Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

Pharmacy & Compounding

  • 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

  • Got Drugs? National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day - September 26

    by Paula Gallagher | September 21, 2015

    got_drugs_bannerOn Saturday, September 26, a number of collection sites around the country will be taking back unused and unwanted prescription drugs through the National Take-Back Initiative. The program helps to keep these substances out of our environment (e.g., water supply), as well as keep them safe from children, teens and adults who might accidentally or intentionally look to use them inappropriately.

    The Take-Back Initiative says: The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
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  • Personalization Through Custom Compounding at Village Green

    by Paula Gallagher | September 16, 2015

    compound-labWhat does that mean? It means that at Village Green Apothecary, we know that not everyone is the same. One prescription or vitamin or face cream is not necessarily going to work both for you and for the person walking in behind you.

    We strive to make sure that you get what you need as an individual. We want to hear your stories, struggles and concerns so we can find what works best for you. One way we do this is through our compounding lab.

    Village Green specializes in personalization through custom compounding of vitamins, minerals and prescription drugs. Individualized compounds are prepared on orders from a nutritionist or physician, like a regular prescription, and offer several distinct advantages over mass-produced bottled products, such as: Read more

  • Metabolic Risk Factors: Five Numbers You Need to Know

    by Neal Barnard, MD | April 28, 2015

    vegetable-basketA new study shows statins may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 46%. That’s especially worrisome, considering this cholesterol-lowering drug nets blockbuster sales and remains a widely popular prescription. The good news is there is an option that not only rivals its pharmaceutical competitors, but tackles symptoms of both heart disease and type 2 diabetes: it’s called a low-fat, vegan diet.

    The “side effects” you’ll see with a plant-based prescription – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes – are all good. Instead of narrowing arteries and insulin resistance, you’ll see improvements in arterial plaque, improved blood flow, and stabilized blood sugar. These three biometric markers, combined with waist circumference and body weight, hold the key to a clean bill of health.

    With a dietary intervention, you’ll see results in just a matter of weeks.

    Here are five numbers concerning metabolic risk factors that you (or your patients) need to know: Read more

  • Village Green Welcomes Pharmacist Emily Shewmaker

    by Paula Gallagher | February 17, 2015

    Emily-ShewmakerWe are excited to welcome pharmacist Emily Shewmaker, Pharm.D., to the Village Green Apothecary team. Emily brings over 10 years of experience as a pharmacist and has certifications in patient diabetes care, immunization, holistic health and nutrition and smoking cessation.

    Her goals at the pharmacy are to bring utmost customer service and most importantly empower customers to take control of their health.

    Emily enjoys spending time with her family, cooking with real food, and playing various sports. She has a passion for optimizing health from the inside out, using a primary (lifestyle) and secondary (dietary) food model.

    If you have questions about your prescriptions, including drug/nutrient interactions, please stop by and meet Emily.

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