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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prevent the fatigue and strain that lead to headaches and blurred vision. It is especially important for children to practice the 20-20-20 rule since their eyes are still developing.


Don’t use any devices in bed, close to bedtime or in the dark for extended lengths of time. Avoid using a SMART phone or other blue-lit electronic device at least 20 minutes prior to going to sleep – ideally two to three hours beforehand. If your blue-lit screen usage is high, especially at night, wear blue-light-blocking glasses or goggles. Inexpensive sunglasses with orange-tinted lenses block blue light, but they also block other colors. Glasses that block only blue light can cost up to $80. Apps that filter the blue/green wavelength at night are also available. If you notice your vision is not returning to normal, especially after enacting good, safe screen practices, see an eye doctor.

TINY SCREENS CAN CAUSE BIG VISION PROBLEMS

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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Blue wavelengths, which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times and mood, are more disruptive at night. The intense blue light of SMART phones, tablets, computer screens and even LED lights can affect sleep patterns. Blue light can decrease levels of melatonin twice as much as other wavelength colors of light, according to Harvard Medical School researchers. A reduction in melatonin levels makes it difficult to fall asleep. This is why using any device with a blue screen in bed, especially with the lights off, is not advised.


A University of Toronto study found melatonin levels were comparably the same in individuals who wore blue-light-blocking goggles in a room brightly lit with blue light and individuals in a dimly lit room not wearing the goggles. This further validates blue light as a more potent suppressor of melatonin than other forms of artificial light.


Safe Screen Practices

Changing practices when using SMART phones and other electronic devices with blue backlighting usage may eliminate these issues. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: During every 20 minutes of usage, look away and stare at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This exercise will help rest the eyes and

For many people, their SMART phone has replaced their computer. Checking the weather, reading the news and emails, keeping up with social media and even typing documents are all done on a SMART phone these days. Using any electronic screen can cause eye issues, but staring at these tiny screens can make problems worse because the font is smaller. Here are a couple of difficulties you may encounter and ways to safeguard your vision.


Computer Vision Syndrome

Nearly one in four people complain of eyestrain from reading text on screens. Eyestrain can result from a variety of factors. One is how frequently you blink your eyes. The average blink rate is about 15 times per minute, but the rate is reduced by half when looking at a screen. Eye fatigue is another cause of eyestrain. Eyes can become fatigued if you are constantly reading small fonts on a small screen, squinting and straining for long periods. The combination of blurred vision, headaches, tired eyes, muscle strain and dry eye is called Computer Vision Syndrome.


The Dark Side of Blue Light

The body uses the cycle of the sun’s light to guide its internal circadian rhythm – the biological clock. Important bodily functions happen during sleep, but light at night can throw the circadian rhythm out of whack. Sleep suffers and then health suffers, even increasing risks for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.