The staff at Regel Pharmalab wishes you a Merry Christmas. My favorite account of Jesus’ birth is from Luke 2:1-20. I encourage you to take a minute and read it this Christmas.
The staff at Regel Pharmalab wishes you a Merry Christmas. My favorite account of Jesus’ birth is from Luke 2:1-20. I encourage you to take a minute and read it this Christmas.
Hemorrhoids can be a thing of the past. In a recent post I discussed was to care for hemorrhoids. Click here to take you to the post. Now it is time to got to war. I am here to equip you for the battle. One of my favorite products that I have seen over these last 20 or so years is the Rectal Rocket. No, you don’t light this rocket and there is no explosion. This rocket is inserted at bedtime and slowly melts. While the rocket is melting the medications are released. The medications reduce the size of the hemorrhoid and the pain.
Several clients have asked how we formulate the Regel Rectal Rocket so I decided to let you in on our “secret process”. I hope you enjoy.
Now you know the secret formula. We have had several comments on these over the years. But most every patient that has used these has been successful at reducing the pain and size of the hemorrhoid. One local OBGYN used these for her own hemorrhoid and now is symptom free. Is it time for you to arm yourself with the Regel Rectal Rocket.
This is a prescription medication so we will need to contact your physician for authorization. If you would like me to send your physician a recommendation for Regel Rectal Rockets give me a call (901) 757-9434 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am close to several couples that have struggled with infertility. Some never had a positive pregnancy test and others have had miscarriages. This part of life is one that can change you and your relationship with your spouse. We often have the opportunity to work with women that are low in progesterone and need a hormone balance. I physician recently discussed his experience with infertility and how balancing his wife’s hormones made it possible to get pregnant. Here is his story.
One of my neat stories that I recently heard comes from a recent customer. I was explaining to a women how to properly use her medication for her child’s wart. She said that without a compound that we provided a few years ago she would not have a child with warts. She explained that she had had multiple miscarriages and finally found out that she had low progesterone levels in the first trimester. We formulated a progesterone suppository for her and she was able to maintain her pregnancy.
If you know someone that has poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or any other infertility issue we are a resource that understands your struggle. Share this post with those that need this.
“What supplements should I take now that I am taking ____ medication?”
“Can you help me choose the right supplement for my skin?”
“I started taking supplements and I am now up to 5 to 10 supplements. Am I taking too much and is it okay to take all of these?”
These are some common questions that I hear at Regel Pharmalab. Let me tell you how we handle this the “Regel” way.
We offer a free consultation service to help answer these questions. Here is what you do. Call our pharmacy (901) 757-9434 and set up an appointment. At this appointment you will have the opportunity to ask your questions about supplements with myself or Anita Hester, RN.
Most of the time these appointments are 30 minutes and do not cost you anything. At your appointment we would like to see a list of the medications, vitamins, minerals and other supplements that you currently take. We will also ask you what problems you are having and what medical conditions you have. From this information we formulate a supplement plan. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary vitamins, mineral and nutrients your body needs to function at its best.
Our Nutrition plan is designed to optimize your metabolism and replace the nutrients that are lacking in your diet. Did you know that some medications can deplete your body of necessary nutrients. For example, cholesterol medications (statins) deplete the body of Co-Enzyme Q-10. This nutrient is essential in providing each cell of the body with energy. Without adequate amounts of this nutrient your metabolism slows and you feel tired and may have muscle aches and weakness.
Call (901) 757-9434 to set up a consultation.
We often overlook some of the most fundamental nutrients that can provide the most protection for disease. I feel that folic acid is one of these often overlooked but powerful nutrients. So what is this new version of Folic Acid – L-Methylfolate? Allow me to explain why I make sure that my multivitamin has L-Methylfolate instead of Folic acid.
Did you know that Folic Acid has been reported to reduce risks related to heart disease, stroke and some kinds of cancer. This B vitamin is found in our food, and in most multi-vitamins. An article in the February 15, 2013, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association ( JAMA) has spiked a great deal of interest in folic acid supplementation. In the published study, women who took folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy were 40% less likely to have a baby later diagnosed with autism. Given the many drugs that deplete folic acid, such as oral contraceptives and hormone therapy, and the critical role that folic acid plays in the body, folic acid should be a recommended supplement for women aged 18 to 78. However, to provide the most active form of folic acid, L-methylfolate should be recommended. Unlike synthetic folic acid, which needs to be metabolized to L-methylfolate before it can be used, L-methylfolate can be used directly by the body.
There is a significant subset of individuals who cannot convert folic acid to L-methylfolate and will not see any benefit from synthetic folic acid. This group of individuals are at an increased risk of cardiovascular events from blood clotting. To find out more about the genetic mutation that leads to these issues, one of my pharmacy students explains it in a previous post (Click Here to read it).
If you are interested in switching your multivitamin to one that contains L-methylfolate stop by or order it on-line (click here). If you already know that you have a genetic mutation of the MTHFR then you need to take a higher dose like our 2000mcg MTHF (click here).
Testing for a genetic mutation is something that your physician can order for you. Next time you are at your physician’s office have them check for this mutation.
“What can I use for my stretch marks?” or “I wish I could make this scar look better than it does?” Well, we finally have something that I can confidently recommend. The information we have on this non-prescription gel is that it is possible to see improvements within 4 weeks. We have been working with this product for a few years now and we are excited to provide you with the information.
Scarsil combines science and nature to help heal skin.
Scarsil is an ideal choice for new scars, old scars, surgical scars, keloids, stretch marks (from pregnancy or growth), acne scars and any skin conditions that would benefit from barrier protection.
Scarsil contains Pracaxi oil derived from the seed of the Pracaxi tree found in the Amazon rainforest. A unique ingredient with antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal properties, Pracaxi oil is used for a variety of dermatological conditions, including skin spots, severe acne (and scars), psoriasis and rosacea.
The directions for use are typically: Apply twice daily (estimate of 2-6 grams) for 10-14 weeks.
• 20% of the subjects had a reduction in scar length
– Scar length was reduced 2.5%
• 40% of the subjects had a reduction in color intensity
– Scar color intensity was reduced 20%
• 100% of the subjects showed improvement in scar texture/smoothness
– Scar texture/smoothness was reduced 22.32%
• 74.3% of the subjects showed improvement of scar pigment intensity
– Scar pigment intensity was reduced 17.56%
If you would like more information on this new formulation or you would like to purchase this stop in and ask for Scarsil.
Yep, it is that time of year. The kids are back in school and they bring every “bug” home with them. One of the bugs they may bring home to share with the family is lice. If your house is like mine this is moms worst nightmare. What if you could prevent your child from getting lice?
At Regel Pharmalab we are dedicated to finding ways to prevent illness. So we always look at prevention before treatment. One of the things we have seen help to prevent lice is a product we formulate called YAC lice repellent spray. This spray is a combination of essential oils, Ylang-Ylang, Anise, and Coconut oil, that is mixed with ethyl alcohol. This formulation is sprayed on the back of the neck/hair line area once a day every morning before school.
The formulation we use calls for:
Ylang-Ylang oil 1%
Anise oil 1%
Coconut oil 1%
Mixed in Ethyl Alcohol 200 Proof
You can substitute the Ethyl alcohol with 190 proof.
Treatment is difficult now that some of the lice are now resistant (will not be killed) to the over the counter lice treatment options. There are prescription options that your physician can prescribe to get rid of lice. Here are a few options that your physician can provide.
First your physician can prescribe one of the following:
Ulesfia (Benzyl Alcohol) Lotion – Price without insurance coverage ~ $380 up to $760 depending on how long the hair is.
Sklice (Ivermectin) Lotion – Price without insurance coverage ~ $315
Malathion Lotion – Price without insurance coverage ~ $280
Natroba (Spinosad) Lotion – Price without insurance coverage ~ $215 up to $275
If these treatments do not eradicate the lice then your physician can prescribe:
Lindane Shampoo – Price without insurance coverage ~ $120
It seem like prevention is a great option in the case of lice. As you can see lice treatment can be very expensive and may take a couple weeks of being uncomfortable.
Now I want to hear from you. How do you prevent or treat lice? (comment below)
For many, sleep is difficult to come by. Uninterrupted sleep is nearly impossible. With our hectic schedules, poor dietary habits, and no time for exercise, sleep is one of the most common issues that we hear from our patients.
Welcome to the Regel home. We have three children at our house. Our youngest is 5 and we are finally getting consistent sleep more often than not. I am often times blind to my issues when I don’t get enough sleep, but there is no way you can be blind to the lack of sleep in our children. We have “Meany”, “Whiney” and “Whiney Jr.” in our house. One of our children “Meany”, is able to develop a killer attitude towards the rest of the family. “Whiney” and “Whiney Jr.” have a knack for finding a way to complain and gripe at every little thing. Summer, my wife, can’t stand the whines and I about loose it when I see someone deliberately being mean. Oh yea, before I forget, if our children are sleep deprived that usually means mom and dad are sleep deprived. This situation of Meany, Whiney, and Whiney Jr. and “Mr. and Mrs. Have-No-Patience” lead to a not so lovely evening.
I have observed the following in our children and it may translate to you as it does to Summer and I.
As I observe these three areas of my children’s lives, I can see a need for more sleep in my life. I definitely could use more focus, motivation to exercise, and reduced carbohydrate cravings.
So how much sleep is enough? Many people I talk with say if they get 5 hours they are fine and they don’t see any benefit in getting more. Studies have shown that 7 to 8 hours is a minimum. By the way, that 7 to 8 hours is uninterrupted sleep.
Here is a starting point for those that want better sleep.
My first choice for patients that are having trouble sleeping is Magnesium Chelate. This is easy to recommend because most of us are deficient. How easy would it be to just replace what you are deficient and reap the benefits. Here is a little info on our Magnesium Chelate.
This Magnesium is attached to an amino acid. Attaching the Magnesium to an amino acid helps the body absorb the magnesium through the gastrointestinal tract. Once inside the body the magnesium has the capability to perform several functions that can improve sleep.
The next item on my recommendation for improving sleep is Melatonin 3mg Long Acting. Some patients may not be able to produce enough and can be deficient in Melatonin. Melatonin generally drops as we age. Since this hormone regulates the day and night cycle it is important to maintain an adequate level in the body. Replacing this hormone is safe and with the proper amount can help patients with insomnia.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that is believed to be the component in green tea responsible for its relaxation effects. We all hold tension and stress a little too much and adding the calming effect of L-Theanine can help us relax to the point of sleep. L-Theanine can also improve the quality of sleep itself. Many people report that L-Theanine makes falling asleep easier and faster. It also extends the duration of deep sleep. This is essential for those who typically wake up several times during the night. L-Theanine can restore the wake cycle which makes the waking process easier. No more grogginess! Wouldn’t it be nice to feel rested every morning. You can then begin the new day focused and calm, with the previous day’s stress having been reset to zero.
We are here to listen and recommend the appropriate sleep aid for you. So stop taking those prescription sleeping pills and sleep better with what your body needs. We carry each one of these non-prescription items in our pharmacy and we can send these to your home.
With so little time in the mornings I struggle to get breakfast. The one thing that has helped me is to make a quick smoothie. With the help of a blender it only takes me 3 minutes to prepare a smoothie. Having 21 grams of protein is critical for me to get through the morning.
The concept of liquid nutrition, be it meal replacement, liquid protein, or sports nutrition offers a number of advantages. Liquid nutrition supplies nutrients in a form that is more easily and efficiently taken up than nutrients obtained from solid foods, which require specific digestive enzymes and stomach acid for absorption. Liquid nutrition allows for specific formulation and nutrient targeting to address specific disease states or individual needs. Liquid supplements can also provide a measured intake of calories, sugar and sodium.
Liquid protein nutrition, such as Perfect Protein Powder, has been recognized as having immense value in providing a sound nutritional foundation for individuals. Liquid protein nutrition can be enhanced by the addition of whole food ingredients such as fruits, berries, and vegetables, and may be flavored to suit the user’s preferences. Liquid protein smoothies can even be “supercharged” by the addition of specific vitamins and minerals. The list of individuals who can benefit from liquid protein nutrition includes, athletes and body builders, individuals with wound healing challenges, hospice patients, cancer patients, bariatric surgery patients, and anyone wishing to reverse metabolic syndrome.
So now you can drink your way to better health.
Weight Loss Smoothie Recipe
What is your favorite smoothie/shake recipe?
I have been taking Probiotics for several years and I discussed why a while back when I wrote “5 reasons why I take probiotics”. I thought I would revisit this important nutrient that everyone needs now that it is time for school to start back.
Probiotics are beneficial, friendly bacteria that reside in our intestinal tract. There are approximately 500 different strains of these bacteria. In fact, there are several times more bacteria in our intestinal tract than there are cells in our entire body. In all, there are three to four pounds of bacteria growing in our intestinal tract daily. Probiotic bacteria, the “for life bacteria”, are essential for healthy living and are the core of our total wellness.
Lactobacillus bacteria are the primary bacterial strain living in our small intestine, while the Bifidobacterium are the main bacteria in residence in our large intestine. Whatever the appropriate strain, gut bacteria and probiotics perform many important functions inside our bodies besides digestive health. Probiotics and bacteria are an essential part of our immune system and work to increase the production of immune cells in the intestinal tract. It has been stated that 70% of our immune system and immune function lies within the gut. The gut flora also serves another function by helping to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Probiotics have been shown to assist in helping to lower cholesterol. We would expect that the major role of gut flora would be to assist in the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients such as calcium and other minerals. But researchers are also finding a role for bacterial flora in depression, autism, certain cognitive diseases, and even weight loss.
A healthy bacterial flora is essential for good health. However, there are several ways that the population of these friendly, essential bacteria can be diminished. Taking an antibiotic will eliminate good, friendly bacteria as well as bacteria causing an infection. Episodes of diarrhea, extended periods of stress, and drinking chlorinated water will also have an adverse effect on intestinal flora.
Probiotics have been shown to be helpful for a wide range of health issues including:
With all of the many probiotic formulas, how does one choose? We normally look at the strength of the probiotic, listed as Colony Forming Units (CFUs) and the number of bacterial species used in the product. Probiotic-5 with 10 billion CFUs is a good daily supplement for anyone with an existing healthy gut flora or for children. Individuals with a compromised gut flora, or who are having issues that might be benefited by re-establishing gut flora should consider ProBio Gold with 20 billion CFUs, or Super Pro Bio with 75 billion CFUs per capsule. And keep in mind that Fructooligosaccharide Powder or FOS Powder when given with any probiotic will significantly enhance the growth and proliferation of beneficial gut bacteria.
If you don’t already take a probiotic give me a call to find out if that probiotic is right for you. What probiotic do you take? What results have you seen with probiotics?