The body can absorb only so much vitamin C at one time. The recommended daily supplemental dose of this vitamin is 250-500mg in two divided doses. Taking much more will spill over into the urine. Some people take extra vitamin C when they have a cold. For this situation, 1000mg should be the limit (in divided doses). If you always take large amounts of the vitamin, tell your doctor. Sometimes vitamin C may affect blood test results.
Essential oils retain the “essence” of the plants they are extracted from. The aroma of some oils can have a positive health effect. Some say that lavender oil might reduce anxiety and help sleep. Topical use of these oils is also done but they should be diluted first. Taking essential oils orally is not recommended.
The ideal daily calorie consumption varies depending on your lifestyle. For women who are not physically active, it’s 1,600 calories per day. If moderately active, it’s 1,800 and for active women it’s 2,200. For men, the numbers are 2,000-2,200, 2,200-2,400, and 2,400-2,800 calories respectively.
Medical dictionary: “Crepitus” is defined as that crunching sound that some people experience in their joints, like the neck and shoulder. It’s like the sound of stepping on a crunchy cereal. It can be caused by osteoarthritis and can be helped by gently exercising without causing pain.
Almost 90 per cent of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking. Radon exposure is linked to about 16 per cent of lung cancer deaths and is the second leading cause of lung cancer for smokers and can increase the risk of lung cancer in non-smokers. There are testing kits available to assess radon levels in your home.
Speaking of smoking….PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) involves the narrowing of the arteries to the legs. This causes cramping and chronic pain. One of the most powerful ways to prevent or reduce PAD is to stop smoking and keep your blood pressure in check.
Toothbrushes can act as a reservoir for microorganisms. There are ways they can be disinfected: placing in boiling water for three minutes; place it in rubbing alcohol for a minute. Let the brush dry between each use and exchange it for a new one every three months.
Although it’s unclear whether vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for prostate cancer, the incidence of the disease is less in men who live in areas of higher sun exposure. But there are established risk factors for prostate cancer. These include being over 50, being obese, being of African or Caribbean ancestry, having poor diet, smoking, or having a family history of the disease.
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