Monday, December 15, 2008

A Pharmacist Clears Up Misconceptions About Antibiotics

There are so many public misconceptions about antibiotics and their proper use. I have always wished I could clear up some of them. That wish prompted this article.

You can read about antibiotic allergy and get a clearer understanding of when to contact the doctor. So many people have reported that they are allergic to an antibiotic because it caused diarrhea or stomach upset. In this article, you will learn why that is not an allergic response to the antibiotic. It is actually a road block to your long-term health care to report a drug allergy when there is none.

This article will also explain why some medications should not be taken with food and why some should not be refrigerated.

After reading this article, you will be able to understand your therapy better when an antibiotic is prescribed. Did you know that 250mg of one antibiotic may be 100 times stronger than 250mg of another one?

Read more about common misconceptions about antibiotics and their use.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lower High Blood Pressure with Magnesium

Registered Dietitian Lisa Nelson has written a good article about the role of magnesium in lowering blood pressure. Read the article to find out more about the benefits of magnesium and how to make sure you are getting plenty in your diet.

Magnesium has so many benefits, and I agree that it's importance is often overlooked.

I have a problem with eye floaters and have recently started taking a supplement morning and evening based on anecdotal information that it might help. I have always been a little on the low side of normal when my electrolytes have been checked. The magnesium seems to have helped with the floaters (read my article) and is definitely helping me sleep better.