Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on June 11 and 12, 2022 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss what pharmacists actually do with pharmacist Rami Farjo, the ‘Alkalize or Die’ fad with David Nelson ND, how to rid your garden of pests naturally with Melissa Cameron and men’s skin care with Vee Mistry

We specifically discuss:

What Pharmacists Actually Do

  • Schooling and training necessary to become a pharmacist
  • Becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Connecting with customers
  • An example of “going the extra mile”
  • Customer relationships
  • Explaining medications
  • Meds check
  • Helping family and caregivers
  • Compliance packaging
  • What goes into filling a prescription?
  • Other services and support


The “Alkalize or Die” Fad

  • The first functional food that promotes alkalinity: grapefruits
  • Is there truth behind the alkalinity claims?
  • PRAL
  • NEAP
  • Why is alkalinity relevant?
  • Does a higher acid load mean that the body requires buffering?
  • The health risks
  • It is the increase of vegetables and fruits that leads better health
  • The Blue Zones


How to Rid Your Garden of Pests, Naturally

  • What is the best time of day to check for garden pests?
  • Beneficial insects: Predators, Parasitoids, Pollinators
  • Insects who change the balance of the garden
  • Aphids
  • How to rid the garden of pests naturally
  • Do pests really render plants inedible?
  • How do we make our gardens less attractive for pests
  • Which sprays are worse (more toxic) than others
  • Diversity and companion plants
  • Slugs
  • Healthy soil


Men’s Skin Care

  • Keep it simple
  • Cleanser, moisturizer and SPF
  • The importance of a good SPF:
  • Physical and chemical SPF
  • Men’s skin and women’s skin differentiated
  • Acne
  • Shaving
  • Men’s skin doesn’t age at the same rate as women


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To learn more about Melissa Cameron go here.

To learn more about Vee Mistry go here