What Do Those Expiration Dates Mean, Anyway?

July 12, 2012
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What Do Those Expiration Dates Mean, Anyway?

Chances are you’ve got a few bottles of expired medicine lying around the house. So what happens when you’re in dire need of some cold medicine and the only package you’ve got is two years old? Here’s how expiration dates work. Prescriptions and OTC drugs   In 1979, a law was passed that mandated...

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Natural Weight Management: Is There Truth Behind the Hype?

Natural Weight Management: Is There Truth Behind the Hype?

You’ve probably heard the hype about some new naturally derived weight loss supplements on the market today. Here, we explore how they work, and how they might be able to help you meet your weight management goals. Green Coffee Bean Taking green coffee bean extract isn’t just like drinking a cup of coffee: unroasted...

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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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Sun Protection Decoded

Sun Protection Decoded

The world of sunscreens can be confusing these days, and chances are, you need some help decoding which sun protection is best for you and your family. Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has developed a sophisticated system of rating sunscreens for their safety and effectiveness. And fortunately for you, Pharmaca carries a wide...

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5 Stress-Busting Strategies

June 30, 2012
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5 Stress-Busting Strategies

Stress. It’s a part of all of our lives, but when it gets out of control, it can wear us down physically, mentally and emotionally–and can have long-term effects on our health. Here are a few ways to help your body handle stress better. 1) Calm your mind and body. Set aside at least...

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The Scoop on Vitamins

The Scoop on Vitamins

Ever wonder exactly how and why we need vitamins in our diet? Here’s a little primer on how vitamins function in our bodies.  Put plainly, a vitamin is an organic compound essential for life. It is essential because it cannot be created in the body, and must be obtained through food for the body to stay alive....

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