HEART HEALTH

High Blood Pressure Natural Remedy

There’s one potent natural remedy for high blood pressure that when combined with other high blood pressure cures, works incredibly well. Here’s the ones you need to be looking at using and combining right now…

 

Watermelon: The watermelon fruit is your #1 natural remedy for high blood pressure. It contains an amino acid called L-citrulline, which has been overwhelmingly proven to lower blood pressure. In the American Journal of Hypertension, they published a study from Florida State University which showed L-citrulline was able to reduce and normalize blood pressure in all the study participants who previously had high blood pressure. Head researcher, Dr. Arturo Figueroa, stated…

“Individuals with increased blood pressure and arterial stiffness – especially those who are older and those with chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes – would benefit from L-citrulline in either the synthetic or natural (watermelon) form”.

You need 4-6 grams of L-citrulline a day to treat hypertension so supplements will be needed along with eating and drinking plenty of watermelons and watermelon juice!

 

Pomegranates, Resveratrol and Grape Seed Extract:  A recent study published in the Artherosclerosis journal showed that consuming 50 ml a day of pomegranate juice will significantly lower blood pressure. Another study published in the Metabolism journal showed that resveratrol and grape seed extract (red grape skins and seeds) also help to lower blood pressure because of their high antioxidant content (antioxidants help dilate and strengthen blood vessels). These natural remedies for high blood pressure must be consumed everyday in sufficient amounts so you will need to make sure you eat plenty of red grapes and pomegranates (and drink their juices), along with taking resveratrol and grape seed supplements.

 

Cayenne Pepper: Eating or supplementing with cayenne pepper every day is one of the quickest ways to lower your blood pressure. It’s a potent vasodilator, which means it expands and dilates the blood vessels so blood flow is improved. This in turn relieves pressure on the arterial walls and the need for the heart to pump faster. Cayenne pepper is in fact so powerful it can actually stop a heart attack in 90 seconds flat! You must have a full teaspoon in a glass of warm water for it to work, and it will be mighty hot to drink (you need to scull it down), but this is definitely one life saving remedy worth remembering.

To use cayenne pepper as a natural remedy for high blood pressure, you can either make up this same drink and have it everyday (if you’re used to eating spicy foods), or you can take cayenne pepper capsules. Personally, I like the capsules. They’re much easier to take and they don’t burn your throat out!

 

Garlic: This herb has been used for many years as a successful home remedy for high blood pressure, particularly for mild elevated blood pressure. It is best grown in your own garden and used fresh in your cooking.

 

Hawthorn: Hawthorn is another popular herb that’s a well-known high blood pressure cure. In fact, this is one of the standard treatments used by many traditional herbal practitioners.

 

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is an excellent and very safe natural remedy for high blood pressure. In fact, a recent study found that combining magnesium with cinnamon will reduce your blood pressure even more significantly (and quickly) than just having cinnamon on its own! You can easily buy cinnamon in bulk from just about anywhere. Take a heaped teaspoon twice daily washed down with some water (or whatever beverage helps you to get it down!) and use it in your cooking as much as possible.

 

Folic acid: Known to significantly lower blood pressure by reducing elevated homocysteine levels (read our “lower cholesterol naturally” section for more information on this).

 

Green tea: This potent tea has been proven to prevent and treat a staggering number of health problems, including hypertension and elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It’s no accident that the Japanese are the biggest consumers of green tea in the world and they also have the lowest rates of heart disease of any westernized country.

 

Vitamin D and Fish oil (omega-3s): Two more natural foods and nutrients currently producing some fantastic results with all kinds of health problems. And reducing high blood pressure can certainly be added to their list (also read our “lower cholesterol naturally” section for more information on these powerhouse nutrients).

 

Blueberries and Goji Berries: Dozens and dozens of studies have been able to confirm that blueberries and goji berries are wonderful natural remedies for high blood pressure. They also lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body quite significantly.

Bottom line… These two little berries are one of nature’s masterpieces. If you want to enjoy overall good health and longevity, then you must eat these fruits on a daily basis.

 

Raisins: A recent study showed that eating raisins 3 times a day can significantly lower blood pressure. The study was presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session and is the first to actually prove that raisins will indeed reduce hypertension. So be sure to put them at the top of your list of high blood pressure cures!

 

Light, Moderate Exercise: It’s a well-known fact that if you’re overweight then you’re more likely to suffer from hypertension. A brisk walk or cycling every day is a simple and easy way to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Find 30 every day. It’s really not that hard!

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Top 21 Natural Remedies For High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure or “hypertension” is a tough nut to crack with natural medicines. Of course, there are many etiologies to this common disease; however, most cases are because we have gotten fat, old, and out of shape. Yes, there are exceptions to the rule, so don’t be hitting the comments form to send me hate mail.

Regardless, I just announced the pink elephant in the room. So as stated in my tricky little diatribe on “Chocolate Chips Better than Viagra?” we want an “elastic” cardiovascular system and not a non-compliant one. And when I say non-compliant, I am not talking about a badly behaving cardiovascular system. I am talking about elasticity of your arteries.

Alternative treatments are not as efficacious as they could be when it comes to hypertension, and diet and exercise are the key to keeping blood pressure low. The fact that you are no longer young and fit is the real problem, and we all inevitably develop hardening of the arteries known as “atherosclerosis”, which is the leading cause of high blood pressure.

While you are working to adopt a healthier lifestyle I would recommend a basic regime of a whole foods diet, magnesium, coQ10, vitamin C, potassium, and fish oil (do NOT take if you are on anti-coagulants), as these nutrients combine well with most medications (always remember to check with your naturopathic doctor or family doc before implementing ANYTHING new.)

Monitor your blood pressure three times a day while making new changes to ensure you are not over-medicating with natural remedies.

The best natural medicines for high blood pressure:

1. Magnesium: 300-500mg daily (may need to divide doses to avoid diarrhea) Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and the arteries are all surrounded with smooth muscle.

When the smooth muscle surrounding your arteries relaxes, it causes your arteries to dilate which results in a drop of blood pressure. Most people are deficient in magnesium anyway, as the richest sources are found in green veggies. I would guess about 90% of American’s are magnesium deficient.

2. CoQ10: 100 mg daily (You should be on this anyway if you have high cholesterol as statins deplete this nutrient, and the common sign is muscle weakness or pain, or in the severe form rhabdomyolyosis).

CoQ10 is depleted by statins (lipitor, lovastatin, etc) inhibition of HMGCoA reductase in the cholesterol pathway, so it is best to replete this potent antioxidant, and you may feel more energetic on your lipitor. I am just waiting for a pharmaceutical company to smartly come out with a statin that includes CoQ10. This nutrient is expensive, but it is worth the bang for the buck if you can afford it.

If you can’t afford it, remember that exercise is free and it is one of the better treatments anyway. If you have high BP check with your doc before starting a new exercise program as they may want to do an EKG or exercise stress test. Otherwise, be sure to purchase a high quality brand of CoQ10 in an emulsion (liquid capsule not tablet) form as this nutrient is fat soluble.

3. Garlic: Liberally in the diet (cooking does reduce the allicin content, so raw is best but I understand if you still need to keep a few friends around…it just means you have to eat more cooked or roasted garlic to attain the same therapeutic effect.)

Or just take garlic as directed if you are going with a supplement form. (Kyolic brand has been widely studied and shown to be efficacious according to the studies.)

Because various studies have shown garlic to be effective as an anti-hypertensive agent, I would start slow and monitor blood pressure. Garlic also lowers blood sugar, so if you are diabetic you should check your sugars more often while implementing this natural therapeutic for hypertenstion.

4. Potassium: at 24 mmol (ask your doc for a prescription, but chances are you are already on this as most anti-hypertensives are potassium depleting) If you want to get this from dietary sources, then just eat green leafies and fruits like bananas. Check with your doctor before using this as a therapeutic agent if you have kidney disease or if you are already on a potassium sparing diuretic medication (used for high BP.)

5. Vitamin C: 1000 mg twice daily. Emergen-C packets are the simplest way to achieve this along with vitamin C rich foods.

One of the cheapest and most well studied anti-oxidants by Linus Pauling: the theory with vitamin C and blood pressure is that high blood pressure typically results from a few causes.

Hyptertension is caused either by problems in the kidneys, or “atherosclerosis” or hardening of the arteries. We want arteries to be compliant as I noted in my tirade, “Chocolate Better than Viagra?”

Vitamin C is a very cheap antioxidant that helps prevent the LDL from “oxidizing” and forming the hardened plaques in our arteries that cause them to lose their elasticicty. Think of vitamin C as the nutrient that keeps your pipes from rusting. Just about everyone should be on vitamin C anyways.

6. Calcium: 800 mg daily. Most Americans do not achieve this in the diet. Research has shown that calcium will slightly help to lower blood pressure…and we’ll take every little bit we can. Natural medicines work well in incremental steps and synergistically.

The goal with most of these supplements is to create an additive effect. Most people are deficient in this essential nutrient anyway, as 800mg is required for the average adult. Take your calcium and magnesium 1-2 hours before bed to ensure a good night’s sleep as they are also great muscle and nervous system relaxants.

7. Fish Oil: 1 tablespoon of cod liver oil or salmon oil daily. I frankly wouldn’t waste my time with flax oil.

Trust me, I love flaxseeds, and I put everyone on them, but if you are really trying to get a therapeutic effect you need something that is further along the anti-inflammatory pathway. If you haven’t seen the biochemistry of what I’m talking about then quit arguing with me about this.

Many nutrient cofactors and coenzymes that most Americans are also deficient in are needed to convert flax to what fish oil is. Also those of Northern European descent such as Scandinavians likely are deficient in the enzyme needed to convert flax seeds, as their traditional diet is based on cold water fish rich in Omega 3′s.

8. Rauwulfia: Don’t use this herbal medication without consulting your naturopathic physician. This is “big medicine” in my opinion, and should not be used without being adequately monitored. However, a randomized study showed less depression when compared to reserpine. Ask your naturopathic physician about this medicine.

9. Stevia: The herb known for its sweetness has also been shown to reduce blood pressure at 500 mg three times daily. If you have high blood pressure, you have my permission to try out some of the new stevia containing foods and beverages such as Zevia soda. I prefer the “Wisdom of the Ancients” in the green packets as my fav Stevia. Keep some packets on you and try it in your coffee or tea instead of your typical sweetener. Just don’t use too much as it is REALLY sweet!

10. L-Arginine: 2 grams three times daily. The amino acid that is famous in those late night infomercials for “Extenze” L-arginine works to enhance blood flow by being the precursor to nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide dilates our blood vessels and when we go back to the hose analogy we decrease the flow when we take our thumb off the hose. That is what L-arganine and similar nutrients do for hyptertension.

11. The Dash Diet: Involves extreme sodium reduction to 2000mg daily. But most people should be reducing sodium in the diet anyways. The best way to do this is to avoid packaged food. Salt your food with organic sea salt when it is finished cooking….not during. Salt just makes us look unnecessarily fat and bloated anyways. It is totally out of style. Eat fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and learn to cook with herbs and citrus foods to enhance the flavor of your foods. Salt and pepper as the final garnish.

12. Tai Chi: This gentle exercise is perfect for everyone trying to lose weight or reduce arthritis, stress, or just increase agility, balance and peace of mind. Tai Chi is totally fab! Find a few favorite Tai Chi moves from classes at your gym or favorite video and try to incorporate at least five to twenty minutes of these gentle stretches in to your day. Do you know when I do them? When someone says “Can you hold please?” I then put them on speaker phone and say “sure no prob.” Sometimes I can get a whole fifteen minutes in.

13. Weight Loss: Nag, nag, nag…lose weight. Yah, yah, yah….you’ve heard it. If you are over-weight you know it so I would recommend following my simple weight loss plan, and if you can’t do that then please consider investing in some long term help such as Author Mary O’malley’s enlightening work, “The Gift of Our Compulsions” to address the route underlying cause of your disordered eating issues.

Of course our metabolism gloriously slows down about 1% each year, which accounts for the 10 pound weight gain each decade.

It may be just a discipline thing. Each year we have to learn to eat 1% less, otherwise each decade we will gain at least ten pounds. How is that for a birthday present?

14. Decrease/Eliminate Caffeine: Caffeine is just like throwing gasoline on the hypertensive fire.

Now the reason why people get those “caffeine headaches” is because they are used to caffeine restricting all their blood vessels…but once the body metabolizes all the caffeine we get the painful rebound headache effect called “vasodilation” which means that our arteries dilate and cause a throbbing headache.

So why do we care about caffeine headaches? Because when we constrict blood vessels we increase blood pressure.

Remember again sticking your finger over the hose when you were a child and making the water shoot further? Well that is not necessarily a good thing in the body. A cup or two of coffee a day typically isn’t the problem, it is caffeine in excess.

If you have severe hypertension you may want to consider switching to decaf green tea, or herbal tea. Otherwise, you can likely enjoy certain caffeinated beverages socially, or moderately as long as your hypertension is within optimal range through the use of other natural modalities or prescription medicines.

15. Quit sugar: Sugar is the culprit for many diseases, and although not typically associated with hypertension may be the root cause. Try eliminating sugar or cutting back for a few weeks and track your daily numbers.

I have heard many anecdotal reports from Naturopaths about patients reducing salt and not seeing any results, so they tried reducing sugar (which we all need to do anyways!) and SHAZAM…the blood pressure goes down.

Refined sugar throws the body out of balance because it simply is just not natural. Everyone in industrialized countries should read Dr. Scott Olson’s brilliant book “Sugarettes,” to fully understand how refined sugar is destroying your body from the inside out.

16. Consider food allergies: A recent study has linked food allergies to hypertension. Food allergies can cause a myriad of problems and a food allergy elimination diet is a great thing for everyone to try at some point. I was enthusiastic as a student to try this challenge as mandated by my teacher, and surprised at the results.

Basically it entails you have to eat completely differently for about a month and then you test the foods you most commonly eat to determine if they are causing a symptom within a three day window.

What is the first thing your doctor does if they think you are having an allergic reaction? They check your pulse and BP. Low-grade allergies may go unnoticed, and high blood pressure or a rapid pulse may be the only clue.

17. Not enough good oil, too much bad oil: We want to increase our good fats such as olive, fish, and flax, and decrease fried and fatty foods.

Think of saturated fat as little cement bricks building up in your arteries and making them hard and narrow. The good fats as recommended in “The Mediterranean Diet” are what will keep your cardiovascular system running like a race car. Most men worry about changing the oil in their cars more than they do than changing the oils in their body. But, just remember impotence is better prevented.

18. Coleus forskhohlii: Ask your naturopath about this herb. I don’t recommend self treatment with herbs for high blood pressure. But the studies show it to be efficacious, and it is certainly worth trying.

19. Manage Stress: Blah blah blah stress. I can see you all rolling your eyes as you read this, but really stress is often the root cause of hypertension. Having worked eight years as a medical assistant I have seen enough cases of “White Coat Hypertension” to know that stress causes high blood pressure.

The doctor’s office may not be that thing that gets your blood pressure raging, but if you have high blood pressure you likely need to cut back on activities, work, and practice some breathing exercises shown to reduce BP such as “Square Breathing” or “Five Minutes to Zen.” Consider taking up a relaxing hobby, musical instrument, or new craft.

20. Eat celery and parsley: Who knew that garnish on your plate is an actual diuretic? Celery has been used anecdotally with many patients. If you are trying to lose weight, increase fiber, or just be healthy…celery should be a daily snack anyway.

21. Exercise: *shudder* I know. I know. You probably have high blood pressure because you don’t exercise. I put this last because it is the most important and I would like to go off on a little bit of a rampage on why none of the aforementioned natural substances or pharmaceutical medications will work in the way that diet and exercise will.

Why is that? Well hypertension is a sign that you are in poor physical condition, that is if you have the typical form of high blood pressure caused by being overweight, overage, and over the whole exercise thing. There are other forms, but the average American has high blood pressure because they are out of shape.

It is time to start eating better, exercising daily, as well as add in a few supplements to help maintain a healthy “flexible” cardiovascular system. You cardiovascular system cannot be “conditioned” without exercise for twenty minutes daily in the cardio zone which is 70-80% of your max heart rate (220-your age mine is 33) x .7= 130. Shoot for daily and then if you hit five days a week or even three days a week it will make your blog doctor happy.

Keep in mind that herbs such as dandelion that have been shown to be efficacious against anti-hypertensive medications such as furosmeide require HIGH doses in order to be effective. In order to lower pressure using dandelion, you have to literally take tablespoons of the tincture daily…and that is LEAF not root. The root serves to detox the liver and the leaf is used for blood pressure.

Be sure you are always using the correct form of the plant. Many research studies done to show herbal medicines as ineffective have been done on the wrong form of the plant, whether intentional or not. Always read the label and make sure you are purchasing the correct form of the herb you are using.

Exercise, whole foods Diet, fish oil, vitamin C, CoQ 10,magnesium, and potassium are the most benign substances on this list if you are concerned about combining them with anti-hypertensive drugs. That combined with diet and exercise should help you gain better control of your numbers.

You may at some point want to discuss lowering your blood pressure medicine if not phasing off it, as the goal is to be on as few meds as possible, and many patients do not like the typical side effects of high blood pressure medicine such as fatigue, dizziness, and so forth.

Once stable on natural meds, your blood pressure should still be monitored daily to ensure there is not an additive effect and you end up with too low blood pressure aka “hypotension” and that the BP is optimally under 120/80 if not 120/70.

If you tend towards hypertension remember that anytime you are not feeling well the first thing you should grab is your home blood pressure cuff (best brand is Omron according to my pharmacist,) unless you need to call 911 because you are having chest pain or any other cardiac symptoms such as pain in the neck, arms, flu like symptoms, sweating, and so forth. As my very wise cardiology teacher Dr. Pournadeli states, “anytime there is pain above the belly button assume MI (Myocardial Infarction=Heart Attack) until ruled out.”

Stroke, heart attack, impotence, kidney failure, and eye disease are all part of the ugly sequalae to uncontrolled high blood pressure. Prevention is key with hypertension. Try one new thing at a time and give it a few days to make sure it is not causing adverse side effects.

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These five habits can save your heart — here’s how

According to hard data, five harmful habits herald the coming of heart disease. These five are smoking, being inactive, carrying too many pounds, eating poorly, and drinking too much alcohol.

Alone and together, they set the stage for artery-damaging atherosclerosis and spur it onward. They do this by deranging metabolism and changing how cells and tissues work. They also disturb the markers of health we worry about so much: blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. All too often, the end result of these five habits is a heart attack, stroke, peripheral artery disease, valve problem, aortic aneurysm, or heart failure. And the damage they cause isn’t limited to the cardiovascular system, but extends to the kidneys, bones, and brain.

What can making better choices do for health and longevity? Consider this provocative finding from the Nurses’ Health Study. Nonsmoking women with a healthy weight who exercised regularly, consumed a healthy diet, and had an alcoholic drink every other day were 83% less likely to have had a heart attack or to have died of heart disease over a 14-year period, compared with all the other women in the study. The results were almost identical in a similar study in men. In these two studies, more than two-thirds of all cardiovascular events could be chalked up to smoking, excess weight, poor diet, and drinking too much.

Five strategies for change

Count on these five white knights to protect your heart, your arteries, and the rest of you. They will make you look better and feel better. And it’s never too late to start.

  1. Avoid tobacco. Smoke from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes is as bad for the heart and arteries as it is for the lungs. If you smoke, quitting is the biggest gift of health you can give yourself. Secondhand smoke is also toxic, so avoid it whenever possible.
  2. Be active. Exercise and physical activity are about the closest things you have to magic bullets against heart disease and other chronic conditions. Any amount of activity is better than none; at least 30 minutes a day is best.
  3. Aim for a healthy weight. Carrying extra pounds, especially around the belly, strains the heart and tips you toward diabetes. If you are overweight, losing just 5% to 10% of your starting weight can make a big difference in your blood pressure and blood sugar.
  4. Enliven your diet. Add fruits and vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat, good protein (from beans, nuts, fish, and poultry), and herbs and spices. Subtract processed foods, salt, rapidly digested carbohydrates (from white bread, white rice, potatoes, and the like), red meat, and soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages.
  5. Drink alcohol in moderation (if at all). If you drink alcohol, limit your intake — one to two drinks a day for men, no more than one a day for women.

Making change

If you have one or more habits that are working against you, now is as good a time as any to set a course for better health. How? The American Heart Association recommends “cognitive behavioral strategies for promoting behavior change.” They aim to help you think more positively about yourself as you make healthy changes. Here are some of those strategies:

Set goals. Having specific, achievable goals is a key strategy for successful change. Goals that involve behaviors (“I will eat three servings of whole grains a day”) tend to work better than physiological goals (“I will lower my cholesterol”).

Track your progress. With all the things you have to remember each day, it’s hard to know whether you are meeting your daily goals. Data from dozens of studies show that self-monitoring is an important attribute of successful changers. You can track your exercise or pounds lost with a notebook, a computer, a smartphone, or an invention of your own.

Motivation. Changing a habit or behavior is easier if you have a good reason for doing it. Motivation can be something big, like getting in shape for a walking trip with a grandchild, or small, like fitting into a slimmer suit for a wedding. The more personal the motivator, the better.

Get support. Starting a change isn’t nearly as challenging as sticking with it. Support from family, friends, a doctor, or someone else — even from an online community — can provide feedback and encouragement, especially when you are feeling low.

You don’t need to aim for a complete transformation all at once. Small changes in diet, exercise, or weight can make a big difference in your health. Setting goals you can realistically achieve, and then meeting them, can snowball into even bigger improvements.

 

LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE SAFELY

Nearly every day, a patient asks me about aspirin and heart health. The newest advice they’ve heard is to take a baby aspirin at night.

TV commercials make aspirin prevention sound logical. But it’s not a vitamin or a nutrient. It’s a drug. Drugs are rarely health-enhancing. And taking aspirin regularly often causes a new set of unintended consequences.

Like a stroke.

A study published in Lancet Neurology found that strokes caused by high blood pressure dropped by 65 percent in the past 20 years. But in people over 75, so many more strokes occurred among patients taking drugs for blood pressure, like aspirin, that the overall rate of strokes remained the same.1

What’s more, researchers estimated that the increasing misuse of drugs like aspirin means that they may soon overtake high blood pressure as the leading cause of stroke in those over 75.

Here’s the reason I’m talking about strokes and blood pressure together: Your risk of stroke skyrockets 38% for every 10mm/hg rise in blood pressure.

If you want to lower your blood pressure and avoid a stroke, you’re always better off to avoid the drugs.

One of the things I like to use in my practice for lower blood pressure is conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. It’s an essential fat that’s great for your heart, brain, nervous system, and is linked closely with healthy blood flow.

The American Heart Association published results from a Japanese study where researchers found that linoleic acid lowered the risk of stroke by 34%. They also found that it lowers blood pressure and improves circulation in small blood vessels.

Other studies show that CLA also prevents high blood pressure.2

You can get CLA into your diet from pasture-raised meat and dairy. Grassfed products have three to five times more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than that of commercial animals.3 And milk from grassfed animals has 60 percent more CLA9, one of the most beneficial forms of CLA, with potent cancer-fighting properties.

You usually find CLA as a softgel supplement, and I recommend you get 3-4 grams a day, with meals.

CLA gets to the root of the blood pressure problem like drugs never can. It’s one of the many safe, natural alternatives that give your overworked blood vessels the relief and support they need to function properly.

In fact, you can do much more to combat high blood pressure. My colleagues at Barton Publishing have designed an excellent protocol to lower blood pressure naturally using a combination of unique advice, nutrients, foods and .

They’ve put together an easy-to-use kit to reverse high blood pressure for good, without drugs. It’s very comprehensive … you get a long list of natural blood pressure remedies, a cookbook, a shopping guide, plus 7 more excellent resource guides, and 6 free bonus reports. I recommend you click here to find out more about this incredibly helpful kit today.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

 

4 Simple, Natural Solutions for High Blood Pressure!

 

High blood pressure is a serious condition and one that has a number of prescription drugs available. But are there more natural ways to keep it under control? Dr. Jonathan V. Wright discusses four key things that can be used to naturally get blood pressure under control!
Contributor(s): Wright, Jonathan M.D.
Tags: calcium, lead, magnesium, blood pressure, vitamin d, prescription drugs, metabolic syndrome, heavy metals, chelation, chelation therapy, insulin resistance
Blood pressure meds is something that’s very popular. It’s obviously — if you have high blood pressure, it’s a very serious condition. But a lot of people are on multiple blood pressure meds. Are those needed, or are there better, safer, more natural alternatives?¬†
They’re usually needed in the short-term. If the blood pressure’s discovered to be very high, you want to get it down, so it doesn’t put the person at more risk than they should. So short-term, yeah, there’s some small place for patented blood pressure medications. What I mean by “patented” is they don’t occur in nature, therefore they’re molecules, which, see, the law says, if it occurs in nature, you can’t patent it, and if you can’t patent it, you can’t make all that money on it, so, basically, if your goal is to find a patent-able molecule, that won’t kill you, that we can keep selling you forever, because we’re not getting at the cause of the problem. You know, that’s good for, as they same in mixed-up French and English, cherchez la cause. You know, let’s find what the real problem is. Okay, there are several common causes for high blood pressure, and I ask people to look for them, even if they’re on the medication temporarily, and if we find that, let’s do something about that cause, that cause, that cause, and usually we’ll find, out of four or five common causes, we’ll find two or three in any one individual high blood pressure, so we work on those problems, and the high blood pressure slowly goes away, and they can just get off their patent medications, and, um…you know, the simplest one is vitamin D. What is not well-publicized is that, like auto-immune disease, hypertension occurs at the least around the Earth equator, I should say in the human population around the Earth’s equator. It doesn’t matter what the ethnic group is: they can be black, white, purple, pink, American Indian, whatever it is, least hypertension is around the equator, as you go north towards the poles, south towards the poles, there’s more and more hypertension. What does that suggest? Vitamin D, of course, it suggests!¬†
Now, what nobody’s telling us, nobody’s telling us is that the pharmaceutical companies know this. Lemme tell you how I know they know. I read a paper put out by a pharmaceutical company, by a P.H.D., a very bright fellow, and what he was saying was, “Well, there’s this whole pathway of things that goes from the DNA down to this enzyme called ACE, angiotension converting enzyme. And we’ve heard of ACE blockers, that’s one type of antihypertensive, and then there’s another type of antihypertensive called ACE inhibitors, they inhibit the ACE from hitting the receptor, so what we’re doing is we’re stopping this ACE molecule, either from being made or inhibiting its action, and that’s patent-able, and yes, it has lots of side-effects, and you should call your doctor about it at the bottom of the screen at the end of the commercial, but even so it does bring down your blood pressure. So he discussed this whole thing, and then he says, “This is all the end of a set of– of reactions that starts up here at the DNA, and guess what regulates it,” he says in his paper. Vitamin D. So if we put vitamin D in up here, well, we dam the stream up here, we don’t have to dam it down, yeah, do we? I can’t say dam, damming it down there, but, anyway, we put vitamin D up here. And then he said, this fellow who worked for the pharmaceutical company, in the last paragraph is, “Now we have to come up with a pseudo and analog, a molecule we can patent that’s like vitamin D.” Rather than saying, “Why don’t we just use vitamin D?” Alright, so, what to do? If you’ve got high blood pressure, step one: go see a doctor. Get your vitamin D level measured. Is it the same as at is at people who live in the tropics, that lived there all their lives, get some sun, don’t die of vitamin D overdose, is it the same as there? Because if it isn’t, you haven’t got enough vitamin D in you! Yeah.¬†
A lot of my background comes from what they call cultural anthropology, the study of peoples around the world, living in so-called native conditions, and, one of the things that doesn’t occur, in the tropics and in native populations is hypertension, unless their eating a Western European diet, but that’s a different story, if they’re on the wrong diet. But they’re getting plenty of sun, so, fortunately, I also work with engineers. I love working with engineers. They come in with data, they come in with statistics, they come in with, here’s my cholesterol, 20 years ago, here it was 15 years ago and all that, and follow their blood pressure carefully. If they, um, have high blood pressure at all, they’re talking it everyday. So, I’ve worked with a couple of engineers who taught me that they weren’t up to the tropical optimum, they have high blood pressure, they started taking vitamin D to get themselves up to this tropical optimal, and just anybody’s who’s interested, the normal range would be between 30 and a hundred nanograms per millimeter. Forget it! The tropical optimal is 60 to a hundred. So I shoot for that 60 to a hundred, which has, again, never killed anybody in the tropics, so these engineers, they take themselves enough to get up to there, and then they chart it and say, “Look! I got to the tropical optimal on this date, and it took three to four months and then my high blood pressure very slowly came down within three to four months.” So, you see? It takes that long, so you’ve got to keep your guard up with the antihypertensive, but, in the meantime, you can be bringing it down with vitamin D, and then you can get off the hyperantitensive. And that’s the simplest one, because everybody’s heard of vitamin D, we can get vitamin D, you know, there’s patented vitamin D, and it’s known how it works, right off the bat. And here’s another very simple one: uh, let’s see, according to National Geographic Magazine, if you go buy up some penguins, and look for, uh, lead and mercury and arsenic and DBT in the penguin fat in Antarctica, the poor things have got lead in their penguin fat! And nobody’s– nobody’s got any lead facilities down in Antarctica, it’s blowing around the world, just with all the industrializing, particularly in the Asias and so forth. We check everyone who happens to have high blood pressure: for heavy metals. Lead, mercury, arsenic, all those toxic metals. Nearly everybody has got a body burden of those things.
Lead is a known cause of high blood pressure, Cadmium is an even better known cause of high blood pressure, and we’ll find someone who’s got high blood pressure, and the toxic metals are up where they shouldn’t be and not at all in the safe range, and we do something called keelation, ¬†and thank goodness! You must have gotten a good remark from the National Institutes of something or other very recently. Look at that, it cuts the death rate of type 2 diabetics by 35 to 40 percent. Oh my goodness, doing keelation! We didn’t say why, though. Well, I don’t know why, either, but they do know one thing keelation does: it pulls toxic metals out of the body. So, the second thing to look for if you got high blood pressure, is do you have a toxic metal build-up in your body? And please don’t let anybody just draw blood and tell you, “Oh, you have nothing in your system.” That’s nonsense. Lead is stored in the bones, it’s stored in other places. You have to send in, via IV, the keelated agent. It’s safe. One of the keelated agents is used as a food preserve, it’s that safe, and, once that’s in there, collect all the urine for six hours. That’s what keelating agents do: is they grab the toxic metals wherever they are in the body, come out the end, and then the doctors will tell you what was stored away in your system. Never do the basic blood test, you have to do the keelation test. Do a little keelation to get things back to normal, your blood pressure comes right down with it too, and most everybody that I’ve ran into, who has high blood pressure, has those two basic problems: they live far from the tropics, they have lower than optimal vitamin D, and, secondly, they’ve been on the planet since the Industrial Revolution started, and here comes all this lead and mercury and toxic stuff, and we work on these two toxic things, and it pulls down the blood pressure. Okay, but here comes the third one: according to a lot of statistics, one-third of the population in North America has the genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes. Now, before we ever get diabetes, you’ve heard of something called metabolic syndrome, sometimes it’s called, or sometimes it’s called insulin resistance.
And, as, uh, a lot of folks know by now, when you have type 2 diabetes, you don’t have, not like insulin, that’s type 1 diabetes. With type 2, we actually have an abundance of insulin, but our bodies are developing this thing called resistance, and so they resist the activity of insulin, but insulin’s so crucial to getting the sugars into the cells, that the body gets more and more insulin, more resistance, and more resistance, and more insulin, then it goes up and up and up, until finally that insulin simply can’t work as good as it should, and that person’s got type 2 diabetes. That process takes 30 to 40 years, for metabolic syndrome. We’ve seen it in kids, teenagers, to turn into outright type 2 diabetes. One of the things that ever-increasing insulin signal does is to drive up the blood pressure. So, a lot of people come in: “I’m on this Staten over here for my cholesterol, I’m on this antihypertensive over here for my high blood pressure,” and I’ll say, “Were you checked for pre-type 2 diabetes? Were you checked for insulin resistance?” “No, what’s that?” Well, excuse me, but if you’ve got high cholesterol, it turns out that high insulin stimulates the enzyme in everybody’s liver that makes cholesterol, and high insulin stimulates the blood pressure to go up, so your almost a lock if you’ve got high blood pressure and high cholesterol to be a type 2 diabetic unless you do something about it. It’s not that hard. Diet and exercise are the two main things. Alright, so we’ll do this test and the resistance test for people who have any chance of being a pre-type 2 diabetic, a hundred percent of everyone who comes in here says they have a diabetic in the family– a type-2 diabetic in my family, and I’m getting high blood pressure, a hundred percent of them were given the insulin resistance test, and about 95 percent of them, they’re on their way to type-2 diabetes, so, what do you do?
Give them an antihypertensive? Now, what does that do to keep you from getting type 2 diabetes? Not a thing, it just puts the blood pressure down. But if they go onto a diet, and the best diet is the paleo diet, and more and more folks are noticing that, they go on a paleo diet, they go on the right type of exercise, which is interval training, and then there’s a few basic supplements that many of the very smart doctors have wrapped in multiples for people with blood sugar, the Viotan and all the good stuff, in extra quantities in there, you see. So, you go onto the diet, get plenty of exercise, and use this basic multiple that’s made up for people with blood sugar troubles, a botanical called Bulbamine, oh, it’s been studied intensively, it does so many things and it does them very rapidly, to get that insulin signal under control. So, as the insulin signal comes down, the blood pressure comes down, the cholesterol comes down, and you ain’t gonna get type-2 diabetes, see there! What could be better? So, there’s a third thing you can do, while we’re working on that, if you’re blood pressure’s still that high that you need that antihypertensive, okay, okay — but now let’s look at a couple of other things. Let’s look at the medications they use for high blood pressure. One of the more famous ones is called calcium channel blockers. The calcium channel blocker worked on your body, do you know what that means? It means you didn’t have enough magnesium! Because magnesium is nature’s calcium channel blocker. Now, some really smart scientists– I’ll shut up on this topic in a moment, but some very smart scientists with electron microscopes, examined, what do calcium channel blockers do? It turns out that there’s very little calcium inside of cells, unless it’s outside the cell, and there’s these things called calcium channels that allows the calcium to come through, but when they do, the blood vessel muscle wall relaxes as well, because calcium is a contractive force, and the magnesium’s a relaxing force.¬†
All right, so these channels… these people with electron microscopes discovered, that sitting in the inside of each one of them, inside the cell, is a magnesium ion, and it blocks the calcium from coming through. Okay? Alright. What the calcium channel blockers do, they studied with the electron microscope, the channel blockers literally turn those channels into spaghetti, so that nothing can get through! They actually twist and deformed a normal formation in a cell membrane, so nothing can get through. Now, excuse me, nature wants that calcium to get through, when it’s needed. It parks its magnesium molecule in the way, and when it’s needed, the magnesium molecule somehow manages to get the heck out of the way, and here comes a little calcium, the magnesium gets back in there, but the channel is still intact. So, it can be– it can work the way nature intended. Alright, so, if the calcium channel blocker worked, maybe that person didn’t have enough magnesium to block the calcium channels. So what do we do? Well, we can certainly have people take magnesium, up to a certain amount, three or 400 milligrams a day, doesn’t bother too many people. But past that, it starts behaving more and more like– more and more like milk of magnesium. And you know what mom gave that to us for. So, very fortunately, one of the more innovative somethings up there have come up with magnesium preparations, and there are three or four competing companies, where in a half teaspoon of stuff, my goodness, there’s 1500, 2,000 milligrams of magnesium, and you rub in a quarter teaspoon a day. I know one gentleman [farting] who, unfortunately, lost both his kidneys to kidney cancer, his blood pressure’s up here. His doctor can’t believe that he’s talking no antihypertensive medications because all he does is to rub in a half-teaspoon of this magnesium stuff everyday, and this is a nephrologist doctor, that is. And his blood magnesium is twice normal, which, by the way, never hurt anybody unless it slows their pulse, that means their blood pressure’s under perfect control, thank you.
Magnesium keeps those blood vessels dilated, as dilated as they can, so, another thing we do is, look at magnesium. Is that gonna help this person, how are their magnesium levels? Well, like I said, there’s four or five things, there’s two or three more I can tell you about, these are just some of the major ones. If we look for the causes for that high blood pressure, and work on every one of the causes that person has, because of course, there’s no relationship known between lack of vitamin D and toxic metal exposure, you know, they have independent causes. We work on every one of them, our odds of– I’ll take that back. That person’s odds of getting their own blood pressure back to normal, because, that’s the person to help, the person who has to be responsible is the person with the problem, no question, and the best a doctor can do is coach, and hope that they take the coaching, and see if it works. But if a person works on it, you can almost always get their blood pressure down to normal, and be off all hypertensives within six months to 12 months, and, since we’ve got the causes, that person is going to be that much healthier in the long run, because look at it, what if they were low on vitamin D? They’re much more open to dying of a variety of things, breast cancer, prostate cancer, than if they had enough vitamin D. So we’ve not only helped the one problem, but we’ve helped several other things, and the same thing with a person’s blood pressure, is because of insulin resistance, there’s two ways of going about it: take that medicine, or don’t get type-2 diabetes.

 

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