Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu

Integrative Clinical Pharmacist Scott Berliner, RPh

Many of the new herbal products that are coming to the market are based on centuries of anecdotal information that has been handed down from generation to generation.

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Compounding – What Is It and How Can It Help My Family?

Integrative Clinical Pharmacist Scott Berliner, RPh

Compounded is the combining of two or more ingredients to form a final product. In the pharmaceutical industry, it refers to the practice of customizing medication to meet individual patient needs based on the specifications set by the physician. This defines what we do in a compounding pharmacy.

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A “Nutritional Rocket” Combats That Tired, Achy Feeling

IV vitamin and mineral therapy, often referred to as a Myers cocktail, has been used for countless individuals over the past four decades. Each cocktail recipe is tailored to address specific symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, muscle aches, pains, muscle spasms and twitches. Intravenous vitamin and mineral therapy can also be useful for: diarrhea and constipation, asthma, allergies, skin hives, migraines, autoimmune diseases, neurological disorders, adrenal fatigue and problems with toxins and detoxification. Individuals who are recovering from international travel, colds and flu, or strenuous athletic performance may also find this therapy useful. This therapy currently is not specifically designed as a chelation treatment although the enhanced B vitamins may help support liver detoxification processes.

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The Truth About Sunscreens

Integrative Clinical Pharmacist Scott Berliner, RPh

Did you know that until the year 2009 just 29 percent of all sunscreens provided protection against UVA rays? In 2009 that number increased to 70 percent so we are moving in the right direction. Even with added protection today, all sunscreens are not created equal.

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Drug Interactions – Are you at risk?

Integrative Clinical Pharmacist Scott Berliner, RPh

Consider the vast number of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements on the market today. A compelling statistic from SUNY College of Pharmacy remarked that someone who is taking a combination of any six drugs, vitamins, minerals, or herbs, has an 80 percent chance of an interaction of some kind. At certain times of year, allergies are wreaking havoc with our sinuses, causing headaches and congestion, and simple aches and pains arise from doing yard work or playing outdoors. Anybody could reach the six medication/supplement combination threshold easily, increasing the risk for an interaction.

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QUESTION: Antidepressant medication suggestions?

QUESTION: My antidepressant medication makes my brain feel foggy and I’m always tired. It’s an “SSRI” medication. Any suggestions?

ANSWER: Depression often begins as a dysfunctional stress response. First we would evaluate you to see if you need the medication. There might be natural ways to address your depression. If you need the medication, here are some things we would explore to minimize your side effects.

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Losing Your Libido?

Getting older doesn’t mean your sex drive has to slow to low gear. Libido is half psycho-emotional and half physiologic.

The psychoemotional component of libido and performance is demonstrated in the power of fantasy. Fantasy stimulates arousal. Depression and stress affect this component most strongly. So as a baseline, stress and depression must be evaluated. The effect is even worse when the stress or depression results from issues within the relationship.

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