Drug Interactions & Nutrient Depletions Are Important to Know

drug interactionsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control, almost half of the American population is currently on some sort of prescription drug. Many Americans are also on more than one drug. As a result, people are experiencing more drug interactions. Adverse drug reactions can range from being mild to causing major injury or even death. Beyond interactions, medications can also deplete the body of vital nutrients, resulting in serious health concerns. Continue reading “Drug Interactions & Nutrient Depletions Are Important to Know”

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Are Drug Companies Hiding The Truth From Us?

This is a very controversial subject and Dr. Oz tried tackling it last Thursday on his show. Pharmaceutical drugs are important and have their place in our world, however, there is no doubt in my mind that many drugs are overused, misused and over-prescribed, and I am not the only one who believes this.  Dr. Oz had expert guests debate drug companies’ role in our everyday life and what they (the companies) are keeping from the public.

According to Dr. Oz, there are 4 secrets that the pharmaceutical industry is hiding:

1. Drug companies underestimate dangerous side effects
2. Drug companies control much of the information that doctors get about a drug
3. People are often prescribed drugs they don’t need
4. Drugs target the symptom, not the cause

Watch below to see more about this controversial subject.

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Village Green Offers Environmentally Safe Way to Dispose of Drugs

Flushing or trashing pharmaceutical products can be harmful to area water supplies (including the Chesapeake Bay, for those of us in the DC area).

Village Green Apothecary is now providing a safe, environmentally savvy way to dispose of unwanted and expired drugs. When consumers bring them into the pharmacy located at 5415 W. Cedar Lane in Bethesda, the drugs will be properly disposed of using the TakeAway Environmental Return System. Over-the-counter and prescription medications qualify, excepting controlled substances.

“It’s a very easy process,” says Marc Isaacson, president and owner of Village Green. “There’s a simple donation form that you can download from our website, or you can complete it in our store. Your privacy is absolutely ensured, and we ship items received directly to the facility that destroys the medications.”

The TakeAway program employs a waste-to-energy process, ensuring that the energy used to incinerate the drugs is harnessed as electricity. Around 200 million pounds of unused drugs are generated by Americans each year, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

“This is a safe, environmentally sensitive way to make sure that the drugs don’t end up trickling through our ecosystem into the Chesapeake Bay, or even into our drinking water,” Isaacson adds. ” Continue reading “Village Green Offers Environmentally Safe Way to Dispose of Drugs”

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