Sore throats accompany many illnesses. If accompanied by a fever higher than 38 degrees, trouble swallowing or breathing, or a rash, see your doctor. Otherwise, oral acetaminophen or ibuprofen may relieve the discomfort. Honey (2 tbsp at bedtime) can help in children over the age of one. Lozenges will also help for a short while although shouldn’t be given to children under four.
Some people go grey much earlier than others. Genetics plays a large part in this phenomenon. The colour of hair is given by pigment-producing cells called melanin and naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide can build up in the hair causing a bleaching effect. Stress is not thought to cause early greying but smokers tend to go grey earlier due to the smoke causing damage to the pigment cells in the hair.
How is your consumption of flavonoids? These are nutrients found in foods like strawberries, oranges, peppers and apples. They also are found in yellow or orange fruits and vegetables, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries. Besides being tasty to eat, there is some evidence that these foods help lower the risk of age-related cognitive decline. Eating at least one serving per day just may help.
In Japanese culture there is a possible secret to a long, happy life. It’s called ikigai. This word is a combination of two words: iki meaning life and gai meaning benefit or worth. This concept can be summed up in the phrase “a reason for being”. If you choose something to do in your life that combines your interests, abilities, and talents with what the world needs and you get paid for it as well, you have ikigai.
An interesting effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. is that the life expectancy in that country dropped by 18 months in 2020. It was the biggest one-year drop since WWII. The life expectancy in the U.S. is now 77.3 years. Canada fared much better with life expectancies dropping only 0.41 years from 82.1 to 81.86.
The leading causes of death in Canada have remained fairly consistent over the years. The top five are: cancer, heart disease, accidents, cerebral vascular diseases (strokes), and chronic lower respiratory tract diseases which includes COPD, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. In 2020, COVID-19 deaths appeared between the numbers for heart disease and accidents.
There have been many products with marijuana extracts in them, from dog food to chocolate to shampoo. But does adding it to these products make them better? The only uses that have been clinically proven for CBD (the non-“high” component of marijuana) are for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, chronic pain (with varying results), moderate to severe muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, and severe childhood epilepsy that hasn’t responded to other treatments.
“Keto” diets (80 per cent fat, 15 per cent protein, 5 per cent carbs) are very popular today. Many claims have been made for this diet, like moderate weight-loss and its benefit for people with epilepsy. Women who are pregnant or want to have a child should use caution because of the increased risk of giving birth to a child with spina bifida. Avoiding whole grains, beans, fruits and veggies may result in loss of nutrients like folic acid. Discuss going on any diet with your doctor first.
Almost one-third of poisonings in Canada occur in children under the age of five. As the holiday season approaches, it’s a good time to poison-proof your home. Keep all medications and cleaning products well out of reach of young children. Also keep the poison control centre phone number handy just in case.
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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