Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • Look Like An Athlete, Train Like An Athlete

    by Scott O'Dell | January 8, 2010

    My fitness philosophy is best summed up with the following statement: If you want to look like an athlete, then train like an athlete. I take philosophies used by the top athletes in the world and put them into a systematic approach that is transferable to the general population and is delivered from our sports performance philosophy to train for power. I have enjoyed great success with people of all ages from teenagers to those in their 70s. My goal is for the general population to be able to stimulate the same hormones, develop the same stability and balance, build as much bone density, achieve as much coordination, and maintain as low a body fat percentage as the world’s top athletes. You will find that these exercises are much more applicable to your daily life than many of the other “fitness” programs out there. Read more

  • Custom Compounding at Village Green Apothecary

    by Paula Gallagher | January 7, 2010

    Village Green Apothecary specializes in custom compounding of vitamins, minerals and prescription drugs. These individualized compounds are prepared on a nutritionist's or physician's orders, like a regular prescription, and offer several distinct advantages over mass-produced bottled products, such as:

    • simplifying a nutritional program
    • providing accurate, tailor-made dosages
    • reducing the number of capsules needed daily
    • typically costing less than multiple individual capsules
    • elimination of non-natural fillers, binders, dyes and other possible allergens.

    Our compounds are of superior quality, easy to order and most are covered by insurance plans. A custom compound normally takes 2-4 days to prepare.

    Some physicians who regularly prescribe individualized compounds include OB/GYNs, family care doctors, allergists, pediatricians, veterinarians, and dermatologists. An interesting note: prior to mass production of drugs in the 1960s, most prescriptions required compounding by a druggist or apothecary.

  • Increased ADHD if Mom Overweight?

    by Paula Gallagher | January 6, 2010

    A study out of Europe, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, looked at 2000 Swedish kids and found that there was a reduced ability to pay attention in school or preschool among those whose mothers had been overweight.

    Some possible reasons given:

    • Excess weight might disrupt mothers' metabolism, making it harder for nutrients essential to brain development to reach the fetus
    • Pregnancy puts huge stress on the metabolism, and excessive weight gain might throw it out of balance - perhaps by raising mothers' levels of blood glucose, or of the hormone leptin
    • Inadequate vitamin D, which is linked to mental development and is known to be present in lower levels in overweight women
    • Greater exposure to damaging chemicals, which accumulate in body fat. Read more
  • Obesity Beats Smoking as Top Health Risk

    by Paula Gallagher | January 6, 2010

    Researchers from Columbia University and the City College of New York say that obesity causes as much or more disease than tobacco. One of the reasons is that while smoking rates are beginning to decline, obesity is on the rise and actually shortens as many or even more lifespans than smoking.

    The study, conducted over 15 years, was based on interviews with more than 3.5 million people and calculations of the number of "quality-adjusted life years" (QALYs) lost to obesity and smoking. Between 1993 and 2008, smoking in American adults declined by 18.5 per cent, while the proportion of obese people increased by 85 per cent, the study says. Read more

  • Men's Health - Pathway Saw Palmetto Pygeum Plus

    by Paula Gallagher | January 4, 2010

    Prostate health is a common health concern for both middle-aged and elderly men. Hormonal changes can cause enlargement and inflammation of the prostate gland, resulting in uncomfortable urinary symptoms. Studies support the use of natural ingredients such as saw palmetto, pygeum, nettle root, zinc, and lycopene for supporting prostate health. Saw palmetto, pygeum, and pumpkin seeds contain beta-sitosterol, a healthy fat that has been shown in clinical studies to support urinary flow in men. Read more


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