Become an organ donor
At one time, people having kidney failure had very little chance of survival. Today, we have kidney dialysis that can perform the work of the kidneys while the patient is waiting for a kidney transplant. However, often that wait is a long one. There are never enough kidneys to satisfy the waiting list. If you haven’t registered yet to be an organ donor, do it today. You could save a life.
Keep medicine secure
Many iron supplements look like green and red Smarties. Iron supplements are one of the most common causes of poisoning in children. They look like candy but overdosing can cause kidney failure and death. A good reason to keep all medications out of the reach of children.
Money and infection
Money can be a source of infection. People who handle coin and paper money in their jobs should wash their hands often. Paper money can carry a lot of bacteria and viruses, which can live on the surface of the money for 48 hours. The flu virus can live on paper money for as many as 17 days. Other infection-laden items we touch often include computer keyboards, cell phones, toilet seats and shopping carts. You can’t wash your hands too often.
Check your feet
It’s a good idea to give your feet a good check regularly. Feet that are cold or numb could signify circulation problems. Your doctor can check for diabetes. Swollen or sore feet could be a sign of arthritis or gout. Or it could simply be poor-fitting shoes. Whatever the symptom, have it checked. It might be an early symptom of something serious.
What’s in your makeup?
With the discovery of radium in 1898, it didn’t take long for entrepreneurs to try to market this unique element by adding it to cosmetics. Radium is radioactive but soon there were many “radium-fortified” creams, hair products and soaps. There were even attempts to cure male impotence through the use of a scrotal soak and radium-infused condoms. It was pseudoscience and very dangerous.
Water and pills
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, such as apple sauce or yogurt.
Kiwi health claims
The kiwi fruit, that tasty New Zealand export, has many health claims attached to it. Some people claim it can help with sleep (two a couple hours before bedtime), and may also help those with constipation-type irritable bowel syndrome, likely due to the fibre-content. One interesting fact about kiwi fruit is that it’s the third most common food allergen after milk and eggs.
Public health personnel are frustrated by anti-vaxers using the internet to spread their misinformation. A group of people in Australia is using social media to refute this misinformation by spreading factual information about immunization. They want people to find the very idea of being or becoming an anti-vaxxer, laughable.
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 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