Your Tongue Tells a Story


Dear Pharmacist, Sometimes my tongue gets bald, red patches, or thick yellowish coatings on it. I can’t figure out why this happens, or what it means. My tongue looks nasty. Suzy, I don’t know who else to ask since it’s very embarrassing. My doctor says that it’s nothing to worry about. Do you agree? – A.P., Ocala, Florida  

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Why Some “Gold Standard” Medications Scare Me


Dear Pharmacist, I just became a pharmacist and started reading your syndicated column. Your emphasis is usually centered around the benefits of vitamins, minerals or alternative treatments, as compared to prescription medications. Why don't you recommend more of our gold standard pharmaceuticals which are FDA approved, unlike nutritional supplements? –JK, Gainesville, Florida  

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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 of common allergens, binder, fillers and other excipients. Among the best are:

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