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Dirty 30: How to Avoid Toxic Ingredients and Choose Safer Products

From our friends at MyChelle Dermaceuticals Every day, millions of us reach for products that help keep our skin clean, hair shiny, teeth white and body smelling lovely. From moisturizer and lipstick to sunscreen and shampoo, these products are indispensable in today’s busy world. Skin care ingredient lists use scientific names and it’s hard...

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Aching for Arnica

Aching for Arnica

Ah, summer weekends. They can be filled with exciting activities, but also with the potential for sprained ankles and bruised knees. Get ahead of the game with Arnica, one of the most common ingredients in pain-relieving homeopathic remedies. What is Arnica? Arnica (full name: Arnica montana) grows naturally in Europe, the northern U.S., Canada...

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Expert Advice on Prostate Health

Expert Advice on Prostate Health

By Dr. Brad Jacobs, MD, Chair of Pharmaca’s Integrative Health Advisory Board Prostate cancer is a real concern—in the US, 230,000 men are diagnosed each year, and 30,000 die from this condition. Here are my recommendations for keeping yourself healthy.   Screening As you may know, the US Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended...

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Ask the MD: Men’s Heart Health

Ask the MD: Men’s Heart Health

By Dr. Brad Jacobs, MD, Chair of Pharmaca’s Integrative Health Advisory Board Heart disease and related health problems, such as cerebro-vascular accidents (e.g. strokes), comprise the leading cause of death in the United States. I recommend using the Reynolds Risk Score calculator to calculate your risk for developing a heart attack or stroke over...

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Your Sunscreen Buying Guide

It’s time to plan your summer fun-and your summer sun protection. Don’t forget that experts recommend replacing your sunscreen every year, since it can lose effectiveness quickly, especially when they spend time in the hot sun. Use these basics to simplify your next sun care shopping trip at Pharmaca. Mineral vs. chemical Where chemical...

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Your Body: A Well-Oiled Machine

Your Body: A Well-Oiled Machine

Want the dewy, glowy look of hydrated and nourished skin? Turn to these versatile oils, many of which can be used inside and out, to smooth, heal and repair skin–and keep it glowing for years to come. Sea Buckthorn Oil (Internal & External) Over the centuries many populations have used sea buckthorn for a...

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Preparing for Pregnancy: Prenatal Essentials

You may know that folic acid is a pregnancy necessity, but did you know that it’s most effective when taken consistently before and during the time of conception? Learn more from Dr. Low Dog about supplements and other recommendations for all women of child-bearing age. This video is part of a series of educational...

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Early Essentials for Natural Kids

Early Essentials for Natural Kids

Get your children off to a healthy start by making natural choices when it comes to their care. Pharmaca’s in-store staff of licensed health care professionals can direct you to the best products, whether your little one is feeling bad or staying well. Shayne Case, a clinical herbalist at Pharmaca’s Portland store, and Tyler...

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Omegas, Sea Buckthorn & Vitamins, Oh My! Our Favorite Beauty Supplements

Omegas, Sea Buckthorn & Vitamins, Oh My! Our Favorite Beauty Supplements

It’s no secret that good nutrition, proper hydration and a great cleansing regimen can make a huge difference in the health of your skin. But what about supplements? Here are a few our practitioners love. New Chapter Wholemega Essential fatty acids are key to healthy, moisturized skin. Omega 3s and 6s help reduce inflammation,...

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Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

Need to lower your cholesterol? Here, Dr. Brad Jacobs talks about natural ways to maintain healthy cholesterol levels through diet, exercise and supplementation. This video is part of a series of educational videos we’ll be posting from members of our Integrative Health Advisory Board.

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