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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SENIORS AND THE COVID VACCINE

A year later, we are still battling the COVID-19 pandemic. But thankfully, there are now vaccines available. We’ve known from the beginning that seniors are most susceptible to the virus. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And, the CDC adds, older adults die more frequently from COVID-19. So it is imperative that you get the vaccine as soon as possible.


The rollout for the vaccine has not gone as ideally as planned. Seniors age 65 years and older, who were supposed to be placed at the top of the list precisely because of their vulnerability, have had problems accessing the state Web sites and getting their appointments. Getting an appointment may be even more difficult for older Americans with limited or no Internet access or family members who can help them sign up. However, the CDC urges seniors and their caregivers to keep trying until they finally receive their shots.


The exact length of each phase was uncertain and varied due to distribution logistics and vaccine availability. Most states are still developing criteria for subsequent Phase 1 prioritization, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. In the meantime, here are some facts to keep in mind about the vaccine: