7 Ills That Don’t Need Pills

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April 08, 2008 | 159,551 views

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:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Cholesterol
  3. Cognitive decline
  4. Depression
  5. Diabetes
  6. High blood pressure
  7. Osteoporosis

I can't tell you how pleased I am whenever I see articles such as this, althoughthe advice given for alternative therapies is oftentimes seriously flawed or lacking.However, counteracting the disease mongering of the pharmaceutical industry with articles showing thebenefits of simple lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise is, overall, a greatthing, and something that really has to take place on a grander, more frequent scaleif we are to change this deadly trend of pill-popping

The seven common health conditions mentioned here can indeed be managed withoutresorting to pharmaceutical drugs, which oftentimes cause serious side effects anddeteriorate 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 improvingthis 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 helpfulfor normalizing your immune function; and regular low-impact exercise.

 Rheumatoidarthritis, which is an autoimmune disease in which your body starts destroyingitself -- in some cases resulting in chronic destruction and deformity of yourjoints – can also be greatly relieved without going to the pharmacy. I recommendyou review my RA page, Your Comprehensive Guide to Treating and Overcoming Rheumatoid Arthritisfor more information about this subject.

Additionally, in almost every case of rheumatoid arthritis there's an underlyingemotional cause; a severe, emotional trauma that took place before the age of five.Typically, all the traditional counseling in the world will not effectively addressthis. 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 mythsout there, created and perpetuated by pharmaceutical advertising. Dr. Ron Rosedaleis an expert in the field, and if you didn't already watch the video in today'sarticle How You Have Been Fooled by Good and Bad Cholesterol, make sure you takea look at it now.

Very few people are educated correctly on cholesterol -- how it's really all aboutyour 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 insulinand leptin levels, which are the underlying causes that create LDL particlesthat 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 workwell 99 percent of the time if properly implemented: daily exercise; eating a lowgrain, low sugar diet; and, taking a high quality omega-3 supplement.

Cognitive Decline – Alzheimer's disease is an epidemic.  Appropriate diet and removal ofheavy 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, avoidingsugar, eating more vegetables (high in folate) and foods with high antioxidant contentare dietary changes that can help prevent cognitive decline.

Avoiding and removing mercury and aluminum can also have a major impact. Dentalamalgam fillings are one of the major sources of mercury, and common sources ofaluminum include antiperspirants and cookware.

You should also avoid all flu vaccinations, as they contain unhealthy doses of bothmercury and aluminum.

Depression – Antidepressantdrugs do not in any way, shape or form treat the cause of your depression. Thisis so important to understand!

To address the underlying problem, few things work better than a combination ofa 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 bookon 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 Techniquecan be extremely helpful. Energy psychology tools are one of the most powerful methodsI know of, and really are a crucial element of a successful treatment program.

DiabetesThe thing everyoneshould know about type 2 diabetes is this: it is completely preventable and is almostalways curable, using nothing but dietary and lifestyle modifications, including:  

Nutritional typing can be particularly helpful here. Nearly all type 2 diabeticsneed to swap out their grains for other foods, but whereas some people will benefitfrom using protein for the substitution, others will benefit from using more vegetable-onlycarbohydrates. Therefore, along with reducing grains and sugars, determining your nutritional type will give you insight into what foodsyou 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, monitoringand regulating your blood pressure is very easy to do.

The single most important factor in normalizing your blood pressure is to get yourinsulin and leptin levels normalized.  This is done through limiting grainsand sugars and making certain that exercise levels are appropriate.

Interestingly this is the same strategy that normalizes virtually every high cholesterollevel.

A word of caution: you need to make certain that whoever takes your blood pressuredoes it properly. With over two-thirds of the U.S. population overweight, it isimportant to have the right size cuff when measuring your blood pressure. It's alsoimportant to pay attention to the correct arm position during your reading.

The vast majority of high blood pressure cases can be treated safely and naturallyby following those simple guidelines.

Osteoporosis -- Just as exerciseand 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 youcan do is to increase your consumption of vegetables based on your body's uniquenutritional type. However, if after determining your nutritional type you stillfind it difficult to eat the recommended amount of vegetables you need daily, tryvegetable 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 notget enough of it from diet alone unless you juice your veggies or eat large amountsof 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. Probablyone of the best ways to obtain vitamin K2 is from fermented raw milk products. Aneasy 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 thehealthy dose you receive while wearing shorts and either no shirt for men, or asports bra for women. For more information on proper sun exposure, please see myprevious articles on the subject, using the Search feature in the top right corner.

If you found this information helpful, don't forget to forward it to your friendsand family to show just how easy it can be to improve their health as well.

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