November 13th, 2013

Strep throat versus a viral sore throat

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The real problem with sore throats, especially during the winter, is that it’s very, very hard to tell the difference between a strep throat, which is a bacterial infection and hence can be treated with antibiotics, and a sore throat caused by a virus, which should never be treated with an antibiotic because, well, because antibiotics don’t kill viruses.

And when we use antibiotics inappropriately, such as in the treatment of viral sore throats, we increase the risk of several very significant health problems: rising resistance to antibiotics, development of hardier and hardier bacteria, and complications from antibiotics, such as significantly higher risks of developing a Chlostridium difficile infection, a potential nightmare.
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October 4th, 2013

Bug bites and diseases

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Here’s a trade secret that may get me kicked out my doctors’ golfing club (which wouldn’t bother me much, to be honest, because frankly, I hate golf): very often, when we see what looks like a bite on someone during the summer, we tell them it’s a spider bite, which generally satisfies the patient who nearly always says, “You know, that’s just what I thought, too.”

Trouble is: spiders rarely bite, especially in Canada, so a “spider bite” is much more likely to be a result of the bite of another bug, such as a flea, for example.

In fact, according to one expert, Chris Buddle, an arachnologist – that’s a guy who studies spiders – at McGill University, spiders don’t want to bite you because like me at most parties, they’d really much rather avoid contact with humans.
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July 19th, 2013

Traditional Medicinals

Teas that help digestion

shutterstock_75091798A number of Traditional Medicinals® teas benefit the digestion, whether it be to soothe a troubled stomach, or relieve occasional constipation. Delicious Ginger Aid® tea helps calm digestive upsets including lack of appetite, nausea, digestive spasms, indigestion, and discomforts caused by gas build-up. Eater’s Digest® tea is ideal after a meal that has you feeling uncomfortable, to help the digestive process and prevent further stomach distress. People who suffer from indigestion will also appreciate Classic Chamomile® and Roasted Dandelion Root teas. READ MORE



July 11th, 2013

Medications & Healthy Foods

They don`t always work well together…

#1 Grapefruit

shutterstock_112506581In segments or as juice, they are the perfect breakfast food, rounding off the first meal of the day with a dash of citrus and making us feel fresher and healthier. But taken with medications, grapefruit can cause problems and may in fact be dangerous. Here’s why: Grapefruit, and many other citrus fruits such as Seville oranges and pomelos (present in marmalades and compotes), contain compounds known as furanocoumarins that interfere with the enzymes which break down and destroy some of the ingested medication. READ MORE



September 6th, 2012

Back-to-school health tips

Calgary pharmacy operations manager Chris Chiew provides back-to-school health tips on Global TV News Calgary.



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