NorthStar Nutritionals Blog

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  • Menthol Oil – Fast, Safe, & Effective Topical Pain Relief (VIDEO)
    Posted by: Becky Jansen on April 18, 2014

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    Menthol. You know that comforting smell anywhere – it means pain relief is on the way. Nothing else has that cooling sensation when it touches your skin – or makes you feel better faster. But while menthol is one of the most well-known, powerful, over-the-counter ingredients available for pain, you may not actually know that much about this effective pain reliever…

    What is Menthol Oil?

    Menthol oil is derived from mint plants, such as peppermint, which is why you get the same cooling on your skin as you get in your mouth when you take a strong breath mint. Menthol has been approved by the FDA as an effective treatment for many aches and pains.

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  • Capsaicin Extract: Topical Pain Relief Superstar (VIDEO)
    Posted by: Becky Jansen on April 15, 2014

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    Capsaicin extract is a superstar ingredient used in many topical pain relievers. Capsaicin extract works on all kinds of joint and muscle pain. Perhaps more importantly, it goes to work almost immediately.

    The very first time you use capsaicin extract, you’ll be amazed at the warm relief. That warmth is your indication that the extract is working, and it means your pain is about to go away, fast. When you have sore muscles, or stiff joints, a few drops of capsaicin extract are all it takes to speed heat to the source of your pain.

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  • Silence the ringing in your ears
    Posted by: Dr. Allan Spreen on April 19, 2014

    Dear Dr. Spreen,

    For years now I’ve had this annoying ringing in my ears. The doctors say I’m fine, but it’s driving me nuts. Sometimes I have trouble concentrating at work, and now it’s even keeping me up at night. I’m I just going crazy?

    J.L. from Texas

    Dear J.L.,

    No, you’re NOT crazy, and you’re far from alone. In fact, experts estimate that up to 50 million Americans suffer with unexplained noises… like buzzing, hissing, or ringing… in their ears. But the medical mainstream can’t see it or measure it—and they certainly don’t have any answers for resolving it—so they dismiss it, calling it a “phantom” and sending you home to suffer.

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  • Don’t fall for bogus new statin guidelines
    Posted by: Dr. Allan Spreen on April 17, 2014

    Are you on a statin?

    If not, hold onto your hat, as you might be much sooner than you think. In fact, according to new statin “guidelines,” if you’re over 60 it’s practically a done deal… more on that in a moment.

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  • Sleep and pain – can you sleep pain away?
    Posted by: Dr. Allan Spreen on April 12, 2014

    Let’s face it, when you’re suffering with chronic pain usually the last thing you feel like doing is being more physically active. Yet, your docs, and pain experts, insist that there’s a link between sleep and pain — good sleep is critical to managing your pain, and that the path to you getting a good night’s sleep is through daytime exercise.

    But when you’re feeling too drained and exhausted to move—and your get-up-and-go went into hiding the moment your pain started keeping you up at night—it’s the very definition of a catch-22.

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  • Lack of sleep leads to brain damage
    Posted by: Dr. Allan Spreen on April 10, 2014

    Catching up on your z’s, stealing some shut eye, sawing logs, grabbing 40 winks, or hitting the hay… no matter what you call it, sleep is absolutely critical to our continued good health. Without enough of it we simply, well, start to fall apart.

    Although we still have more to learn about exactly what happens during the hours that we’re snoozing, we do know that our bodies use this “down time” to get a whole lot of work done. When we short-change ourselves on sleep, some of that work doesn’t get done, and the consequences of lack of sleep can be devastating, raising our risks for diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes.

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  • Urinary tract infections / superbug threat continues to grow
    Posted by: Dr. Allan Spreen on April 3, 2014

    The superbug problem didn’t exactly sneak up on us. The writing has been on the wall for years.

    In fact, I first started warning Guide to Good Health readers about antibiotic resistance at least six years ago. Heck, even the mainstream media began to catch on a couple of years back.

    So, you’d think we’d be starting to get a handle on the issue by now. Sadly, that’s not the case. Not by a long shot, according to a recent study published in the journal Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.

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  • Is your mix of meds causing dangerous drug interactions?
    Posted by: Dr. Allan Spreen on April 3, 2014

    Shockingly, nearly 23 percent of older Americans are being prescribed drugs that directly conflict with each other. In other words, there’s a very good chance that one (or more) of the drugs you’re taking could cause dangerous drug interactions and make one of your conditions worse!

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  • What Are the Best Options for Upper Back Pain Relief? (VIDEO)
    Posted by: Dr. Allan Spreen on April 3, 2014

    In most commercials and ads that talk about back pain, they show a person grabbing at their lower back. But you know better. You know that’s not the only kind of back pain there is.

    Upper back pain can be just as unbearable, just as debilitating, as any lower back pain. And we know it, too. That’s why we made sure that Soothanol X2 is as effective at upper back pain relief as it is on all kinds of pain.

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  • What’s the Best Treatment for Lower Back Pain Relief? (VIDEO)
    Posted by: Dr. Allan Spreen on April 1, 2014

    If you have lower back pain, you know how disheartening the routine is. You sit for too long, your lower back hurts. You stand for too long, your lower back hurts. On the golf course, in the garden, chatting with friends, or playing with the grandkids – your lower back hurts. And the more doing the things you love hurts, the less you want to do the things you love. But Soothanol X2 can get you back in the swing of things, and not just keeping up, but leading the way!

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  • Energy secret fights “tired all the time” adrenal fatigue
    Posted by: Dr. Allan Spreen on March 27, 2014

    Call me crazy, but at my age gulping down a can of Red Bull—or pounding one of those Monster Energy drinks—sounds more like a death wish than a strategy for driving away that “tired all the time” feeling.

    And, frankly, if you’re over the age of 18, maybe you should start thinking the same way. Because let’s face it, those super-caffeinated syrupy-sweet drinks are likely to leave you feeling overstimulated and more jittery than a cat in a roomful of rocking chairs.

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  • Low fat diet is all wrong–Eat MORE fat to live longer and healthier
    Posted by: Dr. Allan Spreen on March 20, 2014

    Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a well-respected and leading cardiovascular scientist, did the unthinkable. He openly admitted that a diet low in saturated fat… the very low fat diet crammed down our throats by the entire medical establishment for more than 50 years… will NOT prevent heart disease or prolong life.

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