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PMS? Progesterone May Help.

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Health News | Comments Off on PMS? Progesterone May Help.

  Progesterone is the hormone most dominate throughout pregnancy, and is also responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle. Progesterone prevents PMS by balancing the estrogen levels that cause common symptoms.   COMMONLY PRESCRIBED FOR: Improving estrogen activity Improving thyroid activity Stimulating cells necessary for bone building Moderating symptoms of estrogen excess Regulating water retention Preventing fat accumulation Preventing uterine bleeding Alleviating mood swings SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF PROGESTERONE DEFICIENCY: Painful, swollen breasts before period Anxiety, aggression, irritability before period Painful headaches before menstruation Painful periods with hard and swollen belly and back Face, hands and feet swollen before period Obesity in the lower half of body with a ballooning stomach Cysts in breasts or ovarian cysts as well as uterine fibroids   If you feel you could benefit from Progesterone, make sure to talk to your physician. With a doctor’s prescription, Folsom Medical Pharmacy will make sure you receive the most appropriate medication and dosage for your symptoms. STRENGTHS AVAILABLE: 10 – 200 mg/mL* *via topical cream or gel. Oral capsules, slow release, or in a natural oil base also...

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Vitamin C: The Secret to Youthful Skin

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Health News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vitamin C: The Secret to Youthful Skin

Introduction Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is a water soluble vitamin and an essential micronutrient.  The human body is unable to synthesize Vitamin C because we lack the enzyme Gluconolactone Oxidase and, therefore, relies on obtaining it from external sources. Food sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits and dark green leafy vegetables.  It can also be obtained from dietary supplements containing ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, or other mineral ascorbates.  Unfortunately, cutaneous levels of Vitamin C are not easily obtained by oral ingestion and, therefore, topical application would be the ideal method of delivering Vitamin C to the skin. Health Effects Vitamin C is essential in the biosynthesis of collagen and elastin.  Collagen is a protein that forms the basis of all connective tissue in the body and so the lack of vitamin C leads to a disease known as scurvy characterized by general weakness, anemia, gum disease, and skin hemorrhages.  Elastin is a protein in connective tissue that is elastic and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting.  Vitamin C also plays an active role in immune function, improves the oral absorption of iron, and has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant.  Besides these well-established benefits, Vitamin C has also been studied for the prevention and/or treatment of several diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and the common cold.  Due to its antioxidant properties and its potential for limiting the damaging effects caused by free radicals in the skin, it has also been studied for prevention of skin aging caused by sun exposure. Vitamin C and Skin Care Although you may know the importance of vitamin C when taken orally, you may not know the effects when used topically. Studies have shown that free radicals (reactive oxygen species or ROS) are generated by ultraviolet radiation (UV) and can trigger photoaging, wrinkles, inflammation, and skin cancers.  Vitamin C, being a powerful antioxidant, plays a vital role in prevention of photo aging and skin damage. When applied topically, it can also increase the skin elasticity and reduces wrinkles by enhancing collagen and elastin synthesis.  In addition, Vitamin C suppresses skin pigmentation by decomposing melanin and is, therefore, commonly used as a skin whitening agent when applied transdermally in the long term. A double-blind randomized clinical trial performed over 6 months to assess the efficacy of a topically applied cream containing 5% ascorbic acid versus exipient on healthy female volunteers presenting with photoaged skin showed that topical vitamin C is having a positive impact in terms of sun induced skin aging parameters. An assessment was performed at baseline of the study, and after 3 and 6 months of daily topical therapy. Results revealed that topical application of 5% ascorbic acid led to a highly significant decrease of the deep furrows with an improvement in the elastic tissue repair. The main drawback of topical ascorbic acid is its instability. The longer the product remains on the shelf the more likely it is that the formulation has lost efficacy. The challenge to stabilize the vitamin C has created several companies to patent different formulations. Therefore, using a freshly compounded formulation is critical.  Concerns of instability may be overcome through several modifications, all of which will improve the efficacy of the formulation.  Some approaches to increase...

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Psoriasis: Triggers and How to Manage

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Health News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Psoriasis: Triggers and How to Manage

Psoriasis is a non contagious chronic inflammatory skin disease that affects commonly the skin of elbows, knees, hands, feet, and scalp with no known cause where skin cells grow too quickly resulting in thick, itchy, and dry white, silvery, or red patches (plaques) of skin that are sometimes painful. Most types of psoriasis go through cycles with flare-ups for a few weeks or months then subsiding for a time or even going into complete remission but in most cases, however, the disease eventually returns. Psoriasis is still not curable and all available therapies are for controlling the disease. Psoriasis triggers: Infections such as strep throat or tonsillitis can cause psoriasis to appear suddenly or gets worse especially in children. Skin injury such as cuts or scrapes, bug bites, and sunburns. Cigarette smoking. Heavy alcohol consumption. Cold and dry weather. Emotional or physical stress and anxiety. Overexposure to sunlight. Weight gain in women. One study has shown that women who gain weight throughout adult life are more likely to develop psoriasis. Certain medications such as non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), certain high blood pressure medications, antimalarial drugs, and iodides. Tips for managing psoriasis: Bathing Daily. Taking daily baths helps remove the scales and calm the inflamed skin. Add Dead Sea salt or Epsom salt to the water and soak for 15 minutes. Avoid hot water and harsh soaps that may worsen your symptoms. Use a moisturizer. Apply a heavy, ointment based moisturizer while your skin is still moist. During cold, dry weather, you may need to apply a moisturizer several times a day. Trim your nails. Keeping your nails trimmed can help in preventing the spread of psoriasis or the flare-ups. Expose your skin to small amounts of sun light. Short periods of exposure reduce psoriasis in most people but too much sun can damage the skin and cause skin cancer. Cover affected areas overnight. Apply an ointment based moisturizer to your skin and wrap with plastic wrap overnight. In the morning remove the covering and wash away the scales with a bath or shower. Eat a healthy balanced diet. A healthy diet includes eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Keep a food diary if you think that certain foods make your symptoms better or worse. Limit your alcohol intake. Avoid harsh products that can irritate your skin. These include lotions containing alcohol, deodorant soaps, and some laundry soaps. Scratchy, rough clothes can aggravate your symptoms. Try switching to softer, less irritating cotton based clothing. Apply medicated cream or ointment. Hydrocortisone or salicylic acid based creams available over the counter (OTC) can reduce itching and scaling. For scalp psoriasis, try coal tar shampoos. Fish oil. Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil supplements can reduce the inflammation associated with psoriasis.   Compiled by: FMP Staff   “The contents of this leaflet are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dermatologist with any questions you may have regarding your psoriasis. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read here.”   References: webmd.com mayoclinic.com medicinenet.com...

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Keeping Your Family Safe This Summer

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Health News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Your Family Safe This Summer

The deadliest animal in the world isn’t a lion or shark.. It’s a mosquito. The World Health Organization attributes 1 million deaths every year to the mosquito. Commonly, mosquitoes are the source of untold annoyance because their saliva causes an irritating rash upon contact with human skin. But some species of mosquitoes such as the Aedea aegypti act as “vectors” – that is, they transmit harmful diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and the Zika virus that causes birth defects. As a result over concerns about the Zika virus, U.S. sales of insecticides and bug sprays soared in early 2016, reaching an annual rate of $516 million. Sales of some popular products rose as much as 150% over the previous year. Unfortunately, many insecticides and bug sprays contain dangerous chemicals that pose new dangers to human health.   Potential Dangers of Mosquito Repellents Most bug repellents contain a chemical known as DEET (or N,N-diethyl-mtoluamide). DEET is designed for application directly to the skin. It does not kill insects, it keeps them away from human contact by making it hard for them to smell us. DEET may not be a health concern under normal circumstances and when used correctly. But DEET is toxic to human beings. Military personnel and others who apply DEET to their skin for sustained periods of time can develop blistering and even permanent scars on the skin. Exposures to small amounts of DEET can cause stomach irritation, nausea and vomiting. This can happen when small amounts of the chemical are swallowed or accidentally sprayed into the eyes, nose or mouth, especially with small children. When the exposures to DEET are greater, neurological damage, seizures, coma and death can occur. Although these exposures are rare, they do happen. While DEET is especially effective and recommended by government authorities for repelling mosquitoes, there are safer, less toxic alternatives. One natural alternative, oil of lemon eucalyptus (also known as PMD), has received the recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers at New Mexico State University found that oil of lemon eucalyptus was as effective as DEET for repelling mosquitoes.   Tips on Using Bug Sprays Safely Because so many bug sprays and repellents contain potentially toxic ingredients, it’s important to consider options and always use products carefully. Here are a few tips: Always consider natural alternatives to chemical products.Oil of lemon eucalyptus has been shown to be as effective as popular chemical repellents such as DEET. The natural oil can be purchased at major department stores and pharmacies. Never spray repellent in closed areas. Always spray chemical bug repellent outside so chemicals and ingredients do not become aerosolized indoors. Use caution when using repellents on children.Apply the product onto your own hands first and then rub the repellent onto the child’s skin with your hands. This is because children frequently put their hands in their eyes and mouth. Avoid “fogging” products if possible. “Fogging” products that are insecticides sprayed into the air to kill mosquitoes are considered by the CDC to be the least effective method of mosquito control. They also contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to breathe if not used correctly. Indoor spaces must be vacated, typically for 2-4 hours, after spraying. A bug repellent can help make outdoor living more pleasant. But by...

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12 Easy Ways to Fight Acne

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Health News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 12 Easy Ways to Fight Acne

How to Fight Acne Acne is a common skin disease characterized by inflammatory lesions called suppurative folliculitis (zits, pimples) with redness, swelling, pain, and white pus. Other types of zits include whiteheads, blackheads, nodules and cysts. Pimples form when hair follicles under your skin clog with excess oil production, dirt, and daily grime and mostly affect the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. The cause of acne is still largely unknown, but certain factors may play a role in triggering or worsening acne such as the hormone changes that occur during teenage years or pregnancy, certain medications, heredity, stress, or diet. Acne Myths Chocolate and greasy foods are often blamed for causing acne but little research was found linking them with acne. Scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals can eliminate acne. (This can actually irritate the skin and may worsen acne. A simple cleansing to take off the excess oil and dead skin cells maybe all you need.  Severe cases of acne may also respond well to a gentle skin peel, like Cosmo Grade’s Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Gel). Lifestyle Changes that May Help with Acne Clean your skin with mild, nondrying soap and cleansers. Use products like Cosmo Grade’s Skin Clear Wash, a foaming wash or an herbal cleanser in the morning, evening, and after heavy workouts. Get enough sleep. Research found that the risk of psychological stress increases by 14% for every hour of sleep you lose each night. Limit your sugar intake. Certain foods such as dairy products and carbohydrates; (bread, bagels, chips, white pasta and rice) which increase blood sugar may worse acne. Exercise daily. Research found that exercise can reduce stress, regulates hormone levels, and increase circulation, delivering more oxygen to skin cells and carrying cellular waste away – ridding your body of impurities and toxins. Just remember that sweating from exercise can irritate your skin so make sure to cleanse your face and body with a gentle cleanser immediately after working out. Increase your water intake. Hydrating your body from the inside out is a great way to flush out internal toxins and increase healthy moisture to your skin. Use noncomedogenic (products that do not clog pores) sunscreens. Sun can dry your skin and if you get burned, the inflammation can aggravate acne lesions and pores, leading to increased acne. Increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids. Either in a supplement form or by increasing your intake of foods rich in Omega-3 like walnuts, avocados, salmon, and flaxseed oil. Be aware of what touches your face. Cell phones, office phones, pillows, etc. can act as carriers for germs that may be transferred to your face. Make sure to wipe your phones with a sanitizer every day and change your pillow case at least weekly to minimize risk of transferring bacteria to your face. Choose your makeup carefully. Look for the word, “noncomedogenic” on makeup labels or look for oil free makeup to avoid clogging facial pores. Use a makeup with no fillers or talc in it such as GloMinerals and Jane Iredale Makeup and be sure to remove your makeup at night. Shave carefully. Try to soften your beard with soap and water before shaving cream. Shave lightly and only when you have to. Try not to squeeze,...

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What Your Hair Is Saying About Your Health

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Health News | Comments Off on What Your Hair Is Saying About Your Health

Hair experts estimate that a loss of approximately 50 to 150 strands of hair per day is normal. Sudden hair loss, or thinning hair over the entire head or other parts of the body, or clumps of hair falling out are considered unusual. Possible Causes Because hair cells are replenished more quickly and visibly than most other cells, hair condition is like a barometer of the overall health. Sudden or excessive hair loss can indicate an underlying problem. Hair Conditions and Possible Factors Dry, brittle hair Protein deficiency, or thyroid hormone imbalance Essential fatty acid, vitamin A, sulfur, silicon, or zinc deficiency Oily hair Essential fatty acid deficiency Deficiencies in zinc, vitamin B6, riboflavin, or folic acid Coarse hair Vitamin A and protein deficiency in addition to hypothyroidism Split ends or untamed hair Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium or Zinc deficiency Loss of texture or shine Essential fatty acid, vitamin B6, magnesium, or zinc deficiency Imbalance involving growth hormone Premature graying Hormone imbalance (Stress-related). Deficiencies in B vitamins, sulfur, copper, or folic acid Scalp disorders (dandruff, seborrhea, psoriasis) Fungal infection, accelerated by a high carbohydrate diet Disruption of local and systemic immunity and is aggravated by stress Essential fatty acid, B vitamins, zinc, biotin, selenium, or copper deficiency Excessive hair loss Poor blood flow or poor circulation to the scalp Deficiencies in protein, essential fatty acids, B vitamins, silicon, and zinc Imbalance involving thyroid, growth hormone (especially if hair loss is all over). Patchy hair loss Metal poisoning Deficiencies in folic acid and zinc or imbalance involving ACTH or cortisol Medical Conditions Thyroid disease, diabetes and autoimmune diseases such as lupus and HIV are possible causes of hair loss. Sudden, severe hair loss may indicate a liver dysfunction or other serious illness. People often lose some hair in a severe or prolonged illness, or after a major surgery due to the stress of the illness or surgery and is also temporary, with hair returning as the body heals and regains its balance.  Women typically lose some of their hair shortly after pregnancy and during menopause, most likely as a result of changing hormone levels. Prescription Drugs Medications known to promote hair loss include many commonly prescribed drugs, including birth control pills, blood thinners, those that lower cholesterol, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and drugs for high blood pressure. Nutrition and Digestion Healthy hair requires good nutrition; as a result, poor nutrition will have a fairly immediate and obvious effect on hair health. Starvation, dieting, rapid weight loss and eating disorders often trigger some hair breakage or hair loss. Healthy hair requires the proper combination of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Many elderly people have problems with digestion, which can accelerate age-related hair loss. Hormone Imbalances Related to Hair Loss Cortisol: Patchy hair loss; in women, hair loss on top of head; unwanted body hair DHEA: Balding all over the head; in women, hair loss in pubic area or armpits Estrogens: Balding all over the head; in women, hair loss on top of head; unwanted body hair Growth Hormone: Thin, wispy hair; hair that has lost its wave, body, or shine; hair thinning on top of head; hair loss around the ears; graying hair Progesterone: Balding on top of the head; in women, hair loss on top of head; unwanted body hair Testosterone: Balding...

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Your Prescription Compounding Specialists

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Health News | Comments Off on Your Prescription Compounding Specialists

  THE PROBLEM: Health Care Providers go through great lengths to determine the most effective drug treatments for their patients. But occasionally a patient may require a drug strength or route of administration not produced by drug manufacturers. Today’s pharmacists rarely have the time, training or technology to compound prescription medications. That’s where we can help. THE SOLUTION: Now there is a pharmacy which offers professional and dependable prescription compounding services. NEW TECHNOLOGIES: We are members of an organization of compounding pharmacists who provide modern training and state-of-the-art technology to our members. Our pharmacist has attended post-graduate training to learn the latest techniques of compounding. A staff of pharmaceutical chemists remains constantly available to us for formulation consultation. Backed with this technology, together with a complete stock of raw chemicals, formulas and equipment, we can compound most major pharmaceuticals. Compounding allows us to create custom medications to better address a patient’s specific needs. Medications compounded at our pharmacy: Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Pain Management medications Cosmeceuticals and Dermatological formulations Dental Preparations Infertility Veterinary Pediatrics Podiatry EXTRA CONVENIENCE: Since extra time is required to formulate compounded prescriptions, and because our pharmacies may not be near your office or the patient’s home, we recommend that you phone or fax compounded prescriptions directly to us. We will then contact your patient and make special arrangements for convenient pick-up at our pharmacy, through local deliver of FedEx. REASONS FOR COMPOUNDING: When needed medications are discontinued by or generally unavailable from pharmaceutical companies, often because the medications are no longer profitable to manufacture or when the required strength of commercial product is unavailable. When the patient is allergic to certain preservatives, dyes or binders in available off-the shelf medications. When treatment requires tailored dosage strengths for patients with unique needs (for example, an infant). When a pharmacist can combine several medications the patient is taking to increase compliance. When the patient cannot ingest the medication in its commercially available form and a pharmacist can prepare the medication in cream, liquid or other form that the patient can easily take. When medications require flavor additives to make them more palatable for some patients, most often...

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Treating Dark Circles Underneath the Eyes

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Health News | Comments Off on Treating Dark Circles Underneath the Eyes

Dark circles under your eyes can make you look exhausted and older than your true age. This problem can affect both men and women and can often start during adulthood; although, some children may develop under eye dark circles too. Several factors can cause under-eye darkness, such as: stress, fatigue, sleep deprivation, heredity, alcoholism, smoking and sun exposure. Aging is also a factor due to the loss of fat and collagen in the skin.  This leads to skin thinning, which allows the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes to be more obvious. What you can do: Try to get more rest. Studies found that sleep triggers the release of hormones that help the skin to remain thicker and more elastic. A lack of sleep makes you paler and more hollow-eyed, so shadows and circles you already have will become more obvious. Wear sunglasses. They can protect the delicate skin around your eyes from the sun damaging effects and will also help keeping you from squinting; a motion that can create additional wrinkles over time. Stop smoking. Studies have shown that smokers have more wrinkled skin and up to 40% thinner skin compared to nonsmokers. Tobacco smoke releases an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin that are vital for skin elasticity and structure. Try a cold compress. Apply two chilled teaspoons, or a bag, of frozen peas wrapped in a soft cloth to temporarily reduce dilated and discolored under-eye blood vessels. Or try using a cooled, used teabag or cucumber slices for their calming effects. Extra pillows. Elevate your head at night with two or more pillows to prevent puffiness that develops when fluid pools into your lower eyelids. Hydration. Apply a moisturizer designed for under-eye care to the eye area nightly, drink plenty of fluids, and especially water to hydrate from the inside out. Serums. The results of one study showed that a serum containing plant-based compounds, including root extracts like Tetrahydrocurcumin (THC), significantly improved the appearance of dark under-eye circles. Camouflage. The right concealer can do just that — hide dark circles. If the circles under your eyes are bluish, use a peach-colored concealer, not one that’s white or gray. Avoid scented products and those containing salicylic or glycolic acid, which can irritate delicate eye tissue, making redness and swelling worse. Compiled by: Folsom Medical Pharmacy Staff:  The contents of this article are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dermatologist with any questions you may have regarding your skin health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. References: webmd.com mayoclinic.com...

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Your Laminate Floor Could Be Toxic

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Health News | Comments Off on Your Laminate Floor Could Be Toxic

Your Laminate Floor Could Be Toxic Air Quality News from IQAir A leading news program recently reported that Chinese made laminate flooring may contain unsafe levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde. In some cases, the show reported, the suspected flooring was emitting formaldehyde at a level more than 13 times the legal limit in California, even though it was labeled as complying with California standards. The federal government is investigating the claim, and homeowners who installed the suspicious flooring are demanding that the seller should remove and replace it. Nationwide, hundreds of thousands of homes already have the tainted flooring installed, according to the report. Read the full article...

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Discover Best Life Medical Center in Rocklin!

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Health News | Comments Off on Discover Best Life Medical Center in Rocklin!

Best Life Medical Center is a concierge membership-based medical practice, specializing in family medicine, anti-aging and regenerative medicine in the Sacramento, Roseville and Rocklin, CA area. Meet Dr. Chris Campbell, a board certified family practice physician who has been practicing medicine for the past twenty three years. His philosophy is simple and effective: practicing preventative medicine in order to stop a disease from ever getting started. He believes, “This is accomplished by optimizing the way the body functions. Optimal function can be greatly influenced by balancing hormones using bio-identical hormones, nutrition through proper diet, supplements and fitness.” In addition, “In those patients that already have a medical problem; I work on treating the underlying cause and not simply the symptoms. I feel all patients are unique and deserve individualized care.” As a concierge medical practice the goal at Best Life Medical Center is to stop disease from ever starting through comprehensive one on one care. They accomplish this by optimizing the way the body functions and taking the time necessary with each patient. To learn more about Best Life Medical Center and what they can do for you, check out their...

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