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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infant genital mutilation that has wrongfully become culturally acceptable. “I feel all children, whether a boy or girl, have a fundamental right to all the body parts they were born with,” said intactivist Lloyd Schofield. The Anti-Defamation League said the proposed ban was discriminatory to those who consider circumcision a coveted ritual.


The WHO reports circumcision is declining in the United States and the CDC found neonatal circumcision has declined from 83 percent in the 1960s to 77 percent in 2010. The most recent National Hospital Discharge Survey shows a three-decade decline in neonatal circumcision. Most medical organizations don’t take a hard stance in favor or against circumcision, characterizing it as a choice in which there are potential benefits and risks. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) found the health benefits of newborn circumcision outweigh the risks, but says those benefits are not great enough to recommend universal neonatal circumcision, adding the procedure is not essential to a child’s wellbeing. The CDC supports AAP’s stance and recommends providers counsel parents, adolescent boys and adult men about the benefits and risks of circumcision, rather than to advise one way or the other.

SHOULD YOU CIRCUMCISE YOUR SON?

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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predominantly in Africa because some new studies have linked the spread of HIV to uncircumcised penises. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions the results of the studies in Africa cannot be applied to the United States.


Circumcision in infants is commonly practiced in the United States, where more than three quarters (79 percent) of men are circumcised, according to the CDC. Circumcision has never been a part of European culture. European countries such as Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany have raised the issue of consent to their respective governments. The result has been a variety of age restrictions for consent, ranging from 12 to 18 years of age. A German court ruled in 2012 that parents may not circumcise their sons at birth for religious reasons because the procedure violates the child’s right to bodily integrity as well as a right to religious choice. In the UK, circumcision remains legal but is rare outside the Jewish and Muslim communities.


A growing number of Americans are questioning male circumcision. Critics of the procedure say it is rarely medically necessary and surgical complications can permanently harm boys. In 2011, San Francisco intactivists obtained more than 7,000 signatures for a ballot measure banning circumcision. They argued it is

With more than 20,000 nerve endings, the foreskin is the most sensitive part of the penis and the most erogenous part of a man’s body. The foreskin protects the glans – the rounded tip of the penis – and keeps it healthy, clean, moist and sensitive. It also protects the urethra from contamination. The foreskin also enables normal gliding during intercourse.


Male circumcision began as a religious rite related to the Abrahamic covenant and has been practiced by Jews, Muslims and some Christians for thousands of years. Coptic Christians and Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox practice circumcision as a rite of passage. Islamic male circumcision (khitan) is similar, but not identical to Jewish circumcision. Islam is currently the largest single religious group to practice circumcision.


Health benefits attributed to circumcision include a decreased risk of urinary tract infections, a reduced risk of some sexually transmitted diseases, protection against penile cancer and a reduced risk of cervical cancer for female sex partners. Urinary tract infections are more common in uncircumcised males. But circumcision can also cause harm, such as post-operative infections, scars, painful erections, penile mutilation and even death.


About 30 percent of men worldwide are circumcised, according to World Health Organization estimates. Circumcision is increasing