Articles and Q&A's



June 2018

How Broccoli May Save Your Skin

Everyone knows how damaging ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun and other sources can be. It’s not just the UV-B radiation that we are familiar with when the sun is hot in the summer and we get sunburns more easily. Damage to our skin cells’ DNA is more attributed to UV-A radiation, which is present throughout the year, regardless of the weather. So, how can broccoli save our skin?
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

Something 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?
May 2018

Multiple Multi's

As pharmacists, we are often faced with the question: which multivitamin should I get? If you speak with one of the pharmacists at our Cloverdale or Steveston Pharmasave’s, you will likely have to face a barrage of questions before we suggest a product. Here are a few things to consider.
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.
March 2018

Seasonal Allergies Q&A

Q: Allergy season is just around the corner and I suffer miserably every year. Is there anything I can do to prepare my body so that I’m not completely dependent on antihistamines for the next few months?
March 2018

Natural Prep for Allergy Season

For many, seasonal allergies are at their peak at the beginning of the Spring season. It can be frustrating to have to depend on antihistamines every day and sometimes to find that the same antihistamine that worked last year, just is not providing the same benefit this year. Thankfully, there are some natural options that can be used in place of Orthodox antihistamine medications.
March 2018

Replenish Your Gut

Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is a collection of possible signs and symptoms that vary from bloating, gas, gastrointestinal (GI) cramping, and food sensitivities to aches, and pains outside of the GI tract. It is believed that these symptoms result from a compromised epithelial lining of the gut, which allows for the passage of toxins and bacteria into the blood stream. Specifically, when the proteins forming the tight junctions between the cells lining the gut (i.e., the epithelial cells) are impaired, things not normally allowed to pass from the lumen of the gut into the blood stream can pass through.
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.
January 2018

Options for Shingles Vaccine

Q: I’ve heard there is a new vaccine against shingles coming out. What are the main differences between the two options? A: Zostavax®II is the vaccine against shingles that most people have heard of. It is a live, attenuated virus vaccine, meaning that the virus has been weakened in the lab. Although the virus can still replicate and produce an immune response (and possible mild disease), it should not cause a full-blown outbreak of the disease.