Food vs medications

Eat, Drink, but Be Weary

By: Steve Bond, BScPhm, RPh, CDEY Food is an integral part of our lives. Every cell in our body requires nutrients and vitamins to survive and we have a deep social and spiritual connection to food. Like food,...
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Medication Adherence

By: Peter Yurek The treatment of various medical conditions often includes the use of prescription drugs. These medications are effective, but their full benefit is not realized because many patients do not take them as prescribed. According to...
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A Tough Pill to Swallow

As a compounding pharmacist, I spend time making medications into forms such as liquids, gummies and even lollipops.  For those who are unable to swallow tablets and capsules, it offers an option to take medicines.  Many drugs, however,...
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Drug Induced Photosensitivity

Some medications can make the skin more sensitive to the sun leading to inflammation, redness and swelling similar to a sunburn. Sensitivity can be of two types: Phototoxicity happens when UV radiation interacts with medications in the skin and...

Are Your Painkillers Hurting You?

You shoveled too much snow. You joined a gym after a 10-year absence. You strained muscles taking down the Christmas lights. You are experiencing pain and inflammation and you want relief. There are a number of drugs that...

This is the Bottom Line on Making Rash Decisions

Anyone who is a parent knows that we try to protect our kids.  Responsible parents make sure their children get adequate rest, proper nutrition and required vaccinations. (If there are any anti-vax parents reading this, please direct all...

Talking to Your Kids About Drugs

As parents, we talk to our kids.  We ask them about school, which YouTube Videos they`re watching, about their friends.   How many of us are comfortable having serious talks about subjects such as drug use.     It is imperative...

Make Sure You Always Have a Plan “Bee”

Warm summer nights, bountiful crops growing in the fields, children playing in the streets.  Ah the world seems right. But a menace awaits — a black and yellow, swarming, stinging, flying pest. I'm talking about bees, yellow jackets...

Are Your Painkillers Hurting You?

The old saying is “no pain, no gain” meaning that you need to work if you want to succeed. Sometimes, eliminating our pain can lead to loss (in the sense that it can worsen our health)   In the...

Don’t Sweep Your Drugs under the Rug

May is a time for spring cleaning, spring flowers and of course Mother's Day. So why not bring your mom some flowers and while you're there, clean out her medicine cabinet?   Saturday May 21st is designated as the fourth...

Avoiding Medication Mishaps

According to Statistics Canada, two-thirds of seniors are taking five or more medications per day and one-quarter take 10 or more.  While the benefits of these therapies are often clear, there is a darker more sinister side:  Adverse Drug...