A long-time friend reminded me recently that I had recommended that she take Ginger tohelp with her nausea caused by radiation/chemotherapy treatments almost 20 years ago. Sheexcitedly claimed that it had really helped her and she had been meaning to thank me for years.It made me go back and review why ginger had been so effective for nausea and was shockedto find even more benefits for taking this excellent product.As mentioned Ginger is very effective in treating nausea and motion sickness. It is also veryeffective in treating morning sickness in pregnant women, nausea in post-surgery patients, andchemotherapy patients as well. Ginger has the ability to stop inflammation and is a strong antioxidant. A lot of chronic diseases are caused by or worsened by both inflammation and oxidation. The fact that Gingercan block inflammation and oxidation makes it a very valuable supplement in treating thesechronic diseases. Let’s look at a few.The anti-inflammatory effect of Ginger helps reduce pain and joint inflammation in patients with Arthritis. This helps to improve movement in these arthritic people. The powerful compounds in Ginger have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor effects on human and cancer cells. Ginger is not only effective as an anti-cancer supplement, but as mentioned, also reduces nausea from chemotherapy.The compounds found in Ginger with their anti-inflammatory effect also help in inhibitingand preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Ginger has been shown in studies to have a positive effecton mental abilities in healthy people.Ginger has been shown to have a positive effect on preventing and treating diabetes andheart disease and strokes. For diabetes ginger was found to reduce fasting glucose and insulinresistance. For heart disease Ginger has been shown to reduce arterial plaque, reducetriglycerides, and reduce the bad LDL cholesterol.With all of these benefits I make sure I take Ginger every day. Shouldn’t you?Ginger Root capsules are available at the Pill Box Pharmacy.​

Vitamins and Supplements That Your Senior Dog Should Be Taking​

Most of us take a vitamin or two once daily or at least think about it. But did you know that ourpets, especially our aging pets, could benefit from taking vitamins every day? As our furbabieshead into their golden years, here are a few supplements that could help them retain theirpuppy and kitten demeanor.Omega-3 Every dog and cat should be taking an Omega-3 supplement. That is always the first thing Irecommend to every pet parent. It has been shown to relieve dry itchy skin, act as an anti-inflammatory, promote heart health, decrease shedding, help with hairballs, and lubricatejoints. It comes in two forms: capsules and liquid. We carry the liquid in-store, as I have foundthat it is super easy to pump 2 pumps into my dogs’ and cats’ food bowls. Saves me from havingto chase them around the house and wrestle a capsule into their mouths. It’s completelyunscented and has shown the most results. A Senior-specific Multi-Vitamin Just like our needs change as we age, so does our pet’s needs. A multi-vitamin formulated foraging pets makes sure that they get everything they need and nothing they don’t. My 13 yearold Border Collie mix takes Senior-Vite, a multivitamin that we carry in-store. It has Selenium,which supports the immune system and is anti-cancer, Biotin for healthy skin and coat, andantioxidants that help reduce the effects of aging. She thinks she is getting a treat, little doesshe know that treat is improving her mental and physical abilities! UbiquinolLast but not least, Ubiquinol, also known as CoQ10, is essential for heart health. The heart is amuscle that can start to wear down the longer it works. CoQ10 not only improves heart healthbut aids in oral health. I try to avoid teeth cleaning for my senior dog as the anesthesia wouldhave tougher effects on her body the older she gets. Her memory has also improved sinceadding this to her daily routine. I’m no longer finding forgotten bones hidden around the yardand she is waiting by the door for breakfast every morning at 5a.m. on the dot.We love our animals and do crazy things for them. Maybe adding a vitamin or two to their foodbowl in the morning could benefit them and it is easy for you to do as well! Kimberly RedlerCertified Pet NutritionistPost Text

Coconut Oil

Has multiple health and beauty benefits: Promotes heart healthPromotes healthy cholesterol balanceIs resistant to heat, making it the healthiest oil for cooking: find out why virgin coconut oil is the best oil you can use for your healthy cooking oil and why it’s the only cooking oil we use.Promotes healthy immune response to bacterial, viral, yeast and other fungal infections, including CandidaProvides an immediate source of energy because it is easily digested and very efficiently metabolizedPromotes soft, smooth skin and naturally shiny hair Incorporating coconut oil in your diet is a very simple way to obtain multiple health and beauty benefits.​

Can Vitamin D (Sunshine) Help Stress?

It is well known that Vitamin D protects you against the flu and cancer by supporting the immune system and supporting bone growth preventing osteoporosis. New research has revealed that Vitamin D can battle the ravages of stress. When we experience stress the body produces the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol in small doses helps us deal with difficult times and is quite healthy. Too much and prolonged levels of cortisol can restrict arteries and increase blood pressure. Vitamin D can block the enzyme that is needed to make cortisol and help us avoid the damage that too much stress can cause and help in lowering blood pressure. For most people taking 5,000 IU per day will raise your Vitamin D to the optimum level.​

What is Magnesium Depletion?

Nutritional studies regularly demonstrate that a vast segment of the American population, 65-70%, is deficient in magnesium. This is a disturbing fact since magnesium plays an essential role in a wide range of fundamental cellular reactions. More than 300 enzymes require magnesium as a cofactor. Magnesium is essential for all biosynthetic processes, formation of energy, and muscle function. Depletions in magnesium can have profound effects on cardio and skeletal muscle physiology. Rely on the Pill Box Pharmacy for all your vitamin needs.​

What is Glutathione?

One of the most important antioxidants in the body, Glutathione is present in every cell and low levels are associated with higher risks of several types of cancer. Conversely, when levels are high, cancer rates are low.Nutritionally, there are several ways to increase glutathione levels. These include: Vitamin C intake of at least 1000 mg daily on an empty stomach.N-acetyl cysteine which supplies one of the chief building blocks of glutathione, cysteine.Eating flavonoid rich foods which can raise glutathione levels in cells. Examples include such foods as broccoli, cauliflower, celery, turnips, collards, tomatoes, carrots, and most berries.​

How Do I Relieve Arthritis?

I have problems with my right knee. I was using something else to ease the pain and it didn’t help much. I apply Arthritis Stopper twice a day now and it takes the pain away. Before using Arthritis Stopper I had difficulties walking but since using it, it has helped me walk easier. I’ve used it for six or seven months now. Applying Arthritis Stopper directly to the pained area has been more effective than oral arthritis remedies. ​

Why Take ProBiotics?

If accepting tomatoes as an edible food source took over 200 years, this new concept of medical theory may take even longer. New leading-edge science is discovering that brain health and even brain disease are dictated by the bacteria in your GI tract. The balance of the good versus the bad bacteria could affect Autism, MS, depression, dementia, and obesity. One thing for sure is that balance is important. Antibiotic therapy can distort that balance by killing both good and bad bacteria in the but causing side effects such as yeast overgrowth. If taking an antibiotic, I would seriously be taking Probiotics to restore the good bacteria in the GI tract.​

Why You Should Look at Your Personal Care Products​

I’ve been blogging all year about different ways that you can detox your life and I’ve really been (and plan to continue) taking a full mind-body-spirit approach to detox, so we have been looking at different areas of our lives where we can make a difference. If you’ve been reading with us so far, you have been challenged to look atDecluttering Your HomeImproving Your SleepCleaning Up Your PlateDetoxing Your Home-- using all natural cleaning solutions. I would say that if you have made one improvement in each of these areas so far this year, it is likely beginning to make a big difference in your own well being. Let’s move on to this month’s topic, which is your personal care products.  I hope by now you all have figured out that I’m a realist-- meaning, I don’t believe that overnight you are going to go from the most chemical-laden personal care products to only using shea butter and skipping the antiperspirant.  But we’ve got to start somewhere if we are to continue on this lifelong journey of kicking out the chemicals. Did you know that the average female exposes themselves to 168 chemicals each day, just from their personal care products?  Think about it....shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, moisturizer, foundation, concealer, various makeup powders, mascara, deodorant/antiperspirant, perfume, lotion.  By the way, here is an article that discusses which chemicals you might want to be concerned about and why.I will be the first to tell you that when I started in the personal care industry, I really believed that the chemicals you put on your skin were not a big deal.  The concentrations were so low, and the molecules have to be so small to get absorbed across the skin (this is why some drugs can be used transdermally and some cannot), I assumed it was all well studied and thought out.  That, and the fact that I’d been using these chemicals for years and I was “fine”.    Then, I began studying hormone replacement therapy.  And do you know one of the most effective ways of delivering hormones?  Transdermally. Through the skin.  So many of the offensive chemicals in personal care products are “endocrine disruptors” because their chemical structures mimic hormones and they are small like hormones.  So, there went my theory about them not being absorbed well. Next, dosing.  It is true that the concentrations of these chemicals in your personal care products is low.  The problem is, that we don’t really know what dose of these chemicals is harmful long-term; just because something doesn’t cause you a problem today doesn’t mean it won’t contribute to a problem in the future.  Some of these chemicals accumulate in your body because they have very long half-lives (pharmacy trivia: How many half-lives does it take for something to be considered completely eliminated from your body? Answer at the end of the article).  Also in relation to dosing, doing hormone replacement therapy has taught me that it takes a very low dose of something used topically to get the same effect as an oral dose.  This is because when you take a chemical by mouth, your liver gets the first go at it metabolically speaking.  So most drugs are heavily metabolized in the liver and a bit of it gets in your blood stream and delivered to the tissues where it acts.  BUT, if you take a chemical topically (one that is small enough to be absorbed), that chemical goes straight into your bloodstream and your tissues before it makes it to the liver to be metabolized.  Anyone still with me?  That was my technical explanation for “A dab’ll do ya.” The point of all this information is this: Many of these chemicals are most definitely absorbed into your body, they are highly likely to accumulate in your body and they are highly likely to have long-term effects on your body.  If you want to get started with decreasing the chemicals in your personal care products you’ve got a few options.  The most expensive one is to go home and dump your makeup drawer and toss all the products in your shower, then go out and buy all new things!  Half of which you will be dissatisfied with and have to replace again!!!  Or, if you hate putting hard-earned money in the trash, you can start the next time you replace a product.  In my house, we made one simple swap to begin-- I switched from my traditional body wash to the Everyone Soap that we carry at The Pill Box Pharmacy.  Next, I switched to EO Deodorant-- it was a big deal because it is not an antiperspirant, but I wouldn’t have it any other way now.  So in this way, slowly but surely, I am replacing my products one by one.  I’m simplifying my beauty routine.  And, if you will indulge me for just a moment, I got an unexpected surprise when I started making these changes.  I’m starting to like myself more.  I honestly feel like all these years of putting on a bajillion products everyday has solidified in my mind that “I’m ugly”.  I have to cover up my smell, my blemishes, my wrinkles, myself.  Have you ever thought about how much time we, as women especially, spend covering up?  This is another topic, for another day, but I challenge you to think about it--- how many products do we need to love ourselves and to be valuable to the world?  I bet there is something you can do without, and you might just like yourself better for it. Oh yes, the trivia answer: 5 half lives  (so if a chemical has a half-life of 5 hours it would take 25 hours to be eliminated)​

Home Detox

Have you ever thought about how many chemicals you use in your home?  Or about what those chemicals might do to your body after years of use?  Most of us try not to think about it don’t we?  I’m guilty-- which is why I’ve put this article off all month. It’s easy to ignore the dangers of chemical overload in our homes because we don’t (typically) see the negative effects of it immediately.  However, I’m afraid we are all a bit like frogs in boiling water and that these chemicals are slowly but surely damaging us. I’m not going to exhaust you with a list of chemicals you should avoid, and I’m not going to alarm you with the potential ill-effects of those chemicals.  Those articles are easy to find if you enjoy fretting about it.  My goal today is to help you (and myself) to target some SUPER simple ways to replace those nasty chemicals. The first way I would recommend, is of course something we offer at The Pill Box Pharmacy.  We don’t just offer it because we want to sell you something, we offer it because we believe it is AWESOME!  The product is EO All-Purpose Cleaner-- and it is legitimately all-purpose.  Here is the list of potential uses directly from the company website:  I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of anything else I need to clean!  Which is why I think this product is so cool-- because as much as I LOVE the idea of being together enough to have my own cleaning recipes prepared and stored in glass bottles with fancy essential oil mixtures and beautiful labels, it just doesn’t happen.  This stuff makes it super easy-- just mix with water, that’s all.  Also, it comes in a 32 oz. bottle for $10.99 so that replaces about 10 products with just one and a little goes a long way since you dilute it.  I’m impressed.  Are you on your way to the Pill Box yet to pick up a bottle? Alright-- other options, for those of you that actually ARE together enough for all the fancy things.  Here are a few great recipes: My favorite laundry soap recipe1 gallon container1/4 cup Super Washing Soda1/4 cup Baking Soda1/3 cup castile soap15 drops Lavender essential oil15 drops Lemon essential oil**You may substitute any essential oils that you prefer. Add 1/4 cup Super Washing Soda to container (or large bowl).  Add enough hot tap water to mix and dissolve.  Next, add the 1/4 cup of Baking Soda and stir until dissolved.  Then, add the 1/3 cup of castile soap and your essential oils to the mixture.  Bring to the final volume of 1 gallon with hot tap water and stir to mix.  Shake well before use as some of the powder may come out of solution. Countertop Cleaner1 cup water1 cup white vinegar1 tablespoon castile soap10 drops your favorite essential oil.Mix all ingredients in a glass spray bottle.  Cutting Board Cleaner1/2 lemon1 tablespoon coarse saltApply the salt to the cutting board, use the lemon to scrub. Microwave cleaner1 cup vinegarjuice of 1 lemonAdd ingredients to a cup or bowl.  Place in microwave and turn on for 2 minutes.  When finished, simply wipe down the inside of the microwave.