Workout Gear- by price!

If you are like me, and trying to lose weight, get into shape, tone up, or just find a healthier lifestyle, it can be hard to get to the gym.  Maybe you have little ones that you can’t take along, or your local gym has unreasonable fees or hours (or both!) to bring them to the childcare room. 
For me, I prefer to do things at home.  I love my workout DVDs, as you all know, and I have a few pieces of equipment that I use as well.  One thing I do miss from the gym is the elliptical machines.  Proform Elliptical machines can be very expensive, and it helps to be able to compare prices.  Price comparison shopping is really important, you really want to get the most out of every dollar. 

It helps to have a good workout bench if you are going to do your workouts at home- I have one in my den.  When I got mine, it was a few years ago, before I had kids and when the den was a den, not a playroom, really, LOL.  It’s great to have sites to go to to see what prices are being offered before making any purchases.  This way we can lose weight, and save money  🙂
Happy shopping!

Disclosure- this is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. 

Lose Weight and Feel Great! Get Extremely Ripped! Boot Camp Contest

One of the DVDs I have been using in my recent weight loss journey is Jari Love’s Get Extremely Ripped! Boot Camp.  This workout program is based on the premise of muscle confusion.  This means your body is constantly burning fat and building muscle because as one portion of your body is plateauing, another portion is just starting up.  So you are constantly working out at a higher rate.  I particularly like how this program doesn’t make you work out for a very long time in order to see a difference.  Plus- there are choices for the busy mama!  There are two 30 minue workouts and six 10 minute workouts, perfect for those short breaks between nap time and lunch time.  Of course- there is also an hour workout too, for when you really have time (and motivation!)  to sweat.   🙂
The workouts definately get you moving and keeps the flow of the workout going, this is not a “slacker” dvd program.  You definately have to move, and move quickly.  But I think it works.  An interesting characteristic of this DVD is the ability to either include or not/exclude other fitness products like a step, or other workout products.  All that is really needed is a pair of dumbbells (your husband and his bothersome friend don’t count!) and a workout mat.  Because there are 10 minute options, this is a workout that can even be brought on vacation with you.  I know, I know- who wants to think about working out on vaca?  But you don’t want to slip up or fall behind TOO much, right?  Stay on top of things!  And you can always substitute weights with something else like a shampoo and conditioner bottle.  Yes, I know they aren’t weights, or very heavy- but they are better then nothing, LOL!  
Here is a bit more info on Jari Love‘s Get Ripped! DVD for you-  
“You asked for it and now you’ve got it!  I have had a ton of success with the Get RIPPED! Bootcamp Program and decided it was time to bring Bootcamp to you in the comfort of your own home!

With Get Extremely RIPPED! Bootcamp – you will blast fat fast!  You’ll be amazed at how soon your body transforms into the best shape ever!  Research has shown that high intensity training and weight training are the best ways to lose unwanted pounds fast, increase your lean muscle mass and keep your metabolism revved all day long.  In Get Extremely RIPPED! Bootcamp we mix cardio and strength exercises so you are constantly moving and keeping your heart rate up.  You will burn maximum calories and build lean muscle tissue – both of which are essential to losing weight and keeping it off!  With the high energy music, you will be surprised how time flies because this workout is so much fun!” 

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The Mother of All Contests! (Worth over $300!)

Just in time for Mothers Day- one of  you will be able to win everything listed below!  The combined package is worth over $300, and you are worth every penny, mamas!  So go, and enter away!
Beautiful Skin, As Nature Intended
Introducing Lexli International, Pure Aloe Vera-Based
Skincare to Heal & Rejuvenate Skin

The Lexli 30-Day Starter Kit- Starter Kit  Price: $84  

Lexli’s 30-Day Starter Kit is an easy, inexpensive way to try our skincare line and make sure it’s right for you. Each kit provides a month’s supply of products featured as a part of Lexli’s Simple 4-Step System. Included in the travel-friendly kit is: Aloe-Based Cleansing Lotion (2 oz.), Aloe-Based AloeGlyC® Renewing Exfoliant (0.50 oz.), Aloe-Based Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 for Normal to Dry Skin (0.50 oz.), Aloe-Based Tone and Balance (2 oz), Aloe-Based Night Moisturizer (0.5 oz).
Lexli skincare products are available at select spas, physician offices and salons. To purchase products or to find a listing of participating retailers, visit www.lexli.com.  Because Lexli is unlike any other over-the-counter skincare brand, it is advised that consumers use the product line under the guidance of a licensed skincare expert.
 
Spotted recently in the West Village were Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick with their daughters, Marion and Tabitha.  However, instead of SJP turning heads as usual with her unparalleled style, were her daughters, rocking their edgy new hair do’s!   Setting the trend at a young age, the adorable one year olds, are strolling around and working the “spiked hair look.”  (Image to the right is from the New York Post)Help your tyke be a trendsetter on the playground or at daycare by using Le Baby Hair Gel, a product designed for kids that is free of sulfates, fragrances and harsh chemicals.   The lightweight formula makes it easy to spike hair, tackle unwanted fly-aways and tame after-nap hair.  For more information, please visit www.lebabyinc.com

The 411 On Le Baby Hair Gel:
Hypoallergenic                                  No harsh chemicals        
No parabens                                      No sulfates
Not tested on animals                   Fragrance-free
Thickens baby-fine hair                 Tames frizzies & fly-aways
Moisturizes                                        Softly holds curls
Keeps hairstyles in place               Never leaves hair stiff or sticky
Retail Cost: $9.95
**Sarah Jessica Parker does not endorse Le Baby Hair Gel**
About Le Baby  Hair Gel
Le Baby hair gel is a styling gel free of harsh chemicals meant to define wispy curls and tackle unruly after-nap hair. While the concept of baby hairstyling products might seem a little child-beauty-pageant to some, for many moms and dads it’s a must-have diaper bag accessory.  From taming those wild fly-aways to smoothing frizzies, Le Baby hair gel works on all hair types and is hypoallergenic for sensitive skin. Whatever your child’s hair type, Le Baby will make combing and styling a cinch. The unique formulas leave hair shiny, healthy looking and more manageable.
www.envyderm.comRetail Cost: $99.95
We all know the wonders of mascara well; in fact, most of us feel naked without it. But breakage, thinning and damaging of the lashes are mascara’s little known drawbacks.  Fortunately, EnvyDerm, a groundbreaking new nonprescription formula eyelash growth serum is here for our eyebatting rescue. 
“Through meticulous research and development, scientific advances, professional expertise and the understanding of a customer’s well-being, EnvyDerm is changing the world of beauty,” says Nadia Smith, President and Founder of EnvyDerm.  “At EnvyDerm, we provide consumers with the best eyelash care products to enhance their natural beauty.” 
How to Use EnvyDerm?
The EnvyDerm applicator is very similar to a liquid eyeliner applicator. One should apply the stimulating serum once a day before bedtime along the upper and lower lash lines.  EnvyDerm does not disrupt the daily application of make-up or other skincare routines. Can be used on brows as well. What is in EnvyDerm?
EnvyDerm is formulated with active natural ingredients such as bioavailable lipo-oligopeptides that stimulate keratin genes.  Powerful SymPeptide technology lengthens and strengthens natural lashes. EnvyDerm uses vitamins, minerals and amino ccids to moisturize and nourish lashes and brows.When Can I Expect to See Results?
One should begin to see the lash line becoming thicker, fuller and healthier looking in as little as 2 weeks!  In a clinical study, users saw a 25 percent increase in eyelash length during this period.  EnvyDerm will continue to prove results over time if used on a consistent basis.

New information from the US Department of Health and Human Resources reveals that despite national efforts to curb childhood obesity here in the US, rates are still climbing!  Because the years of preventing childhood obesity are over by the time our children reach kindergarten, parents need products that offer a fun and practical approach to teaching their children balanced nutrition!  And we have it!Welcome to Beanstalk Express, the home of the world’s first snacktivity game, The SnackTime survival kit At Beanstalk Express, we’re parents too!  And like you, we also envisioned raising fruit-and-veggie loving eaters, avoiding processed foods and “just saying no!” to drive through windows!  But then something happened along the way … We had kids! After enduring the preschool battles with picky eaters and around-the-clock requests for sweets and goodies, we realized what was missing when it comes to inspiring our kids with healthy habits that will last …Food marketers have been making junk food fun for decades. So what if we made healthy choices just as much fun?  We decided to try it … and it worked! When you empower children with the ability to make their own choices, amazing things happen!  At Beanstalk Express, we make healthy fun!  And in the process, they become habit!

Wooden Clock Board

Features one working clock, 3 control clocks with moveable arms, and 3 corresponding hooks to hold snack cards in place.


33 Snack Cards

On the front are pictures of delicious snacks to choose from. On the back is important tips and information to learn from.

How it works!

1.Each morning, Mom or Dad selects between 4-6 snack cards that are available to make that day from the deck.

2.From these cards, kids can choose their 3 snacks for that day.

3.Mom sets the control clocks to the desired snack times and hangs the snack cards on the corresponding hooks.

4.And now it’s up to the kids! By Keeping an eye on the clocks, the kids alert Mom to when it’s SNACK TIME!

5.Mom takes the snack card off the hook and serves up the snack.

The Bar Method’s Pregnancy Workout DVD
Master teacher Lee Potter in her third trimester with twins adds her own special wit and playfulness to the Bar Method’s pre-natal workout, a long-standing and popular class at its flagship studio in San Francisco. Lee leads you through this 45-minute long series of gentle, safe and challenging moves, including free-weight work, thigh exercises, standing seat-work, and abdominal strengthening exercises performed while propped up on pillows. Lee’s fellow performers are Hannah Blue, co-owner of the Downtown San Francisco studio and Lauren Dunning, a teacher at the Downtown San Francisco studio, both appearing in this DVD in their second trimester. As Lee puts it, this DVD “will help you feel strong during your pregnancy, will
About The Bar Method
The Bar Method is full-body exercise program created by Burr Leonard. The workout utilizes a ballet bar fitness technique and draws from the principles of isometrics, dance conditioning,               interval training, and physical therapy. The result is a noticeable “Bar Method” sculpted body featuring:
•              Firm, elongated muscles
•              Reduced body fat
•              High muscle definition in the chest
•              Improved posture
•              Long, narrow thighs
•              A lifted seat and defined hamstrings
•              Strong, flat abdominals
•              Increased stamina and energy
•              Extended youthfulness

*Also available, Beginner’s Workout DVD and Dancer’s Body Advanced Workout DVD. 
My Beautiful Mommy”: Ground-Breaking
New Children’s Book on Plastic Surgery

World Renown Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer Helps Parents Explain Cosmetic Surgery to Children
Young children are naturally curious – they’re full of questions and excited to learn about the world they live in.  However, as times change, children’s curiosities have addressed more complex and sensitive issues, often at younger ages.  In today’s American culture, more than ever, answers can increasingly be found in children’s books.  Everything from divorce and global warming to potty habits and how to deal with a death in the family, children’s books have tackled it all.  Dr. Michael Salzhauer, a Miami board-certified plastic surgeon and father of four, has taken the reins on a very hot topic and wrote “My Beautiful Mommy,” the first ever children’s book that addresses plastic surgery.
“From television to magazines, we are exposed to plastic surgery,” says Dr. Salzhauer, “it has become an everyday circumstance, especially for children.  From their favorite movie star or singer who suddenly looks different to their own parents, plastic surgery is an issue that needs to be explained to kids in an educational way.”  
Dr. Salzhauer was inspired to write “My Beautiful Mommy” after his four-year-old daughter bombarded him with questions regarding his own nose job. He also noticed that many of his clients came into his office with inquisitive kids in tow – and mothers not knowing how to handle their questions appropriately. “I know how scary and intimidating a doctor’s office can be for most children,” says Dr. Salzhauer. “Kids tend to fill in the blanks in their imagination when they see mommy in bandages and they often feel sad, hurt and confused as to what happened.  This book is meant to be a guide for parents who have already decided to undergo plastic surgery; and help explain to their children why mommy looks different.”  Dr. Salzhauer recognizes the controversial element of his book.  “This book is not promoting plastic surgery.  As I have taught my own children, beauty has many definitions – it is not only a physical entity.”
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2007, one third of the 348,000 breast augmentations and 148,000 tummy tucks were “mommy makeovers,” or surgeries designed for women seeking to restore sagging body parts due to aging or pregnancy weight gain. “Plastic surgery among women, especially mothers post-pregnancy, is very popular and becoming a common reality. Cosmetic surgery can be a difficult topic to understand for adults; and even more so for young children. I wanted to provide my patients and other parents with a tool that speaks to kids in a kid-friendly way.”  
About “My Beautiful Mommy”
“My Beautiful Mommy” by Michael Salzhauer, M.D. is available for purchase at Amazon.com and www.mybeautifulmommy.com for $19.95.  A book summary and a complete bio of the author are also available at the My Beautiful Mommy Web site.  The book is published by Big Tent Books.
Give Your Skin a Breath of Fresh Air
Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc. Introduces DERMACYTE® Skin Care Products to Reduce the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Dermacyte Oxygenating Eye Complex
Dermacyte Oxygenating Eye Complex is a smooth, delicate treatment to refresh, hydrate and restore the appearance of youth to your eye contour area. It is designed to enhance the skin’s hydration, elasticity and smoothness while protecting it against environmental stress. Dermacyte Oxygenating Eye Complex is a gentle marriage of modern technology and nourishing emollients extracted from avocado essence, oat kernel, sunflower oil, the calming High Ash, a tree indigenous to European forests rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and seeds from the Pacific Northwest Meadowfoam plant among other nurturing ingredients.
It provides a lightweight solution with its patented technology, a powerful oxygen-carrier developed to infuse oxygen for a fresher appearance and overall improved complexion.  It immediately imparts a cool, moisturizing effect while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These effects along with skin brightening and anti-irritating benefits deliver a lighter and healthier feel to your skin. Price: $95. 15 ml

Oxygen is one of the most basic necessary requirements for life and an essential nutrient for the esthetic benefit of skin care.  Consequently, oxygen treatments have emerged in the last few years as the newly recognized skin care essential. From creams to spray treatments (including oxygen inhalation), spas and dermatology offices across the country now offer oxygen-based products and treatments to their clients. In fact, celebrities reportedly utilize oxygen treatments regularly in an effort to maintain younger, healthier-looking skin.  “Among the many benefits of oxygen is its ability to assist in the production of collagen and elastin which are important elements in the repair and regeneration of skin,” says Dr. Gerald Klein, Chief Medical Officer for Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biomedical product development company dedicated to commercializing innovative pharmaceuticals, cosmetics  and medical devices in the field of oxygen therapeutics. “For years, doctors have recognized this fact and used it in the treatment of wounds that simply would not heal otherwise.”  In addition, oxygen depletion is one of the leading contributing factors to the development of wrinkles, fines lines and premature aging of the skin.  It contributes to dehydration, uneven skin tone and a dull complexion. As we grow older, the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to skin tissue becomes less efficient. The lower oxygen levels in the body affect our ability to make collagen, which is an essential structural support to the skin.Previously, the only way to deliver oxygen to the skin was through hyperbaric oxygen chambers or the use of harsh chemical reactions with hydrogen peroxide, which can bleach and damage the skin. Recently, Oxygen Biotherapeutics introduced DERMACYTE Oxygen Concentrate, the only skin care product that provides high concentrations of oxygen directly to the skin without harsh side effects.  DERMACYTE Oxygen Concentrate is a cream that is absorbed rapidly without leaving an oily residue on the skin. After application, your face is ready for your usual routine.

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Before and After Photos (weight loss)

As requested- here are some before and after pics!  I still have more then 20 pounds to go- but I will get there!  I have been exercising and eating right, and it will happen  🙂  
BEFORE
Yeah yeah- so I told you!  Body By Baby!  LOL

AFTER

Sorry- I have NO pics of myself!!!  I will need to start taking some, I am always the picture taker!  LOL  So, this is the one from one of my reviews.  But you can see the difference, yes?  (Just look at the arms!)

Weight Loss Update!!!

Just another little update- as of today, I am down 20 LBS!!!
WHOOO-HOOO!!!!
I took that “New Year, New YOU” to heart  🙂

I will be sharing some more fun weight loss products with you this week- but it has ALL been done with diet and exercise!  No fancy diet plans, either.  Plus, a 3 year old who steals all “fun” food off my plate, LOL.

I’m excited to share some of my new finds with you if you are also trying to slim down or get healthy. 
It’s time for that summer slim down, and I need all the help I can get, LOL.
Peace and love to you, bloggy buddies!
~Samantha

Hershey’s Track and Field Contest!

Hershey’s, while mostly known for it’s delicious chocolate and candies, has another project that they would like you to know about.  Hershey’s Track and Field Games!  Really- from Hershey’s.  I know, I know.  Odd combo.  But, since chocolate is not exactly low fat- I guess Hershey wanted you to know that exercise is also important for you!  I have to tell you- LOVE the water bottle.  It holds a LOT of water, which is great for on-the-go. 


Physical activity is important at any age, but by encouraging your children to be active, you can help them gain an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle at a young age.

Since 1978, The HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games has helped more than 10 million children get active and learn valuable lessons such as sportsmanship and hard work. Now in its 34th year, HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games hosts thousands of boys and girls, ages 9 to 14, in nearly 4,000 North American communities. They will compete this spring and summer in track and field events ranging from the standing long jump and softball throw to a variety of running and relay races – and all at no cost of entry. All you need is a pair of shoes.

To program culminates each year with the HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games North American Final Meet in Hershey, Pa. Held each year in August, the North American Final Meet hosts 450 outstanding young participants in a fun and exciting, all-expenses paid weekend trip to Hershey. During the weekend, participants tour the world’s largest chocolate factory and visit Hersheypark amusement park, among other exciting activities.

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis and Olympic decathlon legend Rafer Johnson will again return as HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games ambassadors in 2011.

To further encourage physical activity among kids and families, Hershey is teaming up with the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program to collect old, worn-out athletic shoes to be recycled into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces, as well as select Nike products. Program participants will be invited to bring used athletic shoes to state and provincial meets, which will then be recycled into Nike Grind. A HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games playground will be awarded to a participating local community as part of the program’s work with Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. Since its inception in the early 1990’s, Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program has recycled more than 25 million pairs of athletic shoes into Nike Grind.

So lace up your children’s favorite pair of sneakers and get ready to cheer them on at the finish line! To learn more about HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games, and to find a local event in your area, please visit www.hersheystrackandfield.com.
 

One of you can win a HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games prize pack, which includes a drawstring backpack, visor, water bottle and rubber band shoelace stoppers. 
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DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends May 14, 2011.

Disclosure- the prize pack, information and additional prize pack  for the winner were all provided by The Hershey Company through MyBlogSpark.

Thomas’ Bagel Thins Morning Tips

Tips from Thomas’ Bagel Thins!

KERI GLASSMAN
Thomas’® Bagel Thins™ Bagels Morning Tips

Don’t skimp on sleep
o It’s important to get a good night’s sleep to feel well-rested – ready to take
on the day! Most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each
night, and studies have shown that those who get less have impaired
memory and physical performance. Not getting enough sleep can also
make concentration difficult, and leave you feeling drowsy all day. So aim
to get enough sleep each night. It’ll boost your immune system, help your
nervous system work properly, and leave you feeling energized all day!
Experts estimate that compared to getting 7 to 8 hours per night, the risk
of developing obesity rises 23 percent with just 6 hours of sleep per night,
50 percent with only 5 hours per night, and 73 percent with 4 hours per
night!

Have a healthy breakfast
o While sleeping each night, your body is in a fasting mode, so within an
hour of rising, you need to break that fast by eating a healthy breakfast.
It gives your body the fuel it needs to meet your busy schedule and
skipping breakfast decreases your metabolism, and increases your
cravings throughout the day! Studies have also shown consuming
breakfast improves cognition and memory in children and adolescents
making them able to concentrate and be more attentive in school. We all
have some kid in us, so use this tip to your advantage!

Eat empowered
o Every morning when you sit down to breakfast (and every meal!),
remember that each meal is an opportunity to get back in the game
and stay on course. You should feel empowered by making the right
choices. There are always healthier alternatives to the high-fat, high-
calorie, nutrient-less options that we all tend to go for, and I always keep
a healthy staple product on-hand to help me quickly make a delicious and
nutritious meal. Thomas’® Bagel Thins™ bagel is one of those better-for-
you options – they’re 110 calories each, low in fat and every flavor is at
least a good source of fiber. It’s not “I can’t eat that heavy bagel” – it IS –
“I can eat the Thomas’ Bagel Thins™ bagel!

Start with a glass of lemon water
o Drinking enough h2o throughout the day helps with weight loss in
several ways. First, there’s an emotional component; it will make you feel
empowered and will help spur you to make good choices for the rest of
the day. Second, researchers have long known that dieters who replace
sweetened drinks with water lose weight more quickly that those who
don’t. Finally, many people overeat because they are actually thirsty and
just can’t tell the difference between thirst and hunger. Also, when you’re
adequately hydrated, your metabolism functions at its best.

Exercise steady
o Aside from burning calories, exercise is important because it causes your
body to release endorphins, making you feel good, and motivating you

to eat well, do your job well, and simply be happy! I love exercising in the
early am, and eating breakfast when I’m done, and typically, people who
work out in the morning are more likely to stick to their routine, than those
who squeeze it in later. If you’re averse to starting your day with more
rigorous exercises like running, try a lower-impact activity like yoga. Just
do something!

Source for “Don’t skimp on sleep” stat: Inadequate Sleep as a Risk Factor for Obesity:
Analyses of the NHANES I

James E. Gangwisch, PhD1; Dolores Malaspina, MD, MPH2; Bernadette Boden-Albala,
Dr.PH3; Steven B. Heymsfield, MD4 1Mailman School of Public Health, Department
of Epidemiology; 2Department of Psychiatry, Division of Clinical Neurobiology;
3Department of Neurology and Department of Sociomedical Sciences; 4Obesity
Research Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center; Columbia University, College of
Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

http://www.journalsleep.org/Articles/281017.pdf

Coldcam Homeopathic Medicine Review and Contest!

Boiron, makers of great homeopathic medicines, recently sent me Children’s Coldcam to try out. I didn’t review it right away, because I actually wanted to use it and see how it worked, LOL.
The Coldcam comes in a little tube about the size of a chapstick- in fact, it is in the bag next to a Burt’s Bees chapstick, and I often mistakenly grab it when I am looking for the chap stick, LOL.
When you take the top off, you turn it to take out tiny little balls or pellets of medicine. They taste like sugar-water to me. Here is what Boiron has to say about Childrens Coldcam

Children 3 years of age and older: At the onset of cold symptoms, take 5 pellets every 20 minutes for 1 hour. Then take 5 pellets every 2 hours until symptoms are relieved. Allow the pellets to dissolve in the mouth.

Children younger than 3 years of age: Ask a doctor before use.

Active Ingredients
Allium cepa 3C HPUS Relieves sneezing and runny nose
Apis mellifica 6C HPUS Relieves nasal congestion
Belladonna 6C HPUS* Relieves colds with a sudden onset
Eupatorium perfoliatum 3C HPUS Relieves sinus pain
Gelsemium sempervirens 6C HPUS Relieves headaches associated with colds
Kali bichromicum 6C HPUS Relieves nasal discharge
Nux vomica 3C HPUS Relieves sneezing attacks
Phytolacca decandra 6C HPUS Relieves sore throat associated with colds
Pulsatilla 6C HPUS Relieves colds with a loss of taste and smell
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