Sherry Torkos and son Phoenix at the sink.

Green, do-it-yourself cleaning

Mar 13, 2014

As a pharmacist I worry about toxic exposure from chemicals. You can reduce your exposure to dangerous chemicals found in household cleaners. Do-it-yourself cleaners can be made at home. They are free of toxins, and are safer for people as well as the environment. Check out these natural foods and products you can use to…

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Iron: Who Needs It and Why?

Mar 12, 2014

When was the last time you considered if you’re getting enough iron? If you are struggling with fatigue – feeling tired and worn out on a regular basis despite getting enough sleep at night – it could be caused by iron deficiency. Iron is an essential mineral, meaning that it is necessary for good health.…

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Nuts for heart health

Feb 21, 2014

February is National Heart Health Awareness month so this is the perfect time to talk about some of the tasty foods we can eat that are good for our heart. We all know fruits, vegetables and fish offer heart benefits, but you may be surprised to learn that nuts can also be included in a…

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Surprising strategies to save your heart

Feb 6, 2014

The statistics are shocking but real: according to the American Heart Association, 43 million American women are affected by heart disease, and it is the leading cause of death among women. For too long, women have taken the “bikini approach” to their health, worrying about cancers of the breast and pelvic area. Yet heart disease…

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The hidden connection between stress and your weight

Jan 21, 2014

If you have been struggling with your weight, you have plenty of company. About two-thirds of North Americans are overweight or obese. Losing weight is not easy. There are many factors that affect our weight including dietary choices, activity level, hormones, genetics and even stress. The connection between stress and weight gain may come as…

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Five Weight Loss Myths – Busted

Jan 7, 2014

With the brand-new year, motivation is strong to lose weight and get in shape. In that quest, it is easy to get caught up with the plethora of confusing weight-loss myths. Which diet should you follow? Which gym tactics yield the best results? Which supplements can do what they say? Here is the low down…

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New Year’s 911

Dec 20, 2013

The countdown to New Year’s Eve has begun. Wouldn’t you prefer to start 2014 feeling great instead of rundown? As difficult as it might seem, try to maintain your healthy lifestyle habits during these last few weeks of the year. Get up a little early if necessary to exercise, and compensate by going to sleep…

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Five tips to prevent holiday heartburn and other tummy troubles

Dec 13, 2013

The goodies in the break room … the holiday parties … the family feasts … all those rich foods and the excessive snacking might not just lead to weight gain. For many of us, this is the time of year when we also suffer with more bloating, gas and heartburn. Tummy troubles can also keep…

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Coffee, tea (or both)?

Nov 18, 2013

I’m sometimes asked, “Which is the healthier beverage, coffee or green tea?” There is no right or wrong answer. Both naturally contain caffeine, although in varying amounts, and research has shown that both have beneficial properties. A recently published book, Green Tea Polyphenols, reviews much of the research about how the natural components found in…

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