Monthly Archives: April 2009

Mother’s Day Contest – win gift basket or buy/save with $6 off code!

Mother's Day gift basket is filled to over-flowing with hand care openers - the UN-SKRU, the Hand Key-per and DOORNUTS! Doorknob/faucet turners. Also dreamy soft gloves & moisturizing lotion!

Great way to pamper Mom's hands! Mother's Day gift basket is filled to over-flowing with hand care openers - the UN-SKRU, the Hand Key-per and DOORNUTS! Doorknob/faucet turners. Also dreamy soft gloves & moisturizing lotion! Win it, or buy it and use the special code to take $6 off!

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT BASKET – Overflowing with hand-friendly household openers and whisper-soft night-time gloves and lotion for overnight skin pampering.  $42.95 + $8 S/H

(continental US only)



Write a short story (100-200 words) of the best Mother’s Day present you’ve given or received in the past, and why it was so great, and you could win first prize in our “Best Mother’s Day Present” contest.  Then you can give your mom or grandmother this beautiful hand care gift basket filled with helpful household openers … the UN-SKRU under-cabinet jar opener, the HAND KEY-PER 8-way traveling opener, and DOORNUTS! doorknob and faucet turners.  We’ve also included a soft, nurturing pair of night gloves and moisturizing lotion to pamper her.

Best Mother’s Day Present Contest Rules

Send a short story (100-200 words) of the best Mother’s Day present you’ve given or received in the past.  If you have a photo, send that along, too, and we’ll post it with your story.  If your story is chosen, we’ll send you a FREE hand-care gift basket.

Send by e-mail or as a comment right after this post by clicking just after this article on the link that says “no comment” or “o comment” (it really should say something like “click here to comment), and if you have one, email the photo.   Or you can e-mail us directly at:  multimarketing @ (take out the spaces before and after the @-sign.)

We WILL NOT SELL, SHARE OR LOAN your address or e-mail address to any firm or organization.  This is just a fun contest to celebrate our customers, Mother’s day, spring, and effective ways to protect and pamper our hands.

So, you have nothing to lose, and a lovely Mother’s Day present to win.  C’mon.  Send us your story!  DEADLINE:  Stories must be received  by May 5, 2009.

TOO BUSY FOR A CONTEST?  SKIP IT AND ORDER THE BASKET:  Call 1-800-506-0248.  Multi Marketing & Mfg., hand-friendly household products since 1977.


Rheumatoid “Heart-thritis” and other heart disease factors

"I keep a close watch on this heart of mine" -- necessary if you have RA

"I keep a close watch on this heart of mine" -- necessary if you have RA

According to the Arthritis Foundation, roughly 1.3 million people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, also called RA. It involves painful, swollen joints, but two recent studies suggest that RA sufferers also are at increased risk for heart disease. Read more at USA Weekend

The American Heart Association reveals other factors over which we have no control:

* Increasing age – 65 or over.  (At older ages, women who have heart attacks are more likely than men are to die from them within a few weeks.)

* Gender. Men have a greater risk of heart attack and experience them earlier in life.

* Heredity (Race) Those will increased risk include African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, native Hawaiians, and some Asian Americans.

Risk factors we can modify – what we can do:
Stop smoking
Lower blood cholesterol levels
Regular physical activity/exercise
Maintain a healthy weight
Manage your diabetes
Drink only moderate amounts of alcohol

Click here American Heart Association to learn more.

I can’t cut my pills in half? Who says?

We deserve freedom to minimize prescription costs

We deserve freedom to minimize prescription costs

by Janet Penaligon

I’ve mellowed enough that it takes a lot to get my blood boiling, but this recent article in The Denver Post pushed me to that point quickly.

It seems insurance companies are refusing to allow people to save money on the outrageously high prescriptions they need by increasing the dosage and cutting the pills in half.

Why would they do that?  They might save the co-pay fee, but they’ll still have to shell out an additional $80 to $150 for the pills.  Why can’t they see that?  Who’s their accountant?

Kudos to United Healthcare, who invites their people to consider slicing their pills and even offers a plastic, razor-edge pill splitter for free.

Shame on Cigna HealthCare, who doesn’t.  Shame on Kaizer Permanente Colorado, who is among the companies that forces customers to pay the same amount for 15 pills to split in half as they would for 30 pills to swallow whole.

You can read the entire article at The Denver Post-Cut Pills Split Insurers.

What’s your insurance company’s stance?  Do you split pills?

Share your experiences with us by clicking on comments, below.

Avoid hand injuries in the kitchen – Top Ten Tips

Avoid injury when preparing food--be a vigilant protector of delicate finger and wrist joints.

Avoid injury when preparing food--be a vigilant protector of delicate finger and wrist joints.

Avoid hand injuries in the kitchen – Top Ten Tips
by Janet Penaligon

A regular cooking or baking session can be frustrating and downright painful when injury or arthritis limits normal lifting, turning and twisting movements necessary to prepare a meal.

Here are some ways I’ve discovered to take charge in the kitchen without creating pain or strain.

1.  Consider yourself a management specialist when you enter the kitchen. Your first priority is to protect your (fill in the blank). This could be your wrist, if it’s been sprained, your finger(s) if it’s been broken, your joints if they’re more fragile than they used to be.  You will be the advocate for those delicate parts, and adjust your actions where necessary.

2.  Be aware of the most common enemies: twisting, prying, the pinching motion of thumb to forefinger, and any wrenching movement that torques the joints of finger, wrist, forearm or tendons.

3.  Use both hands.
If you’re taking a large skillet out of the cupboard, or anything that’s hefty, be sure your feet are balanced under you and avoid lifting with your back.  Be especially cautious when taking food out of the microwave. Protect your hands with hot pad mittens, which will not slip, and if your microwave is high, lower it to a safer level for you.  If you can’t do that, use a very sturdy step stool (not ladder) as a last resort.

4.  Divide and conquer. Unstack before trying to lift two or six or eight pots or plates.  If what you need is at the bottom of stacked pots, for example, remove them one at a time to lighten the load.  A few extra moments of preparation may save you from a new sprain or additional pain.

5.  “Choke up” on weighty items.
Grasping the skillet at the end of the handle closest to the bowl of the skillet will make it easier to lift – provided you’re lifting a cold skillet, of course or if you’re lifting a heavy knife or other sharp object, don’t get too close.

6.  Change the procedure if it hurts. Ziplock bags are handy, and the newer bags with the built in zipper tag are hand-friendly, but beware!  The old, standard Zip-locks may be priced right at Sam’s Club and Costco, but if you have arthritis or sprained thumb issues that give you trouble with the pinching action (squeezing the zip line of the plastic bag between your thum and pointer finger), they are not your friend.  With the tag-less Ziplock bags, I’ve found success (and spared myself pain) by laying the bag on the counter (won’t work for liquids but does work for food such as left-over broccoli or cooked rice, for example).  With the zip line in contact with the counter, I use the flat of my hand, if the bag isn’t too full, or my knuckles, and starting at the edge, pinch it closed between my knuckles and the counter.  It closes without the potentially painful pinching action.

7.  Get a good jar opener. Not one of those cheap plastic stick-ons, but a quality opener that installs with screws so it can handle the torque of a tight lid.  Yes, of course I recommend the UN-SKRU.  Heck, we sell it, and know it works great, and it doesn’t add to the clutter in your kitchen drawer because it’s under the cabinet, and it opens all sizes of lids easily.

If you’re in a kitchen without it, though, avoid trying to twist lids open with your bare hands. Summon help, if you can. It’s that important!   Avoid knife-banging and other activity that can only cause injury. If nothing else, a piece of no-slip Dicem or tacky fabric or towel can help, but go slowly and stop if you feel pain.

8.  Get an electric can opener. It’s just too hard on fingers, wrists, and the twisting motion taxes  the radius and ulna, the bones of the forearm.  Another option is to shop for the growing number of products–soups, vegetables, pet foods — that feature tab-top cans.

9.  Snuggle up and get better leverage. For certain opening tasks, moving closer to the object you wish to open gives you better grip and leverage. For example, new refrigerators have a powerful suction grip to keep the cold air inside.  Try this two different ways and you’ll see. If you stand three feet away from the refrigerator door and open it, then try standing just one foot away from the door and open it, you’ll see the difference.  Anything that avoids strain will help protect you.

10. Don’t forget the floor. Your poor hands will take a beating if you fall because you’ll use your hands to block any falls.  Be sure it’s clear of spills, any debris that could be slippery, or any cat, dog or grandchildren’s toys that could make you fall.

I developed these management methods.  What have you descovered or refined?  Have you developed clever management tips for kitchen safety?  We’d love to hear from you.  What’s your tip for us today?  Click on “comment” below and share it with us.