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Amazing Health Benefits of Butternut Squash — Plus a Recipe

Autum is stunning here in Colorado and I wait for the leaves on the trees to begin to glow orange and yellow. I love how the temperature drops, and I get to dust off my beloved boots. There’s a pumpkin patch near my house that begins to boast its harvest with pretty little pumpkins for […]

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How Chile Relieves Diabetic Neuropathy and Nerve Pain

It is very ironic that something so HOT as chile could provide such amazing pain relief to millions of people. Sometimes you see it spelled as chili or chilli but no matter what culture you live in the same thought comes to mind: HOT! Chile gets it’s heat from an alkaloid compound called “capsaicin” which […]

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9 Cool Things to do with Cucumbers

adIn the winter in Colorado you can’t get me to buy cucumbers, but come summer, there’s always one or two in my fridge.  In addition to being a refreshing and delicious side dish on my summer table, cucumbers have profound medicinal benefits.  Cucumbers have many active constituents, including an anti-inflammatory flavonol called “fisetin” which may […]

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Natural Remedies that Help From Head to Toe

I’ve been a pharmacist for 25+ years now. Let’s face it, I know the good, the bad and the ugly drugs. I realize we need some of them, yet I know that others are not very useful, or worse, they are harmful. So today I’ve decided to share the best remedies that help from head […]

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The medicine your doctor never told you about (but should have)

Low dose naltrexone or LDN is the prescription medication that every doctor has heard of, but never prescribes. Regular naltrexone (not low dose) is used for heroin addicts, alcoholics and opiate withdrawal. I think that’s why doctors don’t really think about it, it’s for people with drug addiction.  That said, the low dose version of […]

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Freak Out and Go Bed Dancing ( Joint Pain )

Early this morning, Sam clicked on Pandora on his iPhone and Le Freak started playing. If you don’t know that song, look on YouTube and watch the “Freak Out” video by Chic which was popular in 1978 when I was 13 years old. We must have healthy amygdalas because we remembered the lyrics which go […]

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Dupuytren’s Contracture Starts with Lumps in Your Palms

Dear Pharmacist, I have two small nodules in my palm, they are small and painless, but I see (and feel) them below my pinky and ring finger. My doctor’s appointment isn’t for two  months and I’m worried. Can you weigh in? –C.S., Sacramento, California Answer: I’m glad you have an upcoming appointment with a doctor […]

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Drug Muggers Cause Palpitations and Leg Cramps

Dear Pharmacist, I take a reflux medication daily as well as a chewable antacid. In the last 2 months, I’ve dealt with severe “Charlie horses,” toe tingling and occasional heartbeat skips or runs. My doctor prescribed leg cramp medication and referred me to a cardiologist. I know you’re a columnist, but I intuitively feel you […]

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Coffee Enema Benefits For You

Dear Pharmacist, I see a naturopathic doctor for chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. She recommended coffee enemas. Suzy, I’m a faithful reader, do you think this is safe? –V.A., Seattle, Washington Answer: Yes. Coffee enemas are used by holistic physicians for all sorts of conditions, even as part of a bigger anti-cancer protocol. Lots of people […]

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What Supplements Help, What Could Hurt with Autoimmune

  Dear Pharmacist, I am suffering with Sjogren’s syndrome, it makes my skin, eyes and mouth so terribly dry. Even sex is painful. Do you have any suggestions that may work for me? –P.W., Santa Rosa, California Answer: Sjogren’s syndrome or “SS” mainly affects women and occurs, in part, when white blood cells attack the […]

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