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July 2016

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


Know Your SPF

Whether you’re headed to the pool or just running daily errands, it’s smart to apply sunscreen before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy days. Don’t forget to apply it to all exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places such as your back.

Most sunscreen products work by absorbing, reflecting or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. All products do not have the same ingredients. If your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or check with your doctor.

Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen’s expiration date has a shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.

Sunscreen wears off. Reapply it if you stay out in the sun for more… Continue reading

Your Feet Deserve a Vacation, Too

Keep Them Safe with These Tips

Ahh, summer vacation.  A chance to ditch those office shoes and set your little piggies free! But it’s wise to stay smart when it comes to protecting your feet at the pool or beach – and even in hotel rooms – says the American Podiatric Medical Association. Luckily, doing that can be as easy as slipping into a pair of flip flops.

Limit walking barefoot, as it exposes feet to sunburn as well as plantar warts, athlete’s foot, ringworm and other infections. It also increases risk of injury to your feet. Wear shoes or flip flops around the pool, to the beach, in the locker room, and even on the carpeting or in the bathroom of your hotel room to prevent injuries and limit the likelihood of contracting a bacterial infection.

-Source: American Podiatric Medical Association


Are You Getting Enough?

Calcium-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-July-2016Calcium is the most plentiful mineral found in the body. The teeth and bones contain the most calcium. Nerve cells, body tissues, blood and other body fluids contain it as well.

Many foods contain calcium, but dairy products are the best source. Milk, yogurt, cheeses and buttermilk contain a form of calcium that the body can easily absorb. (Removing the fat will not lower the amount of calcium in a dairy product, so feel free to choose a lower-fat option.) Other sources include green leafy vegetables, salmon and sardines, almonds, and dried beans.

Calcium is also found in many multivitamin-mineral supplements. The amount varies, depending on the supplement. Supplements may contain only calcium, or calcium with other nutrients such as vitamin D. Check the label on the Supplement Facts panel of the package to determine the amount of calcium in the supplement. Your doctor or pharmacist… Continue reading

Say No to Gum Disease

Great Home Care Makes a Difference

Say-No-to-Gum-Disease-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-July-2016Gum disease begins when plaque builds up along and under the gum line. This plaque causes infections that hurt the gum and bone that hold teeth in place. Sometimes gum disease makes your gums tender and more likely to bleed. This problem, causing gingivitis, can often be fixed by daily brushing and flossing.

A more severe form of gum disease, called periodontitis, needs to be treated by a dentist or periodontist. If not treated, this infection can ruin the bones, gums and other tissues that support your teeth. Over time, your teeth may have to be removed.

To prevent gum disease:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss once a day.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • If you smoke, get help in quitting. Smoking puts you at increased risk for gum disease (along… Continue reading

Rx Gourmet

Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

Rx-Gourmet-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-July-2016Afraid of cooking fish? Many people hesitate at the thought of cooking seafood, but you don’t have to be and expert to cook it, here is a great way to cook lean white fish such as cod. (And yes, the frozen fillets turn out great this way, too!) Cod baked in foil packets with your choice of herbs is simple and anyone can do it – even novice cooks.

Baked Cod in Packets

Serves 2

2 6-ounce cod fillets (defrosted if frozen)*

Buttered-flavored canola-oil spray

Dried herbs such as parsley and tarragon

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F> Pat cleaned fillets dry with a clean paper towel to absorb excess moisture. This is especially necessary if the cod has been frozen and defrosted. Tear off two pieces of aluminum foil about two times as long as two times… Continue reading

Your Healthy Feet

Here’s Help for Ingrown Toenails

Your-Healthy-Feet-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-July-2016Ingrown toenails are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of the nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness and swelling. Usually, toenails grow straight out. Sometimes, however, one or both corners curve and grow into the flesh. The big toe is the most common location for this condition. Ingrown toenails may be caused by:

  • Improperly trimmed nails
  • Heredity
  • Shoe pressure; crowding of toes
  • Repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities

Symptoms can include:

  • Pain
  • Redness and swelling
  • Drainage
  • Odor
  • Prominent skin tissue

If you suspect an infection, immerse the foot in a warm salt-water soak or a basin of soapy water, then apply an antiseptic and bandage the area. (People with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or other circulatory disorders must avoid any form of self-treatment and should seek podiatric medical care as soon as possible.)

Any attempt to remove… Continue reading