Author: Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness Staff

Our staff specialties range from pharmaceuticals to nutritional health and wellness, to sports nutrition. We are here to share that knowledge. If we don't know immediately, we'll find out. Stop into the pharmacy or nutritional health and wellness department to ask questions relating to your specific needs, or send us an email.

Practicing Sun Safety: It’s Time Mainers Take it Seriously

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Maine is among the states that rank highest in U.S. melanoma deaths and our melanoma incidence rate is higher than both California and Florida! Luckily, it's one cancer that can be prevented and detected relatively easily. Catching the tumor early is the key to less invasive treatment and ultimate survival. Another key is taking the threat seriously and by taking precautions to avoid it in the first place. This article addresses detection, prevention, UV index guidelines, and links to some helpful resources. 
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Your Guide to Yoga in Portland, Maine

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Yoga is one of the best activities you can practice for sound mind and body. Starting a practice may be a bit intimidating, however. There are so many studios and yoga styles available that it can become one of those "ugh...I'll figure it out later" types of tasks. We thought we'd help you kick start your practice by describing some common styles of yoga along with a list of Portland studios, their primary yoga types, drop-in rates and new student offers.
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Compounding for Custom Tailored Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy should not be approached with a “one size fits all” mentality. Some women respond much better when a hormone therapy formula is developed specifically for their body and hormone levels. Pharmaceutical compounding with bioidentical hormones (hormones biochemically identical to those produced by the human body) is a great way to break free from traditional mass-produced hormone therapy by tailoring the medication to a woman’s specific needs.
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Conventional and Natural Treatment Options for Allergy Relief

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The advent of spring means the arrival of higher pollen counts and, unfortunately for some, bad allergies. To enjoy the season with less discomfort, our pharmacists and wellness specialists offer a few conventional and natural options for relief. We know that if you suffer from allergies, you want all options on the table.
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Supplement Considerations for People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) presents a range of digestive issues that cause general discomfort. Bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, and constipation are all signs that your digestive system isn't functioning well. These issues make it hard for your body to get the nutrients it needs to support its many systems.

If you can't absorb an adequate amount of nutrients from your diet, supplements may be in order. But those with digestive issues and sensitivities can't pick just any product on the shelves. In this post, we share some considerations you'll want to keep in mind when picking your supplements.


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Browntail Moth Season is Here – Get the Facts Now

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The Maine Forest Service has warned of an increase in browntail moth caterpillar infestation in 2017. Although activity is at its highest May through July, cases have already been reported. Find out what you can do to reduce your chances of coming into contact with the toxic caterpillar hairs and what you can do if you develop the rash.
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Tom’s Essential Lyme Disease Resources

Those of us with limited knowledge on Lyme disease can spend weeks Googling until we're completely overwhelmed with information. That information would fall within the wide spectrum of great to terrible and we'd have no idea which was which. Tom Stewart, on the other hand, was forced to immerse himself in the huge pool of knowledge and wade through the great to terrible. We can benefit from Tom's research through the comprehensive list of resources and protocols he has amassed since his 2010 diagnosis.
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Your Cold Season Cheat Sheet

Follow these tips from our wellness specialist Joel Hall, to decrease your chances of getting sick. If you're already feeling it, he covers that too!
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