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Get that garden growing!

Get that garden growing!

Want some pointers on starting your own organic garden? Growing your own food can be one of the most rewarding and environmentally friendly activities we can engage in. Get started now and you’ll have fresh (and local!) veggies on your plate in no time. If you’re new to gardening, check out Whole Living’s Beginner’s...

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Ask a Practitioner: I need gluten-free cold remedies!

Ask a Practitioner: I need gluten-free cold remedies!

We get questions nearly every day via Ask a Practitioner from people with a variety of health concerns. Our practitioners take turns answering these questions, offering advice based on their experience and expertise. Each week we’ll be posting some of these questions with the hopes that our practitioners’ advice can help answer some of...

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Reserve your mini makeovers and facials now for Spa Day!

Reserve your mini makeovers and facials now for Spa Day!

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year at Pharmaca–our Spa Day events start this week! While customers can always get skin care and makeup advice at Pharmaca, Spa Day events focus specifically on new products and trends in the health and beauty category. “Right now, with the summer months coming, is an especially good...

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Menopause Solutions: Webcast Wrap-Up

Menopause Solutions: Webcast Wrap-Up

Click here to see a recording of the webinar. Dr. Low Dog is an internationally recognized expert in the field of herbal medicine and integrative approaches to women’s health. She is currently the Fellowship Director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Health...

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Get Serious About Sleep

Get Serious About Sleep

Good sleep is one of the most vital elements of good health—but for many of us, it can also be hard to find. Here, customers and Pharmaca staff tell us about their favorite sleep products, and Dr. Suen Sohn, former naturopathic doctor at our Oakland store, tells us about why these things work. “I...

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Turmeric and brain health? Keep eating that curry

Turmeric and brain health? Keep eating that curry

In doing some research for an upcoming article on men’s health, we found a study that shows a strong connection between curcumin, or turmeric, and a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s. We’ve known that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, but we didn’t know that it could also reduce inflammation in the brain, thought to be a...

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ChildLife Essentials: Liquid Health

ChildLife Essentials: Liquid Health

Your kids will love the taste of these nutrient-packed liquid vitamins, and you’ll love the fact that they’ll keep them active, healthy and happy. ChildLife offers a complete line of nutritional supplements designed specifically for infants and children. Their formulations are based on the clinical expertise of ChildLife’s founder, Dr. Murray Clarke. Dr. Clarke,...

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Practitioner of the Month: Sarah C, Naturopath

Practitioner of the Month: Sarah C, Naturopath

Because Pharmaca stores are staffed with such unique practitioners–from acupuncturists to herbalists to naturopaths, every once in awhile we like to highlight one who is particularly great at their jobs. Our practitioner of the month is Sarah C, Naturopath and Lead Practitioner at Pharmaca in Los Gatos, Calif. According to Kathleen Lamoureux, assistant manager...

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Obesity, exercise and breast cancer

Obesity, exercise and breast cancer

Research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of estrogen-dependent breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Now, a recent study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that obesity may also increase the risk of triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that is not fueled by estrogen and usually...

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New hope for naturally repelling bugs

New hope for naturally repelling bugs

A recent story on NPR profiled a new project being conducted by the CDC to find a natural, non-toxic bug repellant. The good news: Scientists are honing in on a chemical called nootkatone, basically a natural essential oil found in the Alaska yellow cedar trees and citrus fruit like grapefruit. Nootkatone apparently smells citrusy,...

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