The Top 4 Things I Love About Cortisol

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In our fast-paced society, it seems almost impossible not to feel “stressed out” at least some of the time.  While our adrenal glands do their best to pump out enough cortisol, our body’s stress hormone, sometimes they just can’t keep up.  Unfortunately, cortisol gets a bad rap.  If you’ve ever thought, “cortisol is going to make me fat,” then it might be time to give this adrenal champion a second look.

Here are the top 4 things I love about cortisol:

  1. Helps support thyroid function:  Adrenal stress reduces your body’s ability to convert T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to T3 (active thyroid hormone).  By decreasing stress, it is easier for the thyroid conversion to happen, thereby enhancing your thyroid function.
  2. Enables us to react to stress:  If our adrenal glands are fatigued, it looks a lot like depression since our thyroid won’t function properly.  Consequently, we get anxious and have low moods.
  3. Helps regulate blood sugar:  Cortisol is responsible for metabolizing carbs, protein and fat.  Your body needs cortisol to get energy from fat stores to tissue that needs it.
  4. Has anti-inflammatory properties:  Chronic inflammation can impair your immune system and lead to more serious illness, like heart disease.  In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, cortisol helps regulate blood pressure.

If you’re worried about bloating or gaining weight on cortisol, you should know that this only happens when you have chronically elevated levels.  It must be balanced with other hormones and dosed to optimal levels, so your provider’s experience with cortisol is important.  Fortunately, the Hotze medical team has been recommending cortisol for decades, so you’re in good hands.

If you have questions about cortisol, contact one of your Hotze pharmacists any time, (281) 828-9088.

Jump Start Your Fat Loss with Detox

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Every day, our bodies are exposed to huge amounts of toxins in our environment. They come several forms including alcohol, pesticides, insecticides, preservatives in our foods, parabens and other chemicals in lotions. If left alone, these toxins will overtake our bodies, leading us to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, degenerative arthritis and other serious health conditions.

Furthermore, these chemicals are hormone disruptors, which cause hormones to fall out of balance. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance from toxins include dizziness, loss of mental acuity, weight gain, joint and muscle aches and pains, and fatigue. Detoxing helps your hormones to be balanced, nutrients to be better absorbed, and even contributes to healthier weight loss, or true fat loss.

Glutathione is the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system. Toxins “stick onto” glutathione and are carried out of the body through waste. This helps you reach peak mental and physical function and protects your body against disease.  Glutathione comes in several forms, including a convenient sublingual tablet.  It quickly dissolves under the tongue, so it’s fast and convenient.

To find out if glutathione is a good choice for you, call one of your Hotze Pharmacists today, (281) 828-9088.

 

Why You Should Change Skincare Products

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Finding a good skincare regimen can be intimidating. When you walk the aisles of your beauty department, there are so many options, each with a different claim about health and beauty. Whatever product you choose, I encourage you select products that are the best – not just for your skin, but also for your overall health. You might not even realize the dangers of some ingredients in the products you use every day.  In case you missed it, check out these ingredients to avoid.

Why you should change your skincare products

Change is hard. It’s even more difficult when you have found the perfect products for your skin. But did you know that most of us are slathering our faces with cosmetics that are filled with chemicals?  Parabens, in particular, are some of the most prevalent chemicals to avoid in cosmetics.

Parabens are added to cosmetic and pharmaceutical products to act as a preservative, but can have dangerous effects on your body and have even been linked to breast cancer.  Parabens mimic estrogen, and therefore can disrupt virtually every system in your body, including your thyroid.

Make sure to check the label when shopping for anything that you think might need to be preserved. You want to avoid products with any of these ingredients:

  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Isopropylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Sodium Butylparaben

If you’re currently using Hotze Pharmacy’s compounded skincare, you can rest assured.  Our preparations are compounded using only paraben-free ingredients so you can be sure you are getting the finest quality.  If you have any questions about your current regimen and need some guidance, we are at your service.  Give us a call at (281) 828-9088.

Get Healthy and Spend Less

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If you have ever tried to file a claim with an insurance company, you know how frustrating it can be.  Between finding the right form to fill out, where to submit it, who to call if you have questions or what to do if your claim gets denied, the entire insurance process can be very confusing.  And things only seem to be getting worse.

This is why I am here to help. My name is Beth Lee, and I am your Hotze Pharmacy Insurance Advocate. My goal is to make the insurance process as quick and painless as possible for all of our guests!

Here are a few of the ways I can help:

  • Help you understand the terms of your policy or benefits
  • Guide you through the process of filing your insurance claim
  • Locate and provide the correct claim forms for your policy
  • Contact your insurance provider to answer questions about your claim on your behalf

When you are trying to get or stay healthy, the last thing you need is to worry about hassling with your insurance company. So whether you are a brand new guest or have been on our program for years, if you have questions about your insurance claims, please contact me at (281) 828-9088.

 

How to Get Rid of Yeast for Good

Want to Get Yeast Free With Me?

The yeast-free diet is a great way to shed unwanted pounds, enjoy a healthier lifestyle and feel more energy.  In order to get rid of the yeast for good, it’s crucial to kill the yeast in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which usually requires the following medications.

Nystatin:

  • Anti-yeast medication that works in the GI tract to eliminate yeast
  • Only affects the GI tract and is not metabolized by the liver or absorbed into the bloodstream
  • Side effects are generally related to yeast die-off, such as bloating, gas and abdominal cramps.  These side effects typically occur at the beginning of treatment and subside after a few days.
  • Unlike some nystatin on the market, Hotze Pharmacy’s nystatin is sugar-free.

Yeast can be finicky, and when you try to eliminate it in the colon, it likes to show up in other places, i.e. athlete’s foot fungal infections, vaginal yeast infections, fungal skin rashes, and fungal toenail infections.  To keep this from happening, your provider may also prescribe fluconazole.

Fluconazole:

  • Systemic yeast medication which enters the bloodstream and throughout the body.
  • This is usually a short, 7-day treatment.
  • Has several known drug interactions, so if you are taking other prescriptions, discuss with your pharmacist before taking it.

Whether you join us for Yeast Free with Me or are beginning the program on your own, if you have questions about your medications, please contact Hotze Pharmacy at (281) 828-9088.

Beauty Products: What NOT to Use

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Finding a good skincare regimen can be intimidating. When you walk the aisles of your beauty department, there are so many options and each have a different claim about health and beauty. Whatever product you choose to use, Hotze Pharmacy wants to help you select products that are the best – not just for your skin, but also for your overall health. You might not even realize how dangerous some ingredients are in the products you use every day.

Hotze Pharmacy recommends that you AVOID these ingredients:

-GMO’s
-Petrochemicals
-Phthalates
-Sulfates
-Synthetic Colors
-Dyes
-Fragrances
-Triclosan
-PEG
-MEA
-TEA
-DEA
-Paraben Preservatives.

We are proud to offer natural prodcuts made by Andalou Naturals that rejects all of the above ingredients. We have skincare and hair care lines for all types. Give us a call or come by our store to order yours! Whatever beauty products you use, make sure you choose the most natural option!

New Website/ Prescription Order Online FAQ

1- What is the best way to communicate to Hotze Pharmacy if I need assistance?
You can call us at 281-828-9088 or e-mail Pharmacy@HotzePharmacy.com.

2- Can I use my same username and password in the new system?
Yes, but you must register with the new system for the user name and password to be valid. Your user name and password must comply with the requirements as noted on the registration page.

3- My system is not allowing me to register, and I am receiving an error message. What should I do?
You should install a more recent internet browser. We recommend Google Chrome. You can download it by clicking the following link:
https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

4- Can I use any web browser?
The minimum Brower Support is Chrome 31+; Firefox 26+; Internet Explorer 9+; Safari 5+.

5- I closed my window while I was waiting for the code/token, what should I do?
You will have to start over. Please open one window for your email box and one window for the Hotze Pharmacy website.

6- I finished the process and I still did not receive the code (“token”). What should I do?
Please check your junk mail. If it is not there, please contact Hotze Pharmacy for assistance.

7- Can I register using my phone?
It depends on the type of phone you have. This is not recommended because you need 2 windows open in your web browser to register. A personal computer is the ideal way to register.

8- I see that my prescription has refills available but it is not allowing me to fill, what should I do?
If the prescription is a new prescription that was put on hold, please contact Hotze Pharmacy for assistance. We will need to “release” this prescription for you the first time. Subsequent refills should be available to refill online.

9- Last month I filled one month supply. I want 3 months at this time, what should I do?
The portal will allow you to fill exactly what you received the last time. Should you require any changes, including quantities, please contact Hotze pharmacy for assistance.

10- I have a Yahoo or YMail email account, and have not received a token to register. Why?
Our software developer and our IT department are aware of this issue, and are currently working on resolving it. Please contact Hotze Pharmacy for assistance in placing your order.

How to Refill Your Prescription

1. Refill
This page displays a list of active scripts, excluding inactive or expired, and the number of eligible refills. The most recent fill and current status are shown. Prescriptions that were put on hold will not be available for refill through the website the first time. Please contact Hotze Pharmacy for assistance at 281-828-9088 or by e-mail Pharmacy@HotzePharmacy.com

To refill a prescription:
1. Select the Refill button for each script to add to the order.

2.Once all scripts have been selected, select Continue. Please note: you will only be able to refill the quantity you refilled the previous time. For any changes to quantity or any changes to your prescriptions, please contact the pharmacy at 281-828-9088 or by email at pharmacy@hotzepharmacy.com for assistance. We are currently working on having the software developer implement a “Comments Field” for your convenience. Also, it is always a good idea to have your prescription number to validate which prescription you need to refill.

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2. Shipping
Please select how to receive the prescriptions. Options include: Mail, or Pickup. For Mail, there is a Rush Shipping (Overnight) option for a fee ($30).

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For Mail, the address from your Patient Profile, as well as an option to add a new address, are displayed. New addresses are inserted in your Patient Profile as a Delivery address upon selecting Continue.
NOTE:New addresses are added to Patient Profiles even if you log out prior to submitting the order.

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3. Billing
All stored cards from the Patient Profile are available options. You have the ability to select a stored card, add a new credit card, or pay at pickup.

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If you select New Credit Card, the following page appears to enter new credit card information. If a card is expired, you can update the expiration date by selecting the expired card and selecting Continue.

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4. Verify
You can verify the order before submitting for processing.
•The Ship To field displays the address from step 2 (Shipping)
•The Pay With fields displays payment option selected during step 3 (Billing). For credit cards, the type of card, the last four digits of the card number and expiration date display.
•All prescriptions in the order appear, including information about required Refill Authorizations, and the fill date of the previous fill displays for all selected scripts.
•Once information has been confirmed, the patient selects Submit Order. A confirmation number appears. Currently, this is the patient’s date of birth, plus the current date/time stamp. (DOBMMDDYYYYHHM

How to Create Your Hotze Pharmacy Online Account

Go to http://www.hotzepharmacy.com

1) Click on the tab “REFILLS”

2) Click on “Order Prescription Refills”
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3) Click on “Register”
step 3

4) Enter a valid prescription number located on any of your containers from Hotze Pharmacy (number is located on the top left corner of your prescription label)

5) Enter your date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)

6) Enter your email address that you use to communicate with Hotze Pharmacy.

7) Click on “Register”. DO NOT close the software. Open your email account in a new window.
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a) Check your e-mail box. You will have an e-mail with a code (token). It may also be in your junk mail box. Copy that code and paste it on field 8. This is a case sensitive field. To copy the number, double click on the number until it is highlighted, right click and choose the option “copy” Go to the field number 8 and right click and choose the option “paste”.

b) If you did not receive an e-mail with the code that means the e-mail address you have on file with Hotze Pharmacy is not current. Please call Hotze Pharmacy for further assistance (281-828-9088 or e-mail Pharmacy@HotzePharmacy.com)

c) If you received an error message, your internet browser is not compatible. Please install a newer version of the Chrome by copying this link and pasting on your internet browser: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

Follow the directions for installation. When it is completed open the new Chrome window, and go to Hotze Pharmacy website (http://www.hotzepharmacy.com/) and start on step 1 again.

8) Copy that code (token) received in email and paste it on field 8
9) Enter your user name (it could be your old one)
10) Enter your password (it could be your old one)
11) Re-enter your password for accuracy
12) Click on “Continue”
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Congratulations! You will read a message in green saying you’re successfully registered to the new system!
13) Enter your user name
14) Enter your password
15) Click on “login”

Now you will be able access your records.

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Cleanse Your Body in the New Year

Have you signed up for Yeast-Free with Me?

Yeast-Free with Me (YFWM) is more or less a support group for those embarking on a journey of eating yeast-free. The 30-day challenge begins on January 12, 2015 and was designed to help guide you through the yeast-free eating plan. For 30 days we will encourage one another to eat right, feel better, accomplish goals and lead the healthiest life possible.

Why give up yeast?

Have you been struggling to lose weight? Do you tend to have cravings for carbohydrates, sugars, or anything starchy? Do you feel fatigued or sluggish? These can all be signs that you suffer from yeast overgrowth.

If you have ever taken an antibiotic, eaten antibiotic-injected meat or dairy products, taken birth control pills, or steroids then you are susceptible to candida overgrowth and its varied symptoms.
By cleansing your diet and your body of yeast you will completely reboot your system, changing your cravings and habits and the way you think about food.

What do I need to do?

You can find out all you need to know about YFWM at www.yeastfreewithme.com. Once you sign up, one of the first things you’ll want to do is contact your doctor to request an antifungal medication called Nystatin. During YFWM, we’ll walk you through when and how to get started, but here’s what you need to know about this yeast-killer. Nystatin has been in use for over fifty years and is a safe, effective agent for eradicating yeast in the colon. It is not absorbed systemically, and it does not affect the beneficial bacteria that normally inhabit the colon.

If you have any questions about Nystatin, contact Hotze Pharmacy to find out how you can start and set yourself up for success!