Prepping 101: Building an apothecary garden

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Amazing 1930’s Pharmacist Map of ‘Herbal Cures’ Released to Public

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Slate just reported on this amazing map of ‘Herbal Cures’ from 1932 of the medicinal plants in common use among pharmacists and the public back then. The map itself states under the heading ‘The Service of Pharmacy’:

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Methylwho? Why You Should Know About Methylation

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I was giving a lecture to a group of psychiatric fellows recently, and I got to my slide on folate.  I get excited about this topic, and so I rambled on about the one-carbon cycle, and SAMe, methylcobalamin, and the MTHFR mutation.  As I looked away from my slides, I could see the vacant stares from the near-audience and knew I had lost them.  If highly educated and Continue reading

Are Steroid Injections Safe?

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After receiving steroid injections for back pain, 34 people died and nearly 500 were injured due to a terrifying outbreak of fungal meningitis. The outbreak was traced to the pharmacy that made the tainted products. Continue reading

Recent Discoveries Shed New Light on Saw Palmetto

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It is a promising herbal remedy, a common sight in the natural supplements aisle of your pharmacy. Principally, men use it most because it is believed to reduce a swollen prostate. But sometimes alternative health news isn’t so rosy, and Doctors Health Press must let you know: saw palmetto may not be the best bet for the prostate. Continue reading

Is Passivity the Future for Home Health Monitoring?

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Proteus Biomedical’s Raisin Personal Monitor

Think there’s not enough evidence to prove the efficacy of wireless, home-based patient monitoring?

Robin Felder, associate director of clinical chemistry and toxicology and a pathology professor at the University of Virginia, disputes that notion. Felder likes to cite a 2007 paper in the Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health. That paper showed a 74 percent reduction in the cost of caring for patients in assisted living with “passive” monitoring devices, and, notably, the rate of urinary tract infections in the study group dropped to near zero. Continue reading