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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Factors that affect chance of recovery and treatment options include the thickness of the tumor and where it is on the body; how quickly the cancer cells are dividing; whether there was bleeding or ulceration of the tumor; how much cancer is in the lymph nodes; the number of places cancer has spread in the body; and the patient’s age and general health.


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FACTS ABOUT MELANOMA

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

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or variable skin discoloration; itching; and an increase in size or the development of satellites. Ulceration or bleeding is a sign that crops up later.


It is difficult to identify and determine the difference between benign pigmented lesions and early melanomas. Lesions should never be shaved off or cauterized. A biopsy is performed to confirm the presence of cancer cells.


Risk factors for melanoma include:


When you were a kid, did anyone ever tell you to stay out of the sun?


Of course they did. One of the reasons was because of the possibility of melanoma, or skin cancer.


The skin is the body’s largest organ. Its job is to protect against heat, sunlight, injury and infection. The skin has several layers; the two main layers are the epidermis (upper or outer layer) and the dermis (lower or inner layer). Skin cancer begins in the epidermis. With melanoma, malignant cancer cells form in melanocytes, the cells that cover the skin. The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) says melanocytes make a brown pigment called melanin, which gives the skin its tan or brown color. Melanin protects the deeper layers of the skin from some of the harmful effects of the sun. Melanoma may occur in other parts of the body such as the eyes and mouth. These occur less frequently than skin cancers.


The incidence of melanoma in adults is rising. Skin cancer is now the most common malignancy diagnosed in the United States, according to the National Institute of Health National Cancer Institute. Invasive melanoma accounts for only 1 percent of skin cancers but results in the most deaths.


Early signs that would suggest a malignant change include darker