Wednesday, September 08, 2010
I like TRINITYROYAL's organizational secret very much:
"De-clutter your to-do list
Evaluate every item on your to-do list by asking yourself these 2 questions: 1) Is it required to meet my family's basic needs? 2) Does this action bring me closer to my life goal? If the answer to both questions is no, remove it from your list. If the answer to either question is yes, keep it. You will be surprised at how many things you strike off. Be sure to ask the same questions about any new items you plan to add."
Very wise, very timely advice for this time of the year when I'm thinking about goals and goal setting.
A thread on one of my teams, Natural Healing, sparked me to do research.
I use SinuFix by NaturalCare, one per day, and don't get sick. I had chronic and acute sinus infections for decades, every fall and every spring like clockwork. During bad years I'd get them in the summer too, or, stay sick for a whole 6 months, fall through spring. Just miserable. I am still today recovering and repairing my body and health from all the damage done by the antibiotics I took regularly for decades for extended periods, due to sinus infections. SinuFix changed all that. 2-3 per day are usually enough to clear up the sinus infection in a few days, though you can take up to a maximum of 4 per day. No antibiotics, no office visit, no copay, and no prescription needed.
I personally ship ONLY to a PO Box (not a UPS fan), so I don't use iHerb though I've heard lots of Sparkers like iHerb. Their shipping is only free if it's UPS, and iHerb won't ship - at all! - to a PO Box if the order is more than $80. No thank you.
Also Swanson's and Vitacost's shipping is only five bucks - very inexpensive. In addition to that, they ship to PO Boxes no problemo, with no minimum nor maximum order amount. In addition to that, they frequently have specials for free shipping, or specials that value more than $5 which is the same thing as getting free shipping. In addition to that, their price is always a few dollars less than iHerb. In addition to that, you can checkout via PayPal with Swanson and Vitacost, something I appreciate very much. I almost never use my cards online. It has to be for something pretty rare, like a plane ticket.
When doing research today, I included iHerb since so many like the company and enjoy their free shipping via UPS.
On the thread several people brought up Wellness Formula by Source Naturals. Since several liked it and I've heard it mentioned before by Sparkers, I decided to look into it. And since some on the thread were using it the same way I use SinuFix, I decided to compare the two as well.
COMPARISON BETWEEN SINUFIX AND WELLNESS FORMULA;
Echinacea, garlic, Vit A, Vit C, and Zinc
WELLNESS HAS, SINUFIX DOES NOT HAVE:
Andrographis Aerial Parts Extract (10% andrographolides) 100 mg
Angelica Root Extract (1% ligustilide) 30 mg
Astragalus Root Extract (10:1) 20 mg
Boneset Aerial Parts Extract (4:1) 90 mg
Cayenne Fruit 40 mg
Copper (as copper citrate) 300 mcg 15%
Echinacea angustifolia Root Extract (4% echinacosides) 15 mg
Elderberry Fruit Extract (5% flavonoids) 246 mg
Elecampane Root Extract (4:1) 114 mg
Eleuthero Root Extract (5:1) 75 mg
Ginger Root Extract (5% gingerols) 30 mg
Goldenseal Root Extract (5% alkaloids) 48 mg
Grape Seed Extract (Proanthodyn) 30 mg
Horehound Aerial Parts Extract (4:1) 54 mg
Isatis Leaf Extract (4:1) 18 mg
Isatis Root Extract (4:1) 36 mg
Mullein Leaf Extract (4:1) 47 mg
Olive Leaf Extract (15% oleuropeins) 129 mg
Pau D' Arco Bark Extract (3:1) 33 mg
Polygonatum odoratum Rhizome 270 mg
Propolis Extract (2:1) 216 mg
Selenium (as sodium selenite) 60 mcg 90%
SINUFIX HAS, WELLNESS DOES NOT HAVE:
Butterbur (Petasites vulgare) (root extract)
Calcium (as Calcium ascorbate) 23 mg 2%
Grapefruit (seed extract)
N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC)
Nettle (leaf extract)
Oregano (leaf extract)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) (leaf extract)
Vit B-5 (Pantothenic Acid as calcium pantothenate) 92 mg 920%
Vit B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 27 mg 1350%
Between Wellness and SinuFix; and between iHerb, Swanson, Vitacost
SinuFix capsules are only avail from manufacturer in bottles of 60
SinuFix svg size is 2, 30 svg per bottle
SinuFix Swanson $17.35, 58 cents per svg
SinuFix Vitacost, $17.45, 58 cents per svg
SinuFix iHerb, $19.89, 66 cents per svg
90 tabs Wellness, svg size is 3, 30 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson $11.91, 40 cents per svg
Wellness Vitacost, $12.22, 41 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb, $13.16, 44 cents per svg
120 capsules Wellness, svg size is 6, 20 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson $11.41, 57 cents per svg
Wellness Vitacost $11.70, 59 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb $12.60, 63 cents per svg
180 tabs Wellness, svg size is 3, 60 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson $22.30, 37 cents per svg
Wellness Vitacost, $22.87, 38 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb, $24.63, 41 cents per svg
240 capsules Wellness, svg size is 6, 40 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson not avail
Wellness Vitacost, $22.35, 56 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb, $24.07, 60 cents per svg
SUMMARY PRICE COMPARISON:
SinuFix from Natural Care best price:
60 capsule SinuFix Swanson $17.35, 58 cents per svg (or half that if you only take 1 like I do)
Wellness Formula from Source Naturals best price:
180 tabs Wellness Swanson $22.30, 37 cents per svg
Something I never noticed before doing this exercise; apparently the capsule form even within the same brand and formula, i.e. Wellness, is more expensive to manufacture than tablet form.
That would be one reason SinuFix is more expensive than Wellness, aside from the other differences, i.e. NAC is expensive and Wellness doesn't contain NAC, etc.
I am intrigued enough by Wellness Formula to try it. Not sure I want to give up SinuFix though, since it works like a charm for me.
Of special note to me: I like that Wellness has astralagus, angelica, elderberry, and extra bioflavanoids. I like that SinuFix has NAC and Vit B5.
I want to look up the herbs in both that sound familiar but I can't name the function of off the top of my head.
NAC takes care of mucous naturally, very important in upper respiratory infections. In addition, Dr. Blaylock MD, board-certified neurosurgeon, says of Vit B5 (tho a dif form) and of NAC:
Pantethine - this vitamin is the enzyme form of pantothenic acid. It plays a vital role in enhancing the aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme (for detoxification).
N-acetyl L-cysteine (NAC). This is a substance that in cells is converted to glutathione. Glutathione is your cell's major protection against free radicals produced by toxins. In addition, NAC removes mercury. NAC also enhances detoxification.
Yes it goes without saying it's definitely better to do things the REAL natural way, which is to eat organic fruits, vegetables, and dark leafy greens to prevent things from coming on. But when you get a cold or get a sinus infection anyway, then what do you do? Yes of course the disclaimer is you must always ask your doctor. But for me, natural is better than antibiotics, and doctors only wanted to prescribe and do surgery, not cure (I used traditional doctors then). SinuFix and Wellness Formula are worth their weight in gold if they keep you well, in my opinion.