HYPERTENSION

General Considerations

Elevated blood pressure is a major risk factor for a heart attack or stroke.

Since over eighty percent of patients with high blood pressure are in the borderline-to-moderate range, most cases of high blood pressure can be brought under control through changes in diet and lifestyle.

Virtually every medical authority (textbook, organization, journal, etc.), including the joint National Committee on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, has recommended that non-drug therapies be used in the treatment of borderline-to-mild hypertension (high blood pressure).

Vegetarians generally have lower blood pressure levels and a lower incidence of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases than non-vegetarians.

A high potassium-to-sodium intake is associated with lower blood pressure.

Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, biofeedback, transcendental meditation, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, and hypnosis, have all been shown to have some value in lowering blood pressure.

Population-based and clinical studies have shown that the higher the intake of vitamin C the lower the blood pressure.

Chronic exposure to lead from environmental sources, including drinking water, is associated with high blood pressure and increased cardiovascular mortality.

Co-Enzyme Q10 deficiency has been shown to be present in thirty-nine percent of patients with high blood pressure.

Over sixty double-blind studies have demonstrated that either fish oil supplements and/or flaxseed oil are very effective i=”miwering blood pressure.

Hawthorn extracts exert mild blood pressure-lowering effects.

Pre-Disposing Factors:

1. Endocrine hyper-function (adrenal secondary to anterior pituitary).

2. Obesity and/or lack of exercise.

3. Elevated blood lipids and increased cortisol levels.

4. Renal dysfunction.

5. Liver/portal congestion.

6. Stress (physiological or psychological).

7. Diabetes (Type II).

8. Vitamin D deficiency

NOTE: The degrees of hypotension

Mild Hypertension (140-160/90-104)

Moderate Hypertension (140-180/105-114)

Severe Hypertension (160+/115+)

General and Dietary Recommendations

High blood pressure should not be taken lightly. By keeping your blood pressure in the normal range, you will not only lengthen your life, but you will improve the quality of your life as well. This is especially true if natural measures, rather than drugs are used to attain proper blood pressure; the drugs carry significant side effects such as fatigue, headaches, and impotence. Here are some concise guidelines for the various classifications of high blood pressure:

1. Reduce excess weight

2. Reduce table salt (sodium chloride, especially Morton’s salt) intake and avoid foods with added salt> Use a non-concentrated type of earth salt like REAL SALT.

3. Follow a healthy lifestyle: avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking; exercise and use stress – reduction techniques

4. Follow a high-potassium diet rich in fiber and complex carbohydrates increase dietary consumption of celery, garlic, and onions

5. Reduce all oils while increasing the intake of coconut oil, fish oils and extra virgin olive oil

6. Eliminate all refined carbohydrates, alcohol and caffeine containing foods such as coffee, cola, tea and chocolate.

7. Eliminate all hydrogenated fats and oils.

8. Avoid excess consumption of dairy products and gluten containing grains.

9. Increase raw vegetables, seeds, nuts, chicken and especially fresh fish.

10. Sip 2 to 3 ounces of filtered or distilled water daily (no well water or water containing fluoride or chlorine).

11. If the triglycerides are increased with a decreased HDL, carbohydrate sensitivity resulting in dysinsulinism should be ruled out.

12. Vitamin D deficiency is known to cause high blood pressure. Vitamin D prevents excess renin production in the kidney resultiing in normal amounts of angiotensin II produced and thus lower blood pressure.

If, after following the above recommendations for a period of three to six months, blood pressure has not returned to normal, please consult a physician for further possible medication recommendations. It is important that you get your blood pressure into the normal ranges

Nutritional Supplements

Primary Nutrients:
1. BIO-MULTI PLUS IRON FREE – 3 tablets, twice daily after meals.

2. BIO-C PLUS 1000 – 1 tablet, 3 times daily after meals.

3. M S M POWDER – 1/2 teaspoonful 2 to 4 times daily depending on the severity of symptoms. NOTE: Always take MSM with your Vitamin C.

4. BIO-D MULSION FORTE — 5 drops daily after a meal.

5. IODIZYME-HP — 1 tablet once to twice daily after meals.

Specific Nutrients: When symptoms or condition begins to subside, gradually, as needed, wean yourself from the Specific Nutrients & stay on the Primary Nutrients. If any symptoms re-occur resume taking Specific Nutrients.

NOTE
6. CO Q-ZYME 100 Plus — 1 capsule daily after a meal for CoEnzyme Q10..

7. MELATONIN — 1 mg to 10 mg about an hour before bedtime. Experiment to find the appropriate dose that works best for you. Get from drug or health food store.

8. MG-ZYME – 2 capsules, 3 times daily with meals.

9. L-ARGININE — 3 capsules, twice daily morning and evening on empty stomach.

Follow these guidelines for one to three months. If your blood pressure has not dropped below 140/90, you will need to work with a physician to select the most appropriate medication and/or nutritional supplement changes.

Employ all the measures listed above. A prescription drug may be necessary to achieve initial control. When satisfactory control over the high blood pressure has been achieved, work with your physician to taper off the medication.

ADDENDUM

LINKS:

Transendental Meditation

Stress Relief Strategies