Depression: a future pharmacist's thoughts on treatment

Depression: a future pharmacist's thoughts on treatment

As a concurrent pharmacy student and supporter of holistic healthcare (the two don’t go together very well if it surprises you!), I find myself stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to talking about diagnosing and treating depression. One in six Americans are currently taking an antidepressant, and over 40% have taken one in their lifetime. Some say this is a clinical miracle because it’s a result of a decrease in the stigma surrounding mental illness so more people are willing to be seen for their symptoms. Breaking down stigma is great, of course, but in a country with so much opportunity and abundance, why are we so unhappy? And how effective are our current treatment options?

The sunshine vitamin

The sunshine vitamin

Vitamin D is one of the few nutrients that has gotten its deserved attention in mainstream health media and conventional medicine. What we commonly call the “sunshine vitamin” is so crucial to your health that it’s added into foods that don’t normally contain it to prevent deficiencies, anywhere from dairy AND almond milk to breakfast cereals, margarine, and orange juice. People don’t generally get rickets anymore from D-deficiency, but it’s estimated that ¾ of American adults and adolescents aren’t getting the amount needed to support immune function, utilize calcium, or control inflammation. What are we missing?

Cosmetic toxicity

Cosmetic toxicity

I had already taken several steps in changing the way I treated my body by the time I stumbled across the importance of what we put on the outside of our bodies. As it turns out, it should have been much higher on my priority list. If you’re concerned about preservatives, dyes, and chemicals in the food you put in your body, you must be concerned about what you put on your skin. Here’s why.

Oh, so organic

Oh, so organic

Organic is a term that is often misunderstood, or arguably, not understood at all by most people. There was a point in time when I didn’t know what the word meant beyond my assumption that if it was organic, it was healthy. But I had no idea why. Are you equally confused as I once was? This post will break it down for you; what does “organic” mean, and how does the wording imply the differences in products?