms for mono do not always appear right away. It may take four to six weeks for symptoms to show themselves. Mono symptoms typicall (Read More)....