Suzy Cohen,  RPh

Suzy Cohen, RPh

I have been a health writer for over 15 years and have dedicated my life to researching an immense variety of health topics. My syndicated column, “Dear Pharmacist,” reaches millions of readers each week and you may have also seen my blogs on the Huffington Post as you do each week here in Total Health magazine. I host a medical minute on the television series “Know the Cause” and have spoken on programs such as Good Morning America Health, The Dr. Oz Show, The 700 Club, The View and The Doctors. My books have been featured in hundreds of magazines and interviews, and have helped millions of individuals around the world understand complicated health issues.

I am also very happy to bring The Thyroid Summit to you. If you have ever considered taking the TSH test or are considering taking the TSH test to determine your thyroid health keep this in mind; some endocrinologists insist the conventional TSH test is a sufficient biomarker to detect thyroid disease! Trust me, it misses up to 80% of you! Your Life Depends On This So Don’t Settle

Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00

How To Deal With…

Dear Readers,

As a pharmacist for 25 years, I've been asked some basic questions so today's column is devoted to giving you answers and ways to deal with various pharmacy concerns. In no particular order:

Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00

Natural Cures for What Ails You

Dear Readers,

Mother Nature has provided us with a beautiful medicine cabinet. In it, we find foods, herbal extracts and vitamins or minerals that reduce pain and promote health. Consider any of the following items in my list for what ails you. Of course, make sure your approves of you eating or taking something new. So what ails you?

Saturday, 06 September 2014 00:00

7 Facts You Should Know About Copper

Dear Readers,

The other day I was eating lunch with a friend and colleague and he mentioned that copper can increase the risk of cancer. This was not the first time I had heard something scary about copper. Last year, another friend (a medical doctor) also mentioned copper's association with cancer, especially hormonal types. How could something so integral to our body be so bad I wondered?

Saturday, 30 August 2014 02:00

Were You Lied to About Vaccines and Autism?

Many of you have wondered about the connection of vaccines and autism. The rising cases of autism worldwide have to be attributed to something right? But many wonder if it's related to vaccines, mercury, GMO foods or something else?

The biggest story in years broke when a leading researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helped uncover how they manipulated data and obscured a ridiculously higher incidence of autism. I mean ridiculous, upwards of 340% higher incidence in autism, in the African-American boys who received the MMR vaccine. Dr. William Thompson came forward after a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) was enacted. The CDC knew in 2003 (more than a decade ago!) that the risk for autism went up but key people kept it hush hush. Like many studies that naive consumers believe, the data was statistically skewed to hide the risks from parents, pediatricians and the general public. My heart aches for all the parents who unknowingly trusted…

Saturday, 23 August 2014 04:00

Help for Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism

Dear Pharmacist,

I listened to your Thyroid Summit last June and heard the different doctors talk about medicine but I'm still unsure what I should be taking. I have Hashimoto's and don't do well on Armour. Can you tell me what is best for me?

—J.C., Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 16 August 2014 08:00

Uncover the Root Cause of Your Depression

Dear Pharmacist,

I am saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams. I've dealt with depression on and off for years, and I was wondering if you have any natural suggestions for me to ask my doctor about?

—L.C., Gainesville, Florida

Unpleasant, uncomfortable, and unexplained side effects? Drug Muggers is your side effect solution.

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs help millions of people with devastating diseases and chronic conditions. But in the process, these medications can also deplete the body’s natural stores of vitamins, minerals, and hormones—the very nutrients you need to keep energy levels high, fend off infections, and be healthy.

Saturday, 09 August 2014 00:00

What I Did Right

Dear Readers,

When I graduated from pharmacy school in 1989, I was eager to ease the world's suffering. At that time, my profession was rated the #1 "trusted" profession in the country. How could anything I dispense be bad?

Saturday, 02 August 2014 04:00

Are You Peeing Out Your Vitamins?

Dear Pharmacist,

I have high blood pressure and my doctor recommended a diuretic and another medicine to relax my blood vessels. Do you think I should take it?

—J. S., Sacramento, California
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00

Don’t Be A Mosquito Magnet

Dear Pharmacist,

What spray do you recommend for hiking or picnicking outdoors?

—T.K., Denver, Colorado
Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00

Energy and Focus in a Tea Bag

Dear Readers,

I didn't like tea growing up but now it is a passion. I often want a caffeinated drink that isn't coffee. I used to drink a lot of yerba mate tea, because it lights me and increases my mental focus and energy. I've discovered Guayusa now.

Saturday, 12 July 2014 00:00

Cancer and Your “QR” Pathway

Dear Pharmacist,

I read one of your previous articles about breast cancer and you talked about a pathway in the body that could be activated, and how certain natural supplements can help. Can you tell us which supplements?

—H.B., Bellevue, Washington
Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

Natural Muscle Relaxers and Soothers

Dear Pharmacist,

I went on a hike that was way too steep and long. My muscles don't recover quite as fast as when I was younger. What can I do or take?

—H.N., Boulder, Colorado
Saturday, 28 June 2014 02:00

Get Rid of Sunburn Pain

Dear Pharmacist,

I bought aloe vera gel from the pharmacy and it didn't feel good on my sunburn, it actually stung. Can you recommend something else?

—J.S., Sebring, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

I've had fibromyalgia for the last 8 years, and I take Lyrica, Hydrocodone and citalopram for medicine. My local pharmacist said those are used to treat pain and depression but I want to make sure with you. And also, I'd like to know what natural alternatives I have.

—S.D., Gainesville, Florida
Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:00

Relieve Itchy Eyes and Hay Fever Misery

Dear Pharmacist,

I take loratadine all spring because of my allergies to pollen and grass. Is that the best antihistamine and are there natural ones?

—S.M., Orlando, Florida
Saturday, 07 June 2014 00:00

Strangely, Acid May Ease the Burn

Dear Pharmacist,

You've said that if you have twitches, leg cramps, spasms or heart arrhythmias that you could be deficient in acid. What does this mean? I am taking an acid pill myself for reflux.

—L.B. Las Vegas, Nevada

Dear Readers,

I'm going to blog today, there's no Q & A format today (question and answer) and the reason is because I have to speak my piece. I've gotten some flack from endocrinologists who disagree with some of the comments made by myself or my Presenters for the "summit" I held recently which aired worldwide over the Internet. I recorded presenters and we shared the truth about the best tests, the most effective medications, excellent laboratories and helpful supplements for all sorts of thyroid-related conditions. It took me a year, I offered it for free for the entire week (now, we sell the mp3 downloads if you missed it). The point, and the part that blows my mind, is that some endocrinologists insist the conventional TSH test is a sufficient biomarker to detect thyroid disease! Trust me, it misses up to 80% of you! Some shamefully believe that it doesn't matter what you eat or drink! One physician said that his patients with low thyroid were just "hypochondriacs." A psychiatrist from Ohio emailed me and had this to say regarding women with depression, "Suzy, women with depression should see a psychiatrist, and you should go back to selling drugs at the pharmacy." Stuff like that makes me laugh, but then I think of my hypothyroid self years ago, and then I think of you! Small thinking like this locks people into misery for decades!

Saturday, 24 May 2014 04:00

How to Keep Yourself from Fainting

Dear Pharmacist,

I've been fainting (or almost fainting) several times a year for the last 6 years, and no one has been able to figure out why. I've done every scan on my brain and arteries, and everything is normal. I take two blood pressure medications, something for depression and thyroid. What can you say to someone prone to fainting?

—B.W., Silver Springs, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

What does it mean when it says "take on an empty stomach" or "take with food" because I never adhere to those warnings and I'm still alive. Does it really matter?

—J.J., Denver, CO
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