MigraDefense Headache Medication – Product Review

Five of the most effective natural remedies for headaches are magnesium, buttebur, feverfew, griffonia and white willow bark. All five of these natural products have been shown to reduce headache pain and frequency for some. MigraDefense (by KAL) combines these five items into one, easy to swallow pill. In my article today I will provide a product review of the nutritional supplement called MigraDefense.

MigraDefense combines magnesium, butterbur, feverfew, griffonia, white willow bark plus other elements. The serving size is 2 tablets. It is best if they are not taken at the same time. The container also says that you can take up to 4 tablets as needed. Realizing that some of the ingredients are used as a preventative, this tends to indicate that MigraDefense can also be used for immediate relief.

This is interesting as most headache medication is one or the other, immediate relief or prevention. Aspirin, B.C. Powder, Goodies or almost any of the other over-the-counter headache medications lay very little (if any) claim that their products can be used for prevention. Immatrex, along with other prescription medications may claim they do, but from my experience, many of them lead to terrible rebound headaches and do a poor job at treating the causes of headaches. Whereas most of the herbal, nutritional or homeopathic medications tend to work toward the long term benefit of frequency reduction and have limited effect on the immediate pain.

The ingredients in MigraDefense (followed by the amount per serving and % daily value) are as follows:

Magnesium (as Magnesium Oxide): 200 mg (50 %), Guarana (Paulinia Cupana) (seed): 200 mg (per cent daily value not established (N.E.)), Feverfew: 350 mg (N.E.), Butterbur: 100 mg (N.E.), White Willow (Bark): 100 mg (N.E.), Griffonia: 50 mg (N.E.), ActiSorb Base (BioPerine [Black Pepper Extract], Ginger Root Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Turmeric root Extract and Cayanne Extract):  10 mg, (N.E.), Total Carbohydrate: 1 g (Magnesium There have been studies showing a relationship between magnesium and headaches. A. Trauninger showed magnesium deficiencies to be common in those who suffer from migraines (Oral Magnesium Load Test in Patients with Migraine, Headache, 2002, 114-119). A. Bianchi found sufficient (but not conclusive) evidence of magnesium’s ability to help treat migraines (Vitamin Horm, 2004, p. 297-312).

Feverfew, Butterbur Feverfew is mainly used for the treatment and prevention of frequent and serious migraine headaches. From a “well-designed clinical trial, 170 German patients took a placebo pill or an extract of feverfew for 16 weeks. Those taking feverfew had significantly fewer migraines (Natural Heath, 2007-03-01).” Butterbur is very popular in Europe as way to minimize neurological discomfort.

White Willow In 1829, scientists in Europe identified what was believed to be the active ingredient in white willow bark-a compound called salicin. Extracting salicin from herbs was considered to be expensive and time-consuming, so a synthetic salicylic acid version was developed in Germany in 1852 and quickly became the treatment of choice (salicin is converted in the body to salicylic acid). The problem was that it was harder on the stomach. At therapeutic doses, people using the synthetic salicylic acid developed stomach ulcers and bleeding.

The German company Bayer eventually created a synthetic, less harsh derivative of salicylic acid, called acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), and mass-produced it under the name aspirin. Despite this, aspirin is still known for irritating the stomach lining. People take white willow bark instead of aspirin because it does not appear to be as irritating to the stomach lining. It may be because the salicin found naturally in white willow bark is only converted to the acid form after it is absorbed by the stomach.

Researchers have also suggested that white willow bark is more effective than aspirin because of other active compounds that are found in the bark but not the drug. Animal research at Cairo University compared a willow bark extract to ASA and found that a willow bark extract was as effective as aspirin in reducing inflammation, even though the salicin content was lower than an equivalent dose of ASA.

Griffonia Griffonia seeds are used as a herbal supplement for their 5-Hydroxytryptophan content. 5-Hydroxytryptophan also known as 5-HTP is an important building block for the human body to form serotonin. Serotonin plays an important role in the body esspecially as a neurotransmitter to transport signals between neurons in the nervous system. Griffonia seed have also demonstrated an ability to relieve both the frequency and severity of attacks of migraines in many clinical trials. The 5-HTP content was found to be as effective in treatment and prevention of migraines as beta-blockers or methysergide.

The ingredients present in MigraDefense all have strong records in fighting headaches. If you suffer from frequent headaches, rebound headaches, chronic migraines or occasional migraines MigraDefense looks like a supplement that is very well worth a try.

Source by Tom Thorne

Product Review – Sanyo HEC-SA5000 Massage Chair Recliner

We present review of the Sanyo model HEC SA5000 massage chair. Our intent is to provide a chair buyer with an objective review and evaluation of a given massage chair. We use a 5 category system. Equal weight is given to each category. Each category can earn from 0 to 20 points. The points are then summed up to provide you with an overall score. The 5 categories cover the following: Warranty & Customer Service, Comfort / Ergonomics, Ease of Use, Features and Massage Therapy. This system gives us a disciplined process of evaluating a massage chair. We hope you find this helping in your search for the best massage recliner for your needs. The HEC-SA5000 massage chair recliner price is in the $ 3,000 to $ 4,000 range.

Warranty & Customer Service:
Let us start at the company level and rate the warranty and customer service for Sanyo. Warranty coverage is a good benchmark of the manufacturer's confidence is its product. Sanyo gives a 1 year labor, 1 year parts and 1 year in-home service. It does cover the roller mechanism for 3 years. For a company as large as Sanyo, the warranty is a little weaker than we would expect. Sanyo did start offering in-home service, which is an important service upgrade to match others in the industry. At least with in-home service they provide 1 year. Overall, customer service is competent. They have a national hot line with 24/7 service. Turnaround time on service is ok. Our rating in this category is 15.

Comfort & Ergonomics:
When one thinks of a massage chair, you think of comfort and relaxation. The ergonomics of the chair design needs to be comfortable and fit the users. The SA 5000 has a nice appearance with the triangular armrests. The armrests are well padded and comfortable. The side view of the chair is a little plain below the armrest detail which is a little industrial from our point of view. The chair is comfortable to sit in. The upholstered back pad is plush and soft to the touch. The headrest pillow can be adjusted to accommodate different users. The leg rest is one area of ​​concern in that it can not be adjusted or extended. Taller users may want to see how well they fit in the chair. This chair was originally designed for the Japanese market, so it is scaled for the target population. Our rating in this category is 15.

Ease of Use:
We are always concerned with how easy a massage chair is to use. There are an ever increasing number of features and options, but the manufacturers need to make it easy to use. Everyone wants the best technology has to offer, but not at the expense of a steep learning curve. We like the remote for the SA 5000. This is a clean and simple design. There are 4 automatic programs with one-touch buttons. If you like the massage you are getting and the area, then hit the Program Memory button and the chair will remember. This is like having additional automatic programs at your disposal. The side panel controls the lower body air system with individual controls for the lower body, calf, foot and thigh. Our rating in this category is 18.

The prominent features in the SA 5000 are the Stiffness Detection Sensor and the GK Rollers. The stiffness detection sensor is based on lie detection technology. This sensor detects stress points throughout your whole back. The stiffness detection gauges fatigue by monitoring changes in your perspiration and pulse rate. This information is then fed into the computer and the software will adjust the massage programs to target areas of stiffness or tight muscles. The GK Rollers are specially designed rollers that have the capability to perform a grip or grinding massage. The GK roller technology "reaches out" and grabs you. This is especially effective for the neck and shoulder area. These rollers squeeze your shoulders and neck area to emulate the grinding and kneading of a professional masseuse. Our rating in this category is 18.

Massage Therapy:
The SA 5000 comes with 4 automatic programs, 4 programs stored in Memory, 4 manual massage techniques and 4 massage courses for targeted relief of stress areas. You can select from 5 roller width setting and 5 massage speed settings. The 4 full body automatic courses include: Stiffness, Relax, Recovery and Fine. Sanyo incorporates its exclusive multi-point shiatsu massage for the legs and feet. The air system covers the lower body including the feet, calves and thighs. There are a total of 24 airbags. The air only comfort course includes a multi-point shiatsu massage is delivered to the lower body for a comforting lower body massage. There is also an ankle grip massage. The ankle grip massage is performed by holding a range of built in airbags around the foot. Our rating in this category is 18.

Overall, we rate the Sanyo SA-5000 an 84/100. The SA 5000 comes with many of the same technologies as Sanyo's high end version the DR7700. The stroke length of the back rollers is 28 inches compared to 31 inches for the DR 7700, but most of the same technology is in the SA 5000. The factory warranty is just OK and you may want to explore an extended warranty to equal other manufacturer's coverage. The GK rollers are a nice feature for neck and shoulder coverage. The leg rest would be more ergonomic for the American market if there was an extension built in. If you are looking for a massage chair recliner in this category, the SA 5000 is one you should check out.

Source by James Knolan

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Product Review – DIY Thesis Theme For WordPress

Over the last 6 weeks I have been struggling to find the right designer for a blog I wanted to add to my core website. The purpose of the blog would be to house my monthly newsletters which are sent via Constant Contact as well as capture traditional posts that relate to my business.

The first place to turn was my existing web designer. We discussed the design elements that I required and the various themes that were possible.

At that point he began to customize a template. The problem was that this designer was flat out unreliable.

The main issue was his ability to deliver on the agreed upon time lines. After 2 warnings I fired him.

Next it was off to Elance. Having hired freelancers from Elance over the last month I was certain I would find someone to complete the work and do it in a reasonable amount of time with a reasonable cost. I even went so far as to hand select those freelancers that I wanted to bid on the job after reviewing their portfolios and feedback scores. After 3 days I dialed in a college grad student, had a conversation regarding the specs and agreed on the price.

Finally I was on my way and awaiting the first round of design possibilities.

That is until 24 hours later when this designer had a change of heart and decided that the job was not for him.

Now I was back to square one.

While doing a Google search for keywords clean, fresh, WordPress design template I found a link to DIY Themes Thesis template. What attracted me to click through and to know more was the designer Chris Pearson. He is the original author of the wildly popular 'Cutline' WordPress theme. It seems that he had just recently launched a new template called Thesis.

I clicked through to his site and was stunned.

More than just a great looking theme, Chris has build a phenomenal interface and tutorial that makes the process of getting installed and live the easiest I have encountered. Was it seamless? You tell me what computer program is. Is there a support forum that is available on the site with members that actually respond? Yes. Is Chris answering client's inquiries himself? Yes, he is.

Best of all he has build a control panel that sits inside of the WordPress admin area that makes tasks like adding alt tags to pictures, adding tabs for pages, author and date control on posts and pages, simple stats and scripts management, etc., etc. unbelievably easy.

Having successfully installed the Thesis Theme in very short order I needed to get back to the requirement I had of customization. I needed to add my company colors, logos, pictures, etc. I once again set out to hire someone to do it and I posted a new job on Elance with the requirement that the designer know the Thesis Theme.

Then a funny thing happened.

While I was waiting for freelancers to bid on my job I started poking around the tutorials on the DIY Theme site. Low and behold after reading the tutorials and assorted posts in the forum I was doing the customization myself.

Let's be clear, I have limited WordPress coding skills, at best. Any yet today I am live with a good looking blog that has my logo, my company colors, photos and layout of my choice. All of this was done by myself and I only invested about 4 hours over 3 days to get it completed. Considering what it costs to hire a designer versus the price of the theme, and all of the help and innovation that comes with it, this is the best investment of time and money I have made in my internet presence, ever.

Source by R. Adam Shore