January 8, 2013

The Immunity Boosting Benefits of Vitamin D3

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The Immunity Boosting Benefits of Vitamin D3 
By Peter Fallon

As a pharmacist in Latham, New York, I often converse with members of the community and local media on ways of staying healthy. Individuals are generally more susceptible to airborne pathogens during the colder and darker winter months whether it involves the common cold or a serious flu strain such as H1N1. One of the best ways of keeping your body well prepared for whatever the flu season offers is through increased intake of vitamin D3. A group of fat-soluble secosteroids, vitamin D encompasses five chemical compositions, of which D2 and D3 are the two major types. Vitamin D3 is produced naturally in the skin as cholecalciferol, generated by the body when the chemical compound 7-dehydrocholesterol reacts with certain wavelengths of UV light. In temperate regions, ample sunlight during spring, summer, and fall ensures healthy amounts of produced and stored vitamin D3. With lessened sunlight during the winter months, cholecalciferol becomes more difficult to produce and D3 supplements are recommended. Vitamin D3 effectively increases the cellular levels of the immune system, providing added defense against pathogens. In particular, it plays a vital role as a modulator of the immune system, regulating T cells and increasing the pathogen-killing efficiency of macrophages (white blood cells) within the tissue. D3 also limits the expression of inflammatory cytokines while increasing the expression of antimicrobial peptides, which exist in many cells within the immune system. Peptides stimulated by vitamin D3 play a particularly vital role in protecting the body from lung infection. A deficiency of D3 is additionally thought to play a role in the progression and development of a number of autoimmune diseases.

While its immune-boosting properties are the primary reason I recommend vitamin D3 supplements, the vitamin is also linked to a number of unique health benefits, including protection from cancer, cognitive enhancement, lowered depression levels, bone health, and avoidance of chronic back pain. From my own personal experience, a combination of vitamin D3, vitamin C, and the immunity booster elderberry were effective in quickly easing respiratory symptoms that could have led to flu. Within moderation, vitamin D3 supplements provide a safe and effective way of successfully navigating the flu season.

About the Author: Peter L. Fallon is President of Fallon Wellness Pharmacy, LLC. Peter Fallon’s center is one of approximately 120 compound prescription-specialized pharmacies accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board.

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November 25, 2012

A Look at Bio-Identical Hormones, By Peter L. Fallon

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As people grow older, their hormone levels get out of balance. This part of the aging process becomes especially problematic for women during menopause. However, scientists have developed ways to alleviate these fluctuations. Bio-identical hormones represent one such way. Also known as natural hormone therapy, bio-identical hormones can be delivered through patches, pills, gels, and creams.

Although synthesized in a lab, bio-identical hormones possess the same molecular structure as those made in the body. Bio-identical estrogen and progesterone, produced from yam and soy extracts as base materials, are indistinguishable from those made in the ovaries. Additionally, manufacturers produce bio-identical hormones for men, including testosterone. Those wanting to obtain these items need to visit a specialist who can understand what the patient needs and prescribe products tailored for the client’s individual condition.

About the Author:

For nearly 30 years, Peter L. Fallon has worked as a pharmacist and created businesses as an entrepreneur. At Fallon Wellness Pharmacy, LLC, in Latham, New York, Fallon develops bio-identical hormones and in addition advises clients on health, functional medicine, and related matters.

July 28, 2011

Wellness Consultation Identifies Health Concerns and Long-Term Goals

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by Peter L. Fallon, Pharmacist

Most people express the desire to get fit, quit smoking, or simply improve their health. While traditional medicine treats a disease, the functional medicine approach that we utilize in our wellness consultations addresses the individual and his or her wants and needs. We find that people benefit greatly from a proactive, positive approach to their own well-being.

The human body encompasses a number of systems which work together in concert to achieve movement, respiration, thought, digestion, and a whole host of other functions. We teach the patients to adopt a lifestyle that promotes optimal performance of all systems to facilitate health, vigor, and strong immune function.

We work closely with patients who have an overall goal of good health, many of them focusing on a specific target in this process. Longevity tends to be a popular objective, with patients undergoing seasonal treatments aimed at promoting balance in the bodily systems to ensure each organ works properly and does not trigger pain or problems in complementary systems. Such treatments strengthen the immune system, promote the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, and regulate circulation.

Other patients use the advice we give them in a wellness consultation to manage stress and anxiety, relieve pain, balance hormone levels, increase fertility, lose weight, and even stop smoking. All of these conditions can be debilitating; we help our patients determine the best programs for them to realize their wellness goals and live long, healthy lives.

About the author: Peter L. Fallon is a Compounding Pharmacist with several pharmacies in New York. A regular lecturer on such issues as natural medicine, bioidentical hormones, and functional medicine, Peter L. Fallon actively serves as a member of the International Association of Compounding Pharmacists, the Institute of Functional Medicine, and the Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New York.

March 29, 2011

Peter Fallon’s Blog

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