Advice For Life May

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As we approach summer many of us start a weight loss plan to try to squeeze in to that special bikini or tight fitting tshirt.
Crash and fad diets almost always end in disappointment and quite often lead to weight gain.
Excess weight is dangerous to your health and is a contributing factor to insulin resistance (sometimes referred to as Syndrome X), a state in which insulin, the hormone that facilitates the uptake of glucose into cells, works less efficiently with every pound of added fat. Insulin resistance can be linked to diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, inflammation and other health conditions.

Advice For Life April

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Laura J. is an active 45 year old woman who loves to ride horses and spend time with her family and friends. For 5-7 days every month, however Laura is a different woman. She is apathetic towards job and family and he snaps at people around her. Breast pain and severe abdominal cramps prevent her from functioning normally. Weight gain of 3 to 4 pounds during her remenstrual phase leaves her feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Laura, like millions of other women, suffers from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).



In the fall of 2008 Laura heard about Borage Oil, a natural remedy that offered relief for her symptoms. Within the first month her symptoms had diminished and by the third month had dissipated completely. It is now believed that PMS has a hormonal or biochemical basis and that many of the symptoms associated with it may be a result of a deficiency of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA).

The best source of GLA is Borage (or Starflower) oil which the body metabolizes into hormone-like compounds that regulate body processes at the cellular level. In women with PMS the initial conversion of dietary linoleic acid to GLA is often impaired. This resulting lower level of GLA makes women more sensitive to the hormone prolactin which may result in breast pain. A deficiency of GLA may also be responsible for many other PMS symptoms such as depression, irritability, and fluid retention.

The recommended starting dose is 480 to 960 mg of GLA per day – which is 2-4 grams of Borage Oil per day (1-2 capsules 4 times daily) every day of your cycle. Allow at least 3 months of continuous supplementation to determine if your dosage is working for you. Increase the dosage after 3 months if the symptoms persist. There is no danger in overdosing, studies have shown Borage Oil is safe and non-toxic. Borage oil has also shown promise in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, prevention and treatment of peripheral neuropathy in diabetics, and relieving the symptoms of eczema.

Advice For Life April

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Laura J. is an active 45 year old woman who loves to ride horses and spend time with her family and friends. For 5-7 days every month, however Laura is a different woman. She is apathetic towards job and family and he snaps at people around her. Breast pain and severe abdominal cramps prevent her from functioning normally. Weight gain of 3 to 4 pounds during her remenstrual phase leaves her feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Laura, like millions of other women, suffers from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

Advice For Life March

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Lose 15 pounds before the Christmas party season starts? Get your dream body while eating whatever you want and without having to go to the gym? Shelves full of books and hours of infomercials will try to have you believe otherwise, but there is no magic formula that can get you the body you want.

Yes, losing weight can be a daunting task - which explains the appeal of programs that promise to make weight loss easy. But all too often, fad diets result not only in regaining lost pounds, but in putting on extra weight as well. That’s because safe, effective and, most importantly, long-term weight loss requires two important things:

Advice For Life Feb

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There was a time when people reached for Echinacea when they felt a cold or flu coming on. For an overmatched immune system, Echinacea has been the standby herb for decades. Recently however, a new champion of the immune system has arrived: Oil of Oregano. Oil of Oregano, related to but much more powerful than the spice in the cupboard, possesses broad spectrum anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties with
numerous health benefits, both internal and external.



Some of the internal uses for Oil of Oregano include colds and flu, gas and bloating, coughs and congestion, diarrhea, sore throat and sinusitis, indigestion, Candida, parasites, gum disease, tooth aches, canker and cold sores, receding gums, External uses are nail fungus, dandruff, acne, rosacea, exzema, psoriasis, burns, (including sun and wind), cuts and wounds, sore muscles and aching joints, and mosquito bites (itching & redness)

Recommended dosing or oregano oil is as follows – topical - apply liquid as needed to the affected areas. Oral - take 5 drops, 3-5x/day (5 drops constitutes 32mg of pure oregano oil, diluted 1:3 in olive oil). As a preventative, 3-5 drops as needed.

We Are Open !

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We are open! It has been a huge effort by the owners and staff of Mainstreet Pharmacy and all of our new staff but Cochrane is
home to a beautiful, spanking new pharmacy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of our loyal incredible customers for making the new store possible. Your continued support of a community owned, community operated, and community minded store is deeply appreciated and we dedicate ourselves to providing you with the service you deserve and have come to expect. We invite everyone, existing customers and new ones to drop in and visit us soon!



Mainstreet Pharmacy will remain operating as a pharmacy to the end of March to allow our customers time to transfer comfortably to Grand Avenue. Watch for changes at Mainstreet as it transforms into a complete home healthcare superstore with expanded product lines, rentals, repair services, and home assessments.

Now back to Advice for Life – today I would like to talk about how working 16-18 hour days can take a toll on one’s legs! Compression therapy is the application of controlled graduated external pressure to the limb to reduce venous pressure within the limb. By doing this, the
blood flow velocity is improved and restored to normal. Wearing compression will reduce the swelling in the lower extremity by aiding the valves in the veins to close which, in turn, moves blood flow up the leg against the pull of gravity. It is important that the compression be graduated with the strongest pressure at the ankle and decreasing up the leg. It’s like squeezing a tube of toothpaste. If you squeeze in the
middle, toothpaste moves both up and down the tube. When you squeeze at the bottom of the tube, the toothpaste moves up the tube toward the top. You want your blood to flow up the leg toward the lungs and heart for re-circulation. The compression level you need may be prescribed by your physician. The more serious the vascular disease, the higher your compression level. Many people wear a lower compression (15-20 mmHg) every day to aid in the venous blood flow and prevent swelling of the ankles and tired, achy legs. Preventative strength compression stockings (15-20 mmHg) do not require a
prescription and are available for over-the-counter purchase.

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