Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2007
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Therapik
Therapik is a compact, battery-powered tool that relieves the pain of insect bites by heating the immediate area surrounding the bite. (Eastern medicine has relied on heat to treat insect bites for thousands of years.) The Therapik treats pain associated with stings from insects such as bees, wasps, and hornets. The soothing heat also provides effective relief from the itching and irritation of flea and mosquito bites and contact with stinging nettles.

Therapik destroys the venom by raising the temperature of the tissue at the point of application. Twenty to thirty seconds of heat from the device is enough to relieve the discomfort from most insect bites. It's available for $12.95 at: http://www.buytherapik.com.

Books

Botanical Mystery
Day of the Dandelion, by Peter Pringle (Simon and Schuster, 2007; $25), is a ripping good yarn about international intrigue, corporate greed, super plants with deadly toxins, and a charming botanical sleuth. The book is an intelligent thriller that reads well, is timely (and slightly frightening because it's so true), and informs as well as entertains.

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