Articles and Q&A's



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.
July 2018

Recurrent UTIs

Q: I am constantly getting urinary tract infections and am getting tired of being on antibiotics. Is there anything I can do to prevent them?
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.
June 2018

Ocu Blue

Q: I know there is ongoing research into the impact of screen time on our health and I work in front of the computer for most of my day. I can feel the strain on my eyes. Is there anything I can do to minimize the negative effects?
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

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?