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How To Make Your Immune System Fight for You

It’s around this time of the year, when the nights draw in and I pull out my woolen sweaters and snow boots, that I usually notice a flurry of articles in the mainstream media about the importance of keeping our vitamin D levels topped off. Vitamin D is your immune system’s best, but most little-known […]

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Important Research About Breast Cancer 





Few things are more painful to bear than a diagnosis of breast cancer and all that goes with it! I have three close friends who are breast cancer thrivers today, unfortunately my beloved mother-in-law died from it because the suspicious spot on her scan did not recieve follow up imaging and by the following year, […]

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How Probiotics Improve Bone Strength

 Did you hear the report a few weeks ago on Good Morning America or Fox News? The British Medical Journal (BMJ) announced the results of a major study making headline news. The headline news was “Dietary calcium intake is not associated with risk of fracture, and there is no clinical trial evidence that increasing calcium intake from […]

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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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How Citrus Peel Promotes Healthy Bones: Nobiletin

Many of you take bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax, Boniva and others, for bone loss and you write to me with many complaints. If you watch television, you will routinely see advertisements for lawyers who now handle cases due to the reports of catastrophic reactions like osteonecrosis or femur fractures induced by the medication. It’s a […]

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Vitamin D Testing Should Be More Thorough

Vitamin D is good for more than preventing Rickets. It helps offset the lack of sunshine during the winter, cold months when depression or melancholy sets in,  and immune cells get sluggish. When physicians talk about vitamin D deficiency, they are invariably talking about low levels of a compound called hydroxyvitamin D 25 or “25 (OH) […]

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Side Effect Solutions for Bone Building Meds and Diuretics

Dear Pharmacist I take a water pill (diuretic) for blood pressure. Now, I have to take Boniva for osteopenia. Is there a connection? What’s next for me? I’ve read you for years so please pick my question for the paper. –H.J., Ocala, Florida Answer: Oh yes, definitely connected! I don’t mean to be crass but […]

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Calcium Supplements for Bone Strength

Dear Pharmacist, I’m concerned about my bone density because I was told I have osteopenia. Are all calcium supplements the same? Do you have other recommendations?  –A.F., New York Answer: Osteopenia, or lower-than-normal bone density, is frequently found in post-menopausal women but can affect men and women of all ages.  Over the past few years, […]

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Strontium: A Better Way to Build Bones

Dear Pharmacist, My wife has osteoporosis in his back pretty badly. I read your article a few years ago, about strontium being a good mineral for bone health. Do you still recommend today? –C.C., Sacramento Answer: Everything I said 4 years ago, in my first column holds. Strontium has been clinically proven to support bone […]

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A Pill for Every Ill? Not So Fast!

Dear Pharmacist, I read you in my local newspaper and find your columns very interesting and refreshing in a sea of misinformation about drugs and supplements.  I know you are a pharmacist, but sometimes I think you’re totally anti-medicine. Suzy is that true, be honest, is it true? –J.E. Gainesville, Florida Answer: No, it’s not. […]

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