Capsule Comments by Bill Coon, Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy

Capsule Comments

Researchers are working hard to find cures for cancer. However, thinking of lung cancers, only two per cent are caused by environmental or genetic factors. The remainder, 98 per cent are caused by smoking tobacco. Lung cancer is a preventable form of cancer that only each individual who still smokes can affect by quitting smoking.

All skin types are not created equally. Billions are spent yearly to keep our skin young and free of blemishes. The rates of the aging of our skin are governed by our genetic make-up and that includes our skin colour.
People with dark skin have more built-in protection from the sun’s UV rays; in fact four times the protection than people with white skin. Dark-skinned people also don’t wrinkle as much as they age due to thicker skin and more collagen-making cells. Still, for all skin types, stopping smoking and using good sun protection will help slow the aging process.

Blood pressure is perhaps the most important risk factor we know about in medicine. There is some new research that is suggesting treatment should start earlier. Usually, treatment starts when the systolic (upper number) reaches 140. Now some doctors are thinking that better outcomes can be reached if anything of 120 is measured. Don’t know your blood pressure? Get it checked.

The term deprescribing is starting to show up in medical and pharmacy journals. It refers to the idea that periodic reviews of your medications might reveal some drugs you may not need or their doses could be reduced. It’s an idea that “less is more” could be beneficial because every drug that is added to your list increases the chance of adverse drug reactions and interaction.

Be sure to visit Penny at Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy in the Home Health Care department for your compression stocking, mastectomy or ostomy needs.

Bill Coon, Pharmacist Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy

Bill Coon, Pharmacist Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy

Bill Coon graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 1984, and was the Faculty’s Centennial Scholar that same year.  Bill and his pharmacist wife, Barbara, along with Paul Whitehead, opened Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy in 1990. The understanding that medications are only part of the health solution has lead to Bill’s interest in fitness and health, both personally and professionally.  Bill’s Capsule Comments provide a full range of up to date health information.

Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy is conveniently located in the Huntsville Professional Building ~ 348 Muskoka Road 3 North, Huntsville  Phone:(705) 789-1785

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