Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

January 10th, 2014 (No Comments)

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) By Sheila Jiwan Compounding pharmacists at our Pharmasave stores can create customized BHRT that closely mimics individual patients’ optimum natural hormone levels. With natural, customized BHRT, patients can mitigate the symptoms associated with menopause and other hormonal imbalances, while minimizing side effects and risks associated with synthetic hormones. With bioidentical […]

Is it influenza or a cold?

December 3rd, 2013 (No Comments)

Is it influenza or a cold? Humourous 15 second ad from ImmunizeBC that highlights the difference between a cold and influenza. The following table from HealthLinkBC can help you determine whether you have influenza or a cold. Symptoms Cold Influenza (“the flu”) (a) Fever Rare Usual, sudden onset 39° to 40°, lasts 3 to 4 […]

What is Compounding?

July 18th, 2013 (No Comments)

By Sheila Jiwan, Pharmacist and Certified Metabolic Anti-Aging Medicine Consultant Simply put, compounding is the art and science of creating personalized medication. We take individual ingredients and mix together the exact strength and dosage required by the patient and prescriber. Unlike manufactured medications, where there are only a few different dosages strengths and forms, compounding […]

What are hormones and what do they do?

July 5th, 2013 (No Comments)

By Sheila Jiwan, Pharmacist and Certified Metabolic Anti-Aging Medicine Consultant Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Hormones are natural substances produced in our body and act as messengers. They are produced by our glands, for example, ovaries, testes, thyroid, adrenal glands and the pancreas. The hormones released form the glands; then control essentially all our metabolic functions by […]

Women’s Health

November 14th, 2012 (No Comments)

Women’s Health By Sheila Jiwan Are you always fatigued, feeling tired but “wired” or constantly stressed and burnt out? “If only I had the energy I used to!” sounds familiar to you, perhaps you ought to consider knowing more about a condition you may be suffering from called adrenal fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, or adrenal burnout. […]

Hormones and Harmony – The key to balanced health

October 2nd, 2012 (No Comments)

Hormones and Harmony – The key to balanced health By Sheila Jiwan, Certified BHRT Specialist Your hormones should exist in harmony with each other. When levels of each hormone are in the right proportions, body systems are stable. When balance is lost, hormone deficiencies and excesses can cause chronic symptoms or disorders, and potentially raise […]

The pharmacist’s role in managing Parkinson’s disease

August 18th, 2012 (No Comments)

By Magdalena Kowalska-Villoroel For many British Columbians, Parkinson’s disease gained recognition when actor Michael J. Fox revealed in 1998 that he had been diagnosed with the disease. But in reality, it is the second most common progressive degenerative neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s. There are approximately 11,000 people in our province living with Parkinson’s. The average […]