Health March 2012

The latest healthcare options for your clan's well-being.

Alanna Weissman

Best Buddies

Heal a child’s injury while providing comfort with Carex Health Brands’ Bed Buddy Warming and Cooling Bear. The huggable teddy bear can be cooled in a freezer or heated in a microwave to bring soothing pain relief to your tot’s aches— and yours. The Bed Buddy is available at drugstores and at

Vertical Veggies

Grow healthy produce at home with Rhonda Massingham Hart’s Vertical Vegetables and Fruit (Storey). The guide offers tips and tricks on gardening and growing food with vertical rather than horizontal farming, making the techniques attainable for even apartment dwellers. Cultivate a green thumb at

Goodbye to Germs

Kill harmful germs in seconds with the Pocket Purifier. Implementing the same technology used to sterilize surgical tools, the device uses a UV-C light to eliminate 99.9 percent of mold, fungus, and cold- and flu-causing germs, along with more serious culprits, such as E. coli and salmonella. The Pocket Purifier is available at


Encourage kids to get active with the Kids’ Yoga Deck (Chronicle). The boxed set of cards displays 50 yoga poses and games, which entices kids to love this relaxing form of exercise. If you become a fan, check out the line’s adult-geared decks, which feature yoga, Pilates, the fitness ball and other great activities. Stretch over to to buy.

Go Coconuts

Instead of soft drinks, offer kids a healthier alternative with Chocolate ZICO. With a taste similar to chocolate milk, the electrolyte-laden flavored coconut water weighs in at 110 calories in a 14-ounce bottle and offers more potassium than two bananas. It’s also suitable for using to whip up sweet treats, such as freezer pops and slushies. Check out the entire line of ZICO beverages at

Skin Soother

Is itchiness driving your family mad? Dr. Mineral/Mineral Skin Solution may help mollify your child’s eczema, Molluscum contagiosum, dry or atopic skin. The steroid-free solution uses all-natural minerals and botanical extracts to strengthen skin cells and protect the largest organ of the body. Natural minerals may also shield against skin dehydration. Learn more at

Smart Snacking

Give your child a a pre-made, wholesome snack with Crunch Pak’s Disney Foodles. Packaged in the shape of Mickey Mouse and featuring your child’s favorite Disney characters, Foodles contain nutritious, perfectly portioned bites, such as sliced apples, grapes and cheese. Make your child a healthier lunch with help from Foodles and other great products at

Sports Safety

Parents of young athletes would be wise to invest in the Impact Indicator. The chin strap alerts coaches to players’ head injuries and undiagnosed concussions, which are often ignoredduring a game. The gadget measures the G-force and duration of hits to an athlete’s head, lighting up if he sustains too many hits to continue safe play. Get the full scoop at

Breathe Easy

Inhale clean air at home with Oregon Scientific’s Air Sanitizer. The purifier reduces odors, allergens and airborne bacteria at whichever fan speed you choose. The product also measures and displays the air quality level, giving you assurance that your air is clean. For details, see

Fantastic Flax

For those who are vegan, intolerant of gluten or lactose, or just trying to eat mindfully, Flaxmilk is a delicious beverage choice. With one eight-ounce serving providing as much calcium as cow’s milk at only 50 calories, vitamin-enriched, trans fat- and cholesterol-free Flaxmilk also supports weight management. Unlike other dairy-free milk substitutes, such as almond and soy milk, Flaxmilk is completely derived from plants, making it suitable for people with nut and soy allergies. Learn about the benefits of flax at and buy Flaxmilk at Wal-Mart.

This column appeared in the March 2012 issue.