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February 2018
Abbott
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.

Cohen
Dear Pharmacist

5 Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure That Really (Really!) Work

This type of magnesium can get into the bloodstream and get across your blood brain barrier, is easily absorbed by the cells and has been proven to lower blood pressure and be stroke-preventative as well. Magnesium threonate is also great for helping promote good, healthy sleep and relaxation as well.

Sprague

Hippocratic Oath

I recently had to see a specialist for a couple of issues. The appointment lasted approximately 45 seconds, which is how long it took him to completely ignore everything I told him. You’ve heard of speed dating? I think this was speed doctoring.

Slayback

Heading for a Fall? Reduce the Chances with These Helpful Hints

The National Council on Aging lists falls as the leading cause of fatal injury and most common reason for hospital admissions for seniors, costing $31 billion in 2014. Besides physical injury, seniors lose confidence, are more reluctant to go out and become isolated.

Slayback

Air Fare, Seniors Take Care

Short-term exposure to particulate matter, from traffic exhaust on a busy street, can cancel the positive effects of a two-hour stroll for older adults. In contrast, a walk in a leafy park environment improved seniors’ lung capacity significantly, a benefit which often lasted more than 24 hours.

Slayback

Dizzy at our House? Climb in Bed with My Husband

A true believer, he proselytizes to our dizzy friends. Lately he whisked Judy, a positional vertigo sufferer, away from our book group. He took her downstairs to our bedroom, where he put her on our bed, and demonstrated the Brant-Daroff maneuver.

November 2017
Cohen
Dear Pharmacist

Reality Check - Do B Vitamins Cause Cancer?

The dietary supplements taken were more than likely synthetic and/or not biologically active because that’s what’s sold in 99 percent of dietary supplements.

Fowler
Eat Right Now

Back Away from the PB Jar!

Today, we live in an era of surfacing truths that reveal many of the “wholesome” foods we’ve grown to love, aren’t so wholesome. Most people eat too many omega 6s, which peanut butter is loaded with, and too few omega 3s which peanut butter lacks completely.

Fowler
Eat Right Now

Favorite Holiday Foods? You Can Make Them So Much Better

Need to thicken a soup or sauce? Try blending in mashed sweet potato, bean or pumpkin puree. And for goodness sakes, drop the can of nutritionally bogus, sugar-filled jellied cranberry crapola. Pull out the food processor and make your own fresh.

Levine
Levine's Levity

Heart to Heart: Cookie and Me

In song, a heart skipping a beat can be sublime, but in real life an arrhythmia can create vulnerability. It did in my life. I went from a healthy middle-ager to a balding, 60-year-old when I got my diagnosis.

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