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Posted on 15 May 2019

Is your medicine cabinet a graveyard of expired gout tablets and empty bandaid packets?  You're not alone.  Most of us only consider it when we're sick and needing something: the perfect recipe for frustration.

Before winter hits, do yourself a favour and declutter this often neglected area - you'll be glad you did.

Step 1

The first step of any organisation process is to take everything out of the space.   Completely empty the shelves.   As you pull bottles off the shelf, take note of the expiration date and set any expired medicines aside. (Don't throw it in the bin - in Australia, any local pharmacy will take expired medication to dispose of it properly.)

Posted on 17 May 2018

Want to remain fighting fit this winter?  Here are 10 powerful immune-boosting foods you should try and include in your diet.

1. Red capsicum

We often turn to the OJ for our vitamin hit but did you know red capsicum has double the amount of vitamin C than citrus fruits?  Naturally boost your immunity by including capsicum in salads, on home-made pizza and in casseroles, stir-fries and soups.
Other terrific - but often overlooked - sources of vitamin C are kiwi fruit, blackcurrants and strawberries.  In veggies, go for broccoli, kale and brussells sprouts.

Posted on 16 May 2018

If you hadn't noticed, winter is almost here and baby - it's looking like a cold one.

Interested in staying snug as a bug at home without paying a fortune (or even saving money?).   Here's our tips.

1. Bedding

Time to get out your winter blankets!  Having an extra layer across beds (and throw rugs on the couch) can prevent itching fingers reaching for that heating dial when spending down time at home.

Woolen underlays and flannelette sheets can also make beds more cozy, reducing the need for heating at night.  Check out department stores' pre-winter sales for new woollen items.

Posted on 18 May 2017

Did you know the average person spends more time each year nursing a sore throat, fever and runny nose than they do on holiday?  Adults get about three colds per year, each lasting a week or two.  

Then there's the flu.  Last year's season was the worst since 2009, with more than 220,000 cases resported.  And as this year's flu season fast approaches, it's time to start thinking prevention. 

The flu vaccine is an obvious first choice - it reduces your risk of flu by 40-50 percent and is highly recommended for people aged 65 or over, pregnant women, indigenous Australians and those with diabetes or chronic heart or lung conditions.

But apart from the vaccine, what else can you use to bolster your immunity?  Here's a run-down.

Posted on 16 Jul 2015

Freezing?  We hear you (especially if you're in Melbourne this week!)  But wait, don't touch that climate control.. did you know just a one degree hike in temperature can have a significant impact on your power bill?

Instead, try these tips from The Cheapskate Club's Cathy Armstrong - she, like many others grew up without indoor heating and said her Mum's tips always kept them warm.  We would also suggest a hot water bottle or a wheat bag (heated in the microwave),  is great for warming the tootsies in bed on a cold night.

Mum's Simple & Effective "Keep Warm Tips"

Posted on 01 Jul 2015

 Usually, having a sore throat is nothing to worry about - most are caused by cold or flu germs (viruses).  In rare cases, however, it can signal something more serious… not to be alarming but one of the first symptoms of ebola virus is a sore throat!

Closer to everyday reality, strep bacteria, a common cause of sore throat (especially in children) can spread like wildfire through schools and daycare and if it gets into the bloodstream is pretty nasty indeed.  Many other infections can also be preceded by a sore throat, so it’s never something to automatically take lightly.

So, how do you know the difference between a scratchy throat that will disappear on its own, and the start of a potentially serious infection?

Posted on 01 Jul 2015

1. Warm your nose
Professor Rob Eccles from the Common Cold Research Centre at Cardiff University explains: “One theory why we catch colds and flu more in winter is that our nose is colder which lowers its resistance to infection.”

In case you were wondering, YES this is an actual nose-warmer; scarily enough they are a “thing” (look on etsy for proof).   But in the (pretty likely) case that you’d prefer not to caught dead in one, try the more conservative route of wrapping a scarf around your lower face and nose when in the chilled air.

Posted on 30 Jun 2015

Should you phone in sick to work or soldier on? Ask yourself these 5 questions...

Heard of “presenteeism”?  If you’ve ever gone to work coughing and spluttering, you’ve probably contributed to it.  The opposite of absenteeism, it’s a phenomenon where people keep coming to work, despite feeling lousy – and it’s on the rise.  Surveys say up to 80% of us still report in for duty when ill, due to fear of missing something important or feeling guilty about leaving others to pick up the slack.

But presenteeism can hurt a company and other employees more than it can help.  So how do you know when you really should “phone it in” or not?

Posted on 12 Jun 2014
One squirt and within seconds your nose is clear: it’s an allergy or flu sufferer’s dream.  But the relief provided by some popular nasal decongestants might come at a price.
Posted on 12 Jun 2014
Pharmacy and supermarket shelves groan with a massive variety of cough drops, with ingredients ranging from heavy duty painkillers to chamomile and peppermint.  But do they really work to ease your symptoms?  If you’d rather not ‘suck it and see’ and want to make an informed choice when it comes to lozenges, read on for the truth ….

Is it just a lolly?  How to tell confectionery from medicinal lozenges.