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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the needs of pregnancy and breast feeding; this has been associated with a greater ability to cope with overeating and eliminating excess food. One researcher asserted, “One can imagine nature has driven females to evolve this way. When you’re living longer, you can really ensure the well-being of your offspring and maybe even their offspring.”

HEALTH, WELLNESS AND LONGEVITY IN WOMEN

economically productive activities – gaining more income and financial independence to increase household spending on nutrition, health and education, leading to stability and growth. Among the determining factors associated with longevity in women are some of the answers to questions such as: What allows people to live to age 90 years and beyond? What types of food, activities or lifestyles are associated with living longer? Researchers for The 90+ Study – initiated in 2003 to study the oldest-old – have published some of their major findings that challenge some of the thinking among experts. Both genetics and lifestyle play key roles in understanding how the aging process works. The genetic advantage of females is evident. When a mutation of one of the genes of the X chromosome occurs, females have a second X gene to compensate. The XX chromosomal pairing comprises genetic material that can extend the lifespan. More generally, the genetic difference between the sexes is associated with a better resistance to biological aging. Further, female hormones and the role of reproduction have been linked to greater longevity. Estrogen, for example, facilitates the elimination of bad cholesterol and thus may offer some protection against heart disease. Testosterone, on the other hand, has been linked to violence and risk taking. The female body has to create reserves to accommodate

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP



Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

Across her lifespan, a woman’s health status matters to herself, her family and to her community. While life expectancy is higher for women than men in most countries, a number of health and social factors combine to create a lower quality of life for women. Women tend to live longer than their male counterparts worldwide. Russian women, for instance, outlive Russian men by as much as 12 years.


Even though women showed a longer life expectancy in almost every human society in the last decade of the 20th century, the size of the advantage varies greatly. For example, in the United States, life expectancy was 73.4 years for males and 80.1 years for females, a difference of 6.7 years. In the difference France is 7.8 years and in the United Kingdom it is 5.3 years.


Women, much more than men, are attentive to their bodies and their needs and often carry on deeper dialogs more easily with their doctors. Being more inclined to take care of their bodies and to prolong their lives, women may be better able to glean greater profit from modern medical and social advances by practicing activities that are healthier and better protect their bodies. In this context, women’s biological advantage now appears relatively minor in the total mortality differences between the sexes.


A woman’s wellness is directly tied to her ability to engage in