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Aspirin for MI: Is it the Best Choice?

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
Side effects of aspirin outweigh the benefits for preventing heart attacks and strokes. GI bleeds are the major serious complications, but hemorrhagic stroke and retinal bleeds are also associated problems. It also causes leaky gut syndrome. There are natural alternatives for aspirin that include fish oil, nattokinase, lumbrokinase, digestive enzymes that...

Belly Fat is Dangerous in People with a Normal Weight

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2019
  Even people with a normal weight who have excess belly fat are at 2.75 times the risk for cardiovascular death and 2.1 times the risk of all cause mortality according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Information from the NHANES study showed that an abnormal waist to hip ratio is a powerful predictive statistic. Abdominal fat is correlated with the...

Blood Pressure Pills

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
The goal of Big Pharma is to sell drugs, whether safe or not. It is always advertising new on-patent drugs because they have the greatest potential for profit. The most effective drug for blood pressure control has been around for 50 years, is off-patent, is about $10 per month; it is called hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). Even HCTZ causes problems that include elevated...

Can Essential Oils Help Lower Blood Pressure?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  According to an article in the December 2012 issue of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology short term (less than one hour) exposure to bergamot essential oil lowered blood pressure and heart rate by 2 mm of mercury systolic and heart rate by 1.7 beats per minute. This is minimal but significant. Prolonged exposure (more than one hour) led...

Can Your Blood Pressure Medicine Make You Blind?

submitted by: admin on 06/06/2014
A study conducted over 25 years on 5000 people aged 43-86 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine was published in the medical journal, Opthalmology, in May of 2014. This study documented that when drugs that dilate arteries to lower blood pressure, such as Apresoline (hydralazine) or Minipress (minoxidil...yes the same drug that is used to treat...

Canine Medicine Heals

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Dogs play a very important role in medical research, as service dogs, and as therapy dogs. They have been shown to sniff out cancer cells from the bladder, lung, prostate, breast, and skin with accuracy as high as 97%. They can detect when glucose levels are too high or low, to recognize when blood pressure is too high, when a heart attack is happening,...

Controlling Hypertension

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Most hypertension is caused by chronic stress and an overactive sympathetic nervous system. Mainstream medicine uses drugs to suppress blood pressure numbers, but does not address the underlying causes except in a small minority of cases. This review of the causes and wide range of treatments is presented.      

Diuretics, Hypertension, and Side Effects

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
How diuretics work in hypertension and their benefits, side effects, and problems are discussed. The ALLHAT study in JAMA in 2002 reviewed all classes of anti-hypertensives and made recommendations about the most intelligent choices for treatment. All drugs have problems; this is why lifestyle management becomes the most attractive approach for treatment because...

Do Vegetarians Really have a Lower Risk for Heart Disease?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  The January issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition posted an article claiming that vegetarians had 32% less heart disease than those eating meat and fish. The type of meat eaten was not disclosed. There are major differences between feed lot beef and grass fed beef or wild game that went unaddressed. Of course it is misleading and...

Essential Fatty Acids Overview

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are absolutely necessary for life. Sources are from fish, fish oil, krill, flax and oils from other seeds, nuts, and plants. There is an epidemic of essential fatty acid deficiencies in the US. Infant formulas have been deficient in EFAs; we can add fish oil and evening primrose oil to it. EFAs thin blood, prevent rhythm...

Exercise for Hypertension

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Exercise is very powerful medicine that can treat hypertension, depression, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, osteoporosis, congestive heart failure, and many other  conditions that are reviewed. Exercise should be encouraged at every age and in every community. The type of exercise that is best is also reviewed.    

Fatty Acids: What You Need to Know

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are absolutely necessary for life. Sources are from fish, fish oil, flax and oils from other seeds, nuts, and plants. There is an epidemic of essential fatty acid deficiencies in the US. Infant formulas have been deficient in EFAs; we can add fish oil and evening primrose oil to it. EFAs thin blood, prevent rhythm disturbances,...

Flaxseeds Lower Blood Pressure

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  The largest decrease in BP ever shown by any dietary intervention is flaxseeds according to a paper presented at the American Heart Association 2012 Scientific Sessions. Just 2 tablespoons of milled flax seeds resulted in a drop of 10 mm of Hg systolic and 7 mm Hg diastolic. This is equivalent to most antihypertensive drugs, and without their associated...

Garlic

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
There are a multitude of healthy benefits from garlic that are reviewed. It is one of nature's most versatile and powerful foods that is also very tasty. Its effects on blood pressure, anticoagulation, and on microbes is reviewed.          

Garlic Protects the Heart

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  Garlic oil may help release protective compounds for the heart during a heart attack, during cardiac surgery, or for congestive heart failure. The active compound is diallyl trisulfide, which can deliver hydrogen sulfide gas to the heart. In studies in mice when a coronary artery is tied off there is 61% less damage when diallyl trisulfide is administered....

Gut Microbes Linked to Weight and Metabolic Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine published in the August 2012 issue of PLoS a study showing that there are at least 26 species of bacteria linked to obesity and the metabolic syndrome traits such as body mass, triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose levels, CRP, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure. We know that many...

Happy Marriage Helps High Blood Pressure

submitted by: admin on 06/14/2024
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How Chocolate Reduces Risk for Heart Attacks and Strokes

submitted by: admin on 10/22/2018
Scientists from LSU Medical Center reported at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition on how the flora in the intestinal tract digest chocolate and convert its large, poorly absorbed, polyphenols that protect the heart and brain from inflammation, into smaller, more easily absorbed antioxidants. They recommend building up the gut microbes that accomplish...

How Much Vitamin C Do You Need?

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  The RDA for vitamin C is enough to prevent scurvy, but not enough to prevent heart attacks, strokes, cancer and many infectious diseases. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, we should raise the RDA from 70 mg in women and 90 mg in men to 200 mg per day. While we could get 200 mg per day in our diets, few of us consume 5-9 servings of fruits and...

How to Assess Your Blood Pressure

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
The best way to assess your blood pressure is to take multiple home readings. This is more accurate than taking blood pressures in the doctor's office because of the "white coat syndrome." Many people are treated for high blood pressure and don't have it a all! Overtreatment leads to complications from medications as well as hypotension (low...

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