these quality products are not available in your health food store, request
that they carry them. Otherwise, contact the companies.
BACK TO BASICS introduces the Professional Smoothie Maker with a powerful
1000-watt pulse-power motor. This high-end product comes with a 64oz.
capacity glass container, brushed chrome cast metal base, a mixing stir
stick, and internal cord storage.
We found this unit to exceed the performance of other blenders and smoothie
makers. Its quickness, versatility, convenience and reliability make it
superior, and a valuable addition to any food preparers kitchen.
(800) 688-1989, www.backtobasics.com.
The Soy Quick Automatic Soymilk Maker made by KITCHENS BEST MANUFACTURING
GROUP not only makes soymilk, this versatile machine can also make great
tasting rice, almond, oat, nut and bean milk, as well as tofu. The soymilk
maker offers the user a choice of processing the milk either hot or cold
and only takes a few minutes to make. The unit comes with a 1500 ml serving
capacity container. The machine has a quality stainless steel design,
is very economical, and easy to operate and clean. Our tester found it
to be an exceptional value and recommends it to everyone who enjoys drinking
raw milk. (888) 769-5433, www.soymilkquick.com
FOLIOE offers a series of unique salt crystal lamps created from 250 million-year
old salt crystal rock from Poland. Each lamp is formed in its own geometrical
shape or is hand-carved into a custom design. These lamps radiate a tranquil
glow that softens a variety of environments. When the salt lamps heat
up, they emit healthy negative ions that research suggests reduce harmful
bacteria that can contribute to ill health and other ailments. We found
that the soft light of the lamps creates a relaxing ambience for meditation,
massage or bodywork, yoga, etc. (800) 299-6610, www.saltlamp.com.
EMJOI, a leader in hair removal, introduces Emjoi Blade, a razor with
a triple-patented shaver head that provides a closer, smoother and safer
shave. Its three individual blades approach the skin from a few different
angles. Special safety guards are strategically placed to minimize contact
between the blades and skin, so skin is not irritated, scratched or cut.
Available for both men and women. The Emjoi Blade can be purchased individually
or in the following kits: Royal Shaving Kit, Classic Gold Shaving Kit,
and Classic Shaving Kit. Our tester raved about how well this razor worked.
It gave a close shave without any nicks or scratches an exceptional
product! (888) 993-6564, www.emjoi.com.
OMNI MASSAGE SYSTEMS announces the Knuckle-Baller Sports Massager. The
Knuckle-Baller incorporates four massage balls in one massage tool with
a sure grip handle to provide a deeper massage. With its long-lasting
and durable construction, it can be used with lotions and oils, or in
any wet environment. It cleans easily with soap and water. Available in
primary and pastel colors. (432) 334-4900, www.omnimassage.com.
EARTH unveils a line of healthy footwear with patent pending Negative
Heel Technology that positions the heel below the toe to achieve natural
Pacific is an attractive sneaker containing leather uppers and soft, breathable
leather linings. The rubber soles provide grip, comfort and durability.
The rocker design creates a gentle rolling motion. It comes in black or
white and is available for both men and women. For those with a wide foot,
it is suggested to go a 1/2 size larger. Our testers found these sneakers
to be well made, strong, comfortable and well-fitted. (877) 746-3364 x302,
COCONUT OIL FOR HEALTH & BEAUTY
by Cynthia Holzapfel & Laura Holzapfel
This book presents facts about why this tropical oil is considered to
be one of the healthiest to eat. Some of the benefits described are; reduction
of inflammation caused by allergies, boosting immune system functioning,
reducing bacterial and viral infections, easy digestion by anyone with
intestinal problems and much more. Women of the Pacific Rim have known
for centuries about coconut oils rejuvenating and beautifying qualities,
which include its ability to heal wounds and fight acne as well as protect
the skin against free radical damage that causes aging.
Cynthia Holzapfel is a health editor and research writer specializing
in plant-based cooking and nutrition. Book Publishing Company, 2003. 127
pages, $9.95. (800) 695-2241. www.bookpubco.com.
by Ananda Apfelbaum
The roots of many illnesses are caused by blockages in the energy lines
of the body. Stimulating the flow of this energy with Thai massage can
provide an exceptional tool for provoking the bodys own healing
process to take place. This book is fully illustrated with over 200 step-by-step
photographs and instructions, making the techniques simple to practice,
whether for professional use or at home on the family. Ananda Apfelbaum
is a massage therapist, practitioner and teacher of Thai Massage. This
is the best book on the subject. Avery, 2003. 265 pages, $21.95. (800)
THE BRIDES BIG DAY BLISS BOX & THE PAMPERED PREGNANCY BLISS
by Valerie Ann Worwood
These are gift products, containing a book of essential oil recipes, two
scented candles made with vegetable-based wax and scented with either
neroli or lavender oil, and a 60 minute CD of soothing piano music. The
Brides Big Day Bliss Box is a guide designed to calm pre-wedding
jitters and to help bring out a feeling of serenity. The Pampered Pregnancy
Bliss Box, with the use of essential oils, helps pamper a woman during
pregnancy. The author is a noted authority on aromatherapy and owns and
operates her own clinic in England. New World Library, 2004. Each gift
set $21.95. (800) 972-6657, www.newworldlibrary.com.
Jeffrey Schiller is a special feature columnist and writes for health
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