Complementary and Alternative Medicines; 5 different types and how they work to help you be Healthy:

The term “Alternative Therapy” includes health treatments that are not standard practice within the Western Medical Science.  Complementary and Alternative therapies lie in a very diverse field of practice and are difficult to define.

Alternative treatments can be used in place of conventional medicine when used together with standard medical treatment; it can be referred to as Complementary medicine.  Alternative therapies include the use of several practices, diet, and exercise, hypnosis, chiropractic, acupuncture and more.

5 Types of Alternative and Complementary Medicine:

Traditional Alternative Medicine; more accepted forms that have been in use for centuries:

  1. Acupuncture; includes an array of specific procedures, not all including needles, that stimulate targeted points on the body. Some studies found it helpful in cases of chronic pain and depression.  But, more research is needed because the evidence on both counts is mixed.
  2. Homeopathy; is based on the principle of treating an illness with very small doses of the substance that is the cause of the illness. (Much the same as the application of vaccinations for measles and polio, etc.) Before treating a patient, a Homeopath will gather extensive information on the background of the patient.  There is evidence that homeopathy is more effective than some treatments but still needs more research to determine this efficacy.
  3. Naturopathy; uses the healing power of nature to treat their patients. Naturopathic doctors are trained in alternative and conventional medicines.  They seek to understand what caused the condition, and what influence it has on physical, mental and spiritual manifestations in a patient, rather than just treating the symptoms of the condition.  It includes many therapies and is therefore difficult to research its effectiveness.
  4. Chiropractic; focus on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that will include, pain in the back, joints, neck, legs, arms, and head. Chiropractic adjustments are intended to restore mobility.  It loosens muscles and allows the affected tissues to heal and the pain to resolve.  Research shows that it is an effective practice that will decrease pain and improve mobility.
  5. Hypnosis; causes a heightened awareness, concentration and focus. While blocking out distractions, the person can intensely concentrate on a specific action or thought.  When used in therapeutic therapies, it is called hypnotherapy.  Focusing the mind on a certain action or idea and then suggesting a possible change.  Hypnosis has been used with effective, positive, results in different types of conditions, for instance, pain relief, etc.

The benefits of these alternative and complementary therapies (or the lack of benefits) are contested widely.  There is always more research needed to determine the positive or negative outcomes of these practices.  The efficacy is also always in doubt.  However, this never stopped people from engaging in these practices.

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5 Health Tips to Enhance your Health Daily:

Improving your health can be as easy as starting with one today, then add another one tomorrow, and then keep doing them each day and add more tips as you go along.  Before you take notice, you will have started living a healthier lifestyle by just changing one habit a day.

5 Tips to start off your Healthy Lifestyle:

  1. Drink lots of Water: The human body is made up out of 90% water and needs water for almost every function it performs.  A lot of pains and aches, headaches and a variety of other symptoms will clear up and lessen if we just drink more water.
  2. Go take a brisk walk in the park and take the dog with: The human body was made to move.  Muscles need the movement to function optimally.  Your heart is a muscle.  Dogs need practice.  The dog will remind you every day that you want to go for a walk.
  3. Hug someone you love, or the dog: Your body release feel-good hormones that wards off depression, when you hug someone who wants to be hugged.  (Like the dog)
  4. Eat 2 to 3 Fruits or servings of fruit per day: Blueberries, cherries, etc. will be half a cup per serving.  Brightly coloured fruit is full of disease-fighting phytonutrients that will protect you against diseases and also help to alleviate breathing problems and allergies.
  5. Take deep breaths for at least 5 minutes at a time: Do this as often as you can.  Research showed that breathing deeply reduces stress hormone levels.  This means less anxiety, better sleep and a lower likelihood that you will gain weight.

Do not skip breakfast.  Stretch like your cat.  Laugh a lot.  Load up on Vitamin C.  Start with one a day and then make it good habits.  It is easy to start living a healthier lifestyle and you do not need to do it all at once.

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5 Things You Did Not Know About Antibiotics:

Antibiotics can be lifesavers.  It can cure many an illness, but there are things that it cannot cure and it can have negative effects when not used correctly.

5 Things to Know before taking Antibiotics:

  1. Antibiotics cannot cure colds and flues: A misconception about antibiotics is that it can treat every kind of infection.  Viruses are the cause of flu and colds.  Antibiotics do not have any effect against viruses.  Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections.
  2. Antibiotics weaken the immune system: Antibiotics cannot make the distinction between a good and a bad bacteria, and therefore kills both.  Good bacteria need to keep a healthy, strong immune system going that helps to fight off infections.  Without good bacteria, the immune system weakens and you will be susceptible to infections.  Bacteria can also become antibiotic resistant, it will not react in the expected ways if you misuse of overuse antibiotics.
  3. Green Tea can boost the effectiveness of an antibiotic: Green tea can make the bacteria-killing activities of antibiotics stronger.  It can also reduce the chances of bacteria becoming antibiotic resistant.  Green tea also kills resistance in certain strains of bacteria and can also help with the treatment of illnesses.
  4. Meat can decrease the effectiveness of antibiotics: Antibiotics is used commonly in animals.  This can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the animals.  These bacteria then can contaminate the animal’s meat.  Through handling or eating the meat, it can spread to humans.  Resistant bacteria can cause severe Illness.
  5. Antibiotics can increase the risk of obesity: Antibiotics kill both harmful and beneficial bacteria, disrupting the balance in the gastrointestinal tract.  Antibiotics can even permanently alter the balance of bacteria in your gut.  Antibiotics also send signals that confuse important hunger hormones which can increase your appetite. Of course, there are other medications out there that can help treat obesity.

No new antibiotics have been discovered recently.  Developing new antibiotics became too expensive and this led to a lack of interest towards new antibiotic discoveries.  This can become a major threat to public health.  Antibiotic resistance will become out of control and then useless to fight disease.…

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