Articles and Q&A's

August 2019

Power-Up with Creatine

Creatine has had a bad rep over the years. It is often thought of erroneously as an illegal supplement used by athletes and body builders to improve muscle performance. However, it is considered a legal substance by the International Olympic Committee and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and is not on the World Anti-Doping Agency list of banned substances. Creatine (aka. methylguanidine-acetic acid) is a naturally occurring amine found most often in red meat and seafood.
April 2019

Standardized Liver Detox

Everyone talks about “detox” but what does it really mean in terms of physiology and why is the liver always mentioned? The liver is one of the body’s main detox organs, responsible for processing, activating, and deactivating foods and medicines that we bring into the body.
January 2019

Stay Level Headed On That Cruise

Many of us suffer from nausea, headache, vomiting, and overall malaise when confronted with rocking motions, be it a ride on the BC Ferries, going on a whale-watching expedition in Steveston, taking your boat out to White Rock, enjoying the amusement park rides at the PNE, or taking a road-trip into the Rockies. With the cruise season just around the corner, we have a few tips to minimize motion sickness so your trip will be memorable for all the right reasons. Having Gravol™ (dimenhydrinate), ginger and even Benadryl® (diphenhydramine) help, but read on for some less well-known gems.
December 2018

Recovery(TM), Revisited.

Glucosamine will not work alone to rebuild your joints. This is true of both the hydrochloride and sulphate forms of glucosamine. Adding chondroitin may only slightly increase the benefits. Everyday, we have arthritic clients coming into our pharmacies remarking how they have gone through “giant Costco-sized bottles” of glucosamine/chondroitin products with little or no benefit to their joints. This does not surprise us one bit. Fortunately, Recovery™ has been around for nearly 2 decades, greatly benefiting our human and horse/dog/cat clients at Cloverdale Pharmasave and Pharmasave Steveston Village.
December 2018

Weight Loss the Ideal Way

Heading into the Holiday season, weight loss may be the last thing on our minds! However, in the spirit of health preservation, achieving a healthy weight is exactly what we should be thinking of. What do we expect from an ideal weight loss program?
December 2018

Bye Bye Dry Skin

Dry skin is an issue for people of all ages and all ethnicities. For some, the problem is mild and limited to some flakiness and feelings of itchiness and/or tightness. In more severe cases, the skin may be so dry that it may start cracking and even bleeding
November 2018

Healthy Gut for Happy Holidays

Roasted turkey, baked ham, stuffing, gingerbread, eggnog and all other sorts of treats…this is what many of us may think of in a Holiday feast! What many of us may forget until it’s too late is the feelings of being bloated or the guilt of having overindulged. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your gut for the holidays ahead.
November 2018

Prevent & Prevail Against the Cold & Flu

It’s that time of year again when we’re fielding many questions about what to take to prevent getting sick or to fight cold and flu symptoms. Getting immunized against the flu and pneumonia are always top of mind, but there is more that can be done. Those who have spoken to us before will likely know about the homeopathic preparations THYMULINE and INFLUENZINUM, but newer to the market are a couple of herbal preparations that have proven to be quite effective.
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.
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!).