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Heal Disease Without Medication

Medicine is not always, well, the best medicine. Don't get me wrong, I am all for fixing what ails you, even if it takes a pill but medication can be pricey and have unpleasant side effects. The latest issue of the Harvard Health Letter takes a look at seven common conditions and gives insight on how to manage them without taking medication. Here are some tips that are useful for everyone:

  • Arthritis: There’s a good chance that losing weight will make arthritis less painful. Combine weight loss with exercise and you may have less pain and more mobility. Even for those who don’t need to lose weight, exercise that doesn’t put “load” on the joints reduces pain.
  • Cholesterol: Your LDL level may drop by 5% or so if you keep foods high in saturated fat off the menu. Additional soluble fiber may reduce LDL levels as well. So can margarines fortified with sterols.
  • Cognitive decline: Memory training and other “brain exercises” seem to help healthy older people stay sharp. But physical exercise may benefit the brain more than mental gymnastics.

There are more suggestions including remedies for depression and osteoporosis so


  • Depression: Studies have shown that regular physical activity can have a potent antidepressant effect.
  • Diabetes: Regular physical activity is a powerful brake on blood sugar levels as well, because exercised muscle becomes more receptive to the insulin that helps it pull sugar in from the bloodstream. Eating fewer sweets and easy-to-digest carbohydrates also helps control blood sugar levels.
  • High blood pressure: Losing weight, getting more exercise, and eating less sodium all lower blood pressure.
  • Osteoporosis: Weight-bearing exercise puts stress on bones, and bone tissue reacts by getting stronger and denser, fending off osteoporotic processes. Extra vitamin D and calcium top the list of dietary recommendations.

Fit's Tip: Always talk with your doctor before stopping or starting any new regime to fight disease.

JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Exercise can do some amazing things for your body and mind.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
Exercise is the easiest way to manage my restless leg syndrome (although too much exercise can aggravate the condition).
Spectra Spectra 9 years
When I started exercising and losing weight, a lot of my health problems reversed themselves on their own. I had asthma, which went almost completely away after about 6 months of working out. I also had dysmennorrhea (VERY painful periods) and they were talking about putting me on prescription painkillers for it, but once I got down to a lower body fat level, my period pain got a lot better. So I definitely think that there are conditions out there that can be helped just by getting more active and losing some weight.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Try the 5 tibetan rites. Sounds gimmicky but they are great at preventing almost any kind of disease.
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
As someone who studies Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline, I have to take issue with your statement that physical exercise is even more important than keeping your mental skills sharp. While both are very important in maintaining your mental acuity, zoning out of the treadmill for hours a day and never actually using your brain isn't going to do it. It is critical that you continue to challenge yourself mentally throughout your life - in the case of the brain, it really is a use it or lose it situation!
girl927 girl927 9 years
I was actually diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 22. I've been on many different meds, worst being prednisone (steriods) which caused me to gain about 50lbs in 3 months. Yes I was able to walk much easier but the cost? After 2.5 years despite a nutrionist sanctioned diet and 5-6 days a week of personal trainer sanctioned cardio & strength training I've only lost about 10 of it. About 2 months ago I started going to acupuncture and all my blood work statistics have dropped into the "normal" range and am now off all my meds. And now finally I'm seeing a bit of weight loss...meds are great in that well walking is better than joint being so swollen that you can't walk but from experience they can have some serious side effects. I wish I would've know about acupuncture and it's effect for people like me years ago. Sorry didn't mean to ramble! :)
michlny michlny 9 years
a healthy diet and exercise = health & vitality Nature provided us with her own medicine we are just not smart enough to see what is in front of us.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
Even working in the pharmaceutical industry myself, I would much rather try to fight illness or disease naturally, without taking meds. Sounds like these suggestions encourage general health. Excercise and eat healthy foods- you'll be healthy! Who'd of thunk it? :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
These are great!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yes I need to get my bf's ass to the gym!!!
imLissy imLissy 9 years
"Depression: Studies have shown that regular physical activity can have a potent antidepressant effect." exercise has helped me so much
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