💰💰 Don’t Get Ripped Off at the Chemist 💊💊

  Save money this cold and flu season! 4 Tips to Save at the Chemist: 1) don’t be suckered for the add-on sales which are airy fairy like vitamin C or echinacea (on their own they suck) 2) Go generics for basics like antibiotics: it’s the same chemical ingredients and u can save over $5. …

My Girlfriend’s Eczema Won’t Go! How To Fix It Inside-Out

  I had the pleasure of meeting my physiotherapist friend, Kevin, and he asks: Q. What should my girlfriend do for her eczema? She gets it on the nape of her neck and it never seems to go away. Having just returned from Taiwan, she’s going to eliminate diary from her diet in hopes of …

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)-Does it actually do anything?

“One might think that fresh lemons and limes and raw organic apple cider vinegar are acidic, but they actually become alkaline when consumed.” What a non-sensical claim! Before I get into the details of this, I’d like to say that after spending almost 12hours looking at material online regarding apple cider vinegar (ACV), I haven’t …

Spinning out-You too have Vertigo?

Dim asks: “I have vertigo, what medications are available apart from Serc (betahistine)?” *Couple of scrap notes from my research on Vertigo.. Almost 25% of the elderly have dizziness lasting more than one month. Targets for therapy: hallucination alleviated through vestibular suppressants eg anticholingerics, benzodiazepines, or antihistamines Nausea and vomiting plus anxiety alleviated through antidepressants Enhance …

What if you COULD will away disease?

I was reading the book: Learned Optimism by world renown psychologist, Dr. Martin Seligman and he thinks you CAN improve your health just through changing the thoughts and feelings you have when you encounter failure and challenge. Known as the father of positive psychology, Dr. Martin and his colleagues found that optimists live longer, experience …

Sleep Apnoea: the snorer’s risk

Think snoring was just a harmless nuisance? Think again. Snoring is one possible sign of sleep apnoea (in Greek apnoia means ‘breathless’): a condition where you can stop breathing for anywhere between 10 seconds up to 1 minute! Why should you care if you or your partner snores? Imagine holding your breath for a minute…….doable but not …

Nurturing our children’s courageous curiosity

Is dinner time still family time at your household? Or are your kids glued to an iPad whilst mum and dad chit chat the day’s events or themselves watch TV? What is this digital revolution doing to our kids? Should we hand iPads to kids during their tender years? Does all these use of technology …

Sunscreens: the down-low

After a mother came into the pharmacy to ask about how effective MooGoo SPF 15 sunscreen+moisteriser is for her baby…I took to research journal articles on Google Scholar to get at an answer! Honestly, I came out with more questions than answers.. lols. Photo credit: http://www.womenshealthmag.com   First some basic terminology: SPF = Sun Protection Factor….the …

First Impressions Matter!

Do first impressions count? A whiter smile can often make the difference..or so the ads say….find out in this episode with pharmacist, Vien, as he meets folks within our community. In this funny episode-we call it “edu-tainment”-Vien gets behind the scenes of next door’s dental centre. Safa is a tour guide/practice manager and Rami shares …

The socially acceptable Terror on our Roads

This one is just going to be short and sweet. But excuse me if I get on my soapbox and rant. I’m just so angry that over the last two months I’ve seen three accidents. My sister, two days later myself then only last weekend our barista next door. The latter two involved the other …