Three Disabling Diseases You Can Cure Without Medicine
Cynthia J. Koelker, MD
conditions that occur infrequently now will become commonplace at
Recognizing the symptoms will help you treat these diseases effectively.
Better yet, learn how to prevent them and prepare accordingly.
over a year since youve escaped the city for your retreat.
Things are going well, though your teenage daughter is tired of
hauling water from the creek. One day you walk with her and are
alarmed at how winded she becomes. Shes been acting fine otherwise,
still primping and polishing her nails (though no boys are around).
She hasnt lost any weight and seems to be eating okay, though
shes become a vegetarian after watching you slaughter a pig.
She has no history of asthma or heart disease, and shows no signs
of respiratory infection. Whats the most likely diagnosis?
your toddler is starting to worry you. He was walking fine when
you left the city, but now his legs are starting to bow like a cowboys.
Your wife plans to continue breast-feeding him another year yet,
believing it will benefit his immune system. Both of them have remained
inside for months to avoid possible radiation exposure. What could
It seems your
mother is growing old before your very eyes. At the last minute
she agreed to join your family, though she hadnt done any
prepping herself. Before, she always seemed full of pep. Now she
doesnt have the energy to help with anything. Even her voice
sounds worn-out and a little hoarse. Another mouth to feed wasnt
what you had planned on, but you cant set your mother out
on the curb, can you?
of breath occurs when either the lungs or the heart must work harder.
In the absence of heart or lung disease, the most likely condition
is iron deficiency anemia. Without enough blood, the heart must
pump harder to keep what little blood remains circulating properly.
Usually the heart rate increases, especially with exercise, and
often the blood pressure drops. In a teenager wearing make-up and
nail polish, you may not notice pallor (paleness). Vegetarians who
are not careful to include iron-rich foods in their diet are prone
to anemia, especially teenagers who prefer a high-starch diet. Ive
seen girls whose blood count has dropped to only a third of normal
as a result of an iron-poor diet, with or without excess menstrual
teen whose blood count has dropped low enough to cause shortness
of breath would be transfused with red blood cells for quick relief.
Untreated, extreme anemia will lead to congestive heart failure
and possibly eventual death.
dietary ingestion of iron will resolve the condition (or taking
iron pills such as ferrous sulfate 325 mg three times daily). Iron-rich
foods include red meat, liver, dark leafy greens, prunes, raisins,
egg yolks, iron-enriched cereal, beans, artichokes, lentils, soybeans,
and chick peas. Make sure to stock foods your family will actually
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