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  • We're Here to Help You: Prescription Risks and Nutrient Deficiencies

    by Marc Isaacson, President, Village Green Apothecary | November 5, 2014

    leaves-nutrient-deficiencyDid you know that many prescription medications cause nutrient deficiencies? In plants, you can tell the signs of nutrient deficiencies just by looking at the leaves. In humans, symptoms may show up as fatigue, discolored nails, lackluster or brittle hair, or in other ways. Prescription risks and nutrient deficiencies, often shown through symptoms such as these, are the precursors to future ill health.

    Prescription interactions are the fourth leading cause of emergency visits in the U.S. If you take a prescription, there are risks that can cause future conditions unless you know how to balance them.

    Many common medications can rob the body of vital vitamins and minerals, leading to numerous symptoms and future chronic conditions. Other prescriptions may have negative interactions with specific supplements, for example, a medication might need to be taken several hours before or after taking supplements to avoid interference with the medication’s absorption. Empowered with knowledge, you can make better-informed decisions and even balance out nutritional deficiencies, eliminating symptoms and future health risks.

    We have many resources to help you with your questions about prescriptions, including:  Read more

  • Thyroid and Sleep: What's the Connection?

    by Paula Gallagher | February 11, 2014

    Your thyroid is that butterfly shaped gland in your neck that produces hormones that regulate metabolism and energy. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone. Symptoms may include extreme fatigue, depression, weight gain and sleep problems. I was diagnosed with it in my late 20s when I stopped sleeping well and my energy levels dropped. For me, a combination of natural supplements, diet and prescription worked best.

    The American Thyroid Association estimates that as many as 60 million Americans are unaware that they have some sort of thyroid issue. There is a connection between thyroid and sleep. If you suffer from insomnia or irregular sleep patterns, then you may want to have some blood work done. This may be the first step in getting a good night’s sleep.

    So how do you fix it?

    There are many solutions and finding the one that works for you is very personal. Here are some options.  Read more

  • When to Have a Consultation

    by Paula Gallagher | October 21, 2013

    We receive a lot of health-related questions through email, calls and in person at the pharmacy. And although we would love to help you and answer your questions immediately - and do when we can - sometimes a more in-depth consultation is required.

    At Village Green Apothecary, we offer an online Ask the Expert service, where you can submit any health-related question and one of our experts will answer your question within three business days. You can ask whatever you want, but sometimes we will not be able to give you the answer you want via email and will recommend  you seek the counsel of one of our practitioners.

    Here are some scenarios for when being in the care of a healthcare practitioner is warranted:  Read more

  • Compounding Bill in Congress Needs Our Input - Please Take Action

    by Paula Gallagher | May 29, 2013

    For many people, compounded medicine has been a lifesaver. Compounding pharmacies provide relief to many who have tried traditional prescriptions without good results. If you are one of the millions of Americans who have benefited from compounded medicine, please take the time to read this short summary about the pending legislation. It describes the changes that will occur if this bill passes as it is currently written. Or click here to go straight to the petition called "Tell Your Senators: 'Protect My Access to Compounded Medications!'"

    Please share this with your friends - time is short. Thank you!

  • Compounding Pharmacies - Recent Controversy Addressed by Village Green Pharmacist

    by Village Green Admin | November 13, 2012

    Compounding pharmacies have been in the news a lot recently, with the awful situation resulting from a pharmacy in New England producing drugs that caused an outbreak of fungal meningitis. Ron Keech, R. Ph., who has been Village Green's head compounding pharmacist  for over 30 years, was interviewed by WTOP on this subject. In the article, he discusses some of the current misconceptions being talked about with regard to compounding pharmacies, plus the origins and advantages of compounding.

    Read the article, "Compounding Pharmacy Gave Industry Black Eye."

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