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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:

Summer Superbugs: What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

With the warmer weather here many of us will be out hiking, swimming, picnicking and camping. Nothing can put a damper on these fun summer activities like contracting an untimely infection.

Bacteria are present everywhere – in our food, soil, and even our bodies. Some bacteria are beneficial, such as those...Read More »

Omega-3s – A Smart Choice for Your Heart & Brain

Omega-3 fatty acids are popularly known for their heart health benefits. Numerous studies have shown that these beneficial fatty acids can help reduce triglycerides, calm inflammation and help prevent clotting – important attributes for prevention of heart disease. However, the benefits of omega-3s extend well beyond the heart to the...Read More »

Thinking of a Weight Loss Cleanse ? Spring Cleaning Your Body

With spring around the corner many of us think of cleaning our homes, clearing out our closets, and getting rid of clutter. But how about spring cleaning your body? Are there any benefits to doing a weight cleanse, detox program or fast? Here are some factors to consider:

Our bodies work...Read More »

What Causes Constipation In Women?

If you suffer from chronic constipation, you’re not alone.  Find out what causes constipation in women – and four strategies to help you relieve it.

Gas, bloating and constipation are common problems that women struggle with occasionally and even regularly (pun not intended.) In fact, digestive problems are one of the most...Read More »

Prenatal Vitamins and Breastfeeding

August is National Breastfeeding Month. In honor of this we have interviewed Sherry Torkos, pharmacist, mom and author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine to get her insight on what new mom’s should know about vitamins and breastfeeding.

Why the recent push toward breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is a great way for mom...Read More »

Stress and Weight Gain

If you are trying to slim down for summer, and despite eating healthy and exercising you aren’t getting the results you want, then it is time to consider other factors that can affect your body weight, such as stress. In this two-part blog I discuss how stress contributes to weight...Read More »

Picking a Probiotic

Recommend dosages

Looking to boost your beneficial bacteria with a probiotic supplement? The options seem endless. With so many products available how do you choose a good probiotic?

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that offer many health benefits from aiding digestion to supporting the immune system. When you have enough good...Read More »

Fighting the Flu

Winter is upon us and ‘tis the season to be sneezing! Winter colds and flu bring on days of miserable symptoms, with sore throat, coughing and congestion, and they are also a leading cause of lost work and school days.

What does weather have to do with it?

The risk of getting...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 are...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 »

Vitamins and Supplements for Women

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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 »

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