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Two Pharmacy by Reid Kimmett, Operations Manager

In 1989 my Mom & Dad took a chance. After moving their young family to the town of Cochrane, they purchased Cochrane Drugs. That decision has shaped every day of mine, and my siblings; Taylor and Lindsay’s, life since. We grew up in, and around, “the store”. No hockey road trip or family vacation was ever complete until we stopped at “the store” on the way home for my Dad to make sure things were in order. Evenings often saw the home phone ring with someone in need of help after hours, so Dad would head down to the pharmacy. Christmas Eve dinners were known to start a little late, as Dad would work so that his staff would be able to be home with their families. This is really what the name change from Grand Avenue Pharmacy to Two Pharmacy is about. All of these lessons at “the store” from our parents and their amazing staff. How to care. How to work hard. How to be there for a person in need. How to listen to and connect with someone. How to support the community that supports you.

The concept of Two Pharmacy is simple – Two people’s health will benefit from every transaction; yours, and through our charitable partners the health of a child in need locally or internationally. Our Grand Rebranding Celebration and sale is this Saturday, January 14 at 11 am – see you at “THE STORE!”

“we were born with two hands, one to take care of ourselves 

                                                       and one to take care of others”

New Product Spotlight, November 24, 2016

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I-REMOVE is powered by Litramine. We scoured through thousands of natural ingredients, shortlisted the most promising ones, tested its efficacy, and then underwent hundreds of permutations to optimize the complex. The ingredients are backed by over 50 published papers, and our formulation is verified by in-vitro and in-vivo studies. Yet we did not stop there. Litramine has a compelling body of evidence that spans more than a decade of research and clinical trials, two of which are published in Obesity and Journal of Obesity, the world’s leading journals on this topic. All our clinical trials are double-blind, randomized placebo studies. Furthermore, we ensure that only the best products reach you with stringent quality control in our supply chain. As such, this patented technology went on to be the #1 weight loss product in Europe for 5 years running.

Key highlights of clinical studies

  • Litramine significantly reduces the body weight of overweight and obese subjects. Average weight loss of 3.8kg vs 1.4kg after 12 weeks, with many of the subjects reaching much higher results up to 8.6kg. Weight loss study published in Obesity, 2013.
  • Litramine significantly increases fecal fat excretion of overweight and obese subjects. Average fecal fat excretion of 15.79% vs placebo average of 4.56, with fecal fat excretion up to 28%.
    Fecal fat excretion study published in Current Therapeutic Research, 2014.
  • Litramine subjects were able to maintain their body weight after initial loss.

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Advice for Life, November 17, 2016

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Can you guess which muscles in your body are called on the most? You wouldn’t think they’re the ones attached to your eyes but it’s true. In fact, the muscles that move your eyes are the strongest in the body and are 100 times more powerful than they need to be. Also true, your eyes are made up of over two illion working parts and process over 36,000 bits of information every hour. Good to know there’s at least one group of muscles that doesn’t need gym time to get stronger!

If you want to maintain good eye health, there’s an easy way to do it without breaking a sweat. CanPrev’s Eye-Pro contains antioxidants and minerals to help keep your eyes in tip-top condition. Each capsule of Eye-Pro includes bilberry fruit and grape seed extracts - flavonoids that are like strength training sessions for the eyes. They also contain anthocyanosides, or plant pigments, that help to build strong blood vessels and improve circulation. Anthocyanosides are also antioxidant rich and neutralize free radicals before they can damage cells. Even better, they step up the production of rhodopsin, a pigment that improves night vision and helps the eyes adjust to changes in light intensity.

So if Eye-Pro’s bilberry and grape seed ingredients are your one-two punch against free radicals, then lutein is like a continuous treadmill, working tirelessly over and over again to protect your eyes against the progression of diseases like macular degeneration. This pigmented antioxidant is already found in the macula in the center of your eye. Lutein blocks blue light from hitting the retina, lessening the chances of light-induced damage that could lead to macular degeneration.
A good workout regimen is important for warding off age-related diseases. The same is true for your eyesight. Envision a healthy future for your eyes with CanPrev’s Eye-Pro.

Eye-Pro combines powerful antioxidants from natural plant sources to protect eyes from premature aging caused by free radicals. It delivers a daily dose of 15mg of lutein, which plays a key role in visual function by protecting against blue light damage. Flavonoids from bilberries and grape seeds help to strengthen blood vessels in the eyes and improve circulation. Eye-Pro also contains minerals shown in research to be present in high concentrations in the eye and to be beneficial in slowing the progression of eye disorders.

Advice for Life, November 10, 2016

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When was the last time you got your vitamin D status looked at?

Calgary Lab Services no longer offers routine vitamin D testing. Clinically, it was recommended that having the general population increase vitamin D intake from 1000IU to 2000IU a day was sufficient and testing was not necessary. But is 2000IU enough? Being in Cochrane, we are further from the equator than most of the locations in the Vitamin D studies. This means our levels may be lower than previously thought, and require us to have higher than the recommended daily amount (RDA).

Why is it important to test?

-          Low levels of Vitamin D have been linked with: Anxiety, Auto Immune Disease (Lupus), Cancers, Depression, Diabetes Type 1 and 2, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Pain and Fatigue, Osteoporosis and Poor Immune Response.

-          Sunscreen use, certain medication use, darker skin tone and older age increases the risk of being deficient.

When should I get tested?

-          March (this is often when we are at our lowest level), November, and August (when we are at our highest level) are good times to be tested.

-          If you are curious, over the age of 70, dark toned skin, have a history or family history of any of the above conditions.

So how are you to know if you are taking enough?

-          Book an appointment with Dr. Greg Sikorski ND. He uses a local lab, Rocky Mountain Analytical, to do the testing. Pricking your finger and gathering about 6 drops of blood, he can figure out if you are taking enough or if you require more, the proper daily amount can be determined.

If you would like to get your levels checked visit Dr. Greg Sikorski ND at Grand Avenue Pharmacy for an initial visit. He’ll help determine if this is the right testing for you. Please book your appointment by calling 403-981-2505 or online www.GregND.com

Advice for Life, November 3, 2016

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Malaria Symptoms and Complications

Symptoms usually appear about 12 to 14 days after infection. People with malaria have the following symptoms:

  • abdominal pain
  • chills and sweats
  • diarrhea, nausea, and      vomiting (these symptoms only appear sometimes)
  • headache
  • high fevers
  • low blood pressure causing      dizziness if moving from a lying or sitting position to a standing      position (also called orthostatic hypotension)
  • muscle aches
  • poor appetite

In people infected with P. falciparum, the following symptoms may also occur:

  • anemia caused by the      destruction of infected red blood cells
  • extreme tiredness, delirium,      unconsciousness, convulsions, and coma
  • kidney failure
  • pulmonary edema (a serious condition where fluid builds up in the lungs, which can lead to severe breathing problems)

P. vivax and P. ovale can lie inactive in the liver for up to a year before causing symptoms. They can then remain dormant in the liver again and cause later relapses. P. vivax is the most common type in North America.

Making the Diagnosis

You may have malaria if you have any fever during or after travel in malarial regions. See a doctor quickly, and get your blood tested to check if the parasite is present. The doctor will also check to see if you have an enlarged spleen, which sometimes accompanies the fever of malaria. Don't wait to get home for treatment if you get malaria abroad.

Plasmodium parasites in the blood are usually visible under the microscope. There are also simple dipstick tests (done by dipping a piece of paper with chemicals on it into your blood) that can be used to identify P. falciparum. Blood tests as well as liver and kidney function tests will be done to check the effects of the parasite on your body.

Advice for Life, October 27, 2016

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Magnesium is an amazing mineral used in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. Things like building proteins, synthesizing DNA, strengthening bones, adjusting insulin sensitivity, activating muscles, conducting nerve impulses and regulating heart rhythm - just to name a few! Your body even uses magnesium as a power source. The trillions of cells in your body use magnesium to biologically activate adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an energy- bearing molecule used to drive various chemical and mechanical activities.

Makes you wonder whether we’re getting enough, doesn’t it? While it is a common mineral found on Earth and we do consume magnesium through our diet from foods like leafy greens, concentrations of magnesium in our foods aren’t as high as they once were. Intensive agricultural methods have made our soil dirt poor in nutrients like magnesium. Less magnesium in our soil means less in our food… and in our bodies where we need them.

To make matters worse, our modern lifestyle also consumes and demands a high magnesium intake. When we are under stress (which we often are), our body depletes reserves of magnesium to make stress hormones. Even medications and common drinks like coffee or wine can impair absorption or increase the excretion of magnesium by our kidneys.

A deficiency can affect every organ in the body. While common symptoms of magnesium deficiency are fatigue, low energy, agitation, anxiety, restless legs, headaches, irritability, cramping and low blood pressure, the most worrying part is that we may not see any symptoms at all. It is possible to be deficient and not even know it.

Whether you are an athlete looking to keep those muscles pumping or protect against stress fractures, a student looking to calm some nerves before an exam, or just feeling stressed that you don’t have enough magnesium in your life, you can try CanPrev’s ElectroMag as a convenient, easy-to-enjoy insurance for making sure you get the magnesium your body craves.

Each serving contains 150mg of magnesium from magnesium bis-glycinate, a chelated form of magnesium with some of the highest levels of absorption and bioavailability. Unlike other forms of magnesium, bis-glycinate doesn’t react in the stomach, making it easier on the bowels and easier to absorb. We also included a little extra boost of vitamin C and electrolytes for some added antioxidants and support for an active lifestyle.

Advice For Life, October 20. 2016

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There are many ways to help your body fight off colds and flus. Knowing your body is capable of fighting is the first step. But how does one maintain their body to remain in good health? Let’s boost the Immune System.

The first step in Naturopathic treatments, is reducing the sugar levels you are eating. 1 tablespoon of sugar can reduce your immune system in half for up to 6 hours. Everyone knows about pop and doughnuts, but many aren’t aware that this includes fruit juices. Even though many are “natural, with no sugar added” most people don’t realize that in the liquid form they are mostly sugar. Without the normal fibers and enzymes from the actual fruits, the “natural” sugars are absorbed exceptionally fast and are simply just sugars at that point.

Another Naturopathic approach is an immune boosting ampoule called Pascoleucyn. It can give our immune system an extra boost to ward off infection. Pascoleucyn is a remedy composed of botanicals and homeopathic remedies formulated to prevent and treat colds and the flu. It can be especially effective in preventing upper and lower respiratory infections. It is a natural immune booster that has been on the market for over 60 years now and is a fully registered product with Health Canada. If maintaining a healthy status, it requires only 1 dose now and 1 dose again in January/February, making it convenient for you. If you are a senior or prone to reoccurring infections, more may be required.

Book with Dr. Greg ND for your immune boosting ampule by calling 403-981-2505. Pascoleucyn is available to people over the age of 12 years old with options for those under the age of 12. It is compatible with the flu shot giving you extra protection when having both treatments performed. If you have an allergy to echinacea or have auto immune disorders, you may need to discuss other alternatives to Pascoeleucyn. Dr. Greg is also available for a more in depth look into your health and additional immune boosting suggestions with full appointments at Grand Avenue Pharmacy.

By making sure to help your body prepare its defense, it will look after you like it has in the past. And if you ever are concerned or have questions, seek out professional care.

Advice for Life, October 13, 2016

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It is influenza season in Alberta and time to have your yearly immunization. Grand Avenue Pharmacy is offering seasonal influenza immunizations to anyone over the age of 9 with a valid Alberta Healthcare number commencing Monday, October24. Call 403-932-2500 to book your appointment today or book online at www.grandavenuepharmacy.ca – be sure to bring your Alberta Healthcare card and wear short sleeves. Avoid standing in long lines for walk-in clinics by booking your appointment. We will be running multiple clinics each day as long as there is demand and we do offer walk-ins but wait times may vary.

Why is immunization important? Immunization is the single most effective means of preventing influenza infection and illness and to reduce transmission of illness.

Who is eligible for influenza immunization in Alberta? All Albertans over 6 months of age are eligible to receive the influenza vaccine, free of charge – Grand Avenue Pharmacy supplies injectible or intranasal vaccine to people 9 years of age and older.

I was immunized last year. Do I need to be immunized again this year? Yes. Influenza viruses change from year to year because influenza viruses change.

Is the vaccine safe? All vaccines must go through a rigorous testing process and meet stringent safety standards before receiving approval from Health Canada.

Can I get influenza from the influenza vaccine? You cannot contract influenza from the influenza vaccine because the vaccine does not contain live viruses.

Is it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women to be immunized against influenza? Yes.

Who should NOT have the influenza vaccine? Influenza vaccine should not be given to people who have a history of severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to influenza vaccine, are younger than six months of age, or have an egg allergy.

Can the influenza vaccine be given if I am on medication (s)? Yes. The vaccine can safely be given w hen you are taking most medications. Influenza vaccine can be given at the same time as other vaccines

How soon after I receive my influenza vaccine will I be immune? It takes about two weeks after immunization to develop protection against influenza. Protection may last up to one year. The vaccine will not protect against colds and other respiratory illnesses.

How effective is the influenza vaccine? When there is a good match between the influenza stains in the vaccine and the strains circulating in the community, the vaccine has been show n to prevent influenza illness in about 70% to 90% of healthy adults and children.

What are the possible side effects of the seasonal influenza vaccine and how can I manage them? Most people have no reaction to the seasonal influenza vaccine. Reactions that do occur are typically mild and usually occur within 6 to 12 hours and commonly disappear within 24 to 48 hours. Possible reactions include redness, mild pain and/or swelling where the needle was given; Irritability and/or tiredness ; Headache, muscle aches and pains; Fever and chills. If your arm is sore where the needle was given apply an ice pack or a cool moist cloth to the area. If you develop a fever or chills - drink extra fluids or if you have a headache and/or muscle pain, take a medication such as acetaminophen. If you have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) including hives, swelling of the face, lips or throat, wheezing and/or shock (fall in blood pressure) tell someone immediately and seek immediate health care.

Advice For Life October 6, 2016

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Malaria is a parasitic infection spread by Anopheles mosquitoes. The Plasmodium parasite that causes malaria is neither a virus nor a bacterium – it is a single-celled parasite that multiplies in red blood cells of humans as well as in the mosquito intestine. When the female mosquito feeds on an infected person, male and female forms of the parasite are ingested from human blood. Subsequently, the male and female forms of the parasite meet and mate in the mosquito gut, and the infective forms are passed onto another human when the mosquito feeds again.

Malaria is a significant global problem. There are approximately 216 million cases of the disease worldwide, killing about 655,000 people every year. Malaria is prevalent in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central South America, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and Oceania (Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya, and the Solomon Islands). In Canada, malaria is most often caused by travel to and from endemic areas. Each year, up to 1 million Canadians travel to malaria-endemic areas. This results in 350 to 1,000 annual cases of malaria in Canada and 1 to 2 deaths per year.

Although the parasite has progressively developed resistance to several older anti-malarial medications, there are still many safe and effective medications both for treatment and prevention. There are four species of the Plasmodium parasite that can cause malaria in humans: P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale, and P. malariae. The first two types are the most common. Plasmodium falciparum is the most dangerous of these parasites because the infection can kill rapidly whereas the other species cause illness but not death. Falciparum malaria is particularly frequent in sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania.

You can only get malaria if you're bitten by an infected mosquito, or if you receive infected blood from someone during a blood transfusion. Malaria can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy. The mosquitoes that carry Plasmodium parasite get it from biting a person or animal that's already been infected. The parasite then goes through various changes that enable it to infect the next creature the mosquito bites. Once it's in you, it multiplies in the liver and changes again, getting ready to infect the next mosquito that bites you. It then enters the bloodstream and invades red blood cells. Eventually, the infected red blood cells burst. This sends the parasites throughout the body and causes symptoms of malaria.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this series the first week of November. If you are travelling this fall or winter to any country with endemic malaria you should book a travel consult to have antimalaria medication prescribed for your trip. Call us at 403-932-2500 or book online at www.grandavenuepharmacy.ca

Advice for Life, September 29, 2016

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Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin! A deficiency of vitamin D can result in rickets in children, and in adults, a lack of bone strength and density and even joint pain. Vitamin D is absolutely vital for the development and maintenance of bones and teeth. In Canada, Vitamin D3 becomes one of the most important vitamins we can take with our short winter days and relative lack of sunshine. A delicious orange liquid format makes it easy to take this critical vitamin.

Benefits

  • Supports bone health
  • Helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Works to maintain muscle and dental health
  • Boosts vitamin D levels
  • Helps the body absorb and use calcium and      phosphorus for bone health
  • Supports a strong immune system

Features

  • Each drops contains 1000 IU of vitamin D3
  • Suspended in medium chain triglyceride (MCT)      oil for enhanced absorption
  • Great tasting, with a hint of natural orange      flavour
  • Easy-to-use dropper

Orange Naturals vitamin D3 Drops for kids is a simple and fun way to get your little ones the sunshine vitamin D they need. In just one drop they will get 400IU of pure vitamin D.

Advice for Life, September 29, 2016

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Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin! A deficiency of vitamin D can result in rickets in children, and in adults, a lack of bone strength and density and even joint pain. Vitamin D is absolutely vital for the development and maintenance of bones and teeth. In Canada, Vitamin D3 becomes one of the most important vitamins we can take with our short winter days and relative lack of sunshine. A delicious orange liquid format makes it easy to take this critical vitamin.

Benefits

  • Supports bone health
  • Helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Works to maintain muscle and dental health
  • Boosts vitamin D levels
  • Helps the body absorb and use calcium and      phosphorus for bone health
  • Supports a strong immune system

Features

  • Each drops contains 1000 IU of vitamin D3
  • Suspended in medium chain triglyceride (MCT)      oil for enhanced absorption
  • Great tasting, with a hint of natural orange      flavour
  • Easy-to-use dropper

Orange Naturals vitamin D3 Drops for kids is a simple and fun way to get your little ones the sunshine vitamin D they need. In just one drop they will get 400IU of pure vitamin D.

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