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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.”

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.

Getting a healthy jump start on matters of the heart

Well it’s not quite February yet, but we thought we’d get ahead of the curve and begin posting about Heart Health today!

Why? Well we just ran across this interesting article in the BBC today: Vegetarians ‘cut heart risk by 32%’. The piece outlines findings from a recent study which illustrates the role that Vegetarianism can play in promoting a stronger ticker.

It reads in part:

A study of 44,500 people in England and Scotland showed vegetarians were 32% less likely to die or need hospital treatment as a result of heart disease.

Differences in cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body weight are thought to be behind the health boost.

Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Heart disease is a major blight in Western countries. It kills 94,000 people in the UK each year – more than any other disease, and 2.6 million people live with the condition.

The heart’s own blood supply becomes blocked up by fatty deposits in the arteries that nourish the heart muscle. It can cause angina or even lead to a heart attack if the blood vessels become completely blocked.

Dr Francesca Crowe said: “The main message is that diet is an important determinant of heart health, I’m not advocating that everyone eats a vegetarian diet.”

The results showed the vegetarians had lower blood pressure, lower levels of “bad” cholesterol and were more likely to have a healthy weight.

Tracy Parker, from the British Heart Foundation, said: “But remember, choosing the veggie option on the menu is not a shortcut to a healthy heart. After all, there are still plenty of foods suitable for vegetarians that are high in saturated fat and salt.”

The study was originally published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The Isagenix IsaLean Shake

The  meal replacement shake is great for heart health because it’s nutritious, low in calories and provides a balance of quality whey protein, active enzymes, fiber, and other essential vitamins. It helps burn fat and maximize nutrient intake, preventing food cravings and overeating.


ActiveForever carries these and other Isagenix products.

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When it Comes to Weight Loss, Consider the Timing–Not Just the Content–of Your Diet

So you’re doing everything right. You’ve done the impossible and stayed true to your New Year’s resolutions.

You figured out ways to soldier on with regularly scheduled sweat sessions despite a recent weather pattern that screams at you to surrender to the security of your most comfortable blanket.

You stick to your diet and remain ever mindful of what you eat; but somehow the weight loss just isn’t going as planned.

According to a new study published today in the International Journal of Obesity, when it comes to losing weight, the time you eat can have as much of an effect as what you eat. (Original article appears here.)

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“We should start to consider meal timing in addition to calories and meal composition when thinking about weight loss.”

-Frank Scheer, senior author of the study, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate neuroscientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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It’s definitely food for thought, and a welcome bit of news as far as we’re concerned. Who wants to put off that long-awaited lunch break anyway? After all, doing so is bad for your health!

Stamina 4-Way Mini Trampoline

The Stamina 4-Way Mini-Trampoline is just $49.17. An hour on it will cause a 150 lbs. adult to burn around 250 calories!!

Rain Soaking your Outdoor Exercises? Have a Ball Instead!

Sure this near-constant cover of rain and drizzle for the past few days is outstanding for the drought-ridden desert ecosystem that is Phoenix, but it’s murder for an exercise routine that includes running, walking or biking outdoors. Even heading to the gym can be a chore if walking through the parking lot gets you drenched to the core.

Speaking of core… Exercise Balls are an extremely effective way to target core muscles while working out indoors. They are available in different sizes, making them so versatile they can supply a fun, full-body work-out all on their own, or with a set of hand-weights. Too busy to work out? An exercise ball can even provide a work-out while just sitting at your desk.

The Health Mark Swiss Chair Ball is one of the best all-around fitness tools for core strength training as well as rehabilitation. Training with an exercise ball helps to fine tune coordination and increase muscle tone. With just this simple tool, users can enjoy all the benefits of low-impact workouts without the need for gym memberships or costly training sessions. Exercise balls don’t require a lot of room, are easy to store and maintain and are perfect for when inclement weather discourages venturing out of doors.

Health Mark Swiss Chair Ball

The Health Mark Swiss Chair Ball is a key fixture in the home of fitness-minded individuals. Even as a chair it provides a quality core work-out. $83.30

Click here for the Top Ten Best Exercise Ball Exercises.

(Instructions and demonstrational videos included.)

Don’t forget to spice up your routine with these tried and true indoor favorites as well:

Fun, Effective and FREE Indoor Exercises:


  • Jump Rope
  • Abdominal Crunches and Plank
  • Sit-ups/Push-ups (these work great with the ball)
  • Squats
  • Stair-stepping
  • Lunges
  • Running in place
  • Knee-Lifts

Big wins for Folic Acid

The benefits of folic acid, or “folate” are numerous. So it’s unfortunate that such a large proportion of the population is deficient in this vital nutrient. Low levels of folic acid can lead to anemia, kidney and liver complications, etc., as well as an inability to absorb nutrients in general.

Folate enjoys wide consumption as a way to prevent certain types of cancers, heart issues, stroke, hearing and memory loss, gum infections, osteoporosis, depression and more. It’s been used as a treatment for alcoholism. Expectant mothers take it to prevent miscarriage and birth defects.

In a press release issued today, Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and owner of Vital Health, Inc. suggests “L-MethylFolate” to be the preferred form of folate ingestion due to long-standing absorption issues associated with other methods.

“L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (L-5-MTHF) is the predominate form of folate. L-5-MTHF is a reduced, metabolically active form of folate that occurs naturally in foods and is the primary form of folate found in the blood and tissues,” Griffin says in the report. “As a result, it is far more effective for people who have or are prone to a folic acid deficiency.”

Just as every rose has it’s thorn, so have there been reported downsides to adding folate to your vitamin regimen. Some studies have linked it to increasing the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Contrary evidence released today sheds a ray of hope on the subject. A study, conducted by Stein Emil Vollset, MD, from the University of Bergen in Norway, receives analysis in this Health.com article.

“The study provides reassurance about the safety of folic acid intake, either from supplements or through fortification, when taken for up to five years,” study author Robert Clarke, from the University of Oxford, said in a journal news release.

Bread: Folate rich since 1993. Click for info on the healthiest types. Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Bread: Folate rich since 1993. Click for info on the healthiest types. | Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

As with everything of nutritional value, folic acid is found in an assortment of fruits and veggies. For the past 15 years, federal law has required carb manufacturers to add folic acid—a water soluble ‘B’ vitamin—to their products. These days everything from flour, and breads, to pastas, cereals, cookies and crackers is flush with folate.

Still, there simply is no substitute for the real thing. Not only is folate obtained via natural foods more efficiently absorbed, but the risks associated with supplement intake is nullified.

 

Eat healthy!!

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Eat these:

Naturally high Folate foods:


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Mmmm… broccoli… Click for broccoli-rich, side dish recipes from allrecipes.com. | Image courtesy of Toa55 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Melons
  • Lemons
  • Beans
  • Yeast
  • Mushrooms
  • Beef
  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Orange juice
  • Tomato juice

 

 

 

 

Women, are you *still* smoking?

The answer is “Yes” according to new research published today by the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study reports that these days women who smoke are at a much greater risk of dying from lung cancer than their predecessors. This is due to a growing parity in smoking habits among men and women over the years. Apparently today’s woman has come a long way baby as far as smoking younger and more often.

In fact, women have basically achieved equal opportunity when it comes to dying from smoke related diseases such as emphysema. If they continue on this tar and nicotine filled trajectory, they will surpass men… in a very unsavory way.

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t think this is the right way to go about achieving greater equality.

Smoke like a man, die like a man: Study says women have caught up to men on lung cancer risk – The Washington Post.

Time to QUIT. But don’t do it alone! Here’s how:


 

Click the pic for info on how to quit smoking for good! Credit: voxxi/Shutterstock photos

Resolution and Weight/Weight Loss Revelations

aflogo-96x96Let’s face it. These days, weight loss tops the list of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions. Of course many also hope to get a new job, better education, etc., However it seems that all but the conviction to shed a problematic fat suit is engulfed in the wake of the post-holiday surrender to reality.

Not that we are lazy or that we give up easily, it’s just that continuing on with the same job or level of education does not increase our risk of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, along with a whole host of serious health issues that are part of and parcel of being—and staying— overweight. (In other words, your physician will not peer at you from behind a furrowed brow of concern in response to your modest salary.)

Many of us view the debut of a new year as a solid, tangible break from the past that translates into a “break” from our old, unhealthy habits. It’s a whole new paradigm; another chance.

As we should. Depending on your disposition, you can either view the American obesity epidemic as discouraging or an opportunity for growth; *not* in the physical sense of course.

Percentages of Overweight Americans Ages 20+


  • More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity.
  • Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • The prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women (about 36 percent).
  • About 8 percent of women are considered to have extreme obesity.

Source: Weight-control Information Network

Yesterday we wrote about some healthy weight findings that we found to be a little unorthodox: A recent study claims that those who carry a few extra pounds around have a lower risk of premature death than that of their healthy weight counterparts. The article does not address obesity however. A person is obese when their BMI (body mass index) is 30 percent or above.

This is a different story. An article in USA Today “weighs” in on the topic with the help of a few reputable physicians. The piece is a fitting follow-up to yesterday’s post. Plus it includes links to diet and exercise tips and information on how to lose weight by forming healthier habits.

Need help sticking to your resolutions? We do too!

 

Resolution and Weight/Weight Loss Shockers

aflogo-96x96Perhaps prompted by all the hyper-idealistic discussion about resolutions (which always inevitably revolve around diet and weight loss,) the Los Angeles Times recently reported that a few extra pounds is fine for your health.

I don’t know about you, but this news prompts in me a rare reaction of simultaneous shock and comfort. It evokes the former because it flies in the face of virtually everything else I’ve heard regarding weight and health for ohhh… my lifetime; a.k.a., more than the past thirty years.

It’s comforting because I am—like many of you I’m sure (hey, we’re Americans)—a few pounds overweight. I’m working on it though. My meticulously planned resolutions are on track now for three days and counting.

Regardless, the story is worth a gander. Plus the page features a Dr. Oz “Real Age” calculator. It’s smack dab in the middle of the story in the form of a Google Ad, but as far as ads go, you have to admit, it’s a good one. If you’ve never calculated your real age, it’s worth a go. It can be a real eye opening experience; and depending on your lifestyle, that can be either good or bad. You’ve been warned.

If this short series of bombshells are not enough for you, take heed. Solace comes in the form of another article listed off to the left of the page under “RELATED.” There is a link to a bit of news that ran in late December. It reports that running is actually a more effective way to shed pounds than weight training.

(Huh?) What is going on in this bizarro world of ours?

Personally, I’m happy about this one too. I like lifting weights, but through the years I have found a shortage of things in this world that that offer a greater sense of satisfaction and well-being than a good, hard, sweat-inducing, mind-wandering, run.

Not only does it promote a leaner body and a stronger heart, but it just as equally results in clarity of mind and an overall sense of calm.

Ahhh… 2013 is going to be a great year. I can feel it.

Ooohhh…. Jackpot.

 

Creative Relief for Arthritis, or Chronic Pain due to “Arthritis”

aflogo-96x96The cold winter months can bring pain and discomfort for arthritis sufferers. Joint inflammation, commonly known as “arthritis” affects all age groups including nearly 300,000 children. It is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability.

In severe cases, arthritis can interfere with the most basic daily tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, using a computer, brushing your teeth or preparing food.

Fortunately, thanks to new treatments, the disease process that leads to joint destruction can be controlled in most people – particularly those with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Carex Hot & Cold Pack

Carex BED BUDDY Hot & Cold Pack for fast and effective treatment of aches and pains. $8.95

The Carex Bed Buddy products from ActiveForever offers a range of reusable products that provide moist heat and cold therapy to relieve chronic pain.

Form-fitting designs of soft touch fabrics target pain-prone areas. They serve as an effective, natural alternative (or complement) to over-the-counter drugs.

The Bed Buddy Hot & Cold Pack easily conforms to the body, even when cold.

Carex Bed Buddy Iso Ball

The Carex Bed Buddy Iso Ball provides instant relief from arthritis joint pain. $4.67

 

Plus it’s simple and safe, filled with natural grains, herbs and flowers and is available in a number of scents including lavender, rose and cherry blossom, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange, vanilla, coconut, almond and more.

The Bed Buddy Iso-Ball is a unique product designed to help patients living with arthritis by providing moist heat therapy. The Iso-Ball fits in the palm, providing warmth while you exercise your hand.

The moist heat makes it easier to exercise and increase movement in arthritic joints. You will feel improvement in pain and stiffness almost immediately.

The Bed Buddy Warming Bear is a cute and cuddly way to apply soothing moist heat. Buddy was designed with 100 percent natural grains in his belly, hands and feet. He can be used hot or cold to keep you warm through those cool nights or provide soothing comfort to an ear or tooth ache.

Buddy the Bed Buddy Warming Bear

Buddy the Bed Buddy Warming Bear is so cute and cuddly and he warms in seconds or can be frozen to provide comfort and relief. $16.88

 

Hemorrhoids Among Most Widely Searched Terms in 2012

aflogo-96x96Yes, that’s right. At the top of the list, accompanying Whitney Houston, Hurricane Sandy, Presidential Election, Kate Middleton, etc., as the most frequently searched terms this year, were “hemorrhoids,” according to Google’s annual “zeitgeist” report.

Analysts speculated that this could be due to the personal nature of the condition people prefer to cure hemorrhoids at home, rather than talk to their physician about it.

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that are found in and around the anus and lower rectum. They can be internal, which means inside the anus. Or, they may be external, which means they are found outside the anus.

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What are the causes and risks of the condition?


Hemorrhoids are dilated blood vessels, but the reasons why they occur are not always clear. Some types of hemorrhoids run in families.

Other factors that increase a person’s risk for hemorrhoids include:

ActiveForever’s Patricka and Rocky Complete the Iron Girl 5k!!

aflogo-96x96ActiveForever is very proud of their own Patricka Fletcher and Raquel, (Rocky) Johnson for committing to, and completing, the annual Iron Girl 5K run this past weekend. Rocky’s daughter Kira joined in the fun too.

Go Patricka GO!!

All three women braved brutally early, pre-dawn hours and what felt like Subarctic temperatures to give it their all. This was Patricka’s fifth year participating in the run. It was the third year for both Rocky and Kira.

Although Patricka admits she did not train as often as she would’ve preferred, she remains consistently committed to a healthy diet and regular exercise and was able to finish a thoroughly impressive 24th in her age group!

CONGRATS PATRICKA, ROCKY and KIRA!!

Iron Girl was launched in 2004 as a way to celebrate and promote the idea of healthy living for women. They use their Web site as a resource with training and nutrition tips as well as health-oriented columns. The annual run serves as a platform by which fitness-focused women can display all the progress they’ve made toward a healthier lifestyle.

Participants choose between the 5k run and the 10 mile run.

SUCCESS!!!

Exercise for Reduction of Holiday Stress

aflogo-96x96Physical activity increases the heart rate and enhances fitness. People who engage in exercise are less likely to develop many serious diseases. An inactive lifestyle doubles the risk of having a heart attack.

Exercise is an excellent way to improve not only physical health but mental health as well.

The stress of the holidays can cause even the most balanced among us to feel out of sorts. So drop the candy cane and hop on the stationary bike or rowing machine, STAT.

The Stamina AVARI Conversion II Rower Recumbent Bike brings you the best of both worlds in one convenient, fold-able  space-saving package. Molded-foam seat and back support with 15 available positions and 8 different resistance levels make it easy to ensure a customized workout for any body.

Stamina AVARI Conversion II Rower Recumbent Bike

The Stamina AVARI Conversion II Rower Recumbent Bike is both a bike and a rowing machine with 8 resistance levels

 

Benefits of physical activity


People who get enjoyable, regular physical activity can improve their overall quality of life. Physical activity can lower a person’s risk for the following disorders:

Thermotex Infrared Heating Pad Platinum

aflogo-96x96The Thermotex Infrared Heating Pad Platinum from ActiveForever is superior to other heating pads, in that it relieves pain using far infrared light. The body absorbs the thermal energy of the infrared rays, providing users with a deep penetrating heat. This gently increases the blood flow which results in fast, soothing pain relief while helping the treated area to heal without burning or dehydrating the skin.

Whether pain strikes at home, in the office, on the road, etc., this advanced portable therapy system is so versatile, it can go anywhere you go. The Thermotex Infrared Heating Pad Platinum comes with adjustable Velcro fasteners that keep it secured to virtually any part of the body.

The popular, FDA Approved Heating Pad from Thermotex is ideal for sprains and strains, as well as chronic medical conditions including arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, and osteoarthritis.

Learn more about Thermotex in Bottom Line Natural Healing with Dr. Mark Stengler

The Thermotex Infrared Heating Pad Platinum soothes pain with far infrared technology. The advanced heating pad approved by the FDA and ActiveForever!

Muscles Get Relief with The DMS Deep Muscle Stimulator

aflogo-96x96The DMS Deep Muscle Stimulator is such an effective pain management tool, you’ll never want to reach for bottled, synthetic pain relievers again. Now you can begin to feel relief organically, naturally from within.

You simply relax and allow the hard-working DMS to unleash your body’s natural healing powers.

Its gentle stretching action goes to work on muscles and connective tissues, concentrating on general or local muscle spasms. It relieves pain by increasing both muscle metabolism and the lactic acid cycle.

The trusted and popular device is FDA Approved. It penetrates deep into muscle tissue with rapid, short-duration percussion for effective management of acute and chronic pain due to a number of conditions associated with strains, lactic acid build up, and scar tissue.

This includes migraines, sciatica, TMJ, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis pain among others.

The DMS is a favorite among the best trainers and therapists. It enables athletes to do more exercise and training, as well as recover from injuries quicker. The Deep Muscle Stimulator enjoys a reputation for being more effective than any other vibration therapy device on the market.

Composed of stainless steel and titanium with no plastic or rubber parts, this durable muscle stimulator to last for years.

Invacare Medical Equipment – the XPO2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator

aflogo-96x96When it comes to the essentials in life, none hold more weight than precious, life-giving oxygen.

For those who struggle with this basic necessity, a portable oxygen concentrator is a great blessing. The Invacare XPO2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator is one of ActiveForever’s best-selling, medical equipment items.

The XPO2 is one of the smallest oxygen therapy devices on the market and one of our best-sellers

The Invacare XPO2 provides healing oxygen
therapy in a lightweight package. The popular XPO2 weighs less than eight pounds, placing it among the smallest oxygen concentrators available, including home concentrators. The controls are simple and easy to understand. The XPO2 oxygen therapy is FAA approved for air travel because of it’s ability to operate at a higher altitude than most portable oxygen concentrators–up to 10,000 feet. The internal battery provides the Invacare XPO2 with up to 2.5 hours of battery life while an optional additional battery pack increases use to up to 5 hours.

The Invacare XP02 kit includes concentrator, case, AC adaptor, DC adaptor, and extra battery pack.