Monthly Archives: February 2013

Viviscal Hair Growth Fixes for the Follicularly Challenged

Hair is everywhere. Long, silky manes, meticulously coiffed dos and everything in between are front and center in fashion magazines, billboards, movies, TV and beyond. So when hair is everywhere, except on your head, it’s a problem… especially if you are a woman.

It’s no wonder then, that hair growth solutions make up an advanced and lucrative industry. When it comes to their crowning glory, women have a lot of choices, but it’s important that they make a smart one.

Viviscal Hair Shampoo and Rinse Tray

Viviscal Hair Shampoo and Rinse Tray $19.95

Extensions are damaging and can exacerbate hair loss so they are a poor choice for someone who doesn’t just need added length, but actual hair regrowth.

Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Hair Growth Supplementsare a top-seller among the comprehensive line of Viviscal solutions for hair loss. The extra strength formula addresses the major causes of hair loss in naturally progressing stages. Stage one hits the reset button for thinning hair and sets the stage for new growth. In this preliminary phase, hair follicles are essentially re-nourished and new hair is able to grow in newly “fertile” ground. Stage two strengthens and revitalizes existing hair, building thickness and volume. Stage three promotes growth at and below the hairline where hair tends to be thin and wispy. By stage four the new head of glorious head of hair is strengthened with restored shine and resiliency.

The supplements can be used with the Viviscal Gentle Shampoo and Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner for a double, or even triple follicular whammy!

Viviscal Hair Nutrient, Hair Growth Tablets

Get the long, luscious locks you’ve always wanted with this 5 Star consumer rated product! $39.95

32 GB Crossover Pocket Player for Visually Impaired Media Lovers

The PlexTalk Pocket DAISY Player PTP1 is a lightweight, easy-to-use, crossover media player with an embedded text-to-speech engine and up to 32GB of available space.

The Daisy was created for busy, resourceful individuals who need a handy, organizational tool for their media files. It’s expert design and intuitive functionality are ideal for anyone with visual or learning impairments.

Plextalk Pocket Daisy PTP1

With 32 GB of space the Plextalk Pocket Daisy Player PTP1 is enormous on functionality but small on size and price. $349.00 and ships FREE.

Structured, voice memo recording enables the user to easily log phone numbers, appointments, memos, etc., Users experience crystal clear playback of voice recordings, music and audio books on the SD card or an external USB drive, via top-quality speakers.

When the DAISY is connected to a PC, it becomes an external drive with an abundance of available space. It is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7 and features easy, drag-and-drop functionality for hassle-free, file transfer. It is available in white or black.

SIGVARIS Compression Stockings for Greater Health

Compression stockings lead to healthier legs according to physicians worldwide. Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, a certified vein specialist at the Vein Healthcare Center writes:

“Venous disease is one of the most common health problems in the U.S., affecting approximately 50 percent of the population. The condition includes varicose veins, spider veins, or deep vein thrombosis.

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The SIGVARIS 772 Transparent Compression Panty Hose 20-30 mmHg are silky soft and they ship FREE. $107.96

Today, there are several outpatient, minimally invasive treatments for vein issues. One alternative is compression therapy.

Compression stockings can prevent vein problems from occurring, relieve venous symptoms such as leg swelling, fatigue or achiness and decrease the likelihood of a blood clot.”

The pressure supplied by these stockings or various compression garments facilitates healthy blood flow. Compression therapy usually utilizes “gradient” or graduated compression stockings. This means the most concentrated level of compression is at the ankle.

The pressure reduces further up the leg, enabling the veins to more efficiently transport blood back up to the heart. This prevents blood pooling in the feet and enables the management of chronic and often dangerous venous disorders such as the above mentioned DVT as well as Phlebitis, Edema and others.

SIGVARIS is part of an internationally active, physician founded medical device group. For the past 140 years, SIGVARIS has focused on the development, production and distribution of medical compression garments. With distribution in more than 60 countries on six continents, SIGVARIS is recognized as a global industry leader in the area of compression therapy.

SIGVARIS Compression Stockings utilizes double covered yarn so your skin isn’t exposed to spandex, making them more comfortable. SIGVARIS stockings are more durable and easier to put on. They feature several different product lines to address specific needs.

Women wanting the benefits of compression therapy without sacrificing comfort and fashion appreciate that SIGVARIS’ EverSheer stockings are some of the sheerest and most popular hosiery on the market. Once you put on any of the SIGVARIS compression products you’ll immediately feel what the industry refers to as “the SIGVARIS difference.”

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These SIGVARIS Womens EverSheer Compression Panty Hose 20-30 mmHg are utterly indistinguishable from even the most flattering lingerie. $107.96 and the shipping’s FREE.

Weather Forecasts Call for Heavy Snow as “Q” Storms In

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February 20, 2013, Scottsdale, Ariz. snowfall from the vantage point of the ActiveForever balcony!

Judging by the snowfall in Scottsdale yesterday it’s safe to say winter isn’t over just yet. Weather forecasts predict some pretty significant storms across the country.

The following excerpts from “Huff Post Green:”

A powerful winter storm system moving through the central United States could bring up to a foot of snow to areas of the Plains and reach as far east as the Ohio Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

The Weather Channel has named the system winter storm “Q,” apparently after the New York City subway line, according to The New York Times. But as whimsical as the name might be, authorities aren’t taking winter storm Q lightly.

The STABILicers Heavy Duty Ice Cleats are a 5 star consumer rated product and they ship FREE.$44.95

Winter storm warnings were issued from Colorado to Illinois Wednesday as the system dumped snow in the Rockies and moved eastward. According to the Associated Press, hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders were prepped in St. Louis Wednesday, well in advance of the storm…

AccuWeather forecasted snowfall totaling up to 24 inches for areas of the Plains, with snow and ice spanning a large part of the central U.S.

Are you prepared?

The Snow Joe Ultra 13.5 Amp Electric Snow Thrower is an “ActiveForever Approved” and 5 star consumer rated product. $220.35

Lady Gaga Could Benefit from some Far Infrared

Lady Gaga has cancelled her entire U.S. tour due to pains from Synovitis.

Medical tests revealed Gaga has a labral tear of the right hip. A hip labral tear involves the ring of soft elastic tissue, called the labrum, that follows the outside rim of the socket of the hip joint.

Often compared to lupus, Synovitis, also known as “Toxic Synovitis” is an inflammation within the hip joint. A diagnosis is obtained following an ultrasound or joint x-rays of the hip or blood tests.

What is going on in the body?


Synovitis is a non-traumatic hip pain, which means that it is not caused by an injury. Instead, pain is caused by swelling and inflammation in the hip. Synovitis often follows an upper respiratory infection such as a cold or flu.

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?


  • pain in one hip
  • a limp or inability to bear weight because of the hip pain
  • low grade fever at the beginning of the illness
  • knee and thigh pain on the affected side
  • often the infected person does not appear to be ill

What are the causes and risks of the disease?


While Synovitis often follows an upper respiratory infection, the exact cause is not clear, so there is no known prevention.

According to The Detroit News (and others) Lady Gaga released the following statement when announcing the initial cancellations: “I am completely devastated and heartsick. I’ve been hiding this injury and pain from my staff for a month, praying it would heal, but after last night’s performance I could not walk.”

Far Infrared therapy has been known to be especially effective in relieving pain from inflammation or irritation such as that caused by conditions like Synovitis or lupus.

What is Far Infrared Heat?


Far Infrared is a band of light that we perceive as heat. While we cannot see infrared heat, we can feel its effects. Infrared radiation, or radiant heat, represents over half of the energy emitted by the Sun and is divided into three segments: near, middle, and far.

Infrared rays heat our body by a process called conversion. Through conversion, far infrared heat can penetrate organic substances such as the human body without heating the air in between. By using far infrared heat as opposed to traditional heating methods, you enable the heat to penetrate deeper into your body without the skin discomfort of heating pads, hot towels, and some pain relief gels/creams.

Vivo Infrared Jade Sauna. Regularly $17,999.00, is available at ActiveForever at 24% off for $13,500.00. Shipping is FREE.

 

The Vivo Infrared Jade Sauna (right) is a new and wildly popular addition to the ActiveForever infrared product line. As with most of our Infrared products, shipping is FREE on each of these items.

 

 

 

 

 

The Infrared Portable Sauna is an “ActiveForever Approved” product. Regularly $3,499.99, is available at ActiveForever at 43% off  for $1,995.00. Shipping is FREE.

 

 

The Infrared Portable Sauna is a 5 Star Rated, ActiveForever product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Thermotex Knee Infrared Heating Pad (below) provides safe, non-invasive and highly effective therapy and relief.

The Thermotex Knee Infrared Heating Pad is an “ActiveForever Approved” product. Regularly $199.00, is available at 15% off for $169.00. Shipping is FREE!

Cute Scooter Alert!

The new EW-18 STAND-N-RIDE scooter from eWheels are in stock at ActiveForever and ready to ship!! This powerful, quiet little electric scooter is available in both red and blue for $999.00 plus shipping.

They’ve got a 400 Watt 36 volt brushless hub motor, can carry up to 300 lbs., removable seat, (you can ride them standing up) and they’re Cute! They’re perfect for anyone in the market for a pre-mobility scooter or for anyone who just wants a little lift gettin’ around town!

eWheels EW-18 Stand-N-Ride: a smooth and simple mobility scooter. $999.00

eWheels EW-18 Stand-N-Ride: a simplified, smooth, mobility scooter. $999.00

STAND-N-RIDE SPECS:


Overall Length: 41 in.
Overall Width: 27 in.
Overall Height: 28.5 in. (folded)
Deck Height: 22 in. (seat installed)
Ground Clearance: 4.25 in.
Seat Type: Wide Saddle Seat
Bicycle Seat Dimension: 14.5 in. width/10in. depth
Tuning Radius: 22 in.
Tire Type: Non-marking, Pneumatic
Front Wheel Size: 16/2.125 in.
Rear Wheel Size: 4/2.125 in.
Weight with Batteries: 78 lbs.
Shipping Weight: 80 lbs.
Maximum Speed*: 15 mph
Load Capacity: 300 lbs.
Climbing Ability: 10 degrees
Driving Range: 20-25 miles
Charging Time: 4-6 hours
Motor Type: 400 watt Brushless Hub Motor
Battery: 36 volt, 10 Ah, SLA
Charger: Smart Charger
Controller: 400 watt
Brake System: Drum Brake
Available Colors: Red and Blue
Warranty: 6 month limited warranty
*Actual range and top speed determined by user weight, battery state/charge and terrain conditions.

Nothing Says Love like Dark Chocolate

Holidays are full of traditions and Valentine’s Day is no different. No matter who you are, you have most likely been on the giving or receiving end of a box of chocolates on this most cherubic of days.

Fortunately, you and your valentine do not have to sacrifice health in the name of holiday celebration. Dark chocolate is actually good for you. It contains a higher level of beneficial, heart healthy, cocoa flavonoids than milk chocolate.

Image courtesy of m_bartosch at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of m_bartosch at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

According to an abc news article published today, the dark chocolate trend is picking up steam. Dark chocolate sales broke records this year. When pressed for an explanation, experts point to the buzz in recent years about chocolate being good for the heart.

Some studies link high chocolate consumption with a “37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease risk, a 31 percent reduction in diabetes risk and a 29 percent reduction in stroke risk when compared to low chocolate consumption.”

Also, it is safe for all the lovers out there who are lactose intolerant.

So this year make sure the goodies inside that heart shaped box are actually good for the heart!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Congenital Heart Defect survivors and their stories

February 7-14th is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. Congenital Heart Defect, also known as Congenital Heart Disease, (CHD) is any birth defect which affects the heart or the large blood vessels. Congenital means that the defect is present at birth.

Congenital Heart Defect is considered to be the most common birth defect, and is a leading cause of birth-defect related deaths worldwide. Congenital Heart Disease affects approximately 1.8 millions families in the United States according to the Congenital Heart Information Network (C.H.I.N.)

The inspirational and heart-warming Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week Pinterest page is something you don’t want to miss. Here are some of the CHD survivors on that page and their stories:

Kaden (above) was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries the day he was born. He had open heart surgery at 12 days old. Complications during and after the 11-hour surgery led the surgeon to believe his heart wouldn’t sustain life. He went home two weeks later. He has pulmonary stenosis and a small VSD but is doing amazingly well.

 

Olivia (left) was born with half a heart as a result of a severe and complicated congenital heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). During the past four years she has endured three open-heart surgeries, five heart catheters and a stroke.

 

 

 

 

Norah (right) was born with Heterodoxy, an ASD, VSD, interrupted IVC w/ Azygos continuation, an Intestinal Malrotation, minor Hydronephrosis, Pulmonary Stenosis and Polysplenia (she has 2 functional spleens). She had Ladd’s Procedure when she was 5 weeks old and open heart surgery at 9 months.

Mother says:
“We were fortunate enough to know she’d have a CHD before birth. It was tough to go through the pregnancy not knowing what would be wrong with her (bad news started when I was about 12 weeks along), but always loving her. She was, and IS, perfect. It took a long time to remember that she was perfect (at least to me) before I knew about her conditions and that they didn’t change anything. She was still the baby I loved, she’d just have a more colorful story than some.”

eWheels Scooters Combine Trend and Tradition

For those of you don’t yet know, this is the brand new eWheels EW-18 Stand-N-Ride mobility scooter from eWheels. They arrive next week so ActiveForever is busily getting their showroom ready for these little beauts as we speak.

The Stand-N-Ride features a brushless, 350 watt motor, a 25 mile range per charge, a max speed of 15 mph and a carrying capacity of 290 lbs. Customers can choose between the blue, the grey and the red model, pictured below:

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eWheels Stand-N-Ride, available now! $999.00

eWheels is a top developer, manufacturer and distributor of cost-effective, emissions-free, alternative mobility options.

The brand is unique in that they produce the hot little sports cars of the alternative transportation world, yet they’re extremely efficient.

Thanks to eWheels, these trendy modes of transport are no longer the exclusive domain of alt-rock and indie-film loving hipsters, but beloved by connoisseurs of tradition as well.

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eWheels Commute Mopeds, Folding Bikes, Mobility Scooters, from ActiveForever:


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Health Mark for Prevention of Heart Disease and Heart Attacks

After years of aggressive marketing efforts on behalf of womens’ health advocates and organizations, the long-held misconception of heart disease as being a predominantly male issue is beginning to fade.

The widely understood concept of an actual heart attack and the process in which it manifests is perhaps still a little behind the times however.

When you think of the term, heart attack, or cardiac arrest, what sort of image pops into your head? It’s most likely a man, experiencing a sudden onslaught of pain that takes over his whole body in a moment. His face registers agony as he clutches his chest and is no longer able to stand. A horrific occurrence which no one should have to endure for sure, but it is not the whole story.

For women, the process is infinitely more subtle and therefore harder to detect. Whereas men experience extreme tightening of the chest, for women it has been described as more of a discomfort. This is followed by flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, dizziness, difficulty breathing and even insomnia.

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The Health Mark Port-A-Vibe is the only ‘Whole Body Vibration’ machine built to accommodate a space conscious or fluid lifestyle. $259.00

What it boils down to is this:

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States today. It is a deadly and widespread disease with common, nondescript symptoms that are easily and very often ignored.

By the time a woman seeks treatment it is often too late.

Consider the times (like these,) when the flu virus is rampant. It’s no surprise that heart disease in so many women goes undetected.

Health Mark carries a line of affordable cardio machines for prevention such as the Port-a-Vibe Whole Body Vibration Machine.

Their extensive line of products also includes some really smart devices such as this Body Tone Heart Rate Monitor.

Health Mark Heart Rate Monitor

The Health Mark Heart Rate Monitor allows you to keep track of your heart rate so it stays in the right zone for optimal health and fitness. $64.55

Customizable preset functioning allows for individualized and thus more accurate readings.

No matter how it’s done, it’s crucial to know the symptoms and the signs of heart disease and to be pro-active about your health and the health of those around you.

Top 5 Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women


1. Fatigue

2. Shortness of Breath

3. Indigestion, Upper Abdominal Pain or Nausea

4. Jaw or Throat Pain

5. Arm Pain (Especially the left arm)

Source: abcnews

Get Fab Abs in February!

We happened upon this neat little calendar and thought it was definitely worth sharing. It’s time to get those abs in shape because bikini season is just around the corner!

February’s Charity Checkout: Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center!

Hi all! It’s February 1st and we all know what that means, right?

That’s right! It’s time to move on to February’s Charity Check-out recipient. ActiveForever is so excited to partner up with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in an effort to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other movement disorders.

So be sure to make a purchase and give what you can upon check-out. It’s for a wonderful cause that affects as many as one million American men and women today. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected.

The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center (MAPC) and Movement Disorders Clinic is a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, and a wonderful resource for people with Parkinson’s and their families. The Center was established in 1997 by Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Walker, a Phoenix philanthropist, and Dr. Abraham Lieberman.

National Wear Red Day!

It’s National Wear Red Day! Not because it’s such a beautiful color, but rather because it’s a way to show support for the women who are taking action to protect their hearts and by extension, their lives!

They do this by reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol. They maintain a healthy weight by getting regular exercise and they do not smoke. All of these actions taken together go a long way toward decreasing the risk of developing heart disease.

Are you at risk of developing heart disease? The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute helps you find out.

Together we are powerful. Let's unite and get to the heart of good health.