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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Sun Exposure:

Too much sunburn and sun exposure (radiation from UVA and UVB rays) can increase the risk of developing skin cancer.


Infection:

Certain germs such as bacteria and viruses are linked to certain cancers. For example, there is a link between human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. People infected with the hepatitis B or hepatitis C virus have an increased risk of developing liver cancer.


Genetic Make-up:

Some cancers have a strong genetic link. For example, in some childhood cancers, the abnormal gene or genes that trigger a cell to become cancerous are inherited. Common examples are inherited breast cancer and ovarian cancer genes. People with Down’s syndrome may develop malignancies such as testicular cancer and leukemia.


Weak Immune System:

People who have a poor immune system are at a higher risk of developing certain cancers, especially people with AIDS or those on immunosuppressive therapy.


Lifestyle Factors:

These, along with your diet, can increase or decrease your risk of developing cancer. Fruits and vegetables are rich in minerals and vitamins and contain antioxidants, so eating plenty of them will reduce the risk of developing certain cancers. The recommendation is to eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables daily. If you eat a lot of red meat or too much fatty food, if you drink too much alcohol, if you do not exercise regularly and are obese, your chances of developing certain cancers increases.


Most cancers occur due to a combination of the factors mentioned above. Cancers that are linked to certain behaviors can be prevented. Choosing to quit smoking or drinking alcohol reduces the risk of several types of cancer, especially of the lung, liver, mouth and throat. Skin cancer can be prevented by staying in the shade and protecting yourself with a hat, wearing a full-sleeved shirt when in the sun and using sunscreen.


Sources and Resources:


www.cancer.org

www.mayoclinic.org

www.medical newstoday.com

www.news-medical.net

The body is made of billions of tiny cells, and cancer is caused by changes (mutations) to the DNA within the cells. Cancer starts when cells grow out of control and crowd out normal cells, making it hard for the body to function optimally. It can start anywhere in the body and can spread to other parts of the body. Each cancer is different according to its biology and pathophysiology.


According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States. The number of new cancer cases is expected to rise by about 7 percent in the next 20 years, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


Doctors don’t know for sure what causes cancer. However, each cancer is thought to start initially from one abnormal cell. Perhaps certain vital genes that control how cells divide and multiply are altered or damaged and make the cell abnormal. If the abnormal cell survives, it may multiply out of control into a malignant or cancerous tumor.


Certain risk factors that may increase the chances of one or more cells becoming abnormal and leading to cancer include:


Age:

The older you are, the more likely you are to develop cancer,

WHAT CAUSES CANCER?

which could be due to an accumulation of damage to cells over time. Also, the body’s defense system for fighting abnormal cells may weaken as you become older.


Chemical Carcinogens:

A carcinogen, such as radiation, can damage a cell and may make it cancerous. The more exposure to a carcinogen, the greater the risk in most cases. Workplace chemicals such benzene, asbestos and formaldehyde could lead to the development of certain cancers if you worked with them without protection. Exposure to nuclear fallout and radioactive materials can increase the risk of leukemia and other cancers.


Smoking:

Smoking causes nearly one in four of all cancers; about one in 10 smokers die from lung cancer. If you smoke, you are likely to develop cancer of the mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas, esophagus and lung.



HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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