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March 2019
Slayback

Care for a Broken Heart

I am mindful that susceptibility to BHS increases with age, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure — all of which compromise the immune system. My population of seniors may not know how to ask for help, be confused about medications, dehydrated, or not eating properly.

February 2019
Cohen
Dear Pharmacist

6 Startling Reasons to Be Less Nice This Year

Saying no, or calling someone out is not nice. I submit to you that I am not a nice person. I propose that in 2019, you be less nice as a method of improving your health and mental well-being. It's a good resolution, and one that you can actually stick to.

Slayback

Meet Your Meat

Government data finds the following “prohibited drugs in our meat more often than previously known”: “ketamine, a hallucinogenic party drug; phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory deemed too risky for human use; and chloramphenicol, an antibiotic linked to potentially deadly anemia.”

Stone

A Downhill Treadmill Against Heart Problems

 Pages flipped from calendars. Chest pain. Denial. Chest pain. Excuses. Chest pain. Ignore; remember the stress test showed “typical woman's lack of conditioning” and a live-with floppy heart valve. Chest pain and electrocardiogram changes. Hospital.

January 2019
Cohen
Dear Pharmacist

3 Convincing Reasons to Eat More Oatmeal

Because it keeps blood sugar stable, oatmeal is theoretically great at preventing complications from diabetes or other chronic illnesses. It literally improves insulin resistance.

Fowler
Eat Right Now

Fresh, Nourishing Golden Pineapple

Perfect health is your divine right. You were born to express perfect health at any age. Claim it now. Be like a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown of good health and be fierce on the outside, but sweet and whole on the inside.

Lawrenzi, Jr.

The Trouble with Mangoes

Mangoes are a tropical island fruit known for their delicious flavor and healthy texture. Unfortunately they are also messy and attract fleas.

Slayback

Coffee’s Mixed Reviews

My doctor suggested I try a break from coffee. Yeah, the heart flutter disappeared, but I’ll never forget the withdrawal — a bayonet-through-the-brain headache.

Slayback

Hardworking Twins

Since diabetes is one of  the leading causes of kidney disease and kidney failure, maintaining normal weight, exercising, eliminating cigarettes and excessive alcohol, are key to escaping kidney problems. If you have diabetes, monitor it!

Slayback

Weedy Pain Cure

Harvard’s Dr. Peter Grinspoon says, “Cannabis is quite effective for the chronic pain that plagues millions of aging Americans…it is clearly safer than opiates (it is impossible to overdose on and far less addictive) and it can take the place of NSAIDs such as Advil or Aleve…”

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