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Archive for July, 2014

65th Miami Valley Steam Threshers Show will Feature J. I. Case and the Empire Tractor Owners Club.

The 65th Annual Meeting of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers will take place from Thursday, July 17, to Sunday, July 20 in Pastime Park in Plain City. This year, the 2014 show will feature J. I. Case and the Empire Tractor Owners Club.

As always, the Grand Parade through downtown Plain City will take place on Friday, July 18 at 6 pm. There will also be lawnmower races on Thursday night and tractor pulls on Saturday and Sunday.

The Ohio Village Muffins will play against the Plain City Baseball Association coaches on Friday at 8 pm.

General admission is $5 at the gate. Thursday is $2 admission for senior citizens. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE with an adult. Annual membership is $15 and includes two show passes.

New this year–wristbands must be worn on the grounds!

For information, visit the Miami Valley Steam Show web site HERE.

For a copy of the show flyer, go HERE or click on the flyer at the bottom to enlarge and print.

Additionally, please visit the Plain City Lions Club booth at the Steam Show for their sausage sandwiches and bratwursts. The Lions stand is a huge charitable money maker for the Plain City Club and allows them to carry out their good deeds throughout the year. All of the money raised at the Steam Show goes back into the local community.

Joe will be working a few shifts at the Lions Booth, so stop by and say hi. While you are there, ask him to make you a Lemon Shake Up.

The Lions Club Stand is open from 6 am to 10 pm and they also serve breakfast. You can get pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and eggs (any way you like them).

Carol Gaul will also be holding a garage sale on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 at her house, 176 Anderson Avenue, abutting the park. All proceeds from the sales will be used to help Black and Orange Cat Foundation with their spay and neuter efforts here in the community. Stop by beginning at 9 am each day.

Get Your Vitamin D! By Our July Student Pharmacist, Andrew Chow.

Ever wonder why you see fortified milk, yogurt, and cereal? Partly because they have been “fortified” with vitamin D.

Why do you need Vitamin D added to your food?

Vitamin D is essential to bone, skin, and mental health, because it enhances the gut absorption of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate, and zinc. People need these minerals in order to stay alive. Vitamin D may also protect against osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, and other diseases.

A person generally needs about 30 ng/ml of vitamin D daily to be healthy. Also remember that less than 12 ng/ml is considered vitamin D deficient, leading to rickets in infants and children and osteomalacia in adults. Rickets is a softening or weakening of the bones. Osteomalacia is weakness in bones and muscles.

Vitamin D levels greater than 50 ng/ml are considered too high and are also harmful to the body.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which allows the body to form and maintain strong bones. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin and brittle. Causes of vitamin D deficiency include decreased intake or absorption of vitamin D, diet restrictions, decreased sun exposure, and decreased ability to synthesize vitamin D. Taking prescription medications can also affect vitamin D absorption.

Because there are two forms of vitamin D that are important to humans, people often get confused with them. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is made by plants, while vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is made by human skin when exposed to sunlight.

Vitamin D is found in many food sources. These include fish, egg yolks, cheese, beef liver, fatty fish (such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and eel), canned tuna fish, and cod liver oil. One egg yolk will give you about 40 International Units (IUs) of vitamin D. Eight fluid ounces of fortified milk contain about 100 IUs. As for cod liver oil, one tablespoon contains about 1,300 IUs of vitamin D. Canned light tuna contains about 150 IUs per 4 ounces while a 3-ounce salmon fillet has about 450 IUs. Eating 100 grams of Swiss cheese gives you 44 IUs of vitamin D.

As a reference, the recommended daily dietary allowance of vitamin D is 600 IUs, except for people over the age of 70–for them it is 800 IUs. The maximum upper limit of vitamin D daily intake is 4,000 IUs for people over the age of 8 years old and 1,000 IUs for infants.

As stated earlier, please don’t forget sunlight.

When you get exposure to UVB rays from sunlight, a compound called 7-dehydrocholesterol is converted to vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) in the skin. About 20 to 30 minutes exposure to sunlight one to two times a week should help you maintain healthy levels of vitamin D.

The most common medical treatment for vitamin D deficiency is taking either vitamin D3 or vitamin D2 supplements. When possible, vitamin D3 is recommended over vitamin D2 because vitamin D3 is the naturally occurring form of the vitamin and it may raise vitamin D levels more effectively.

For an adult whose vitamin D level is less than 20 ng/ml, treatment usually includes 50,000 IUs of vitamin D2 or D3 by mouth once or more per week for six to eight weeks, and then 800 to 1000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily thereafter. If a person has a vitamin D level between 20 to 30 ng/mL, then they take 800 to 1,000 IUs by mouth daily for three months. Finally, in infants and children whose vitamin D level is less than 20 ng/ml, they need to take 1,000 to 5,000 IUs of vitamin D2 by mouth per day for two to three months based on their age.







“I’ll Have Another”: The Importance of Staying Hydrated. By Our July Student Pharmacist, Shawn Rutledge.

The human body uses water in daily functions such as digestion, circulation, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Water is lost each day when you use the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is warm, if you are sick, or are exercising. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid fluid loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated. A severe case of dehydration may require hospitalization.

Symptoms of dehydration include: Little or no urine, urine that is darker than normal, dry mouth, headache, confusion, and dizziness.

Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to act. It can be hard to recognize when you’re dehydrated, especially as you age. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

If you are concerned that you may not be drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow, you are most likely staying well hydrated.

A reasonable goal for most people is to drink 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses of water each day. Some people are at higher risk of dehydration, including those who get a lot of exercise, those who are sick, and the elderly.

You may need to increase the amount of water you are drinking if you:

  • Have certain medical conditions, such as kidney stones or a bladder infection.
  • Are pregnant of breastfeeding.
  • Are going to be outside during hot weather.
  • Are going to be exercising.
  • Have a fever, or have been vomiting or have diarrhea.
  • Are trying to lose weight.

Water is the best option for staying hydrated. Drinks like fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and even caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea and soda, count towards your daily water count, too. While these beverages can help you reach your hydration goal, don’t overdo it. Try to have most of your daily intake be water itself.

Sport drinks such a Gatorade or Powerade are also great for rehydrating, but watch out as they can also be loaded with sugar. They have added electrolytes which can help replace those lost in individuals who have been exercising intensely for a period of over an hour, have a fever or chills, or have been experiencing vomiting and diarrhea.

As an added bonus, water can aid your weight loss efforts. It has been proven that thirst signals may sometimes be confused with hunger. Next time you feel hungry, but have eaten recently, have a nice tall glass of water and you may be amazed how the hunger goes away. Also, substituting water for soft drinks or other sugary beverages can cut an easy 300 to 500 calories per day! 

Tips for staying hydrated (from Familydoctor.org)

  • Consider purchasing a reusable water bottle and carrying it with you on the go. You can refill it multiple times throughout the day with tap water for free and it also helps reduce plastic waste.
  • If plain water doesn’t interest you, try adding a slice of lemon, lime, or cucumber to your drink.
  • Make sure to hydrate before, during, and after a workout.
  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you get up. It will help jump-start your metabolism.
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it’s free!





St. John’s Group Workcamp 2014 Helps Improve the Lives of Area Residents.

Youth have traveled to many surrounding states in the past several years to help with Group Workcamps where they build relationships even as they swing hammers and paintbrushes.

This year St. John’s Lutheran Church is sponsoring the Workcamp which runs from July 6-12. St. John’s is hosting youth from churches in Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and, of course, Ohio.

Youth and leaders (close to 400 people!) are staying in Fairbanks High School while they work to improve the homes of local residents in the Marysville/Milford Center area. The gymnasium at Fairbanks has been turned into a giant area for evening programs. Classrooms substitute for bedrooms with volunteers sleeping on the floors. Meals are served in the cafeteria.

All home repairs done by the group work teams are free and include painting, wheelchair ramp and porch construction, and any other building and renovation projects home owners may need.

The groups have devotions every morning and evening. Each work crew also has lunch devotions at their work site, encouraging the people whose homes they are working on to join in.

On Wednesday afternoon, the youth will get a break from all their hard work with a canoeing adventure.

For more information on the Group Workcamps, please visit the St. John’s Lutheran Church Announcements Page HERE and Like their Facebook page HERE.

You can also follow all of the activities with the Group Workcamp by Liking their Facebook page HERE.

Additionally, you can find Workcamps all over the United States by going to the Group Mission Trips page HERE.

Thanks to our wonderful staff member, Margie, for letting us know about this inspiring event. Margie’s daughter, Michaela, is taking part in the Group Workcamp this week. Way to go, Michaela!



Meet Our Second Student Pharmacist for July, Shawn Rutledge.

We have two student pharmacists for the month of July from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. Earlier, you met Andrew Chow. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Shawn Rutledge. As always, please make our students feel welcome as they spend time in our community.

We’ll let Shawn tell you a bit about himself:

Hello, all! My name is Shawn Rutledge and I am a student pharmacist from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. I will be spending the month of July here at Plain City Druggist and I can’t wait to meet all of you.

I have lived in Columbus for the past 7 years while attending Ohio State. I am originally from Sherrodsville, Ohio, a small town of about 300 people in eastern Ohio–so I feel right at home here in Plain City.

While in high school, I really enjoyed math and science classes and I also had an affinity for the healthcare professions as I helped my family care for my ill grandmother. I found that pharmacy was a perfect blend of these interests through some advice given to me by an uncle of mine. I have known I wanted to become a pharmacist ever since.

I currently work at a Giant Eagle Pharmacy in Gahanna where I have been employed for almost 5 years now–my how time flies!!

When I’m not in the pharmacy, you can usually find me reading, cooking, boxing, going to concerts, and, of course, attending Ohio State football games. I love the fall season when the weather starts to get a little cooler and I can have football on the television almost every day of the week. I also enjoy learning new things every day, so I would be happy to dig in and research any questions you may have. Make sure to stop in and see me!