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April 2017
The Latest News from Pharmacy Solutions
  The sun is shining, the birds are singing, our eyes are watering and we can't stop sneezing...it must be spring! As the seasons start to change, so do new and exciting things at Pharmacy Solutions! Please stop in and say hi to our new customer service extraordinaire, Donna. She will most likely be the first person to greet you as you walk through our doors. Donna is rarely seen without a smile on her face, so she will be sure to brighten your day as much as she brightens ours!

Have you noticed all of the slimmed down bombshells strutting their stuff through the pharmacy? Throughout the past month some of the staff and a few others have been testing a new diet for our customers who come in and ask about weight loss options. As of our last weigh in we are excited to announce that we are down 87 pounds! Pharmacy Solutions is excited to announce that we are now certified Ideal Protein distributors. If you are interested in seeing what this amazing diet plan is all about, please join us for a FREE educational seminar next Tuesday, April 18th  at 6:00. Save your spot by emailing beth@pharmacysolutionslincoln.com. This month's featured recipe is one that would comply with this low carb, high-protein diet.

Make sure that you don't miss our Refer a Friend promotion. Print out the coupon at the bottom of this newsletter and give to a friend. For each referral, you will receive a $10 credit applied to your account, not only will you get a nice discount, your friend will as well!

Stay tuned for information on our May seminar about adrenal health and well being.

Lyndell White, Pharm.D.,R.P., Sheri Scheer, Pharm.D., R.P, Jeanne Greisen, Pharm.D., R.P.,
Amy Tomjack, Pharm.D., R.P., Beth Christensen, CPhT., Noelle Burns, CPhT., Sherry Generally,
Erika Greer, CPhT, Alecia Frye, CPhT, Annthie Hinton, Customer Service

Low Dose Naltrexone for Chronic Pain?
New Uses for an Old Drug


Naltrexone is a medication that is traditionally used in a dose of 50 mg to help people who have stopped taking narcotics to stay drug-free, and alcoholics to stay alcohol-free. But over the past several years, PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, has posted many studies and case reports about the benefits of Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN), in doses of 4.5 mg or less, to treat chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, migraine headache, and interstitial cystitis.

LDN is an inexpensive drug with infrequent and mild side effects. LDN is thought to reduce pain by blocking the production of inflammatory substances in the human body. Much research is being done at the Stanford University Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine, Stanford, CA. Researchers there recently used their Collaborative Health Outcomes Information Registry to determine whether LDN improves pain, fatigue, sleep, mood, or physical function in chronic pain patients. They found that pain and depression both improved in patients who were prescribed LDN. The patients' physical function improved after using this well tolerated, inexpensive medication.

LDN has also been used to help patients with Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, Crohn's disease and various autoimmune disorders.

If you have questions about LDN or how compounding may help with problems that are resistant to traditional therapy, ask our pharmacist.

Note:
It is doubtful that large scale studies will ever be done to investigate potential indications for LDN because its expired patent offers no profit motive to pharmaceutical manufacturers. Therefore, Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN, in doses such as 4.5 mg) is not commercially available; it is a prescription medication that can be compounded by our pharmacy.

Reference:
J Pain. April 2016; 17(4):S79
 
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Chicken and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Ingredients
3 tbsp grapeseed or olive oil
1/2 lb boneless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
1 bag pre-shredded coleslaw mix
2 medium carrots (shredded)
1 tbsp paprika
2 tomatoes
2-3 bay leaves
1 cup chicken stock
 salt, pepper
 chopped fresh parsley to garnish

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add oil and chicken, cook until chicken is browned. Add coleslaw mix and paprika to the chicken, stir and sauté for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, puree the tomatoes in a blender or food processor.

Add tomatoes, chicken stock, carrots and bay leaves to chicken and cabbage mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally about 45 minutes, or until there is no liquid remaining. Garnish with parsley, if desired.