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  • Sherry Torkos
  • BSc Phm.
  • Registered Pharmacist, health author and fitness expert

Sherry Torkos is a pharmacist, author, certified fitness instructor, and health enthusiast who enjoys sharing her passion with others. Sherry 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 area. Her philosophy of practice is to integrate conventional and complementary therapies to optimize health and prevent disease. Sherry has won several national pharmacy awards for providing excellence in patient care. As a leading health expert, Sherry has delivered hundreds of lectures to medical professionals and the public. She is frequently interviewed on radio and TV talk shows throughout North America and abroad. Sherry has authored fourteen books and booklets, including The Glycemic Index Made Simple and Breaking the Age Barrier.

Her most recent book, The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine has become a national best-seller. For more information, visit: www.sherrytorkos.com

Read all of Sherry Torkos’s articles on femMED:

Multivitamins: Who Needs Them?

A recent editorial that appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine entitled, “Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements,” grabbed a lot of media headlines and left many people wondering if they should toss out their vitamin...Read More »


The ABCs of Getting ZZZ

If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, wake too early or feel tired, groggy and have difficulty concentrating during the day, you could have a sleep disorder, such as insomnia.

According to recent reports one-third of adults suffer occasionally from insomnia and 14 percent experience chronic insomnia.

Sleep is absolutely vital...Read More »


Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is considered to be largely preventable. Below are 10 simple tips for reducing your risk of heart disease:

1.Take 10,000 steps a day. Use a pedometer and gradually increase the number of steps you take each day. Exercise fights heart disease in numerous ways: it lowers blood...Read More »


Fighting the Flu

Looking for advice on what supplements to take this fall? Check out my segment on CH Morning Live to find out why multivitamins are so important for health, especially during the fall and winter season when we are at...Read More »


Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin – What Every Expectant Woman Needs to Know

Good nutrition is key for good health. This is particularly important during pregnancy to ensure both the mother and the growing baby receive all the essential nutrients for proper growth and development. However, even those who eat healthy may not be getting enough nutrients because many factors can deplete...Read More »


How Exercise Can Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

Regular exercise is known to lower a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. This has been well documented in a number of studies, but the way in which exercise provides protection has not been clearly understood. Exciting new research released recently has revealed how exercise can guard against breast...Read More »


Menopause Weight Gain

Menopause brings about many changes for women; some of these changes, like the end of the menstrual cycle are welcomed and others, such as hot flashes and weight gain are not.

There are various supplements and strategies that can help manage those troublesome hot flashes and night sweats. But for many...Read More »


Five Surprising Strategies to Save Your Heart

By Sherry Torkos, Pharmacist and author of Saving Women’s Hearts and The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

February is heart health awareness month, so this is the perfect time to talk about what we can do to protect ourselves against heart disease. We all know that it is important to exercise,...Read More »


The Best Prenatal Vitamins. What They Should and Shouldn't Contain.

A leading pharmacist explains why you should be cautious about some of the “best” prenatal vitamins, and offers some tips for avoiding hidden toxins.

If you are pregnant, your primary concern is your baby’s health. You take great care in choosing nutritious food, getting enough exercise and avoiding alcohol and tobacco....Read More »


Lifestyle Suggestions for Healthy Hair

Here are some hair tips you can adopt to ensure your locks look lovely.

  • Regular exercise and healthy sleep habits will increase circulatory and overall health, promoting healthy hair.
  • Reduce the frequency of washing and drying your hair. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Avoid using hot water and hair dryers...Read More »

Hormone Imbalance and Hypothyroidism

In terms of synthetic hormones what about medications such as Synthroid for hypothyroidism that doctors say you have to take for the rest of your life? What should I do? Where do I go next?

Most people with hypothyroidism have to take thyroid hormone for the rest of their lives....Read More »


Zinc Deficiency Symptoms-Are You Deficient?

Zinc is often found in multivitamins and prenatal supplements.  It is used in our bodies to support immune function, reduce severity and duration of the common cold, and delay the progression of macular degeneration. It is also involved in numerous enzyme reactions and is required for growth and development,...Read More »


Discover the benefits of exercise...they are more than you think.

In addition to weight control, consistent physical activity offers the following impressive benefits:

1. Improved Mood Even light exercise can boost your emotional wellbeing. Aerobic exercise stimulates the release of certain mood-elevating compounds called endorphins— “feel good” chemicals. These natural painkillers induce relaxation and...Read More »


Weight-Loss Drug Buyers Beware

Always beware of products that make outrageous claims. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. When choosing a product, consult with your pharmacist or health care provider for assistance. Important questions to ask are:

1. Has the product been clinically tested?

2. Are there any side effects or...Read More »


Is there anything natural to take for PCOS rather than Diane 35?

PCOS is a condition characterized by hormonal imbalances, irregular periods, excessive hair growth and obesity. One of the key features with PCOS is insulin resistance, which can affect fertility, cause weight issues and even increase heart disease risk. It is not known whether PCOS causes insulin resistance or the other...Read More »


Starting Your Weight-Loss Program

It is one thing to know what it takes to lose weight and keep it off. It is another thing to actually implement it. Here are some suggestions:

Keep a food diary. Before you decide what you need to change, take an objective look...Read More »


Lose weight and live longer!

According to a recent report from the U.S. Surgeon General, obese individuals have a 50 to 100 percent greater risk of premature death from all causes than individuals without excess weight. An estimated 300,000 deaths are attributed to obesity in the United States each year.Read More »


Is there an age post-menopause at which you should stop taking HRT?

Everyone’s situation is different. Generally speaking, we recommend that HRT be used as the lowest dose possible for the shortest period of time to manage menopausal symptoms.

...Read More »

Hormonal Imbalance in Women and Fibroids

Is there something that will help shrink or get rid of fibroids?

Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours or growths of the uterus. They are very common – about half of women have fibroids, and in many cases they go undetected until they grow large enough that they cause symptoms such as...Read More »

Is there any way to regulate my thyroid without medication if I have hypothyroidism?

 It depends on your individual situation and the severity of your hypothyroidism. The majority of people with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s disease, which is an autoimmune condition that causes destruction of the thyroid gland over time. As this destruction progresses, the thyroid gland becomes less and less able to produce...Read More »


Trouble Sleeping Can Have Many Causes

I have had trouble sleeping well for the longest while. What can I do?

It is important to figure out what is causing your trouble sleeping. Many factors can affect quality sleep such as stress, diet, activity level, use of medication (antidepressants, blood pressure pills and many other drugs) and hormonal imbalances.

Here...Read More »


Women and Sleep. What is the Ideal Amount?

The recommendation is 7 hours of sleep per night. Is that continuous, unbroken sleep or can it be interrupted? What is the correct amount for women and sleep?

Ideally this is un-interrupted sleep since we need to reach deep, restorative sleep. The actual recommended amount varies by age but most experts...Read More »


Can green tea or soy reduce risk of breast cancer?

What about the estrogen in green tea and soy for increasing breast lumps?  My GP has told me not to drink green tea.

Green tea does not contain any estrogen. In fact, some research has suggested that it may actually help in estrogen metabolism and reduce reduce risk of  breast...Read More »


Hormonal Imbalance in Women and PMS

Can you suggest supplements for PMS and painful periods?

For those women looking for a more natural way to relieve their PMS and premenopause symptoms, there are several botanicals that have been evaluated for use in PMS and pre-menopause. Some of these natural health products work by correcting the hormonal imbalance...Read More »


Health Benefits of Garlic

Does it matter how fresh garlic is prepared to get nutritional benefits?

Garlic contains a wide range of active compounds that have health benefits. To maximize the health benefits of garlic, it is best to chop or crush fresh garlic before eating. This will stimulate the enzymatic process that converts the...Read More »


Vitamins and Supplements for Women

How long does it take for vitamins and supplements for women to start working or be effective?

It really depends on what supplement you are taking, the dosage, and your system (how your body processes the supplement). With certain supplements, such as multivitamins or fish oil, you may not necessarily feel...Read More »


Top Five Problems During Pregnancy - And What To Do About Them

Pregnant? You may soon be trying to cope with the top five problems during pregnancy.

Good news! These survival kit essentials will help get you through.

Pregnancy can be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life, yet most women seem united when discussing their most common discomforts. From...Read More »