Women’s Health and Fitness

May is a wonderful time to focus on women’s health and fitness. The weather in McCulloch County, Brady and our surrounding Central Texas towns and villages is at its springtime best. Not too hot; not too cold. Just right!

It’s a great time to get involved in sports of all kinds and undertake physical activities that accomplish something outdoors while helping keep you fit, like gardening and tackling energetic cleanup or building projects.

May also means a celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14th. We salute all moms and we’re proud to share with you the first lady of City Drug, Albert and Amy Pearson’s mother, Carrie Pearson. She’s the heart and soul of our business as well as being one of the best mom’s in the world! Carrie is usually working in the back of the store, but here she is pictured with Albert and Amy.

Also in May (14-20) it’s National Women’s Health Week, which is a nation-wide effort by an alliance of various government organizations dedicated to raising awareness about manageable steps women can take to improve their health.

Schedule your Check-ups

During National Women’s Health Week, it’s important for women to:

  1. Discuss with their doctor which health tests are right for them
  2. Determine when to have those discussions, and how often

Women are special (of course), and each individual is different. Fortunately, much can be determined now by the simple blood and urine tests your doctor orders prior to your routine yearly (or bi-yearly) exam. These tests can be performed right here in Brady at the hospital, after which your regular checkups become a breeze. Early detection of any possible problems is amazingly easy… provided you keep those appointments.

Self Check & Self Care

One of the most important routine examination is the one you can do yourself in the privacy of your home: self-exams to determine if there might be possible lumps forming in the breast. Here’s an excellent online step-by-step guide for undertaking this simple but very important private checkup: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam

Maintaining regular check-ups is one of five primary health habits that can significantly improve a woman’s health. The other four are:

  • Undertake regular physical activity
  • Adopt and enjoy a healthy diet
  • Continue to not smoke tobacco and if you do, consider quitting
  • Follow general safety rules to avoid injury

We’ve discussed each of these areas in past blogs, so we encourage you to whisk through the various topics in past months and focus on the ones most appropriate for you.

Exercising all four limbs… and your heart

Examples of the very best lifetime sports for women which exercise the entire body are swimming, tennis, volleyball, basketball, cycling, running and dancing where you give all muscles a workout, plus the cardio for the most important muscle of all, your heart.

If you include golf, you’ll have to walk and carry your clubs to get a good workout. Golfing via golf carts, horseback riding, motorcycle or ATV riding and riding lawnmowers are mainly just exercise for the carts, horses and vehicles, but at least you’re outdoors getting fresh air.

If you prefer workouts indoors at a gym, be sure you engage a qualified trainer to help make sure you perfect the right, safe workout that suits your individual needs. And if you undergo strength training in the privacy of your home, be sure the source of your exercises is equally reputable.

Physical contests for good causes

Last October, Brady held its second annual wild hog wrestling contest in which many local girls and women took part. A few teams  participated as a way of raising funds for Hope from the Heart that assists local cancer patients. Sue Lubke and her daughter did an especially admirable job (both women conquered breast cancer).

Whatever your choice of activities, the most important thing is to keep your weight in check, exercise routinely, sensibly and safely, and most of all… have fun!

 

 

 


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It’s Raining Oak Pollen!

Butterflies, bees, humming birds and every possible wildflower makes its debut in and around McCulloch County in April. Spring is the most beautiful time of the year in Central Texas.

Remember the old song “April Showers?” Well, around our parts, that often means a continual shower of yellow oak pollen, some of which gets mercifully mitigated by our springtime rainstorms.

We’re noted for our beautiful big oak trees, some of which have lived here for hundreds of years. Many varieties of oaks keep their green leaves all winter long. They provide expansive shade through our very hot summers and produce abundant plump acorns in the fall that feed our wildlife. Unfortunately, in the springtime, some of our more prolific varieties also produce a great deal of yellow pollen to start their cycle all over again.

 

Parked vehicles are especially susceptible to pollen attacks.

We talked in detail about treating allergies and asthma last May and explained the difference between various antihistamines, decongestants and mucus thinners. If you’re an allergy-sufferer, that blog is worth a re-read. But let’s talk specifically about oak pollen, to which most people in and around Brady find ranks high on their allergy list.

The tell-tale powdery yellow pollen gets everywhere. No wonder it finds its way to our tender noses and delicate eyes. It’s most noticeable on our vehicles.

With our strong spring winds, the pollen can travel up to 100 miles, so there’s almost no escaping it.

 

Avoiding The Pollen

If oak pollen is getting to you, here are a few preventive tricks to help minimize the effects:

  • Wash (or at least rinse) vehicles often that get covered in pollen
  • Rinse your hands, face and eyes more often in clear water
  • Don’t rub your eyes when they get irritated; it makes it worse
  • Keep windows closed when the pollen drifts get heavy
  • Gently spray water on garden plants daily to wash down undesirable pollen
  • Vacuum indoors often using bags featuring allergen filtration
  • Shake and wash pollen-laden clothes frequently
  • “Dust” your pets off frequently (they love it!)

Over-The-Counter Newcomers

There are a number of relatively new over-the-counter remedies you can use if pollen and grass allergies strike you. Two of which are nasal sprays that were formerly available by prescription only. They are Flonase and Nasacort.

These nasal sprays are both corticosteroids that help to prevent nasal allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose and itchy or watery eyes caused by seasonal or year-round allergies.

Flonase and nasacort both have once a day dosing and they both come in an adult or children’s dosed bottle. They are also safe in the sense that either can be combined with many other over the counter medicines also used to treat allergies without the risk of duplicating ingredients or drug-drug  interactions.  With that being said, it is still very important to talk to your doctor before starting either Flonase or Nasacort.   We can also help by going over any other medications you’re taking just to be sure there are no conflicts.

 

And when it’s all over, put up that hammock again, under the oaks, kick back, and enjoy our lovely springtime weather.


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Prepare Yourself For Nutrition

Springtime is here again! March is one of our prettiest months in Central Texas and with our unusually warm winter, the redbuds are in bloom and the bluebonnets should be by the end of the month. March is also National Nutrition Month. We wrote about some great nutrition tips last year, and this year, the secret to delicious nutritious meals is… Preparation.

Good health begins with good eating habits and preparing delicious, nutritious food for you and your family at home is easier than you may think. Your body will appreciate the fresh ingredients and your bank account will appreciate the value of home cooked meals.

BBQ – A Family Tradition

Combining our fine art of Central Texas barbecue with the goal of saving time and money makes healthy eating a lot easier. On a family day, gather your wood, your favorite meats, and also some slow-cook vegetables like potatoes, beans, and carrots… and have yourself a big healthy family barbecue.

Closed pits and smokers are wonderful for slow-cooking massive amounts of meat, like:

  • salmon
  • catfish
  • chicken or turkey breasts
  • pork tenderloins
  • ribs
  • small meat loaves and batches of meatballs (made from the same meatloaf mix)
  • ham (by putting one of those big shank or butt hams on the barbecue, the artificial added moisture goes out and the wood flavor goes in.)
  • burgers
  • sausages
  • steaks
  • roasts
  • whatever else you want to feast on, fresh off the grill.

The object obviously isn’t to eat it all in one sitting. Quite the contrary. Your goal is to capture much of that freshly barbecued food in heavy foil and/or zip bags, labeling and freezing the packs for later.

Build Your Deli

At the same time, make a few salads like potato, macaroni, or carrot and raisin, which can last all week if properly stored. Put as much fresh fruit and vegetables in your salads as possible, like adding pineapple tidbits to a carrot and raisin salad or bell peppers, celery, sweet red peppers and red onions to potato and macaroni salads.

See what’s happening? You’re turning your refrigerator into a deli! A delicious, nutritious deli. Now it’s all there, and ready, for whoever wants a nutritious meal at any time. It’s also a great excuse to bring out some of those favorite recipes. Here are a few ideas for healthy dishes to keep around:

Waldorf salad is a typical treat that stores well and is easy to make. Simply chop up fresh green celery and apples (galas work well, leaving the skins on), mix with a bit of mayo, lemon juice and sweetener such as agave nectar, and throw in a handful of our delicious native pecans. Add a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon, and you have a healthy salad that can almost pass as a dessert.

A pot of good old fashioned “Irish Sticky Beans” is one of the best side dishes you could have on hand for all-round good health. Just slow cook your favorite beans with chopped bell peppers and onions,  your favorite seasonings, and dark brown sugar mixed with a bit of barbecue sauce. Whether baked in the pit, smoker or oven, cook the beans slowly until they’re bubbling and… sticky! Toward the end, you can even add barbecued meat chunks for extra protein. These beans go well with cornbread or by themselves. An old Irish custom is to even have them for breakfast (hot in the winter, cold in the summer).

Our area is also noted for Breakfast Tacos. There’s nothing like the speed and ease of preparing great breakfast tacos if you have the right ingredients on hand. You can pre-make your “mix” that lasts for days. 

A typical mix might include:

  • Some of that delicious barbecued ground beef, finely diced pork tenderloin or chicken
  • Diced previously barbecued/baked potatoes
  • Chopped peppers and onions

Add freshly scrambled eggs and chopped spinach to the frying pan and wrap it all in a warm whole wheat tortilla with shredded cheese for a quick and healthy breakfast. 

Planning For Health

The trick is in the pre-planning and buying of really good ingredients. A little planning can make home cooked meals the easiest (and healthiest) option. Cook what you can in bulk and it will make the rest of the week’s meals easy to throw together. When your refrigerator is stocked with prepared foods, like a deli, you’ll always be ready to serve yourself and any of your hungry customers.

There’s also some wonderful information on http://www.EatRight.org.

 


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Heart Health

It’s February, and while you and your friends, and especially your children, are sending Valentine greetings full of cute red hearts, let’s also take a look at the real heart. The one that so cleverly keeps you alive.

Here’s an excellent, short and easy to understand video of how a healthy heart functions. It will help you understand why it’s so important to take good care of your own heart.

It’s amazing, when you think about it, how efficiently this pump and electrical system work together, day in and day out, throughout your entire life. Cardiovascular experts enjoy joking about their specialty. They’re either plumbers or electricians because the heart itself and its valves are a pump, powered by your internal electrical signals. Some cardiologists do both, like the team from Shannon that comes to the Brady hospital routinely, so those of us who are heart patients don’t have to drive all the way to San Angelo.

Heart disease can be prevented by sticking to a healthy diet, by not smoking tobacco, and by keeping your weight in check. Negative stress is also a major culprit.

Dennis Hill, Interim Superintendent of Brady ISD takes a noontime walk

Don’t Stress

Some stress can’t be avoided, but stress reducing practices can help tremendously if practiced routinely, like yoga, mediation, and long relaxed walks in the woods. We’re fortunate in McCulloch County and in our neighboring communities to have plenty of places to take a good long walk, and our weather permits you to get out often, even throughout the winter because of the number of lovely “bonus days” full of sunshine and fresh air.

Routine exercise, such as workouts at the gym and jogging help prevent heart disease too, but before you undergo vigorous exercise, check with your doctor.

Stop by and check your blood pressure

Keep Your Heart in Check

Keeping tabs on your blood pressure is extremely important, and you can start that process by coming in to City Drug routinely and spending a few minutes visiting our blood pressure machine. The machine does all the work and it won’t hurt, even a little bit.

Since most heart attacks and strokes happen to those who don’t even realize they have a problem, it’s especially important to have your heart checked by your primary care physician periodically.

If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, also called “cardiovascular” disease, you’ll want to pay close attention to what your doctors prescribe as heart medications.  The most important things you can do for yourself are to cut down on salt (sodium bad; potassium good), caffeine and sugary drinks… and drink plenty of good, pure water throughout the day.

The Variety of Heart Medications

If there is a minor problem, or if you’re simply “at risk,” most doctors will want you to take a low-dose aspirin daily to help thin your blood and keep things moving along correctly. Your doctor may also put you on a diuretic to move water in your system more efficiently. Another typical preventative is cholesterol medication, such as a statin, to prevent thickening of your arteries. These are most people’s basic heart-related medications, especially those over 50 years old.

If you have more serious problems, (arrhythmia, leaky valves, enlargement of the heart, high blood pressure, etc.) typical medications are: Diuretics, Beta Blockers, Ace Inhibitors, and Calcium Channel Blocker. Each individual person is unique, and once you’ve been given your prescribed regime, it’s easy to simply go online to learn more about what each of your medications do for you. You can also ask Albert or any of our pharmacists for detailed explanations.

Once diagnosed, it’s imperative that you take your heart meds daily. Some people may need to take them twice a day. One way to be sure to do that is to use handy pill dispensers. Our little “turtle” packs, for example are small and come in different colors. For example, the morning turtle houses your aspirin, beta blocker and blood pressure pill, and an evening turtle for the second dose along with your statin.

Keep On Learning

Heart disease can be scary if you don’t know your facts. And heart-related procedures such as a by-pass or heart ablation can be intimating for the same reason. But those concerns can be eased by simply learning all you can about your individual situation. Having more and better knowledge actually relieves stress, and helps allay the concerns of your family and friends. Comprehensive, in-depth,  information on all heart-related topics can be found on the American Heart Association (AHA) website. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

And easy-to-understand basic information can be found on: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/basics/causes/con-20034056

Also, scroll through past issues of this health blog and what you need to know will likely pop up because we’ve been doing this now for many months. Like how to eat more healthy foods, how to quit smoking, and when to have checkups.

We here at City Drug want to keep you healthy. We live in the true (geographical) heart of Texas and that in itself should be a good reminder to do everything you can to keep your heart healthy and the hearts of those you love and care for.

 


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New Year’s Resolutions

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Kick off 2017 with some new healthy habits

The start of a new year is traditionally a time when you resolve, to yourself, to tackle all sorts of things you’ve been putting off. It’s a time to reflect on your accomplishments and set your sights on what you want to achieve next. With 2016 behind us, this is a time to step back and decide what we really want to do in 2017.

Some popular resolutions include:

  • Get more organized at home
  • Learn a new skill or hobby
  • Make more money
  • Improve the relationships in your life
  • Get more satisfaction out of your work

And our personal favorite:

  • Improve your health

Health Resolutions

Take a minute to include a few health resolutions for yourself and, more importantly, think about how you can achieve them. Adding specific steps sets a path that you can stick to throughout the year. Big goals can be intimidating until they’re broken down into smaller achievable ones.

Some popular health resolutions include:

  • Take off that extra weight
  • Get more exercise
  • Stop (or at least cut down) smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Eat more leafy greens and whole grains

How do YOU want to improve your health this year? Once you pick your 2017 health goals, it’s time to set your strategy for achieving them.

Quitting Smoking

20161227_133331Resolving to quit smoking addictive tobacco? In addition to the health risks involved, smoking can be a costly habit. While some smokers trying to quit might think that wearing a patch is enough, recent studies have shown that using a combination of treatments raises the probability of success. Nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) like bupropion prescription and OTC nicotine patches, plus nasal sprays or inhalers can all help with the withdrawal cravings. At City Drug, we can help find the right combination for you. It has been shown that patients can be more successful if these therapies are combined with counseling, either by their pharmacist or other health professionals.

The Great American Smokeout just passed, but you can still use these resources to quit any time of the year: https://www.cdc.gov/features/greatamericansmokeout/

Losing Weight

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Stop by and check your blood pressure any time.

Resolving to lose weight and exercise more? Almost 70% of U.S. adults age 20 and older are overweight, and more than one in three are actually obese. That’s more than 78 million obese adults. Obesity is a major health issue and increases the risk of other chronic conditions, including hypertension and type 2 diabetes, among others. So if you need to take off that weight and start walking/running/cycling etc. you’re in good, and determined company. Even if it’s just 10 pounds of fat (muscles weigh more than fat), you’ll feel a whole lot better.

If you’re in the seriously obese category, it’s mandatory that you stick with a good prescribed diet and exercise program. Join a group. Misery loves company, and together, you’ll soon turn it into fun. There are a number of fitness centers, classes, programs and informal groups in and around Brady so join in, lose that excess weight and get fit!

Among other things, losing weight is known to lower your blood pressure. To track your progress, stop by City Drug every now and then to check your blood pressure and ask our staff any health questions you may have.

First Steps

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Bring in all of your medications and vitamins and we’ll check for conflicts AND savings

All it takes is a few first steps in the right direction to get yourself going. Here are some things you can do TODAY that can add a great deal to your health and well-being and get you started towards your 2017 health goals.

  • Schedule that annual (or semi-annual) checkup with your primary care physician for yourself and those in your care
  • Schedule the same with your dentist
  • Drop by City Drug and check your blood pressure

While you’re checking your blood pressure, here’s an important one that we here at City Drug can really help you with.

  • Gather up all your prescriptions and primary over-the-counter medicines, wherever they were purchased, and bring them in for a free inventory (or, as they say in England, “a good sort!”)

Some drugs might not be compatible with others. Let Albert or one of our other pharmacists go through the pile. You may even find that you’re paying too much elsewhere.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to each and every one of our loyal customers. If you haven’t gotten to know us here at City Drug, resolve to come in and get acquainted. We’ve been serving Brady for over 75 years and always look forward to seeing new faces. Stop by, check your blood pressure, and get 2017 started on a healthy note.

 

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Getting Ready for Winter

img_4475Enjoy what we have left of mild weather, because winter will be here before you know it. Time to plan ahead.

Preventing colds and flu

While our winters are comparatively mild here in Central Texas, it does snow, it does sleet, and winter brings with it some very chilly weather. And that means sniffles and sneezes. Before going outdoors, pack some tissues in your pocket, and in the pockets of little ones.

Capturing coughs and sneezes and keeping drippy noses to one’s self is the best way to prevent spreading cold germs and flu viruses. Remember to throw those used tissues away in a safe receptacle and… restock that pocket! Washing hands more often will help combat the spread of germs and viruses too.

img_6820Staying away from fellow humans is obviously an option, but that’s not really very practical in our sociable everyday lives (or very friendly around the holidays). It can be hard to resist those Texas-sized holiday hugs… But if that lovable, huggable someone is sneezing, wheezing, and coughing, a warm smile and a wave may suffice. They’ll thank you later for not catching their cold and delivering a healthy, germ-free hug when the time is right.

Many people take extra doses of Vitamin C as a preventative measure. These supplements are called megavitamins. Your daily multivitamin could be providing you with more than enough vitamins already though.

What about this season’s flu vaccines?

That’s a bit more complicated. If your doctor recommended a flu vaccine, you should have gotten it by Thanksgiving, but it’s not too late. The peak of flu season is January and February, which are our coldest months. Keep in mind that your body needs two weeks before any flu vaccine takes effect, so the earlier the better.

Vaccines change from year to year as viruses evolve. Online sources of credible information on this year’s vaccines can be found on the government’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

A good basic tutorial is available at the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/in-depth/flu-shots/ART-20048000

Staying Warm, Head to Toe

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Remember the old adage about cutting firewood? It warms twice. Once when you’re cutting and gathering, and secondly when it warms you from the fireplace.

Proper clothing is another way to help prevent getting the flu or a nasty cold. Here in Texas, winter days can warm up quickly, so dressing in layers is always a good idea. A t-shirt or thermal undies under a flannel or wool shirt, topped by a nice warm jacket does the trick. Layer off, layer on as either the thermometer takes its merry trip up and down… or your body itself warms up, especially if you’re doing hard, outside work as so many of our rural dwellers do in December.

If you do catch a bug…

We can help! With everything from a wide variety of cough drops, nasal sprays, mucus thinners and other over-the-counter medications and… tissues! Come in and stock up. It pays to be ready. Cough drops, especially, help keep your mouth and throat moist, warm… and happy.

Holidays can be stressful

img_4260We often think of how wonderful Christmas and other winter holidays and celebrations are and how much fun we have getting together with friends and family. But holidays can also be stressful times for some folks. Try not to get stressed out. Try not to rush around frantically trying to get everything done. Try not to put undue burdens on yourself and others with unreasonable expectations. And try not to overdo eating and drinking. For more on handling stress, check our April issue.

If you’re diabetic (see our November issue) or trying to lose weight, we realize you have a challenge resisting the many tempting treats. Here’s a tip: When pies, cakes, cookies or sugary drinks are offered, seek out a friend or relative who shares your concerns and go take a nice walk outside together instead. (It’s also a great excuse for avoiding dish washing!)

To all our friends and customers in and around Brady and the surrounding countryside, all of us here at City Drug wish you and your family the warmest of holiday wishes and a very, very Merry Christmas.

 


 

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Turkeys, Deer, and Diabetes

“Wait, did you say deer season?”

There’s more to November than politics, the start of deer season, football and Thanksgiving! It’s also American Diabetes Month, which is an excellent topic for our November health blog. Why? Because many people in Brady and the surrounding areas and towns are coping with the disease and the Holiday Season brings with it an assortment of tempting sweets.

What’s Diabetes?

Understanding diabetes is all about understanding how glucose and insulin work in your body. Insulin is a hormone that comes from the pancreas gland (just below the stomach). The pancreas naturally secretes insulin into the bloodstream which circulates, enabling sugar to enter your cells. Insulin lowers the amount of sugar in your bloodstream. As your blood sugar (glucose) level drops, so does the secretion of insulin from your pancreas.

Glucose is vital to your health because it’s basically the source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues, and it also fuels your brain. Diabetes simply means that you have too much glucose in your blood, which, if left untreated, can lead to serious health problems.

What’s your Type?

There’s type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Although type 1 can develop at any age it typically appears during childhood or adolescence. Type 2 is more common and can develop at any age, though it’s more common in people older than 40. In type 1, the body basically does not produce insulin. In type 2, your body does not use insulin properly.

Obviously, it’s more complicated, but simply put, what happens when you have diabetes is that your pancreas cannot produce insulin properly and sugar builds up in your bloodstream.

Early Detection

How do you know if you’re at risk? Or if you already have diabetes? The symptoms are varied, but if you feel simply “out of sorts” as the old-timers say, and “things just aren’t working right,” diabetes may be the cause. A routine visit to your primary care physician can determine, by simple tests, if it is indeed diabetes. Then, working as a team, your doctor and our City Drug pharmacists can put you on the right track to get your blood sugar levels stabilized. 

 

Prevention

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Take your dog(s) for a brisk daily walk. It’s good for the dogs too!

Detecting diabetes early and preventing it in the first place might be easier than you think. Sure, some of it might be genetic, but a healthy diet, moderate exercise and lowering of weight are the best ways to prevent or deal with diabetes. With all the holiday goodies approaching, a little self-control can go a long way.

Try to fill your grocery cart with “superfoods like:

  • Beans
  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Berries
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh Fish
  • Whole Grains
  • Nuts
  • Milk & Yogurt

These and other foods that are especially high in calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and E can help your body manage or even prevent diabetes. For more on healthy eating, check out our previous March blog.

You’d be amazed at how much myth surrounds diabetes and the American Diabetes Association addresses many of them with facts: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/myths

Treatment

img_6240If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, there are a number of extremely easy to use products to test and monitor your blood glucose levels. Come in and we’ll talk about all of your options.

We have a wide variety of easy-to-use blood sugar monitoring products that do most of the thinking for you… and of course we can look over your prescriptions to make sure there are no conflicts with any of your other medications.

From all of us here at City Drug, we wish you good hunting, great football and warm wishes to your entire family for Thanksgiving.

 

 


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Watch Your Mouth!

We here at City Drug are always focused on your health, and that includes your teeth! Neglecting your teeth can lead to more than painful cavities, but with the right healthy habits, you and your dentist can be smiling after your next visit. Ideally those visits happen twice a year, by the way. Wait, it’s been how many years since you’ve been? Ok… we’d better get started then.

Kids with Clean Mouths

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Kids love to imitate, including good brushing habits!

Good oral hygiene starts very early in life and lasts all your life. Wiping an infant’s mouth after feeding with a water-moist cloth, gauze, or one of those soft baby toothbrushes, gets rid of harmful bacteria and makes those tender gums feel better as those 20 baby teeth start to form. Remember: no teeth, no toothpaste.

dentist-158225_1280Baby teeth are the guides for permanent teeth. From the time the first baby tooth appears, brushing twice a day is important, even if there isn’t much to brush. After the first birthday, your little ones can start seeing the dentist. Yay! (You may be more excited about this than they are)

The best way to teach a young child how to brush, spit, rinse and spit again is by doing it with them. Let them imitate you in the mirror. Little ones love to imitate, so make it fun. As they get older, letting kids select their own brushes and toothpastes can keep them excited about brushing.

Brush, spit, rinse, spit again… and floss

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Don’t forget to show off your hard work!

There are lots of ways to do these important steps. The spitting part should be easy. The trick to brushing is to mostly brush up and down to get what’s stuck in between the teeth. When you get to the back end of a row, circle around and try to give each tooth the attention it deserves. Electronic toothbrushes are more affordable than ever and can really put the shine on each tooth.

Tickle your tongue

More than teeth need brushing. Brushing your tongue can be fun! It tickles a bit, but there’s a bunch of bacteria on a tongue that needs to go away (and not swallowed). Simply end the brushing routine with the tongue tickle, spit, rinse, and a final spit. Now look at those clean teeth in the mirror and appreciate your work. You did it!

How about those Halloween treats?

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Next door, Lowes is in the spirit too

Halloween is one of those really fun times of the year, especially around Central Texas towns, like Brady, Mason and Eden, where everyone knows everyone and it’s a little safer to go out Trick or Treating.

Our local schools have some terrific celebrations. That’s  great for the kids who live on ranches and farms and don’t have door-to-door neighbors.

For those who come knocking on your door, there are many candy options on the market. Next door at Lowes, you’ll find a nice variety, including gluten-free and peanut-free treats for anyone with food allergies.

Most still have plenty of sugar though, so try to pace yourself.

Stop by and show us your costumes

All Halloween season, when your little ones are in costume… Bring them with you to City Drug and we’ll have a tasty sugar-free treat for them.

Have fun! Stay safe! And remember to brush!


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Fall Fumbles and Tumbles

September’s here and it’s back to school time. That means kids, especially those involved in fall sports, will see plenty of opportunities for scrapes and bruises. All you fearless grown-up athletes just might overdo it too. We all love playing outdoors in the fall in Central Texas and being prepared to treat any minor injury can be one less thing to worry about.

Prevention

Courtesy of the Brady Standard-Herald

Prevention is always the best defense, which means good strength and conditioning programs, and sensible stretching before and after a workout. Our local football teams take time before every practice and every game to stretch and “get loose”. Even for those of us not on the team, stretching daily keeps the body more flexible and less injury prone. You can find some basic tips online or ask your doctor for suggestions. A yoga class can also be a good place to find out what stretches work for you under the supervision of a professional instructor.

Being aware of your surroundings can also keep injuries from happening. Many accidents occur when we’re just not focused on what we’re doing. Slowing down and being more deliberate with your movements can help avoid any slip ups. Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden wasn’t even on the field when he broke his elbow earlier this summer – He was trying to catch his falling cell phone. In hindsight a cracked phone is better than a cracked elbow, and these types of accidents can sometimes be avoided with just a little extra focus on your actions.

Even with precaution, unfortunately accidents still happen so here are a few tips that might help, especially when that toddler or child in your care comes to you crying, pointing to a injury… or injured person of any age.

Frozen Washcloths

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Frozen washcloth in use

Freeze a couple of damp washcloths and store them in separate quart sized zip bags in your freezer. They work great in an emergency, especially when the wound is dirty or bleeding. For example, when the wound is on a person’s head or other super-sensitive area like a kneecap or elbow, the instant application of that clean, cold cloth not only helps stop any bleeding, it numbs the area slightly and lets you start cleaning up the situation as the washcloth softens from the heat of the wound.

This is also a good time to take inventory of what else you should keep on hand in your home. For sure, a variety of Band-aids, a soothing cleanser such as Bactine, and an antibiotic cream or ointment and sterile pads. We’ll help you select just what you should always have at the ready.

I.C.E.

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Ice + Compression + Elevation = ICE

Whether young or old, after any game or race, when it’s clear that something’s gone wrong, such as a pulled muscle or twist in the ankle, remember the old “I.C.E.” defense. The “I” reminds you to apply ice (or a frozen compress) to the stressed area as soon as possible. Those reusable blue Ace packs work especially well and come in various sizes. The “C” is for “compression.” If the stressed area is on a limb, after icing the area for about 20 minutes, wrap it firmly in an elastic bandage. The “E” is a reminder to elevate the stressed limb throughout the process. If there’s noticeable swelling, repeat the process frequently. Keep the elastic compression bandage on all night. You (or your patient) will feel much better in the morning. If not, it’s probably time to see your doctor.

Pain Relievers

Remember the old medical joke “take two aspirin and call me in the morning”? The truth is, not all pain relievers are the same. It’s best to have personalized advice on what kind of pain reliever is right for you and those in your care. Stop by and we’ll chat about what pain relievers and other non-prescription medications you might want to keep handy in your medicine cabinet at home, when and if someone takes a wrong leap at the wrong time.

In Case Of Emergency

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A Brady ambulance is prepared

What if it’s a major injury? Here in and around Brady, we now have a cadre of excellent emergency response teams, available 24/7 by simply calling 911. Each of our rural areas have well-trained VFD first responders, working under the Brady Fire Department and EMS (emergency medical service). You see the city ambulance present and ready at every football game. If you’re interested in helping out our VFDs, they’re always looking to train more people to become volunteers. Just contact your local fire station.

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Air-Evac helicopter in Brownwood

Our Heart of Texas hospital is nearby and at the ready, but if it’s an especially serious injury, and weather permitting, remote rural communities like ours now have access to emergency helicopter ambulances. If appropriate, they’ll be summoned by the Brady EMS team right at the scene of the emergency, or by the hospital after the patient has been stabilized. Air Evac’s helicopter (pictured) is stationed at the Brownwood hospital, and Air Med 1 is stationed at Shannon in San Angelo. Airlifts can be expensive and are often not covered by normal medical insurance so their annual $65 membership, which covers the entire family, can be a form of “helicopter insurance”.

Enjoy more of our lovely fall weather, by staying smart, and hopefully injury free.


 

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Summertime Survival Guide

It’s August and the temperature in Central Texas is set to bake. The sure way to beat the heat is to stay out of it in the “heat of the day.” If you haven’t gotten your outdoor physical chores or exercise done by 10am, you might want to put them off until the end of day when it cools off a bit. Try to stay indoors with the air conditioners on, and if you don’t have AC, find a cool place, like the library, to visit for a few hours.

IMG_5740Take advantage of all the free summer recreation spots in our area. Brady Lake, for instance, is a wonderful place for family fun and there’s always something special going on in our lovely parks. Remember to stay out of the direct sun between 11am and about 6pm during our current daylight savings time hours. And don’t forget to use plenty of sunscreen, especially on young children. There are many varieties but we can help you find the right sunscreen for you and those you care for.

Keep Cool & Carry On

Try not to overdo when playing or working outdoors. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can come on unexpectedly, especially for those who are older, heavier, or frail. If you’re feeling a bit woozy or your muscles are cramping up, stop what you’re doing and sit down in the shade, preferably with your feet up. Have a drink (of water!) and relax for as long as it takes to recover. If symptoms persist, see your doctor. Drink plenty of good, clean water all day long during these closing days of deep summer. Some tap waters in our area remain questionable but can been treated by a good reverse osmosis (RO) system. Otherwise, bottled water is always a safe bet.

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Home Brewed Tea

We Texans love our tea, with plenty of ice. But did you know that caffeine is one of the things to avoid in the hot Texas heat? We all know there’s caffeine in regular coffee and most soft drinks, but seldom do we question our sweet tea. You may not realize it, but regular tea, especially when it’s brewed strong and dark, contains lots of caffeine. If you’re feeling overly caffeinated, herbal or decaf tea can by a delicious alternative, especially during the hot summer.

We’re hearing more and more about the benefits of lemon water these days. That’s right, just lemon and water. Lemonade is delicious too but often contains a great deal of sugar or sugar-substitute. A nice glass of cool lemon water can not only be refreshing and quench your thirst, but it’s extremely good for your entire body.

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Your poor feet take a beating anytime, but in the summer those poor little tootsies of yours are the first to feel the burden of our really hot Texas heat. If you feel cramping or see swelling in your feet, that’s an easy first signal that it’s time to give them – and you – a welcome rest. Ideally, put them in cool water. Or at least elevate them until you’re feeling better.

Siesta Time

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Hang in there, summer’s almost over!

It’s helpful to remind yourself that Texas was originally part of Mexico and a time-honored tradition in Mexico is to take a siesta in the heat of the day. Anyone with a loose work schedule can celebrate this tradition during our deep summer. Don’t think of it as a nap; think of it as a good old-fashioned Siesta. You’ll be amazed how refreshed you’ll feel. You’ll then be able to better enjoy the cool of the early mornings and our lovely evenings having had that nice long sleep… preferably in the comfort of your air conditioned bedroom, or in a comfy hammock in the shade.

 


 

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