Manage 7 Illnesses Without Drugs
In the April 2008 issue of the Harvard Health Letter, researchers explained how
in many cases, the non-pharmacological approach can accomplish as much, or
more, than pills. In more recent years, a growing body of studies are showing
that simple lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise are effective remedies
for many ills. These seven common conditions can be managed without medication:
• Arthritis • Cholesterol • Cognitive Decline • Depression • Diabetes • High Blood Pressure • Osteoporosis
The seven common health conditions mentioned here, according to Dr. Joseph
Mercola (mercola.com), can indeed be managed without resorting to
pharmaceutical drugs, which oftentimes cause serious side effects and
deteriorate your health even further.
Arthritis / Osteoarthritis - the deterioration of cartilage that cushions the joints, is the most common
form of arthritis among the elderly. Vital components to improving this
condition include: optimizing your diet to make sure you're getting proper
nutrients for your nutritional type; making sure your vitamin D levels are
healthy (sun exposure is your BEST source!), and that you're getting adequate
omega-3 fatty acids, which are profoundly helpful for normalizing your immune
function; and regular low-impact exercise.
Rheumatoid Arthritis - which is an autoimmune disease in which your body starts destroying itself, in
some cases resulting in chronic destruction and deformity of your joints, can
also be greatly relieved without going to the pharmacy. I recommend you review
my RA page, Your Comprehensive Guide to Treating and Overcoming Rheumatoid
Arthritis for more information about this subject. Additionally, in almost
every case of rheumatoid arthritis there's an underlying emotional cause; a
severe, emotional trauma that took place before the age of five. Typically, all
the traditional counseling in the world will not effectively address this.
Energy-psychology tools such as the Emotional Freedom Technique, however, can
be far more helpful in this regard.
Cholesterol - The issue of "good" and "bad" cholesterol is perhaps one of the most
pervasive medical myths out there, created and perpetuated by pharmaceutical
advertising. Dr. Ron Rosedale is an expert in the field, and if you didn't
already watch the video in today's article How You Have Been Fooled by Good and
Bad Cholesterol, make sure you take a look at it now. Very few people are
educated correctly on cholesterol, how it's really all about your LDL particle
sizes, not your overall LDL level. The only way to truly correct your
underlying problem is through diet. By eliminating sugar and most grains, you
will effectively reduce your insulin and leptin levels, which are the
underlying causes that create LDL particles that are too small to circulate
without sticking to the interior walls of your arteries. There's not a single
pharmaceutical drug that can modulate LDL particle sizes. To normalize your
cholesterol level naturally, these three primary strategies work well 99
percent of the time if properly implemented: daily exercise; eating a low
grain, low sugar diet; and, taking a
high quality omega-3 supplement.
Cognitive Decline - Alzheimer's disease is an epidemic. Appropriate diet and removal of heavy
metals are the ABC's of optimal brain health and Alzheimer's prevention.
Keeping your insulin levels normal, getting the right amount of omega-3 fats,
avoiding sugar, eating more vegetables (high in folate) and foods with high
antioxidant content are dietary changes that can help prevent cognitive
decline. Avoiding and removing mercury and aluminum can also have a major
impact. Dental amalgam fillings are one of the major sources of mercury, and
common sources of aluminum include antiperspirants and cookware. You should
also avoid all flu vaccinations, as they contain unhealthy doses of both
mercury and aluminum.
Depression -Antidepressant drugs do not in any way, shape or form treat the cause of your
depression. This is so important to understand! To address the underlying
problem, few things work better than a combination of a high quality omega-3
combined with exercise, which is clearly one of the best-kept secrets for
depression. If you haven't read Dr. Stoll's book on omega-3's and depression, I
highly recommend it. Last but not least, learning how to use an
energy-psychology tool such as the Emotional Freedom Technique can be extremely
helpful. Energy psychology tools are one of the most powerful methods I know
of, and really are a crucial element of a successful treatment program.
Diabetes - The thing everyone should know about type 2 diabetes is this: it is completely
preventable and is almost always curable, using nothing but dietary and
lifestyle modifications, including:
• Limit or eliminate sugar and grains in your diet
• Exercise regularly and intensely
• Avoid trans fats
• Get plenty of omega-3 fats from fish oil or krill oil
• Get enough high-quality sleep every night
• Maintain a healthy body weight
Nutritional typing can be particularly helpful here. Nearly all type 2 diabetics
need to swap out their grains for other foods, but whereas some people will
benefit from using protein for the substitution, others will benefit from using
more vegetable-only carbohydrates. Therefore, along with reducing grains and
sugars, determining your nutritional type will give you insight into what foods
you should use to replace those grains and sugars for optimal health benefit.
High Blood Pressure - High blood pressure can be a serious risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
As many as 90 percent of Americans may eventually be affected by it.
Fortunately, monitoring and regulating your blood pressure is very easy to do.
The single most important factor in normalizing your blood pressure is to get
your insulin and leptin levels normalized. This is done through limiting grains
and sugars and making certain that exercise levels are appropriate.
Interestingly this is the same strategy that normalizes virtually every high
cholesterol level. A word of caution: you need to make certain that whoever
takes your blood pressure does it properly. With over two-thirds of the U.S.
population overweight, it is important to have the right size cuff when
measuring your blood pressure. It's also important to pay attention to the
correct arm position during your reading. The vast majority of high blood
pressure cases can be treated safely and naturally by following those simple
Osteoporosis -Just as exercise and diet work in tandem to beat obesity, the same can be said
for osteoporosis. Vitamin D and K are also crucial factors. Diet is, of course,
also tremendously important for strong bones. One thing you can do is to
increase your consumption of vegetables based on your body's unique nutritional
type. However, if after determining your nutritional type you still find it
difficult to eat the recommended amount of vegetables you need daily, try
vegetable juicing. One of the many positive qualities of vegetable juice is
that it is high in vitamin K, which is a crucial part of bone health. Yet most
people do not get enough of it from diet alone unless you juice your veggies or
eat large amounts of dark green leafy vegetables. The type of vitamin K from
plants is vitamin K1. An even stronger vitamin K is vitamin K2, which is
obtained from animals. Probably one of the best ways to obtain vitamin K2 is
from fermented raw milk products. An easy way to go about it is to ferment raw
milk with kefir starter packets.
Another basic tool to maintain your bone health is sun exposure, to allow your
body to metabolize sufficient amounts of vitamin D. I am not talking about
casual few-minute exposures on your face and hands, but the healthy dose you
receive while wearing shorts and either no shirt for men, or a sports bra for