Friday, December 16, 2016

Homeopathic Remedies

Have you ever used “Rhus tox” (poison oak) for joint stiffness? Or “teething tablets” for a child’s toothache? If so, you have used a homeopathic remedy! This column looks at the differences between homeopathic remedies and other over-the-counter medicines to help you make decisions about your health.

What are Homeopathic Remedies?
In the 1700’s, people would use things from plants, animals, and minerals, such as crushed whole bees, dried stinging nettle, or pollen, to treat illnesses. Such ingredients have continued to be used until this day and are called homeopathic remedies. Today, there are many other over-the-counter medicines, such as ibuprofen, antihistamines, and cough syrups, available to treat simple illnesses, but some people still use homeopathic remedies. 

Over-the-Counter Medicine versus Homeopathic Remedies
Over-the-counter medications are made for people to use without the help of a doctor when they are sick. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure over-the-counter medications are safe and work for people. Homeopathic remedies are not held to the same standards as other over-the-counter medications. Because they do not have to prove to the FDA they are safe or work in order to be sold to the public, users are at risk of side effects and could experience worse outcomes such as being hospitalized. Caution is recommended when using homeopathic remedies because of limited proof of safety and proof they work.

Example of Trouble with Homeopathic Remedies
Like any drug, dietary supplement, or over-the-counter medicine, homeopathic remedies can have side effects or drug interactions. Baby teething tablets, such as Hyland’s Teething Tablets, were a common homeopathic remedy sold in the pharmacy. For the safety of the children, these tablets were taken off of the pharmacy shelves recently because of reports of irritability, extreme sleepiness, shortness of breath and, in extreme cases, seizures and death linked to taking teething tablets. 

What is Being Done
The FDA is now working on requiring the makers of homeopathic remedies to give proof that the products are safe and work for the general public. By doing this, homeopathic remedies that cannot prove they are safe and work will no longer be sold. 

How YOUR Local Pharmacy Can Help
From homeopathic remedies to over-the-counter medications and more, we at Topeka Pharmacy are happy to help guide you to a safe over-the-counter medication that works. You and your family’s health matter most to us, and we are more than willing to lend a hand in ensuring your health and safety!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Soup's On!

Have you been thinking of soup lately?  Every year, when the beautiful fall weather fades into cold winter winds, I start thinking of the comfort of homemade soups.  Such a wide variety of recipes and ingredients provides unlimited combinations, tastes, spices and healthy ingredients.

Homemade soup is not just a comfort food, it is often a great way to get vegetables and keep calories limited.  Healthy soups run about 150 calories per cup and yet soup fills us up with satisfying flavors.

Want to try a new recipe?  Listed below are 2 time-tested soup recipes.  Enjoy!

Makes 10 cups
1 cup = 150 cal, 4 gm fat, 14 gm carb, 15gm protein, 2 gm fiber

1 ½ lb chunks of beef
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove peeled and chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
4 beef bouillon cubes
5 cups hot water
14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
dash allspice
1 bay leaf
1 tsp sugar
pepper to taste

Simmer above ingredients for 1 hour.
Take out and throw away the bay leaf.
 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cups frozen corn, peas or green beans
Simmer for 15 minutes more and serve.

1 cup = 150 cal, 4 gm fat, 20 gm carb, 9 gm protein, 3 gm fiber

6 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
5 cups water
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 tsp or cubes chicken bouillon
2 Tbsp margarine or butter
pepper to taste

Put all ingredients into soup pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add :
12 oz can fat-free evaporated milk
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
Stir until cheese is melted and serve.