In this article, I am going to dispense an intelligent, scientific, common sense approach to lowering blood pressure. But first, I need to help dispose of the unintelligent advice you have probably been given.
Sadly, a large the amount of unintelligent information is pervasive throughout our supposedly intelligent world. Personally, I can’t believe how much unintelligent advice many doctors give us. Are they giving us this bad advice because they don’t receive any nutritional training in school? Are they giving us bad advice because they’re being paid by drug companies to promote medication that doesn’t heal us? These are questions that weigh heavily on my mind.
Blood pressure is of paramount importance to good health because it’s the highest major risk factor of impending death. It can be compared to the low oil light in your car–it can’t run for long and will eventually burn out. The same goes for us. Even a small increase in blood pressure over time will eventually lead to heart disease. Currently, 50 million Americans suffer from hypertension. If you’re one of them, you need to listen up.
It’s widely accepted among experts that there are two causes of high blood pressure—starvation of nutrients and an overexposure to chemicals that block the body’s elimination systems. It’s also widely known and accepted that heart disease is a modern-day, first world problem. In most cultures prior to 1900, the term heart disease did not exist. People’s hearts simply did not give out. In 1900, only 9% of deaths were associated with heart disease. Today in the United States, that number has jumped to 50% and over $444 billion per year is being spent to treat it.
To understand why this mega-expensive killer disease became so common, we need to first explore the causes. Because if you find the cause, you can also find the cure.
Causes of High Blood Pressure
- Nutritional Deficiencies
Most Americans are starving for nutrients. According to New York cardiologist Stephen Sinatra M.D., a failing heart is an “energy-starved heart.” The nutrient density of our food has dropped over 90% in the last 100 years. This is a direct result from GMO monoculture crops and the depletion of mineral rich soil. With the lack of B vitamins, trace minerals, calcium, magnesium and essential fatty acids, not to mention sugary, processed foods, our heart simply doesn’t have the strength to pump for a lifetime. This is why 70% of American adults are overweight too. We eat and eat and eat driven by the subconscious need to fill our nutrient deficiencies. However, our bodies have no choice but to store all these empty calories in the form of fat and triglycerides.
- Toxicity From Exposure To Chemicals
Consumption of and exposure of toxins hardens arteries and thickens blood. Things such as heavy metals, vaccines, fluoride in our water, and insecticides destroy our enzyme systems, clog our elimination systems, and poison our bodies. Better living through chemistry comes with a side effect of half a million people dying each year of heart disease.
As more and more people begin to die under the effects of high blood pressure and heart disease, we are sold a series of untruths. These untruths have permeated the news, media, Internet and doctors offices for the last 50 years. Where and why did this unintelligence begin?
#1 Untruth – Avoid Salt
Craving and enjoying the taste of salt is not the result of a cruel and capricious god trying to torture us. We have cravings for salt simply because it’s necessary for the human body to function in numerous ways. A few of them are:
- Salt is an enzyme activator throughout the entire body but most notably the glial cells in the brain. Glial cells are what make connections and allows humans to have higher levels of intellect than animals.
- The Cl of NaCl (salt) is a main ingredient in HCl (hydrochloric acid) of the stomach necessary to digestion.
- Salt supports the adrenal glands which help manage stress.
- Salt is the basis of all cellular function and mitochondrial energy production in the body.
- Salt controls the fluid balance inside and outside the cell.
- Salt is need for nerve impulses in the spine.
- Salt assists in the balance of pH in the body.
Studies have shown that removing even 20% of salt from our diet results in a 20% increase in blood pressure. Don’t believe me? The Journal of General Internal Medicine found a higher rate of cardiac events and death with patients put on low salt diets. A 2010 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that even a modest reduction of salt is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death.
The point is, salt is important and that is not an opinion. It’s a fact.
HOW THE SALT LIE GOT STARTED
The salt lie has been around since 1972 when the National High Blood Pressure Education Program declared salt as the enemy. Sadly, this was based on the health effects of bleached table salt, not real, mineral rich salt.
Salt becomes a problem when we manipulate it. Nowhere on earth can you find bleached white salt, except on our dinner tables. Salt in nature is always found in perfect balance with other trace minerals. Trace minerals are needed to properly utilize salt in the body, and without these trace minerals, it becomes a drug and raises our blood, pressure contributing to cause #1 – lack of nutrients needed for the heart.
Modern-day salt also contains anti-caking compounds. The technical terms for these are Erocyanide, Tricalcium phospahate, Carbonates, Fatty acid salts, and Aluminosilicate. They contribute to cause #2 of high blood pressure – toxicity of the body.
#2 Untruth – Avoid Fat
The fat/heart disease lie has been around for almost 100 years when a Russian researcher names Nikolai Anichkov first proposed the idea. He performed a study where he fed saturated fat and cholesterol to rabbits and subsequently found atherosclerotic plaque in their arteries on autopsy. In the next few years, based on this one poorly done experiment, the cholesterol/fat/plaque/heart disease/high blood pressure lie was born. Since that time, the theory has been disproven many times, even by studies that sought to prove it. For example, performing that same experiment on other rabbits, it was discovered that if they were fed minerals along with the fats, namely iodine, the animals did not form arteriosclerosis, plaque, or heart disease.
Today we know the quality of the fat determines how it affects the body. Fat from healthy animals and plants does not equate to heart disease, compared to fat from animals that are force fed GMO grains and heated vegetable oil do. Unhealthy fats create inflammation in the arteries. This inflammation attracts cholesterol and plaque, elevating our blood pressure. As long as we’re eating the right type of fats they actually reduce the incidence of heart disease.
#3 Untruth – Follow A Vegetarian Diet For Life
There has never been a healthy culture in history that was completely vegetarian. Becoming a vegetarian for a short time is a wonderful detox and has been shown to help people reduce inflammation. I frequently put people on a vegetable detox for up to 2 months but never longer because the patients can become depleted in healthy fats and protein. Any doctor who performs nutritional testing can validate this statement. A vegetarian diet does not provide B12, all the essential amino acids or essential fatty acids needed for the heart to function, leading to an energy-and nutrient-starved heart. If you want to eat a vegetarian diet (not a bagel-tarian or pasta-tarian diet) go ahead, but I wouldn’t recommend it for more than two months.
#4 Untruth – Take Drugs
No drug has ever healed anyone from anything. All drugs have the potential to do is speed up or slow down physiological processes already happening in the body. That being said, thank God for them. Many a good person has had their life saved during a moment of crisis by a drug that stopped them from dying. However, all drugs create collateral damage in the form of side effects. These side effects are often worse than the original condition.
Doctors use a few different drugs to treat hypertension. Let’s examine…
Drug #1 – Calcium Channel Blockers
Lowering blood pressure artificially can only be accomplished in one of two ways: either weaken the heart or reduce the volume of blood. Many doctors prefer to weaken the heart. Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs), as the name suggests, block calcium from reaching the heart, thereby reducing the output of the heart and lowering blood pressure. The only problem is that by weakening the heart, these drugs actually increase the incidence of death due to heart attacks.
The Lancet Medical Journal reviewed studies and reported that people taking CCBs are more likely to have a heart attack and other complications than people who don’t. The article states, “In an analysis of more than 27,000 patients with high blood pressure, we found that those treated with CCBs had a 26% higher risk of heart attack and a 25% higher risk of heart failure than those treated with other drugs.”
Examples of common Calcium Channel Blockers:
- Amlodipine (Norvasc)
- Bepridil (Vascor)
- Diltiazem (Cardizem, Cardizem CD, Cardizem SR, Dilacor SR, Dilatia XT, Tiazec)
- Felodipine (Plendil)
- Nicardipine (Cardene, Cardene SR)
- Nifedipine (Adalet, Adalat CC, Procardia, Procardia XL)
- Nisoldipine (Sular)
Verapamil (Calan, Calan SR, Covera-HS, Isoptin, Isoptin SR, Verelan, Verelan PM
The second problem with Calcium Channel Blockers is that your brain, your blood sugar and your cells need calcium too. Taking calcium channel blockers can shrink the brain, bring on Alzheimers, and increase your risk of diabetes while also increasing your risk of heart attacks by 26%. Yikes.
Drug #2 – Beta Blockers
Same as CCBs, slowing the heart’s ability to function often doesn’t end well. Beta blocks work by blocking adrenal neurotransmitters norepinephrine and epinephrine from binding to beta receptors. This in turn reduces the heart rate, dilates blood vessels, and lowers blood pressure.
Personally, I love drug commercials where they display people happily living an idyllic life while at the same time reading off the devastating side effects of taking their drug.
In real life, the guy taking beta blockers is not driving a motorcycle through the country or sitting in a bathtub overlooking the ocean. Nope, he’s sitting in the bathroom with the runs and vomiting, trying to decide which end has priority.
Examples of oral beta blockers include:
- Acebutolol (Sectral)
- Atenolol (Tenormin)
- Bisoprolol (Zebeta)
- Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)
- Nadolol (Corgard)
- Nebivolol (Bystolic)
- Propranolol (Inderal LA, InnoPran XL)
Some of the more common side effects of beta blockers are:
Diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, rashes, blurred vision, disorientation, insomnia, hair loss, weakness, muscle cramps, low energy with slowed heart rate, chest pain, headaches, depression, confusion, dizziness, nightmares, hallucinations, low blood sugar, serious allergic reactions and much more.
Multiple studies have shown that shown that beta blockers have a benefit to those with high cardiac risk but increase mortality in others. Translation, if your blood pressure is very high and you need take a drug short term to stop you from dying, then do it. While doing so you must work on the lifestyle recommendations suggested in this article to fix the reason why your blood pressure is high in the first place. Taking the drug can have a short term benefit but you can’t take it too long or it can kill you too.
Drug #3 – Diuretics
A diuretic works by making you pee out the water in your body. It does so by preventing the kidneys from reabsorbing salt and water from the urine. So you pee… a lot. It’s like taking a pill that chemically replicates you sitting in the middle of the desert with no water.
How delightful. Let’s look further…
When you urinate a lot you don’t just lose water, you lose minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium. With less water your heart now has a lower volume of blood it needs to pump, and presto, you have lowered blood pressure.
Examples of diuretics include:
- Bumetanide (Bumex)
- Chlorthalidone (Hygroton)
- Chlorothiazide (Diuril)
- Ethacrynate (Edecrin)
- Furosemide (Lasix)
- Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Esidrix, Hydrodiuril, Microzide)
- Indapamide (Lozol)
- Methyclothiazide (Enduron)
- Metolazone (Mykroz, Zaroxolyn)
- Torsemide ((Demadex)
The problem is that water and minerals are required for life. One study that was published in 2006 in the European Heart Journal found that diuretics are associated with increased death and hospitalization.
What’s the answer to high blood pressure then?
The answer is taking an intelligent approach that actually focuses on the reason why your blood pressure is high in the first place, then making the appropriate changes to assist your body to heal so your blood pressure can come down naturally. What a concept!
THE INTELLIGENT APPROACH
#1 Intelligent way of lowering blood pressure – EAT REAL FOOD
Eat real food that comes from the earth, unadulterated by chemicals. Cut out sugar, processed carbohydrates, and polyunsaturated vegetable oils out of your diet completely. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, repeated over and over again, “Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Food has the potential to heal any condition on earth or it can inflame your blood vessels and weaken your heart. When eating food, ask yourself:
Are you giving your body nutrient dense food, grown in organic mineral rich soil?
Are you consuming processed food that stemmed from mineral deficient, GMO monoculture soil and fortified with chemicals?
Studies demonstrate this truth that those who eat mostly vegetables and fruit have 1/4 the risk of hypertension, and a diet low in carbs lowers blood pressure, lowers inflammation and increases the cells sensitivity to insulin.
#2 Intelligent way of lowering blood pressure – Walk
Movement is life. Only upon death does movement stop. Time and again, studies prove that people with healthy blood pressure move and people with high blood pressure don’t move. According to a CBS report, 80% of Americans don’t get enough exercise.
The point of the heart is to move blood around the body to infuse tissues with oxygen and nutrition. If the oxygen and nutrition isn’t moving to where it needs to get, our brain’s central nervous system increases the blood pressure in an attempt to force the blood to these areas.
If your blood pressure is high, go for a one-hour walk each day. The only side effect, other than lowering your blood pressure, is weight loss and improved quality of life. Going for walks will strengthen your heart so it can pump more blood with less effort.
Take it slow and monitor your progress. Walk until you’re tired and then stop. Each day add five minutes until you’re walking an hour per day. Walking from the couch to the refrigerator doesn’t count in the one hour. It needs to be done congruently to strengthen the heart.
#3 Intelligent way of lowering blood pressure – Take Supplements
Remember Cause #1 of hypertension is a starvation of nutrients in the body. Once you’re at the point of starving for nutrients, it’s almost impossible to get everything you need from food. This would require your diet to be almost solely made up of liver, kidney, heart, sardines and buckwheat. While I encourage you to eat these foods, most people would rather take a supplement than eat a kidney for breakfast.
There are 4 primary nutrients that can make an enormous change in your heart.
- CoEnzyme Q10
- B Vitamins
- Fish Oils
These four supplements are often found in combination but are absolutely necessary for healthy cardiac function. CoQ10 is necessary for production of energy (ATP) for the heart so it can pump. Calcium/Magnesium is necessary for the proper relaxation of the heart and blood vessels – the heart and blood vessels can cramp just like your muscles. When it does it causes high blood pressure and can lead to heart attacks. B vitamins (especially B1 – Thiamine) are needed for the electric conductivity of the heart muscle. Fish Oil is necessary for a reduction of inflammation in your arteries and heart. Study after study has shown through randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled studies that these work, and they work very well.
One study showed that heart attack patients had a 50-82 higher percent chance of survival if given magnesium within the first 24 hours after their heart attack.
When it comes to nutrients, quality is everything. Don’t try to save $5 by going to the corner drug store and buying your supplements. An investigative report in the New York Times showed that over 1/3 of supplements you buy don’t have ANY of the ingredient that is on the label. Don’t be penny wise and kill yourself. Buy the real thing at your local health food store.
#4 Intelligent way of lowering blood pressure – Be happy
Mental health disorders are associated with increased hypertension and heart disease. The heart is the center of your happiness in the body. This is where the saying, “broken heart” comes from. Want to help your heart work better? Be happy.
Don’t suppress your emotions, don’t live with people you don’t like, don’t work at a job you hate. Do things that make you happy. Follow your heart and in turn you’ll find that it just might work a little better.
Hypertension and high blood pressure are the result of poor lifestyle choices. There are no magic bullets that will correct this disorder long term. Blocking high blood pressure artificially is akin to breaking the check engine light of the car – doesn’t really solve anything.
To correct this issue is going to require that you take ownership of your health and begin to address the reasons why your blood pressure went up in the first place.
Remember, the heart doesn’t weaken without the rest of the body weakening and to really repair the damage that’s been done, it is going to require addressing all the REASONS your body is sick in the first place.
Remember, you can heal yourself.
Dr. Timothy Weeks
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