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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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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SPAYING & NEUTERING KEEPS PETS HEALTHY

his territory by spraying in different places inside and outside. Neutering may also alleviate some aggression problems.


The effects of spaying or neutering depend on your pet’s individual personality, physiology and history. It will not make your pet gain weight. With a healthy diet and lots of exercise (things you as the owner control), he will stay in shape and maintain a healthy weight.


The ideal time to spay or neuter a pet is when it’s six to nine months old. Dogs can be neutered as adults as well, although there’s a slightly higher risk of post-operative complications in older dogs. For cats, it is considered generally safe for kittens as young as eight weeks old to be spayed or neutered. It is possible to spay a female cat when she is in heat. Talk to your veterinarian to determine the best time to spay or neuter your pet. After the procedure, keep your pet in a quiet place indoors away from other animals so it can recover. Don’t let it run or jump for two weeks following surgery and don’t bathe it for at least 10 days post surgery. Try to keep your pet from licking the incision site. This can cause an infection. The infamous cone-shaped collar will come in handy. Check the incision site daily to assure it is healing properly. If you notice any redness, swelling or discharge, contact your vet.

At the end of every taping of “The Price is Right,” host Bob Barker would remind viewers to “help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.”


Spaying or neutering your cat or dog is an essential element in the fight against pet homelessness. With fewer litters being born, fewer animals will end up in shelters and possibly euthanized because there aren’t enough homes to go around.


Contrary to some detractors, spaying and neutering doesn’t harm cats and dogs at all. In fact, the procedure has a number of health and behavioral benefits. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life because spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. There is no reason to wait to spay your female pet after she has a litter. Neutering your male pet prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems. Behaviorally, a spayed female pet won’t go into heat, thus eliminating annoying behaviors such as yowling and urinating in undesirable places around the house. A neutered male dog will be less likely to wander away from home, whereas an intact male will do just about anything to find a mate and come up with creative ways to escape the house. When he is neutered, your cat will be better behaved and won’t be prone to marking