Megavitamin Therapy – What is it and who could it help?

Megavitamin Therapy, sometimes known as orthomolecular therapy, is the use of very high levels of vitamins to treat a range of health complaints. The levels prescribed greatly exceed the recommended dietary allowance and therefore Megavitamin Therapy should only be used under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. Proponents of Megavitamin Therapy are of the view 

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Encouraging patients to stick to the plan

According to a World Health Organisation report ¹ around half of all patients with a chronic disease, do not follow the treatment prescribed by their doctor. It’s a big statistic and one that is of concern to all health professionals. While most patients will commit to a short course developed in consultation with their doctor, 

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Cat vs Pill. There are no winners.

Most people would rather watch 12 hours of Parliament Time on the ABC, back to back, than attempt to give a cat a pill. It’s just as exasperating but there’s less chance of bloodshed. Usually. A quick scour of the internet will produce blogs and countless You Tube video clips offering a solution to the 

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Why your eczema gets worse during spring

It’s been a chilly winter, and most of us can’t wait for spring to get here so we can enjoy our magical Queensland sunshine. Most of us, except for the eczema sufferers. If you count yourself in this group you’ll be all too familiar with that extra itchy feeling you get every time September 1 

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When do additives in medicine become a problem?

When a patient experiences an adverse reaction to their medication it can be a difficult task to pinpoint the cause.  What part might preservatives, binding agents and other additives (excipients) play? In an article published in the UK’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s publication, The Pharmaceutical Journal, Simon Wills from Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust outlines some 

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Are vitamins facing stricter regulation by the TGA?

Are vitamins facing stricter regulation by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), as reported in some media outlets? The answer, thankfully, is no. To most people outside the health sector, the idea of regulating vitamins, in the same way we do prescription medication, seems like another case of bureaucratic over-reach. So what’s behind the media reports? 

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Why medicines become unavailable and what to do about it.

Has your medication been taken off the market? For anyone managing a chronic health condition or protracted illness, the thought of a drug manufacturer discontinuing their medication is not a cheery one. Patients often go through a lengthy process of ‘trial and error’ to find a medication regime that works for them – to start 

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Newly developed Infant teething Gel

Thanks to our awesome community & patients, we are often presented with new formulating opportunities. In the last month, a mum in desperate need of some sleep (due to a teething 1 year old) came to our pharmacists with an example of a South Australian product. A well known hospital in SA has developed a 

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How much Vitamin C, is too much?

Being winter time, patients in the Amcal & Compounding pharmacy, are often asking our team ‘How much Vitamin C should I take‘ to try and keep things like the common cold & other bugs away. Recently a holistic doctor passed on a study performed in the past around Bowel Tolerance of Vitamin C. The purpose of 

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