Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health


Marla Ahlgrimm: 5 Tips for Summer Garden Safety

The promise of fresh, chemical-free fruits and veggies is one of the greatest joys of summer, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But before you begin your gardening for the season, keep in mind that the probability for accidents, injuries, and other issues also grows as the days get longer. Here are five ways to stay safe:

  1. Block the sun.

There is one thing all vegetable gardens have in common and that’s the need for full sun. Marla Ahlgrimm says this means you’ll be exposed to more UV rays than you really need. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF or at least 15; SPF 30 or 50.

  1. Watch for pests.

Bugs not only want to munch on your tomatoes, many will see you as a moving feast. Specifically, ticks and mosquitoes. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that you can reduce your chances of exposure to Lyme disease and other bug-borne illnesses by wearing long sleeves and pants and applying bug spray before you grab your gloves.   Continue reading

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Q & A on Ticks and Lyme Disease

There are hundreds of thousands of cases of Lyme disease reported each year. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, that number could be much higher as many people mistake its symptoms for other conditions. Here, the Wisconsin-based women’s healthcare expert and retired pharmacist answers a few common questions about ticks and Lyme disease.

Q: What are ticks?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Ticks are a small eight-legged insects found throughout the United States. The most dangerous are Brown deer ticks, which are about the size of a match head and inhabit wooded in grassy areas. Black-legged ticks are approximately the same size and are also known to transmit Lyme disease.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: The Problem With Antifungal Resistance

Marla AhlgrimmYeast infections are a fact of life for more than 75 percent of women. Marla Ahlgrimm says that overaggressive treatment may be making them worse in the long-term as the human body learns to resist certain antifungal medications.

We all know that taking too many antibiotics can make them less effective. But now research suggests that women who experience regular yeast infections may become less able to heal when using azoles, a type of antifungal medications commonly used to treat this troublesome condition.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, azoles are usually the go-to first line of defense against vaginal infections. However, over-use has created an epidemic of resistance, leaving women at the mercy of stronger medications with potentially unwelcomed side effects. That’s assuming the body responds to treatment at all.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Don’t Ignore These Unusual MS Symptoms

Marla AhlgrimmRetired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm explains that more than 2 million people worldwide suffer with multiple sclerosis (MS). There may be many more women with the mysterious disease who mistake their symptoms for hormonal issues. Here, Ahlgrimm opens up about some of the more unusual signs of MS.

Missing period

At a certain age, we will all stop having a period. However, if you are less than 40 years old and don’t have a cycle for more than three months, you may have an undiagnosed disorder, like multiple sclerosis.

Balance issues

There are numerous causes of balance issues, including stroke and heart disease. But, as Marla Ahlgrimm explains, weakness in the limbs may also indicate an early sign of multiple sclerosis, which affects your motor nerves. If you find you have trouble standing straight or are falling and tripping more easily, visit your doctor.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Depression on the Rise for 12- to 35-Year-Olds

Marla AhlgrimmIf you’ve noticed people are more down and out than unusual lately, you’re not imagining it. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield, depression has increased a staggering 63 and 47 percent for adolescents and young adults respectively.

Q: What are the signs of depression?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Depression looks different on different people but is typified by a persistent feeling of being sad, hopeless, or “empty.” Many people will display no outward signs, however irritability, fatigue, and loss of interest in social interactions are common.

Q: Have other age groups also shown signs of increasing depression?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Yes, in fact, all groups studied had a significant increase in clinical diagnoses. Adults aged 35 to 49 saw an increase of 26 percent with those aged 50 to 64 experiencing slightly lower numbers of new cases reported.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Healthy Medicine

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm, a retired pharmacist and women’s health advocate, explains that women should pay close attention to the medications their healthcare provider prescribes.

Modern medicine saves lives. Of that there is no doubt. However, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, medicines that are used improperly can kill. Information is the key in preventing tragedy. Before taking any new medicine, Ahlgrimm insists that women should ask their doctor or pharmacist lots of questions. These questions should include queries regarding the full name of the medication, its active ingredients, dosage amounts and timing, and potential side effects.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that keeping a medicine list can also keep a woman safe. This list, which should include all current medications, including OTC and supplements, should be presented to both physician and pharmacist to ensure there are no potential interactions.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Hooray for Hormones

Marla AhlgrimmYour hormones aren’t just there to dictate whether or not you have stomach cramps every 28 days. In fact, your body is full of chemicals that do everything from regulate your metabolism to boost your muscle growth. Here, hormone specialist and retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm answers a few quick questions about hormones and your body.

Q: What is Irisin?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Irisin is a hormone that received very little attention until recently. It’s essentially an exercise-related hormone that burns fat. Not only does Irisin transform unhealthy white fat into body-boosting brown fat, it is also believed that it offers the brain protective benefits against age and injury.

Q: How does estrogen affect the body?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Estrogen is most commonly thought of as the hormone that regulates the menstrual cycle and controls the physical features that differentiate women from men. It also plays a role in keeping your cholesterol levels down and making sure your bones stay healthy.

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