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Have a question for the pharmacist? Get your answers here! Clear explanations about complicated medical topics that anyone can understand. Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog and related podcast are not to be taken as medical advice, they are for informational and educational purposes only. If you resemble anything that is mentioned in this blog or related podcast, contact your doctor. The information contained in this blog and related podcasts is the opinion of the author and does not relfect the views of her employer, Walgreens. If you want to know what Walgreens thinks, ask Walgreens!
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Apr 25, 2016

Probiotics are advertised for digestive health, but they are good for your whole body.

Your normal flora comes partly from when you exit your mother's body.
Normal flora = bacteria and yeast in a nice, happy balance

WARNING: If you eat yogurt to boost your flora, watch for sugar content!

Eat unpasteurized at your own risk!

Any probiotic is better than none at all.

Probiotics - good for all your body parts!

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"Radio Martini" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Apr 18, 2016

Apnea = stopped breathing

Types of sleep apnea

When you metabolism the fat stores when you're losing weight, the main by-product of that process is carbon dioxide.  You breathe away your fat!!

Getting better sleep can be the trick to untangling the knot of many health problems.

Medication can make apnea worse.  So can other things too.

Caffeine helps you stay awake (read and listen here).  Sunlight does much more for you in helping you wake up (as little as 15 minutes of sunlight a day).

Sun comes up --> serotonin --> happy, awake, productive
Sun goes down --> melatonin replaces serotonin --> sleep

Sunrise clocks

People who work third shift have to use a lot of tricks for making daytime to feel like night so you can sleep.

Can't just supplement serotonin because a lot of biologics don't survive the digestive and absorption process to get used by the body.

Electronic curfews are a good idea.

Blue blocking glasses 
Light that helps us see is actually a combination of different colors of light (based on their wavelength).  The blue wavelength of light is what stimulates our eyes. So, if you have to do work at night, blocking that stimulating light can help you sleep once work is over.

Working third-shift is now considered a carcinogen.

Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) runs while you're sleeping
TNF meme

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Apr 11, 2016

The healthcare professionals that take care of you are human too!

Yes, they are in a job to serve, but they're not immune to germs or stress or hunger.

Please treat the people that serve you like humans!

That is all!

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Apr 4, 2016

Disagreements happen....

Be an adult about it.

You can respectfully let your doctor know you've been trying to learn things on your own. (Do not say "I learned it on Google...).  Provide your doctor with the information from a respectable resource.

It's not about getting the doctor to do it your way, but about everyone gaining knowledge, being respectful, and doing what's best for YOU.

If the disagreement is strong on the doctor's part and they show (or say) they don't want you empowered and participating in the decision-making about your treatment and health, you may need to re-evaluate.

If you find yourself having to choose a new doctor, you can take an opportunity to interview the doctor.  Ask the hard questions.

Insurances and doctors try to imply that you don't have a choice about the doctors you see, but don't be fooled.  You still have the power to choose.

The goal is to build the best healthcare team for YOU!

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