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Raised toilet seats are divine inventions for those who have trouble bending to sit on a standard toilet seat.  These elevated devices are routinely prescribed for short term use upon hospital discharge, usually to accommodate fractures or post-hip replacements and knee surgeries.  Elderly individuals and those with chronic arthritis, hip pain,  knee pain, back pain or mobility issues may require a more permanent solution to maintain independence in the bathroom. 

Sizes, prices and safety mechanisms vary considerably so you need to know your options.   

Optimal Seat Height:  Raised toilet seats sit atop the stool and typically add between 2 inches and 6 inches in height.  The higher the seat, the less flexion is required  in your hips and knees, making it easier to sit down and stand up.  If your toilet seat is too high, however, you will feel unstable.  The ideal height is one where your feet are flat on the floor.

You can also elevate your toilet seat by raising the entire toilet from underneath.  Allegro Medical sells a toilet seat riser that doesn’t change the look of your standard toilet but will raise it about 3.5″ off the ground. 

See the Toilevator Toilet Riser, 500 lb Capacity 

 Most Popular Raised Toilet Seat

Hinged Elevated Toilet Seat – 3″ - Perfect for the men in the house, this device raises the seat by 3 inches but also allows the ring to be lifted the same as your standard toilet seat.  It barely changes the look of the toilet. 

Use the following “Raised Toilet Seat Buyer’s Guide” to help decide which toilet seat is right for you or your loved one.

 

Raised Toilet Seat Buyer’s Guide

Short Term Use – Non-locking Raised Toilet Seats   -  For short recovery times, occasional use or some post-surgery, the raised toilet seats without locking devices work fine.  They are portable and very easy to use.

Depending on the stability of the user, we recommend that these be used along with a Toilet Safety Frame since these elevated toilet seats are attached by reliable methods, but not clamped or bolted on for increased security. 

Medium Term Use – Locking device - Special locking devices, front-clamps and brackets keep these raised toilet seats from shifting providing a secure, comfortable toileting experience.  A fantastic alternative to permanent fixation.

 

Long Term Use – Bolt on Toilet Seat - Perfect for disabled, elderly or those with a chronic need for an elevated toilet seat.   These raised toilet seats are super secure and have many helpful features to make getting on and off the toilet much easier. 

 

 Specialty Toilet Seats

Hip Replacements, Post Surgery, Leg, Hip and Knee Injuries and Fractures often require a unique, asymmetrical shaped toilet seat riser with one side “cut out” to allow one leg to remain in the prescribed position while sitting (knee should be lower than the new hip during hip replacement recovery).    

See Hospital Discharge Favorites

 

Bariatric, Heavy Duty, Extra Wide Raised Toilet Seats- Choose from styles that accomodate users up to 600 lbs.

 

Wheelchair Transfer Toilet Seats - Convert your toilet into an elevated wheelchair transfer seat.  Bolts onto most standard toilets.

Please call an Allegro Customer Care agent at 800-861-3211 if you require further assistance in choosing the right raised toilet seat or see all Raised Toilet Seats for more ideas.

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The 2010 Winter Olympics start on February 12th and we are sure to see plenty of spills and thrills.  And though slips and falls are commonplace in the arena or on the slopes, they shouldn’t happen at home.  

It surprised me to learn that more than 1 million people in the U.S. experience a significant slip, trip or fall each year.  And an average of 17,000 of them die because of it. 

According to the National Safety Council, 70% of slips and falls occur on level ground, by everyday people like you and me.

The risks of falling increase as we age.  Annually, about 30% of those age 65 and older fall at least once, and 15% fall twice.  Many falls result in broken bones or death.  Of course there are risk groups among children as well.  Infants are more likely to fall from furniture, while toddlers are more likely to fall from windows. 

The good news is that most falls are preventable.   What are you doing to prevent falls in and around your home?

Slip and Fall Prevention Products

Standers and Standing Aids

 

Walkers

 

Rollators

 

Mobility Scooters for Indoors and Outdoors

 

 

Canes

 

Grab Bars

 

Bed Rails

 

Toilet Safety Frames

 

Raised Toilet Seats

 

Shower Chairs

 

Bone Health

 

Balance and Core Strength

 

Ramps

 

Bed Alarms

 

Baby Gates and Railnets

 

Children’s Bed Rails 

 

 Nightlights

 

Don’t let slips and falls happen to your or your loved ones!  Take stock and put together your Fall Prevention Plan today.

I use my pedal exerciser at home while watching t.v. and it works great.  And we certainly sell plenty of pedlars and stationary bikes to elderly, recuperating and mobility-challenged customers, but who would think to use it while working at a desk? 

 MSN health writer Diane Mapes did!  

Does it work? Read Teeny Bike Pedals Away ‘Sitting Disease’ Fears - msnbc.com

Glamour Fitness Trend author Sarah Jio followed suit with Fitness Trend: Burn Calories at Your Desk With This Inexpensive Gadget - Glamour.com 

So, I guess it is official.   Allegro Medical’s Resistive Pedal Exerciser Stationary Bike ($26.95) may be your answer to pedaling your bottom off while you work.

Will a Pedlar work for you? Even if you can’t manage it under your desk, you can use it all sorts of places.  Pedlar exercisers are transportable, generally inexpensive and span a large range of options.  Order one today and we’ll ship it to your doorstep.

See all Cycles/Pedlars

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Happy Heart Month!  What a blessing that just a few simple changes in your lifestyle can improve your chances of living a longer, healthier life.  The beauty is, anyone can make these changes, the steps are not expensive and even modest improvements will make a big difference.  

The American Heart Association (AMA) calls them “The Simple 7″.  Seven things you can do to reduce your chances of dying of heart disease, stroke, or other cardiac related incident.  Take it slow – start with 1 or 2.  Even small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference.

7 Steps to a Long and Healthy Life

Get Active- The AMA suggests at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise – or a combination of both.  When you break it down, that is only about 22 minutes per day of moderate exercise.  The simplest solution is to start walking.  Join AMA’s Start Walking Program to develop your walking plan.  If you are mobility-challenged or just not the outdoorsy type, there are plenty of great ways to get your heart pumping at home. 

Browse Allegro’s Fitness category for hundreds of Exercise/Fitness Products to fit any level of fitness or ability.   Sorted into helpful sub-categories.  Get instruction from books, DVDs and videos to make your home workouts even more fun!

 

Control Cholesterol- Cholesterol is in your bloodstream and your cells.  It is soft and waxy.  Too much of the ‘bad’ cholesterol, the LDL, is a bad thing.  It clogs arteries and puts you at major risk for coronary disease.  75% of cholesterol is produced by the body and the rest comes from the foods you eat.  Many people inherit the genes that make too much cholesterol so you might not be able to control it without medication. 

The AMA says “It’s important for all people to know their cholesterol level.”  Cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter of blood.  A cholesterol level of 200mg/dL or higher puts you in a high risk category and you need to take action. 

Monitor your cholesterol at home with the  CholesTrak – FDA approved Total Cholesterol Device.

Cholesterol can be controlled by prescribed medication, diet and/or lifestyle changes.  The AME recommends you schedule a screening, eat foods low in cholesterol and saturated fat, skip the trans fats, maintain a healthy weight and stay active.

See all Home Test Kits

 

Eat Better- If you haven’t heard it already, you must be living under a rock.  Stop with the fast food, trans-fat laden crap and get healthy.  Eat a diet of vegetables, fruits, unrefined whole-grains, fish (at least twice a week), lean meats, poultry (without skin), fat-free/low fat dairy.  Aim for less than 1500 mgs of salt per day and less than 300 mgs of cholesterol.  Stay away from foods with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.  If you do all this, you’ll be fine.

Maybe.

Even your best intentions may need a little supplemental help from time to time. See Allegro’s large selection of Vitamins and Herbal Supplements.  I take a multi-vitamin, glucosamine and an Omega-3 tablet every day.

See all Dietary Supplements

 

Manage Blood Pressure – The AMA says that high blood pressure is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease.  The scary thing is, you can’t feel high blood pressure.  That’s why they call it “the silent killer”.    Blood pressure is exactly that – the pressure of your blood on your veins.  If it gets too high, over time it will stretch your veins and cause microscopic tears.  When the body heals these tears it creates scar tissue which can form clots, blockages, blood clots and weakened arteries leading to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and heart failure. 

Normal blood pressure is less than 120 mm Hg systolic AND less than 80 mm Hg diastolic.  High blood pressure (hypertension) is a reading of more than 140 over 80 (140/80).

Another scary fact about blood pressure:  One in three adults have it, yet 21% don’t even know it.  And of those with high blood pressure, 69% are receiving treatment, yet, only 45% have it controlled.   Having your blood pressure checked only once in a while is dangerous.  It took years to diagnose my high blood pressure because it was only tested periodically. 

Take your own blood pressure.  It’s easy! - I highly recommend the wrist models.

See all Blood Pressure Monitors

See all Diagnostic Products

If you have high blood pressure, please read I’m off my Blood Pressure Meds.   By the way, I am still monitoring my blood pressure at home and it remains normal without medication.  I still see my chiropractor about 3 times a month and check in with my physician every 4 months.

 

Lose Weight – Are you overweight/obese?  If your body mass index (BMI) is 25.0 kg/m2 or higher, then you are among the 145 million overweight or obese Americans.  Calculate your BMI by multiplying your weight in pounds by 703, then dividing that number by your height in inches and then dividing again by your height in inches.

Reduce your risk for heart disease by losing weight and keeping it off.   My approach to weight loss is summed up in How to Not Gain Weight in 65 Days or Less and The Secret to Making Resolutions Work.

See Weight Loss Products  Please be careful if you use synthetic weight loss supplements!  Consult your physician.  My body prefers all-natural foods and supplements.  See FucoTHIN.   For tried and true weight-loss advice, read Eating for Life by Bill Phillips.

Obesity is a major, independent risk factor for heart disease.  And if you have a lot of belly fat you’re at even higher risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.  Get rid of it.

 

 Reduce Blood Sugar – Diabetes is controllable and treatable, but even so, adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or stroke than adults without diabetes.  

The AMA says that controlling glucose levels can slow the progression of long-term complications. Often, many small changes add up to surprising improvements in diabetes control, including less need for medication.

What is Diabetes?

 How to Tell if you have Diabetes

Diagnosed Diabetic?  See our Diabetes Care Medical Supplies

 

Stop Smoking - Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in the U.S.  It increases the risk of heart disease, decreases your tolerance or physical activity, increases the tendency for blood to clot.  It decreases HDL (good) cholesterol.  It creates a higher risk for peripheral artery disease and aortic aneurysms.  Ick.

Quiting cigarettes is hard, even for adolescents.  How do you do it?  Here’s a 5-Step Process to Stop Smoking.  Don’t feel bad if you slip.  It’s very common.  Just try again… and again… until it works.  Don’t give up.  Look to your local resources through hospitals and hotlines for help.

Education Center for Heart Smarts

Are you a rehab specialist or physical/personal trainer?  Learn more about cardiac health and rehab, see The ABCDE’S of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Yoga for Cardiac Rehab, Cardiovascular Disease and Women, Heathy Hearts, Healthy Women and Major Cardiac Risk Factor Screening.

See all Healthy Learning books, CDs and DVDs

Anyone can learn more about health, nutrition and fitness with the Health & Fitness in Plain English book.

How prevalent are heart problems? Read Staggering Heart Facts

Are you at Risk for Heart Disease? 

Did you know that heart attack and stroke symptoms for men and women may differ? Read Heart Attacke & Stroke Warning Signs.

We hope you will take this to heart and make the changes in your life that will see you through a long, healthy life.   Read more about the  The Simple 7 on the American Heart Association’s website.

And as always, we thank you for your business – from the bottom of our hearts. (sorry, had to).

Looking for a quick fix for your headache?  Get in line.  It is no wonder headache cures and remedies are so sought after.  Headaches are rampant – some worse than others, caused by hundreds of reasons from bad posture to pollution to vitamin deficiencies. 

The good news is, headaches can usually be eliminated without drugs.

Instead of popping a pill when you get a headache, your best bet for getting rid of them for good is to determine the cause. As in life, if you fix the source of your problems then all your headaches go away, right?  :)

Headache Causes and Remedies

Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching

Super Calcium Magnesium – 250 tablets – Check with your doctor or dentist, but often times Calcium and Magnesium tablets, taken at bedtime, can eliminate your jaw clenching and headaches.   Have your calcium/magnesium levels checked however, because high calcium could actually be the cause of your migraine or cluster headaches.  If you need just Magnesium to stem your headaches, try Magnesium Oxide tablets.  If you have muscle cramps (night time leg cramps), menstrual cramps, fatigue, constipation, heart palpitations, insomnia and/or anxiety, you may have a magnesium deficiency.  Regulate the dosage if the magnesium causes diarrhea.

See all Vitamins

 

Tension Headaches

AcuBead Headache Beads – Acupressure Strips - Easily applied at home.

 

The Original Backnobber II- If you can’t remove your source of tension, at least give yourself a deep muscle massage with the Backnobber II.  Find your pressure points to relieve muscle tension and get the blood flowing again.  Bye-bye headache.

See all Pressure Positive Massagers

See more Tension Headache Relief Products

 

Skeletal Misalignment

 

Neckpro Cervical Traction Device- One of our most popular products, the Neckpro home cervical traction device is used to relieve, among other things, tension headaches associated with back, shoulder and neck pain, fibromyalgia and whiplash.

See more Home Traction Sets

 

Stress and Anxiety

Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa - Nothing relieves a stress induced headache faster than a nice soak in the spa – in your own house!  This portable home spa with air-jets soothes and relaxes at a fraction of the cost of traditional hot tubs.  Super popular.

See all Stress Reduction Products

 

Bad Sleeping Habits

D-Core Pillow – Restores the natural curvature of your neck and upper spine.  The wrong pillow, or too many pillows, will put your neck in a bind and throw your alignment off.  That can cause a major headache.  Headaches are also caused by not getting a good night’s sleep due to sleep apnea and snoring.

See all Pillows

See all Snoring Products

 

Sinus Problems

Eye Pillow with ergoBeads – Conforms to your face and eyes, blocks the light and provides cool relief (when frozen) without the shock of ice or gel packs.  Sinus headaches melt away with this eye pillow.  Great for travel.

See all Sinus Headache Products

 

Menstrual Problems

Thermophore Automatic Moist Heat Pack – Stop the cramps and the headache follows suit.  Moist heat almost always helps.

See all Menstrual Pain Products

 

When I can’t pinpoint the exact cause of my headache I usually determine that I’m dehydrated.  Dehydration headaches are very common and a few glasses of water can often cure a nagging headache.  Try it!

When worse comes to worse, I pop a couple Headache Relief Tablets or other Over the Counter Pain Relievers, although for me this is a last resort. 

Shop our Headache Products “Shop by Condition” category for even more headache cures and pain management products.

A word about Migraines.  Migraine headaches may have different causes (usually chemical) than run-of-the-mill ones and we recommend you see a doctor if you believe you are experiencing migraines.  Symptoms are intense throbbing pain, usually on  one side of the head, sensitivity to light and nausea.   See our Shop By Condition page for Migraine Headache Products.

Here’s to a clear and pain free head!  Have a healthy day and as always, thanks for your business.

Medical supplies are desperately needed in Haiti.  Individuals, offices and medical facilities are being asked to donate medical supplies to their state and local churches and relief organizations for delivery to earthquake victims in Port au Prince and outlying areas.  Allegro is supporting this effort by offering discounted medical supplies and medical equipment to the public, nationwide.  

People are asking, “How can I help the earthquake victims?” Medical supply and medical equipment donations are your way of ensuring that these critical products reach those in need of medical help.  You are essentially helping to save lives.  To find donation sites in your area, google “medical supplies donation sites (your city or state)”. 

Sources from state and local organizations nationwide are asking for the following medical supplies:

 

Exam Gloves - Save 40% on a box of 100 Invacare Powder-Free Vinyl Exam Gloves.  Only $5.95.  Save even more on boxes of 1000.  Save 27% on Sterile Surgical Gloves.

See all discounted Surgical Medical Supplies

 

Wound Care Supplies  – Save 25% or more on Bandages, Wound Care Dressings, Gauze, and Tape.

 

Syringes & Needles - Save 40% or more on Needle/Syringe Combos, Hypodermic Needles, Sharps Disposal and Syringes.

 

Alcohol Wipes & Prep Solutions - Save 51% on alcohol prep pads.

 

Elastic Bandages, Splinting & Casting Supplies - All shapes and sizes of orthotic and orthopedic supplies are needed. 

 

Hand Sanitizers, Antiseptics and Disinfectants - Save on all sanitizing medical supplies.

See all Personal Protection medical supplies.

 

Emergency Medical Supplies - Save 60% and more on Disaster Relief and Disaster Prep medical supplies including First Aid Kits, Hygiene Supplies, and Emergency Water and Water Purification Equipment

 

Condition related medical supplies are also needed including Catheters, Incontinence, Ostomy Supplies and Diabetic Supplies.  Nothing is too specific.

The list of medical products needed does not end with just medical supplies.  Durable medical equipment  is also in short supply in Haiti.  For larger donations see Walkers, Canes, Crutches, WheelchairsRamps, Heart Defibrillators and Bathroom Assists.

How can you help?  Join the thousands of people supporting the humanitarian efforts in Haiti by donating medical supplies to your local donation sites.  Your donation will not be in vain and no donation is too small.  Every bit will help. 

Thank you for being an Allegro customer.

If anyone has ever said you have a dirty mouth, they were right.  A normal, healthy mouth is host to millions of germs and more than 500 identified bacterial strains.  And even though you use toothpaste to clean your teeth, and water to rinse your toothbrush, studies have shown that toothbrushes still become contaminated with bacteria, blood, saliva, oral debris and toothpaste.  The Journal of American Dental Association says that contaminated toothbrushes not only harbor, but also transmit both viruses and bacteria that cause systemic, localized and oral inflammatory diseases.

Want a clean brush every time?  UV Technology zaps toothbrushes and dental appliances free of germs (including the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus) after each use.   There’s a solution for every brush in your household!    Battery operated, the batteries last about 3 months if used twice a day.  Great gift idea.

Keep Your Toothbrush and Dental Appliances Germ Free

 

The Dental Spa uses UV technology and sonic waves to eliminate 99.9% of germs and bacteria on your dentures, bite plates, retainers, mouth guards, invisible braces and whitening trays. 

 

Original Violight Toothbrush Sanitizer - Kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria on up to four toothbrushes at a time.  Removable tray for easy cleaning.  

 

iZap Portable Toothbrush Sanitizer - Did you know that UV light kills the H1N1 Swine Flu virus?  So does this portable toothbrush sanitizer.  Use with your favorite electric or manual toothbrush, or use the free tooth brush included. 

 

 Zapi – The Personal Toothbrush Sanitizer-  Choose from 4 super cool colors to match your personal style.  This Zapi’s germicidal bulb also kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria in just minutes.  Works with most manual toothbrushes and electric heads.

 

DUO Toothbrush Sanitizer – A portable germ killing toothbrush sanitizer built for two.  Uses dual technology – UV light and sonic waves to get your toothbrushes 99.99% germ free.  The first portable toothbrush sanitizer built for two brushes.  It includes the brushes, but most others models will also fit.  Perfect for travel or at home.  I know, because I have one!

 

Personal Travel Toothbrush Sanitizer – This toothbrush sanitizer eliminates 99.9% of germs in just 6 minutes.  Great for hotels, airplanes, dorms and health clubs.  And you don’t have to remember to put your brush in there.  It comes with one.

Shop all Violight Sanitizers

 

UV Toothbrush Sanitizer and Holder - Like the Violight product this toothbrush sanitizer from iTouchless holds and sanitizes up to 4 toothbrushes at the same time.   Eliminates unwanted and harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses that reside on your regular and electric toothbrushes.  Just press the button and you’re sanitizing.

See all iTouchless Products

 How about a super plaque fighting power toothbrush to go with your new toothbrush sanitizer?  Check this out:

 

Conair Interplak Battery Opticlean Plaque Remover - Reduce plaque and other dental hygiene concerns with this rechargeable cordless toothbrush. Three types of bristles in the oscillating brush head clean better than conventional brushes.

See also the Conair Interplak Waterjet

A clean mouth is a happy mouth.  Happy germ fighting!

Whatever your goal or resolution, January 1st or year-round, sheer determination is not generally enough to ensure your success.  What keeps most people from realizing their dreams is not determination or willpower.  It is lack of definition and planning.  The secret to reaching your goals is in the numbers.  You need to do the math.  Even if you’re too pretty to do math you can manage this strategy. 

Here’s How to Make Your Resolutions Work:

 *  Clearly define your goal and divide it into measurable, achievable  increments.  Write it down.  Keep it simple.  Every goal has metrics that can be measured.  Let’s say you want to look better in your jeans.  Well, this could mean you need to lose weight, gain weight, buy new jeans, firm up your fanny – whatever.  Let’s take the weight loss route for this example.  First, decide exactly how much weight you need to lose.   Let’s say 15 lbs. 

* Set deadlines.  A critical part of success is setting a reasonable deadline.  In this case, figure it will take you 15 to 30 weeks to lose 15 lbs. at a healthy 1 to 2 lbs a week.  Mark the calendar.  Record your current weight.  Check out one of the free web applications to get started plotting your strategy.  I use http://www.fitday.com

*  Research.  Set out your plan in detail.  Research the best way to reach your goal.  Make notes.  Get into it.  For weight loss, use the web, your doctor or your local bookstore to help find a sensible plan that will allow you to lose 1 to 2 lbs a week.  I suggest Weight Watchers because they are all about the numbers and support.   Please avoid fads or schemes, no matter what your goal.

Don’t Delay.  Excuses will sabotage you.  Don’t wait to start your plan.  If you must delay, plot your course accordingly and follow it to the letter.

Stay on Track.   Monitor.  Record.  Monitor.  Record.  Adjust if necessary, but don’t give up.  For weight loss, keep a food log (again, I use fitday.com).   There are lots of ways to monitor weight loss, calories, inches, fat ratios.  Suggestions:  Bodyfat Analyzer, Pedometer, Flexible Tape Measure, Scale, Digital Scale, Talking Scale and Dial Scale.

Stay Motivated.  Make your goals and progress visible to help you remain committed and motivated.  Mark your calendar and put it on the fridge with your ‘before’ picture.  Remind yourself of the goal and say it out loud frequently.  Let your family and friends in on your plight so they can help keep you honest. 

Reward yourself.  Along the way, and at the end, be sure to reward yourself for success.   How about a new pair of jeans at your goal weight, plus little rewards along the way.  No hot fudge sundaes! . . . :)

This goal keeping technique can be used for anything you want to conquer, learn or accomplish.  From learning to paint to getting a job to saving money.  You just have to plot your strategy and monitor your progress through numbers, dates, deadlines. 

Helpful health monitors and aids:

Track your blood pressure and cholesterol with the Cholestrak Test Kit, Resperate BP Reducer, Automatic Wrist Digital Blood Pressure Monitor, or Talking Blood Pressure Monitor.

Protect your family with a Smoke Detector w/Strobe & Battery Backup or Carbon Monoxide Detector w/Strobe.

Rest easier with a Better Sleep Pillow, Sleepmatterzzz Pillow, D-Core Pillow or Butterfly Pillow.

Be on time with the Sonic Bomb Alarm, Sonic Boom Alarm or SunRise Alarm Clock.

Success is yours if you just do the math and stick to the plan.

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