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April 2018

Heed That Black Box Warning on a Daily Pain Reliever?

People have no warning signs that NSAIDs are causing internal damage before ending up in the hospital with a serious medical condition, 10% of which end in death.


Suspicious Sweets

“Routine [users of] artificial sweeteners may start to find less intensely sweet foods, such as fruit, unappealing and unsweet foods, such as vegetables, downright unpalatable. In other words, use of artificial sweeteners can make you shun healthy, filling, and highly nutritious foods while consuming more artificially flavored foods with less nutritional value.”

March 2018
A Healthy Age

Oxygen Therapy Is Not a Prison Sentence

Notify your electric company you are on oxygen. In case of a power outage, you’ll be on the priority list.

A Healthy Age

Shingles Are Fine on Your Roof, Not on Your Body

The risk is higher for seniors, for shingles and it’s unwelcome relative, post herpetic neuralgia or PHN. Researchers, according to the National Council on Aging, have reported that our immune systems may be “awakened” by our aging bodies, triggering a dormant chicken pox virus.

Dear Pharmacist

6 Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins

Make sure you are hydrated throughout the day. Did you know that coffee dehydrates you? It makes you more prone to leg cramps through the “drug mugger” effect of magnesium and other minerals. Energy drinks rob the same vein-loving minerals.

Eat Right Now

Chai Taking Western World by Storm

The more I researched, the more benefits I discovered. Chai improves digestion, enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. According to Ayurvedic (ancient Indian) medical philosophy, spices in chai are considered calming, vitalizing and mentally clarifying.


All Ready to Believe Bad Information

Heart trouble warnings include anxiety, chest discomfort, persistent cough, dizziness, unusual fatigue, nausea, pain in abdomen, rapid or irregular pulse, shortness of breath, sweating, swelling of feet, ankles, and severe unexplained weakness.


Coffee’s Mixed Reviews

Consuming caffeine within three to five hours of bedtime… diminishes the restorative effect of sleep, which starts a cycle of fatigue. People need higher doses of caffeine the next day to stay alert because the brain develops more adenosine receptors, compensating for those blocked by caffeine.


Floating on Air

I googled the term “floaters” and was surprised to see how many websites were devoted to this issue. It said the problem had something to do with a part of the eye called the vitreous humor. I could also use a vitreous sarcasm and a vitreous exaggerator to help me finish writing this column.

February 2018
A Healthy Age

Medication Errors Are Pervasive: What Can Be Done?

Blister packs reduce the chance a pharmacist will provide the wrong amount of medicine, and make it difficult for illegal operators to substitute bogus products. With blister packs, there is also a reduction in contamination risk.

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