Women's International Pharmacy
THYROID - Is 98.6° Really Normal? 

Woman taking temperatureUndetected thyroid problems have plagued people for years, and continue to be an underlying cause for a variety of ailments that doctors hear about today. The onset of hypothyroidism is subtle, with symptoms gradually worsening over time, making it more obvious as people age.


With years of study and the successful treatment of thousands of patients to back him, Dr. Broda Barnes promotes the use of a simple, easy, basal temperature test for detecting thyroid problems.

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Book Review - Carol Petersen, RPh., CNP


When My Lab Tests are Normal


Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms Book CoverCiting the observations of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Dr. Kharrazian points out that the majority of people with low thyroid function suffer from autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto's thyroiditis. When thyroid is prescribed to lower the TSH lab values, it does nothing to check the destruction of the thyroid gland by the immune system.  Dr. Datis Kharrazian describes 6 distinct patterns of hypothyroidism . . read more

Great News about Women's International Pharmacy's
Non-Alcohol Gel Base

Women's International Pharmacy has made an adjustment to the formulation of our non-alcohol gel that will allow for:

  • more convenient storage (refrigeration is no longer required as it can now be stored at room temperature)
  • longer shelf life (the shelf life has been extended from 3 months to 6 months of use).  

The adjustment is the addition of a preservative, phenylcarbinol 2%.  Phenylcarbinol is a natural component in a number of plants, fruits, green and black teas and essential oils.  It is approved for use as a preservative and is found in a variety of products including: injectables, moisturizers, baby products, vaginal creams, anti-aging products, sunscreens and eye make-up removers.

Phenylcarbinol is known by many names: benzyl alcohol, phenyl methanol, alpha-hydroxytoluene, just to name a few.  Even though phenylcarbinol has an alcohol-like name/structure, it is not the same kind of alcohol that causes stinging or burning when applied to sensitive skin.  This preservative is suitable for vaginal preparations.

It has a mild aromatic fruity scent which disappears shortly after application.  It does not change the potency, consistency or pH of the non- alcohol gel.

Please feel free to contact our pharmacists at 800-279-5708, if you have any additional questions.


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In This Issue
Thyroid - Is 98.6° Really Normal?
Book Review
Non-Alcohol Gel

Coming Events:

We will be exhibiting at the Scripps - 8th Annual National Supplements: Evidence-Based Update on January 13-16, 2011, in San Diego, California.  


We will also be exhibiting at the Institute for Integrative Medicine (IFIM) Conference on January 28-30, 2011, in Orlando, Florida. 

Reading List


Hormone Testing Labs 

Pharmacist Corner
Mortar and Pestle

Vitamin D in the news

On November 30, 2010, the Food and Nutrition Board (FBN) , a division of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), issued new guidelines for vitamin D supplemen-
tation. Although the amount recommended for infants, young children and pregnant women tripled from 200 IU dialy to 600 IU daily and the elderly are recommended to take 800 IU per day, many have commented that these amounts are still woefully inadequate to achieve and maintain ideal vitamin D levels.  For more detailed information, check out: