An Overview of the Zika Virus Disease

female aedes aegypti mosquito

About Zika Virus The World Health Organization has described the Zika virus as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”1. The recent concern among travel health providers stems from the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil in May 2015.  The Zika virus has been shown to cause some neurological disorders like microcephaly in newborns and Guillain-Barre…

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Zonulin & Gut Permeability

A recent study showed patients with autism had higher gut permeability, or “leaky gut syndrome” (36.7%) compared to patients without autism, or normal subjects (4.8%). The study concludes that measuring a patient’s gut permeability can identify patients who would benefit when put on a gluten-free diet. This may be due to an increase in zonulin…

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Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) for Joint Pain

Image of healthy knee joint and arthritic knee joint

Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) [pronounced: sée-til  mee-ris-tóe-lee-ate] is a cetylated fatty acid patients may use topically or orally for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and relief of various types of back and joint pain. CMO has been shown to manage arthritic symptoms in patients with osteoarthritis. A specific blend of cetylated fatty acids that include CMO, as well…

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Community Farmacy Achieves PCAB Accreditation

SALISBURY, MARYLAND — Community Farmacy proudly announces its achievement of PCAB accreditation, a service of ACHC, for the services of non-sterile compounding. The accreditation is awarded in recognition of the pharmacy’s commitment to meeting and/or exceeding national quality standards. Achieving accreditation is a process where healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. PCAB accreditation reflects an organization’s dedication…

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Complementary/Alternative Medicine and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are extraordinarily complex and are comprised of core areas of impairment including social interaction deficits, language difficulties, repetitive behaviors, which present early in development1.  In addition to the core areas there can be auxiliary symptoms ranging from anxiety and depression to cognitive impairment, and sensory dysfunction.  These symptoms present in different combinations…

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Probiotics: Replacing “Good” Bacteria

Antibiotics are prescribed in order to kill the “bad” bacteria associated with your illness or infection. Unfortunately, antibiotics are unable to distinguish between the “good” and “bad” bacteria in your gut. This is why probiotics are recommended by your health care provider to prevent gastrointestinal complications such as diarrhea. However, there are many things beyond…

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Pioglitazone Use in Autism

Autism and autism spectrum disorders affect 1 in every 68 children in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There has been an estimated 6 percent increase in prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in recent years. Difficulties in social skills and communications are chcharacteristics of these disorders. Autism is…

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Lyme Disease and Associated Co-infections

Lyme Disease, which is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, is the most common tick-borne illness in the world thus far.1 According to the CDC there are approximately 30,000 cases reported each year but approximately 300,000 are diagnosed with Lyme Disease each year.2 It’s unique life cycle allows Borrelia to survive and spread from vector…

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Glutathione: A Radical Approach in Lyme Disease

Glutathione: A Radical Approach in Lyme Disease When thinking of strategies to treat Lyme disease and manage Lyme symptoms, many treatment modalities come to mind. Long term antibiotics, daily multivitamins, and Vitamin B12 along with low dose naltrexone are current treatment options that have been shown to help with the treatment of the disease and…

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