Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September is Sports Eye Safety Month




More than 40,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year. The good news is that almost all of these injuries can be prevented.  Using the right kind of eye protection while playing sports can help prevent serious eye injuries and even blindness.  For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in water sports, basketball, and baseball/softball.
Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes!

Prevent Blindness America recommends that athletes wear sports eyeguards when participating in sports. Prescription glasses, sunglasses and even occupational safety glasses do not provide adequate protection. For sports use, polycarbonate lenses must be used with protectors that meet or exceed the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Each sport has a specific ASTM code, so look for the ASTM label on the product before making a purchase.

For specific eye protection recommendations for each sport and the type of eye injuries they help prevent, check out the Sports EyeProtection Sheet at Prevent Blindness America. 

Knowing what to do if an eye emergency does occur can save valuable time and possibly prevent vision loss. Be prepared by downloading this First Aidfor Eye Emergencies Fact Sheet before heading outside!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Closed for the Holiday


We will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of  
Labor Day.

Have a safe and happy holiday!



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Is Your Pet In Pain?









Our pets feel pain for many of the same reasons we do, such as arthritis, injuries, dental problems, cancer, etc. Since animals are unable to tell us how when they hurt, it’s important to look for subtle changes in your pet’s appetite or sleeping, or behavior changes such as excessive panting, whining, restlessness, trembling, difficulty moving, licking or chewing an area of the body, aggression (especially in a previously friendly pet), and changes in posture. 

If you suspect a problem, always check with a veterinarian before medicating your pet. Some human drugs like acetaminophen and additives such as xylitol are toxic to animals. 

When your cat or dog needs medication, Live and Learn Compounding Pharmacy can work with you and your veterinarian to customize a medication that’s easy to administer and safe for your furry friend.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Summer must-have: Clean Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the foundation of sun-safe practices and suncare protocols, so the recent news that some sunscreen ingredients can soak into the bloodstream may be causing concern.  Later this year, the Food and Drug Administration plans to deliver more official guidance around the safety of these ingredients. In the meantime, a lot of people are left wondering what to do this summer.
For now, the F.D.A.’s proposed rule suggests that sunscreens with para-aminobenzoic acid and trolamine salicylate  should not be given the designation “generally regarded as safe and effective” and sunscreens that rely on zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide should be “generally regarded as safe and effective.”
A lot of people resist zinc and titanium-based formulas because the oxides aren’t absorbed and, instead, sit on top of the skin where they’re noticeable. These products can also be difficult to apply, which could influence how consistently they’re used.
If you’re looking to support healthy suncare habits, here are three clean sunscreens that are easy to apply, won’t draw attention to themselves and still deflect harmful rays available through Wellevate, our on-line vitamin and supplement store.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 50
Bioelements SPF50 FaceScreen



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100% Zinc Oxide hydrating protection for the body to help prevent premature aging while restoring essential moisture balance. Infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Karanja Seed Oil, to revive tired, aging, damaged skin, while providing rich hydrating benefits.
Search product code: MY5405


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Daily antioxidant moisturizer. Pick SPF 50 and fight aging at the first ray. Our highest level of anti-aging, broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. More than an ordinary sunscreen, this advanced SPF decreases the risk of early aging as it improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and the feel of firmness. It’s light enough to wear under makeup as a daily moisturizer.
Search product code: BE6914






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Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen
Especially formulated for Extra Sensitive Faces. Fragrance Free Broad Spectrum Sunscreen. Ultra Sheer and Lightweight. Organic Aloe Vera, Avocado and Jojoba Oil Soothe and Moisturize Skin. Non-GMO and Hypoallergenic. Contains antioxidant rich white tea and rose hip. Use as a daily moisturizer and/or under make-up.
Search product code: B82194

Friday, June 14, 2019

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day





This year, World Blood Donor Day will once again be celebrated around the world on 14 June. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.

Transfusion of blood and blood products save millions of lives every year. Blood and blood products are essential components in the proper management of women suffering from bleeding associated with pregnancy and childbirth; children suffering from severe anemia due to malaria and malnutrition; patients with blood and bone marrow disorders, inherited disorders of hemoglobin and immune deficiency conditions; victims of trauma, emergencies, disasters and accidents; as well as patients undergoing advanced medical and surgical procedures. 

Although the need for blood and blood products is universal, there is a marked difference in the level of access to safe blood and blood products across and within countries. In many countries, blood services face the additional challenge of making sufficient blood and blood products available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.

Visit the World Health Organization website for more information

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

May is Women's Health Month




During National Women's Health Month each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The month serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. 

It's not always easy to take steps for better health, and every woman has her own approach. The key is to find what works for you. A great way to do that is to reflect on your health goals, what motivates you, and what's holding you back from being your healthiest you. 

Looking for ways to incorporate vitamins and supplements to support your health goals?  Consider Women's Pure Pack by Pure Encapsulations.  A convenient once-a day packet contains supplements designed to support women's unique health needs and includes:
  • Mujltivitamin/mineral complex for women over 40
  • Ultrapure, molecularly distilled fish oil concentrate 
  • Vitamin D 
  • CoQ10
  • Highly absorbable Calcium (500mg)
  • Acai berry extract 
Pure Encpsulations products are vegan, and free from common allergens , gluten, GMO's, artificial ingredients, preservatives, and other unnecessary fillers. Many are also  free from soy and dairy.
 Patients of Live and Learn Compounding Pharmacy can order Women's Pure Pack and many other pharmaceutical grade supplements can be directly from our supplier for delivery to your home or office at 20% off retail price. Visit Wellevate Me for details.

Monday, April 29, 2019

IMPORTANT: New Summer Hours!


Our New Summer Hours
Effective Monday, April 29 the summer hours are:

                Monday through Thursday: 
9am to 7pm

Closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday    

           
Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy is pleased to announce new summer hours of operation, effective April 29. The change, which includes a later work day, will help to accommodate after-work prescription pick up and long summer weekends.


What this Means for Our Patients

You asked- we listened!  Sunlit summer days mean a lot of late days at the beach and Friday-Sunday weekends. We want to have your compounded medications ready so you can enjoy your plans. These new hours make it more convenient for you pick up your prescriptions before or after work or play, and give us more time to have your prescriptions ready before a long summer weekend.

Of course, we’re still the same compounding pharmacy you’ve come to know and trust, committed to delivering  quality compounded prescriptions and the highest level of customer service.  We hope these new business hours will better accommodate your schedule.

As always, we value your trust and look forward to continuing to serve you during these new hours.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Donate your old cell phone to charity!

Today's shipment is over 13 pounds! 

Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy is your local drop off spot for Cell Phones For Soldiers,
a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans.

Thanks to the generosity of our patients and local community we have shipped over 100 pounds of donated cell phones to this charity!


Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers relies on generous cash contributions and donations of gently-used cell phones to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.


Cell Phones For Soldiers has two programs:

o Minutes That Matter provides free calling cards to active-duty military members to connect with loved ones.

o Helping Heroes Homes assists veterans with emergency funds to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.

Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers…
  • Has provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time.
  • Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 3,100 veterans and their families with emergency funding.
  • Recycled more than 15 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills.
  • Mails approximately 1,500 calling cards each week.
Please consider donating your used cell phones, chargers, and accessories to this worthy cause.

Friday, February 1, 2019

February is Low Vision Awareness Month







Low vision is when people have difficulty seeing even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, making everyday tasks difficult to do. Most people develop low vision because of eye diseases and health conditions like macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, and diabetes. Eye injuries and birth defects are other causes.


Difficulty with any of the following—even when wearing glasses or contact lenses—could be an early warning sign of vision loss or eye disease:
 • Recognizing faces
 • Getting around the neighborhood 
 • Sewing or fixing things around the house 
 • Selecting and matching the color of clothes 
The sooner vision loss or eye disease is detected, the greater the chances of keeping the remaining vision. 


Low vision can make reading the mail, shopping, cooking, watching TV, and writing a challenge. Although vision that is lost usually cannot be restored, many people can make the most of the vision they have.


           Vision rehabilitation helps people adapt to vision loss and maintain their current lifestyle. A vision rehabilitation program offers a wide range of services, including training in the use of magnifiers and other adaptive devices, ways to complete daily living skills safely and independently, guidance on modifying residences, and information on where to locate resources and support. These programs typically include a team of professionals consisting of a primary eye care professional and an optometrist or ophthalmologist specializing in low vision. Occupational therapists, orientation and mobility specialists, certified low vision therapists, counselors, and social workers may also be a part of this team.





Check out this video from NEHEP to learn more:https://nei.nih.gov/lowvision/content/profiles/hope_independence

Thursday, October 25, 2018

What to do with all that Halloween candy!


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Halloween is here and if you’ve got kids, you know the ultimate goal is to trick-or-treat at as many houses as possible during a few fun and spooky hours and score the most impressive candy haul anyone has ever seen! While that is some good harmless fun, eating all of that candy isn’t recommended and probably not what you want for your kids.  So aside from eating it yourself (you know- to save your kids' teeth 😉 ) what can you do?


Consider one of many  Candy Buy Back programs that will purchase your Halloween Candy and donate it to our US Troops, local food banks, orphanages and homeless shelters! It’s a wonderful way to feel good about the marathon trick-or-treating, knowing you’ll be giving a portion back to the less fortunate and those who could use a smile only your favorite candy is capable of producing.  Find a list of locations near you who participate: CANDY BUY BACK PROGRAMS

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Contact lens health


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , in close collaboration with partners, has organized Contact Lens Health Week as a strategy to increase public awareness and promote healthy contact lens wear and care. August 20-24, 2018 marks the fifth annual Contact Lens Health Week. This year’s campaign theme is “Healthy habits mean healthy eyes” with a focus on encouraging all contact lens wearers to practice healthy habits now, for healthy eyes later. Increased awareness about the importance of proper contact lens hygiene can encourage contact lens wearers to adopt healthy habits that can reduce their chances of getting an eye infection. This year’s health messages cover three key areas:
  1. Healthy contact lens hygiene habits
  2. Proper use, care, and storage of contact lenses and supplies
  3. Regular visits to an eye care provider

Wearing and caring for contact lenses properly is critical to keeping the eyes healthy and preventing eye infections; however, the majority of contact lens wearers do not practice proper contact lens hygiene. Since 2006, in the US there have been three outbreaks of  very serious and sometimes blinding types of eye infections. These outbreaks have brought attention to contact lens wearer hygiene and the need for consistent information about how to wear and care for contact lenses to help prevent such infections. 

For more information, tips, and the science behind the recommendations,  visit the CDC's web site.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Keep Kids Calm When Going Back to School

Timely information from Emerson Ecologics!
Going back to school after having the summer off can be exciting for some students but stressful for others. The back to school bustle can come with its share of both anticipation and anxiety. The flurry of activity can be difficult for some students, especially those who struggle with concentration, separation or other issues that can surface during this transition period.
It’s true that some worries about schoolwork, schedules and socialization is only natural. However, ongoing worries and anxiety could indicate that the child needs additional support. One all-natural ingredient to consider is L-theanine, the amino acid in green tea. Many studies have shown that L-theanine can promote a state of relaxation without drowsiness or other negative side effects. In fact, L-theanine has had GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status since 1994, which means there are no adverse reactions or contraindications.
A 2013 study featuring 5th year university students found that L-theanine suppressed the initial stress response compared to placebo as shown by the low levels of salivary α-amylase activity, which are typically increased during times of stress. The students took 200 mg, twice daily after breakfast and lunch for a total of ten days.
Another study published in 2011 demonstrated that L-theanine, specifically the Suntheanine brand, helped improve sleep quality in young boys age 8 to 12 who had difficulty concentrating. In this study, the boys took two chewable tables twice daily for a total of 400 mg of L-theanine.
In addition to L-theanine, there are many calming homeopathic formulas that can be used to help ease anxiety in kids who are going back to school. B vitamins, magnesium, lavender and passionflower have also been shown to have calming properties. Suntheanine and other pharmaceutical -grade products can be purchased directly through Wellevate, our supplement supplier at 20% off retail prices. Click here to get started or visit the "Vitamins & Supplements" tab on our website.
Experts from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center also recommend that parents start prepping children for the upcoming back to school transition a week or two before school is scheduled to start. Getting back into the back-to-school routine before school starts can help. These experts also recommend acknowledging the child’s worry and then reassuring them that it will soon get easier and they will soon be having fun.
 Transitions and change are not always easy. For some children, back to school can be one of the most anxiety-producing events of the year. By utilizing a combination of calming supplements combined with some proactive planning, children can have a better experience with this transition.

Selected References:
Appleton J. Natural Medicine Journal. 2012;4(2).
Boyle NB, Lawton C, Dye L. Nutrients. 2017;9(5):429.
Lyon MR, Kapoor MP, Juneja LR. Altern Med Rev. 2011;16(4):348-54.
Unno K, Tanida N, Ishii N, et al. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2013;111:128-35.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Another Shipment to Cell Phones For Soldiers!


Just a reminder that Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy is a drop-off location for Cell Phones For Soldiers. Bring us your used cell phones and tablets for donation. We are so pleased to be shipping another 10 pounds of cell phones to this organization.

Cell Phones For  Soldiers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. The organization was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13, just  two patriotic kids who wanted to give back to the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting us each and every day.

To date the charity has provided more than 300 million Minutes That Matter to our troops serving around the world, and it continues Helping Heroes Home via emergency funds that so far has assisted more than 3,100 veterans and their families.

Minutes That Matter program has always had a simple mission: to help troops call home, at no charge.Generous donations have made it possible for the organization  to provide more than 300 million minutes of free talk time by sending more than 5 million calling cards to servicemen and women and recycling more than 15 million cell phones. Each contribution worth $5 provides 2.5 hours of talk time for America’s bravest men and women.

Helping Heroes Home  provides one-time emergency grants to aid veterans making the transition back into civilian life. Since July 2012, this program has helped more than 3,100 veterans overcome communication challenges and physical, emotional and assimilation hardships by providing funds for things like communication services, imperative car repairs, rent payment to avoid eviction and more.

Cell Phones for Soldiers accepts ALL makes, models and conditions of cell phones, including  new and used, broken or cracked, smartphones, cell phones, and tablets. For more information please visit Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April is Autism Awareness Month







Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services and support can  lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills and sensory sensitivities. A person on the spectrum might have many of these behaviors or just a few.


Live and Learn Compounding  Pharmacy is a leading specialist in the compounding for the needs of these sensitive patients. We can custom compound prescriptions that are free of yeast, gluten, wheat, casein, artificial dye or sugar and into easy to administer dosage forms like capsules, suppositories, transdermal creams, lozenges and suspensions. We specialize in making medications tasty and patient-friendly, which can be challenging in these patients, so we pride ourselves in working with parents and physicians to “think outside the box” and find unique solutions for each patient's unique needs.

To learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders, visit Autism Speaks   or The Autism Society.