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Ilana’s Pharmacy Adds A Personal Touch To Its Service

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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Ilana’s Pharmacy is a new pharmacy at 180-30 Union Turnpike in Jamaica Estates.

Ilana Aminov, who is the head pharmacist and Tariel Aminov, her husband and partner, realized their dream of opening a community pharmacy. Ilana is a well respected pharmacist, who has graduated from St. John’s University. She worked on the Upper East Side, in an independently owned community pharmacy. It was difficult for her to leave there, but she had to realize her dream.

During her schooling at St. John’s, she managed her school work and a family of three children. Being a pharmacist and a mother, she can give you expert medical advice regarding caring for a child. Ilana knows that it can be difficult to come to the store for a prescription or any other item when one is sick or has no one to leave their children with. That is why the drugstore provides a service of picking up a prescription, or accepting phone orders and delivering for free.

Ilana put in a tremendous effort to bring in a pharmacy that is clean, convenient, has low prices, great discounts and implacable service. In the store one can find anything from vitamins, surgical supplies, notary service, stationery, greeting cards, stuffed animals, to gifts for all occasions. They also carry body and bath items like Caswell Massey, Crabtree and Evelyn, Ahava (Beauty from the Dead Sea) and many more. The store is open six days a week. They close early on Fridays and are closed on Saturday.

They accept most insurance plans and all major credit cards. The store has a free parking area in the rear.

Here is some information on the role body organs play in the immune system:

One of the most frequently overlooked methods of host defense is the body’s ability to provide a physical and chemical defense against invading pathogens. The skin, the largest organ of the body, has the primary role of providing this physical defense. Alterations in the skin, such as burns or abrasions allow an easier route of entry for pathogens.

The gastrointestinal tract also plays an important role in providing a physical defense against pathogenic invasion. The low pH of the stomach kills many organisms. The constant sloughing of intestinal cells also limits systematic infection because infected cells are frequently replaced.

Likewise, the respiratory tract has its forms of physical defense, namely, the cilia lining the epithelium of the lungs, which generate the ability to remove organisms in that area. Mucus that coats the epithelial cells serves in part to prevent microorganisms from adhering to cell surfaces. The combination of cilia, mucus and coughing provides a natural barrier to invasion via the respiratory tract.

Other examples of mechanical defenses include lysozymes in tears and saliva, the normal bacterial flora of the lower GI tract and normal urine flow. It is these physical and chemical defenses that often mount the first line of defense against antimicrobial infections.

ýhere are a few herbal products that may help stimulate the immune system. One of which includes aloe vera. Applying aloe to the skin can reduce the time it takes for a burn to heal. For sunburn and other minor burns, smear aloe gel liberally on the affected area.

Echinacea was the number one cold and flu remedy in the United States until it was displaced by sulfur antibiotics. Antibiotics are not effective for colds, while echinacea appears to offer some real help. It is thought to be an immune stimulant, a type of treatment not found in conventional medicine. Drugs attack infections, but echinacea appears to activate the body’s infection-fighting capacity.

Ginseng is another herb that can be used for strengthening immunity against colds and flus, as well as adoptogen (improving resistance to stress).

There are actually three different herbs commonly called ginseng. Asian or Korean ginseng (panax ginseng), American ginseng (panax quinquefolius) and Siberian ginseng (eleutherococcus sen ticosus). The last herb is actually not ginseng at all, but the Russian scientists responsible for promoting it believe that it functions identically.

Inadequate nutrition has been shown in many studies to weaken one or more of the components of our defense system. Inadequate protein, low fiber and high-fat diets have all been implicated in impaired immunity. In addition, vitamins and minerals have been shown to enhance immunity. Those which seem to exert the most profound effect are vitamins A, B-12, C, E. selenium, zinc, iron and magnesium.

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