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On this page or our site, we want to share with you some of the really "cool stuff" that we have run across. Its so great when you find something that is really unique and useful - and we look forward to hearing from you on our message board about the really cool stuff that you have found. We will post the best suggestions on this page and periodically we will award the best with a free isotonic pillow - one of our favorite cool things.

Cool find of the month: The Re-Heater

We ran across something called a "re-heater, re-usable portable heat pack" a while back at a local health fair. It is really a neat and somewhat strange device. When you first see it, it is a plastic pouch filled with a liquid. But when you click a stainless steel "trigger" inside the pouch, it starts a reaction that changes the liquid into a solid and also produces heat. So you can take it with you anywhere and have an instant heat pack. They come in all sorts of sizes, from 3" x 4" to 12' x 20" for your back (that's the one we got). They also have a belt they can the re-heater can fit into so you can wear it around. And once you use it, all you have to do is put it back in some hot water and it turns back into a liquid. Let it cool a bit and it is ready to use again.

The secret? The pack contains a form of salt, sodium acetate, which normally turns into a solid at 130 degrees. But by placing this solution in a sealed bag somehow it does not change into a solid until you flex the "trigger". The trigger causes a single molecule to crystallize which starts a chain reaction that causes the entire solution to turn solid and produces heat. It is really neat to watch.

I don't know if these are generally available, but they are found on some websites - one that I visited was Re-heater packs.Their phone is 800-791-5337.

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