Is Your Cold Medicine Safe?

Selecting the right cold remedy is tough enough. You’re in the pharmacy aisle crammed with decongestants, cough suppressants, expectorants and multiple-action formulas. You see many formulas of each brand. Now, on top of everything else, a government warning has left you wondering if your favorite brand is safe. Over-the-counter cough and cold products containing the…

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How To Take Vitamins Safely

One third of Americans regularly take vitamin or mineral supplements, but two independent studies have recently raised concern about their safety. Suddenly, evidence suggests that the benefits of taking vitamin supplements are minimal, and they may even be detrimental to your health. With an abundance of vague and conflicting information circulating, it can be hard…

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Zofran Side Effects

Zofran, or ondansetron, is an anti-nausea medication known as an antiemetic. It can be prescribed under the brand names Zofran, Zofran ODT and Zuplenz. It works by blocking the chemicals that trigger nausea and vomiting and is most often used after surgeries, along with cancer treatments and to treat vomiting associated with pregnancy. It is extremely…

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Side Effects of Absorbine Jr Antifungal

Athlete’s Foot can become pretty miserable and many people will treat it with Absorbine Jr. Antifungal Medication or Tolnaftate, a topical medication, in either, gel, cream, lotion, spray or powder from, which can relieve these symptoms quickly.  Other names for this medication are: Blis-To-Sol, Fungatin, Fungi-Guard, NP 27, Desenex Spray, Podactin, Genaspor, Hongos, T-Athlete, Tinactin,…

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Traditional Herbology

The earliest indications of medicinal plant use by humans were found in the Middle East and date back to the Stone Age. Travelers and traders introduced Greek and Roman curative practices to Indian and Chinese practitioners, who blended them with their even older ones. Reintroduced by knights returning from the Crusades, these modified practices energized…

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Botanicals and Pharmaceuticals

Coming full circle, many people are now turning to the herbs and botanicals from around the world once used for general health maintenance and treatment by their ancestors. These natural substances are the basis of many alternative therapies like homeopathy and Ayurvedic medicine. Many pharmaceutical companies are reexamining these specimens to gain a better understanding…

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing that views health as the balance within an individual’s healing energy, or ch’i. Acupuncturists help ch’i move along pathways, known as meridians, that connect various organs and systems within the body. The uninterrupted and balanced flow of energy along these meridians contributes to one’s overall health. However, blockages…

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Ayurveda

Ayurveda was developed in India over 5000 years ago and is considered to be the “mother of medicine” in many cultures. The philosophies of Chinese, Arabic, Tibetan and Greek medicines are based on this highly structured system which uses natural care for healing and preventing disease. Diagnostic procedures, such as identifying an individual’s mind-body type…

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Fertility Drugs and Procedures

Because many women with fertility problems do not ovulate, several medications and procedures have been developed to induce ovulation. Clomiphene citrate Sold under the brand names Clomid® and Serophene®, clomiphine is the most commonly prescribed fertility drug. Taken orally, clomiphene “tricks” the ovaries into producing a mature egg, sometimes several. Clomiphene is usually given as…

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