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FDA announces new sunscreen labeling rules

FDA announces new sunscreen labeling rules

The Food & Drug Administration revised its 33-year-old rules on sunscreen labeling this week, mandating that sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB radiation before they can be labeled “broad spectrum.” The new regulations also state that only sunblocks with an SPF rating of 15 or higher can claim that they help prevent sunburn...

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Practitioner of the Month: Erik A., Naturopathic Doctor

Practitioner of the Month: Erik A., Naturopathic Doctor

Because Pharmaca stores are staffed with such unique practitioners–from acupuncturists to herbalists to naturopaths, every month we like to highlight one who is particularly great at their job. Our June practitioner of the month is Dr. Erik A., naturopathic doctor at our store Madison Park, Seattle, store. Dr. Erik graduated in 2002 from Bastyr...

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Have you heard about Meatless Monday?

Have you heard about Meatless Monday?

A new movement is gaining momentum around the world: It’s called Meatless Monday, and the goal is to bring awareness to our tendency to overconsume animal products. Ultimately, it serves as a way to improve our health and lessen our impact on the environment. According to the campaign: “On average, Americans consume 8 ounces...

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Men’s Supplement All-Stars

Men’s Supplement All-Stars

Every man is unique, but there are a few common concerns that span lifestyles and generations. Sarah Cook, naturopathic doctor at our Los Gatos, Calif., store explores some universal issues–and offers some helpful suggestions–to help keep you or the man in your life on track. Men’s Supplement All-Stars Can help.* Zinc Fish Oils L-Arginine...

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New reasons to keep your sunblock natural

New reasons to keep your sunblock natural

According to a new article in Women’s Health magazine, some common ingredients found in chemical sunscreens could be not only dangerous to your skin, but also to the bodies of water you’re swimming in. “Twenty thousand tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers, divers, and surfers into the oceans every year, eventually affecting marine life,...

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Whooping cough vaccinations now available

Whooping cough vaccinations now available

If you live in California, you probably know that cases of whooping cough have dramatically increased over the last 50 years. Also know as pertussis, whooping cough now affects an estimated 7,800 people in California alone (via Huffington Post). As a result, last year the California legislature enacted a law that requires students in...

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Just say no to white legs

A few months ago, jane iredale came out with a new self-tanner that works to make skin tanner in just a few days: Tantasia. We here at the Pharmaca offices have fallen in love with this good-smelling, non-streaky bronzer that really does add a few shades to our skin (that’s still pale from covering...

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Balance Your Skin With Oils from Nature

Balance Your Skin With Oils from Nature

For most of us with oily, sensitive or acne-prone skin, oil has long been a no-no in our skin care regimens. Turns out that school of thought may have been wrong. Natural oils can actually help maintain our skin’s all-important moisture balance, and keep us from drying out or feeling too oily. “Your skin’s...

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Proper prescription drug disposal

Proper prescription drug disposal

Still confused about what to do with your unused prescriptions? Experts recommend different disposal methods for different meds, depending on their danger to humans or pets in the household. The best option: Find a drug take-back program in your area. Start by contacting the trash and recycling program of your city or county government,...

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Fish Oil or Flax?

Fish Oil or Flax?

The average American gets only half the daily amount of omega-3 fatty acids recommended by the World Health Organization. These promoters of heart health and brain function are sometimes called essential fatty acids because they must be obtained from dietary sources or nutritional supplements. We asked Clare Bauermeister, ND, of Pharmaca in West Seattle...

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