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August 2017

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

Arthritis 101

Changing Your Reaction to Pain

Thinking of arthritis pain as a signal that may be changed by taking positive action is a healthy approach.  Following your doctor’s treatment plan is important, of course.  Adding these tips can make a difference, too.  Use them to build a sense of personal control by adjusting your thoughts and actions.

  • Keep a positive attitude. Arthritis may limit some of the things you can do, but it doesn’t have to control your life.  Build your life around wellness.  This means thinking positive thoughts, having a sense of humor, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, surrounding yourself with positive people, and enjoying activities with friends and family.
  • Don’t dwell. The amount of time you spend thinking about pain can affect your discomfort level.  People who dwell on their pain usually say it’s worse than those who don’t.  Focus on something else, such as an enjoyable activity.… Continue reading

Children’s Eye Exams

When Should They Start?

Children need eye exams to ensure healthy vision.  But less than 22% of preschool children receive vision screening and less than 14% receive an eye exam.  Vision screening can reveal a possible vision problem but can’t diagnose it.  A comprehensive dilated eye exam is needed to diagnose eye diseases.

Amblyopia (reduced vision because the eye and brain aren’t working together properly) is the most common cause of vision loss in children.  It affects two to three out of 100 children.  Amblyopia should be treated promptly to help avoid vision loss.  The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends vision screening for all children at least once between ages 3 and 5 years to detect amblyopia or risk factors for the disease.

Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Too Much Sun?

Be Smart When Treating a Sunburn

To help heal sunburned skin, take cool baths or showers to ease pain.  Pat yourself dry, leaving a bit of water on your skin.  Apply moisturizer, choosing one that contains aloe vera.  If an area feels particularly uncomfortable, you can apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.  (Note:  Do not treat sunburn with “-caine” products, such as benzocaine, as these may irritate skin or cause an allergic reaction.)

Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce swelling, redness and discomfort.  If your skin blisters, clean it gently and allow blisters to heal.  Don’t pop them.  Topical antibiotics may be necessary.  Drink extra water to help prevent dehydration.

Source:  American Academy of Dermatology

Back-to-School Safety

Know the Rules for Driving Near a School Bus

School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today.  The reality of school-bus safety is that more children are hurt outside the bus than inside as passengers.  Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, four to seven years old.  They are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus. 

Know the laws and procedures for sharking the road safely with school buses.  All 50 states have laws making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.  School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children.  Red flashing lights and an extended stop-sign arm signal to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or… Continue reading

Rx Gourmet

Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious

Citrus Garlic Roasted Shrimp
Serves 4 (about 9 jumbo shrimp per person)

So many cooks shy away from cooking seafood, including shrimp, because they think it is difficult.  It really isn’t.  The only critical part of cooking seafood is the timing.  You need to make sure not to under or over cook it.  This is such an easy way to cook shrimp for almost any dish.  It’s great for shrimp cocktail, served over pasta or added to your favorite salad.  This dish takes about 10 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

1 ½ pounds shelled and deveined jumbo raw shrimp (about 36 shrimp)*
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (you can also add black pepper,  to taste, if desired)
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 400F.

Spray two large, nonstick baking trays… Continue reading

Your Healthy Eyes

What Is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye.  By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.  The lens is a clear part of the eye that helps to focus an image on the retina.  The lens must be clear for the retina to receive a sharp image.  If the lens is cloudy from a cataract, the image will be blurred.

The lens is made of mostly water and protein.  The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it.  As we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens.  This is a cataract.  Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.

A cataract needs… Continue reading