Monday, March 26, 2012

Advantages You Get When You Buy From a Reputed Online Pharmacy

For your own convenience, you should buy your meds from an online pharmacy. This particular service has several advantages. Read on to know more about them.

Cost efficient

You may notice the prices of the medicines when ordering them online. Online pharmacies often offer lower rates on both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. You can save more and this is a good option for people who need to take meds regularly.

More choices

A good online pharmacy has a wide range of medicine brands on their inventory. You may also choose from a wider selection of both prescription and generic drugs. Most online pharmacies get their items directly from suppliers, that is why they can offer them at more affordable prices.


If you don't have time to go out and buy medicines, you can simply order online and wait for your order. An online pharmacy may deliver items straight to your home. People who live far away from drugstores, or those too weak or too sick to leave their homes will benefit from this. Just make sure to check their delivery rates and policies. Many online pharmacies offer free delivery so take advantage of this.


Most online drugstores are available 24/7. You can place your order anytime. The delivery time usually takes a few minutes. This will depend on your area and the quantity of your order. You may also order in bulk so you can take advantage of discounts.

How do you place your order?

The process is simple. You just need to fill out the information sheet and submit your order. The form usually includes basic information like name, address, and contact details. You should also include the number of products you want to order. Some drugstores may also require you to provide your doctor's name and contact details. This information is important if you are ordering prescription medicines.

After submitting your contact details, you will now choose a payment scheme. You can pay either through credit card or e-cash.

Important things to remember:

Privacy and security policy

Make sure they have security policy. Unauthorized users may view your information and get your contact details if the website is not secure. They may send you junk mails or even steal your identity and ruin your credit rating. A good online pharmacy should keep your personal details private, and all transactions should be confidential.

Make a background check

Check their website and make sure they have the license to sell drugs online. You may consult different organizations to verify their credentials.

If you have questions, you may send queries via email to several government offices such as your city hall or the health department. You should also consider if the products are FDA approved. Be careful with online stores claiming all their products are FDA approved.

Pharmacy feedback

If you have more concerns or question about their services, you may send them through the pharmacy feedback. The pharmacy feedback is like a forum where regular customers put their comments and suggestions. The administrator usually answers customer queries in this section.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Gluten-Free for Health: Fad or Fact?

One of my local grocery stores, part of a large chain, recently redid part of their frozen food and grocery sections to accommodate all gluten-free products. So, what's all the fuss about? Is it just another dietary craze or are there potential health benefits to be gained? Here's what you need to know.

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in the kernel of wheat, barley and rye. It's something that most of us have been consuming all of our lives - especially since gluten in one form or another is in so many products including anything with wheat flour in it or wheat-based products such as soy sauce, malt vinegar and so much more!

Why Would Anyone Want/Need to Avoid It?

There are several reasons why people might avoid gluten. In those with Celiac Disease, autoimmune disorder that affects the lining of the small intestine and can lead to serious digestive problems and malnutrition, consuming gluten irritates and damages their bowel. These folks (some of whom are children) must be very careful and not even consume gluten free food that has been manufactured in a plant where gluten ingredients are also processed.

Another group that may avoid gluten or at least wheat and its derivatives are those with gluten or wheat sensitivity. Symptoms of this can include sneezing, unexplained runny nose, abdominal bloating, hives, diarrhea, headaches and more. (These symptoms can also be caused by other ailments; consult your primary health-care provider rather than self-diagnosing.) Chelsea Clinton reportedly served gluten-free cake at her wedding because she has gluten sensitivity.

Then there is a long-standing belief that gluten consumption can aggravate existing autoimmune illnesses such as eczema, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and others. This doesn't necessarily mean that gluten consumption causes the disease but rather that it may inflame these conditions or contribute to flare-ups.

There is also evidence that gluten contributes to overall inflammation in the body, known to cause other illnesses (heart disease, cancer, etc.), joint pain, fatigue, depression and more in otherwise healthy people. [Note: There are many other factors that contribute to inflammation as well.]

Do I Need to Give Up Pasta, Bread and Cereal?

No. Fortunately, there are now many products available that are good-tasting substitutes for gluten-based products. Although once only found in health food stores, these products have gone mainstream and can now be found in most grocery stores. And while not all of these products have the same taste, texture and consistency of their counterparts, you can experiment to find ones that you like. I've managed to find a gluten-free pasta that is so good, I serve it to guests. They are shocked when I tell them it is made from rice flour rather than wheat flour. Even my Italian husband who was raised on pasta enjoys it!

But beware: Some products have more sugar or fat than similar gluten products, so read labels, and be aware of serving sizes.

The one thing that is hard to find is a good-tasting gluten free bread with a consistency that holds up for toasting, sandwich-making, and my favorite - French toast. But I have managed to find one brand that is wheat-free although not gluten-free. And if you're a beer drinker, know that many beers are made from wheat and wheat products. But don't fret; some beers are naturally wheat-free and gluten-free! Do an Internet search to find them. [Note: Everything gluten-free is wheat-free, but something that is wheat-free is not necessarily gluten-free as it may contain other forms of gluten.]

What's the Biggest Challenge?

Eating out can get tricky because you never know what's been added to a dish. But it's easy enough to ask if any wheat, barley or rye were used, including soy sauce. (Gluten-free soy sauce is available).

Another challenge is learning all the foods and food additives that may contain wheat or gluten such as: some food starch, couscous, spelt, bran, brewer's yeast and more!

The good news is that because so many people have decided to, or need to, go gluten-free or wheat-free, more and more manufacturers, food stores and eating establishments are now providing excellent products/offerings and labeling them as such.

Parting Words

There's lots of information about gluten on the Internet and in the bookstores, so do your own research. Additionally, there are tests that can be done to diagnose Celiac disease, body inflammation and allergies so consult a health-care expert for more advice and information.