Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)How many people do you know who have cured high blood pressure by taking drug medications? Probably none. That's because high blood pressure medicine isn't caused by a deficiency of high blood pressure medications, and the medicine prescribed isn't designed to cure hypertension. In fact, the whole issue of hypertension is a perfect example of the major shortcoming of modern western medicine. Modern medicine focuses on symptom management, but does little to address the causes of most diseases, including high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a problem associated with lifestyle. It is virtually unknown in areas of the world where people are living on their traditional diets. For example, high blood pressure is not found in Africa among people living a traditional lifestyle, among elderly. In contrast, a high percentage of Americans have this problem-about 60 million.
Hypertension greatly increases the risk of other diseases. It increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. Research done by insurance companies has shown that even slight increases in blood pressure can result in decreased survival rates. Clearly, solving the problem of high blood pressure is important, but 90% of all cases are treated with drugs that only address the symptoms without examining the causes.
About 80% of all hypertension cases involve mild to moderate symptoms and can effectively be managed with lifestyle changes accompanied by herbs and dietary supplements.
For example, all of the following have been scientifically demonstrated to reduce blood pressure: consuming sufficient amounts of pure water, increasing dietary fiber, losing weight, reducing salt consumption, eliminating caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, exercising, consuming Omega-3 essential acids, and balancing intake of calcium and magnesium. These are all options individuals can utilize. In addition, they can examine the specific causes of hypertension and choose other supplements and diet and lifestyle changes that address their individual situation.
High blood pressure is a symptom of other imbalances,
not a disease in itself. The job of the heart is to pump blood
throughout the body. The blood has to reach every part of
the body, including the fingers and toes. When the heart
is beating harder, raising the blood pressure, it is usually a
signal that something is restricting the flow of blood to the
extremities of the body. Using a medication that decreases
the pressure does not remove the obstructions interfering
with blood flow. The result is decreased blood pressure with
poor circulation to the extremities. We have simply traded
one health problem for another.
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