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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Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known. This tumor has no relation to melanoma, the skin cancer for which McCain was treated in the past.


GBMs are tumors that arise from astrocytes, the star-shaped cells that make up the supportive tissue of the brain. These tumors are usually highly malignant because the cells reproduce quickly and are supported by a large network of blood vessels in the brain.


According to WebMD, brain cancers are not common. However, when they do occur, about four out of five aren’t GBMs. Men are more likely to develop them than women. The chances of developing this type of cancer increases with age. WebMD notes doctors diagnose nearly 11,000 GBMs cases in the United States each year. Symptoms include constant headaches, seizures, vomiting, changes in mood or personality, double or blurred vision and difficulty speaking. With any of these symptoms, contacting your family physician is the first step in intervention.


Vigilance on the part of patients and family members is critical in

VIGILANCE FOR BRAIN CANCER

addressing this form of cancer early as new cases are expected in 2017, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. The medical community recognizes GBMs as grade 4 tumors, which means they grow fast and spread quickly. It is easy for GBMs to invade normal brain tissue. The tumors make their own blood supply, which helps them grow. Glioblastoma is treated like most cancers, so treatment may include surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, then radiation and chemotherapy. Research in this area includes a number of bio-markers, or molecular signatures, that have the potential to contribute to diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of response to therapy for glioblastoma.


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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 and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Department of Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.

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