Capsule Comments by Bill Coon, Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy

Capsule Comments


Ever have a pill get stuck in your throat?  It’s not too pleasant and is usually caused by not drinking enough water before, during and after taking the pill.  It is good to drink a little water before taking the pill to help it slide down more easily.  If pills getting stuck happens often, take the pill with a bit of food….apple sauce or yogurt for example.

The kiwi fruit, that tasty New Zealand export, has many health claims attached to it.  Some people claim it can help sleep (two a couple hours before bedtime), also may help those with constipation-type irritable bowel syndrome (probably the fibre-content helps here).  One interesting fact about kiwi fruit is that it’s the third most common food allergen after milk and eggs.

Bigger and more frequent bowel movements is an indication of better health. There is a link between the length of time it takes food to move from eating to toilet and colon cancer. It’s called transit time and the faster the transit time, the lower the risk. You can measure you own transit time by eating beets and see how long it takes to see the red in the toilet.  Those eating plant-based diets see a transit time of 1-2 days.  For those with more conventional diets it may be as much as five days.

Watching too much TV may have a negative effect on your memory.  In England, they did a study over six years on senior citizens and their TV habits.  The participants underwent verbal memory and fluency tests.  They found that those who watched more than 3.5 hours of TV daily had an average decline of 8-10 per cent in word and language memory over the six years.  Those playing video games didn’t have the same cognitive decline,

The idea of a male contraceptive is still a possibility.  In the works is a hormonal gel that a man will rub on his shoulders daily.  The gel will suppress the body’s production of sperm.  But it will be a while (perhaps 10 years) before the product is available.

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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