Articles and Q&A's

June 2017

Mandarin Skin (and more) for Tummy Troubles

Nausea, indigestion, bloating, stomach upset, diarrhea…chances are you have experienced one of these symptoms sometime in the past. Oftentimes, these symptoms will resolve on their own or with the use of an over-the-counter medication. But, for those with a chronic gastrointestinal issue such as Leaky Gut Syndrome, finding a more long-term solution is key to living with their condition.
April 2017

A Natural Approach to Stress & Anxiety Relief

Q: I get anxious at times, but don’t really feel stressed. What can I do before turning to my doctor for prescription medications? A: “Stress” is certainly a buzzword in any social circle these days. Whether it is the pressures of meeting deadlines at the office, juggling home and work life, dealing with the space in an “empty nest”, studying for final exams, or dealing with the loss of family or friends, life has many ways of making us feel like we have been dealt more than we can handle. This can lead us to feel anxious or even affect our mood in a negative way. It may cause us to lie in bed, exhausted, but unable to fall asleep, which leads to us being fatigued and unproductive during the day.
April 2017

Spring Cleaning

With spring in the air, many of us feel inspired to clean house or to “turn a new leaf”. We prefer the latter metaphor when talking about detoxication as it implies a change in lifestyle versus a single event that then allows us to return to our prior state or habits. Many people think of doing a detox as an independent event that purges the body of as many toxins as possible so that we can continue with our current intoxicating habits. However, it is healthier for us in the long-run to use a detoxification program as a springboard to launch us into healthier habits and a healthier lifestyle.
March 2017

Nobody Walks With Another Man's Gait

A Kenyan proverb says that “Nobody walks with another man’s gait.” GAIT is the way in which someone walks. Each of us is born with a unique biomechanical combination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skeletal structure which is designed to carry us through a lifetime of walking. This gives us our unique, natural way of walking. But sometimes, we are forced to change the way we walk, whether it be due to an injury, accident, weight-gain, surgery, habit, aging or simply over-use. These events put unexpected strain on parts of our body, resulting in unusual burden on the lower parts of our legs. This typically culminates in changes in foot structure, resulting in a change in the way we walk (and stand), and, ultimately, in pains felt in various other parts of the body.
March 2017

Marvelous Magnesium

Other than calcium, magnesium is probably the most well-known mineral in the body and for good reason. Magnesium plays an important role in bone structure and in over 300 cellular reactions including those invoved in regulating the building of protein, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control and blood pressure regulation. As such, deficiency in this mineral is associated with many conditions including hypertension, osteoporosis, diabetes and some cardiovascular diseases.
February 2017

Healthy, Sexy Legs

Sometimes sexy legs are not just about what you see on the outside. Helping your blood vessels to work properly can keep your legs looking slim and of a healthy colouring from the outside. Compression therapy is a well-known method of supporting the natural flow of blood and can be used in conjunction with supplements, which can improve the health of your blood vessels.
February 2017

Travel Smart

Sunny destination: check. Plane tickets: check. Sunscreen: check. Luggage: check. Passport: check. Missing something? If you have planned a once-in-a-lifetime trip to an exotic locale, don’t forget that there are several things you can do to prevent falling deathly ill. One of these things is VACCINATIONS. Read on to see why scheduling a Travel Clinic at CLOVERDALE PHARMASAVE or PHARMASAVE STEVESTON VILLAGE should definitely be on your travel checklist.
February 2017

Travel Health Q&A

Q: My family and I are bringing the kids on our much anticipated trip to Mexico. We are thrilled about the adventures we are going to have but are concerned that we may require additional vaccinations. What can we do to best protect our family? A: Going on a trip to an exotic location is exciting! Unfortunately, too many tourists become preoccupied with their itineraries that they neglect the important fact that certain diseases still exist in some parts of the world that may not be present in North America.
January 2017

Medical Weight Loss - Insurance for Many Healthy Golden Years (Insurance for a Healthy Future)

It is easy to make resolutions, but it is often tough to realize them. The New Year is a great time to have resolutions and make life(style) changes. Those of you who are diabetic (or borderline), who have high cholesterol, and/or high blood pressure, with or without obesity undoubtedly have been urged by your doctor and pharmacist to “lose some weight by eating better and doing some exercise”. But this is much easier said than done.
November 2016

AnxioCalm (TM): Echinacea for Anxiety

A few years ago, a product came on the market under the name, “AnzEase”. It was described as a homeopathic preparation of Echinacea that was indicated for anxiety. Back then, our dad, Henry just couldn’t wrap his head around how Echinacea, an herb well-known for its use in boosting the immune system could help with anxiety. Recently, the product was re-launched under the name “ANXIOCALM™”. This time around, the company has rebranded the item as a herbal product as the mechanism of action has been elucidated. First, it is important to note that the strain of Echinacea used is E. angustifoliae, whereas the strains used to boost the immune system are E. pallida and E. purpurea. Secondly, the dose matters and in this case, more is not better. In fact, each capsule contains only 20mg of E. angustifoliae as it was found that at higher doses, the effects on the nervous system were lost.
October 2016

Mercury and Flu Shots

Q: I visit my elderly parents in their care home and was told that I should get a flu shot. Should I be concerned about the mercury content? A. In order to minimize the impact of influenza infection on the elderly population, it is important for their visitors and caregivers to consider getting the flu shot.
October 2016

Pumping Up Your Iron

Feeling overly tired or weak? Have pale skin and feeling cold? Experiencing chest pain or a rapid heartrate? Feeling an uncomfortable tingling or a creepy-crawly sensation in your legs? Getting the urge to nibble on some ice or dirt? Fighting infections frequently? These are some of the possible signs and symptoms of iron deficiency and if you experience all of these, you should speak with your doctor. Iron is a very important mineral in our bodies as it is an essential component of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the tissues.