Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Main Street Vegan Radio - The Plant-Based Pharmacist w/host Victoria Moran - "2013 - A Healthy Start To A New Year"

I had the wonderful opportunity a couple weeks ago to kick of the New Year with radio host Victoria Moran on her radio show Main Street Vegan! Victoria Moran is the bestselling author of 11 books and hosts a weekly radio show on Unity.FM geared towards improving the health and lives of others and the planet by promoting a vegan lifestyle. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and was voted Vegan Of The Year in 2012! To learn more about Victoria's work check out her book Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in The Real World.

In this segment, Victoria and I talk about a number of interesting health-related topics including:
  • My childhood years and dream of pursuing a pharmacy career
  • How America got itself stuck in the current healthcare crisis
  • Big Pharma's role and influence in the healthcare system
  • The best available treatment options (both conventional and alternative) used in treating some of the most common chronic diseases
  • Which vitamins and supplements are truly necessary
  • How to make a healthy lifestyle a permanent fixture in one's life

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cell Membranes - The Gatekeepers

by guest blogger Jody Perrecone

Our body is made up of 50-75 trillion cells. When we eat, our amazing body will take the atoms and molecules that comprise the food and reformulate it into what it needs for growth, energy, protection, and repairs. Each of our trillions of cells is encased in a cell membrane that performs many functions.  The membrane keeps components within the cell as well as releases components from the cell. The membrane keeps the shape of the cell and hosts cell hormone receptors and components that regulate our body. The cell membrane includes cholesterol, fats, and protein.  The amount of these components varies depending on the location and function of each cell. What we eat plays a big part in the composition of the membranes.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Common Cold Remedies - Fact vs. Fiction

It's the middle of winter and you know what that means. Cough and cold season is in full swing for many families and households. There's nothing worse than coming down with a wicked case of the common cold. It can sideline you for a week or more, which is the last thing anyone has time for.

The common cold is most typically caused by the rhinovirus[1]. Symptoms start showing up within 24-48 hours of contracting the virus and include the following:
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Cough
These symptoms last about 7 days for most and can make for a miserable week. It can also have a miserable effect on our nation's pocketbook. In fact, the common cold leads to $25 billion in lost productivity in our society due to absenteeism, reduction in on-the-job productivity, and caregiver absenteeism[2]. With so much at stake many people will do anything to feel better. Many of these efforts involve turning to age old remedies that our parents and grandparents handed down to us. But do these remedies work or do they just make our misery seem less, well, miserable?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Women - Know The Symptoms

by guest blogger Jody Perrecone

Heart attacks are the #1 killer of both men and women.  According to the American Heart Association, one of every six deaths in the United States is a result of a heart attack.  

The symptoms of women having a heart attack can be different than the symptoms men experience.  The classic tightening in the chest, shortness of breath, and a feeling of discomfort in arms, back, jaw or stomach can be what men typically experience when having a heart attack.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Dr. Don And The Plant-Based Pharmacist - Prescription Drug Abuse

Recently I had the honor of being a repeat guest on the Dr. Don Show—a show where Dr. Don Wagner bridges the gap between conventional and lifestyle medicine. The topic of discussion was the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. Dr. Don and I spoke about narcotic abuse, the difference between types of various opioids, and enlightened listeners with some shocking statistics on this subject. Listen to the archived show below or read my article on prescription drug abuse below that.

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