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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them to carry a cell phone and check in with you throughout the evening. Encourage your child to go with a group of friends and always use the buddy system. Talk about the route they are taking in advance and set a time you expect them to be home.


The Kentucky State Police (KSP) asks motorists to be extra attentive and patient and slow down on Halloween night. Children can get caught up in the excitement of the Halloween hustle and forget to look both ways before crossing the street, placing a larger responsibility on motorists.


If you’re planning to stay home and hand out treats, the Lexington Clinic encourages you to make sure there’s nothing on your porch that people can trip over. Sweep leaves from your walkway and sidewalk and check to be sure out- door lights are working properly. Restrain pets that may jump on or bite trick-or-treaters. The KSP advises handing candy out from the drive- way instead of porch to reduce obstacles and congestion.


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests handing out coloring books,

HALLOWEEN SAFETY

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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pens or pencils as alternatives to candy in order to promote a healthier Halloween. The AAP also urges parents to go through all treats when the children get home and throw away anything that is unwrapped or looks spoiled or suspicious. If your child has allergies to soy, peanuts or wheat, you read the labels on the treats to avoid any reactions.


If you’re not keen on having your child going door to door, there are alternatives where he can still dress up and take part in the holiday. Check the local newspaper to find organized trick-or-treat activities at churches, libraries and malls. When you use common sense and follow good safety rules, your child will be sure to have a safe and happy Halloween.

Fall is here, which means Halloween is right around the corner. As a parent, you want to be selective about the Halloween activities in which your child partakes. Kentucky Emergency Management says if you plan to carve a pumpkin, keep tools out of your child’s hands. Instead, suggest letting him clean out the pumpkin by removing the pulp and seeds and then let him draw a face on it that you can carve for him. If you have a jack-o-lantern, keep it out of the way of children’s costumes so they do not catch fire.


Choose your child’s costume carefully. Whether he is a superhero, sports figure or favorite celebrity, ensure his gear is fireproof and has large eye holes. You can use reflective tape to help your child be more visible. If your child has a prop such as a sword, make sure the end is flexible and smooth enough that it does not injure him or others. Reinforce to your children they are only to go to homes that have a porch light on and never enter a home or approach an unknown vehicle. Be sure your child knows not to accept cookies, brownies or any other baked good that is not wrapped.


Supervision is important for younger children. If you’re not accompanying your child on her trick-or-treating rounds (hopefully someone is – another parent or a responsible teenager), verify she knows her address and phone number in case she gets lost and also has a way to get in touch with you. For older kids, you may want