By Peterson Veril, MDSpecial to CSMS MagazineIt seems that every major medical condition is affected by the fatty foods people eat. Still few doctors are educated about the nutrition each person needs to survive a long prosperous life. As a result, they hardly receive any healthier advice on what foods to eat.According to professional dieticians, the good-food treatments for the four common health diseases are:AsthmaThis breathing ailment affects close to 18 million people in the United States and is increasingly common because of genetics and air pollution. Chili peppers, fish, and coffee are some best food options being proposed to combat this disease. People who eat hot sauces or Chili peppers may have non-frequent and severe asthma attacks. Capsaicin, the chemical found in peppers, may stimulate nerve endings to continue keeping the airways open. Fatty acids in cold-water fish, such as tuna and salmon lower levels of prostaglandin and leukotrienes that increase airway swelling. Here are some of things that the experts are suggesting. Three or more ounce servings of fish each week can eliminate the high number of asthma attacks. Physicians usually advise people to drink one cup of strong coffee at the peek of frequent asthma attacks if none of their usual medications are available. One ingredient methylxanthine relaxes airway muscles. Adults who suffer from asthma attacks that drink several cups of caffeinated coffee daily have about twenty five percent chance of having fewer attacks than non-coffee drinkers.CataractsA cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which results in distorted vision. Most of the damage is caused by free radicals, oxygen molecules that are produced as by-products of metabolism. Fruits and vegetables, especially squash, spinach, broccoli, oranges, carrots and sweet potatoes are some of the food to eat. They are rich in vitamins C and A as well as beta-carotene, all of which reduce eye damage. However, there is one suggestion: eat five or more servings daily.Congestive Heart FailureIt occurs when an underlying condition such as a viral infection, hypertension, a narrowed heart valve, etc. It also inhibits the heart’s ability to pump blood. Brown rice, spinach, oatmeal, legumes, potatoes and bananas are being suggested. They are rich in magnesium and potassium, both of which improve cardiac function. However, experts caution that these minerals often are depleted by the use of standard drugs used for the treatment of heat failure. So it is recommended to eat two servings of magnesium and potassium rich foods daily.GallstonesAbout twenty million American adults who have gallstone do not experience the common symptoms of the disease. For these sufferers, the collections of solid crystal in the gallbladder or bile ducts may cause severe pain under the breastbone or in upper right side of the abdomen, especially after meals. A single, large stone developing in the gallbladder predisposes organs to cancer. Fruits, vegetables, and legumes are being recommended to combat this disease. Stay away from fatty foods, for they start gallbladder contractions that precipitate attacks. Also, get 35g to 45g of fiber daily. Eat at least five daily serving of fruits and vegetables, along with whole-grain pasta and breads, legumes and other high-fiber foods. Ultimately, you are what you eat. So, eat right is the key to a long, healthy and a prosperous life.Also see Could High Protein be a Danger to your Health? Five guidelines to keep a healthy lifestyle Which Vitamins and Minerals work best for you?Valuing Buildings Over Employee Health America’s LossThe EPA’s Unconscionable SilenceAmerica’s Illusion of Health and SafetyNote: Dr. Peterson Veril is an internist who lives in suburban Atlanta. He wrote this piece specially for CSMS Magazine.