Thankful for Balanced Hormones!

Thankful for Balanced Hormones!

Something you (and those around you)
can be truly thankful for!
With Marcia Scoville, MS CNM APRN

Wednesday, November 8th: 6:30—8:00 pm

Temple Har Shalom
3700 N Brookside Ct, Park City, 84098

Being thankful is appropriate during this season, and appreciating the complex relationship between our hormones and stress response can make it all the more joyous! Marcia will provide a comprehensive overview of how intertwined our adrenal health is with our hormonal health, and what we can do to keep both systems operating optimally. Join us for a lively discussion of issues important to females of all ages!
Light, healthful snacks will be provided.
Please help us spread the word!
Cost: No Charge
RSVP appreciated! 435-615-0070 or

A Vitamin of Many Names – B3!

Niacin, nicotinic acid, niacinamide, nicotinamide…so many different names for the same vitamin! What is the difference in these forms? Niacin and nicotinic acid are synonymous, and they are the form of Vitamin B3 found in foods (turkey, tuna, peanuts, and mushrooms being amongst the highest). In the human body they may be converted to niacinamide, or nicotinamide, which has other effects.

Niacin is the vasodilating form which is recommended to increase HDL cholesterol. It must be taken carefully, since in it’s immediate-release form it can cause intense flushing. Sustained-release forms are available, but dosage should be limited to 500 mg/day unless under the supervision of a physician as this form is linked with liver toxicity at higher strengths.

Niacinamide, or nicotinamide, receives much attention for its benefits on the skin, and rightfully so! It has been found to reduce redness through anti-inflammatory actions. These same actions are helpful for acne, as demonstrated in a study which compared its effectiveness against an antibiotic, clindamycin ( view abstract here ). In oral form, it has been studied for photoprotective effects, which can be especially helpful for those pre-disposed to skin cancers (view abstract here ).

If you have further questions about Vitamin B3, please don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call!

Optimized Fat Metabolism


* Weight loss/increased lean body mass

* Optimized athletic performance/faster recovery/no bonking

* Enhanced mental focus and emotional stability

* Improved glucose/insulin profile

* Metabolic flexibility – get rid of “HANGRY”!

* Optimized athletic performance / faster recovery / no bonking /

diminished soreness (especially for Weekend Warriors!)

* Learning more about “keto”, “Low Carb” or “Fat-Adaptation” for  sport and/or long-term health

The OFM (Optimized Fat Metabolism) protocol may be the perfect solution! Alpine Apothecary is extremely pleased to welcome Peter Defty, founder of VESPA, and developer of the OFM program which has improved the performance and health of many athletes and others with similar health goals. Peter will be giving an outline of the program, but even more importantly will be available to answer questions about how a lifestyle adapted to fat burning can benefit anyone interested in long-term health. The product he developed, VESPA, is designed to enhance the effects of fat adaptation as well as make it easier to get your body to readily burn fat as fuel.



Peter Defty, nutrition expert and ultra athlete, began running in 2000 and went from carb burner with poor results to a successful fat burner. He’s competed in the Western States 100, among many other events, and coaches ultra athletes on using fat as fuel. He works with researchers such as Drs. Stephen Phinney & Jeff Volek on refining this approach for success in life and racing.


Simplifying Detoxifying!

We are excited to welcome Dr. Henry Malus, NMD, who will be offering a comprehensive yet concise overview of detoxification:

Do you need to detox?

Self assessment tools will be sent upon registration

In this class you will learn about potential sources of environmental toxins, how to prevent exposure, how to evaluate your toxic burden, and the safest methods for removing accumulated burden.

Lab testing options will be available at completion of class.

Dr. Henry Malus is a naturopathic doctor in Midway and SLC. He has worked with a variety of environmental medicine organizations and has completed advanced clinical courses in Environmental Medicine. He is passionate about raising awareness of the environmental impacts of health and the genomic and epigenetic factors that increase risk for individuals.

When: Wednesday, January 18th @ 6 pm

Class size will be limited, cost is $25 ($25 coupon given at end of lecture for products/services)


Thankful for Hormone Health!

November 16th,  6:30 – 8 pm

Balanced hormones make us feel “normal”, like all systems are working together as they should.  It often isn’t until we experience IMbalance, that we learn to appreciate the importance of that!  If you have questions about symptoms you may be experiencing and whether hormones may be behind them, please join us as  Marcia Scoville provides a comprehensive overview of the system that is so important in how we feel and look!

Join us for a lively discussion of issues important to females of all ages.

Light, healthful snacks will be provided.

Please help us spread the word!

Cost: No Charge

RSVP appreciated!  By phone: 435-615-0070 or



What’s not to LOVE about Low-Carb?

100 miles of trail on fat tires, 16,000 feet of climbing, 14 hours in the saddle – all on 700 calories of carbs? Figuring at least 500 calories burned per hour, that’s 10%, at most, of the energy expended, which means the other 90% came from FAT. That, for me, was the ultimate validation of a low carbohydrate lifestyle. I completed the Butte 100 mountain bike endurance race in late July. It was less about wanting to actually spend that much time training and then pedaling the course as it was wanting to see for myself whether the data presented by Dr. Stephen Phinney in his book “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance” and documentary “Run On Fat” could apply to a weekend warrior athlete like myself. It was, in a way, the completion of a personal experiment to discover whether a low carbohydrate lifestyle is enjoyable, sustainable, healthy, and supportive of athletic endeavors. The answer for me is a resounding YES!

Enjoyable – eating delicious whole foods such as salads (rich with avocadoes, nuts, and olive oil), eggs, coconut, meats (as long as it is free of hormones), and full-fat dairy products (organic)

Sustainable – it has been almost 3 years eating this way for me and carbohydrate-rich foods, in particular the simple grains, devoid of nutrients, are not hard to avoid

Healthy – my blood testing shows low risk factors for heart disease, low inflammation, and optimal blood sugar regulation

Add to that list the benefits such as lack of cravings, sustained energy, mental acuity, weight management (or loss if not careful), and freedom from bonking when exercising, and it is not hard to keep me convinced.

Please keep in mind this is more of a lifestyle concept and not a “diet”. The idea is to get your body comfortable with burning fat as a fuel – something it is designed to do but in most cases is just not used to. Glucose, from carbs, is burned preferentially because it is “easy” and cannot not be allowed to accumulate in the bloodstream as it can become harmful, i.e. diabetes. Fat adaptation is the ability to switch over to burning fat, which our bodies can do very efficiently and cleanly, if given the opportunity. We have been conditioned to take in carbohydrates at regular time intervals, so our bodies rarely have the opportunity to delve into fat stores. Three distinct benefits of fat adaptation are body weight management, glycemic (involving blood sugar and insulin levels) control, and enhanced exercise endurance ability.

Because I am convinced of the benefits of fat adaptation for long-term health, I’d like to start sharing what I’ve learned over the past 3 years. To that end Alpine Apothecary is offering an informational presentation:

Facts About Fat Adaptation

…an explanation of how it benefits weight management and blood sugar control, and how to begin moving in the direction of a fat-adapted lifestyle

Tuesday, October 18th

6:30 – 7:30 pm

1675 W Redstone Center Dr., Suite 125

Park City, UT


Space will be limited to 12 people in order to allow us to address questions and concerns completely – please RSVP to ensure a spot!

Moods All Over the Map? Your hormones may be leading you astray…

Learn how to get back on track

with Marcia Scoville, MS CNM APRN

Wednesday, May 4th:    6:30—8:00 pm

Come learn about how our hormones impact our brain and create many varied effects on mood.  This information can be key to help us identify why we feel the way we do and teach us what we can do to help our

bodies work through them.

Join us for a lively discussion with Marcia Scoville of issues important to females of all ages.

Light, healthful snacks will be provided.

Please help us spread the word!

Cost: No Charge

RSVP appreciated!  By phone: 435-615-0070 or  Email:


Mother Nature’s Allergy Relief!

People sometimes seem surprised to learn that botanical and nutritional products can be very effective for allergy relief, when in truth many compounds (one source claims fully one half!) used in the pharmaceutical industry are based off the activity of naturally occurring molecules. The structures of compounds found in nature are altered so that they are easily and consistently produced in a lab, and are patentable. In regards to allergy conditions, we use medications which inhibit histamine, either by opposing it’s activity (e.g. Benadryl), or keeping mast cells from releasing it (e.g. Nasalcrom). Several natural compounds found in plants are known to do these very same things – quercetin, hesperidin, and rutin are all bioflavonoids known to stabilize mast cells and keep them from releasing inflammatory compounds (the ones responsible for the symptoms of an allergy). Natural ingredients used for allergies don’t block receptors like the classic anti-histamine medications, as that action creates side effects such as drowsiness and dry mouth. Instead, other ingredients work by normalizing our immune response in nasal passages and in the blood stream through actions such as enhancing T-cell and B-cell function, breaking down the histamine and other compounds more efficiently so they are less problematic, making mucus less viscous, and strengthening the lining of nasal passages.

We have two products which have both garnered terrific feedback in their ability to stop allergy symptoms.  Both are taken somewhat intensely (three times daily) for the first few days, but then are tapered down, often to only one capsule daily for maintenance during the inflammatory season.  Please feel free to stop by for more information or a sample to help make your spring more comfortable!

Libido = Lust…but many are Lacking

Images of Cupid and hearts all around us, reminders of Valentine’s Day and romance abound this time of year. Celebrating love and those we care about is fun, and it’s also a good time to point out that for MANY adults, amorous thoughts are not always accompanied by strong sex drive! It is important for those experiencing low libido to understand that they are NOT a small minority, that it is a very COMMON occurrence among women and men. So often people drop by the store seeking a remedy. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet – many factors may be at play. I hope to emphasize how common an issue this is and not one people should feel alone with.

What are some of the factors, for both males and females? To name a few:

-Stress / Overall Health – from both a physiological and mental standpoint

-Medications – potentially by blocking hormones, affecting brain chemicals and thereby mood, and by lowering energy

-Non-optimal Testosterone – women naturally produce much lower levels than men, but in both a drop in levels (and sometimes inordinately high ones) can produce a marked loss of drive

-Trauma – more a factor for women following childbirth, however in both sexes abdominal surgery or physical damage can affect nerve response involved in orgasm

So what can be done?

For women, a good place to start is by reading this article to gain some persepectives which may prove interesting: . Be sure to read it to the end as it offers the theories of several psychology researchers which may offer insight in individual situations.

Then contemplate the four factors listed above, and see your physician to discuss and potentially test whether low (or high) testosterone may be contributing. Evaluate your lifestyle and overall energy. Is stress a factor for you? Keep in mind that the very same glands which produce cortisol, the stress hormone, are also responsible (especially in peri- to post-menopausal women) for making at least some of your testosterone. If you are forcing those little glands to make too much cortisol they will not be able to produce optimal levels of testosterone! Think about your sleep – if it is not restful, it presents an additional stress to your system which can prevent hormone pathways from functioning properly.

If you are on medications, check with your pharmacist as to whether any of them may be contributing to low testosterone or affecting libido by some other mechanism. Another practitioner to consult may be a pelvic floor physical therapist, who can evaluate the nerve function of the pelvic area and determine whether a prior trauma may be impacting your sex drive. Oftentimes, they can also help to correct or at least lessen the impact with treatments and exercises.

There are just no quick and easy answers to this issue.  Perhaps just knowing how widespread it is serves at least as some reassurance to some.  If we can be of any assistance in examining whether medications may be involved, don’t hesitate to call and speak to our pharmacist!

Cleanse? Or Conscious Change?

During this time of new beginnings, usually following decadent jubilation, people often feel the urge to cleanse their systems.  The mere thought of days of deprivation and unappealing foods, not to mention the time commitment, can make most people block out the idea. But a cleanse can represent a host of different approaches, and should certainly be tailored to suit everyone.  A cleanse is usually often a limited time regimen, where your intake is mostly pre-determined and you simply follow the instructions.  But what happens at the end of that?  Why not, instead, really think about your dietary habits and, if you find some room for improvement, make it so it creates a lasting positive health change?

Some examples of change might be: eliminating a craving for a not-so-healthy food, improve the overall quality of diet by finding substitutions foods that don’t offer substantial nutrients, increase fiber or hydration, or improve gut health.

If you have cravings to shed, you should think about why you tend to have a lot of that certain food – does it satisfy an instinct? Is it convenient? Is it all around you?  Identifying why we eat more of a food will help to find the right solution – if it makes us feel good, what other ways can we find to relax, or increase energy? If it’s a boredom thing, make sure to not have it around when you are otherwise unoccupied. If it’s a matter of convenience, take some time to plan a better alternative, throwing together a quick lunch for the next day is easy while you’re prepping dinner the night before.  Or look for alternatives wherever you frequent for lunch.

Making a substitution for an unhealthy food might simply mean making a healthier version of it at home from whole foods (even cookies – made at home with non-GMO ingredients and half the sugar).  It’s still a positive change!

If you aren’t well hydrated, contemplate ways to get water with flavor….teas, infusions (great little infuser bottle can be found @, even low-sugar, all-fruit juice with a few drops of stevia or lo han, all jazz up the taste buds and bring much needed lubrication to the body!

And gut health…plenty of supplements can be instrumental in improving this, from digestive enzymes and betaine hydrochloride, to herbs to soothe irritation, to probiotics to improve intestinal lining performance, which affects total body health.  If you prefer to address this from a dietary standpoint, foods such as apple cider vinegar, fermented foods, licorice, soothing teas, can all play a role in improving your body’s ability to break down, absorb, and utilize the good foods you are eating.

Now, about cleansing, reliable data does show that a properly formulated regimen truly can improve markers of liver enzyme function and detoxification, intestinal wall health, and control of cravings.  If you are looking for a kick start to a new way of eating, then a cleanse may well be a good way to springboard into it.  Make sure you find a regimen that will support your system with nutrients such as the B Vitamins (including folate, not folic acid), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium, and Sodium.

Or, if you’ve been feeling great, maybe your resolve will simply be to continue on your healthy path.  Whichever route works best for you, if you have any thoughts or questions don’t hesitate to stop by and talk to our pharmacist to discuss!