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Audra Love: Thanks so much for joining us Dr. Stern, good to have you here today. Dr. Natalie Stern: Thank you for having me. Audra Love: Well you know, we are talking about cleaning out the cabinets; it could be overwhelming for a lot of people, you are saying yes? It is. Dr. Natalie Stern: Well I do. Audra Love: What is the first thing that we should do? Dr. Natalie Stern: Well the first thing you should do is where you are checking the expiration date and get rid of everything which is expired from the over-the-countered prescription medication. You will be surprised of how much you get rid off. Audra Love: Exactly. Days go by fast too and you used to also say that we should get rid of anything that is not in its original container specifically what do you mean that? Dr. Natalie Stern: Yes, remove everything which is unlabeled on noting its original container. Audra Love: Okay, now we also wanted to get rid of other things that are in the cabinet so—but there are a lots items that are essential to the medicine cabinet that we should be keeping as well, can we go through —? Dr. Natalie Stern: Yes, you have to have the basic essentials and just especially during the winter season. I think cold and flu medication are in most even if you are immunized you know, which is highly recommended. So I personally pile up on oscillococinum which is a homeopathic medication that you can take as soon as you get he flu symptom. Of course, you check with your physician first if you know the person at risk can you need any specific medication but if you don’t, you can jump on your box and the oscillococinum, take it right away. Audra Love: Right. Dr. Natalie Stern: It is as homeopathic medication so it’s totally safe. It does not have any secondary effect and it does not any interfere with anything you can be taking at the same time. Audra Love: And that is the case, so take it right away as soon as feel the symptoms right? Okay. You also have some great tips about those child safety locks that are on the cabs, the childhood cabs, what would you say about that? Dr. Natalie Stern: Well you know, a great tip is mainly, screw them on tight and put the medication out of reach of children because they are very smart cookie and they kind of untie everything and grab everything. Audra Love: We have heard so much about this before but as you say, it’s really important to keep a good list of all the medications that you and family are taking. Dr. Natalie Stern: It so is interesting to post all these information on your medical cabinet that the contact emergency numbers, the medication that your family is taking, the drug allergies so that in case of emergency you or the baby sitter can locate this information very quickly. Audra Love: Okay, now something that a lot of people don’t’ know, federal guidelines actually prohibit you from flushing medications —old medications down the toilet unless the patient information says that you should do so. So if you do have old medication what are you supposed to do with it? Dr. Natalie Stern: You are supposed to do very interesting thing that you can mix the pills with very and desirable matter like kiwi litter or coffee grounds and then you put everything in those sealed plastic bag and in the trash. Some community have also some programs so you can check that out. Audra Love: Okay, great information, thanks so much for joining us Dr. Stern. Dr. Natalie Stern: You're welcome. Audra Love: Good to have you here and remember you nip flu-like symptoms in the bug with oscillococinum. It’s available nationwide and before you even head out to pick any of it up, you can check out oscillo.com.com for money saving coupons.
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