Osteoporosis- What is it?
Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease caused by the demineralization of bone tissue. Osteoporosis occurs when bone loss occurs at an accelerated rate compared to the production of new bone (Peterson, D., 2019). The bone becomes spongy and loses integral strength. Osteoporosis occurs in older men and women. The condition is more common in women, particularly after menopause. Osteopenia is an early warning sign that a woman may have a higher risk of developing Osteoporosis (Petersen, D., 2017). A Bone Mineral Density test can be conducted to evaluate a person's risk or stage of osteopenia or Osteoporosis. Nutrition, lifestyle choices, and hormonal imbalance can contribute to the risk of Osteoporosis. Protocols to reduce the risk and symptoms should be started early in life. Nutritional and herbal protocols can assist with symptoms.
Improper nutrition, lifestyle choices and habits, and hormonal imbalances contribute to the risk of Osteoporosis. Some of these causes are preventable by making simple changes to ones lifestyle.
Nutrition plays a large role in the risk factor of developing Osteoporosis. Inadequate intake of nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D over a long periods may contribute to a heightened risk of Osteoporosis. An inability to absorb nutrients such as calcium or phosphorus can increase ones’ risk. Lifestyle choices is another factor that contributes to the risk factor of developing this degenerative disease. Smoking cigarettes can lead to decrease bone density and contribute to Osteoporosis (Alters, A. & Schiff, W., 2013). Smoking cigarettes comes with many risks that often are not seen a the short-term time-frame. This lifestyle choice contributes to many diseases by depleting the body of nutrients, causing imbalances within the body, and exposing the body to toxic chemicals and constituents. Postmenopausal hormonal imbalances or genetic factors may also contribute to an increased risk of Osteoporosis (Petersen, D., 2019).
A person with Osteoporosis may experience various symptoms related to the bones. Some examples include pain in the back, trunk, and down the legs; increased bone fractures (often of the hip), reduced height or sudden pain in the back or neck (Peterson, D., 2019). Additionally, compression fractures of the vertebra may lead to a curved shape in the upper spine known as Dowager's hump (Alters, A. & Schiff, W., 2013).
Holistic protocols can reduce the risk or possibly prevent the occurrence of osteopenia and Osteoporosis. Throughout the life cycle, a person must ensure proper nutrition, exercise, and other supportive protocols to keep the body healthy. There is no exception to this during later years when metabolism and absorption of nutrients become more difficult.
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Are you over-stimulated, over-burdened, or over-worked? Do you feel overwhelmed and lost in a fog? You’re not alone. Overcoming these challenges can be accomplished. When focusing on holistic wellness, we must learn to make balanced and healthy choices. Based on our decisions, we can:
Stress Contributes to Chronic Conditions
Stress can cause us to make unhealthy decisions that contribute to unwanted feelings and conditions. Left unattended these conditions can become severe and have a long-lasting effect on the body and mind. Studies show that stress has been linked to chronic issues such as:
Lifestyle Measures to Encourage Mental Well-Being
Life is hectic. We’re bombarded with tasks to complete, responsibilities to maintain, and expectations that we force upon ourselves. Lifestyle measures that can contribute to (or hinder) our mental well-being include diet, exercise, and rest.
Proper eating habits, detoxification, elimination diets, and juice fasting can promote the functionality of the body’s elimination systems when there is an excess buildup of toxins (Haas, 2012). Removing excess toxins from our body encourages the proper metabolism of nutrients and may enhance our thought processes and decision-making skills. Herbs and supplements can also contribute to our physical and mental wellness. Exercise promotes the metabolism of nutrients and detoxification processes of the body. Cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart, increases heart-rate, and encourages oxygen flow (Booth, 2019). Exercise also releases endorphins that interact with receptors in the brain to make you feel good. Some styles of exercise, such as Yoga or Thai Chi, are devoted to physical wellness and mental awareness.
Rest is also essential to our mental wellness and decision-making skills. Everybody has different needs, but on average, people need approximately eight hours of sleep each night (Booth, 2019). You should also plan time for decompression and relaxation before bed. Your sleep phases will be less likely to be disrupted by an overactive mind.
Skills to Maintain Lifelong Mental Wellness
In addition to lifestyle measures, developing and regularly practicing skills to deal with stress appropriately will further promote mental wellness. We must make stress management part of our daily life. Developing skills for stress management takes time and practice. The more we practice, the easier it becomes to handle stress at the moment in which it transpires. We should never ignore or avoid stressful situations. Doing so can further congest your body and mind. To develop stress management skills, we can:
Mindful awareness skills help to develop an awareness of your surroundings, how you are affected by them, and how you react to them. Mindful awareness assessments contribute to stress reduction. They allow you to look at how you perceive your surroundings and how you should respond to them. An excellent e-course for learning mindfulness-based stress reduction skills is at www.palousemindfulness.com. It is free, and if you complete the workbook and return it, you’ll receive a certificate of completion.
Positive affirmations and positive thoughts can be challenging to develop when you’re dealing with stress and anxiety. I consider this one of the essential skills in learning to cope with stress and anxiety. Positive affirmations:
Stress is an unavoidable part of life, and we cannot altogether escape it. We can, however, reduce life stressors by making healthy choices surrounding our lifestyle. We can also combat and overcome uncontrollable stressors by learning and practicing stress management skills.
Focusing on healthy options, keeping our thoughts positive, and practicing stress management skills:
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Preventative and supportive care services have become a common need in our society. We are making a mental shift from not only treating symptoms but also learning to live in a manner that prevents the likelihood of imbalances that can lead to chronic issues. When it comes to our health, prevention is critical to reducing rates of chronic disease, premature death, disability, and controlling the cost of health care (Edsall Kromm, E., Beilenson, P, 2011). Finding an appropriately trained professional, such as a caregiver, coach, or consultant based on ones' needs and abilities, is integral to the successful completion of ones' goals.
Training Credentialing and Licensing
An individual caregiver may or may not carry training, credentials, or licensing. While there is no state or governmental licensing program available for coaches, I.C.F. offers memberships to coaches who adhere to their policies (and pay the fee). Herbalists have a similar certifying body called the American Herbalist Guild (I.H.G.). Because there is no real regulating body for coaching, anyone can do it. Be sure to check the training and credentials of a coach if the areas of supportive care are integral to your wellness.
There are many forms of caregivers who provide preventative and supportive services. Companion caregivers, consultants, and coach are among the unlicensed service providers who can offer individualized and preventative support to a client. Licensing and credentialing varies for each field of care and depends on state or governmental regulations. When choosing a supportive care provider, one will want to determine how this professional can provide the necessary support. Choose a caregiver that resonates with the clients' style of perception. Finally, check their credentials to verify they have had training that resonates with the clients' values. Caregivers, coaches, and consultants do not provide treatment; instead, they develop wellness protocols based on clients needs and preferences.
What is a Caregiver
A caregiver provides care and support to a client who needs extra help to promote wellness and functionality during a particular stage of life (N.C.A.C., 2018). A person who is caring for a relative and has not received any training can be considered companion caregiver. The state often certifies someone who has received training in how to care for others and their activities of daily living and is regarded as a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.). Many other types of caregivers specialize in a variety of fields, including childcare, healthcare, mental health, and more. Registered nurses, therapists, and counselors are caregivers who retain licensing in their specified field of study. These caregivers can sometimes provide treatment to a client if they are given permission and authority to do so.
Generally, a caregiver provides services in situations where long-term care is needed. The type of care provided depends on the need of the client. The duration of care often lasts for the term of the ailment. The client does not necessarily need to know how to care for themselves but needs assistance in completing particular tasks. A C.N.A. knows about certain aspects of daily living and care modalities. A therapist can also be regarded as a caregiver if the client relies on the therapist to achieve fundamental goals.
This type of service is perfect for a person who struggles to (or cannot) complete tasks necessary for daily life. The client does not need to learn about how to complete a task; instead, they need assistance getting the task done.
What is Coach
According to the International Coaching Federation, a coach is a partner with the client in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires a client to maximize their personal and professional potential (I.C.F., 2019). A coach can have training and knowledge in areas such as sports, wellness, lifestyle, and more.
A coach is a sounding board for a client to discover their goals and ways to achieve them. A coach provides continuous support throughout the clients' particular journey. Coaching is goal-oriented, and the answers are client-driven. The coach offers support through a clients' journey and offers information when appropriate. Similar to caregiving, a coach provides support to a client where it is needed. Coaches are not therapists, or counselors do not, and they do not focus on past events. Coaches do not diagnose, treat, or cure disease. Coaches focus on a client's immediate goals, needs, abilities. A coach works with a client to develop a plan of action relating to current daily processes in the promotion of achievement of a particular goal.
Those who wish to discover their goals and learn about tools for success on a particular topic benefit from coaching. A person who is a self- starter, and those who need a little support and confidence will also benefit significantly from coaching.
What is a Consultant
A consultant is an expert who provides professional advice or opinions and to help solve a challenge. A consultant presents solutions to a particular problem based on their knowledge (Solberg-Tapper, P., 2010).
Similar to coaching, consulting offers expertise to the client. Consulting is based more on knowledge and information as opposed to coaching, which includes additional support and allows the client more time to explore their circumstance.
A consultant often offers sessions on an individual basis. The consultant provides information to the client but does not necessarily support the client through the process of solving the problem.
Self-starters will benefit from this type of attention. While the support is not as evident, the knowledge is. With the information presented, a client can adjust to their particular situation.
Research validates that preventative and supportive care can provide many health benefits. Professions vary in terms of training, credentialing, and licensing. The services offered vary in structure based on the clients' needs and preferences. Choosing a supportive caregiver, coach, or consultant is an essential task because learning to live a holistically healthy life, and receiving the appropriate amount of support, contributes to successful outcomes.
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According to National Institute of Mental Health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also referred to as PTSD, is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is classified as an anxiety disorder. During a traumatic event, changes occur in the body to defend against or avoid the situation. While many people recover naturally from a traumatic event or experience, some continue to experience difficulties due to the traumatic event may be diagnosed with PTSD. Most commonly related to military personnel returning home from war related experiences, PTSD can affect any person and be related to any traumatic event.
Symptoms of PTSD are grouped into three classes, re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyper-arousal. Symptoms may occur anytime after the experience; even years later. Symptoms lasting more than a month after the experience may need assessment to determine the severity of the situation. They last for extended periods of time and have an affect relationships and work. Symptoms may include flashbacks, bad dreams and thoughts, avoidance of stimulants that may remind the person of the experience and avoidance of thoughts or feelings, uneasiness, feeling on-edge, easily angered, sleeplessness, mood-swings, negative thoughts, feelings of blame or guilt, and lost of interest in enjoyable activities. These symptoms can become dangerous and even life-threatening if not cared for. If these last more than a month or become serious, it is important to seek advice from your caregiver.
Many options exist for one who wishes to overcome PTSD. These options modalities commonly used in western medicine, traditional chinese medicine, and complimentary alternative medicine. Current western therapies include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), stress inoculation training, and pharmaco-therapies. Complementary alternative medicine and traditional chinese medicine offer holistic modalities that may help calm the discomforts related to PTSD. Some studies indicate that a few of these modalities; acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, and visualization; may offer beneficial outcomes.
Acupuncture is the process of inserting needles into meridian points for therapeutic or preventative purposes. Among many other discomforts, acupuncture is used for mental disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, eating disorders, and disorders related to substance-abuse. A “point-prescription” can be used for overall symptoms. This can be individualized based on personal needs. When used for PTSD symptoms, acupuncture may relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, anger, mood-swings, fogginess, pain and more. Acupuncture can also be used for other conditions and dis-ease of the body.
Hypnotherapy is the treatment of a variety of health conditions by hypnosis or by inducing prolonged sleep. Hypnotherapy may be used to help a person quit bad habits, gain relief from symptoms of mental disorders such as anxiety and PTSD, depression, with pain relief, and even with physical ailments such as IBS and skin conditions. Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques to provide relief.
To meditate is to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness. This process is known as the modality of meditation. The goal of meditation is to calm the mind and body, create a heightened sense of awareness, and to increase personal or spiritual growth. Meditation may help to reduce stress, control anxiety, promote emotional wellness, strengthen self-awareness, improve attention span, improve attitude, encourage positive thoughts, and may even assist in combating memory loss.
Visualization and Guided Imagery are tools used to direct concentration towards images held in the “mind’s eye”. In enhances the connection between the visual brain and the involuntary nervous system. Visualization techniques and imaginal exposure exercises, sometimes called guided imageries, can be used to reduce stress and improve relaxation, improve performance, and change unwanted behaviors.
Other Holistic Options
Evidence for other complimentary modalities such as biofeedback, Emotional Freedom (EFT), Thought Field (TFT) therapies, yoga, and natural products is unclear and additional research is required. These modalities are worthy of further study given that PTSD and other mental health concerns are becoming so prominent in our country. Additionally certain nervine and adaptogenic herbs can provide support. Nervine herbs may provide tonic, relaxing, or stimulating effects on the nervous system. Adaptogenic herbs are known to be non-toxic, builds the whole bodys’ resistance to stress, and restore balance to body functions. As with all herbs, consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new herb, especially if you have other health conditions or are taking pharmaceutical drugs. The possibility of adverse reactions and contraindications can be severe and life threatening.
Using holistic modalities to assist in the process of healing mental wellness can provide effective and safe outcomes. Many of these modalities can be used in unison with western medicine. These holistic modalities may provided relief to symptoms of mental distress, provide tools to calm and control symptoms, and may also be beneficial to physical health and wellness.
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Here are the basics of how a C.S.A. works:
1. A farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included.
2. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.
Advantages for farmers:
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