Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living


  • EWG's 2016 Guide to Sunscreens

    by Paula Gallagher | May 25, 2016

    summercottageIt's that time of year again. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released its 10th annual guide to sunscreens. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.

    In the 10 years since EWG published their first guide, there has been much progress. This year alone, there are over 200 beach and sport sunscreens with a green rating in EWG’s 2016 Sunscreen Guide. Forty-nine baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in their database, most of those being lotions.

    Although there has been a lot of progress, there are still many concerns. One concern is the misleading high SPF values. High SPF values do not necessarily offer greater protection and may lead consumers to spend too much time in the sun. In 2007, only 10 sunscreens in the guide claimed SPF 70 and higher, but this year there are 61 products making such claims, including 15 products advertised as SPF 100 or higher. Read more

  • 10 Strategies to Prevent Weight Gain While Eating Out

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | May 24, 2016

    dining-outEating a healthy diet and then you get derailed when dining out?

    Here are 10 simple strategies you can use when you’re going out for dinner, to help you prevent weight gain... starting before you even enter the restaurant.

    1. Wear something fitted. Wearing something fitted gives you that subconscious reminder to keep your choices in check, because you’ll start to feel uncomfortable if you’re overeating.

    2. Start by not being that hungry! Even a small snack of some protein, fiber and healthy fat (an apple with almond butter, for example) will help keep your judgement intact and will allow you to make decisions you won’t regret. Read more

  • Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Kidney Disease

    by Paula Gallagher | May 23, 2016

    sick-manAnother reason to be wary of antacids. Research published online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that patients who regularly use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be at increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

    The new study findings are based on medical records from 173,321 Veterans Affairs patients who were prescribed a PPI and 20,270 other patients prescribed a histamine H2-receptor antagonist (H2-blocker). Over 5 years of follow-up, the results showed that 15% of people using PPIs were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, versus 11% of those on H2-blockers. After the researchers weighed other factors, PPI users still had a 28% greater risk. Read more

  • Lunch Today: My Favorite Salad

    by Paula Gallagher | May 18, 2016

    salad-ingredientsOnce the weather gets warmer, I start turning away from soups and stews and love eating salads, especially ones with interesting flavors and lots of color. This salad has plenty of flavor and color!

    My favorite salad offers tons of antioxidants, fiber and even some protein. You can add more protein by serving it with a side of fish or chicken, if you like.

    4 cups fresh spring greens, washed
    2 cups thinly sliced Savoy cabbage
    2 large carrots
    1 yellow beet (you could use purple or red)
    4 whole green onions, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup very thinly sliced radishes Read more

  • Yoga Keeps Your Mind Sharp

    by Paula Gallagher | May 17, 2016

    yoga-classDownward dogs and child pose may not just help you relax and keep you limber, but may also help with mild cognitive impairment, according to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

    Researchers from UCLA and Australia's University of Adelaide compared yoga and meditation against memory training, which has often been considered the best way to manage mild cognitive impairment.

    Participants had all shown signs of mild cognitive impairment, reporting problems with their memory such as easily misplacing things, or forgetting names, faces or appointments. Participants were divided into two groups. One group performed daily memory exercises and the other practiced yoga and meditation. Read more

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