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Sherry Torkos, BScPhm, RPh

Sherry Torkos, BScPhm, RPh

Sherry Torkos, BScPhm, RPh, is a pharmacist, author, and health enthusiast who enjoys sharing her passion with others. She graduated with honors from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992. Since that time she has been practicing holistic pharmacy in the Niagara region of Ontario.

Her philosophy of practice is to integrate conventional and complementary therapies to optimize health and prevent disease. Torkos has won several national pharmacy awards for providing excellence in patient care. As a leading health expert, she has delivered hundreds of lectures to medical professionals and the public. She has authored 18 books and booklets, including, Saving Women’s Hearts, The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and The Glycemic Index Made Simple.
Belly Habits for Better Immune Health

Gut health may not be top of mind right now with all the concerns over coronavirus, however considering that 70% of our immune system is located in our gut, we should all be looking at strategies to promote a healthy belly.

Our digestive tract is home to trillions of bacteria. The friendly bacteria, known as probiotic bacteria, make up your microbiome and these bacteria play a vital role in supporting good health. Probiotic bacteria aid the digestion and the absorption of nutrients from the intestine, they help ease gas and bloating and can alleviate both constipation and diarrhea. And new research suggests they also offer benefits for the heart, brain, gums, skin and even our mood.
Pharmacist's Go-To Advice for Winter Woes

Last year’s flu season brought the highest number of deaths and health complications since the dawn of modern tracking, so much so, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is worried that this flu season could result in a pandemic. 

It’s hard to imagine that our medically advanced society would be under threat; however, unpredictable and changing bacteria and viruses can leave our immune systems susceptible to being unfairly compromised.

While flu vaccination has an important role, it’s not the only strategy we should employ when it comes to prevention. Being proactive with your health means eating a healthful diet, getting adequate sleep and regular exercise, managing stress levels and washing hands frequently. 

Beyond lifestyle approaches, consider these holistic remedies to address common winter woes such as cold, flu, stomach aches, and joint discomfort.
Is It Something I Ate or Lack of DAO?

Have you ever had stomach cramps, headache, nausea and flushing after a meal and wondered, "Is it something I ate?"

Sensitivities or reactions to food are increasingly common. They can be challenging to deal with, because they can cause a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms that are often difficult to pinpoint. 

The two main types of food reactions are allergies and intolerances. Food allergies involve an immune system reaction to a particular food or component of food, such as the protein in peanuts, eggs or dairy. The immune system reacts inappropriately when faced with the food allergen and mounts a reaction, which can range from minor rash or hives to life threatening anaphylaxis.
Power of Concentrated Cranberries for Unusual UTIs

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common bacterial infections in the developed world.

Now, the bacterium that causes UTIs are showing up in some unexpected places, including our grocery stores’ meat and poultry sections. 

It’s an alarming fact that only adds to the exasperation of the nearly 60 percent of women who experience painful UTI symptoms annually.