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Our Project Wellness blog offers a wide range of natural health information, from brain health tips to weight loss help to the best all-natural products and homeopathic remedies. Our wealth of natural health information can be helpful for anyone who is interested in an integrative approach to their health, and who wants suggestions on common natural remedies for certain health conditions. We will continue to fill the blog with the latest natural health news and information about relevant medical studies. Let the experts at Pharmaca serve as your one-stop shop for the most up-to-date information in the world of natural health. Project Wellness is working hard to be the best online source for all your natural health news and information.

Coconut: Packed with Healthy Benefits

Coconut: Packed with Healthy Benefits

What is this nut that’s so hard to crack? Coconut is cropping up everywhere these days—coconut water, coconut flour, shredded coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut cream. When I was a young girl we’d shake them to check for water inside (an indication of a good coconut, according to my mom). The next task...

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Healthy Hydration for Hot Summer Days

Healthy Hydration for Hot Summer Days

Good hydration isn’t just about drinking lots of water—especially when you’re out in the hot summer sun. Even if you get your requisite 64 oz of water a day, exercising in the heat require the right minerals and electrolytes to keep your body moving. To determine whether you’re dehydrated, the simplest rule of thumb...

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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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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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Adaptogens in Focus: Cordyceps

May 27, 2012
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Adaptogens in Focus: Cordyceps

A few years back I took a trip to Nepal, and spent nearly a month hiking through the Annapurna mountain range. It was absolutely breathtaking scenery, to say the least—miles of trails on which we rarely saw other people. Other than a daily dose of donkeys and porters, our encounters were limited to local...

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What Makes a Superfood a Superfood?

May 25, 2012
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What Makes a Superfood a Superfood?

Though it’s not exactly a scientific term, the word “superfood” is often used as a marketing tool. So what does it mean exactly? Something is referred to as a superfood when it is nutrient-rich and provides multiple health benefits to the body. Those nutrients can include phytochemicals (compounds found in plants that have beneficial...

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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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Adaptogens in Focus: Rhodiola

May 18, 2012
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Adaptogens in Focus: Rhodiola

On nearly every continent, there are plants that contain particular substances and chemicals capable of altering the human physiological and emotional reaction to stress. Known for thousands of years and utilized by cultures around the globe, these healing herbs and fungi—what we now call adaptogens—convey a resistance to chemical, physical and psycho-emotional stressors when...

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