What Does the Doctor Prescribe? Go Surfing!

Natural remedies for rehabilitating illness have become more and more common as a cure is not yet on the horizon. For people living with conditions like cystic fibrosis and even less severe diagnoses, the ocean has many medicinal qualities that can prove useful to treating these diseases. Not only have studies shown that people who live closer to the ocean are happier but surfing is a great activity for body and mind. 

A new treatment is providing hope for some patients who suffer from a debilitating illness, not through drugs or surgery but a trip to the beach.

Though he hits the beach every opportunity he gets, Caleb Remington is not your average surfer dude. For him, surfing isn’t a sport or a hobby.  

“I now surf to live,” says Remington.

The ocean helps him with breathing, something we all take for granted. Remington has cystic fibrosis. Nearly 30,000 Americans suffer from the disease, which causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs and the digestive track making it difficult to breathe and break down food, reports CBS News “Early Show” correspondent Hattie Kauffman

Cystic fibrosis patients undergo a rigorous routine including breathing treatments and twice-a-day therapy in a vest that fills with air to help break up mucus in the chest.

There is no cure for the disease but the ocean is a natural treatment. Research has shown that the salty mist from the water can help break up thick mucus in the lungs and makes breathing easier.

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