Exercise and nutrition work best to extend human lives

Exercise and nutrition work best to extend human lives

The RECENT letter, “When your time’s up, it’s up,” fails to understand that you can reverse bad genes by changing your lifestyle by eating right, exercising and avoiding stress, pollutants and chemicals.

It is true that most people would rather take a medication with serious side effects than deal with the real problems that take time and effort.

My mother died of cancer at 32, and my uncle died of a brain hemorrhage at 30. My father smoked and drank and died at 76. Parts of his lip, tongue and cheek were removed because of cancerous growths.

So there are exceptions to the rule, but they are few and far between. The reality is that what you reap is what you sow in life.

Fourteen years ago I weighed 210 pounds and had high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. I went to the doctor, and he prescribed a statin drug that had many side effects. I went back and told him that I used to weigh 170 pounds, and I asked if I lost the weight would it help. He said it probably would, so I spent two years exercising and eating good natural foods. I lost the 40 pounds and when I went back my blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar were all normal. If I didn’t change, I probably would be dead by now.

The changes I made didn’t cost me more money but actually saved me money and my life. I would rather be a “health freak” and feel alive than be a negative, undisciplined person who criticizes everyone who is trying to change and make a difference in their life and health. The Scriptures tell us the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and those who destroy their bodies with bad habits will be judged by God.

It is so good to have a healthy body and feel really alive. It isn’t easy to change, but God will help anyone who really wants to change without relying on drugs that do more harm than good. Anyone can see this now on the reality shows where people lose weight by exercise and eating right.

Leo Feher, Youngstown