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 sports physical is beneficial for everyone even though it is mainly required for participation in athletics. Overuse and overtraining injuries are not uncommon among young athletes, so it is important to be proactive. The AAP says the sports physical looks at exercise-specific issues such as injuries, nutrition, training and exercise programs and attitudes towards sports participation.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found about 25 percent of children between 2 and 8 years of age are affected by health issues such as asthma, obesity or behavior or learning problems. Your child’s school probably has health services staff to offer care for these kinds of issues. Be aware of these and don’t hesitate to use them when necessary.


In Kentucky, pre-school physical requirements include a dental screening and exam. The state also requires a current immunization certificate that must be on file within two weeks of the child’s attendance. Any child first entering public school or entering sixth grade is required to have a completed Kentucky Preventative Health Care Examination form. Proof of a vision exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist must also be presented.

THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL PHYSICAL

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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When you take good care of yourself and stay healthy, you can do a better job of balancing your responsibilities and taking care of your family. There are many great community resources the pediatrician can steer you to. Remember, healthy students are better learners. This is the perfect time to mark your calendar for a back-to-school physical.

As you get your child ready to go back to school, you probably have a long checklist. Along with school supplies, a fashionable wardrobe and a new backpack, don’t overlook the back-to- school physical. You want to start the school year off the right – healthy – way. This valuable time spent with the pediatrician should encompass both the annual wellness exam and sports physical. The American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.org) (AAP) says having a long-term history with a pediatrician helps him follow your child’s progress and development over time. He can do the best job of detecting problems early and stay aware and on top of illnesses, injuries and immunizations.


Schools usually have vaccine requirements. Keep a log at home in a safe place of the vaccines your child has received and when the next ones are due. Getting the recommended vaccines will protect your child against serious diseases such as measles and whooping cough and protect his classmates and community members from disease outbreaks.


Prepare your child for the back-to-school physical by telling him what to expect. The exam also assesses emotional, social and developmental concerns. In the teenage years, topics such as sexuality, depression, smoking, drinking or drugs come up. Encourage your child to be honest and share any information with the pediatrician that can help him gain the most thorough view of your child.