Homeopathy as a Complementary Medicine

LavenderGuest blogger Faith Franz with The Mesothelioma Center

Before conventional medicines existed, people used plant-based medicines to address their various ailments. As science began producing more advanced therapies and chemical-based drugs, patients began moving away from herbal and botanical therapies.

Over the last 20 years, however, homeopathic remedies have experienced resurgence as part of integrative medicine. Research continually shows that complementary therapies may increase the body’s response to traditional treatments. Studies also show that they can help manage some of the side effects of allopathic medicines. As a result, modern patients are more frequently exploring homeopathy in conjunction with other clinical therapies.

Homeopathy as a Complement to Traditional Oncology

For cancer patients especially, complementary homeopathy can have wide-reaching effects.

After traditional therapies such as surgery and radiation therapy, patients may experience a number of severe side effects. These include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and constipation. Many patients turn to homeopathic solutions to control these side effects. Some of the most common homeopathic remedies for these conditions include:

  • Nux vomica
  • Silica
  • Kali Hydroicum

Additionally, homeopathy can directly impact certain cancer-related symptoms, such as pain and anxiety.

Immune-modulating botanicals can also be diluted into homeopathic solutions. These herbs and plants can help boost the patient’s immune system and activate its own natural healing mechanisms.

While chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy induce necrosis (cancerous cell death induced by an external factor), homeopathic botanical solutions work to induce apoptosis. This natural cell death puts healthy cells in less danger.

Because these plant-based cancer therapies hold so much promise, The National Institutes of Health provides funds to six different research centers in the United States. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is just one of the renowned hospitals that conducts research on these immune-modulating botanicals.

Homeopaths choose remedies for their patient based on their overall condition – not just one specific ailment. This approach is much different than the approach taken by many traditional oncologists, whose primary goal is to quickly get rid of each symptom. To ensure that homeopathic medicine and traditional medicine are integrated as smoothly as possible, patients are encouraged to work with a multidisciplinary treatment team.

Integrative oncology programs often combine homeopathy with several other aspects of holistic treatment, such as nutrition therapy and supplementation. Many patients rely on several complementary therapies in addition to their standard treatment. Because these therapies are unlikely to cause adverse side effects or negative interactions, patients can safely integrate a combination of complementary therapies.

Author bio: Faith Franz researches and writes about health-related issues for The Mesothelioma Center. One of her focuses is living with cancer.

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Heather Von St. James Story of Hope

From Guest Blogger David Haas for MCA

David recently sent me a message asking me to help share this new video. They have been working really hard for quite some time at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance on this project. David’s friend Heather Von St. James, a seven-year mesothelioma cancer survivor, participated in a short video about her journey through her cancer experience. It is a truly inspirational story that he hopes will further their mission to spread hope and awareness to those who need it. This is Heather’s story.

www.mesothelioma.com/heather.

Heather Von St.James video from MCA
Heather Von St.James video

Help Fight Cancer with a Cup of Coffee

May is National Cancer Research Month. One of my guest bloggers (David Haas) writes for The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance and he recently sent out a request for us to spread the word of a fundraiser they are running for cancer research. It is called “Kick the Coffee for Cancer Research.” There are some simple graphics showing how much you can help by donating the cost of one cup of coffee to their fundraiser. Did you know that that the average American employee spends about $20 a week or $1000 a year on coffee? You could help by donating the cost of one cup of coffee. Every little bit helps.

Routine Maintenance: How To Get The Best Out of Your Workouts

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by Bijan C. Bayne

WorkoutHealthy.com Blogger

Routine Maintenance: How To Get The Best Out of Your Workouts

Millions of us work out regularly, using free weights, Pilates, running or cardio, recreational sports or machine resistance. As with any such pursuit, one will benefit more by using proper technique. Too many of those who train with free or machine weights, lack the correct form, grip, breathing, or rest between sets, to maximize their workouts. Yet the little things mean so much. Attention to detail separates the most fit, from those who wonder why their results are not more evident.

Form Over Function

When you approach a barbell, work with dumbbells, or sit at a circuit training machine, be sure your posture is such that your back is not performing an inordinate part of the work. Maintain the appropriate posture throughout the exercise, do not suddenly arch or jerk your back during a movement. Lift as much as possible, for example, before military presses, squats, or upright rowing, with your legs to get into starting position. Keep your shoulders back, don’t slouch before or during a routine. It is important to keep your feet shoulder width apart, as it assures both balance, and symmetric movement. When you grip the weight, your hand and wrist should be parallel to the section of the barbell or dumbbell you are holding, such that you are not too over- or underhanded. One’s knuckles, hand and wrist should form a smooth, not bent line. Thumbs should be firmly closed around a bar or apparatus. During especially heavy movements such as squats, your weight should be balanced toward the balls of your feet, and not flat-footed, which exerts too much strain.

Every Breath You Take

Ideally you should inhale with the lifting or raising of weight, and exhale when lowering or relaxing the muscle. Breathe deeply while you exercise, to allow the chest cavity to take in the air you will need for stamina, and work the pectoral muscles that facilitate many motions. Breathe through your nose, as one’s chest cavity becomes more full in this manner. Between sets, continue deep, focused inhalation and exhalation, as the muscles are still working, and these are rest periods when oxygen intake is important for both muscle building and blood flow. When necessary, employ concerted puffs to assist with heavy squats or bench presses.

Water, Water Everywhere

Be sure to properly hydrate yourself before, during, and after your workout. You should drink your fluids every few minutes or sets, so your system will cool itself, and to provide energy. Take a bottle with you, rather than sipping from the fountain at a health club. You will drink more this way, your own bottle is more sanitary than a public fountain or cooler, and it allows you the option of a sports drink rather than water, if that is your preference. You should have plenty of energy, as it is best to have a meal or very nutritious snack no later than two hours before a strenuous workout.

The Rest Of  The Story

One should rest no more than 45 seconds between sets of the same exercise. A steady flow of blood to a muscle area, and a good “pump” to the region being worked, are keys to seeing results in terms of physique, measurements, and conditioning. Pausing too long between sets allows muscles to grow colder, and insufficient rest runs the risk of damaging healing muscle. If you are using the proper weight to perform 8-12 repetitions of an exercise with correct form, you will be able to resume working out in 45 second intervals. This also ensures a certain rhythm to your routine, one your body will become accustomed to.

These tips will help you benefit more from your conditioning regimen. They are easy to remember and adopt. For other physical fitness articles, please visit http://blog.workouthealthy.com/