Need Help Maintaining Your Body Weight? Have Breakfast!

Studies show that breakfast can be important in achieving a healthy body weight.  In fact, those who skip breakfast tend to gain weight.

When you skip breakfast your body is fasting. When your body is fasting for an extended period of  time it can increase insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain.

When choosing what foods to eat for breakfast, you may want to consider including at least one from each of the following food groups: (more…)


HCG Is Not Just For Weight Loss

You would be hard-pressed to find many people these days that have not heard of HCG. It was introduced to the public several years ago as the new “it” diet program. While the popularity of the ultra low-calorie diet program catapulted it to cult-following status, what people don’t know is that HCG is actually effective for many other medical matters.

HCG  troche

The HCG troche.

What is HCG?
The human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, is a protein hormone produced by the placenta that is immediately released after implantation of a fertilized egg. It is required to sustain pregnancy and the ensure proper development of a baby. In the case of non-pregnant women and men, research is suggesting the hormone seems to increase metabolic function by helping the body release calories stored in fat.

HCG for Infertility
Medication is often a common and normal part of infertility, used to prepare the body for treatments. HCG is believed to increase the probability that more healthy eggs are released from the ovaries. The hormone is also used to trigger ovulation in women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition in which women’s hormones are out of balance, causing problems with their menstrual cycles.

HCG for Testosterone Production
You may be wondering how a “pregnancy hormone” can be used to raise testosterone levels. It’s kind of like the old bait-and-switch advertising. HCG is similarly structured to the leutinizing hormone (LH), which signals the testes to make testosterone. Because HCG is so similar to LH, the body thinks it is LH and sends a signal to a man’s testicles to pump out more testosterone.

HCG for Weight Management
Though it may seem like the HCG diet is a new concept, it actually became a dietary solution in the 50’s when an Italian obesity researcher published his findings describing the efficacy of HCG as a weight loss solution. The diet did not gain much traction and quickly fell out of popularity until it found its way back with a vengeance about eight years ago. From the beginning, the effectiveness of HCG as a diet supplement has been its role in changing the way the body burns fat. Research shows that HCG unlocks the body’s ability to burn its superfluous fat.

How To Ingest HCG?
In the short time since the rebirth of HCG, there has been great advancements in the convenience of the hormone delivery. Aside from the original injections, it can now be compounded as a nasal spray, a sublingual drop and a flavored troche.  Come talk to us about the best form of the remedy for your specific situation.


ABOUT VH PHARMACY:  VH Pharmacy is a family-owned and operated neighborhood pharmacy.  In business for more than 40 years, VH Pharmacy has been under the leadership of Pharmacist Eddy Blanco for the past 11 years.  With his extensive knowledge of pharmaceutical compounding, Eddy Blanco has transformed VH Pharmacy into a technologically cutting-edge facility.  To learn more about our services, please visit our website at or call us today at 305.324.8777.


Erectile Dysfunction: What You Need to Know

Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. And while the stigma associated with ED sometimes prevents men from seeking help, the condition is quite common, affecting as many as 30 million men each year.


What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Though age is considered the biggest culprit of ED, there are several other triggers, both emotional and physical. It’s not unheard of for many men to experience it during times of severe stress. Erectile dysfunction can also manifest itself during a time of relationship difficulties. Under these “cause and effect” circumstances, the effect will usually resolve itself once you deal with the cause; however, frequent ED can be a sign of health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, or neurological disorders. Talk to your doctor about better managing these health conditions(more…)


Cope with the Stress of Traveling

During the warm summer months, when kids are out of school, most Americans plan summer getaways. In fact, as many as 66% of Americans vacation this time of year. And while traveling is fun and exciting for some people, it also comes with its fair share of stresses. Here are a few tips to help you cope with travel stress: (more…)


What You Should Know When Traveling With Pharmaceuticals

What You Should Know When Traveling With PharmaceuticalsSummer months go hand-in-hand with vacations. That got me thinking … if roughly 48% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug at any given time, it’s safe to say a good number of those will be traveling this summer with pharmaceuticals. I’m sure most of those people know which medications require plan-ahead travel arrangements. Do you? From aspirin to insulin and EpiPens to inhalers, traveling with medication often requires special care.

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Sunscreen Demystified

True or false:  Certified organic sunscreen doesn’t exist.
The calendar indicates it’s spring, but many parts of the country are still recovering from the remnants of winter. Here in South Florida it’s already starting to feel like summer and that means it’s time to think about sunscreen. Unfortunately, sunscreen has become one of those products that has started to confuse people. There are so many different variations of it on the market; it’s difficult to know what’s necessary, what’s a nice perk and what’s down right superfluous. On top of that, there is a lot of misinformation fluttering about. So today, let’s try to put some misconceptions to rest.



No. Most sunscreens have a lifespan of about three years. However, if your sunscreen lasts all summer, chances are you’re not applying enough. You should be using one shot glass size amount of sunscreen to cover your body. And you should also reapply every two hours or after a long swim.



No. Truthfully, there’s no such thing as organic sunscreen. For a product to truly be certified “organic,” all of its ingredients must be of food grade organic quality, which means they must be edible. And while there are some organic products, like shea butter, that have some sun protective qualities, none can truly be considered sunblock-worthy. There’s no such thing as an effective “chemical free” sun protection product, and that’s okay. In reality what you need to avoid are toxins, not chemicals.



Yes. Everybody wants to feel like their skin is well protected, but that doesn’t mean you have to spring for the most expensive bottle. Just because a sunscreen is more expensive or a well-known brand doesn’t mean it’s the best product available to protect your skin. Price doesn’t necessarily mean quality or safety. As long as it’s a broad-spectrum product with SPF, it’s all about personal preference.



Yes. Lotions and sprays are both equally effective in protecting you from the sun. Like generic vs. brand name, it’s all about personal preference. If you like the product, you’re more likely to use it, and that is most important. A word of caution about sprays, though. You may not be using enough. People tend to spray themselves for about half as long as is necessary to get equal coverage from a spray as they do with a lotion, making it less effective. So if you’re going to use a spray, spend double the time spritzing yourself as you think you should.



Not necessarily. If you’re confused about the sun-protection factor, you’re not alone. It’s logical to think an SPF 30 product would be twice as effective as an SPF 15 one, but that’s not the case. An SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97%; and an SPF 45 blocks about 98% of rays. If a higher number’s going to make you feel better, go for it. But keep in mind there’s no way to block out 100% of the sun’s rays with sunscreen. And it won’t change the fact that you’ll need to reapply.


Choosing a sunscreen these days is like choosing something to watch on TV – there are just so many options! But hopefully this information will make the selection process a little easier.  If you’re ready to stock your beach bag for the summer, stop in to see us at VH Pharmacy.  Our trained staff can help you make the best sunscreen choice for you and your family.


ABOUT VH PHARMACY:  VH Pharmacy is a family-owned and operated neighborhood pharmacy.  In business for more than 40 years, VH Pharmacy has been under the leadership of Pharmacist Eddy Blanco for the past 11 years.  With his extensive knowledge of pharmaceutical compounding, Eddy Blanco has transformed VH Pharmacy into a technologically cutting-edge facility.  To learn more about our services, please visit our website at or call us today at (305)324.8777.


Are Prescription Sleep Aids Your Answer To A Good Night’s Sleep?

It’s no secret I’m a big believer in healthy sleep habits. Sleep is as critical for good health and well-being as nutrition and physical activity. Getting too little sleep may affect your mood, your weight, your memory, even your sex life. But what do you do when the problem is outside of your control?

If you’re routinely having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you might be suffering from insomnia. Although treatment depends on the underlying cause, sleeping pills can help when stress, travel or other disruptions keep you awake.

The drugs below have been proven most effective in treating insomnia as prescription sleep aids.  These typical pharmaceutical options will help you fall asleep, stay asleep, or both.

  • Zolpidem (Ambien) is a sedative-hypnotic medication. Its effects persist later into the night and may help you stay asleep longer. This prescription must be taken at bedtime and used when you have trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep.
  • Zaleplon (Sonata) is a hypnotic medication. Because this drug stays active in the body for the shortest amount of time, it means you can try to fall asleep on your own. But, if you’re still staring at the clock at 2 am, you can take it without feeling drowsy in the morning. However, if you’re problem is waking during the night, this might not be the best choice for you.
  • Eszopiclone (Lunesta) is also a hypnotic medication. It has proven most effective for patients who have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Studies suggest this drug can stay active in your system for approximately six hours. That means you need to make sure you have a full eight hours to devote to sleeping before taking it.
  • Ramelteon (Rozerem) is a melatonin receptor agonist. That means it can selectively target specific receptors in your brain that are responsible for controlling your sleep-wake cycle. It works by mimicking melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that is produced during the sleep period. Ramelteon is also the first prescription sleep medication that has shown no evidence of abuse or dependence.
  • Over-the-Counter sleep aids are typically antihistamines. They’re safe enough to be sold without a prescription. However, if you’re taking other drugs also containing antihistamines, like cold medicine, you could inadvertently take too much. If you have any doubts, you should always consult a professional.

But what if you’ve tried these options and are still left craving a good night’s sleep?  Some people find that generic pharmaceuticals don’t help them sleep at all, and they’re left just as restless as before. If this is the case, compounding might be the solution you need.

Compounding focuses on creating medication specifically for an individual. Compound sleep aids can be created to handle your specific problem directly, and provide you with the rest you desperately need. Mixing the right ingredients and chemicals associated with sleep in the body can help give your body the push it needs to fall into deep sleep.  It might even make your morning routine caffeine-free.


ABOUT VH PHARMACYVH Pharmacy is a family-owned and operated neighborhood pharmacy.  In business for more than 40 years, VH Pharmacy has been under the leadership of Pharmacist Eddy Blanco for the past 11 years.  With his extensive knowledge of pharmaceutical compounding, Eddy Blanco has transformed VH Pharmacy into a technologically cutting-edge facility.  To learn more about our services, please visit our website at or call us today at (305) 324 – 8777.


Where is the Little Pink Pill?

Unless you’ve been living completely cut off from media outlets, advertising and marketing since the late 90s, you’ve heard of Viagra. I think it’s safe to say the little blue pill has changed the landscape of male sexual dysfunction, and also left many women wondering about a little pink pill.

Where is the little pink pill?  There’s no 'one size fits all’ solution for female sexual disinterest, but women do have options.

Although there are no equivalent sex drugs for women currently on the market, it’s not for a lack of trying. For years, scientists have been busy attempting to create the female Viagra. And what they have realized is that the solution to a woman’s sexual disinterest is much more complex. There can be several problem areas, like pain, desire, arousal and satisfaction. On top of that, research shows once a woman is in an established relationship, her sex drive tends to drop.

But the lack of a magic pill shouldn’t leave women feeling hopeless. From over-the-counter products, like lubricants and gels, to hormone therapy, there are other options available. (more…)


Ever Wonder What’s In Your Vitamins?

January 25, 2015

Many of us take vitamins and supplements to fill in the nutritional gaps in our diets. But do you know what's in your vitamins?

I recently had a very thought provoking conversation with a client. She mentioned she had started taking a cocktail of weight loss vitamins she purchased from a well-known health and nutrition retailer, but was frustrated over the lack of results. I know my client is not alone. Many of us take vitamins and supplements for energy, weight loss, overall health and to fill in the nutritional gaps in our diets. I certainly agree vitamins and supplements can be beneficial in a stressful twentieth-century lifestyle.

Unfortunately, you may not realize what you’re really buying or what’s in your vitamins unless you read and understand every label.

With vitamins and supplements, as with everything else, there are some that are better than others. The fact is most vitamins sold in grocery stores and by big box stores are in synthetic forms with a long list of unhealthy and toxic ingredients. Manufacturers use such products to make them easier to swallow, faster to produce and more eye-catching.

Some ingredients are healthy-sounding and may seem harmless, but do you really know what it is? And how can you know if what you’re buying is safe and effective? Here are five things to look for … (more…)

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