Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • 5 Reasons to Support Small Business Saturday on November 28... And Every Day!

    by Paula Gallagher | November 25, 2015

    small-business-saturdayThis year marks the 6th annual Small Business Saturday. There are many reasons to get out there and support local, small businesses! Here are five:

    1. Locally-owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains retailers do.

    2 .Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses put a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

    3. Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

    4. Often, more diversity and unique options are available at local small businesses. Sure, the big box chains carry more stuff, but small chains offer items you may never find elsewhere, and you can frequently special-order items that they don't usually carry. Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Squash and Kale Quesadillas

    by Paula Gallagher | November 24, 2015

    butternut-squash-2While I was looking into healthy lunch ideas, I stumbled on a picture of a quesadilla that combined squash and kale with gooey cheese. I was hooked and made it last night. So simple and flavorful, this is an easy dinner that can also be reheated for lunch the next day.

    Obviously, I love butternut squash, as can be seen in these recipes here, here, and here! Thankfully, my kids love butternut squash, too. This delicious, healthy and versatile vegetable has shown up in my organic bin almost every week for the last couple of months, so I need to keep finding new and interesting ways to serve it up. The best part is that I am enjoying locally grown veggies at their peak, in terms of both flavor and nutritional value. And that goes for the kale, too, which loves this colder weather! Read more

  • Village Green Apothecary – 50 Years Old!

    by Village Green Admin | November 23, 2015

    18-VGA_50th Marc Isaacson, Irv Rosenberg, and Gail Isaacson - past and present owners of Village Green Apothecary (formerly The Apothecary).

    Village Green Apothecary's actual, exact 50th anniversary date was November 22. So last Sunday, 50 years later to the day, we had a big party to celebrate this big anniversary and were honored by the presence of Irv Rosenberg, one of the original founders of The Apothecary. We’ve posted a photo album of pictures from our celebration – check it out!

    How did we get to this point?

    On November 22, 1965, two dedicated pharmacists named Mickey Weinstein and Irv Rosenberg opened a store called The Apothecary in Bethesda, MD. Their many years of experience in nutritional pharmacology had inspired them to establish a special place where people could benefit from the best of both traditional and alternative healthcare. The Apothecary was one of a very few pharmacies in the Washington area that offered an alternative approach to healing, focusing on improving health through diet and lifestyle changes, and nutritional supplements, rather than through conventional medicine alone. Read more

  • Introducing Our New Health Resource: The Natural Medicines Database

    by Margo Gladding | November 18, 2015

    natural-medicines-databaseOne of our great missions at Village Green Apothecary is to provide support and education to our customers. On a daily basis, we field numerous questions about various health challenges and help navigate customers through confusing or conflicting news reports. We also provide guidance to customers wanting to take nutrients safely alongside prescription medications.

    In an effort to provide even greater care, we have a new comprehensive tool to use with customers. Called the Natural Medicines Database, it is considered the most authoritative resource available, providing unbiased, scientific clinical information on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies.

    Some of the key features of this in-depth tool include the ability to check for drug/nutrient interactions, effectiveness, nutrient depletions, safety during pregnancy and lactation, as well as adverse effects. In addition, the Natural Medicines Database has over 1,200 food, herb and supplement monographs with information about effectiveness, dosage and administration, adverse effects, and warnings with medications. There are also monographs on health and wellness, sports medicine and medical conditions. All Database materials are updated on an ongoing basis and are thoroughly referenced. Read more

  • National Healthy Lunch Day: 8 Ways to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

    by Paula Gallagher | November 17, 2015

    lentil-saladToday is National Healthy Lunch Day, organized by the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness about the need to make healthy choices at lunchtime.

    Type 2 diabetes occurs when your pancreas can't produce enough insulin to metabolize the amount of sugar that you are ingesting. Diet, excess body weight, lack of exercise, and heredity  often play significant roles in developing type 2 diabetes. At least 92% of type 2 diabetes cases can be attributed to lifestyle choices, with 8% attributable to genetics.

    Basically, type 2 diabetes is often extremely preventable. Here are eight ways in which you can reduce your risk.

    1. Get moving, lose weight: The association between abdominal fat, or the apple-shaped body, and type 2 diabetes is well established. Fat cells, particularly abdominal adipocytes, secrete a number of biological products that slow the effects of insulin, impair the body’s ability to use sugar, and interfere with insulin production from the pancreas. Read more

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