Harvard: the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Founded 16 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, the University has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 18,000 degree candidates, including undergraduates and students in 10 principal academic units. An additional 13,000 students are enrolled in one or more courses in the Harvard Extension School. It is located in Boston Massachusetts and is part of the Ivy League.
Health and Wellness (as defined by the World Health Organization): a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Health and Wellness (as defined by The Alliance for Integrative Medicine): more than just a state of physical health, wellness also encompasses emotional stability, clear thinking, the ability to love, create, embrace change, exercise intuition and experience a continuing sense of spirituality.
Health and Wellness (as defined by the National Wellness Institute): an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence.
Health and Wellness (as defined by Arizona State University): an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of choices and making decisions toward a more balanced and fulfilling life. Wellness involves choices about our lives and our priorities that determine our lifestyles.
Health and Wellness (as defined by Webster’s dictionary): The state of being hale, sound, or whole, in body, mind, or soul; especially, the state of being free from physical disease or pain.
Heart: an organ located between your lungs in the middle of your chest, behind and slightly to the left of your breastbone (sternum). A double-layered membrane called the pericardium surrounds your heart like a sac. The outer layer of the pericardium surrounds the roots of your heart's major blood vessels and is attached by ligaments to your spinal column, diaphragm, and other parts of your body. The inner layer of the pericardium is attached to the heart muscle. A coating of fluid separates the two layers of membrane, letting the heart move as it beats, yet still be attached to your body. The heart weighs between 7 and 15 ounces (200 to 425 grams) and is a little larger than the size of your fist. By the end of a long life, a person's heart may have beat (expanded and contracted) more than 3.5 billion times. In fact, each day, the average heart beats 100,000 times, pumping about 2,000 gallons (7,571 liters) of blood.
Heel/BHI: a homeopathic remedies company began by Dr. Reckeweg. He called the company Heel (an acronym of four Latin words: herba est ex luce or 'Plants come from light') Between 1936 and 1979, he developed over one thousand homeopathic combinations and Heel grew to become the world's leading producer and marketer of homeopathic combination products, with product distribution throughout the world. In 1979, with the goal of introducing his combination formulas to the U.S., Dr. Reckeweg relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Soon after his arrival he began formulating homeopathic combination medicines and created a new company, Biological Homeopathic Industries (BHI), to produce and market his products. BHI entered the U.S. market with a line of some 50 newly combined homeopathic preparations, homeopathic publications produced by S.O.H.N.A. Publishing Company, seminars for physicians, and sales representatives. Upon the death of Dr. Reckeweg in 1985, BHI's name was changed to Heel. Today Heel is the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Heel products to health care practitioners throughout the U.S. Heel also manufactures and markets its BHI product line to health food retailers as well as health care practitioners in the U.S., and exports to many foreign markets as well as offers contract manufacturing to domestic companies.
Heel Detox Kit: a product created by Heel which helps relieve symptoms of illness caused by an unhealthy lifestyle such as an unbalanced diet, substance abuse and/or exposure to environmental toxins like allergens, pollution and pesticides. The Detox-Kit works by stimulating the body's natural processes of elimination to cleanse itself of these poisons, which can build up over time and negatively affect the immune system.
Hellerwork: a system of somatic education and structural bodywork, based on the inseparability of body, mind, and spirit. Joseph Heller incorporated movement education/awareness and body-centered human development processes creating Hellerwork. Deep tissue bodywork combined with movement education and dialogue of the mind/body connection guides both physically and emotionally. Hellerwork encourages you to make the connection between movement and body alignment.
Helping.org America Unites: a nonprofit site which has changed its name to the Network for Good and where you can give to your favorite charity/charities and have all your donation records stored and accessible at any time. There website is safe and secure; They meet the BBB Wise Giving Alliance standards for charity accountability.
Hemoglobin: a protein that is carried by red cells. It picks up oxygen in the lungs and delivers it to the peripheral tissues to maintain the viability of cells. Hemoglobin is made from two similar proteins that "stick together". Both proteins must be present for the hemoglobin to pick up and release oxygen normally. One of the component proteins is called alpha, the other is beta. Before birth, the beta protein is not expressed. A hemoglobin protein found only during fetal development, called gamma, substitutes up until birth.
Hepatic Function: the liver (or hepatic) is the largest organ in the body by weight. It is just below the diaphragm in the upper right quarter of the abdomen and is protected by the ribs. The liver has a number of vital functions. It processes and stores amino acids, carbohydrates, fatty acid, cholesterol, lipids, vitamins and minerals from the digestive tract. It makes most of the proteins in the plasma, including albumin and clotting factors. This organ also regulates cholesterol metabolism and oversees the absorption of dietary fat. The liver serves as a filter for drugs and toxins and breaks down thyroid, steroid and other hormones from the body. The Hepatic (or liver) Function Panel consists of the following individual tests: total protein, albumin, globulin, albumin/globulin ratio, total and direct bilirubin, AST, ALT and alkaline phosphatase (ALP).
Herb Glossary: a list of herbs that gives explanation of each herb and its different medicinal uses.
Herb names cross-referenced: a list of the common, Spanish, and Latin names of herbs published by the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.
herbal medicine: there are two Branches of herbal medicine: Ayurvedic Herbalism and Traditional Chinese Herbalism. Ayurvedic Herbalism stems from Ayurveda and Western Herbalism and originated in Greece and Rome. Its practice spread throughout Europe and eventually to North and South America. Traditional Chinese Herbalism comes from Traditional Oriental Medicine. Western Herbalism is now considered folk medicine. Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbalism differ because they have developed over centuries into very advanced forms of treatment and systems of diagnosis. People in the United States are continually gaining interest in herbs because of an increasing number of success stories. One example is the use of St. John’s Wort to treat forms of depression. People have used this drug to avoid using Prozac, which produces unwanted side effects. Certain Ayurvedic herbs are commonly used to help those with conditions including diabetes and high cholesterol. Herbs such as Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo) and Ginseng continue to increase in popularity because of their helpful effects.
Herb-Drug Interactions: the issue of herb-drug interactions looms large over the practice of herbal medicine. Up to now there have been very few incidents recorded of herb-drug interactions, but since the first such reports emerged a decade ago, a concern has been raised: that we know so little about herbs and their potential for interaction with drugs that these incidents could be just the "tip of the iceberg." Virtually all medical writers who review the literature acknowledge the small number of reports, but conclude that the issue of herb-drug interactions is a serious one that must be pursued. In a few instances, the interactions may have been responsible for severe consequences. To read the full article on the subject by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., click the link below.
Herpes: a very common infection caused by two different but closely related viruses – herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Both are easy to catch. They remain in the body for life, and can produce symptoms that come and go. Both forms of herpes can infect the oral area, the genital area, or both. When the infection is on or near the mouth, it is called oral herpes. Oral herpes is caused most often by HSV-1. When herpes infection is on or near the sex organs, it is called genital herpes. Genital herpes is caused most often by HSV-2.
herpes simplex: a virus known as the herpes simplex virus (HSV) which causes blisters and sores around the mouth, nose, genitals, and buttocks, but they may occur almost anywhere on the skin. HSV infections can be very annoying because they may reappear periodically. The sores may be painful and unsightly. For chronically ill people and newborn babies, the viral infection can be serious, but rarely fatal. There are two types of HSV – Type 1 and Type 2.
herpes zoster: also known as shingles or zoster, is a viral infection caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Anyone who has had chicken pox can develop herpes zoster. The virus remains dormant (inactive), in certain nerve cells of the body, and when it reactivates it causes zoster. About 20 percent of those people who have had chicken pox will get zoster. Most people get zoster only once. It is not clear what makes the virus reactivate or “awaken.” A temporary weakness in immunity (the body’s ability to fight infection) may cause the virus to multiply and move along nerve fibers toward the skin. Although children can get zoster, it is more common in people over the age 50. Illness, trauma, and stress may also trigger zoster.
Hexacosanoic Acid: a fatty acid. Fatty acids are necessary chemicals in the body. They are found in more complex chemicals such as triglycerides, phospholipids, sphingolipids, glycolipids, and others. Triglycerides, are the main chemicals in "fat"; they are primarily a storage form. Phospholipids are part of the membranes that surround all cells in the body and the smaller structures inside the cells. Sphingolipids and glycolipids are complex chemicals that are found mainly in brain and nerve cells; gangliosides and myelin are in this category. The bottom line is that fatty acids are absolutely necessary for many normal body functions. We couldn't live without them. Fatty acids are found in the foods we eat. They are in particularly high amounts in fatty or greasy foods, fried foods, and oils. They are also present in large amounts in nuts and seeds. Meat, even lean cuts, have a lot of fatty acid in them. On the other hand, vegetables, fruits, and starchy foods (e.g. pasta or breads) are relatively low in fatty acids.
High-density lipoprotein: also known as HDL. This is the form of "good" cholesterol. Lipoproteins are proteins in the blood that move cholesterol, triglycerides, and other lipids to various tissues. Studies of both men and women have shown that the higher your HDL, the lower your risk of coronary artery disease, thus HDL is sometimes referred to as "good" cholesterol. The main function of HDL is to help soak up excess cholesterol from the walls of blood vessels and carry it to the liver, where it breaks down and is removed from the body in the bile.
Higher Octave Healing: see Ecobiotics.
histamine: a hormone/chemical transmitter involved in local immune responses, regulating stomach acid production and in allergic reactions as a mediator of immediate hypersensitivity. When released from mast cells, histamine causes vasodilatation and an increase in permeability of blood vessel walls. These effects, in turn cause the familiar symptoms of allergy including a runny nose and watering eyes. When released in the lungs, histamine causes the airways to swell shut in an attempt to close the door on offending allergens and keep them out. Unfortunately, the ultimate result of this response is the wheezing and difficulty in breathing seen in people with asthma- an occasionally deadly allergic complication, which kills an estimated 4000 Americans yearly.
histologic: an adjective of histology. Histology is the study of plant or animal tissues; usually this involves studying thin cross-sections of tissue under a microscope.
History of Dentisty: a book written by Terry Wilwerding D.D.S., M.S. that outlines the history of dentistry through civilization.
History of Dentistry Innovations: this website discusses all the different evolutions of dental inventions such as fillings, dental floss and more and there progression through the years.
Ho, Dr. Michael: a doctor specializing in the treatment of painful conditions. He has been practicing and teaching for more than 18 years. He is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Acupuncture. Dr. Ho has devoted his life in the study of natural medicine. He believes that the body has incredible healing powers and under the right conditions can potentially restore its functions. He is the creator of "Dr. Ho's Muscle Massage System."
holistic: a system of health care which fosters a cooperative relationship among all those involved, leading towards optimal attainment of the physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health. It emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual and lifestyle values. It encompasses all stated modalities of diagnosis and treatment including drugs and surgery if no safe alternative exists. Holistic medicine focuses on education and responsibility for personal efforts to achieve balance and wellbeing.
Holistic Dental Association: also known as the HDA. This association assumed a primary obligation to provide information and guidance to those persons seeking to participate in their own health care and to help in the continuing education of practitioners who have a desire to expand their knowledge and awareness. Started in 1978, concerned, dedicated dentists came together to share their common interest in treatment modalities that were not included in dental school curriculum. Some of these modalities were very new and others were very old; the one thing that they shared in common was they offered additional options for treatment. These dentists wished to establish an organization that would provide a forum for the development and sharing of health promoting therapies. A shift from the early emphasis of the dentist on modalities to a consideration of the attitudes and feelings of the patient and the dentist has occurred. But the primary goal to teach and to learn has not changed since the founding members first met.
Holistic Healing Web Page: a web page dedicated to compiling resources and information for holistic medicine and treatments.
Holistic Healthcare Links: a directory with in the Holistic Healing Web Page that includes all the healthcare links that is listed on their page.
Holistic Internet Community: a web page that describes itself as a virtual hometown. A neighborhood, where you can stroll easily to find a local massage therapist or chiropractor, visit a health coach for diet or stress, research cancer, menopause or back pain; buy books and other healing products; share personal challenges with an online therapist and discover your options to connect mind, body and soul. Their mission is to grow an integrated health community dedicated to promoting total well-being and life balance.
holistic medicine: a system of health care which fosters a cooperative relationship among all those involved, leading towards optimal attainment of the physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health. It emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual and lifestyle values. It encompasses all stated modalities of diagnosis and treatment including drugs and surgery if no safe alternative exists. Holistic medicine focuses on education and responsibility for personal efforts to achieve balance and wellbeing.
Holistic Nursing: a style of nursing that embraces all nursing, which has as its goal the enhancement of healing the whole person from birth to death. Holistic nursing recognizes that there are two views regarding holism: that holism involves identifying the interrelationships of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual dimensions of the person, recognizing that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; and that holism involves understanding the individual as a unitary whole in mutual process with the environment. Holistic nursing responds to both views, believing that the goals of nursing can be achieved within either framework. The holistic nurse is an instrument of healing and a facilitator in the healing process. Holistic nurses honor the individual's subjective experience about health, health beliefs, and values. To become therapeutic partners with individuals, families, and communities, holistic nursing practice draws on nursing knowledge, theories, research, expertise, intuition, and creativity. Holistic nursing practice encourages peer review of professional practice in various clinical settings and integrates knowledge of current professional standards, laws, and regulations governing nursing practice. Practicing holistic nursing requires nurses to integrate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality, and reflection in their lives.
Holistic Practitioners: holistic healing professionals with a gift in one or more areas of healing. From body workers to homeopaths to hypnotherapists, the term holistic practitioner has become one that is often challenging to describe or understand. Saying holistic practitioner is similar to saying doctor. While there are general practitioners that cross along many paths, most specialize in one or more holistic methods or areas. The main areas of specialization are body-centered therapists, energy-centered therapists, mind-centered therapists, soul and spirit-centered therapists, emotional release therapists, and coaches/counselors. All of these therapists strive to bring a greater quality of life to their clients. That may occur through inner balance, self-empowerment, physical ease, or even emotional confidence. One thing to realize is that many holistic practitioners work in many areas.
homeopathic: an alternative method of treatment, based on the nature's Law of Cure, namely 'Like Cures Like'. The truth of this law was discovered by a German scientist Dr.Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, and has been verified experimentally and clinically for 200 years. Homoeopathy is the revolutionary, natural medical science. Homoeopathy is gentle and effective system of medicine. The remedies are prepared from natural substances to precise standards and work by stimulating the body's own healing power.
homocysteine: amino acids that are measured directly in the blood. An acceptable level of homocysteine depends partly on your age and gender. It is clear, however, that our homocysteine level rises as we age and that (above a certain level) homocysteine is dangerous. An elevated homocysteine level is linked to heart attack and atherosclerosis. Other diseases and conditions—including vascular disease, diseases of the eye, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, erectile dysfunction, and poor outcome in pregnancy—have also been associated with having elevated homocysteine.
Hormone Replacement Therapy: a treatment for women who have reached or passed menopause, which often is referred to as "the change of life." HRT involves taking doses of one or two female hormones, estrogen and progesterone.
hormones: a chemical substance synthesized and released by a cell (cells) transported through the circulatory system that has a regulatory effect on other cells. Hormones are involved regulatory processes such as control of metabolism, growth, water balance etc.
Hormones do not act alone but are usually regulated through other endocrine cells or the nervous and paracrine systems and vice versa.
Horsetail: an herbal remedy since ancient times, and has traditionally been used to stop bleeding, increase urine production, repair broken bones, and relieve rheumatic conditions such as arthritis. Horsetail contains high concentrations of silicic acid and other silicates. Horsetail also contains potassium, aluminum, and manganese, along with variety of flavonoids. These flavonoids, as well as other substances found in horse tail, are what appear to provide this herb with strong diuretic effects that promote the loss of water from the body; the silicates found in horsetail are believed responsible for the herb's ability to strengthen connective tisse and give it anti-arthritic actions. A few herbal specialists believe that the organic silicon concentrations found in horsetail may also promote bone and cartilage formation and are useful for treating brittle nails and related conditions. More recently, horsetail has been studied for its possible usefulness in connection with arthritis, osteoporosis, and other conditions of bones and cartilage. Horsetail contains significant amounts of silica and smaller amounts of calcium. Both silica and calcium are components of bones, joints, and connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments. However, to date, there is not enough clinical evidence to support the use of horsetail for these conditions.
Howell, Dr. Dean, ND: creator of NeuroCranial Restructuring (NCR), used to help patients overcome the intense pain and physical suffering from injuries.
Human Bio-Dynamics: a three volume set of the advanced work of the late Alan G. Beardall, D.C. This book uses ten years of development and research; three years of verification, research by followers. It is edited by Robert Shane, PhD. Volume I is Basic Concepts (of Clinical Kinesiology). Volume II is Diagnostics (flow charts). Volume III is Therapeutics (from acupuncture to Yin!)
Human Resources Management: (HRM) includes a variety of activities, and key among them is deciding what staffing needs you have and whether to use independent contractors or hire employees to fill these needs, recruiting and training the best employees, ensuring they are high performers, dealing with performance issues, and ensuring your personnel and management practices conform to various regulations. Activities also include managing your approach to employee benefits and compensation, employee records and personnel policies. Usually small businesses (for-profit or nonprofit) have to carry out these activities themselves because they can't yet afford part- or full-time help. However, they should always ensure that employees have – and are aware of – personnel policies, which conform to current regulations. These policies are often in the form of employee manuals, which all employees have.
Huneke, Dr. Ferdinand, M.D.: the founder of Neural Therapy. Neural Therapy is a gentle healing technique developed in Germany which involves the injection of local anesthetics into autonomic ganglia, peripheral nerves, scars, glands, acupuncture points, trigger points, skin and other tissues. According to Dr. Huneke there can be interference fields that cause dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. An interference field is any pathologically damaged tissue, which acts as a stimulus to the autonomic nervous system. Neural Therapy corrects the dysfunction in the autonomic nervous system by stopping the interference field. Once this occurs the organs, glands, and body tissues can function better, eliminating chronic disease conditions. One possible explanation for this improvement is that Neural Therapy actually increases the circulation to the injured organs including the thyroid, adrenal, liver, or kidneys.
hyaluronic acid staining: this is a mucin stain which contains hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a glycosaminoglycan that promotes tumor metastasis and are found in tissue stroma. They stain with Alcian blue at pH 2.5, colloidal iron, and metachromatic dyes. They digest with hyaluronic acid. They can be found in sarcomas.
hyaluronidase: a family of enzymes that degrade hyaluronic acid. By catalyzing the hydrolysis of hyaluronic acid, a major constituent of the interstitial barrier, hyaluronidase lowers the viscosity of hyaluronic acid, thereby increasing tissue permeability. It is, therefore, used in medicine in conjunction with other drugs in order to speed their dispersion and delivery. The most common application is in ophthalmic surgery, in which it is used in combination with local anesthetics.
hypercholesterolemia: the presence of high levels of cholesterol in the blood. It is not a disease but a metabolic derangement that can be secondary to many diseases and can contribute to many forms of disease, most notably cardiovascular disease.
hypnosis: a relaxing, naturally occurring state of mind which happens to us every day. Each time we read a captivating novel, float off in a daydream or see an engrossing movie we are in a natural state of hypnosis.
Hypothalamus: a gland in a region of the brain and it is involved in regulation of the internal milieu of the body or, said another way, for homeostatic control. It does that by means of its neuroendocrine role in conjunction with the pituitary gland as well as by its influence on the autonomic nervous system, which helps regulate body temperature, the cardiovascular system, and food and water in take. It is an integral component of the limbic system.
hypothyroidism: a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to "run the body's metabolism", it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. Over five million Americans have this common medical condition.
hysterectomy: an operation to remove a woman's uterus (womb). A “complete” or “total” hysterectomy removes the cervix as well as the uterus (this is the most common type). A “partial” or “subtotal” hysterectomy removes the upper part of the uterus and leaves the cervix in place. A “radical” hysterectomy removes the uterus, the cervix, the upper part of the vagina, and supporting tissues (this is done in some cases of cancer).
hysterectomy scar: the kind of scar one has depends on the kind of cut (incision) the doctor makes. The incision depends on the condition and which method is chosen. In the first method, the surgeon cuts along the pubic hairline. Sometimes called a "bikini" cut, the scar may be harder to see after it heals. Another method is to make a cut through the vagina. This method leaves no scar that can be seen. The surgeon may be able to use this method if your uterus is small or if it has slipped (prolapsed) into the vagina.