Re: Hi Andreas; a question about treating hypertension
You didn't mention his age. His boderline blood pressure may actually be completely normal for him, and for his age. The recommended "normal blood pressure" has been "adjusted" so many times that I would not give any credence to those who claim they know what is normal for a person. Different body types have different blood pressures. Plus,they fluctuate all the time. There are millions out there who suffer from a false positive hypertenstion diagnosis. I wrote quite a bit on this subject in my book Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation (ener-chi.com). See the excerpt below.
The biggest cause of hypertension is not drinking enough water and avoiding real salt (normal table salt should be avoided). Lack of water consumption thickens the blood, reduces blood volume and thereby forces the blood vessels to tighten, which increases the blood pressure. Also, eating proteins foods leads to thickening of the basal membranes of blood vessel walls, also tightening the blood vessels. If this happens in the kidneys, it can damage them and lead to permanent hypertension. The kidneys greatly benefit from the kidney cleanse (see my book The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush, ener-chi.com) ,which also help balance elevated blood pressure.
" Hypertension Produced in the Doctor’s Office?
If your visit to the doctor is accompanied by the fear of anticipating a serious physical problem, your anxiety may trigger a stress response and raise your blood pressure. This phenomenon is known as “white-coat hypertension.” While the doctor is measuring your blood pressure (using the old system of measurement), the pressure of the inflating cuff against your blood vessels and accompanying nerves raises it even more. By the time the pressure in the cuff is lowered to read the pulsation level, you inevitably have an artificially raised blood pressure. Both factors, the anxiety and the taking of the blood pressure, may be sufficient to “make” a person hypertensive.
A healthy blood pressure can vary tremendously – as much as 30 mm Hg – over the cause of any day. To be really certain that you are hypertensive, the doctor would either have to take several readings each day over a period of six months (as recommended by the WHO) or give you a portable electronic device to do the same. Another problem arises because the systolic blood pressure may vary between each arm by as much as 8 mm Hg. In some cases the difference can be up to 20 mm Hg.
Also, there is the question whether the doctor or health care worker takes the blood pressure while the person lying down, then sitting, then standing? If the person is asked to stand, how long does the doctor wait before taking the blood pressure? And, is he checking the person’s heart rate in the three different positions? Just taking a blood pressure when the person is sitting will not tell him much about what happens when he is standing for any amount of time. But who is the patient that asks his doctor to do all that? The general mode of behavior I in a doctor’s office is to let the doctor do his job without questioning him. A recent study revealed that more than 70 percent of health care workers failed to use the proper arm position established by the American Heart Association. This position calls for the elbow to be slightly flexed and held at heart
In a study from the University of California, San Diego, 100 subjects were
given six blood pressure readings in different positions. The researchers found that when subjects were seated with the arm perpendicular to the body, hypertension was recorded in 22 percent. But when the same subjects held the arm parallel to the body, 41 percent
showed BP readings indicating high blood pressure. This raises a very important question: “How many people leave the doctor’s office or hospital with a blood pressure prescription in hand who ‘suffer’ from high blood pressure because the doctor or nurse didn’t follow the proper measurement guidelines?” My conservative estimate is, hundreds of thousands of them.
With regard to testing the blood pressure in pregnant women, there is no consensus as yet on which of the several available tests are truly reliable.
Furthermore, high blood pressure often is a temporary stress-related phenomenon and returns to normal after things calm down. In the case of white-coat hypertension, your blood pressure may drop to normal levels soon after you leave the doctor’s surgery. But whether your blood pressure is chronically elevated or not, you may be asked to take anti-hypertensive drugs that have little or no effect on your real condition, but may produce severe side effects including headaches, lethargy, nausea, sleepiness, and impotence. Anti-hypertensive drugs are so popular today because patients believe that just by swallowing a pill a day they can prevent a possible heart attack. Research published in 1997 by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that drugs for high blood pressure may be over-prescribed, especially if blood pressure measurements are taken by the doctor instead of by the portable device used for ambulatory monitoring.
Mass-producing Hypertensive Patients
What is more disturbing in all that is that the medical system is trying to create a problem where there is none. What is considered to be “normal” blood pressure has been modified nearly a dozen times in the past 30 years. The American Medical Association’s recommendations now cite anything over 115/70 as being “high.” Just 6 years ago, that number was 140/90, which is actually still quite low. Perhaps, soon everyone with 100/60 may be considered at risk. How far do they want to take this deception before everyone is declared as being in the risk group for high blood pressure?
We are certainly heading in the wrong direction with our medication policies in the U.S. other countries. We have indiscriminately turned huge portions of the population into hypertensive patients that in actual fact are not sick at all. According to a recent Reuters online article, a Ben Gurion University study with 500 subjects showed that patients over 70 years old with what modern standards call “mild hypertension” actually thought more clearly and creatively than those with lower blood pressure. Both men and women in the study whose blood pressure was deemed high enough to warrant treatment with prescription drugs – and also those with clinically uncontrolled (untreated) hypertension – performed significantly better on tests of cognitive function, memory, concentration, and visual retention. Surprisingly, those with “normal” blood pressure showed the worst performance among all three groups in the study. The research clearly implies over-medication of senior citizens, not just for blood pressure. Just as we have seen with blood cholesterol levels, a normal blood pressure among the elderly population is naturally higher than it is for the younger population. Suppressing their blood pressure down with side-effect causing drugs is not only harmful to their brain cells and other parts of the body, but it is highly unethical, too.
It is a well know fact that high blood pressure is not responsible for causing heart disease; it is heart disease that causes high blood pressure. Despite the large amounts of hypertensive drugs and other heart medication being pushed by the medical industry, mortality rates have not improved. Quite to the contrary, the side effects are often severe and include collapse of the lungs and heart attacks.
By contrast, there are many controlled studies, which show that relaxation therapies, and a change of diet and lifestyle can lower a person’s blood pressure faster and more consistently than medication. Going on a balanced vegetarian diet alone can normalize blood pressure on a permanent basis. The water therapy described earlier on is also a natural and quick method to restore normal blood pressure. The daily full body oil massage and all the other cleansing methods described in this book can significantly improve blood pressure, too. In many cases, a series of liver cleanses and one or two kidney cleanses are sufficient to eliminate hypertension altogether.
There is one more widespread myth about blood pressure that most people – and their doctors – don't seem to know about:
While research has established that mortality rates remain uninfluenced by the drugs, their side effects are often severe and include collapse of the lungs and heart attacks. By contrast, there are many controlled studies, which show that relaxation therapies, and a change of diet and lifestyle can lower a person’s blood pressure faster and more consistently than medication. Going on a balanced vegetarian diet alone can normalize blood pressure on a permanent basis. The water therapy described earlier on is also a natural and quick method to restore normal blood pressure. Furthermore, the daily full body oil massage (especially with sesame oil) greatly benefits blood pressure. Also if taken internally as a cooking oil or salad dressing, sesame oil helps reduce high blood pressure and dependence on medication. According to a recent study, participants (average age 58 years) consumed 35 grams of sesame oil a day for 60 days and thereby lowered their blood pressure readings from an average of 166/101 to 134/84."