Susan Merenstein, Pharmacist/Owner

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April 23, 2024

We NEED Progesterone!

We talk a lot about estrogen, especially in perimenopause and menopause. But there’s another hormone that’s equally important to women’s health (and sanity): progesterone. And honest…

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March 2, 2022

Progesterone - An Amazing Hormone

What is the difference between natural and synthetic Progesterone? Progesterone was first crystallized in 1934, and today is available from plant sources. “Natural” micronized progesterone…

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January 1, 2020

Ten Quick Tips for Menopause

Dear Friends, Are YOU prepared for Menopause?! It doesn’t have to be a scary or traumatic experience with these helpful suggestions. You will need to be aware of your symptoms, educated on hormo…

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June 4, 2024


Ascorbyl Palmitate is an ester derived from ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and palmitic acid. Palmitic acid is the most ubiquitous saturated fatty acid found in living organisms, and binding it to ascorbic…

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January 2, 2024

Vital Minerals for Immune Function

"Minerals such as magnesium, zinc and selenium all play essential roles in both innate and adaptive immune structures and processes.*" Click below to shop! Magnesium Selenomethionine Zinc…

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January 2, 2024

Vitamin D and Dementia Risk

Vitamin D the sunshine vitamin (hormone) Pittsburgh only gets 45% sun per year…this means a lack of Vitamin D. Read the study below to learn of Vitamin D’s link to cognitive decline prev…

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January 2, 2024

Maintaining A Healthy Immune System

Scientists and medical experts agree that the key to optimal health and vitality is a healthy immune system. Mother Nature’s singular goal is survival of the species. To the extent that we contr…

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January 2, 2024

MAGNESIUM…Miracle Mineral!

WHY WE NEED MAGNESIUM (ACTIONS/FUNCTION) Magnesium supplementation is actually crucial for everyone today but we have to pay special attention to the method of supplementation because this is critical…

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November 14, 2023

What you need to know about Vitamin D!

While John R. Lee, M.D. was a leading expert on hormones such as progesterone, he also wrote and lectured widely on other substances that are essential to our health. One of those substances is Vitami…

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October 17, 2023

A Few Facts about Sleep

My bedtime is fast approaching but before I go to sleep, I want to share a few thoughts about sleep from the book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker PhD in Neurop…

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February 21, 2023

Can Progesterone Help Ease Addiction?

Timing Smoking Cessation Attempts with Women’s Hormone Levels Could Improve Success July 3, 2022 Summary: When a woman’s progesterone increases from a low level, the fewer cigarettes they…

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February 14, 2023

Insulin Resistance: A Key to Diabetes

Hello Friends, Last month we shared Dr. Michael Greger, MD’s thoughts on saturated fat and Type 2 Diabetes, but keep in mind that the Sad American Diet of most people is not the same as eating…

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February 14, 2023

What is Rosacea?

What is Rosacea and why does it need a month of awareness... no other inflammatory skin disorder like acne, psoriasis, eczema has an awareness month? Rosacea is a genetic-based inflammatory skin disor…

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August 8, 2022

8 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself

Hey, If there’s anything I’ve learned in my decades of studying Functional Medicine, it’s that health is multidimensional. We need to approach health through many different channels…

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March 21, 2022

How Does Stress Affect the Body?

Stress is part of everyday life-we can’t eliminate it, but we can control our response to it.. According to an annual market research study conducted in collaboration with the American Psycholog…

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March 15, 2022

Adrenal Stress

Perceived Stress Scale A more precise measure of personal stress can be determined by using a variety of instruments that have been designed to help measure individual stress levels. The first of thes…

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March 12, 2022

Dr. Mark Hyman - 10 Day Reset, Part 3

The foundation of the 10 Day Reset program is real, whole food. This means that anyone can participate in the program even if they choose not to use the 10 Day Reset kit. Visit the link to learn more!…

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March 10, 2022

Dr Mark Hyman - Food as Medicine, Part 1

When people ask me, what is functional medicine? I say it is the science of creating health. Instead, what most of us experience today is conventional medicine, which focuses on diagnosis and treatmen…

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March 5, 2022

Testosterone for Women

Women make one-tenth as much testosterone as males. Normal, healthy women make testosterone in ovaries (stimulated by LH from the pituitary), adrenal glands, skin, muscles, and body fat. Research has…

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February 28, 2022

Hormones and the Heart

An excellent article by James E. Barker, ND details how hormones are the “fountain of youth” in the human body. Their job is to regulate the functions of different tissues and organs as w…

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October 1, 2021

Menopause: Your Most Common Questions Answered

Menopause can be a confusing time for many women and their families, and as a society we tend to steer away from having open, honest conversations about this very important transition in a woman&rsquo…

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July 1, 2021

Collagen, Hormones, and Skin

One of the most common signs associated with advancing age is wrinkling, thinning, and sagging of the skin. Several different internal and external processes can contribute to these signs. Winter cold…

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May 1, 2021

Urinary Incontinence Related to Vitamin D

..researchers reported that vitamin D levels are associated with symptoms of pelvic floor disorders. The National Institutes of health state that pelvic floor disorders will affect one-fourth of all w…

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March 1, 2021

Top 10 Facts About Hashimoto’s

1. If you take Synthroid/levothyroxine or have hypothyroidism, low thyroid levels, or a sluggish thyroid, you likely have Hashimoto’s. Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism are NOT always the sam…

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February 17, 2021

Menopause Thoughts

I have come to understand that: My health is my greatest asset. I can be happy in myself, irrespective of my relationships. I can live my life as an expression of myself, and not justify it to others.…

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February 10, 2021

Skin Aging…Inevitability or Preventable?

Remember that everything you put on the skin eventually ends up in the body! One of the most important skin care goals is improving the health and thus the appearance of the skin. This is done by impr…

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February 1, 2021

Stop Brain Drain!

The aging process is challenging enough without the fear of declining cognitive function. Studies have shown that there is a memory decline from age 25 to age 40 of 21%, and continues so that by age 7…

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January 22, 2021

Serotonin Deficiency Symptoms and Causes

Research shows that impaired serotonin function has been associated with psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, compulsive behavior, aggression, substance abuse, seasonal affective disor…

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January 15, 2021

Neurotransmitters & Your Health

Do you suffer with anxiety or depression? Do you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night? Men, has your libido fizzled? Women, do you dread the weeks before your period? If you ans…

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January 8, 2021

Balance Your Hormones and Fight Fat After 30

Weight loss research shows that, because of shifting hormone production, the average person will add one to two pounds around their middle each year between the ages of thirty-five and fifty-five. As…

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January 1, 2021

Thyroid Imbalance

30 million adults suffer from thyroid imbalance. Don’t let dysfunction go undiagnosed. The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland that sits behind and below the Adam’s apple. A wide ran…

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December 1, 2020

Thyroid Hormone - A Crucial Metabolic Player

The average person who can’t lose weight – despite eating right and exercising – is generally frustrated and frankly stumped. For many, diet and exercise have generally proven effect…

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September 1, 2020

Iodine, a Crucial Element

Iodine is crucial for healthy breasts and thyroid function and every cell in the body. 72% of the world’s population is affected by iodine deficiency. Why Are We Deficient in Iodine? Fear of usi…

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August 1, 2020

Symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction and Burnout

1. Difficulty Getting Up Each Morning, Even After A Long Sleep One of the major causes of Adrenal Dysfunction is getting insufficient sleep. Getting more rest is, therefore, one of the best ways to re…

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July 1, 2020

How Does Cortisol Affect Your Sleep?

You need rest. In fact, your survival literally depends on your ability to sleep. Cortisol, the substance we associate with stress, has a powerful influence on sleep and waking in the human body. Here…

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June 1, 2020

The Adrenals - Your Survival Glands

Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys, hence the word “Ad” (on top of) and Renal (kidneys). They regulate many critical hormonal jobs as well as make about 50 hormones in your bod…

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April 1, 2020

Estrogen Dominance – Help is Here!

Estrogen Dominance is a state where a woman has too much estrogen compared with its counter hormone Progesterone. Estrogen Dominance puts you at significant risk for weight gain, breast cancer, predia…

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March 1, 2020

The Hidden Truth About Weight Gain

Many of us know that maintaining an ideal weight is difficult despite all the best efforts with diet and exercise. What most don't know is that an undetected hormone imbalance can be the hidden culpri…

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February 1, 2020

The Effects of Cannabis on Your Hormones

While cannabis is being legalized in more and more states, both the adverse and beneficial effects of its use are starting to be better understood. The active compound in cannabis, THC (tetrahydrocann…

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August 14, 2015

Human-Identical Hormones for the Skin

ESTROGENS (ESTRADIOL AND ESTRIOL) Estrogen’s skin-enhancing effects are well known. It stimulates collagen production and a moisture factor known as hyaluronic acid. Aging decreases both estroge…

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