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  • 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.

  • Women's Health Series: Menopause

    by Paula Gallagher | January 26, 2015

    menopauseMenopause refers to the time when women end their reproductive cycle – ending menstruation. The ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, and the adrenal glands and fat cells take over sex hormone production. The body is designed to accommodate this natural process, but can only do so if the body is in a healthy state. For many women, menopause can be a time of tremendous physical, emotional and social change and support is needed to help them through the hormonal transition.

    Common symptoms associated with menopause are:

     

    Hot flashes & night sweats
    Insomnia
    Fatigue
    Weight gain
    Vaginal dryness
    Low libido
    Mood swings
    Depression
    Foggy memory
    Heart palpitations
    Anxiety

    Read more

  • 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

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