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March 2017

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

Could You Be Living with High Blood Pressure?

See Your Doctor

High blood pressure is a common, and potentially dangerous, condition that requires careful monitoring by your doctor.  The term means the pressure of the blood in your blood vessels is higher than it should be.  The good news: You can take steps to control your blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

About one in three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Only about half of these people have their high blood pressure under control.  It is called the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people do not know they have it.

That’s why it is important to check your blood pressure regularly.  Having it checked when you visit your doctor is one way to track it.  Your doctor may also recommend that you get… Continue reading

It’s National Nutrition Month

Try These Tips for Boosting Healthy Eating Habits

Replacing less-than-healthy habits with those that lead to better health is do-able if you take it one step at a time.  Check out these tips to help you get started:

  • Eat more slowly. If you eat too quickly, you may “clean your plate” instead of paying attention to whether your hunger is satisfied.
  • Eat only when you’re truly hungry instead of when you are tired, anxious or feeling an emotion besides hunger. If you find yourself eating when you are experiencing an emotion besides hunger, such as boredom or anxiety, try to find a non-eating activity to do instead.  You may find a quick walk or phone call with a friend helps you feel better.
  • Plan meals ahead of time to ensure that you eat a healthy, well-balanced meal.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Meditation

Benefits for Mind and Body

Meditation is a mind-and-body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being.  Mind and body practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body and behavior.

There are many types of meditation, but most have four elements in common: a quiet location with as few distractions as possible; a specific, comfortable posture (sitting, lying down, walking or other positions); a focus of attention (a specially chosen word or set of words, an object, or the sensations of the breath); and an open attitude (letting distractions come and go naturally without judging them).

Some research suggests that practicing meditation may help reduce blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.  Meditation is generally considered to be safe for healthy people.

Sources: National Institutes of Health; National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Colorectal Cancer

What You Need to Know

When colorectal cancer occurs, abnormal cells in the colon or rectum divide uncontrollably, eventually forming a malignant tumor.  Most colorectal cancers begin as a polyp, a growth in the tissue that lines the inner surface of the colon or rectum.  A polyp can be flat or raised.  Polyps are common in people over age 50 and most aren’t cancer.  A center type of polyp, an adenoma, may have a higher risk of developing into cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of non-skin cancer in both men and women. (For men, prostate cancer and lung cancer are higher; for women, it’s breast cancer and lung cancer.)  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. after lung cancer. 

The good news: The rates of new colorectal cancer cases and deaths among adults age 50 and over are decreasing in… Continue reading

Rx Gourmet

Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

Stir fry dishes are great because you can easily change out the protein with what you have on hand: pork, beef, chicken, or even shrimp.  You can also experiment with different vegetables.

Chicken Pepper Stir Fry
Serves 2

Ingredients:

3 medium button or baby portabella mushrooms
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
5 slices of fresh ginger
½ green bell pepper chopped

Marinade Ingredients:
½ tablespoon Shaoxing wine (a rice wine; you can substitute dry sherry or cooking sherry)
½ tablespoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon sesame oil
Pinch of salt

Sauce Ingredients:
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
½ tablespoon Shaoxing wine
½ generous teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon cornstarch
Pinch of salt
3 dashes finely ground pepper

Marinate the chicken with the marinade ingredients for 15 minutes.  Mix all ingredients for 15 minutes. … Continue reading

Using Antibiotics Wisely

They Fight Bacteria, Not Viruses

Antibiotics are meant to be used against bacterial infections.  For example, they are used to treat strep throat, which is caused by streptococcal bacteria, and skin infections caused by staphylococcal bacteria.  Although antibiotics kill bacteria, they are not effective against viruses.  Therefore, they will not be effective against viral infections such as colds, most coughs, many types of sore throat and the flu.

Using antibiotics against viral infections

  • Won’t cure the infection
  • Won’t keep other individuals from catching the virus
  • Won’t help a person feel better
  • May cause unnecessary, harmful side effects
  • May contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Patients and healthcare professionals alike can play an important role in combating antibiotic resistance.  Patients should not demand antibiotics when a healthcare professional says the drugs are not needed.  Healthcare professionals should prescribe antibiotics only for infections they believe to be caused by bacteria.

As… Continue reading