Can you avoid the side effects of pharmaceuticals?

Nature has some alternatives...

A fairly common treatment for respiratory issues is Prednisone. Unfortunately, like many drugs today, this treatment comes with a long list of potential side effects.

Among the side effects listed on Drugs.com are the following.
* blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
* swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath;
* severe depression and seizures (convulsions);
* coughing up blood;
* pancreatitis;
* low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling); or
* dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

As would be expected, many people would like to avoid these side effects and somehow try to treat their issues and symptoms more naturally. Unfortunately most doctors are either not aware of the more natural options or are discouraged from recommending them due to risk of malpractice law suits and insurance headaches. So what are people to do if they want to try to help themselves before submitting to pharmaceuticals and surgery.

In many cases, health issues can be address through changing the way you eat and adding in some exercise. Don’t use the D word – Diet – because you don’t necessarily need to go on a diet to feel better and be healthier. Just change some of the things you eat. To start just eat less processed food and less added sugar. Eat a lot of vegetables and some fruit, add in grass-fed and organic meat if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan. Don’t eat things in a can or a bag with a lot of ingredients you can’t pronounce.

On the exercise side, you really just need to walk regularly and maybe occassionally speed up beyond your typical pace, go up and down stairs or up and down a hill, whatever you can accomplish without going into too much distress.

Additionally, you need to take responsibility for your life and educate yourself on what is available beyond what the medical community is willing or able to offer. Other cultures have been using alternative therapies for 100s if not 1000s of years with great success so why not give it a try. Talk to knowledgable alternative therapy practitioners or to other people in your community with similar challenges. Try something new.

A great example is Dry Salt Therapy or Halotherapy. Due to its natural anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and absorbent qualities, salt has been used medicinally for 3 thousand years, all the back to ancient Egypt. More recently in about the 13th century, people in Eastern Europe discovered that salt miners tended to not get sick and to not have any respiratory or skin issues like others in the community. Now we have figured out how to take what is good from the salt mine and make it available to everyone through Dry Salt Therapy or Halotherapy.

Halotherapy is simply breathing in very fine particles of pure dry salt to reduce inflammation, reduce the affect of any microbes you have breathed in as well as absorbing what is in your lungs and helping you expectorate it out of your body.

If you are on the Southcoast of Massachusetts and would like to try Dry Salt Therapy, CLICK HERE TO BOOK.

Why do we get fatter as we get older?

And how to avoid it...

Why we get fat as we age

Why we get fat as we age?

It almost seems inevitable. As we get older we all seem to gain weight. When is the last time you ran into an old friend or acquaintance and remarked that they weighed less than when you last saw them?

This age driven weight gain isn’t inevitable. It is actually rather easily addressed.

First as we get older we believe that we can’t do as much as we used to so we slow down our activity. This simply burns fewer calories. Instead, we should go out of our way to continue to move as much as possible. Walk, take the stairs, do something to stay active throughout the day and keep moving.

Also, our muscles will begin to deteriorate as we age mostly because we become less active. So once in awhile say once a week it is okay to lift something heavy and/or do something fast. Find a big rock or a bucket of small rocks and pick it up and down. Squat. Walk around with it. Find a hill and run up it slightly faster than you would normally jog.

Second, as we get older our bodies seem to be less able to handle carbohydrates as well as when we were younger. If you have extra fat on your body now it is a good bet that you are becoming what is called insulin resistant. This means your body has dealt with so many carbs over your lifetime that the sensitive signaling system for noticing carbohydrates in the blood stream and clearing them out using the hormone insulin has gotten less sensitive. Your body demands more and more insulin to clear out the same carbs and carbs are more likely to be turned directly into fat.

What do you do? Eat fewer carbs especially processed carbs and added sugars. Eat more fats especially in fish and avocados and nuts and eat more protein instead.

Keep moving as you get older. There is nothing stopping you. And eat fewer carbs especially heavily processed carbohydrates and added sugar.