Why you want to stay away from blood pressure medicines?
To tell you the truth, not only they can cause liver and kidney failure, but they can put your life in jeopardy!
There's an article on British Medical Journal …where a group of researchers telling doctors they should put everyone over 40 on blood pressure drugs – even if they don’t have high blood pressure!
According to the study’s authors, “Guidelines on the use of blood pressure lowering drugs can be simplified so that drugs are offered to people with all levels of blood pressure. Our results indicate the importance of lowering blood pressure in everyone over a certain age, rather than measuring it in everyone and treating it in some.”
Can you imagine:
Taking drugs everyday, when you’re in perfect health?
This is a sign of things to come. Drug companies aren’t satisfied with controlling medical schools, the media and the FDA… now they want you and all of us to take a drug every day whether you need it or not.
Are they kidding?
The truth is that you may not need blood pressure drugs – even if you have high blood pressure.
People who drugged up on blood pressure meds like beta blockers and ACE inhibitors, looked wrecked and demoralized.
Do You Have These Symptoms? It Could Be Your Blood Pressure Meds
Make no mistake:
Blood pressure meds put you in an early grave!
Just look at the side effects of the most popular pills:
• Beta Blockers, the most common treatment for hypertension and chest pain, work by reducing nerve signals to the heart and blood vessels thus lowering blood pressure. But, it comes at a high price. Including:
- Lowered Sex Drive
But what’s really worrisome are the long-term effects they have on overall cardiovascular health.
They raise your triglyceride levels – the “bad fats” that clog your arteries – and lower your HDL levels – the “good” cholesterol your body needs for optimal health. Not exactly the ideal cure for heart disease.
• Calcium Channel Blockers have similar side effects. They work by preventing calcium from going into heart and blood vessel muscle cells (thus causing the cells to relax) which lowers blood pressure.
And, like beta blockers, a number of studies have found that people on them ran a much higher risk of heart attack than those on other medications – as much as 60%.
• Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors actually block the production of a hormone that causes blood vessels to narrow. Frequently causing severe reactions including heart fibrillation, kidney failure and death.
• Angiotensin II receptor blockers allow blood vessels to widen by preventing a hormone called angiotensin from affecting vessels. Side effects are as minor as dizziness, diarrhea or back pain to as severe as kidney and liver failure. Pregnant women take note – angiotensin II receptor blockers can cause birth defects.
• Nitrate drugs, in the short-term, open up your blood vessels allowing for better flow. But over time they destroy the sensitive lining of your blood vessels, called the endothelium. This leads to damage of your cardiovascular system (aren't these drugs supposed to heal it?)
A recent Japanese study found that people taking nitrate drugs were 2.4 times more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who didn’t. And the damage caused to the endothelium made those heart attacks more severe.
• Finally, there are Diuretics. They work by causing the kidneys to remove more sodium and water from the body. This helps the blood vessel walls to relax, resulting in lower blood pressure. Far safer (and cheaper) than the other drugs, but they are no less dangerous.
Common side effects of diuretics include:
- Muscle cramps
- Sensitivity to light
- Joint pain
- Decreased sexual desire
Steer Clear of Dangerous Pills
Most folks don’t realize these things make you fat… you literally blow up like a balloon. They can even cause heart failure.
Case in point:
- There's one Dr. Al Sears patient, Roxanne, had been on an ACE inhibitor for 4 years. She had gained 10 lbs. and was tired all the time. And at 140/85, her blood pressure was still on the high side, even on the drugs.
She were told to stop taking the blood pressure pills immediately. They weren’t working anyway. And I put her on a simple nutrient. After 9 months, her blood pressure was back to a healthy 118/80.
Plus, she said that she had more energy and was already working on losing the weight she had gained.
Roxanne’s story isn’t unique. Blood pressure pills typically make you weak and tired. Some patients have nasty side effects like depression, impotence, joint pain, and even kidney and liver damage.
What’s worse is that blood pressure meds don’t even work for the majority who take them. Only 42.9% of patients ever see acceptable blood pressure levels.
Another study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals just how worthless they are. In the group given the placebo, 30% lowered their blood pressure below the set goal. Apparently, just doing nothing will help close to a third of those with high blood pressure.
Of course, it's not that you should sit and do nothing if you have high blood pressure – it does raise your chances of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. But you can treat your high blood pressure effectively without exposing yourself to the side effects that come with these drugs.
Get the One Nutrient That Eliminates Hypertension
- The first thing to do if you have high blood pressure is to take 50 mg of ubiquinol CoQ10 every day. It’s the only thing Roxanne take. She made no other changes and watched her blood pressure return to healthy levels.
A team at the University of Texas found that CoQ10 is so effective, it enabled them to safely take patients off blood pressure medications.
A meta-analysis of studies that looked at CoQ10 and hypertension revealed that CoQ10 can lower systolic blood pressure by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by up to 10 mm Hg without side effects.
If you only do one thing for healthy blood pressure, take CoQ10.
But there are other steps you can – and should – take. If you can lower your blood pressure naturally, your chance of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke go back to normal. It’s as if you never had high blood pressure in the first place.
b) Control your stress:
- Here’s a great meditation exercise that you can try. It’s a yoga technique called Stimulating Breath. It involves rapid breaths to flood your body with oxygen.
• Keep your mouth closed and breathe through your nose.
• Take short, quick breaths—as many as three or four a second, if possible.
• Remember to engage your diaphragm (the large muscle at the top of your belly).
• Breathe this way for fifteen seconds to start. (Stop sooner if you begin to feel dizzy.)
• Then allow your breathing to return to normal.
Each time you practice this technique, go for a little longer. Gradually work your way up to one minute. Most people feel on top of the world after doing the Stimulating Breath exercise.
- For quick results, try the PACE program.
It takes less than 15 minutes a day to do. And in addition to blood pressure benefits, it increases your lung volume, strengthens your heart, and gets you in great shape. And trimming excess fat is a great way to lower your blood pressure. Try this PACE® workout on for size.
Warm-Up: 5 min (Stretching)
Exertion= 20-meter sprint
Recovery= 2–4 min
Exertion= 40-meter sprint
Recovery= 2–4 min
Exertion= 50-meter sprint
Recovery= 3–5 min
Exertion= 60-meter sprint
Recovery= 3–5 min
Exertion= 100-meter sprint
You should be panting at the end of each exertion period, but you should not be exhausted throughout the workout. Gradually increase the intensity with each workout, and watch your blood pressure plummet.
Mother Nature's Super Blood Pressure Reducers
Plus, there are several foods and supplements you can take that help you lower your blood pressure naturally. If your blood pressure is very high (140/90 according to the American Heart Association) try some of these remedies:
• Cod Liver Oil:
Long recommended by our parents and grandparents, cod liver oil has been found in clinical studies to lower blood pressure induced by stress-elevated levels of cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone.
A separate study found that the Vitamin D in cod liver oil promotes absorption of calcium and magnesium, thereby lowering blood pressure.
• Sesame Oil:
In a 2003 study, people who weren’t responding to their blood pressure pills were asked to simply cook with sesame oil. In 60 days, the patient's average blood pressure fell into the normal range.
The combination of the heart-healthy polyunsaturated oil and the unique compound sesamin found in sesame oil causes the blood vessels to relax. This prevents pressure spikes.
• Dark Chocolate:
A German study found that just 6.3 grams of chocolate (about two Hershey's kisses) was enough to lower blood pressure 2 to 3 points. Look for dark chocolate that is at least 70% cacao.
Garlic is an excellent heart-healthy supplement. Another German study showed that garlic reduces diastolic blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides.
You are adviced to use a clove of raw garlic every day. Sometimes you can take a garlic supplement also. If you use a supplement, be sure that it contains at least 3,600 mcg of the active ingredient allicin.
• Hawthorn Berry:
Hawthorn is an herb used for centuries as a cardiac tonic. A recent study proved hawthorn's affect on high blood pressure. Participants either took hawthorn extract, magnesium, or a placebo. The study lasted for 10 weeks. The hawthorn group had a promising reduction in diastolic blood pressure. Hawthorn also reduced anxiety better than the magnesium and placebo. You are recommended to take 1,000 mg of hawthorn extract daily.
Magnesium helps keep blood vessels relaxed and prevents blood clots. Today’s fruits and vegetables have lower levels of magnesium. You’d have to eat eight of today’s apples to get the same amount as one apple gave you 50 years ago.
Magnesium is your blood's own natural calcium-channel blocker. Why take a drug when this overlooked mineral can have the same effect? Take 600 mg of magnesium daily.
Hawthorn Berry and Magnesium can be found in Blood Pressure Support supplement. Click on the link and look for this product at the left navigation bar to order yours today.
Recommended Herbal Remedy for high-blood pressure
Do you eat those health food bars?
Have you’ve ever stopped to read the ingredients in any of the protein bars, power bars, energy bars, and the likes, but they are anything but healthy. They usually have high-fructose corn syrup, trans fat, sodium, empty carbs and artificial flavors and colors.
There are much healthier alternatives to choose from that will not only hold you over between meals but will also provide heart healthy omega 3’s, antioxidants, and cancer fighting nutrients.
• One of Dr.Sears favorite healthy snacks are nuts, especially almonds.They are high in protein and fill you up. They also provide you with essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, potassium, fiber and calcium that help you build a stronger heart, bones and digestive system.
• Pumpkin seeds are another healthy snack packed full of powerful nutrients. Just ¼ cup gives you almost ½ your daily requirement for magnesium, which helps control blood sugar and in turn can speed up fat loss.
Pumpkin seeds also contain protein, omega 3s, zinc, and plant sterols that help strengthen your heart, bones, and immune system and prevent prostate enlargement.
• If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, reach for a handful of dried cranberries. The powerful antioxidants found in cranberries can protect against heart disease and cancer. They also contain resveratrol, which can improve blood flow by slowing down the buildup of platelets in blood vessels. And, it also strengthens your immune system and helps reduce inflammation.
With all these healthy benefits, almonds, pumpkin seeds and cranberries truly are guilt-free foods.
Introducing Dr.Sears Primal Snacks
If you’re looking for a quality source of all three, you will be able to find them in Dr.Sears new Primal Snacks. They’re easy to eat on the go, will fill you up until your next meal and give you the natural energy you need to make it through your day.