HYPERTENSION

HYPERTENSION
The sphygmomanometer, the inflatable cuff for measuring blood pressure, was invented by an Italian physician in 1896 and popularized in this country in 1901 by Harvey Cushing, the ''father'' of neurosurgery. For 100 years, NORMAL blood pressure was considered 120/80. The upper figure is systolic – the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart contracts; diastolic, the lower figure, is the pressure in the blood vessels between contractions of the heart. In the last few years some experts are suggesting that optimal blood pressure is BELOW 120/80. And the older concepts of 150/90 as the level for diagnosing hypertension are giving way to 140/90 as the level for aggressive treatment. Whether this downward revision of normal is motivated by absolute science or the pressure of drug representatives remains to be proven. Nevertheless, there is excellent evidence that pressures above 120/80 are related to stroke, heart disease, ruptured aneurysms and kidney disease. Medical treatment consists of a remarkable variety of drugs which often require careful juggling for consistent control of blood pressure, and which carry the usual array of complications, called ''side effects.''. But there are an equal number of non-pharmaceutical approaches, all safe! The following are all worthy of consideration:

  • Weight control – a Body Mass index of 19 to 24 is ideal
  • Physical exercise – 30 to 60 minutes at least 6 days a week, aerobic and limbering
  • Stress management. Autogenic training and Progressive Relaxation help significantly
  • Anger management is essential
  • Temperature biofeedback – 80% of individuals who learn to raise the temperature of the toes to 96 degrees have significant reduction of blood pressure
  • Saunas regularly help normalize blood pressure
  • Adequate calcium intake. 70% of Americans take in less than the recommended daily amount of calcium
  • Adequate magnesium intake. 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium; my Magnesium Lotion is best,
  • Co Q-10 is a major contributor to cardiac health. Minimum of 100 mg daily
  • L-arginine, 6 to 9 grams daily helps lower blood pressure
  • L-carnitine, 2000 mg is synergistic with Co-Q 10
  • Legumes eaten at least 4 times weekly
  • Avoid or minimize coffee
  • Avoid all soda pop
  • Avoid aspartame and monosodium glutamate
  • Avoid all snack foods except fruit, nuts and seeds-unsalted
  • Minimize adding salt to your food and avoid salty food

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If all the fail to normalize your blood pressure, then add:

  • Hawthorn, 500 mg two to three times daily-if you are not on blood pressure or heart drugs
  • If that does not control blood pressure within a month, add Arjuna, 250 to 500 mg twice daily

Well over 80% of patients with hypertension can avoid the many problems associated with antihypertensive drugs and be healthier if they follow these suggestions. BUT if you are on medications, do not stop them abruptly. Find an holistic physician or Nurse Practitioner to guide you.

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