One out of every three people has hypertension or high blood pressure. Traditional medicine offers prescription drugs to treat hypertension; however, medical journals admit not enough is being done to treat the condition. The reality is, by using current drug therapy, only 34% have their blood pressure adequately controlled. 34% is not that great.
I believe that a Wellness approach can produce not only much higher percentages than drugs but better results without the negative side effects. If one out of every three adults in America has hypertension, isn’t it obvious that our diet and lifestyle could be a major factor? The one out of three statistic includes those that have been diagnosed, who know and understand their condition, and those who are undiagnosed.
The undiagnosed represent the largest population. Hypertension is an industry in and of itself. Major pharmaceutical companies compete and lobby to get their blood pressure drug on the market. With documented “limited” success, not to mention the side effects, many people are put on these drugs for life. The 5-Minute Clinical Consult 2010 edition stated that “direct annual medical expenses related to hypertension exceed $185 billion per year, with most patients requiring multiple drugs.”
Think of hypertension as a warning sign, a signal that you don’t want to ignore. Hypertension is the result of a deeper but sometimes easily correctable condition. The body is giving feedback. Increased blood pressure is a sympathetic reaction signaling that something is wrong. A Wellness approach is to figure out what’s causing the sympathetic overdrive. Remember, in Wellness, we always want to have the courage and patience to find the underlying cause. In emergency cases, temporary use of prescription drugs can save lives, but long term use “avoids” the problem. At best, you keep the problem at bay, not to mention the harmful side effects.
Did you know that Dr. Godo offers natural alternatives for hypertension? Finding the underlying factors is essential when dealing with blood pressure cases. Dr. Godo offers effective strategies and testing.
Dr. Alex Vasquez, a research physician for Biotics Research Corporation, believes “complimentary or alternative medicine, particularly chiropractic, should be the mainstream approach to hypertension.” Natural therapies to increase nitric oxide, chelate metals, support epithelial vascular tissue, stabilize blood sugar as well as chiropractic adjustments can be effective with hypertension cases. Also, Coenzyme Q along with diet and lifestyle changes can help normalize blood pressure.
Traditionally the definition of hypertension is defined as elevated systolic over 140 or the diastolic pressure greater than 90. Surprising, 68% of all death occurred with systolic blood pressure between 120 and 140 and diastolic below 90. New guidelines suggest mortality increases starting at 115/75.
Consider this double blind placebo controlled study. Fifty drug naïve patients plus 24 patients washed out from medication, all with stage one hypertension, were randomized. Some received a national upper cervical chiropractic adjustment called NUCCA, the others received a sham procedure or placebo. After 8 weeks, the NUCCA group had a reduction in systolic blood pressure of -17 vs. the placebo group with a -3. Also, diastolic blood pressure was reduced in the NUCCA group -10 vs. the placebo group with -2. No adverse side effects were recorded. Authors concluded “that restoration of atlas alignment is associated with marked and sustained reductions of blood pressure similar to the use of two drug combination therapy. This study is very dramatic and should document the value of chiropractic in the treatment of hypertension.”
Let me emphasize again, Wellness treatments have “positive” corollary side effects; meaning not only does your blood pressure normalize, you may have more energy or notice your joints are less stiff, any number of “positive” side effects are possible. However, virtually ALL drugs carry negative side effects over a period of time.
For some of you, taking a Wellness approach is a major paradigm shift. If you have questions, there are reliable sources that can help. The science of Wellness is documented and exciting to explore. Like most people, you may be concerned about the expense. Just keep in mind, conventional blood pressure medications can cost $150 or more each month.
When is the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Remember, 1 out of every 3 people has hypertension. Think of the benefits for your overall health if you lower your blood pressure “naturally.” I believe you can.
Don’t ignore the warning signs, don’t put it off. Have your blood pressure checked and ask Dr. Godo about natural therapies for hypertension.