10.25.2009

Stupid Vampire

Hi. It's Joe.

This is a weird Halloween video.

Rocktober

Hi. It's Joe.

It is the last week of ROCKTOBER.

That means it is the FUNNEST WEEK OF THE YEAR, culminating with HALLOWEEN.

Are you READY FOR IT?

You will need a COSTUME. There will be PARTIES. Don't be the lame loser who doesn't DRESS UP. If you want to see my scary costume, CLICK HERE. But be warned, it is the scariest costume you will ever see, without a doubt. You might want to gouge out your own eyes after seeing it, and I am not kidding. You think I am but GO SEE IT, then buy me a coffee if you agree with me.

If you live in S.E. Wisconsin, there are some good rock shows this week too.

PEOPLE BROTHERS are hosting a 70s and 80s themed costume party + open jam on Monday 10/26 at the Come Back Inn in Madison WI. It starts around 9 PM.

GUPPY EFFECT is hosting a PRE-HALLOWEEN rock show at Brink Lounge in Madison WI on Wednesday 10/28, starting at 9 PM.

GUPPY EFFECT is also hosting their very own HALLOWEEN PARTY on Saturday 10/31 at REAL McCOYS in Delavan WI. The party kicks off around 9 PM and there will be a costume contest. MY COSTUME is a guaranteed winner for scariest. But you could still win second place, so do attend if you can.

That's about all.

10.10.2009

How Echinacea Works

Hi. It's Joe.

Since it is Fall, and colds and flu are just around the corner, I wanted to remind everyone again how Echinacea works.

There is a lot of misinformation that has led people to believe that taking Echinacea after you get a cold is effective.

But that won't work. Echinacea ramps up your immune system, but gradually over a few days. By the time it has an effect on your immune system, the cold is almost over anyway. This is true even if you megadose Echinacea at the start of a cold.

The best way to take Echinacea is as a preventive, daily with your multivitamins and other supplements. That keeps the levels of the active components of Echinacea in your system at all times, so your immune system is always armed and ready to fight invaders.

The other thing to remember is that not all Echinacea supplements are created equal. The species of Echinacea that has the strongest cold fighting effects on the immune system is Echinacea purpurea, and it is ONLY THE ROOT of Echinacea purpurea that is effective. Many Echinacea supplements contain plant parts (leaves and flowers) with little or no actual ROOT. These are not effective at all. They are essentially fillers.

Something like THIS or THIS would be good choices.

If you favor ORGANIC supplements, try THIS.

Echinacea tea may be effective against colds, but again it must be consumed DAILY and it must contain Echinacea purpurea ROOT.

THIS TEA from Yogi might be a good choice. It also contains GREEN TEA, rich in healthy antioxidants.

Echinacea and goldenseal combined supplements may be more effective than Echinacea alone for fighting colds. However, it is difficult to find these supplements that contain the proper form of Echinacea (i.e., Echinacea purpurea root). Many of these contain extracts of the whole Echinacea plant, much of which is useless filler. (Ironically, many of these use only the ROOT of goldenseal, but the whole Echinacea plant - usually multiple species - and that does not help us.)

You can take your chances with something like THIS COMBINATION EXTRACT.

I hope that was helpful. I worked 10 years in R&D at a vitamin company and learned a lot about alternative medicine working closely with health practitioners in the field. Take it or leave it. I'm not a doctor.

Visit the THE VITAMIN FUN HOUSE for more information and review many brands of Echinacea supplements.

NOTE: Echinacea can cause allergic reactions in people with certain sensitivities to grasses and pollen. See the following references...

Article 1: Echinacea And Allergy Dangers

Article 2: Echinacea Linked to Allergies

10.08.2009

Halloween is Nigh

Hi. It's Joe.

Are you ready for HALLOWEEN?

Well, I was up all night (because of the coffee, thanks!!!) and I think I can help.

I found this stuff on the Internet.

1. $10 off Halloween Costumes

This is the best deal I have seen on Halloween Costumes, assuming they have the costume you want. It's $10 off orders of $50 or more. The best I have seen so far is $10 off $60 or more, so this is slightly better than anything else. Chances are you'll be spending more than $60 anyway, for a costume worth it's weight in gore, so this is only marginally relevant.

2. $15 off Halloween Candy (BEST VALUE!)

If you need bulk candy for the neighborhood kids or the Halloween party or even just the pinata, this is the way to go. Buy $39 worth of candy and get $15 off. Hell yeah!

3. 50% off all Halloween and Horror Blu-Ray DVDs (Some as low as $6)

Is it time to update your cult classic horror DVDs or if you are really old school (wanting to go 21st century), your VCR tapes? Here is a huge selection. Peruse.

4. Skull Accessories

Hey, something for everyone right?

5. Dry Ice Fog Machine

Great fun for the Halloween Party. Put some dry ice in the punch for a really creepy cocktail.

If you are serving a veggie plate at your Halloween Party, remember that half of a cauliflower looks a lot like a human brain...

Sure, I will take a coffee for my efforts.