Study reveals 30 years of bad advice for blood pressure
November 12, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 89
If you have mildly high blood pressure, do you experience a loss of libido, sudden pain, urinary infections, asthma symptoms, insomnia, depression, coughing, rashes, dizziness, drowsiness, constipation, or diarrhea? If so, it could be the medication you’re taking to lower your pressure.
A new study in the British Medical Journal
says these and a myriad of other “side effects” are the result of over-treating blood pressure with medication. What’s worse, the drugs don’t offer any protection from heart attacks, strokes, or death. And in some cases, they can even cause death!
The study is literally turning 30-plus years of medicine on its head, as doctors have preached the need for artificially lowering mild hypertension. Anyone with blood pressure near 140/90 immediately received a prescription to prevent cardiovascular problems. But this study says that drugs are not a “need” – and for many people, it’s not even a “want,” as they often discontinue the drugs because of these nasty side effects.
Like cholesterol levels and many other markers for heart disease, the drug companies continue to lower the limits where “medication should be administered.” The goal in lowering the limits is not your health, it’s their bottom line. The lower the levels, the more people doctors will put on the drugs. That means more money flowing into their coffers. But they’re not just lower what constitutes high blood pressure, they’re expanding the age groups susceptible to high blood pressure. New reports now claim 20-40 year olds may need more treatment for high blood pressure.
With 68 million Americans on blood pressure drugs, their scheme is obviously working. While this study says the drugs are doing more damage than good, don’t expect conventional medicine to change its tune. There’s just too much money involved. And they believe they’re helping you – despite the evidence to the contrary.
That means you have to take matters into your own hands. But that comes with a caution. If you have mildly high blood pressure, work with an integrative physician to wean you off the drugs. Don’t just stop cold turkey. This can be dangerous.
Many people, including me, are finding that gluten can contribute to high blood pressure. Avoiding gluten (a protein in wheat, barley, and rye) will often bring your blood pressure down. So will eating a low-carb diet with lots of vegetables and fruits. Toxins also can contribute to hypertension, so try a thorough detox program.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.