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Therapik® on the Small Screen
No Stranger to the Spotlight

Therapik® has had its fair share of moments in the spotlight. Therapik® is no stranger to the attention that comes with being a celebrity on the daytime television circuit, and has managed to remain humble despite the fame. In this blog, we thought we’d share some of the more popular TV appearances Therapik® has made over the years.

Therapik® on The Dr’s

The Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show The Doctors, is hosted by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and co-hosted by plastic surgeon and reconstructive surgery expert Dr. Andrew Ordon.

Dr. Ordon opens the segment by introducing the product, and offers up a brief demonstration of how the product works. He refers to the process of soothing itchy insect bites using heat as “laser sting treatment.”

Heralded as a new and revolutionary way to end the pain associated with bug and bee stings, the panel of doctors decide they are going to test this bold claim by having one of them “voluntarily” get stung by a bee, right in the studio!

Voluntary being the operative word, as Dr. Stork and a fellow panelist and Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears engage in a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who would be the unlucky participant to get stung. Unfortunately for Jim, he would fall on the losing end of that battle, having to endure the sting administered by integration specialist Chris Kleronomos, D.A.O.M.

Needless to say, the demonstration went very well. You can click on the video below to see for yourself. Dr. Ordon was sure to note that Therapik® not only works on bee stings and typical insects like mosquitos, but also works on ticks, fleas, and even jelly fish!

Therapik® on the Today Show

In this segment entitled “Get Started Today,” Al Roker speaks to Jamie Linnindaal about small tech gadgets intended to “take the edge off everyday tasks” for mom’s everywhere who lead an on-the-go lifestyle. After briefly discussing two other products, Jamie excitedly picks up the Therapik®, proudly proclaiming that, for only $13.00, this handy and compact device can take the discomfort away from ANY bug bite.

In a very quick demonstration, Jamie lift Al’s arm while explaining how the product works. All that’s needed is a 9 volt battery to generate enough heat at the tip of the device, to soothe the itch and pain associated with all kinds of insect bites and stings.

Pressing the Therapik® down on the bite for 30 seconds, and the pin is gone! Jamie only really has one critique, making a very clever observation about our old website! You’ll have to watch the video to see just how Jamie burned us.

Buy Your Own Therapik®

Interested in purchasing a Therapik® of your own? You can find us in any number of big retailers, including Walmart and Target.

What is the Therapik®?

There are few things in life more rewarding than enjoying the great outdoors. Whether it’s portaging deep in the wilderness or a backyard BBQ with the family, being outside is always refreshing and memorable. There is one drawback that has always plagued outdoor activity. We’re talking about insects, of course, and the nasty sting that comes from their bites.

Never let Pesky Insects Wreck a Good Time

People have been using either science or home remedies to combat annoying and potentially harmful insects for decades. A lot of these efforts have proven futile while some have even been damaging to the environment or to the people these products are trying to protect.

Insects have a way of buzzing into our lives and leaving a mark. Now you should only suffer for 30 seconds until your Therapik® works its magic.

Therapik® is a Cost-Efficient Solution that Actually Works

The handheld Therapik® is a simple, affordable and scientifically proven solution that provides instant relief from the sting and itch of insect bites. For only $12.95 and in under 30 seconds you can experience relief.

How does the Therapik® work?

Therapik® is equipped with a safe 9-volt battery that generates heat at a specific temperature. Once applied to the bite, the heat provides soothing relief. The device works under the principle that most venom is sensitive to heat, which neutralizes the venom and removes the sting and itch associated with it.

Protection from Whatever Nature Throws at you

Therapik® offers relief from the bites and venom of over 20,000 insects and sea creatures. It has become a necessity for camping trips, hiking and other outdoor activities. Knowing that a Therapik® is in your back-pocket is one less thing to worry about as you step outside.

Therapik® has some other Appealing Features

On top of guaranteeing quick relief from insect venom, the Therapik® is water resistant, easy to use in any weather condition and comes with an attachment loop. No matter where you are, this device will provide soothing relief so that your fun isn’t interrupted.

Check out the video below to meet some of Therapik®’s biggest fans:

Treating Bug Bites with Drugs or Chemicals – A Cautionary Tale
Treating Your Bug Bites With Conventional Solutions

The world swarms with all different sorts of flying, hopping, and biting insects. For all of the variety of insect types that exist though, most bites result in the same symptoms: a red, itchy bump. The conventional wisdom, which most of us are taught when we’re young, is to simply clean bug bites and apply an ointment, usually an antihistamine, calamine lotion, or a acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) product. But are these solutions the best way to treat your bug bites and stings?

Is Calamine Lotion that Effective?

Calamine has been used for soothing and calming skin irritations of all sorts for hundreds of years. The lotion you find in stores today, however, is actually a blend of powders that can vary from recipe to recipe. In most cases, the key additional ingredient added is zinc oxide, which is fairly common in diaper rash creams, but is actually a compound commonly found in sunscreen. In this regard, calamine lotion would be better used to help protect your skin from harmful rays as opposed to relieving the itch of bug bites.

Do “Aspirin Masks” Really Work?

Acetylsalicylic acid is the key ingredient in Aspirin. And I know most of you are thinking, how can a medication I use for headaches be good for my skin? Your concerns are totally valid. You can find all sorts of information on the internet related to “Aspirin Masks,” which many swear by for getting rid of red marks, reducing pimples and softening your skin. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory, which will definitely help reduce redness and swelling, but unfortunately, does not address the itchiness caused by bug bites. Persistent scratching is exactly what causes bites to swell up and stay red.

Therapik: A Modern Solution to Bug Bites and Stings

Therapik addresses this problem by first treating the source of the itchiness: the venom. By applying the right amount of heat, Therapik neutralizes the effect that the proteins within the venom have on your skin. By eliminating the source of itchiness, a reduction in redness and swelling of the affected area will become a natural consequence.

Therapik has no secondary purpose. It was made specifically to help relieve the itchiness and pain associated with bug bites and stings. You can purchase your Therapik now for only $12.95 by clicking here.

The Technology Behind Therapik®
Do You Enjoy Spending Time Outdoors?

For everyone who’d rather spend their next vacation camping, hiking, or fishing than being cooped up in a luxury hotel suite, Therapik® is your new favorite travel companion.

For anyone who’s spent a considerable amount of time outdoors or travelling, you already know that bug bites and stings are inevitable. Preventative sprays and chemicals are effective, but not foolproof. Those little buggers seem to always find the one spot you leave unprotected. And once you have been bitten or stung, your only source of relief is typically a messy cream that needs to be reapplied over and over again.

Therapik® Is the Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

According to Ira Carlin of More Power 2 U, “the beauty of this device is that you can take it camping, biking and fishing, pretty much anywhere mosquitoes and bugs might be and not have to worry about stocking up on first aid staples like calamine lotion and cortisone. It can be used again and again – no mess, no fuss.”

So What Is Therapik®?

Therapik® is a small, portable, hand-held, battery-powered device that takes up little space in your bag and weighs around four ounces (including the battery). It has been clinically been  proven to soothe stings and bites caused by:

  • Organisms that deliver thermolabile venom
  • Mosquito saliva containing protein, which cause your skin to release histamines.

The saliva protein can be neutralized with the application of heat. This method denatures the proteins and stops the skin’s histamine release that triggered the itch and welts.

How Does it Work?

Using patented technology based on this principle, Therapik® delivers highly concentrated source of heat to the skin through a small cylindrical opening at its tip. The source of the infrared heat is a small 5 volt electric bulb connected to a replaceable 9-volt alkaline battery, producing an energy output of approximately 1.25 watts.

Therapik® was field-tested by the North American Fishing Club and The National Home Gardening Club and received Seals of Approval from both organizations. It retails for $12.95, and can be ordered directly from our website.

The Science Behind Therapik®
Hot or Cold Therapies Can Take the Sting Out of a Bug Bite

Using either ice or heat are other options that can help ease the discomfort associated with bug bites. For example, an article in Scientific American recommends using a simple ice pack to treat painful insect bites in lieu of analgesics. The article also explains why common topical steroids like hydrocortisone aren’t always the answer—one reason being that you’re not supposed to put them on broken skin.

According to an article published in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin just last year, there is also little direct evidence supporting the efficacy of commercial preparations for insect bites, including antihistamines and topical corticosteroids. The authors concluded that the best course of action for mild local reactions is to simply clean the area and apply a cold compress.

Alternatively, applying heat directly to the bite also appears to relieve itchiness. One simple way is to apply a heated spoon directly to the area, as demonstrated by Lifehacker. Just hold the spoon under hot tap water for about a minute to heat the metal, then press it against the bite for a couple of minutes. Naturally, make sure the spoon is not too hot.

It shouldn’t be scalding enough to actually hurt, so please use some common sense, and make sure to test it on your own skin before applying the heated utensil to a child. The receptors that respond to heat are the same ones that respond to cold, so you will likely achieve the same benefits with a metal spoon taken from your freezer, or simply rubbing ice cubes on it. I have also found that covering the bite with tape works really well to suppress the itch.

A more high-tech version of a heated spoon is the Therapik® —a handheld wand that provides targeted heat for the treatment of itchy bites from a range of insects, including mosquitoes, bees, wasps, hornets, black flies, ants, fleas, ticks, chiggers, as well as jellyfish and stinging nettles. Gizmodo tested it, and determined that it works as advertised, giving it four out of five stars:

“You put the tip of the Therapik® onto your bug bite, then you press and hold down the button. The tip uses light to heat the bite up. You hold it there for as long as you can take it, up to a minute. The burning sensation gets pretty intense after 30 seconds or so… It actually works! Mosquito bites (the only thing we tested it with) stopped itching within a few seconds of taking it off, and in most cases they never itched again. We are officially stunned. … It works on the principle that most insect venom is thermolabile (sensitive to heat). Therapik® claims to deliver “heat in the precise temperature range necessary to deactivate the venom from over 20,000 different species of insects and sea creatures.”

A German study published in 2011 confirms the hypothesis of such claims. Testing another medical device called Bite Away, they concluded that:

“Locally administrated concentrated heat leads to fast amelioration of symptoms [swelling, pruritus and pain]. Usually an absence of symptoms is noticeable 10 minutes after administration. Pain reduction is the dominant effect.”

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Banking in the Past vs. Today

The modern mortgage loan has, for several decades now, been the bedrock on which the Canadian and U.S. economy has been built. Home ownership is something almost every individual and family strives towards, easily constituting the largest purchase most people will make throughout their lifetime. Unfortunately, only a fraction of the population can afford to purchase a home outright, which is part of what has made the mortgage the most prevalent and prolific financial instrument ever created.

There’s an entire generation of future, potential homebuyers, who will never understand the pains people once had to endure in order to secure a residential mortgage. Time was, mortgage applicants had to make numerous trips to a bank, speak to a mortgage broker or specialist, and negotiate terms based on the cost of the home you were attempting to buy. The process was both time consuming and arduous, requiring multiple steps and several levels of approval before the loan was granted. Not to mention, the leg work, with the onus being placed on the homebuyer to seek out as many financial institutions and mortgage brokers necessary in order to secure the loan.

Thankfully, things have changed for the better, with advances in e-commerce and internet banking that have allowed the process to become far more streamlined. The introduction of e-banking revolutionized banking, essentially turning individuals into their own bank tellers allowing the user to perform simple transactions and transfers, pay bills, and even apply for credit and loans. And it is with regards to loans where myCommodo has revolutionized the process even further.

myCommodo reverses the onus, introducing a system whereby mortgage brokers seek you out, based on the information provided on your application. Our brokers then do the shopping around for you, seeking out the financial institutions on your behalf to find you the lowest rates. Your loan application becomes a prized item that different banks compete for by offering you the lowest rate possible.

And if all that wasn’t good enough, our online portal allows you to upload your documents directly through your smartphone, tablet or computer, eliminating the need to have to visit a post office, either.

Apps Are Taking Over the World

Mobile and web applications have changed the way we consume media, communicate with others, travel, perform every day tasks, and perhaps most importantly, how we conduct business. The app industry has become one of the largest global industries, earning revenues in the billions for app publishers and distributers (like Apple and Google), creating a micro-economy in its own right and creating jobs for hundreds of thousands of talented professionals worldwide.

Stuart Dredge and Charles Arthur of The Guardian wrote back in early 2012, that Apple was about to surpass 25bn downloads. The fact that anyone can download an app quickly and easily to practically any mobile device has made given apps a level of ubiquity that only smartphones and tablets can rival.

Apps play a crucial role in many of the business models disrupting established industries, such as entertainment, transportation, and banking. Businesses have utilized mobile and native app technology in a variety of ways, as both a tool to extend the reach and scope of their services, or as a platform for the direct sale or distribution of products to consumers. TD Bank, for example, has introduced a virtual cheque deposit system into their mobile app, allowing user to deposit their cheques directly by simply taking a photo. Going to a physical TD location is still required for a variety of transactions, but the app removes the need to deposit your cheque at an ATM, or have a teller perform the transaction for you. Spotify, on the other hand, is a music streaming service, whose operation exists entirely online. The sale and consumption of music takes place all within their app. No need to visit anywhere or speak to anyone. Simply download, sign in, and start using.

The myCommodo web application is yet another innovation that falls within the first category of apps mentioned above, extending our ability to serve more potential homebuyers efficiently and effectively, eliminating the need for clients to have to travel anywhere or speak to anyone directly in order for the application process to begin. By streamlining the application process, introducing a system whereby brokers compete to get you the lowest rate available, users can be assured that the process from loan application to loan approval will be as expedited as possible.

The Apple Watch Is Officially Released, And The Reviews Are In

The big news in the tech news that has been unavoidable in the blogosphere, has to do with the recent release of the Apple Watch, what some are saying, could be Apple’s most profitable product ever. There’s a ton of hype surrounding this first generation device, with early reviews praising both the Watch’s fashionable design and versatile operating system. The introduction of the Apple Watch into the general market, if anything, solidifies the demand for smartwatch wearable devices, but it will be interesting to see whether this demand will trickle over into the hands of competitors, like Samsung, LG and Motorola, each with their own Android-powered devices. The explosion of smartwatch devices into the global marketplace will likely translate into an increased demand for app developers who specialize in the wearable technology, a space The Genius will enter very soon.

The Apple Watch is not without its naysayers though. I came across at least one scathing review published by Scott Stein of CNet, who noted that, despite the App Store having over 3,000 apps available at launch, of the 60 he tested personally, only a handful of them were really useful. Third-party apps for the Watch tend to be extensions of their iPhone counterparts, he says, with limited access to the devices many sensors  His biggest complaint, however, had to do with the speed of the apps, with many taking anywhere from 10-15 seconds to load, which he claims, is just enough time for someone to want to just reach for their phone instead. Which, ultimately, defeats the purpose of having a smartwatch altogether.

Some sources are claiming that Apple has set a very unusual condition with regards to third-part app approval. Adario Strange of Mashable reports that Apple is rejecting apps the simply tell time, effectively eliminating the development of strictly custom watch faces. The new rule is part of Apple’s updated App Store Review Guidelines. Guideline 10.7 states clearly: “Watch Apps whose primary function is telling time will be rejected.” Strange notes that this is an odd move for Apple, who could potentially make another boat load of cash from the sale of custom interfaces, but also admits that, it is not too far off to say that Apple will introduce this feature in the future.

Some analysts are suggesting that the Apple Watch could be Apple’s opening day product launch in history, with early pre-order projections ranging anywhere from 1 million to 2.7 million opening day. Easily eclipsing the opening day sales of both the iPhone and iPad. Dawn Chmielewski of Re/Code offers up some of the statistical data that does exist on Apple Watch pre-orders, which Apple has been completely tight-lipped about. One shopping data firm estimated 957,000 people in the U.S. pre-ordered an Apple Watch on the first day it was available, based on its panel of two million online shoppers. Slice Intelligence reported that 62% of consumers bought the less-expensive Apple Watch Sport model, based on e-receipt data from 9,080 online shoppers.

Check out one of Apple’s official ads for the Watch on YouTube: