Family Health

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Summer Produce Obsessions

I’m loving my summer produce these days! Although if you live in San Francisco like me, “summer” is a relative term Still, living near so many organic small farms in Northern California, there’s an abundance of delicious summer produce at my fingertips. And then in my face. Below is a list of some summer staples […]

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Keep digestion on track

Two things are certain: The holidays are fast approaching, and if we’re not careful, they will wreak havoc on our digestive systems. From Halloween to New Year’s Day, the holiday season is a dietary minefield. We stuff ourselves, drink too much and eat the wrong foods. We don’t even have to attend a party: calorie-dense […]

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10 Healing Quotes to Help With Grief

It happened fast, without notice. This week, my family lost one of our beloved members. My mom and dad’s chocolate Labrador retriever died suddenly. One minute she was prancing around in the yard; seconds later she was dead. That’s the thing about death: It takes its victims when we least expect it. We are never […]

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Is Your Daughter At Risk for Cervical Cancer?

Dear Pharmacist, My daughter has cervical dysplasia, and I’m wondering if the HPV vaccine will protect her from getting cancer. Will it? How can a young woman protect against this cancer? –J.D., Silver Springs, Florida Answer: No, it’s never been proven to prevent cancer. The HPV vaccine Gardasil protects against 2 strains of HPV, human […]

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Holistic treatment of Lyme disease

People experiencing a range of symptoms like fatigue, headaches, poor memory, inability to concentrate, depression, anxiety, recurrent flu-like symptoms, rashes and a general sense of not feeling well may have conditions that are not always easily diagnosed by doctors.  Lyme disease is one such illness. People may have Lyme and not test positive for it; […]

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24/7 immunity

Immunity has become a seasonal discussion, reserved for fall and winter when colds and flus are most prevalent. While this is an excellent starting point, building a strong immune system should not be an occasional effort. In addition to destroying the viruses and germs that we’re more vulnerable to in the winter, immune defenses also […]

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Nature’s Antibiotics

Winter has arrived, and we’re naturally worried about viruses. This is certainly justified, but the immune system does a lot more than take on colds and the flu. It’s designed to eliminate whatever is not supposed to be there: viruses, bacteria, fungus, cancer cells and the like. So it’s a good idea to keep your […]

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The Ingredient That Food Corporations Want To Keep Hidden

If you ever wondered about whether your food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs), don’t bother looking on food labels. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t make food companies put that information on packaging. But along with the drifting pollen of spring, there’s change in the air. GMOs are making headlines again. Vermont is the […]

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When to drink more water

With the weather heating up, one of the most overlooked, yet dangerous, heath issues is dehydration. Whether it’s because of a busy schedule or simply not having fresh, filtered water on hand when you need it, chances are that you simply aren’t hydrated enough. As your body gets used to chronic dehydration, you lose your […]

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Do You Really Need a Flu Shot?

The government and pharmaceutical companies relentlessly promote flu shots every year, insisting that supposedly “high risk” groups like pregnant women, children less than 5 years of age (especially under the age of 2) and everyone over age 50 should be vaccinated. But there are serious questions about the advisability of these shots. In some cases, […]

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