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What Can I Do With My Old and Expired Medications?

Disposing of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, appropriately is essential. Expired medicines can change and may not work as expected, or their effects may have been affected by time, temperature, or exposure to light. A few drugs may even be harmful if taken past the expiry date.What are some options for medication disposal? Bring your expired medications […]

Food Allergens: How the Body Responds and Why We Test

Food allergies occur when the body has an adverse or abnormal response to food. An allergic reaction can be immediate and life-threatening, such as with peanuts. Or it can be delayed, taking three to five days to show up, causing hay fever-like symptoms, tummy troubles, eczema or other skin irritation, or even changes in behaviour […]

Healthy Skin Year Round

We love skin. It is such an important marker of your overall health, and as compounders, we work with many dermatologists and physicians to support healthy skin.Your skin is the window to your gastrointestinal, hormonal and nutritional health. Being the largest organ in the body, it has some significant responsibilities.Elimination and detoxifyingMaking vitamin DProtecting our body […]

The Cold, The Flu, and The Gut

There is growing evidence that a healthy gut microbiome may be your best immune defence.What is a “gut microbiome”? The gut microbiome is the collection of microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea, viruses, and fungi found within the gut and their overall genetic information. It plays a vital role in maintaining health and preventing developing disease.Within the last decade, […]

You Snore Like a Tractor!

Have you been told you snore like a tractor? It could be more than just snoring. You might have sleep apnea.What Is Sleep Apnea?Sleep apnea is a severe disorder that causes your breathing to stop repeatedly while you sleep. These breathing pauses or "apneas" usually last 10 to 30 seconds and can happen many times […]

What Should You Expect From a Medication Review?

For many people, taking medication is a regular part of their daily routines and essential for staying healthy. According to the CDD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), nearly 49% of Americans used at least one prescription drug during 30 days. In the USA and Canada, for adults ages 40 to 79, roughly 70% take at least […]

LDN – a potential Game Changer for Colitis or Crohn’s Disease

The month of November has been observed across Canada as Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month and we want to do our part to raise awareness and educate the public about a new promising treatment option for Crohn’s and Colitis.Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) is a drug that can provide therapeutic benefits for many chronic conditions. LDN […]

November is Osteoporosis Month – Let’s Create Awareness

WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?Osteoporosis is a disease that slowly weakens bones, often going undiagnosed, even when it breaks them. Osteoporosis is caused by low bone mass and the weakening of bone, leading to an increased risk of fracture. The disease often progresses without any symptoms or pain.Osteoporosis is often not discovered until weakened bones cause painful fractures, usually […]

How Does Drinking Alcohol Affect Your Body?

We all know that alcohol consumption can reduce the communication between your brain and your body. This, of course, makes coordination more complex, you may have a hard time balancing yourself, and your reaction time is slowed. This is why drinking and driving are not a good combination. But do you ever wonder what is happening in your […]

Why Do I Need Vitamin B12 and What Are the Symptoms of Deficiency?

Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is an essential water-soluble vitamin that plays a critical role in the production of your red blood cells and DNA, as well as the proper functioning of your nervous system.Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal foods, including meats, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. However, it can also be […]

Fat Is Not A Bad Word

Fat is NOT a bad word, but we should understand why we need it and the healthy way to get it.Dietary fats help our bodies absorb fat-soluble nutrients and help protect our organs, produce energy and keep the body warm. We need to take in a regular amount of fats to stay healthy and vibrant; […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease that can affect multiple joints in the body. RA is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system—which usually functions to protect us against infections—mistakenly attacks the lining of the joints. Rheumatoid Arthritis is most often associated with chronic inflammation. This inflammation in the joints causes pain, stiffness and […]

Why is Brain Health So Important?

September is World Alzheimer's Month so, it makes sense to talk about a healthy brain.The brain is one of our body's largest and most complex organs. It controls everything from breathing, digesting to conversing, playing, understanding and strategizing. The brain controls your body's everyday functions and allows you to interact with the world around you. Though […]

I am way past my teens, yet I still have acne?

Yup. Acne can continue well into adulthood (the '40s and beyond) and have severe consequences, especially for women.A recent U.S. study examined "the lived experience" of acne and its treatment among a cohort of adult women with moderate to severe acne. Women consistently described acne-related concerns about their appearance, which affected their social, personal and professional […]

Plastic. It’s Everywhere. What Does It Mean For My Health?

It's next to impossible to avoid. Today you will find it in bowls, wraps, bottles and bags used to store various foods and beverages, but is it safe?Studies have found that certain chemicals in the plastic can leach out of the plastic and into the food and drinks we consume. Some of these chemicals have […]

It’s Walking. Can It Really Help Me?

If your goal is to trim down then yes, walking 20 minutes a day can be a healthy addition to a healthy weight loss plan. Adding walking to a reduced-calorie diet, will increase the number of calories that you burn each day. Add all of those up each day and if there is a deficit then you […]

Compounding Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

First, what is Naltrexone?Naltrexone is a drug that was approved in 1997 by Health Canada (1984 by the FDA in the US) in a 50mg dose for the purpose of reducing the euphoric effects of alcohol. Naltrexone not only helps patients achieve abstinence, but it is also a very competitive antagonist of opioid receptors thus having the ability to rescue […]

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHRT), For Men and Women

Hormones are chemical messengers that manage many bodily functions. Production increases during puberty reaches a peak in our 20s and early 30s and, like it or not, then begins to decline from our mid-30s to early 40s. The drop in hormone levels is natural and sadly, unavoidable in many ways. BHRT can help control how rapidly or […]

What Are The Benefits of Compounding?

A one-size-fits-all approach to medications doesn’t always work, and this is where we can help!Sometimes you need a prescription tailored to your personal health needs. Perhaps you need a different form of the medication or have an allergy to an ingredient in the standard formulation. That’s where compounding comes in. A compounding pharmacy gives you options […]

I Have IBS? What’s That?

What is Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder affecting the intestine. IBS involves problems with motility (movement of digested food through the intestines) and sensitivity (how the brain interprets signals from the intestinal nerves), leading to abdominal pain, changes in bowel patterns, and other symptoms. So, it's a mix of belly discomfort, […]

Pulmonary Hypertension

What is Pulmonary Hypertension?Well the words themselves describe it:Pulmonary = LungHypertension = High Blood PressurePulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs and the right side of your heart. PH is a serious illness, and in some people, pulmonary hypertension slowly gets worse and can be life-threatening. Although […]

Rhinitis…Also Known As Nasal Allergies

What Is Rhinitis?The word rhinitis means “inflammation of the nose.” The nose produces a fluid called mucus. This fluid is normally thin and clear. It helps to keep dust, debris, and allergens out of the lungs. Mucus traps particles like dust and pollen, as well as bacteria and viruses.Mucus usually drains down the back of your throat. […]

Thyroid Support

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located in the front of the neck below your Adam’s apple and is wrapped around the trachea (the windpipe).An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) makes you sweat more, feel hot, lose weight, or makes your heart beat faster. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) does the opposite. You might feel cold, […]

Andro…What?

Andropause. Essentially, it is the male version of menopause. Male menopause involves a drop in testosterone production in men who are age 50 or older. It’s often affiliated with hypogonadism, and both conditions mean lowered testosterone levels and similar symptoms.Male menopause differs from female menopause in several ways. For one thing, not all men experience it. […]

WHAT IS ROSACEA?

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects over three million Canadians.The central face is the most commonly affected area.Rosacea usually develops in adults between ages 30 and 50. It affects both men and women, although it seems to affect more women. It tends to affect people with fair skin, such as those of […]

CELIAC DISEASE, IT’S NOT A FAD DIET

This month we are bringing awareness to Celiac disease (CD). A common disorder that is estimated to affect about one percent of the population. It is a condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by gluten. Gluten is a general name for specific proteins in certain grains. The gluten in wheat, rye, […]

What Is Lupus?

Monday, May 10th was World Lupus Day and not everyone knows what Lupus is.Lupus is a chronic disease with no cure. This means that you can manage it with treatment, but it will not go away. Treatment can help improve your symptoms, prevent flares, and prevent other health problems often caused by lupus. Your treatment […]

DO YOU NEED PROBIOTICS FOR YOUR GUT HEALTH?

Each year in Canada alone multi-millions of antibiotic prescriptions are filled. Some are necessary and some are not.

BRING BACK THE GRAINS!

Low-carb, no-carb, and Paleo seem to be the diets of the times, and many people are pushing grains off their plate in an effort to control their waistline.

What is custom compounding & what does it do for me?

Custom compounding is the art and science of curating prescriptions to better work with specific allergies, dietary restrictions, or personal preferences.