Articles and Q&A's



July 2018

Personalize Medications For You and Your Pets

Q: What exactly is pharmaceutical “compounding”, and how can it benefit me? A: “Compounding” is the art and science of custom-making personalized medications from scratch by trained personnel using quality ingredients.
July 2018

New Supplements for Heart Health

Even though our risk of cardiovascular disease increases as we age, it doesn’t mean we just have to sit here and accept that! Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and lean sources of protein. If you smoke or use tobacco products, stop! Do some form of exercise for 30minutes on most days of the week. If you’re overweight, losing weight will reduce the load on your heart. Get good quality sleep. Find ways to manage (if not eliminate) the stresses in your life. Consider supplementation to increase your chances of beating the odds. There are a couple of newer products on the market that warrant some attention.
June 2018

Future Vision With OcuForce(TM) and OcuBlue(TM)

We tell our kids to reduce their device screen-time in hopes that they can hone their social skills and enjoy all the benefits of playing with other kids, but did you know that you are also helping them prevent irreversible damage to their eyes? Eye health deteriorates dramatically after we turn 40, with estimates of up to 1 in 3 people having some form of eye disease, but much of the damage began in our younger years. However, it is not too late to do something about it.
June 2018

Let Your Kids Play Longer In The Sun. Safely.

Q: I’m looking for a good sunscreen that is safe yet effective to use on my toddlers and myself, but there are so many conflicting opinions in the online toddler groups. Can you shed some light on this? A: Prepping your children properly for a day in the sun is crucial for minimizing acute and chronic sun damage.
May 2018

Sun Protection for All Ages

Summertime means more time spent enjoying the beautiful outdoors of British Columbia, which is good for us in so many ways! However, while we enjoy the positive benefits of sunshine we must also protect ourselves from its negative effects. Not only can sun exposure cause painful sunburns, but it can hasten the aging process of the skin as well as contribute to the risk of skin cancer.
May 2018

Someting to Help Moms Relax

Moms are busy people. Whether they are stay-at-home moms, full-time work moms, grandmothering moms or any other kind of mom, they are always on the go, barely ever stopping to take a breath for themselves. But, taking a moment to breathe… and to do something for themselves is what every mom needs. It doesn’t have to be big (although a trip to the spa would be appreciated by most!).
May 2018

HoneyDoc ®: Manuka Honey Nasal Rinse

Q: My Ear Nose Throat (ENT) Doctor suggested I try using manuka honey to help me with my chronic sinus infections. I’ve heard of manuka honey to be used for wound healing, but how do I use it to help my nose? A: Manuka honey has natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.
April 2018

Sensitive Skin Rosacea QA with Medical Skincare Pharmacists

Q: My face is very sensitive because I have rosacea. Is there a line of products that you could suggest for me? A: It can be difficult to find products that won’t worsen the symptoms of rosacea. In our pharmacies, we have seen good success in treating rosacea with a dermatological line of products called RIVERSOL.
March 2018

Riversol for Rosy Cheeks

We often associate rosy cheeks as a sign of good health. To mimic the look of healthy rosy cheeks, we apply blush. However, those people with rosy cheeks associated with rosacea may wish their cheeks weren’t so rosy! Rosacea is a chronic, progressive skin disorder that causes redness on the face, usually on the cheeks, nose and forehead. As with so-called “normal” blushing, redness in these areas is caused when the blood vessels under the face dilate. However, in those with rosacea, the reaction can be accompanied by uncomfortable tingling.
February 2018

Sugar: Hiding in plain sight

Most of us are aware that sugar is bad for our waistline and our health. We also know the obvious culprits are soda, candy, pastries, sugary cereals and ice cream. But sugar is hiding out in places many of us would not expect. Sometimes, what we think of as “healthy” choices are in fact loaded with sugar. Take fruit juice, for example.
February 2018

Make a Clear Change (TM)

Q: My New Year’s resolution was to clean up all aspects of my life, including my diet! I’d like to start with a detox. What would you suggest? A: Most detox programs or kits act to stimulate the function of the liver, kidney, gut and skin to maximize the natural processes of detoxification.
December 2017

Ready, Set, Go! (Travel Prep)

Wintery weather often makes us think of escapes to sunnier destinations. Even though making sure you are immunized against diseases that you may contract at your destination of choice does not seem as important as finding the best flight or hotel at the best price, it is worth it to take a pause and give it some thought. After all, holiday getaways are not as jolly when you have traveler’s diarrhea! Here are a few tips to get you started as you plan your Winter escape.