Articles and Q&A's

April 2015

Gelling Up Your Joints

Why is it that as we age, our joints become annoyingly “creaky”? Part of it is that our joints are a dynamic, ever-changing structure; new tissues are synthesized while at the same time, older tissues are degraded. As we age, the balance of building up and breaking down goes in favour of breaking down and our bodies are not able to “fix” damaged tissues as readily.
March 2015

A Little "Mussel" for Arthritis

With spring and all the good-weather activities just around the corner, this is a good time to review some nutritional remedies for arthritis. The Green Lipped Mussel (Perna Canaliculus) from New Zealand has proven its effectiveness for 15 years and remains one of the most time honoured natural arthritis remedies. The flesh of the mussel is made of 9 different glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) and is more effective than a glucosamine or a chondroitin alone.
March 2015

Fungal Infections

Q: I have been trying to get rid of a fungal infection in my toenail for months. I've tried over-the-counter products without success. Is there any other topical option?
March 2015

(Un)Pleasant Interactions

“Do not take dairy products, antacids, or iron preparations with this medication.”; “Do not take with ASA.”; “Avoid use of alcohol.” You may have noticed similar messages affixed to your prescription bottles warning against consumption of certain foods and/or other medications. Hopefully, your pharmacist would have taken a moment to highlight these precautions. But, why are we concerned?
February 2015

Cold Sores

Q: I always get cold sores in the winter months. Is there anything natural I can take to help them heal faster? A: Yes, the amino acid L-LYSINE is an effective treatment for cold sores as it antagonizes the growth of the virus, thus limiting its spread.
February 2015

Natural Protection for Your Heart

"Exercise, eat well, keep your cholesterol levels down, watch your blood pressure…" it’s likely that many of you have heard one or more of these phrases at a visit to the doctor’s office or even the pharmacy because these are the things that can help you avoid a heart attack or stroke.
February 2015

Protecting the Hearts of the Young and the Old

More than 1.4 million Canadians have heart disease and approximately 90% of Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for heart disease which includes smoking, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, being overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and stress. That’s right; no longer is heart disease a concern of the middle-aged and elderly, with today’s hectic lifestyle making it difficult for us to find time to take care of ourselves, even the young have to start thinking about what we can do to protect our hearts.
January 2015

A Little Bit of Pressure and a Little Bit of Heat

Sometimes we need more from our clothing than just to help us make a fashion statement; sometimes we need our clothing to be functional. There are two common types of functional clothing: compression therapy and far infrared radiation therapy, which uses pressure and heat therapeutically, respectively.
January 2015

Cold Sore Remedies

About 20 to 40% of the population have suffered from or will suffer from cold sores. The causative agent is a virus called herpes simplex virus type 1, spread through direct contact with a cold sore lesion or touching fluid from a cold sore (e.g., via sharing of utensils). Using a cold sore bandage such as LIPCLEAR COLD SORE BANDAGEcan keep the cold sore moist, protect it from irritants and help stop its contagious spread.
January 2015

Immune System Boost

Q: Other than Echinacea, what else can I use to give my immune system a boost during the cold and flu season? A: Adequate rest and fluids as well as proper hygiene (i.e., handwashing) are important tools in helping keep you from getting sick during this time of year.
January 2015

Boosting your First Aid Kit

Warmer weather means more outdoor activities and travels. A properly assembled First Aid Kit is pertinent in case of an accident. Other than the usual Band-Aid and antiseptics, there are a few extra items that may come in handy.
December 2014

Don't be Singing the ShingleBells

“ShingleBells” is definitely not a tune you would want to sing this Christmas, or any other time at all! Fortunately, there are things you can do and natural supplements you can take that can help minimize your risk of getting a shingles outbreak.