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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream Review and Giveaway (ends 01/24)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. This post contains affiliate links.

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I have some chronic pain issues – without going into too much boring detail, I carry a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders, so I have quite a bit of pain and stiffness there on a regular basis. I usually don’t bother with painkillers, though, due to a combination of “I’m used to the pain” and the negligible effects of most painkillers for me. I have a pretty high tolerance for painkillers, combined with a fast wear-off rate, so the amount of ibuprofen necessary to even take the edge off isn’t worth the damage it’d do to my stomach and liver. I do sometimes use topical creams when the pain is particularly bothersome, however. I hate smelling like wintergreen, but it’s nice to have the pain lessen for a while.

I was given the opportunity to try out Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream, and eagerly awaited its arrival. Noxicare is available as both capsules and topical cream, depending on whether you have all-over pain or if your pain is generalized to one or two specific areas. I didn’t try the capsule form of the pain reliever, but I can vouch for the effectiveness of the topical cream (the product being given away here) – it works so well that I kind of want to take a bath in the stuff! When I tried it on my neck and shoulders, it didn’t alleviate all of my pain, but it did reduce it by a significant amount. The surface pain was pretty much gone, leaving just the more “achey” deep muscle pain. Given my high tolerance for any type of painkiller, that’s pretty impressive.

The pain relief lasted a couple of hours before it started wearing off - the website does recommend allowing 1-2 weeks of using the product as directed (2-3 times per day) for full effectiveness.

I love that this is a natural product – the active ingredients are ginger extract, willow bark extract, rosemary extract, holy basil extract, boswellia extract, turmeric extract, and alpha lipoic acids (found in foods like red meats and spinach). This product is also paraban-free (no preservatives).
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Noxicare™ is a breakthrough patent-pending natural pain relief formula that combines 7 of the world’s most potent natural pain relievers to effectively alleviate both acute and chronic pain associated with arthritis, nerve pain, muscle pain and sports injuries.
Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream is also advertised as being odorless and non-greasy. I did detect a very faint odor in the cream, but nothing like other topical pain-relief creams I’ve tried, and the scent didn’t linger once I applied the cream. The cream itself has a consistency more like lotion than other creams, and you rub it into your skin like a lotion. I could feel a faint residue on my skin afterward, but again, much less so than with other topical creams. It felt more like how my skin feels after applying lotion than after applying pain ointment. Where to find it:
  • Order online ($26.95 + S&H for the 3.5 oz. topical cream) from Noxicare's website (right now you can get free shipping with code SHIPNOXICARE).
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Book Review: Lost Civilizations: 10 Societies that Vanished Without a Trace by Michael Rank

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars  

Don’t judge a book by its (back) cover

Was there ever a real Atlantis? Whatever happened to the Anasazi? Were the pyramids really built by Egyptian slaves (with or without help from aliens), or were the pyramid builders respected members of that society? Was Columbus really the first to discover the “New World”? What about the Roanoke colonists – what happened to them, and what does the cryptic message “Croatoan” mean?

I was interested in reading and reviewing this book because I have a fascination with lost civilizations dating back to the first time I heard the story of Atlantis. I was probably four or five years old when I read the comic book “Uncle Scrooge Adventures: The Secret of Atlantis.” I read that comic multiple times, loving the story of how the people of Atlantis had over time evolved into “Fish People” who wanted to protect their privacy from the land dwellers, and it was just scary enough to really hold my interest (I loved scary stories even as a little girl). It’s unlikely that if there actually was an Atlantis that the residents are now Fish People; however, “Lost Civilizations” delves into more reasonable theories about Atlantis and whether or not it truly existed and what might have happened to it if it did.

And don’t let the back cover (or blurb provided on the Amazon page) fool you – I was a little scared when I read the back cover, as it was absolutely loaded with grammatical errors and improper punctuation. However, the style on the back is NOT the style in which the book is written. The book itself is actually very well written. The writing style is more academic than conversational (which makes the reading itself a little dry – if you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller, this is not the book for you), but the topics are thoroughly researched and discussed.

 Author Michael Rank provides background information– both verified and theoretical – on these different civilizations, and then goes on to explain various theories of what may have happened to cause the decline/disappearance of that civilization. He includes both current theories and past theories that have now been debunked and explains why they’re no longer considered feasible. Included were civilizations I was familiar with (the Egyptian pyramid builders, Mycena, the Roanoke colony) as well as several that were new to me (such as the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture and the Indus Valley Civilization). Even for the cultures I already had some knowledge of, though, I learned plenty of new information from this book.

While the answers I desperately want are not provided in this book (what does Croatoan mean, darn it?!? ), the thorough discussions of the ten societies that vanished are extremely interesting. I enjoyed learning more background information about what these cultures might have been like during the height of their existence, and the theories of why they might have disappeared. The debunked theories (and why these beliefs are no longer held) were also very interesting to me, as I like learning more about knowledge in general, and how people’s beliefs change based on new information.

In conclusion: Given the academic nature of the writing, it may be a little “heavy” for the younger crowd or casual reader (although that’s not to say those folks should avoid it; quite the opposite!) I can also see this book being useful to parents and educators as a starting point for research projects about any of these historical civilizations. Well worth reading if you have any interest in history and/or lost civilizations.

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