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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If you provide guidance and set clear rules about not using drugs, spend time with your child and do not use drugs yourself, it is much less likely your child will use drugs, according to the APA.


Your pediatrician can be a great partner to help arm you with information to share with your child about the dangers of drugs and how they can harmfully affect the brain and body. Stay away from TV shows or movies that glamorize drug use. Reinforce to your child that you talk about health and safety because you care about him. You can praise his good choices, encourage healthy friendships and positive interests and look for things in the community you can do together as a family.


Focus on the short-and long-term consequences of drug use to deter your child. Studies show drug use is linked to family and social problems and health-related problems, including mental health conditions, poor academic performance and involvement with the juvenile justice system.


Take time to look over the medications in your house. The Partnership for Drug-

CONFRONTING THE DRUG EPIDEMIC

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Free Kids says two-thirds of teens and young adults who report prescription medicine abuse get them from friends, family and acquaintances. Monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Keep medications in a locked cabinet or somewhere else your child cannot access. You can talk to your doctor or the local police department about a safe drug-disposal program or drug take-back day in the community when you can get rid of drugs you no longer need.


Realize during the teenage years particularly your child may face a lot of peer pressure or have insecurities. Praise him for who he is as an individual as well as when he earns good grades. Always keep the lines of communication open and be supportive of your child so he will be more likely to turn to you when making a difficult decision. When you are seen as an educator, ally and friend, your child will strive to make you proud. If you or a loved one is struggling with drug addiction, take advantage of one of the many great community resources and seek help.

According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy (KODCP), addiction has reached epidemic levels in this state due to rampant heroin and painkiller abuse. Heroin is one of the most fatal because in addition to being highly addictive, there is no way to know exactly what you are buying – it is often laced with fentanyl, which the KODCP calls the most addictive and deadliest drug ever seen in this nation.


In effort to improve the problem, KODCP is working towards increasing public education and access to treatment, enhancing penalties for major traffickers and providing greater access to narcan, which treats overdose in emergency situations.


The National Institute on Drug Abuse named Kentucky one of the top 10 states with the highest prescribing rates for opioid pain relievers. The Kentucky Center for School Safety found drug abuse begins early and rises during the teenage years. The center attributes this rise to heightened sensitivity to social influences such as friends and the fact that the brain is still developing, especially in areas related to judgment and impulse control.


Parents can impact whether or not their children use drugs. The American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) suggests not only talking with but listening to your child, helping him make good choices and find good friends and teaching him different ways to say no.