The Latest News About Blood Pressure

Holy moley, Batman, they’re at it again! Now medicine has come to the brilliant conclusion that the way to deal with failure is to create more of it.

Here’s the story: Blood pressure medicines are a failure. Even if the meds get your systolic and diastolic numbers to line up just so, your body won’t feel the love. In fact, your body will often respond, via symptoms, to tell you all is not well.

And that’s a problem for the medical poobahs. Blood pressure meds are a huge gold mine that makes the Comstock Lode look chintzy. What to do?

Three cardiologists, recipients of beaucoup bucks via blood pressure medicines, joined forces to figure out a solution. They decided the problems with blood pressure meds came from starting them too late in patients’ lives, and the solution was, obviously, to start the meds shortly after puberty. Well, at least by the time they were old enough to vote. Or shortly thereafter.

They decided, based pretty much on no evidence, that blood pressure meds would work better when started earlier in life. Problem solved, right?

In late 2017, when you were holiday shopping or otherwise distracted, they announced a new “standard” for judging the results of blood pressure checks.

They replaced the not-very-old 140/90 definition of high blood pressure with the new, improved standard of 130/80. And just like that, at least half the population needed medication. KaChing!

Needless to say, the rest of the medical community joined the chorus, shouting, “Yeah! That’s the ticket!”

Historically, it was accepted that blood pressure increased with age, and nobody considered it a problem. I found a chart (from 2013) of typical blood pressure results; it said men between the ages of 60 and 65 would be expected to have a blood pressure of 147/91. Today’s doctors would drool like Great Danes if they saw numbers like that.

But there’s good news tonight! You have a choice of better, natural ways to lower blood pressure.

1. Replace regular table salt with sea salt. I personally like the flavor of Celtic Sea Salt and use it liberally. Why sea salt? Any naturally occurring nutrition in regular table salt gets processed way, making it a dead substance. Then they add aluminum, making it a dangerous substance.

Sea Salt isn’t processed, so it has more than 80 trace minerals, balanced as they are in nature, for your good health and your dining pleasure.

2. If your cortisol runs low (and you live in stress city), you’ll probably end up on blood pressure meds. Fixing the cortisol problem is a better idea, especially since you won’t fix the BP problem until your cortisol gets happy–at which your blood pressure will self-correct.

Knowing where your cortisol stands is a matter of recognizing symptoms. Blood tests, the only tests offered by most doctors, don’t detect low cortisol until you’re near death’s door. (I talk about it in my Moving to Health program.)

3. Get rid of the polyunsaturated fats in your diet–corn oil, soy oil, canola oil, pretty much any liquid oil for that matter. Saturated fat, though, is good, really good.

4. And here’s the biggy: Take magnesium–breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime, whenever. Plenty o’ magnesium. And if you’re on diuretics, take more.

You’ll want to start magnesium slowly, then build. Starting too fast can cause diarrhea– not a health risk, but not even close to fun.

You don’t need to take calcium. The body works hard to keep calcium and magnesium in balance. Since we get enough calcium in our food, taking more adds to your body’s work load.

Bottom line: Give your body the nutrition it needs, and many of your health problems, including blood pressure, will simply go away.

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

About the author: Bette Dowdell defines determination. A drunk driver put her into a really deep health ditch when she was a baby, giving her a concussion. Concussions are murder on the endocrine system, which controls all of health, and down the ill she tumbled. Doctors didn’t help–for years. So, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. Bette never intended to be a health expert, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, and she’s still researching. To subscribe to Bette’s free health e-mails, click the “subscribe” button on the top/right.

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