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September 2019
Dear Pharmacist

3 Tips to Survive on Hydrocodone and Other Opioids

Opioids are man-made drugs intended to look similar to the naturally-produced opiates made in your body. The opioid drug binds to the receptor on a cell’s outer membrane, and unlocks a variety of feel-good, numbing compounds which relax your body, increase pleasurable feelings and suppress pain signals.

Dear Pharmacist

Another MRI with Dye? Oh My

Gadolinium is in the news because the popular dye appears to be retained in the brain, raising safety concerns, especially for people who have multiple MRIs per year.

Eat Right Now

When Mighty Apples Drop from Trees

A member of the rose family, apple’s phytochemicals can reduce plaque buildup in the arteries and the cancer-causing effects of carcinogens. Phytochemicals in apple skin inhibit the reproduction of colon cancer cells by 43%.Their proanthocyanin content helps prevent heart disease and diabetes.

Eat Right Now

Earth Warms-zombie Microbes Awaken: Time to Nurture the Immune System

Eating or drinking 8 tbsp. of sugar, the equivalent of about two cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40%.


The Little Robots Patients Love

Sundowner's syndrome –  where the patient changes personality in the night time – could be better controlled. I once had a lady with this ailment throw an empty bedpan at me in the middle of the night. Her delirium might have been restrained if she had a little purring pet to comfort her.

August 2019

Is Exercise is Worth the Sweat?

In the exercise group, scans revealed brain volume increase rather than expected further brain shrinkage. The parietal lobe, frontal lobe and hippocampus increased in size, together with “key areas that connect these three.” The gains in brain weight affect “executive function,” that is ability to plan, initiate, multitask, and focus.

Dear Pharmacist

Olive Oil Reduces Cancer and Risk of Stroke

New research from March 2019 confirms that eating olive oil just once a week will help lower platelet activation (meaning reduce risk of clots). In turn, this lowers risk of heart attack and stroke.

Eat Right Now

Don’t Fall Apart: Bone Broth Collagen Is a Thing

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body – the tie that binds living human tissues together. This amino acid is found in our bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, blood vessels, digestive system, organs and skin. It’s the “glue” that helps hold the aging body together.

Lawrenzi, Jr.

Basic Training Two

All four of us were over 60. We were interested in physical fitness. Why not form an organization and teach basic training to civilians? "We could call it basic training two," I suggested. And that was how Basic Training Two got started.


Dementia Screening: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

The particular neurologists my father visited were careless with his feelings. One swept in, a nurse at his side, and mumbled something like, “You may have Alzheimer’s,” then swept out, leaving my father in fear.

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