Besides humans, zebras, dogs, elephants and camels snore. If your snoring is combined with stopping breathing for a short while, see your doctor. You may have sleep apnea. This condition can cause high blood pressure, heart attacks, and stroke if left untreated.
Can a cold shower daily give you protection from sickness? A Dutch study in 2016 found that people who had regular cold showers were 29 per cent less likely to miss work because of sickness. Cold water does put a strain on the body so do this cautiously. Try a 10-minute brisk walk instead.
Make brushing your tongue part of your daily oral hygiene routine. This helps remove bacteria found in the crevices and bumpy surfaces of the tongue. It improves your breath. Tongue-brushing also helps prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. Rinsing with a mouthwash isn’t enough but thorough brushing of the teeth and tongue really helps.
The term polypharmacy is defined as the regular use of five or more drugs by one patient. The elderly take more drugs and also face a greater risk of side effects. Sometimes, missing doses can result in side effects quickly. A good example is for Parkinson’s drugs. Missing even a couple doses can result in symptoms of the disease coming back. Pharmacists can help with medication organizing.
One of the biggest advances in heart surgery in the past decade is the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation or TAVI. This procedure is used on some heart patients in whom the aortic valve gets stiff and doesn’t open and close properly. This puts extra strain on the heart resulting in shortness of breath, ankle swelling, chest pain and dizziness. TAVI allows the valve replacement to be done without opening the patient’s chest. Shorter hospital stays and faster recovery result.
Ever wonder what the Rx means on prescriptions and pharmacy signs? As many things, it goes back to Latin. Rx is an abbreviation of the Latin word recipere or recipe, which means take thou. In the 19th Century, the Rx was followed by the letter “f” which stood for fiat mistura which meant “let the mixture be made”, a reference to the days when pharmacists made all medicines in their pharmacies.
The first week of the New Year is a time that people make resolutions. Many of these resolutions are health-related. Here are a few examples of some changes some people will be making in their lives in 2022:
- Stop smoking. Reduce alcohol consumption or stop it altogether. Look at your sleep habits. A good nights sleep can do wonders for your health.
- Get immunized against COVID-19 if not already protected.
- Make exercise part of your routine each week. The usual goal is 150 minutes per week and this can take the form of jogging or walking or participating in organized programs. In other words, sit less and move more.
- Lose some weight. Being overweight increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. Part of a weight-loss lifestyle is to reduce sugar intake and ban all processed food from your diet.
- What you eat can affect your health. Reducing red meat consumption to twice weekly is part of a healthy diet. Reducing salt intake can have an effect of lowering blood pressure. Eat more whole foods.
- Spend more time outside. Take a walk through a forest without being attached to electronics. Hear the sounds of nature. This can be very relaxing and calming.
- One more resolution: get one’s finances in order. Money can be a source of real stress.
Happy New Year to all. Have a healthy 2022.
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. Bill and Barbara, along with their business partner Jenna Whitehead, opened Campus Trail Pharmacy in 2020. The understanding that medications are only part of the health solution has led 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 at 348 Muskoka Road 3 North. Phone: (705) 789-1785.
The Campus Trail Pharmacy is at 39 Campus Trail, in the new Campus Trails Wellness Centre off Muskoka Rd 3 N beside The Tom condominiums. Phone: (705) 789-5331.
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