Dr. Weil's Pill-Free Solutions

Find out how you can treat a variety of common conditions without pills.

Dr. Weil's Pill-Free Solutions

Modern medications have revolutionized health care and dramatically improved the quality of health and life for billions of people around the world. But sometimes we’re a little too quick to jump to pills when natural remedies might work just as well. Here are a few “no-pill” solutions to common health problems.

Gout

Gout sufferers experience sudden, excruciating pain that can take days to die down. During an acute attack, medications provide the best relief for what is otherwise intolerable pain. The key is to prevent these attacks from occurring again. Avoid red meat and alcohol, which both contribute to gout. In addition to the medications your doctor will prescribe to prevent the formation of painful crystals, try eating some tart cherries. About 20 per day may help with prevention.

Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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