Suzy is a graduate of the University of Florida and have been a licensed pharmacist for nearly 20 years. People call her "America's Most ...

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Suzy Cohen

Suzy Cohen

Dear Pharmacist

Schizandra is my new favorite supplement

Schizandra is my new favorite supplement

October 21, 2014

Dear Readers: I cannot tell you how frequently people write to me saying they are tired and frustrated with ineffective medicine. I believe adrenal exhaustion is at the root of pretty much everyone's misery, and there isn't a drug that nurtures your precious adrenal glands. If you cry easily, have a short fuse, or people call you "cranky," then you might have insufficient adrenal function. We live in such a fast-paced world with too much stress, too many emails and too many perceived obligations — it's easy to burn your adrenals out.

  • Get the full picture on vitamin D

    October 16, 2014

    Dear Readers: Vitamin D is good for more than preventing rickets. This time of year, it also helps with depression and immune function.

  • Suzy Cohen: How pills, plastic affect your health

    October 11, 2014

    Dear Readers: Drinking from plastic water bottles or taking the pill can cause hypothyroidism by raising your body's levels of estrogen hormone. The same can be said about menopause drugs.

  • Suzy Cohen: Are there metals in your bowl of cereal?

    October 4, 2014

    Dear Readers: Everyone is worried about heavy metals in their dental amalgams and vaccines. What if I said you could be getting some in your bowl of cereal? It's possible, according to Mike Adams, founder of Forensic Food Lab (

  • Dealing with dose, price issues

    September 29, 2014

    Dear Readers: Today's column is devoted to giving you answers on some frequently asked questions I've gotten as a pharmacist for 25 years.

  • Natural options for what ails you

    September 23, 2014

    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 for what ails you. Of course, make sure your doctor approves of you eating or taking something new.

  • Copper: It's all about balance

    September 12, 2014

    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, so I researched it. Just as I suspected, copper is essential to good health. We don't need a lot of copper, but certain healthy amounts are vital and essential to our well-being. It's all about balance!

  • Help for Hashimoto's, hypothyroidism

    August 29, 2014

    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

  • Uncover root cause of your depression

    August 22, 2014

    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

  • Diuretics: What you should know

    August 8, 2014

    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, Calif.

  • Don't be a mosquito magnet

    August 1, 2014

    Dear Pharmacist: Which spray do you recommend for hiking or picnicking outdoors? — T.K., Denver, Colo.

  • Try guayusa for energy and focus

    July 25, 2014

    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 increases my mental focus and energy. I've discovered guayusa now.

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