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Archive for January, 2016

Lovejoy’s Ad for February 1-7.

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Take a look at the Lovejoy’s ad for February 1-7.

Big Game Savings

You’ll LOVE the Savings at Lovejoy’s! Get Big Game Savings for everything you need to have a game day party.

Check out all the great 10 for $10 items. Buy one or ten. They are all only $1 each. There are hundreds of 10 for $10 items in the store.

Like Lovejoy’s on Facebook by going HERE.

For more information on Lovejoy’s IGA, visit their web site HERE.

Remember, we hope you will shop locally and support locally owned businesses here in our community!

Click on each of the pages of the ad to enlarge them. When they show up on a separate page, click again to make the pages even bigger. You can also print them out and take them with you when you go shopping!

Congratulations to the Lovejoy Family!! C.J. Lovejoy and Charlie Lovejoy accepted a proclamation from Plain City mayor Darrin Lane during Monday’s village council meeting. The proclamation recognized Lovejoy’s for the 60 plus year commitment the family has given to the community. The family-owned grocery store opened in 1950.





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Insomnia. By Our January Student Pharmacist, Zach Rawn, Who is Exhausted After This Month Long Rotation!


What is insomnia?

Insomnia is defined as having problems with sleep. This can be problems falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or not feeling well rested upon awakening. Insomnia isn’t necessarily related to how many hours of sleep one gets and everyone needs a different quantity of sleep.

What are some symptoms?

  • Difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep.
  • Feeling sleepy or tired during the daylight hours.
  • Difficulty thinking clearly or being forgetful.
  • Getting anxious, irritable, or depressed.
  • Having less energy and/or interest in doing things.
  • Making mistakes more easily than normal.
  • Having anxiety about lack of sleep.

These symptoms can affect quality of life and can occur in people who seem to get enough hours of sleep.

Are there any tests I should get?

Your primary care provider might not need to give you a test to diagnose insomnia.

Some of the tests your physician may choose, however, include:

  • Polysomnography – A test that usually occurs over one night within a sleep lab. Movement, brain activity, and breathing are recorded.
  • Actigraphy – A test that records movements/activities with a motion detector and monitor that is on the wrist. The test is done over a few days and nights at home.

Lifestyle modifications to improve insomnia:

  • Sleep only just long enough to feel rested and no more.
  • Go to sleep and awake at the same time each day
  • If you cannot fall asleep in a reasonable amount of time, get out of bed and attempt to fall asleep a bit later.
  • Do not intake caffeine late in the day or in the evening.
  • Avoid using tobacco products if possible, especially late in the day or in the evening.
  • Keep the room in which you sleep dark, quiet, cool, and without any reminders of stress.
  • Solve problems and tie up loose ends before you head to bed instead of leaving them for the morning.
  • Increase the amount of exercise/physical activity you do, but not before bed.
  • Try to not look at phones, tablets, reading devices, computer screens, etc. before bed.


If I think I may suffer from insomnia should I seek help?
Yes, if you believe you either have insomnia or believe that it is affecting your quality of life, mention it to your primary care provider. He/she might be able to help or at least answer some questions you might have.

Self medicating with a small amount of alcohol may help you fall asleep, but disrupts deep sleep and is not advised long term. There are other over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications that may be beneficial in helping you with sleep or to treat an underlying condition. Once again, seek help for a proper diagnosis.


Are Energy Drinks Good For You? Or is That All Hype? By Our January Student Pharmacist, Zach Rawn.


Are energy drinks what they are cracked up to be?

The term energy drink is self explanatory, but is used to describe a large assortment of products. Some examples include: Redbull, Monster, Rockstar, 5-Hour Energy, and VitaminEnergy. Typically, these drinks include some sort of stimulant (ex. caffeine) and high doses of B vitamins. Some may include various assortments of natural products, proteins, or other vitamins and electrolytes.

How do these drinks provide energy?

The “energy” found in energy drinks typically comes from caffeine. On an energy drink label, the manufacturer will provide either the amount of caffeine or guarana per serving. Guarana is a plant originating from South America with seeds containing caffeine. Guarana seeds are actually more concentrated with caffeine than coffee beans on a pound for pound ratio. There is about 40 mg of caffeine in every one gram (or 1000 mg) of guarana. This becomes important when the two are mixed in one drink. You must add the caffeine from guarana plus the listed amount of caffeine on the packaging to determine the total amount of caffeine per serving.

Do B vitamins help to increase energy?

Generally, the answer is no. B vitamins are necessary for many bodily processes and for metabolism, but through a balanced diet the amount of B vitamins necessary is easily attainable. Some individuals (especially the elderly) may need B vitamin supplementation due to inadequacies breaking down and/or absorbing them from their diet or because of malnutrition. A simple blood draw carried out by a physician can determine if supplementation is actually necessary. The amounts of B vitamins found in energy drinks are typically greater than 100% of the amount necessary to supplement the diet without food even included. Generally, excess B vitamins are excreted in the urine, so much of them could be wasted anyway.

What are the roles of natural products in energy drinks?

The simple answer is, we aren’t sure. Natural products must be evaluated on a case by case basis. Many of the claims made about natural products are lacking scientific studies to prove efficacy. Many natural products have not been rigorously tested for safety or efficacy in the same manner that prescription medications have.

Are energy drinks safe?

In general, energy drink use in moderation is of little concern, but must be approached on a case by case basis. Read the label to determine what you are putting in your body. Determine the caffeine and guarana content per serving. For most healthy adults, less than 400 mg of caffeine per day is generally safe. Be wary of the claims made on the packaging, especially with regard to specific natural products. Once again, high doses of natural products lack human safety data. If you are concerned about vitamin deficiency, speak with your primary health care provider.



Can energy drinks really boost a person’s energy. MayoClinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/energy-drinks/faq-20058349. Published Feb 11 2015.

Energy Drinks. Pharmacist’s Letter. http://pharmacistsletter.therapeuticresearch.com.proxy.lib.ohio-state.edu/pl/ArticleDD.aspx?nidchk=1&cs=OSU~CEPDA&s=PL&pt=6&fpt=31&dd=270107&pb=PL&searchid=55060613. Published January 2011.

Rumor: B vitamins improve energy and relieve stress. http://pharmacistsletter.therapeuticresearch.com.proxy.lib.ohio-state.edu/pl/Rumor.aspx?cs=OSU~CEPDA&s=PL&fpt=31&rtid=367&searchid=55060642. Published January 20 2012.




Lovejoy’s Ad for January 25-31.


Take a look at the Lovejoy’s ad for January 25-31.

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Check out the 4 Day Sale from Thursday, January 28 to Sunday, January 31. You’ll LOVE the Savings during this giant sale.

Like Lovejoy’s on Facebook by going HERE.

For more information on Lovejoy’s IGA, visit their web site HERE.

Remember, we hope you will shop locally and support locally owned businesses here in our community!

Click on each of the pages of the ad to enlarge them. When they show up on a separate page, click again to make the pages even bigger. You can also print them out and take them with you when you go shopping!

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Surviving Winter! By Our January Student Pharmacist, Zach Rawn.


Winter is finally here! With winter, we could see some cold temperatures, which increase the risk of frostbite. Frostbite is structural damage to the body caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.

Symptoms of frostbite:

  • Cold, tingling, and/or numb skin.
  • Skin color changes to a white/grey color.
  • Skin changes consistent with a waxy texture or increased hardness.
  • Difficulty moving the affected area – e.g. clumsy fingers.
  • Blisters with bodily fluids collecting inside.
  • SEVERE: areas of black (dead) skin.

If you come into contact with a person who may have frostbite (including yourself):

  • Help the person get to a warmer environment as soon as possible.
  • Inspect/ask the person if they have any wet clothing – remove if applicable.
  • Attempt to warm the affected area.

Warm the area by:

  • Submersing the affected area into warm, comfortable water (NOT hot water).
  • If unable to access warm water or the area is not capable of being submersed, attempt to use body heat – for example, put affected hand inside armpit.
  • Cover with dry blanket, towel, clothes, etc.

Avoid causing damage to the skin or worsening the damage:

  • Try not to be mobile or utilize feet that may have frostbite, unless necessary to move to a warmer environment.
  • Do not rub the area intensely.
  • Do not warm numb skin with a stove or a fire due to the risk for burning the skin by accident.

If skin and affected area does not return to normal after attempting to warm the area, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Medically, frostbite is treated with one or more of the following:

  • Warming the area with water – This can cause pain, but doctors can prescribe medications to help ease the pain.
  • Medications that aid with blood flow or work to prevent blood clots – immobility and frostbite can increase the risk of blood clots, which can be very dangerous.
  • A tetanus shot – to prevent the infections of a microorganism that lives in the soil and causes infection.
  • Antibiotics – to prevent the infections of other bacteria.
  • Surgery/amputation to remove dead skin or a damaged appendage (severe frostbite).


What can you do to prevent frostbite?

  • Cover your skin!
  • Wear the necessary clothing for the conditions – A hat, gloves/mittens, sunglasses/goggles, etc.
  • Wear clothing in layers.
  • Wear water resistant footwear.

Other helpful tips:

  • Avoid direct contact with metals and water.
  • Know the temperature and wind chill.
  • Let people know where you will be and/or when you expect to be back if traveling in the elements.
  • Have emergency supplies in your vehicle.


UpToDate. Frostbite. Available online at: http://www.uptodate.com.proxy.lib.ohio-state.edu/contents/frostbite?source=search_result&search=frostbite&selectedTitle=1~40#PATIENT_INFORMATION. Updated April 20, 2015. Accessed January 13, 2016.