Health Screenings at Sam’s Club

As the nation’s 50-and-older population continues to grow, services that help prevent and detect potential health problems early on become increasingly important. Your readers might be interested in knowing for a loved one or a family member that Sam’s Club is offering free health screenings to both members and the public to help the older population stay healthy.


These health screenings are confidential and available at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy (608 locations) on Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The screenings are valued at $150² and include tests for:


  • Blood pressure
  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Risk ratio
  • Glucose
  • Body mass index (BMI)

Help Soothe Baby’s Teething Symptoms – Naturally



Your baby is cranky, crying and drooling, and at some point during your efforts to calm her it dawns on you: Your little one is teething. This usually begins around six months old, but it can be as early as three months and as late as 12 months.

Although those little primary teeth are small, they pack a punch when coming in. You might notice red and swollen gums, flushed cheeks, heavy drooling, gum sucking, ear rubbing, sleeplessness, irritability and a fervid interest in chewing on everything a few days before a tooth breaks the gums.

While it is clearly uncomfortable for her, you can become distressed, too. Fortunately, there are some age-old natural remedies that can help relieve her symptoms and make you feel better as well. Here are some tips for parents to help soothe the symptoms of teething.

Massage Her Gums

Pressure on the gums takes away from the pain of teething. Rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger to help ease the discomfort. Or, get baby a fun and safe teether like the French-made Sophie la Giraffe. The 7-inch toy appeared on the scene in 1961, is made of hevea rubber and is Amazon’s most popular toy. Sophie is easy to hold and can stimulate a newborn’s senses with its attention catching spots and squeaker, according to Vulli, Sophie’s manufacturer.

Tame the Drool

Excessive and constant drool is no fun. While she can develop a rash on her chin, you end up doing several more loads of laundry. Protect her chin at bedtime (or in down time) with barrier cream like petroleum jelly.

Because the sudden burden of endless drool will require considerably more laundry, have plenty of soft baby burpies and drool bibs on hand to make teething easier on you. You also want to be sure the burpies are made of high-quality cotton, so as not to irritate baby’s skin even further. Try SwaddleDesigns for super-soft and stylish baby burpies and bibs.

Give Her a Chilled Washcloth

Keep a slightly chilled, clean washcloth in the fridge for baby to gnaw on. The soft fabric will massage the gums, and the cold will help numb the pain. For a particularly fussy baby, first soak the washcloth in chamomile tea to calm and relax her.

To keep it free from germs, keep the washcloth in a resealable plastic bag while it’s in the fridge. And make sure it’s not frozen, so it doesn’t hurt her when she bites down.

Give Her a Warm Bath

Before bedtime, give your baby a nice warm bath to soothe and distract her. Add lavender or chamomile baby wash to the water to help the relaxation process. Massage her softly as you towel dry her. After you put her to bed, give yourself a nice warm bath for your own liquid therapy.

Finally, don’t forget about the cuddles. She’ll need lots and lots of those — but don’t listen to the old wives’ tales about giving baby a small amount of alcohol. It is never OK to give an infant any amount of alcohol. After the first tooth comes in, it should get easier on both you and baby.


Treat Yourself to a Massage and Its Many Health Benefits

When most people think about getting a massage, they think about the pampering side of things. Getting a full rub down from a certified professional after a long day seems like something you would do to reward yourself, much like treating yourself to a mani or pedi. As soothing as a massage can be on any given day, there are surprisingly a lot more health benefits than the average person may be aware of.

If you’ve been suffering from chronic pain, high blood pressure, or elevated levels of stress, you’ll be pleased to know that a massage might be just what you need to treat your ailments the natural way. Below are just a few of the surprising health benefits of a massage:

Great for Those Suffering from Depression or Stress

Mental illness plagues many US citizens today – particularly elevated levels of stress and depression. Whether you’ve been clinically diagnosed or have simply been feeling out of sorts lately, a massage can turn that frown upside down. There have been studies that have shown that a massage can actually lower levels of cortisol which is a chemical in the brain that leads to stress. Massages completed by professionals can also increase neurotransmitters in the brain known as serotonin and dopamine. Elevated levels of these neurotransmitters can help in subsiding the feeling of depression.

Relieves Chronic Back and Neck Pain

According to a report in Time Magazine, an average of eight out of ten Americans will suffer from some form of back or neck pain in their lifetime. In most cases, this pain is a direct result of sitting for long periods of time at a desk or in front of a computer screen. A study sought out to prove that a massage can do wonders for this type of pain. Out of a group of 400 participants, the study broke them into groups of individuals that would continue treating their pain with painkillers, and other therapies (excluding massages), the other group continued their pain management regimen however, included massage therapy.

After receiving one 30 minute massage per week for ten weeks, the group who included massage therapy as a treatment option felt less pain than those who did not receive a massage.

Improves Blood Circulation

Those who suffer from diabetes or other illnesses that result in poor blood circulation can greatly benefit from receiving a massage. As the massage therapist is utilizing various techniques to massage the muscles, the pressure is helping the blood to move throughout the body more effectively.

Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion

Unfortunately as we age our bodies don’t act as they did when we were younger. Our joints become tightened with age causing our range of motion to decrease. As the therapist works on areas such as your ligaments, joints, and connective tissues, it loosens up the joints allowing for improved flexibility and range of motion.

Boosts the Immune System

If you’re like me, you’re wondering how in the world getting a massage can help your immune system. However, after thorough research what I found was quite surprising. A professional massage on the regular basis can actually do wonders for your immune system. A massage can actually help to increase the body’s cytotoxic capacity. In other words, it increases the activities of the body’s natural killer cells which help to ward of diseases. Massages can also decrease the amount of T-cells present in the body which help to improve the immune system overall.

Improves Overall Health, an online vendor for massage therapy products, points out that getting a routine massage can help your overall health. When you combine the above mentioned health benefits of a massage, it becomes quite apparent how it can make you feel good overall. Lowered blood pressure, improved blood circulation, fewer aches and pains, lower levels of stress and an improved immune system are all effective in helping you to feel healthier inside and out.

So that about sums it up, and this was only the tip of the ice berg. There are plenty of studies that have proven that massage therapy is also great for improving sleep, minimizing the need for pain medications, and even helping to enhance recovery after an injury or surgery. So before you say you’re not sure about paying the high cost of a massage, you may want to ask yourself something. How much are you willing to invest in your overall health? Chances are you’re worth it, even if it’s on a monthly basis.



What You Need to Know Before You Get Cosmetic Injections

Botox, cosmetic fillers and other similar cosmetic injections are becoming increasingly popular for treating ageing and expression lines, with some people even going as far to have “preventative” injections.

If you’re at a point in your life where you are thinking of having one or more of these cosmetic treatments, there are certain aspects of the procedure you will need to consider before you make an appointment at a surgeon or doctor’s office.


Instead of smoothing or tightening the skin, injecting filler will be able to change the facial profile to a youthful one. Injecting filler under the skin can help to fill in deep folds, such nasolabial folds which are also referred to as bracket lines. They run from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth and create fuller lips whilst padding out hollow cheeks and eyes. For some time collagen has been used as the standard filler, but now hyaluronic acid has become the filler of choice.

How Long Do Fillers Last?

In short, hyaluronic acid fillers last for six to 12 months. However, synthetic fillers such as Radiesse last for 12 to 18 months. Further to these two options, fat transfers (this is when your own body fat is taken from another body part, processed and injected into your face) can last for several years, however there is a high chance the fat won’t remain for very long and will be reabsorbed into the body.

How Much Do They Cost?

Typically, a single unit of non-fat filler will cost about $500-600. If you wanted to treat the lines around the mouth, for example, you would need one ampoule of filler, and with treatment fees it would cost approximately $600-800. Fat fillers can cost you thousands.

Do They Hurt?

These cosmetic injections will hurt, and the pain will vary depending on the patient and the area being injected. In places such as the nasolabial area there can often be some short-term burning. Typically, anaesthetic is used for lips, as the injections will cause a slight stinging sensation lasting only for a short time during the post-operation period.

Are There Any Risks Involved?

The most common side effects are bruising, infection and allergic reaction. You will need to be aware of permanent fillers, which can cause significant and long-term side effects.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections

The anti-ageing properties of cosmetic injections such as botox and disport are likely to be found to be used on many celebrities in Hollywood, and can be found on everyday people who are able to afford it. Botox helps relax the facial muscles, thus preventing skin from creasing and causing wrinkles. These cosmetic injections are effective for eliminating frowns and surprise lines on the foreheads and crow’s feet around the eyes.

Where Can You Get Botox?

It is a prescription-only drug and those looking to save on price by doing it themselves, are exposing themselves to significant dangers and side effects if it isn’t injected correctly.

How Much Does It Cost?

This will all depend on how much is injected. Also, the number of units you’ll need will depend on how active your muscles are. Typically, the price of a single unit is between $9-15. To treat your forehead will you need somewhere between 10 to 20 units, which will cost you between $90 and $300, depending on how much your surgeon charges.

Does It Hurt?

The pain is very similar to that of an ant bite and only lasts for a few seconds.

How Long Does it Last?

They can last anywhere between three to four months, but can last longer with regular treatment.

Non-cosmetic uses for Botox

Botox is a material used for a host of non-cosmetic medical conditions. It can assist those suffering from MS or cerebral palsy, as well as those who suffer from teeth grinding, incontinence and much more.

Excessive sweating can be treated by paralysing the sweat glands. It can also be used on the armpits, face, hands and feet, and can often be covered by Medicare. Injected into the underarm area, Botox can relieve excessive sweating for more than six months and in some cases for more than a year.





5 Tips to Help You Survive a Last-Minute Move


After dreaming about it for months, you finally got that out-of-state job offer. While you are excited to start your new position, you have to move quickly. This means you need a plan to pack up your stuff and drive it to your new home. To get through this last-minute move with your sanity and possessions intact, consider the following tips:

Pare Down Your Stuff

To move as quickly as possible, you need to lighten your load. Start by making three piles for your possessions: one for the things you want to keep, one for the stuff you can give away and one for the things you can toss. Then, call up your most level-headed friend and have him or her help you sort your items into the piles. Remind yourself that the less you have, the less you have to box up and move and that many things can be replaced. If that old couch has seen better days, put it out for bulk trash or give it to a friend who needs one. But hang onto your Grandma’s dishes and other irreplaceable items.

Ask for Help

To get everything packed up and ready to move, you need a lot of help. Start calling your friends and relatives, and ask them to come over to help you pack. You can also hire a professional moving company to help; they usually send over a crew to help with the boxing process. To keep everyone full and hydrated, spring for some cheap pizzas, sodas and beer.

Back up Important Data

The only drawback to having people help you pack is that you might have trouble finding needed items once you get to your new place. For example, your well-meaning BFF might have tossed your bank statements into the box labeled “winter clothing.” Prepare for this situation by taking a few hours to back up all of your important personal information, financial documents and photos in a cloud-based system like Mozy. Once you arrive at your new home, you can use the service to access your credit card statements, rental agreement and all of your other vital paperwork.

Overbuy Moving Supplies

After you have determined what you are taking with you to your new place, estimate how many moving boxes you need and double it. Head to a local moving company and overbuy all of the supplies you need, including packing tape and paper for wrapping dishes, and then save your receipt. This way, once your friends and relations have arrived and everyone is in full-on packing mode, you won’t have to waste time or lose momentum to run out to buy more supplies. If you end up with leftover unused items, you can return them. As a bonus budget tip, remember to use suitcases and laundry baskets as free packing boxes.

Pack an “Open Me First” Box


What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping in an alternative medicine procedure that uses local suction on various areas of the skin, which is believed to mobilize the flow of the blood to encourage healing. The suction is normally done by either heating or mechanical devices like pumps.
The way the therapy is performed is by gently drawing the skin upward which creates a vacuum in a cup that is placed over the target area. The cup will stay in place and hold the skin upward for between five and 15 minutes. The treatment is used to help patients suffering from pain, muscles knots, swelling, and even deep scar tissues that are in the connective tissue or muscles.
History of Cupping
The practice of cupping has been found being used as far back as 3000BC. One of the oldest medical books found written on papyrus in 1550 BC depicts cupping by Egyptians. In China, archaeologists discovered cupping data from 1000BC. In Greece during 400 BC Hippocrates mentioned using cupping for structural problems and internal disease. The same method has been seen throughout Europe and Asian across many centuries.
There are two main cupping methods which are wet cupping or dry cupping. Wet cupping is often used for curing while wet cupping is more for relaxation.
Dry cupping is done by creating close to the skin a small area of low air pressure. The cups that are used can be found in different shapes from one to 3 inches with most being created from glass or plastic. In the past the cups were created from bamboo, bronze, horn, or pottery. The low air pressure is created in different ways including heating the cup or even the air inside the cup with a bath in scented oils or an open flame which is then placed on the skin. As the air inside the cup begins to cool it will draw the skin inside the cup. Wet cupping is done the same only that once the cups are removed small incisions is made in the skin with another cup drawing up a small amount of blood.
Cupping has been used for centuries for the treatment of several medical conditions including arthritis, fertility disorders, gynecology problems, anemia, hemophilia, eczema, acne, physical well being and psychological well being.
As an alternative medicine you will need to find a physician that believes in ancient Chinese practices in order to try cupping for any issues you may be experiencing. To learn more about cupping and other alternative medical practices you can visit so you can make an educated decision on the type of treatment you desire.


Shopping Made Easy at Sam’s Club


Sam’s Club® wants to save its members more than money. As the only warehouse retailer in the U.S. to provide a pick up option, Sam’s Club has dramatically improved its Club Pickup service with new features that help save its members valuable time.

Club Pickup, formerly known as “Click ‘n Pull,” allows members to order thousands of items from paper towels to fresh produce to printer ink and have them ready for pick up at all U.S. Sam’s Club locations at no additional cost.

With Club Pickup, members can now build and save shopping lists online for easy reordering. With this option, convenience store owners, for example, can now refill their weekly order with a single push of a button. Also available in some clubs currently and rolling out to all clubs this year, a new mobile check in option allows members to use their mobile app to notify their Sam’s Club when they arrive to pick up their order.

Two groups who stand to benefit the most are moms and business owners, as 71 percent[i] shop weekly for essentials and the average shopping trip can take nearly an hour.[ii] With Club Pickup, parents and business owners can eliminate the time it takes to collect their items and still keep their home or business well stocked.

“With Club Pickup, every member has the opportunity to choose when, where and how they shop for savings at Sam’s Club. It’s a convenience that can add a significant amount of time back into a member’s day,” said Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club. “We know this service can make a big impact on every member’s time, and believe our busiest members will benefit the most, like parents and small business owners who have limited time and the most recurring needs.”

The process is simple. Members order what they want on their Sam’s Club app or online at, choose the club where they want to pick up their order and their preferred pick up time, and a Sam’s Club associate will have the member’s order waiting for them as early as the next day. Members are alerted by email or text message that their order is ready, further minimizing wait time.

All members can take advantage of the new and improved features of the Club Pickup service to save more time:


  • Enhanced convenience and ease-of-use: 

o    new Club Pickup kiosks for check in at every Sam’s Club

o    the option to build and save shopping lists for instant reorders

o    text message alerts when an order is ready

o    improved site performance and navigation

o    relevant substitute options provided for out-of-stock or no-longer-carried products

o    rolling out this year in all clubs, the ability to pre-pay online and the option to assign a designated individual to pick up the order at the club on behalf of the member, especially convenient for business members or busy families


  • Seamless pick up:  New technology to improve order accuracy and the ability to check in for pick up from any mobile device, anywhere, with our new mobile check in option in all clubs by the end of this year.


  • A breadth of products:  The service currently allows orders from fresh produce to paper goods to diapers, with plans to roll out additional categories throughout the year, including fresh meat, fresh bakery and adult beverages.


  • Extended availability:  Now members can place orders online until midnight (local time) and pick their order up as soon as the next day in clubs. Club Pickup is available seven days per week during club operating hours, and members can select their preferred pick up time.


Club Pickup is the latest addition to a robust suite of Sam’s Club member-exclusive services that includes Health & Wellness, Tire & Battery, Sam’s Club Travel, and Cash Rewards benefits, as well as nine online business services for critical needs ranging from identity protection to tax preparation.


To learn more about services and solutions for business and personal needs, visit


About Sam’s Club
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