Monthly Archives: March 2009

Coping with arthritis, injuries

My latest fashion accessory (the transparent tape allows me to wear my favorite sweather without it adhering to the Velcro)

My latest fashion accessory (the transparent tape allows me to wear my favorite sweater without it adhering to the Velcro)

I sprained my wrist and both thumbs last weekend, and I’m struggling with daily activities.  My niece recently told me the Story of the Spoons, a touching article by a woman who suffers from Lupus, and her effort to explain to her loved ones what it’s like to live when your ability to perform daily tasks is either stripped completely, or when it negatively affects your ability to accomplish ordinary chores and functions. It’s an inspiring story which, upon reading, you might find touching and gain new insight into how to understand others, or to explain chronic illness or pain to your loved ones.

When telling friends and acquaintances about our products, I often mention pronating and supinating, both movements possible because of the marvelous bone structure in our forearms. This accident has reminded me of how painful those intricate movements can be.

I have a touch of arthritis in my hands, and experience that every now and then.  I think it’s become better since I read You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty, by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj (He calls himself Dr. Batman for short), and started drinking more water.

With this latest injury, however, I have become more cognizant of severely limited movement, and how ordinary actions can bring about pain.  Turning the key in the ignition – ouch!  Pulling on shoes?  Difficult.  Picking up my little Chihuahua?  Painful.  Typing?  I’m down to hunt-and-peck.  Zipping a coat?  I found a trick – have my husband start the zipper and safety pin it, and just pull it over my head.  Dishes?  Ignore any that require scrubbing.

Coping tools.  For almost two decades I’ve been working with products designed to cope, to help prevent (further) pain or injury when performing daily tasks, and supplying catalogs who offer our products, as well. I realize that many UN-SKRU owners endure more pain than what I’m currently experiencing, many of them working with chronic pain, this injury increases my appreciation for the way injury or advancing arthritis robs us of full movement, and am glad to be a small part of the  answer to those daily challenges.  How do you cope with arthritis?  Click on the “comment” or “no comment” link below and share with us.

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To Twizzle, or not to Twizzle? Licorice alert

If on RA meds, look for anice-flavored licorice

If on RA meds, look for anice-flavored licorice

Do you have RA or high blood pressure? If so, you might want to forego that next package of natural licorice.

If you take cyclosporine to relieve your RA symptoms, you may want to avoid candy flavored with licorice and licorice supplements. In an Arthritis Today article, it was explained that Pei-Dawn Lee Chao, Ph.D., a chemist at China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan and his team fed cyclosporine to laboratory rats with and without various doses of pure glycyrrhizin, an active compound in licorice root, and natural licorice extract. They found that levels of cyclosporine dropped in the animals fed licorice or glycyrrhizin.

Not all licorice candy does this, however. Many types of candy are called “licorice” but are just flavored with the oil of a similar-tasting herb, anise.

Licorice is also a common herbal remedy for a variety of illnesses. Many people, for example, use licorice tablets to ease stomach irritation and heartburn.

Previous reports have indicated that licorice can trigger other potentially dangerous drug interactions. Some studies have shown licorice can interfere with the effectiveness of high blood pressure medications, aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, insulin and oral contraceptives.

If you have RA or high blood pressure, it looks like you’d better check the label before indulging your sweet tooth. Try the anise-flavored licorice, and save the Twizzlers as a treat for guests and grandkids.

Arthritis and Tools for Daily Living

The UN-SKRU is an easy to use, affordable, long-lasting tool.

The UN-SKRU is an easy to use, affordable, long-lasting tool.

Best tools answer ongoing need, are simple and practical

Many of our customers have a touch of arthritis and find the UN-SKRU helps protect their joints from strain while opening stubborn jar lids.

The Arthritis Foundation offers these guidelines when selecting kitchen and gardening tools that help protect your hands from strain and injury during normal daily living.

•Be selective. Think about the tasks that are difficult for you on a regular basis and look for products that can make them easier.

•Select products with texture. For example, when selecting glassware, drinking glasses with bumpy exteriors are easier to grasp than glasses with smooth exteriors.

•Seek lightweight products that require minimal upkeep and are safe to use.

•Avoid products that are difficult to grasp or require twisting with your fingers to open and close. Instead, look for flip-top caps, zippers and larger, easy-to-open lids.

•Avoid the bells and whistles. Look for products that are simple and practical, rather than fancy gadgets with intricate pieces.

Following these guidelines will also help you select tools that make thoughtful and welcome gifts.

Alcohol potential help for arthritis?

This Bud's for your arthritis?

This Bud's for your arthritis?

Many of our customers have a touch of arthritis and find the UN-SKRU helps protect their joints from strain while opening stubborn jar lids.

In a recent New Scientist article about arthritis, findings were released that suggest moderate consumption of alcohol may offer protection against arthritis.  Don’t roll out the barrel here, because they’re speaking of moderate consumption.  Tests involved (presumably) happy male mice, who were first injected with a collagen to induce rheumatoid arthritis, then given water with 10% ethanol.  At the end of six weeks, 100% of the mice who were only given standard tap water developed rheumatoid arthritis, but only 60% of the tipsy mice who’d been given diluted ethanol developed it.

“This is an interesting and important paper,” says John Hardin, chief scientific officer at the Arthritis Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia, US. “To my knowledge this is the first time that anyone has looked at the ability of alcohol to suppress inflammatory arthritis.”

Old AARP Ad from 1970s, customer comments

AARP Ad from the 1970s

AARP Ad from the 1970s

Many of our customers remember the several years when we advertised in the AARP newsletter.  Unfortunately, advertising costs continued to rise so sharply that we were faced with a decision:  raise the price of the UN-SKRU sharply, or find other ways to reach our loyal customers.

We now find, as many fine retails have discovered, that the Internet is a friendly business environment that allows us to better showcase our products and more easily communicate with our customers. With this new endeavor, we welcome your comments.

As promised, here are a couple of comments from owners of the UN-SKRU jar opener.

We received this letter from Florida …
“As a retired Engineer I believe that I am qualified to say that your device is the most cleverly designed jar opener that I have ever seen.  You may use this letter as a testimonial if you so desire.”  …Edgar Althouse, Spring Hill, FL

… and from Michigan …
“My neighbor had a stroke and has no use of his right hand.  No way I can describe the smile on his face when he opened a bottle of pop with a screw cap!”
… Orin Mercer, Grandville, MI

Do you have a story to share about the UN-SKRU?  We welcome your email and photo(s).  You can become a permanent part of this forum.  We made it for you.

UN-SKRU-America’s favorite since 1977

UN-SKRU under-cabinet jar opener opens 3/4" to 5" diam. lids

UN-SKRU under-cabinet jar opener opens 3/4" to 5" diam. lids

It’s our pleasure to offer this site to our customers, both our long-standing customers, who swear by the UN-SKRU under-cabinet jar opener’s effectiveness and reliability, and our new customers, who are just discovering how easy it can be to open tight screw-top lids and jars.  All this yet still friendly to the environment, needing no batteries with their potentially jarring surges of power and earth-unfriendly disposal problems.

The UN-SKRU is always available, out of sight, under the cabinet and not crowding your kitchen drawers, always effective in opening ALL sizes of screw-top lids, from tiny 1/2 inch lids like nail polish or toothpaste tubes, all the way up to the big 5-inch diameter lids found on large pickle and mayonnaise jars and special containers.

I’ll list some customer comments to get us started, then we hope to hear from you.  Share your stories and photos, too, if you wish.  Let’s  have fun, and spread the word about the effectiveness of this simple, long-standing favorite.

Just click on the “comments” and follow the instructions.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Janet and John