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Adventures With A Neti Pot

Posted by steve on February 23rd, 2009

Bedding, air purifiers, HEPA vacuums, Loratadine – I use it all in the battle against my allergies. But a neti pot?

I must admit that even amidst positive reviews from our customers, I was very hesitant to pour water through my nose. Visions of gasping and coughing from accidentally swallowing water while swimming as a child flitted through my mind. To add insult to injury, adding salt to that very water didn’t seem like a terribly comfortable idea. Wouldn’t it burn? Continue reading

Why Buy A Portable Air Conditioner, Now?

Posted by Ashley on February 16th, 2009

In this economic landscape, we look for deals underneath nearly every rock – or pile of bills, for that matter. Well, here’s a deal for you to think about, even in the midst of winter. Consider a combination appliance, such as a portable air conditioner with added functionalities.

Okay, hear me out. (I swear I can hear those of you in the North chuckling: “Why on earth would I buy a portable air conditioner, now?!”) Does it sometimes seem like you need to have an appliance for every task? For instance, I have observed this problem when it comes to my electric cooking appliances. Stuffed in my pantry, I’ve got an electric vegetable chopper, a quesadilla maker, a sandwich maker, an indoor grill/griddle, a s’mores maker, and a waffle iron. Now, every time I open my pantry and stare at this mess of culinary technology, I think “Why can’t someone just make one appliance that does all of these things?”

Apparently, portable air conditioner (PAC) manufacturers have already received this memo. Continue reading

The Top Ten Asthma Capitals of the U.S.

Posted by Ashley on February 6th, 2009

America’s “Gateway to the West” has now taken on a new – and not exactly desirable – nickname. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has ranked St. Louis, MO as the No. 1 most challenging city for an asthma-sufferer in 2009. This is due to a number of factors, including a higher than average annual pollen count, poor air quality, a lack of public smoke-free laws, and a worse than average crude death rate from asthma. The Midwestern city rose to the top of the list from No. 9 last year, replacing 2008’s Asthma Capital, Knoxville, TN. Continue reading

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