Healing High Blood Pressure Naturally

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Healing High Blood Pressure Naturally

Hypertension, the medical term for high blood pressure, is a common disease in the United States. It is so common that about one out of three U.S. adults have it. That's well over 50 million people. Senior citizens are at even greater risk; more than 50 percent of those 65 and over have it.

It has been called the silent killer because many people are not aware they even have it. It can lead to heart and circulatory damage and cause heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, blindness, kidney failure, and often death.

Blood pressure

What is blood pressure? It's very simple. Your heart is a pump and when any pump forces a liquid through the pipes of a closed system, resistance is created. This resistance can be measured as pressure. This is the same as the oil pump in your car that forces oil all around your car engine. It creates a pressure which is monitored by the oil gauge or light on the instrument panel of your car.

Because your heart is not a continuous motor but actually contracts to pump and then rests when it expands back, there are actually two pressures. One pressure is the maximum pressure when your heart contracts and pumps to force blood out through your arteries and the minimum pressure when your heart expands back between beats, which allows blood to return into the heart from your veins. The maximum pressure is called systolic pressure (from the Greek systole meaning contraction) and the minimum pressure is called diastolic (from the Greek diastellein meaning to expand).

Normal or average blood pressure is considered to be 120 systolic and 80 diastolic and is referred to as 120 over 80, 120/80. If your blood pressure is 140/90 or above on more than one occasion, or stays there for a period of time, you may be diagnosed as hypertensive.

Blood pressure is easily measured with a stethoscope and a sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff). Since both of these are a bit hard to do on yourself, and stay relaxed at the same time, many new (one-handed) devices are now available at most pharmacies.

A rising rate

To understand the fundamental causes of hypertension or high blood pressure, we go back to the basic operation of the cardiovascular system. In the cardiovascular system the three basic factors are the heart, the blood volume and viscosity, and the artery diameter. The pump is your heart. It contracts and forces a liquid, your blood, through a series of pipes, your arteries. If the heart increases its force, the pressure goes up. (This is generally not a cause of hypertension, but an after effect.)

If the viscosity, the thickness of the liquid, increases, the pressure goes up. Thick blood is mainly caused by too much fat in it. If the amount of fat in your blood rises, your blood becomes stickier, thicker and it takes a lot more force (pressure) from your heart to pump it around your body.

If the volume of liquid increases in a closed system, the pressure goes up. One of the main reasons the volume of your blood will increase is by the kidneys not doing their job of filtering and cleaning your blood and removing the waste. This is often caused by consuming too much salt.

If the diameter of the arteries decreases, the pressure goes up. In your body, the main cause of the reduction in artery diameter is fat. Fat builds up on artery walls creating plaque, thus reducing their size. There are also numerous chemicals that contract the tiny muscles in artery walls and make them smaller such as the chemicals in tobacco, coffee and other stimulants.

Risk factors

Increased blood pressure puts a strain on your entire body. The damage often takes place in the cardiovascular system, but because every organ and every cell of the body is supplied with blood, damage can happen anywhere. High blood pressure will often damage your weakest area and areas of genetic (family inherited) weakness.

Hypertension can obviously cause frail, overstretched and damaged blood vessels (vascular hypertrophy) and scarred, hardened arteries (atherosclerosis), anywhere in your body, causing a breakage (aneurysm). This can result in a paralyzing cerebral hemorrhage (stroke), but an artery can burst anywhere.

The disease often causes heart attacks, cardiac failure and death due to weakened heart valves, an enlarged heart due to increased pressure, and degenerative heart disease due to decreased blood flow to the heart muscle itself.

Hypertension can also cause kidney failure because the small blood vessels of the kidneys, designed to filter impurities out of your blood, get damaged by the elevated pressure. This can be a real catch-22 because the hypertension causes kidney disease and failure, and if the kidneys can't reduce your blood volume efficiently by removing waste (urine), your blood volume increases which causes hypertension.

Hypertension often causes blindness because the increase in pressure damages the delicate small blood vessels in the eye and retina.

The medical approach

The art of modern medicine has evolved over the last hundred years. It is based on the theory that a person can live the life of decadence, life in the fast lane, burn the candle at both ends, and when it all catches up with them, and the engine explodes, that there is a chemical pill or surgical procedure that can put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Changing your lifestyle and taking any responsibility for your health are rarely discussed. The attitude of the past has been "doctor please heal me, so I can get back to work."

Many modern doctors actually believe that they can cure anything, if the right pill can just be found. They feel they do not need the patient's cooperation. In fact, most doctors think patient involvement is not necessary, even slows them down. They do not have the desire nor time to explain all the scientific test results or technical terms to them.

Americans today have seen the many shortcomings of this system of medicine. Therefore this system of self-destruction and expensive repair is being replaced by the new medicine of health education and responsible living.

According to the Merck Manual, the accepted authority and often referred to as the doctors bible for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, the best therapy for hypertension is drug therapy. The manual states that "rest, prolonged vacations, admonitions not to worry, and half-hearted attempts at weight reduction and dietary sodium restriction are poor substitutes for effective antihypertensive drug therapy." The authors even go as far as to say that "the best treatment for preeclampsia, (hypertension during pregnancy), is termination of the pregnancy."

I had many patients with hypertension, and even preeclampsia, all of whom were able to get their blood pressure back to normal with good common sense lifestyle changes.

A natural approach

The single best remedy for thinning the blood -- stop eating what thickens it!

Getting well is just a matter of stopping what you did that made you sick in the first place and start making some healthy changes to your lifestyle.

The number one reason for blood getting too thick is fat, period. The particular fat that contributes the most is cholesterol, referred to as a lipoprotein. We have all heard of good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Good cholesterol is considered high density lipoproteins (HDL's) and bad cholesterol is considered low density lipoproteins (LDL's) and the newer very low density lipoproteins (VLDL's).

Although both high and low density lipoproteins are necessary for the transportation of fat around the body, we all eat too much fat and most of the fat we consume is low density. The HDL's are considered the good cholesterol because they take fat and cholesterol out of the blood and return it to the liver for removal from the body. The LDL's and the VLDL's are considered bad because they take fat into the blood and make it thicker, clog the arteries and other blood vessels.

There is only one source of dietary cholesterol -- animal food. There is no cholesterol in any vegetable, fruit, grain, seed, nut, sprout, legume -- none. The only cholesterol is in animal foods and the products that come from them like eggs and dairy.

From these facts we can deduce two very important things. Heart disease is a disease of the fork. You create your heart disease by eating the wrong foods. It has now been medically proven that by stopping an animal-based diet, you can reverse this arterial plaquing and reopen the arteries.

Subsequently, I would get all my patients who had any heart or circulation disease, especially hypertension, to become vegetarians. You may think this is radical. I do not.

When you consider the extremely dangerous, life-threatening, debilitating, costly and painful surgical alternatives, or drugs and their horrific side effects, or doing nothing

and risking the chance of a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, kidney failure or blindness, a modified food program doesn't sound so radical anymore.

After years of clinical experience I consider a normal healthy cholesterol level to be 150 or below. The average cholesterol level in the Peoples Republic of China, where they eat lots of rice and vegetables and very little animal food, is 122. The average cholesterol level in America is 200. Anything under 200 is considered "safe." Considering that almost 1 million people in this country drop dead every year from heart and circulatory disease and considering that this disease is virtually unheard of in China, the medical profession may want to re-evaluate this "safe" level.

The silly part is that it is so easy to help someone reduce their cholesterol level. I could get any patient with high cholesterol down into the normal range usually in 30 days, just by becoming a vegetarian and starting a little exercise.

Reducing blood volume

Medical doctors use diuretics to increase the kidney's ability (increase the flow of urine) to clean out the blood, thus reducing blood volume. Herbal remedies are much safer. In my clinic I use a combination of herbs which I found to be more effective than any single herb. I use both a tincture and a tea. A common combination includes uva ursi leaves, juniper berries, corn silk, horsetail herb, pipisscwa leaf, burdock root and seed and goldenrod flower tops. (Complete formula in patient handbook.)

Herbal remedies

Red clover blossoms are a common herb that grows almost the world over. It probably grows somewhere in your community, if not in your own backyard. All you have to do is pick the reddish-purple blossoms (or use one level tablespoon of the dried flowers), and pour boiling water over them. You can drink this tea as often as you want but at least three times a day. If you are using an herbal tincture use 2 dropperfuls (app. 60 drops) three times daily.

The blossom contains plant chemicals that are known blood thinning agents. This species of clover is safe for long term use, but not if you are on prescription blood thinners.

Healthy foods

- Garlic -- Hippocrates used garlic to treat cancer. Today garlic is the leading over the counter drug in many European and Asian countries. It is an official drug in many countries and prescribed by medical doctors outside the United States for many diseases especially hypertension, high cholesterol, even cancer. It is a proven broad spectrum antibiotic, anti-viral agent and fungicide. The fact that it is not in widespread use in this country is not because it is ineffective, but because the current cost in the U.S. to approve and market a drug exceeds $200 million. No investors would put up this kind of money for a substance that can be easily grown in your backyard.

Garlic has been proven in hundreds of medical trials to thin the blood and reduce high blood pressure. The Japanese Food and Drug Administration has approved garlic and it is now an official drug listed in the Japanese Pharmacopeia. Garlic's potent phytochemicals (plant chemicals) lower serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels and reduce the build-up of atherosclerotic plaque in arteries. It does this partly by increasing our blood levels of high density lipoproteins (HDL's).Garlic also lowers our low density lipoproteins (LDL's).

Medical researchers have also discovered that garlic inhibits blood platelet aggregation (the sticking together of red blood cells), which reduces the chance of dangerous blood clots.

- Onion -- Onion is the next of kin to garlic in the plant world. It has many of the same attributes, but is nowhere near as effective. It's a great replacement in a pinch.

- Olive oil -- In the last decade we have come to understand fats much better. We first discovered that the saturated fats, like animal fat and cholesterol, were the heart and artery killers. Now we know that unsaturated fats such as safflower and corn oil have a high rancidity factor and can lead to free radical damage, even cancer. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, and has the best attributes of all oils and none of the negatives. Olive oil will actually increases your levels of HDL's and help remove fat from your blood.

- Dietary fiber -- Fiber has now been proven to reduce arterial plaque. There is no fiber in any animal food. The only places to find soluble and insoluble fiber are in plant food.

- Cayenne peppers -- Hot peppers or Capsicum are not only effective for arthritis, have anti-cancer ability and make food taste better, but are an effective heart treatment as well. Hot peppers contain plant chemicals that help increase circulation, dilate arteries and reduce blood pressure. A daily dose, three times a day, will help.

Things to avoid

The worst thing you could do with hypertension is consume anything that will constrict or close down your arteries as this will make your blood pressure skyrocket. Tobacco's alkaloid nicotine and coffee's alkaloid caffeine and many other stimulants contract the muscular wall of the arteries. Anyone who is hypertensive has no business on any of these stimulants. Eliminating cigarettes and coffee was often enough for my patients to cure their hypertension!

The path to wellness

I need to mention the importance of bowel cleansing. Over half my patients that did my intestinal detoxification program noticed an immediate drop in their blood pressure. Bowel cleansing is not optional. It is a major part of my programs.

Stop doing what is killing you. Start eating foods that will thin your thick, sticky blood, like grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, lots of garlic, and onions. Trade your butter in for olive oil. Start using a few herbal teas and tinctures to help your healing process; go for a walk every day. Start loving yourself and the people around you. Hate and anger will only serve to increase your blood pressure. Learn to laugh and be peaceful. Tomorrow is what you believe and DO today.

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By Richard Schulze

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