HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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Feline leukemia virus, or FeLV, is a common ailment that affects 2 percent to 3 percent of all cats in the United States – as many as seven out of every 20 cats. FeLV is a leading cause of death in cats, second only to trauma.


The good news is the prevalence of FeLV has decreased significantly in the past 25 years because of the development of an effective vaccine and more accurate testing procedures.


Infected cats spread the virus to well cats. The virus is present in saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces and the milk of infected mother cats. Cats are sometimes infected by bite wounds or by preening another cat. Outdoors cats are at high risk for acquiring this disease.


A cat’s immune system plays a role in this infection. FeLV often evades and may even destroy the immune system, leading to death within three years after infection. FeLV affects cats in various ways. It is the most common cause of cancer in cats. It may cause some blood disorders and could lead to immune deficiency, hindering a cat’s ability to protect itself from other cats.


The progression of the illness may begin with the cat seeming normal. Later there may be repeating cycles of illness/health. Signs of FeLV may include loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, poor coat condition,

FELINE LEUKEMIA VIRUS

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60 Plus and Health & Wellness magazines.

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enlarged lymph nodes, fever, pale gums and gum inflammation, persistent diarrhea and seizures.


An assay test will confirm the presence of the disease. FeLV can act up at any time so it is imperative to retest your cat every so often for it.


After the first stage of the illness passes, it moves to the bone marrow. The virus will attack the platelets and white blood cells and release the disease throughout the body. Then the virus reaches the epithelial cells (top layer of cells). This is by far the riskiest time for the virus transmission.


Treatment is possible with anti-viral medication, but be aware the therapies have severe side effects and may not be helpful. Your cat may need a blood transfusion for severe anemia. However, it is possible for cats with FeLV to live normal lives over prolonged periods.


The only sure way to protect cats from this disease is to prevent them from being exposed to FeLV in the first place. Keeping cats indoors is recommended.