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What If No One Can See Your Pain?

From time to time, when yet another celebrity dies tragically from an overdose of painkillers, people ask me if I think prescription painkillers should be banned.  The answer is no, and today I’ll tell you why. It’s a sad fact that we have lost too much talent far too young, from Prince to Philip Seymour […]

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The Right Hormones Can Make You Happy

For years, doctors have prescribed unopposed estrogen (estrogen without progesterone) to women who’ve had hysterectomies.  The thought process has always been, why give progesterone to patient who no longer has a uterus?   Many practitioners still believe that progesterone is only necessary to the function of the uterus, so there’s no reason to prescribe it for […]

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Are ‘The Girls’ Sore? Here’s Help for Fibrocystic Breast Pain

I hugged a friend who I hadn’t seen in two years and she didn’t hug me back.  I thought it strange, but she quickly offered that her breasts were just incredibly sore.  I remember experiencing the same thing myself at various times in the past so I totally understood. So if your ‘girls’ ache, feel bruised, or […]

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My “Relatively Famous Cranberry Sauce”

Everyone here knows I’m a health nerd, so it should come as no surprise I love to cook with ‘medicinal foods.” I confess my kitchen looks a bit like a high-school science lab, complete with various mortar and pestels, funnels, beakers, test tubes (you can keep spices in these if you buy the rubber cork), […]

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My 2 Cents About Copper Worth A Million Bucks

The other day I was eating lunch with a friend and colleague and he mentioned that copper can increase the risk of cancer. This was not the first time I had heard something scary about copper. Last year, another friend (a medical doctor) also mentioned copper’s association with cancer, especially hormonal types. How could something […]

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Reishi Mushroom Power – The Plant of Immortality

I asked an elderly Japanese friend why she looks so young for her age. She said she drinks tea made with reishi mushrooms. The Chinese name for reishi mushrooms is ling zhi, meaning “plant of immortality.” These medicinal mushrooms have a history of safety that goes back at least 2,000 years. In my world, any herb that’s […]

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LIST OF GLUTEN-FREE MEDICATIONS, AND VITAMINS

All of the following medications are gluten free unless otherwise noted   Certain name brands, including physician-formulated brands, work extremely hard to keep their products free of common allergens, including gluten. I can’t vouch for every single product for every category, but there are companies worth paying extra for because they are “cleaner” in terms […]

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Sweet Relief for Coughing Children

Dear Pharmacist, My 5-year-old daughter has developed a persistent cough. Can you recommend something to help? –L.E.,  Seattle, Washington Answer: Please make every effort to find out what’s causing that cough and see your pediatrician. Likely triggers include pet dander, pollen, mildew spores, perfumes or scented products, and even chemicals used in crafts. And be […]

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New Drugs for 2012

Dear Readers, Here are some interesting FDA-approved items for 2012 in the United States. My column is printed in various languages so I apologize that I’ve only listed English brand names, please ask your local pharmacist for translations. Happy new year! Love, Suzy Stendra (Avanafil) Tablets, Rx: Used for erectile dysfunction, this medication is a […]

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Exercise Improves Memory and Enhances Mood

Dear Pharmacist, I’m going through a lot right now. This year, my New Years’ Resolution is to exercise more, hoping to take my mind off everything. My schedule only allows me to go to the gym twice per week. Will this help me feel better, in terms of anxiety or mood?  –F.A., New York   […]

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