Physical Medicine

How physical activity impacts health


Regular exercise can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, noninsulin-dependent diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and can improve your mood and help you to better manage stress.

Who needs drugs when exercise will do?


Years ago a speaker abruptly broke off his speech. He said, "I know you're bored with this topic, and I'm bored, so let's quit and have a beer."

I felt the same way and nearly tossed this column out. Why bother to waste paper on something you already know? But on the other hand, a report from the Harvard Medical School shows it is absolute madness that so many people are taking pills when two simple changes in lifestyle could prevent and treat some health problems.

We can also learn from what happens to a person who loses an arm.

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