Healthier Skin and Veins
October is Autism, Breast Cancer, Celiac, Eye Health, Flu Prevention, Lupus, Psoriasis and SIDS Awareness Month
Treatment for Varicose Veins
Do you suffer from varicose veins? Have you looked at the treatment options but can't make up your mind what's best? Rest assured that all are effective and do improve varicose veins. Three therapies were compared: foam sclerotherapy, laser and surgery. All performed well, although laser edged ahead of the other two. Foam sclerotherapy performed slightly less well with the large saphenous vein and surgery had slightly higher complications.
Treatment for Eczema
The mainstay of atopic dermatitis (eczema) treatment over the years has been applied corticosteroid creams and ointments. Over the course of a lifetime, however, such repeated corticosteroid use disrupts the skin, leading to thinning or atrophy, rosacea and, sometimes, systemic absorption. Exciting research is looking at a probiotic developed from the human microbiome which, applied topically, seems as effective as corticosteroids. Stay tuned!
Psoriasis is a skin condition, thought to be caused by an autoimmune response, where skin cells are produced too rapidly and don't get a chance to form properly. The result is thickened, flaky plaques of skin that are inflamed and very uncomfortable. An Italian study has found that exercise lowers the risk for psoriasis and improves it when it occurs. It also benefits metabolic syndrome - often associated with psoriasis - and psoriatic arthritis.
Another interesting finding has emerged from the large Nurses' Health Study: older women with high blood pressure or taking beta-blockers (a drug often used to treat high blood pressure) for at six years or more have an increased risk of developing psoriasis (27% and 39% respectively). The mechanism of this effect is unknown but not completely surprising since psoriasis is a systemic illness. It does point to a need to screen for psoriasis in this population.
Our skin often reflects our health status as a whole, offering clues or warnings about what is going on within. Feel free to talk to your pharmacist about your skin issues - you may get more than you bargained for!
Do you have a question that you can't find an answer to? Now is your chance! Pharmacist and Health Expert Alan Glasser is offering Healthworx Radio listeners to get their questions answered. Click the image on the right, fill out the form, and wait for a reply from Alan Glasser himself. It's just that easy!
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Pharmacist and Health Expert (B.Sc. (Gen.), B.Sc. ( Pharm.) B.A.C., L.E.S.
In 34 years of clinical practice, Alan has always had a passion for finding answers for his clients. His greatest enlightenment came when working as a pharmacist, he noticed that clients were not always happy with the results they got from conventional medication. This started him on a path of discovery to do extensive research into complementary medicine. His client's greatest successes have been in the areas of pain relief, energy and natural beauty solutions.
"I love talking to face-to-face with clients every day in the pharmacy, because it allows me to make a real difference in people's lives and health. Our staff lives and breathes our pharmacy mission of ‘Make their Day' so that every customer leaves with a smile on their face. I always tell my clients - my mission is to help you look and feel good. I get up every day energized wanting to make a difference of helping as many people as possible to look and feel good. That is why I am so dedicated and committed to this radio show."
- Alan Glasser
Jennifer Thomson is a well-loved radio personality, working alongside broadcast legend Brian "Frosty" Forst at CKNW, before taking the Vancouver talk airwaves by storm as a former co-host of "The Jenn and Joe Show". Her colourful personality and passion for health clearly resonates with Healthworx Radio listeners.
She is also active in the community, donating her time to and supporting such charities as D.A.R.E, Cops for Cancer, the Variety Learning Centre, Canuck Place and the BC Cancer Society