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November 2019
Berzen Levy

Going Somewhere for the Holidays? 10 Fitness Tips to Move Right Along

Functional movement might sound like the exercise du jour, but it's really a return to the basic movements that help us to do daily tasks safely and successfully. Functional movements allow all of our body parts to work together as a whole, easily and painlessly.


Unhygienic Signatures?

At its customer service desk, where people wait in line to return purchases, the transaction requires a signature – with the store’s stylus – on a computer screen. How many hands handle that stylus every day? I’d much rather sign on paper with an old-fashioned ink pen from my pocket. But that’s not an option.


Fit to Be Tried

My dentist thinks (no surprise here) that you should visit your dental office three times a year. However, he recommended I see him four times a year because I have deep pockets. I’m not sure if he was talking about my gums or if it was because I told him I made a few good investments last year.

September 2019
Dear Pharmacist

3 Tips to Survive on Hydrocodone and Other Opioids

Opioids are man-made drugs intended to look similar to the naturally-produced opiates made in your body. The opioid drug binds to the receptor on a cell’s outer membrane, and unlocks a variety of feel-good, numbing compounds which relax your body, increase pleasurable feelings and suppress pain signals.

Dear Pharmacist

Another MRI with Dye? Oh My

Gadolinium is in the news because the popular dye appears to be retained in the brain, raising safety concerns, especially for people who have multiple MRIs per year.

Eat Right Now

When Mighty Apples Drop from Trees

A member of the rose family, apple’s phytochemicals can reduce plaque buildup in the arteries and the cancer-causing effects of carcinogens. Phytochemicals in apple skin inhibit the reproduction of colon cancer cells by 43%.Their proanthocyanin content helps prevent heart disease and diabetes.

Eat Right Now

Earth Warms-zombie Microbes Awaken: Time to Nurture the Immune System

Eating or drinking 8 tbsp. of sugar, the equivalent of about two cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40%.


The Little Robots Patients Love

Sundowner's syndrome –  where the patient changes personality in the night time – could be better controlled. I once had a lady with this ailment throw an empty bedpan at me in the middle of the night. Her delirium might have been restrained if she had a little purring pet to comfort her.

August 2019

Is Exercise is Worth the Sweat?

In the exercise group, scans revealed brain volume increase rather than expected further brain shrinkage. The parietal lobe, frontal lobe and hippocampus increased in size, together with “key areas that connect these three.” The gains in brain weight affect “executive function,” that is ability to plan, initiate, multitask, and focus.

Dear Pharmacist

Olive Oil Reduces Cancer and Risk of Stroke

New research from March 2019 confirms that eating olive oil just once a week will help lower platelet activation (meaning reduce risk of clots). In turn, this lowers risk of heart attack and stroke.

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