Gibson Pharmacy
2505 S. Carrier Pkwy.
(S.E. Corner of Carrier & Pioneer Pkwy.)
(972) 264-0268

March 2008
Books of Interest
Fix It And Enjoy It Diabetic Cookbook
By Phyllis Pellman Good with the American Diabetes Association
Large variety of recipes - Stove-top and oven recipes.

Solve It With Supplements
By Robert A. Schulman, M.D.
Uses herbs and nutritionals to help with 100 common health problems.

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Diabetes - Kidney Disease Connection
According to a report we watched last week, one of every nine U.S. adults has Chronic Kidney Diesase. That means that 20 million Americans with another 20 million are at increased risk for Chronic Kidney Disease.

6.5% of the Medicare budget was spent on kidney disease care in the United States in 2005.

Some interesting facts about the kidneys:
25% of cardiac blood output goes to kidneys.
Vitamin D is finalized for body usage by the kidneys.
Kidneys control blood pressure.

The symptoms of Kidney Disease don't get really noticed until the condition is nearly critical. Tired, trouble concentrating and sleeping, poor appetite, swollen feet and ankles, puffiness around the eyes in the morning, with frequent urination during the night.

People with Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disease, and a family history of Kidney Disease are more likely to get Kidney Disease.

Diabetics are the hardest patients to deal with Kidney Disease, since Diabetes attacks so many body parts including the kidneys.

During World War II the incidence of health problems went down dramatically. During that time the population ate much less meat and dairy products. After the war, more of these products were eaten and health problems went back up.

The other interesting situation that has come onto the health food scene is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). The average American today eats 100 times more HFCS than was eaten in 1970. It is the #1 added sweetner today.

While glucose is recognized by the brain and turns off hunger and appetite, the brain does not recognize fructose. The liver turns fructose into lipids.

The answer is simple. Eat whole foods. Join a co-op for farmers markets or neighborhoods growing their own vegetables and fruits. Buy locally at our Farmer's Market. Start your own garden and fruit trees.

35% of today's food eaten each week is fast food. Try to start taking your own packed lunch. Do supper at home with vegetables and salad. Start cooking meals with a crock pot. Soup and salad is a nice light supper.

This will help your pocketbook and your body. Your body will thank you, now and in later years.

If you would like to watch the tape that we did, the tape is available for viewing at the pharmacy. Also the chart on obesity and how Texas weighs in. This chart shows the rise in obesity and how it follows the increased use of HFCS in our diets. Coincidence?!


1.) Get your prescription bottle from your old pharmacy
2.) Give us a call at (972) 264-0268
3.) Tell either Gary or one of our technicians:
          Your name
          Your phone number
          Your old pharmacy name and their phone number
          The prescription number or numbers
          Your doctor's name (and their phone number is great, too)
4.) Any insurance information
5.) We'll handle the rest

You can also just bring in your prescription bottle in to us.

Super Moist Bread Pudding
2 lbs. of supermarket bakery products (I like to use Cinnamon Rolls and Apple Danish combined)
2 (12 oz cans) evaporated milk
2 t. vanilla extract
1 t. cinnamon (I actually use 1 T.)
1 small pkg. instant vanilla pudding
1/2 c. raisins
1/4 to 1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 stick butter

Chop up bakery products into 1 inch cubes.

Mix evaporated milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and vanilla pudding together and pour into sprayed deep casserole baking dish. Place chopped bakery products on top of mixture. Pat down until even. Allow1 to 2 minutes for bakery products to soak up the mixture. Top with raisins and pecans. Dice up butter and "dot" the top of the mixture. Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 350 for 1-1/4 hour.

Extra Tip: For easier cleanup and extra support, place the casserole dish on a cookie sheet covered in foil before placing in the oven.


Disclaimer: This newsletter is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. Anyone who has a serious disease or ailment should consult a physician before initiating any change in treatment or before beginning any new treatment. All items are my opinion.