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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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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Some believe free range is a healthy route to take. “Any animal that is fed antibiotics would be pulled out of this program,” Carter said. “Most of the time when you see these markets, they say they are antibiotic free and hormone free.”


At the end of the day, it tends to be about budget and how much you want to spend, as well as personal preference.


“It is more of a perception and personal choice as to whether you want to buy free-range products or a conventional product,” Hawkins said. “Just because a product is raised in a more traditional background as opposed to a free-range situation does not mean the care given to that animal is any different. The producers (on both ends of the spectrum) take pride in and care for their animals.”


“It just comes down to what somebody wants,” Carter said. “Traditionally in these types of programs, the cost will be higher. It needs to be because there are higher costs involved for the producer.”

For farmers, free-range livestock has become a hot topic of conversation.


“Kentucky has 37,000 beef producers and is the largest cattle state east of the Mississippi,” said Katelyn Hawkins, general member of the beef council of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. From a health standpoint, whether you choose free range or a conventional route of beef production, you are still getting the same nutritional benefits.


“No matter what type of beef you choose, as far as the production practice that goes behind it – whether it is grain finished, grass finished, natural, organic or even free range – when you eat it you are getting 25 grams of protein and 10 essential vitamins and nutrients off a 3-ounce portion,” Hawkins said. “Some people choose free range because they do not necessarily fully understand the production cycle and what happens on the farm. They like the idea that there is a free-range option.”


There are many reasons to consider free-range livestock. “The main benefits are that it is locally sourced and the dollars stay in Kentucky,” said Nick Carter, agriculture and natural resources agent for the Fayette County Farm Bureau. “In most cases you feel comfortable with how it is being handled.”

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Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Beef is a versatile meat. There are so many options for using it that everyone is sure to find some- thing they like. “Those (cuts) that are determined lean by the dietary guidelines include America’s favor- ite cuts, like T-bone, tenderloin, sirloin and even flank steak,” said Hawkins.


You can always serve beef with something to make it even more appealing. “Everyone likes color on their plate, so try a stir-fry recipe or use beef as a salad topper,” said Hawkins.