Mind Over Matter: Why Perception is Everything

Mind Over Matter: Why Perception is Everything

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of your health? For some, it’s obtaining annual check-ups at the doctor’s office¬† and taking the suitable medications or course of action when ill. For many more, it’s proper nutrition and fitness. A quick login to social media confirms that the diet and exercise industry remains on fire these days, no doubt inspiring us to get moving and achieve our top health. A heavy emphasis on superficiality exists in today’s perceived image of healthcare, and this isn’t…

Practical Radiance: A Few Words on my Upcoming Book

Practical Radiance: A Few Words on my Upcoming Book

I don’t see too many books written by pharmacists. Walking down the aisle of my local Barnes & Noble, I see plenty of books from doctors, mental health professionals, and nutritionists – but hardly any from pharmacists. It makes me wonder if the majority of people who enter the pharmacy profession are perhaps more “left-brain” dominant and don’t really take to writing. It also makes me think that we should definitely be hearing more from a pharmacist’s perspective. We are in a unique position in healthcare, often working as a…

A Deadly Cocktail: Why Opioids and Popular Anti-Anxiety Medications Should Not be Mixed

A Deadly Cocktail: Why Opioids and Popular Anti-Anxiety Medications Should Not be Mixed

Another concerning and potentially life-threatening factor should be considered for the millions of people who use opioid pain medications regularly. The manufacturer of two popular anti-anxiety drugs, known as benzodiazepines, just released some new information regarding the concomitant use with opioid pain medications. Concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids may result in respiratory depression, profound sedation, coma, or even death. The drug interaction has been known for quite some time now, but the recent severity of these risks has prompted some new warnings and precautions to be added to the…