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Potassium iodide and radiation exposure protection

Because of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, many people on the west coast of the US are now worried that they could be impacted by the threat of nuclear radiation coming across the Pacific. The concern is that a nuclear disaster may release radioactive iodine into the air, which, when taken in...

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Help for those with dry, sensitive skin

Help for those with dry, sensitive skin

Here in Boulder, Colo., where Pharmaca has its headquarters, we revel in the mixed blessing of dry air. While it’s great to live without the humidity during the warm summers, at about this point in the season the dry air can lead to cracked, rough skin. That’s why a recent study in the journal...

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Shaking the Winter Blues

Shaking the Winter Blues

If you experience sadness, lethargy or a case of the blues during fall and winter, you’re not alone. Winter depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects more than 10 million Americans every year. Symptoms of SAD, which usually begin in October and subside in March, include mild to moderate depression, a feeling of hopelessness,...

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Building Your Allergy Defense

Building Your Allergy Defense

Even if you feel like you’ve tried everything to combat those springtime allergies, there’s a good chance Pharmaca offers a few things you haven’t tried. We have a variety of natural and alternative remedies to boost your chances of surviving—and actually enjoying—allergy season. To learn more about taking a multi-pronged approach to allergy relief,...

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Upcoming webinar! Better Sleep: The Holy Grail of Good Health

February 27, 2011
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Upcoming webinar! Better Sleep: The Holy Grail of Good Health

Pharmaca is proud to be hosting another free webinar with Dr. Bradly Jacobs, Chair of our Integrative Health Advisory Board. Better Sleep: The Holy Grail of Good Health Thursday, March 17, 2pm PDT/3pm MDT Join Dr. Jacobs as he discusses a holistic approach to getting better sleep, including diet and lifestyle changes, supplements and...

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The (healthy) glory of chocolate

February 25, 2011
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The (healthy) glory of chocolate

We just stumbled on this little nugget by John Robbins over at the Huffington Post—we’ve never seen someone lay out the true health benefits of chocolate quite so well. It turns out it’s not just full of antioxidants, it’s also great for your heart, your mood, etc. As Robbins says, “There is in fact...

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The shelflife of your cosmetics

February 24, 2011
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The shelflife of your cosmetics

We just found this fascinating article on Mother Nature Network that talks about how long you should keep everything from mascara to blush brushes. A few especially interesting points: Never keep mascara more than 6 months. (It’s a haven for bacteria.) Sharpen eye and lip pencils once a week to keep bacteria from building...

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Zinc beneficial in reducing cold symptoms and duration

February 17, 2011
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Zinc beneficial in reducing cold symptoms and duration

A new review of studies on zinc as a cure for the common cold has concluded that it can drastically shorten the duration of cold symptoms. The review examined 15 studies that have been done since the 1980s, and found that if taken within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, you can trim...

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How safe is your bottled water?

February 16, 2011
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How safe is your bottled water?

A recent post in Treehugger’s Ask Pablo column asked just that. Pablo examined the Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard, as well as a 2008 report they did on the health of a number of different bottled water brands, and the results were surprising. According to the EWG, the best way to get...

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Compact for Safe Cosmetics closing down

February 14, 2011
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You may have heard that the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the coalition of skin care companies who have pledged to remove hazardous ingredients in their products, is being closed to new signers. The goal of the Compact, developed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, was to improve the safety of cosmetics and skin care...

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