HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE PATIENTS ARE often told that they must stay on their medication for life.

That’s like telling you once your car burns oil, it always will and you should buy more oil every week. There is a conflict of interest.

The late Dr. Robert Mendelssohn said every good physician should be in the business of putting himself out of business by teaching his or her patients how to stay healthy.

That should especially be the case with hypertension.

While some people may actually require medication to keep their blood pressure under control, most can lower it through losing weight, consuming optimal levels of blood-pressure-lowering nutrients, and stress management.

The scarceness of physicians who know how to manipulate blood pressure through natural means often creates the need for nutritional self-care.

Foods and supplements that lower blood pressure are quite safe, but don’t neglect to have your blood pressure checked regularly by a qualified health professional.

You cannot let high blood pressure persist, and it may take time for natural therapies to work. Physician supervision is always recommended.

You may need medication until you know how nutrition and lifestyle changes affect your blood pressure.

High blood pressure is unknown in primitive cultures that eat a diet of unprocessed foods.

Hypertension is another ailment that we bring upon ourselves with refined grains, sugar, refined oils, margarine, overeating, inactivity, stress, and smoking.

If you are overweight, begin a program of gradual weight loss. Even beginning to lose weight will lower blood pressure.

Keeping weight off is one of the most important strategies for controlling blood pressure. Even losing a pound a week is a significant stride in the right direction.

In fact, for hypertensives, slow weight loss of one to two pounds a week is ideal. Anything faster may deplete important blood-pressure-regulating minerals such as magnesium and potassium.

High blood pressure is often accompanied by high blood levels of insulin. High insulin levels may cause high blood pressure. High levels of insulin will also make weight loss more difficult.

A diet high in carbohydrates may not be ideal for hypertensives, for it will perpetuate high insulin levels. It will also worsen food cravings.

Hypertensives who are overweight should restrict carbohydrates-grains, beans, legumes, and fruits – to no more than 40% of their diet in an effort to get their insulin levels back to normal.

Foods that must be eliminated from the diet of hypertensives:

  • Salty foods or processed foods high in sodium
  • Caffeinated coffee
  • Caffeinated tea
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Margarine and fried foods
  • Refined white flours and supermarket oils
  • Stimulants such as ephedra (ma huang) and kola nut
  • Regular aerobic exercise such as walking can help lower blood pressure. It should be done only with your physician’s approval.

Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease ?

YOU TURN ON THE TELEVISION and see the governor holding a news conference. He is announcing that electricity will be banned immediately.

The recent death of three children due to a downed electrical wire has outraged everyone. “Enough is enough,” he says. “For complete safety, we have no other choice.” Then, due to the loss of power, your set goes off.

Wait a second, you say – I like electricity. I use it correctly. and it doesn’t cause any problems. This is ridiculous!

That is precisely what researchers say in response to those who blame cholesterol for causing heart disease.

Cholesterol is entirely beneficial until a lack of insulating nutrients causes it to be mishandled by the body.

Not only is cholesterol harmless when consumed as part of a healthy diet, it is beneficial.

Cholesterol is a high-molecular-weight alcohol known as a sterol. It is found in every cell in the body.

Without it, the body could not make hormones, vitamin p, and the membranes of our cells. Cholesterol is so vital that if you eat none, your body will manufacture it.

THE GREAT NUTRIENT-DEPLETING EXPERIMENT

We like to believe that in all areas of human endeavor, things are constantly improving. However, the quality of food eaten in civilized countries took a turn for the worse in the twentieth century.

The great nutrient-deprivation experiment occurred. In this century, as never before, our health has been devastated by removing essential nutrients from our food supply, adding back potentially harmful ones like vitamin D and iron, creating new toxic foods like hydrogenated shortenings and margarine’s, and eating too many refined polyunsaturated vegetable oils.

The dramatic increase in sugar consumption that also occurred in this century has also been detrimental. An epidemic of degenerative diseases has resulted.

It is no surprise that the epidemic of coronary artery disease began a few years after this nutrient-deprivation experiment began. Coronary artery disease, which will hereafter be referred to as heart disease, is largely a twentieth-century phenomenon.

It appeared in the medical literature for the first time in 1912 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Even in the teens, the degeneration of arteries was so rare that the famous cardiologist Dr. Paul Dudley White spent ten years looking for it and found only three cases.

413 Today over sixty million Americans have some degree of coronary disease. One in three persons will die from it.

The imbalance in nutrients that occurs due to our modern deprivation experiment upsets the ability of the body to handle cholesterol correctly.

CHOLESTEROL OXIDATION

Cholesterol is an innocent and essential substance that is always traveling down the highway of your bloodstream.

Then, out of nowhere, a drunk driver known as a free radical slams into it. Careening out of control, cholesterol slams into your artery wall.

The body then covers up the whole accident scene with plaque. If the artery is not strengthened where it had been weakened by the accident, it might rupture. Result?

Your arteries are thinner. When a clot from platelets that are too sticky comes down the highway, it gets stuck where the road is too narrow.

Depending on which artery gets blocked, you will either have a heart attack, stroke, or a dangerous cutoff of circulation somewhere else in your body.

The whole thing begins with free radicals. Cholesterol is merely part of the process because it is ubiquitous.

Free radicals cannot do their damage as long as we get enough of the antioxidants that neutralize them. If cholesterol doesn’t oxidize, it is harmless.