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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses blood pressure, how to take it properly and what is pulse pressure.
Chances are your doctor's office does not take your blood pressure fully and correctly. If they are not taking it in 3 positions, you do not know what is causing your blood pressure concerns.
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Should You Treat Mild High Blood Pressure With Drugs?
It sounds good, and even right. Treat "mild hypertension," or even "prehypertension," now - with prescription drugs - to prevent disasters like a heart attack, stroke, or heart disease later. The only problem is those pesky little facts. A review of all the studies showed that anyone with a blood pressure (BP) of 169/99 or lowered received no benefit from drug therapy and conversely, there is lots of harm. Much to the glee of the pharmaceutical industry, docs have simply assumed that there must be benefits to treating people with mild hypertension using powerful and expensive drugs, and that the benefits were greater than the harms. After all, drug treatment does lower BP numbers. The real facts simply shock doctors, who should be telling their patients "there is no proven benefit to continuing drug treatment, and for sure, there will be harm."
What is mild hypertension? It is a BP from 140/90 to 169/99. That means that as long as your BP is below almost 170/100, there will be no benefit from drug treatment, and you will definitely be harmed. Not exactly what you hear from your doctor, right? We have maintained all along that drugs for mild hypertension up to 170/100 will provide the average patient (taking the drug for 30 years) statistically about a few weeks longer life! Now I can say that we were wrong - it will not provide any benefit at all.
The drug companies have been ratcheting down "normals" over the past decades in order to sell more BP drugs for life - turning healthy patients into sick people. Then it was 160/90, then 140/85, and now it's even lower. Medicine and the drug folks even cooked up a new category in 2003 called "pre-hypertension." This was BP of from 120/80 to 139/89. The idea was to treat "pre-hypertension" with expensive drugs early to avoid real hypertension later.
Thanks to the latest and real research presented by the Cochrane Collaboration, we now know for sure that the mild hypertension treatment was a cooked-up scam to sell drugs. Given that, the conception and treatment of "pre-hypertension" is even more absurd. All this falls into a category of medical over-treatment - one of the greatest causes of death in this country. Given this massive amount of physical suffering from BP drug induced invalidism, and the cumulative costs to Medicare and you, the whole thing is sickening.
If you have mild hypertension, discuss this article with your Medical doctor and get under the care of a Holistic Chiropractor.
Medicines Two Choices for You
Take responsibility for your health, and take your treatment into your own hands. Keep your BP normal with these common sense guidelines: proper diet, exercise, and the right supplements. At minimum you should work with a Holistic Chiropractor who can assist you to:
1) Use Cardio-Plus, Min-Tran, Calcium Lactate, and more.
2) Eat a Mediterranean diet and avoid fast, processed, and packaged foods.
3) Avoid the medical low-fat diet.
4) Exercise regularly, even if only a brisk and strong walk.
5) Use Deep Breathing id you are tense and full of stress (we have a free flyer if you want it - just call my office or send me a self addressed, stamped (with two stamps) envelope and say DEEP BREATHING.
6) Drink plenty of pure water, 1 quart for every 50 lbs. you weigh, every day.
So don't just take it from me. Take it directly from the studies. The Cochrane Collaboration reviews are by subscription only. But you can find an abstract of this one at http://medicalconsumers.org/2012/08/18/drugs-for-mild-hypertension Anything else you may hear on this subject is a scam.
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