Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on January 20 and 21, 2024 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in The Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss treating a respiratory virus with clinical pharmacist Andy Donald, how an aging population is putting stress on caregivers with author Asha Tarry, coping with perimenopause with holistic nutritionist Aeryon Ashlie, and the cold weather care of our pets with veterinarian Dr. Carol Osborne.

We specifically discuss:

Treating A Respiratory Virus

  • The spread of respiratory viruses
  • Paxlovid
  • Tamiflu
  • Can pharmacists prescribe Paxlovid and Tamiflu?
  • The cost of respiratory virus drugs
  • Diagnosing Covid 19 (which now looks a lot like influenza)
  • Are pharmacists trained for prescribing Paxlovid and Tamiflu
  • The process
  • Are the drugs available?
  • Drug interactions
  • Are there cost differences in a pharmacist prescribing Paxlovid or Tamiflu?
  • Side effects
  • Can pharmacists provide advice and assistance regarding these drugs?
  • Is every pharmacist providing this service?


Our Aging Population and Stressed Caregivers

  • The aging population and the need for caregivers
  • Lifestyle and quality of life
  • Helping to care for aging parents
  • What are the stresses on caregivers?
  • What resources are available for the aging population?
  • What resources are required to assist caregivers?


Coping With Perimenopause

  • Perimenopause and menopause
  • What happens during peri-menopause?
  • When does Perimenopause begin?
  • Perimenopause is an…opportunity
  • What information can be gleaned from the symptoms of perimenopause?
  • Hormonal testing
  • The “Dutch” test
  • How can you deal with the symptoms of perimenopause?
  • Mindfulness
  • Protein
  • Resistance training
  • Brain health


Cold Weather Care of Our Pets

  • Pets reluctant to go out in the cold
  • Frostbite (most sensitive spots on a pet)
  • Protecting paws from salt damage
  • Toughening up the foot pads
  • Diagnosing and treatment of frostbite
  • Salt
  • How long can your pets be outside?
  • Cold weather diet
  • Antifreeze is a hazard
  • Thin ice


To learn more about show sponsor, Pharma-Z powered by the Health Depot go here

To learn more about Andy Donald go here

To learn more about Asha Tarry go here

To learn more about Aeryon Ashlie go here

To learn more about Dr. Carol OsborneĀ  go here.