Patients come all the time asking if we dispense antibiotics without prescription at our pharmacy and our answer is always not without a prescription. In the US, the rules are very strict and require you have a prescription for the medications unlike internationally where a pharmacist can dispense the medication without doctor’s permission. This is for a very good reason.
Currently we are faced with the overuse of antibiotics throughout the world because no consideration was given to determine whether it was caused by a virus or bacteria. If the symptoms are caused by a virus, our body have to naturally fight the virus and antibiotics are ineffective. The best thing we can do is give the body all the essential nutrients or supplements it needs to fight the intruders naturally. This applies to many bacterial infections as well. Our body is naturally capable of fighting most of the intruders that attacks it as long as it has proper ammunition to fight them.
However, the bacteria can sometimes suppress the immune system making the body powerless to fight it. When this happens, the doctor can prescribe appropriate antibiotics to get rid of the infection. The only problem is that the bacteria gets resistant to the antibiotic every time it is used and develops a resistance to it. Currently we have ‘super-bacterias’ that are resistant to all the antibiotics we have to fight it and has become a global epidemic.
So you can see how dangerous it can be to dispense medications without a prescription. A doctor can more accurately determine if the symptoms you have are caused by a virus or a bacteria and also the type of antibiotic you require because Azithromycin might not work all the time. The good news is that at Goodpill we even accept international prescription. Unlike the chains that have strict policies that are set by corporate offices with employees powerless to make changes, we are an independent and locally owned pharmacy that focuses on the needs of our community. All you have to do is have your doctor fax or email us the prescription. Please feel free to contact our friendly staff at 754-201-3663 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding international prescriptions or any health inquiries you may have.
Daflon. Sounds like a sturdy, yet unassuming name. But, like many things, it takes more than the first impression to understand the full scope of someone. I can write a whole article on the futility of first impressions, but I digress.
Popular among the Hispanic community, Daflon, also referred to as Diosmin, is a true work horse. Despite it being labeled "Natural Product", there have been many studies to support its efficacy, especially in terms of leg circulation. Poor circulation is an ailment for many, young and old, and there are several ways to combat it, including compression stockings, maintaining a tobacco-free lifestyle, and exercising. Daflon helps to improve the health and tone of your veins, allowing them to function properly and return blood correctly through the legs and back to the heart. Patients who suffer from Chronic Venous Insufficiency, CVI, can find relief by adding Daflon to their medical regimen.
You may not suffer from CVI, but that doesn't mean you don't suffer from other veinous (rhymes with heinous) leg issues. Unsightly varicose veins are not only aesthetically displeasing, they can be painful. These are common with age, unhealthy lifestyles, and even some careers! You may be able to avoid some of these but, let's face it, we can't fight the clock and we all need to make money. If your career involves excessive amounts of standing or sitting (i.e. most careers in the United States) with little to no adjusting, you are at risk for varicose veins and poor circulation. Because of how this Natural Product improves the health of your veins, it can also provide relief from varicose veins. As you age, gracefully or not, the walls of your veins can become weakened, not providing the proper elasticity and tension, causing blood to flow backwards or pool in areas. Visually, this creates the bulges that can be seen in the legs. With the help of Daflon, the tone of the walls of the veins can be made stronger and healthier. Much the same way we can tone our muscles with exercise and proper nutrition, Daflon provides that for your veins, improving varicose veins, circulation, and overall health.
Come by GoodPill and look through our selection of Natural Products. We provide top rated brands. As always, speak to our staff and pharmacist to see which products are best for your lifestyle. Don't let this product remain a secret until the pain and discomfort of varicose veins become a reality for you.
In the race to perfection, people will do about anything for a younger look. Nip here. Tuck there. Lift that, smooth this, and this and this too. With all these things buzzing around, you probably heard the word "collagen" a time or two. Maybe preceding the word "injection." Why are people putting this in their bodies?
Collagen is actually a protein already found in your body. It's is a three stranded protein, which gives it an elastic characteristic, and it is found in muscles, tendons, and in the skin. Its abundance in the skin and connective tissue allows for the youthful vibrance and flexibility. As we age, our skin looses this elasticity and ::gasp:: wrinkles can form. The skin turns less vibrant and will even, dare I say, sag. Collagen also gives your nails and hair vitality. Youthful hair strands can be slightly tugged and it will stretch. If you do the same thing to hair that has lost collagen, the strand will snap. Hello split ends and flyaways. Trust me, it's not a good look.
But this is just the exterior. Collagen affects the muscles and tendons just as dramatically. We need our tendons to remain stretchy and resilient. Our tendons hold our muscles to our bones. Whenever we use our muscles, which is always, the flex and pull of the muscles can only be done properly with the malleability of the tendons. As we age, the collagen in our body begins to diminish slowly and our tendons and muscles can become stiff.
Now, let's be honest. Most people would be more concerned about the VISIBLE affects of diminished collaged. But vanity can be a powerful motivator, which, in this case, will benefit the body as a whole. Collagen can be added to your diet easily. Collagen supplements come in powder or tablet form. But, do some research to figure out how that particular collagen is sourced, especially if you follow a certain dietary lifestyle. Some is sourced from collagen of other mammals (fish or cows) so these would not do well for vegetarians but these may have more bioavailability, meaning they are absorbed better by your body. Also, liquid or powder form is usually absorbed faster than pill form for most medicine or supplements.
At GoodPill pharmacy, we carry NeoCell Collagen in powder form and YouTheory Collagen in tablet form. Both contain collagen derived from mammals and have a high bioavailability. If you don't take tablets well, the powder may be the way to go. One scoop in the morning before a meal and you are set for the day. If you are the type that may be on the go and don't have time to take the powder supplement 30 minutes before breakfast, the YouTheory tablets may work better. The dose can be taken at any time.
Next time you come in to GoodPill pharmacy, talk to our staff about the benefits of adding collagen to your daily routine. It's never too early to give your body an extra boost of vitality and flexibility!
Summer takes on different meanings for different people. Maybe your definition of summer is a hammock and a Pina Colada in your hand. Maybe its poolside with a book. Or maybe its pick-up ultimate frisbee games and football at the beach. If this sporty, exhilarating idea of summer is yours, then you might be familiar with the sports injuries that come from going from cubicle to QB way too fast.
Listen, we've all been there. Who needs to warm up? You're sure you can make that pass... One more rep on the weight...twist a little faster to tackle. Next thing you know, you pulled some muscle you didn't even know existed. Vastus Intermedius?! Can't you just say thigh muscle?! These pulls and muscle knots can be painful and, if not treated, can lead to further damage. If your injury is serious, seek medical help immediately. If you feel sore and strain, it could be that you just didn't warm up enough. Don't let these injuries tape you down, tape THEM down first.
The first time I ever saw kinesiology therapeutic tape was when I ran my first half-marathon. A few runners had some tape on their calves, some on their arms (which get tired from pumping as momentum), and even on their thighs. How come some runners have "stickers"? Yup, I was a clueless newbie. But after that race, I got first hand knowledge at just how sore and tired your muscles can get. KT tape helps prevent and support injuries from sports and muscle exhaustion. Similar to compression stockings, KT Tape helps with circulation and recovery. This stretchy tape adheres strongly to your skin to withstand outdoor heat, sweat, water, and is flexible to move with your body during your activities. From experience, this tape is comfortable to wear and I forgot I was wearing it. But, the strong adhesive means that it is difficult to take off when you're ready to shed the tape. Use baby oil and the tape comes off easily. Without baby oil...congratulations, you just got waxed.
If you're looking forward to some outdoor activities, getting ready for a fun run, or you're already experiencing muscle soreness, stop by GoodPill pharmacy. We offer a selection of different brands, and different colors ::cough PINK cough:: for you to pick out. Take some time to speak with our knowledgeable staff that will walk you through the CORRECT way to apply the tape depending on the area and muscle you're trying to target. If you don't apply it correctly, you won't be doing much to support your muscles. Our brands, Strength Tape, Mueller, and KT Tape, all come with the same great adhesive abilities and are precut. This makes it even easier to use when you're in the middle of your activity or on the run. The sizes are generous to encompass the most common areas you would need to tape up. Shoulder, forearm, wrist, calves, tennis elbow, knee, hamstring. This tape has you covered!
Do yourself a favor. Sunscreen, hydration, TAPE. Don't let a sports injury keep you from all fun and stress free activities of the summer.
You're on your feet all day, you're constantly moving and on the go. Is it any wonder that your legs feel tired by the time you're ready to call it a night? Your legs support you all day, its time you give them some support back. A spa day would be nice but what about daily comfort and support? Ever heard of compression stockings? If you're a gym rat (like me), you have probably heard of, and probably own a couple dozen, compression leggings. These are largely popular especially among runners because of the support and recovery compression leggings and pants offer.
But these are not JUST for the everyday gymaholic. Compression hosiery can be purchased and worn by anyone experiencing fatigue, decreased blood flow, troublesome spider or varicose veins, diabetics, or people who suffer from swelling. These symptoms aren't reserved for a certain age group and you can start wearing these at any age and for any profession. Teachers? Yes. Flight attendants? Yup. Customer service? Si. Doctors, pharmacists, cleaners, computer techs. Yes, Yes and YES. Even if you sit for prolonged periods of time, your legs aren't being given optimal blood flow. If you're diabetic, you know the importance your feet and blood flow play with your health state. You want to make sure you are giving them ample attention and care.
Compression hosiery can also be recommended by a doctor pre and post surgery to insure you don't get any blood clots. Let's be real here, you put on socks every day. You wear stockings for work. The beautiful thing about compression hosiery is that it fits your lifestyle. Socks, knee highs, thigh highs, stockings. Nude, tan, black, white. The combinations are (almost) endless and the comforts are infinite.
Because there are different uses for the hosiery, there are different levels of compression. It will be necessary to stop into GoodPill Pharmacy to get measured and sized. Our friendly staff are certified and educated on all the quality compression products we have stocked here. We will get you on your way to feeling energized and giving relief for your tired legs.
This is it guys! It's officially SUMMER! Sunny days, sea salt hair, late nights, swarms of mosquitos...wait, what? Summer comes with an easy-going feeling and slower pace but don't get caught running for your life from bugs when you can be enjoying warm nights stargazing. Florida "summer ready kits" always come packed with sunscreen and bug repellant but have you ever wanted something more natural than the chemical filled repellants that litter the commercials and stock shelves? I know you're not surprised but I'm here to tell you that there is another option.
If you have sensitive skin, you have little ones, or you just choose to live a more natural lifestyle, you don't have to pick between itchy mosquito bites or chemical laden skin. NOW FOODS brand has a great, all natural product called Bug Ban that is effective and leaves your skin feeling and smelling fresh. You don't have to worry about any sticky residue and the citrus scent is a perfect additive to your summer care-free style. It is safe for all ages and there is no need to over-spray. Just a light spritz and you're good to go. The bottle size is perfect to fit in your purse or diaper bag for any additional applications.
Looking for something even MORE natural? NOW brand also carries essential oils. Citronella and Lemongrass, great summer scents, can be combined to create an effective mosquito repellant. If you recall my recent blog post on eczema, you remember how AMAZING coconut oil can be. Guess what? It can also be used as the base oil for these essential oils. You'll be hydrating your skin and protecting it from becoming an "All You Can Eat" buffet for those pesky bugs. Take a half-cup of coconut oil, add 10-20 drops of each essential oil (depending on your liking) and mix. Depending on how warm your house is, you can slather on the coconut oil like a lotion or spray it on as a liquid. You'll be out enjoying your summer with hydrated skin in no time!
Come by GoodPill pharmacy to peruse our natural remedies and discuss what other essential oils you can use through out the summer. We will be here helping you keep your natural life style without compromising your comfort.
Summer is fast approaching. For Florida residents, it never really ends. But as the temperatures start to get warmer, shorts and tank tops become the unofficial dress code. This isn't always an ideal time for kids and adults who suffer from eczema. We all have areas of skin, mostly elbows, that are particularly dry and in need of moisturizers but people who suffer from eczema really know the meaning of dry, itchy skin. It may start with some small patches. It could spread and flare up cyclically, but either way, it causes discomfort both physically and even socially.
If you have a child, you may have had an eczema problem with your newborn's skin which may or may not have dissipated when you reduced the amount of dyes and fragrances in their products. Aside from taking OUT certain products from your beauty care regimen, you can also ADD in some products too. In my own personal quest for natural body care, the one ingredient I saw in just about everything was COCONUT OIL. Seriously, buy some stock in coconut oil! From cooking to skin hydration, this natural remedy definitely has more facets than the Hope Diamond. This oil oscillates from liquid to solid depending on the temperature but you can rub it directly onto yours or your little one's skin daily - preferably 3-4 times a day. This works wonders and its completely natural so you don't have to worry about any sneaky additives or fragrances. Get extra virgin coconut oil to ensure purity.
Other wonderful oils to try include grape seed oil, sweet almond oil (which smells lovely), and even avocado oil. NOW Solutions is a reputable brand that offers these and other oils that provide great hydration and doesn't leave you feeling like you just slathered tanning oil all over. Remember that you should always read labels. This may make your grocery run twice as long but you can always count that "run" as your "cardio", right? Maybe not.
Aside from these oils, you can always try NATURAL or ORGANIC soaps too. Again, read labels because a lot of companies can throw those two words around without the product actually being Organic. Some brands that provide gentle cleansing include Himalaya (check out their entire line of products, you won't be sorry) and PURE LIFE Soap Co. Another great company is Exerderm which has products especially formulated for babies. Remember to keep your children dressed lightly, especially in South Florida. There is barely ever a need for long sleeves and pants for your kids. Keeping them cool and well moisturized will help alleviate their eczema symptoms.
Natural oils can definitely help when dealing with a longterm battle of eczema but, if you haven't noticed from previous posts, your body is this fascinated creation that is affected and interconnected with the slightest change or disruption. So, while you may be able to treat the outer symptoms of eczema, its important to treat the cause of it. While it is true that eczema can be caused by stress, a lot of the times it is the result of an allergy - topical or food allergy.
It's important to maintain a yearly visit with your primary care physician and have blood work done. While you're at it, ask to see if you can have a basic allergy test done. This can be done through your blood work so the common scratch test isn't always necessary. If you are allergic to something, your skin condition may clear up due to it. If you feel that you may have an intolerance to something edible, an allergy or scratch test won't necessarily show that. If that is the case, consult your doctor about doing an elimination diet. If you suspect the same for your child, make sure you check with your pediatrician for recommendations. Don't start an elimination diet without first talking to your doctor.
If you're ready to take some proactive steps into living a less processed life and alleviating your skin discomforts, stop by GoodPill pharmacy. Any of the staff can help answer your questions and work with your doctor to develop an easy plan for your skin care. NOW Solutions, Exerderm, Himalaya are among the many products we always have available. If there is something in particular you are looking for that we may not have in stock, we are usually able to get them in next day. You'll be on your way to enjoying the warm weather and shorts in no time.
We hear about germs and bacteria. We warn our children to wash their hands because of harmful bacteria. We read about strange cases in the news about some foreign bacteria that infected some unsuspecting victim and his life was turned upside down. But, the truth about bacteria is that they are not all bad. Don’t get me wrong, you shouldn’t cozy up to anything that starts with Staphylococcus! But there are a lot of bacteria around us, on us, INSIDE of us, that are actually really helpful – dare I say, necessary.
Hear me out. We actually have bacteria inside our intestines and stomach that help keep us with our normal bodily functions and digestion. Have you ever read the “warnings” section of your antibiotic medication? Here’s a secret, it says it might cause diarrhea. Well, the reason why is because antibiotics help fight infection caused and some innocent bystanders are the good bacteria found in your gut. Without their presence to help keep you regular you become, well, irregular.
This is especially important for little children. If you have a toddler in school or daycare, you may have had weekly visits with the pediatrician. Green snot, ear infections, sinus infections, these may be a more common occurrence that you care to admit. As these little ones are building a healthy immune system, their digestive tracts may be suffering, which, studies have shown, may actually affect their overall immune system when the “good” bacteria starts being eliminated by the antibiotics.
Lucky for you, probiotics can be found in food. It may be odd to think that we might be eating bacteria but bacteria can actually be used in the process of making food like yogurt. You may have heard of Lactobacillus, one of the more famous bacteria. This is often found in yogurt and can really help get your child’s gut back on track. What happens if you’re a texture person who can’t stand yogurt or you have an aversion to dairy (that’s me!)? Well, you can actually purchase probiotics in a supplement form.
Gerber makes an excellent product that is safe for all ages called Gerber Soothe, which comes in liquid form and just requires a few drops in your child’s bottle. If your child is a little older, you can use Culturelle Kids! Packets that can be taken during the course of an antibiotic treatment or as a daily supplement as well. These quick dissolving pellets are flavorless and can even be added in pudding or applesauce. Maybe your kids are on to your tricks and won’t be fooled with the applesauce routine. That’s ok, there is a great brand called Rainbow Light that come in a gummy form. You’re already giving your kids Omega-3 gummies because you know about their benefit, they won’t mind taking this berry flavored one too. Stop by GoodPill to discuss which probiotic supplements are better for your family and make sure you’re doing everything you can to give your child a healthy immune system.
Last week, I talked about buzz words. This week, I'm going to talk about...more buzz words. Try to contain your excitement. You may have heard about Omega-3 fatty acids. In a culture that is so consumed with thin and skinny and diet fads, why is there such a push for FATTY acids? Omega 3 are polyunsaturated fatty acids, making them easier to breakdown in your body. These are essential, which means we aren't able to make these in our body so we have to find them in our diet. There are several different types of Omega-3's we should look for, but they all work together in our body to build and form EPA and DHA.
First, let's talk about why these are important. EPA and DHA are important in brain and eye development for in children during fetal development and into toddler years. This is why these are found many times in prenatal vitamins. There have been some studies supporting its positive contribution for people battling depression, and can also reduce the risk of dementia. Omega-3 is a healthy fat that can also help control blood clotting and even cholesterol! Its anti-inflammatory properties help with immunity and certain inflammatory and autoimmune diseases like lupus.
Where can we find this Fatty Acid? Fish! But not every fish is a good source. Fish sticks from fast food? Errr...wrong! I'm talking about some nice salmon, sardines, even anchovies. But, again, there is a caveat to this. Try to pick WILD CAUGHT and not farm raised. Check the packaging (canned is not best) because you don't want added Mercury to your diet.
Not a fish person? Try seeds. Hemp, flax and chia seeds. If you're not sure how to incorporate these in your diet, use your Pinterest account for more than just summer fashion ideas!
If these diet add-ins still don't entice you, when all else fails...BEEF! But, you guessed it, not every type of beef will do. Cows today are fed corn but they are supposed to have a grass diet. When cows eat what they were supposed to eat, grass, they have a wonderful balance of Omega-3 that actually make them really healthy for us.
If you're not able to adjust your dietary intake or when buying WILD, ORGANIC, GRASS-FED just doesn't fit in your budget, try supplements.
Nordic Naturals, a high quality brand delivering DHA and EPA in several forms could be the way to go. We carry liquid, gummies and chewable tablets for children and Cod Liver Oil and a mango flavored (Yum!) liquid for adults. We also carry high quality flax seeds, hemp seeds, and other sources of natural fatty acids. Come into GoodPill to discuss which would be better for your family and review your prescribed medication as well to make sure there aren't any contraindications.
5 Foods That Contain Omega-3's That AREN'T Fish - http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/omega-3-foods
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health - http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcidsandHealth-HealthProfessional/
This is a post about Calcium. No, wait, it's a post about Magnesium. Actually, it's a post about your body and why Magnesium is one of many unsung heroes. Magnesium is a necessary mineral for our body's balance and aids in over 300 chemical reactions that occur within our body on a daily basis.
So why is it that magnesium deficiency is common in America? There is such a huge push for Calcium with the buzz word Osteoporosis. But, in order for Calcium to be absorbed, we need Vitamin D. This is produced naturally in our body when we carefully and responsibly (No tanning beds, people!) expose our skin to sunlight. Now, here is the kicker, for Vitamin D to be absorbed properly, some researchers say that we need Magnesium. Because of this, Magnesium is important in bone health as well. Now, why are we deficient? Well, we could point our fingers at the American Diet but lets be responsible people and say its our own fault.
Basically, we should have listened to Popeye a little more. Spinach, kale, zucchini, leafy greens have wonderful amounts of Magnesium in them. Our body isn't able to store Magnesium the way it stores Calcium. Meaning, we need to start each day eating our way to our optimum Magnesium intake - 500mg.
Aside from bone health, Magnesium is also noted to help in treating diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, and even for PMS.
Talk with your doctor and come in to GoodPill to speak to our friendly and knowledgeable staff to discuss the possibility of supplementing Magnesium into your diet. We offer several options that can fit your lifestyle. MagOx 400, Slow-Mag, and 21st Century Magnesium Dietary Supplement all offer varying milligram strengths and absorption rates. Even if you decide to supplement with these reputable tablets, be sure to increase your intake of leafy vegetables!