Antihistamine Cycling: Because Breathing Easy is Sexy

Sneezing Cyclist


Allergies sufferers rejoice! I’ve found a solution through painstaking personal practice. I call it “Antihistamine Cycling”.  Sounds like something Lance Armstrong does to “win” the Tour de France, eh? Not quite as sexy, but it can help you breathe easy nonetheless!


If you’re one of the millions suffering from seasonal allergies, I have a Rx Confidential. Switch it up! I find using any one antihistamine for extended periods of time yields diminished returns. The solution is simple, start to cycle. Try taking any one antihistamine ie) Zyrtec (Cetirizine) for 2 weeks, then switching to another ie) Allegra (Fexofenadine) or Claritin (Loratadine) for the next two weeks. Rinse, lather, and repeat…. each time the end of the cycle comes, I find the new antihistamine to be more effective than the last. I continue cycling through the entire allergy season as needed.


I prefer combination antihistamine products containing pseudophedrine, the one’s that have a D in the name (Allegra D, Zyrtec D etc), but either way its the antihistamine that needs to be swapped out. FWIW- Personally, I’ve never found Claritin to be as effective as the others, but it is the preferred antihistamine for pregnant moms… So its got that goin’ for it, which is nice.


Side note: Its still a prescription only antihistamine, but I definitely heart Xyzal (levocetirizine).  If you can get your doc to write the Rx, give it a shot.

WhAT-ER-FRONT? Yeah we have one!!


The much maligned, and mostly nonexistent, Philadelphia waterfront finally has something to be proud of…. Spruce St Harbor Park is wonderful!  “The waterfront isn’t just dead hooker storage anymore?!” exclaimed my wife, somewhat sarcastically. Multiple friends suggested SSHP as a welcome new addition to the ‘best of Philly summer stuff’. Walking with some friends from out of town along the newly developed boardwalk stretch complete with arty wrought metal misters, paddle board yoga classes, and lilly pad water gardens…I confess, I felt more tourist, than tour guide. Traveling to other water bordered cities and admiring the vast variety of waterfront options constantly provided a frustrating perspective. It seemed baffling that Philly couldn’t do more with our ‘primest’ of real estate. Big cheers to way better late than never! If you haven’t gotten a chance to enjoy some music, a drink, burger, or just a stroll by the new Spruce St Harbor Park, go there before they close for the year on September 1st.


Here is a link to SSHP:


Another newly opened spot worth checking out is Washinton Ave Green (or Pier) ( which just opened August 15, 2014.
While these new spots are deservedly making local ‘splashes’ in recent weeks, no waterfront post would be complete without mention of the historic, fantastic Penn Treaty Park. Penn Treaty will always be my favorite spot for an urban dog walking session or afternoon picnic….right here in the heart of Fishtown!

Fishtown Pharmacy Birthday Raffle Winners


First off, we want to thank everyone that helped us celebrate our one year anniversary. The people of Fishtown have been awesome in supporting what we do and we look forward to serving the community for many more years.

We also want to thank all of the people who entered our contest as well as announce the winners. If you haven’t already, feel free to come on down to pick up your prize.

$100 Grand Prize – Elizabeth Sweeney

$50 Second Prize – Shannon Mcdonald

$25 Runner Up – Amy Brown

$25 Runner Up – Mary Rinnert





How I Saved My Dog


Its National Pet Day! So I figured, there’s no better time to share a personal pet ‘tale’, bad pun intended. Being a pet lover, I knew when I opened the pharmacy I wanted to focus on veterinary medicine and offer a full range of compounded vet meds. It’s taught me a lot about veterinary pharmacy, but sometimes formal knowledge can’t compare to a simple Google search. This time, I believe Google and a little effort saved my dog’s life…

Almost 2 years ago, I came home to a disheartening discovery. A large growth on my oldest dog’s face. Nala (the black dog in the picture), our wonderful mixed rescue, that my wife acquired (before me), was thought to be about 10 at this time. We took her into the vet and he urged me to consider putting her down instead of undergoing surgery. He believed the cancer that was operated on and removed several years ago had come back, and would only worsen with time.


Nala was laboring horribly to get down the stairs and walking endless circles in our yard. I ignored the vet’s advice, paid for surgery, and waited for the results. She made it through surgery, but the news was not good. The tumors had indeed spread throughout her face and head area and were not able to be fully removed. The vet again insisted the appropriate plan was to make arrangements to put Nala down. I was devastated….

I simply could not accept that the quickly approaching Christmas holiday would be spent without our ‘entire family’ together… so I picked up Nala and left the vet’s office with a heavy heart and little hope. I told my wife I felt like I had an obligation to stop moping and at least try to save Nala.  As anyone with a pet knows, humans don’t often get to reciprocate the undying allegiance pets provide daily. Nala had been most loyal, loving animal a pet owner could possibly hope for, and I sincerely believed that I owed her at least a valiant effort before giving in to my vet’s grim advice.

I googled all sorts of combinations of ”dog, cancer, cure, diet, etc” combos to research cancer diets and treatments and was literally astounded when I came upon this amazing article.

It went radically against the mainstream approach to cancer diets and supplementation that often focus heavily on the use of anti-oxidants. It seemed at once brilliant and shockingly simple in its logic. The author wisely separated the diet/treatment plans based on whether or not you were trying to treat cancer or prevent it.

Jeff Gold writes, ”In the case of preventing cancer, you need to protect cells with antioxidants to prevent oxidative damage which can cause them to turn into cancer cells. In the case of treating cancer, you need to kill cancer cells with a pro-oxidant, while still protecting normal healthy cells. If you give antioxidants (normally recommended to prevent cancer) to a cancer patient, these will not only protect the normal cells, they will also protect the cancer cells!”

The diet plan for animals with cancer focused on using a pro-oxidant and switching the diet over to an oxidative diet. Fish oil was the suggested pro-oxidant. Problem being, the author claimed almost every fish oil contained anti-oxidants. I couldn’t believe this as fact. I stock many high end fish oils in the pharmacy, surely one would be anti-oxidant free I thought to myself. I checked the bottles on my shelves, and surprisingly discovered each and every one did indeed contain Vitamin E, rosemary, or some other anti-oxidant. So I took the authors advice and purchased the Twinlab, Unflavored Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, that was totally anti-oxidant free.

I also purchased a bag of the Sojos grain free Turkey (and later the Beef as well) and got rid of the dry dog food I was previously feeding Nala. I switched over all her treats to grain free, high protein products as well. I had friends with veterinary backgrounds laugh at the idea, and tell me I should let her enjoy her last meals and get ready to say goodbye. I’ve always believed in the age old ”you are what you eat” philosophy, so maintained this was worth a shot.

My wife and I mixed up her grain free Sojos daily and would pour the Twinlab fish oil over the bowl. Over the next few weeks we noticed Nala’s symptoms start to resolve. She was no longer struggling to get down the stairs. She could hop up into the car on her own again. She stopped circling the yard. Unbelievably, she was getting definitively better! It was undeniable. Today, Nala is still with us and doing fantastic!

I feel a great deal of gratitude for the ideas and approaches shared by Mr. Gold in the article. Not surprisingly, I’ve read things in medical literature that not only back Mr. Gold’s approach for canines, but have also implicated that it may be a smart approach for humans as well.

Personally, I believe the approach is not only a logical veterinary plan, but could have the potential to effect human cancer treatment plans in the future.

Below are links to the products he mentions:

Link to the Norweigan fish oil:

Link to the Sojos Grain Free Beef:

Link to the Sojos Grain Free Treats:

Thank you to Mr. Jeff Gold and everyone else at Rescue Me! for the work they do to give dogs with similar terminal prognosis’s a second chance. I wholeheartedly believe I have them (and Google) to thank for my beloved dog’s current company.



Happy Birthday Fishtown Pharmacy

Happy Bday Fishtown Pharmacy

I’m endlessly grateful for the opportunity the last year has given me to open and grow the pharmacy. It quickly evolved into something far more fulfilling than I originally could have ever dreamed. I knew instantly that I had fortuitously landed in one of life’s rare “right people, right place, right time” sort of situation. We were immediately welcomed into the neighborhood as Fishtowners shared their mutual desire to support local businesses.

I never previously bought into age old adages such as ”find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in you life”, but looking up daily to the shocking surprise that it is 5 PM, not 11 AM, has made me a believer! I’m thankful to have bid farewell to shifts spent ”clock watching” as now the hours, days, months, weeks…and even our first year have flown by.

To mark the first anniversary of the pharmacy, we are excited to announce the first annual Fishtown Pharmacy Birthday Raffle! Prizes are gift certificates to select local businesses. The raffle is open to anyone and everyone. Participation in the raffle only requires that you come into the pharmacy to get a ticket. No purchase is required. Participation is limited to one entry per person. The contest starts today and will remain open until the winning tickets will be drawn at random on Friday April 25th.

  • One first prize winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Greensgrow Farms
  • One second prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Loco Pez
  • Two third place winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to either Pizza Brain or Little Babies Ice Cream

Look forward to meeting you in the pharmacy! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn where contest updates will be posted.

Kris Hunsicker
Fishtown Pharmacy
1802 Frankford Ave