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Popular Herbs You Can Use for Everyday Relief Tags: herbs medical marijuana mmj relief medication everyday

The push towards natural, herbal medication is now more popular after studies revealed more herbs we can use in different situations. The healthcare and medical research industries are exploring the possibilities of using herbs in mainstream medical treatments. New discoveries are being made on a regular basis, which means there is now more herbal medication with real health benefits.

In this article, however, we are going to focus more on the popular herbs you can use for everyday relief. Here are the top three herbs you can easily find and use for various treatments.

Calendula

Calendula is an effective anti-inflammation herb that is very easy to process and use. You don’t need to rely on pre-packaged medications based on calendula to enjoy its full benefits. Aside from being an effective anti-inflammation treatment, Calendula is particularly good for treating inflammation in the mouth, throat, and stomach.

The best way to apply calendula is as a topical cream. The treatment is effective in healing wounds and helping skin regenerate at a faster rate. It is also a good treatment for irritation, including heavy irritation caused by allergies.

To prepare calendula as a herbal treatment, mix one cup of boiling water with two teaspoons of calendula petals. You can then use it as a mouthwash or as a skin ointment, depending on the condition you are treating.

Echinacea

Echinacea is another herb that is handy for various treatments. It contains a strong immune-enhancing set of nutrients that can be absorbed by the body very effectively. According to Regis College and its MSN to DNP online department, Echinacea can be used as an effective antiviral agent. Proper treatment can eliminate the need for wide-spectrum antiviral medication completely.

The best way to use Echinacea is for relieving cold or similar infections. The treatment is even approved in Europe and the United States due to several research studies proving its effectiveness. Simmer one teaspoon of dried Echinacea root in one cup of water and drink it while it is still warm. One to three cups per day can help boost your immune system, according to studies compiled by leading online doctoral nursing programs.

Catnip

Catnip is a herb that we are all familiar with, but not many people use it for medical treatments. Catnip actually has a lot of benefits to offer, including the ability to soothes an upset stomach effectively. It is also a good herb to use when you are trying to reduce anxiety and stress.

Similar to the previous herbs on this list, you can use catnip for different treatments by pouring a cup of boiling water over five fresh catnip leaves. Let it sit for five minutes and add sweetener to make the treatment more drinkable. Catnip leaves have a bitter taste to them, so the sweetener definitely helps.

These are herbs you can easily find and use as part of everyday treatments. They are known to be very effective and can be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions effectively. The next time you suffer from a stomachache or anxiety, try these treatments as a relief.

 
Stranger Danger; what’s in your medicine bottle? Tags: medicine bottle medical marijuana diabetes mmj

Despite growing awareness of the dangers of harsh, synthetic medications and treatments, the majority of the public are still banking on the promises of cure via chemical interventions.

Unfortunately, these avenues can result in unforeseen and equally serious conditions.

The public puts a lot of trust in our healthcare professionals, so if the doctor or revered celebrity spokesperson recommends it, who are we to argue? Especially if the drug does a quicker job than a natural remedy, as time is money and quick fixes are eagerly sought-after.

Of course, chemical medicine provides a means to an end for certain illnesses – chemotherapy being a good example. Many people see this a price worth paying, whereas other cases are not so balanced and patients end up resentful and in more discomfort than before.

One of the most egregious examples of this bad trade-off is Actos. Actos is a Thiazolidinedione. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but let’s break it down.

Thiazolidinediones are a class of medication claimed to improve the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes sufferers by balancing sugar levels in the blood cells; therefore decreasing the need for insulin supplementation and easing symptoms of uneven blood sugar levels in the patient.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals produced one strand of this medication, pioglitazone, and marketed it under the name of Actos.

Scary fact: since 1980, the number of people recorded with symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes in America alone has quadrupled, and though the utilization of insulin supplements in the 1920s and government efforts to decrease the sale of sugary foods has helped, there is still a huge problem.

Available only on prescription, Actos was the most popular treatment for Type 2 Diabetes with 3.4billion sales in 2009, and for a short time, seemed harmless.

Consumers of the drug had a nasty shock, however, when French researchers found there was a link between Actos (or similar variants such as Actoplus Met or Duetact) and bladder cancer.  

Now patients are having to rely on their Actos attorney to claim compensation for a number of side effects, including Edema, Hypoglycaemia, heart and liver problems, brittle bones, increased ovulation and many more. Click here for more information on Actos Lawsuits from Napoli PLLC.

Although various European countries went so far as to recall the drug, - the FDA did not. The association did enforce a labelling change, to highlight the risks, but it fell on deaf ears for many people, who were already taking Actos regularly and wouldn’t notice additional content on the side of the bottle.

Who can blame people for not checking the bottle? We all know that eating fast food every day could pose risks to our health, and we are likely to accept these consequences. However, if medicine is meant to make us better, then why is it making us worse?

When you are faced with a debilitating illness, the best thing you can do is research treatment choices before you consult your family doctor on the best treatment. It may be that you can’t go natural in every case, but you should weigh your options.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a condition as a result of poorly advised treatment from a doctor or an independent retailer, you should take immediate action. It’s never too late for that.  


 

Top Healthcare Startups Are Leading the Market Tags: healthcare startups marijuana mmj medical marijuana

The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing, most sustainable industries in our economy today. Due to recent changes – and despite some uncertainties – there are more people seeking healthcare services than there were a few years ago. The growing market has also fueled a series of new companies, brands and startups whose aim is to provide better healthcare solutions to providers and patients alike. Research in genomics is one of the most exciting fields today, with companies such as the Beijing Genomics Institute leading the charge.

According to studies compiled by Northeastern University and its AACSB online MBA department, there are also other startups currently affecting the market. Medisafe, for instance, is a cloud-based app that has been really popular on the market. The app acts as a reminder and connects close friends and relatives of a patient like never before.

You can learn more about the best startups leading the current healthcare market from the full infographic below.


Northeastern University’s Master of Business Administration Online Program

Why Nurse Midwives Should Be Schooled in Alternative Meds Tags: nurse midwives alternative meds mmj medical marijuana

The most common perception of what a nurse midwife does is prenatal care as well as being there to deliver the baby and throughout the post natal period. Nurse midwives also tend to newborns as well in some states and in some situations, but limiting the duties of a nurse midwife to pregnancy is actually diminishing all that they do in many states. In some states a certified nurse midwife takes care of women from puberty through to menopause and in other states they are perhaps mostly relegated to prenatal care and delivery.

State by State Regulations Vary

Each state has different regulations, so if you are studying to be a nurse midwife, you may want to first see what you will be doing in your state. One of the most regulated duties is the prescription and administration of medicines. If you are studying how to become a certified nurse midwife, it is advisable to pay special attention to the use of alternative meds. Not only should you understand alternative treatments if you are allowed, by law, to prescribe and administer medications but you will want to understand the possible side effects that could pose a threat to mom and/or baby inside her womb.

Some Alternative Treatments Are Definitely Not Safe!

Some may be safe during pregnancy and others, not so much. Just because they are holistic doesn’t mean they can’t cause early contractions and labor leading to a spontaneous abortion. Many ‘colon cures’ have been known to promote contractions of the uterus, so midwives are encouraged to understand many of the most common naturopathic treatments. One ingredient in particular, senna leaf, works because it promotes peristalsis, colon contractions. However, it is also able to cause uterine contractions so pregnant women should never take this natural remedy – ever! Stool softeners work safer and better and are not apt to harm baby, according to the FDA.

Are CBDs Safe During Pregnancy?

While most women report that CBDs help alleviate morning sickness, joint inflammation and pain, it is never advisable to take or use any product on the skin until speaking with your obstetrician or midwife. For this reason, it is vital that anyone studying to be a midwife should learn about the safe use of CBDs by pregnant or lactating women. CBDs are not the psychoactive compound in marijuana and they have been proven in study after study to be safe for mom and her unborn child. Again, it is always advisable to talk to your doctor prior to putting anything in or on your body, but know that CBDs are considered safe and are even allowed in prohibition states.

Nurse midwifery is a wonderful occupation that provides great joy for both mom and the nurse herself. Every healthy, happy child brought into this world is cause for celebration and how exhilarating it is to be there with mom or mom and dad during this happy time. It is a respected nursing specialty and one that carries a better than average rate of pay. While you won’t become a millionaire on a certified nurse midwife salary, you will make better than the national average and that’s a very respectable income. Join thousands of nurses in their quest to become midwives. It’s an honorable and ancient vocation – one you can be extremely proud of.

 
How Online Degrees Are Helping People with Chronic Pain Towards a Better Life Tags: online degrees chronic pain medical marijuana fibromyalgia

One of the groups that benefit most from the use of medical marijuana are people who experience chronic pain. Whether it is pain from an injury, a back problem, or a condition like fibromyalgia, experiencing pain regularly or all the time can be hugely debilitating, and can stop a lot of people from doing the things they want to do. One area where it can hold people back is in education, as it makes it difficult for sufferers to commit to things like going away to college to do a degree or masters program.

Online Studying

Fortunately, the internet can offer a lot of help for people who want to undertake further education but find that chronic pain – even with the help of medical marijuana and other medications – stops them from being able to reliably attend school. Some of the top colleges in America offer a vast range of online degrees, including both bachelors and masters programs like the MBA or the masters in social work.

Studying Around Your Condition

With good pain management, most people with chronic pain have some times in their day when they can comfortably study, without the pain limiting their ability to sit still for a period or distracting them from taking in what they are reading. If you understand the times when you feel best, it can be good to use these times to focus on studying, and to schedule your exams at times when you feel you are most likely to have your pain under control. With an online degree like an MSW online, you can work at your own pace, so even if it takes you longer to finish your course than it would for a student full time on a campus, you can still get there.

Career Prospects

You can, of course, do a degree just because you find it interesting and want to expand your knowledge and gain confidence. However, if you feel like in the future you will be able to work – whether full or part time, or even from home – then your online degree or masters will be a huge asset. It can also be a good way to change careers, if you previously had an active career you can no longer do because of your condition. You can study to start a new career that you can do from home or which requires less physical activity, for instance accountancy or web design. It has been shown that the vast majority of employers (91% and rising according to a 2014 Gallup poll) believe that it is the knowledge your degree represents that is important rather than where you got it, so having an online degree will prove no less valuable than one you did on campus when looking for work.

If you feel held back in your education or career by chronic pain, take a look at the online degrees available to you, and you may well find the future you want is within your reach.

 
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