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March 2015

Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy Monthly Newsletter filled with coupons, articles and resources for the health of you and your family.


How Much Is OK?

Salt-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsleter-March-2015It’s clear that Americans have a taste for salt, but salt plays a role in high blood pressure.  Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams per day (about one teaspoon of salt).  Adults age 51 and older, African Americans of any age, and individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease should further reduce their sodium intake to 1,500 mg a day.

To help reach that goal, think fresh.  Most sodium is found in processed foods.  Eat highly processed foods in smaller portions, especially cheesy foods such as pizza; cured meats such as bacon, hot dogs and sausage; and canned stews and soups.

Cook at home more often, where you are in control of what’s in your food.  Eat a fruit or vegetable at every meal.  Cut back on salt little by… Continue reading


Gerontology and Geriatrics:  What’s the Difference?

Did-You-Know-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsleter-March-2015Gerontology is the comprehensive study of aging and the challenges facing older adults.  Many people confuse gerontology with geriatrics.  Whereas geriatrics focuses strictly on the medical conditions and diseases of older people, gerontology is a multidisciplinary study that incorporates biology, psychology and sociology.  Because gerontology deals with multi-faceted aspects of aging, gerontology professionals can be found in a variety of industries, including healthcare, government, nonprofits and the business community.  The U.S. Census Bureau projects that life expectancy in American will be 77.1 years for men and 81.9 years for women by 2020 – making both gerontology and geriatrics high-demand professions.

Source:  University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology

Ear Care

How to Clean Your Ears – Safely

Cleaning your ears so9unds like a no-brainer, right?  But you can injure your ear canal or eardrum if you don’t do it correctly.  Here’s how to do it safely:

  • Wipe the outer ear with a washcloth.  Do not put anything into your ear smaller than your elbow.  Don’t use Q-tips or sharp, pointed objects to clean your ears.  These objects may cause injury.
  • Ask your doctor about methods that allow you to safely remove small amounts of ear wax at home (with hydrogen peroxide or ear-wax drops, which are available at your pharmacy).  If you have a build-up of wax that is blocking your hearing, see your doctor to have it removed.
  • If you experience itching or pain in your ears, see your doctor.

Source:  Cleveland Clinic

Your Kidneys

Keep Them Healthy

Your-Kidneys-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsleter-March-2015Recent studies indicate that 26 million American adults suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) and that the number is likely to rise unless Americans get serious about prevention.  Primary risks include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older.  Secondary risks include obesity, autoimmune disease, urinary-tract infections and systemic infections.  Exercising regularly and controlling weight are just two of the top 10 ways to keep your kidneys health, according to the National Kidney Foundation.  Be sure to follow the entire list to maximize the health of your kidneys.

  • Exercise regularly
  • Don’t overuse over-the-counter painkillers or NSAIDs
  • Control weight
  • Get an annual physical
  • Follow a healthful diet
  • Know your family’s medical history
  • Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Learn about kidney disease
  • Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol
  • Manager your diabetes, high blood pressure and heart… Continue reading


Know the Facts

High-Blood-Pressure-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsleter-March-2015Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as it circulates through your body.  Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can cause health problems if it stays high for a long time.  High blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke—leading causes of death in the U.S.

One in three American adults has high blood pressure.  That’s an estimated 67 million people.  Anyone, including children, can develop it.  Se4veral factors that are beyond your control can increase your risk for high blood pressure.  These include your age, sex, and race or ethnicity.  But you can work to reduce your risk by eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and not smoking.

High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms, so many people don’t realize they… Continue reading

Food-Allergy Update

Milk Allergy in Children

Food-Allergy-Update-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsleter-March-2015In children, an allergy to cow’s milk can cause abdominal pain, hives and eczema.  These symptoms are typically associated with IgE antibodies to milk.  Because abdominal pain is also a symptom of lactose intolerance, only your healthcare professional can determine whether your child’s symptoms are caused by an allergic reaction to cow’s milk.

In some children, cow’s milk can lead to a different type of reaction, resulting in colic and sleeplessness, as well as blood in the stool and poor growth.  This type of reaction to milk is associated with immune responses that are not related to IgE antibody.

If your child is having any of these symptoms, see your healthcare provider.

Source: National Institutes of Health


Choosing Shoes for Better Foot Health

Senior-Health-Update-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsleter-March-2015Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well can prevent many foot problems.  Try these tips when shoe shopping:

  • Choose a shoe that is shaped like your foot.  Styles with high heels or pointed toes can hurt your feet.
  • Stand up when trying on shoes to make sure there is about ½ in between your toe and the end of the shoe.  Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the hsoe.
  • Don’t buy shoes that feel too tight and hope they will stretch.
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they feel right.  The heel of the shoe should not slide up and down.
  • Soles should give solid footing and not slip.  Thick soles cushion your feet when walking on hard surfaces.

Source:  National Institute on Aging