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What Happens Behind the Counter Stays Behind the Counter

Mrs. DK is one of my patients who is always on the run.

Every time she comes to the pharmacy, she drops off a prescription that contains at least 5 medications. The first question she always asks is, “How long will it take?”

No matter what time I give her, the expression on Mrs. DK’s face says, “Why would it take that long? Just print a label, slap it on the bottle, and give it to me! That’s it!”

From Counting to Communicating: How to Benefit from the Evolving Role of Your Pharmacist

When you have a question about your health or medication, who are you going to call first?

Probably your pharmacist.

Pharmacists consistently rank as one of the most trusted professions by Canadians. They are also the most accessible healthcare providers across the country and are often the first point of contact most Canadians have with the healthcare system.

Most of the questions I receive on a daily basis from my patients are questions about how to take their medications, what the expected side effects are, or how to take care of their health in general. These are questions I encourage all patients to ask. Here’s why:

Canadian medication safety experts have estimated that 98,000 deaths a year are attributed to preventable medical mistakes. That’s more deaths than those due to car accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS.

Sometimes, the Answer Lies in the “How,” Not the “Why”

We often search for answers to life’s big questions: “Why did this happen to me?”… “Why didn’t that?”… “What’s the point of it all?”…

We feel like we need to have the answers in order to relax, let go, carry on with life, and feel happy. This is the nature of the human brain. We think, theorize, and analyze for the sake of accomplishing practical tasks, which can be helpful and exciting in many ways. However, emotionally speaking, the thinking brain has the potential to do a lot of harm.

Lyme Disease Prevention Guidelines – Updated

KFL&A Public Health reports that in 2013, 23% of the ticks brought in for testing were positive for B. Burgdorferi, the infectious agent of Lyme Disease. In 2016, this number rose to 32%. And though only 1 to 4% of bites from infected ticks generate infection, the rate is plenty high enough to consider our region a Lyme-endemic location. Please educate yourself, friends, and family members about tick-bite prevention and treatment.  I’ve thoroughly researched and summarized some guidelines to keep in mind this season:

CranioSacral Therapy to Treat Depression and other Mental Illnesses

As the stigmas historically associated with mental illness slowly break down, more focus is placed on understanding how exactly these conditions affect so many of us. There is lots of good information available about what exactly happens to brain chemistry, what lifestyle and even dietary changes might help someone in their struggle with mental illness. One strategy that has been shown to help many people dealing with various mental illnesses is CranioSacral Therapy, and I’d like to explain how exactly this works. CranioSacral Therapy is gentle, mechanical manipulation of the individual bones that make up the skull, as well as the sacrum (i.e. your tailbone). This is an important piece: What if there is something STRUCTURALLY contributing to a mental illness?