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Why Are We Deficient in Magnesium and Why It’s Recommended to Take Magnesium Supplements

Magnesium is a crucial mineral for many bodily functions, yet many people don’t get enough through diet alone, leading to widespread deficiencies. Let’s explore why magnesium deficiency occurs, the importance of supplementation, and the different magnesium supplements available. The Importance of Magnesium: Magnesium involves over 300 essential metabolic reactions, including energy production, blood pressure regulation, […]

Personalized care goes beyond a compound for our pharmacists.

Personalized care goes beyond a compound for our pharmacists.In the fast-paced world of modern medicine, it's all too easy to feel like just another number. Patients often complain about the lack of personalized care they receive, with doctors and pharmacists prioritizing speed and efficiency over individual needs. However, some pharmacists genuinely care and prioritize personalized […]

I Already Had My Shingles Series. Do I Need A Booster?

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful and often debilitating condition affecting many individuals each year.

What is a “Compounding Pharmacy”?

A compounding pharmacy is a pharmacy that specializes in compounding medications..we make stuff up from scratch!

The Growing Problem of Drug-Resistant UTI’s

Are you going to the bathroom every 5 minutes, and it feels like peeing razor blades?

What Is Diverticulitis?

Sometimes tiny, bulging pouches (called diverticula) form in parts of the colon and this condition is called diverticulosis.

Managing Medications During Ramadan

For 30 days in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, many individuals worldwide who practise the Muslim faith refrain from eating or drinking from dawn until dusk in observance of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

Compound Solutions for Feet!

Your feet take a pounding every day, literally. It’s essential to care for those aches, pains, nicks, scratches or infections as they arise but unfortunately, there is no one size fits all solution.

Warning Signs of Early Heart Failure & SmHeart Card

he earliest symptoms of heart failure are often very subtle, but it's dangerous to ignore them.

What is Pharmacogenomics and Why Are We Talking About It?

Ever wonder why acetaminophen never works for you, but your spouse touts it as the best for their headaches?

Is Your Pill Box Overflowing? We Can Help

More than 1 out of 4 Canadians (27%) over 65 take at least ten prescription medications.

Vitamin D, What’s the Hype?

We always seem to hear more about it in the winter months. Well there is a lot to share, year round actually.Vitamin D is both a nutrient we eat and a hormone our bodies make. Yes, it’s now understood to be and behave as a hormone.Few foods naturally contain vitamin D, though some foods are fortified, such […]

Flu Season: 5 Facts

1. The FLU is much worse than a bad cold.Commonly known as "Flu," influenza is an airways infection caused by the influenza virus. It is easily caught, and spread, and the symptoms are much more serious than cold symptoms.2. Immunization is the most effective preventionThe National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends the flu vaccine for all […]

What is the difference between hemoglobin testing and iron testing?

A hemoglobin test measures the amount of hemoglobin in your blood. Hemoglobin is a protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen to your body's organs and tissues and transports carbon dioxide from your organs and tissues back to your lungs.The main difference between iron and hemoglobin is that iron is the metal ion […]

What Makes LUMIFY Different From Other OTC Drops?

This low-dose ophthalmic solution (Lumify 0.025%) will be the first OTC (over-the-counter) brimonidine eye drop available to help relieve red, irritated eyes without a prescription in Canada.Brimonidine is not a new drug, it has been available by prescription for quite some time. It has been used in higher concentrations as a drop/gel for glaucoma or rosacea […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Managing Sore Nipples from Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a magical and natural joy of being a mother. It offers a special bond between mother and baby.

12 myths about the birth control pill

There are a lot of out there for effective birth control and it can be confusing and create confusion when hearing anecdotal stories of others.

Antibiotics before birth and in early life can affect long-term health

By the time they turn one, half of Australian babies have had a course of antibiotics which may have damaging downstream effects on their healthWRITTEN BY PENELOPE BRYANT, CHERYL ANNE JONES, DAVID BURGNER AND NIGEL CURTIS ON JULY 4, 2018 FOR THE CONVERSATIONHalf of Australian infants have received at least one course of antibiotics by their […]