blood pressure

  1. Sick of your low-salt diet? It’s probably not working anyway!

    You’ve heard the advice so often… you’re probably sick of it.

    And maybe you’re even TRYING it now…

    If only to shut your doctor up about it.

    After all, every time he checks your blood pressure, he nags you about it.

    He probably sounds like a broken record…

    Cut your salt. Cut your salt. Cut your salt. Cut your salt. Cut your salt….

    Well, friend, it’s time to switch albums – because this one isn’t just broken.


    New research finally exposes the low-salt torture for the baloney it is.

    Except… that’s not how they’re selling it.

    Maybe you’ve seen the headlines that claim it’s “proof’ that the low-salt diet “works” for cutting blood pressure.

    But I’m here today with a fact-check – because that’s NOT what this study found at all!

    The TRUTH behind that low-salt study making headlines

    Scientists replaced the salt in certain South American communities with a special “low-salt” blend that had 25% less salt.

    After a few years of this, blood pressure levels dropped.

    That’s the part of the study getting attention – the big “win” for the low-salt diet.


    The average drop was just 1.23 (systolic)/0.72 (diastolic).

    They’re calling this “PROOF” that YEARS of following a low-salt diet “works?”

    What utter nonsense!

    There are DOZENS of ways to get much BETTER results… much FASTER…

    Like basic mineral supplementation with calcium, potassium, and magnesium… as well as proven natural therapies such as hawthorn berry.

    Here’s another one that gets no attention at all: probiotics.

    They’re supposed to be good for digestion… and they are… but a study a coupla years back found that regular probiotic use cut BP by 3.56/2.38.

    That’s TRIPLE the “success” of the low salt diet in the new study -- yet NO headlines and NO celebration.

    Hmmm… maybe that’s because it flies in the face of the ol’ drugs-and-diet garbage they love to push on us.

    There’s one more trick you should know… and it takes SECONDS, not YEARS.

    If your doc takes a BP reading… and says “Hmmmmm”… he should take a second reading.

    Close to 100% of the time, your BP will be more than 1.23/0.72 LOWER than on the first reading.

    If you continue using salt… as you should)… it should be an unrefined variety, with all the many minerals contained therein.

    Your choices include Himalayan pink, “Real Salt” by Redmond, Celtic Sea Salt, or others.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. [Scary] Your BP meds are LITERALLY poisoning you!

    When a germ in lettuce makes a dozen people sick, they sound the alarm… call the press… and launch a nationwide effort to hunt down every last leaf.

    But when it’s a common drug taken by seniors?

    Shhhhhhh! Don’t want to upset the patients (…or the profits)!

    That’s SERIOUSLY what’s going on right now.

    You’ve no doubt seen the headlines scattered here and there since last summer of blood pressure drugs being recalled.

    They’ve quietly added up… FAST.

    A new report finds 1 million Americans – mostly older people – have been given drugs that we now know were contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical.

    That’s scary enough… but what we DON’T know is even scarier.

    Don’t risk cancer to lower your BP. There’s a better way.

    4-step plan to PERFECT blood pressure

    Now, there’s no way of knowing the REAL cause of the problem. They may not even know themselves.

    And what they’ve admitted so far is terrifying.

    The feds right came out and said these cancer-causing contaminants slipped into so many millions of doses of so many drugs for one scary reason…


    So far, they’ve found tainted batches of valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan… as well as their related meds.

    But who knows how many OTHER drugs have contained – and still contain – similar contaminants?!

    Clearly, the problem is WAY worse than some funky chemical just happening to kinda-sorta-WHOOPS! “slip in” to “some lots” of the drug.

    It's happening far too often for that.

    Think of it this way…

    If you’ve ever been pulled over for speeding… and gotten a ticket… you know darned well you weren’t the only one cruising over the limit that day.

    You’re just the one that got CAUGHT.

    It’s the same with these meds.

    ALL of them are toxic. Even the “known” ingredients – including the “active” ingredients that make the drug “work” – can be poisonous to your body.

    That’s true with or without contaminants.

    But you don’t have to face those risks, especially not for better blood pressure control.

    I’ve got four steps that can help you avoid going on the meds or – with your doctor’s permission – ditch them if you’re on them.

    STEP 1:Magnesium. Take 500-1,000 mg per day. Some people may need even more, especially if they’ve had ongoing constipation woes (yeah, I know we don’t like to talk about that).

    STEP 2: Lose Weight. Did you know that 75 percent of adult men and two-thirds of women are overweight or obese? It’s THAT bad, and it’s one of the biggest drivers of high blood pressure.

    STEP 3: Food Tests. Sensitivities to foods – including entire categories like dairy as well as “hidden” ingredients like additives, preservatives and sweeteners – can raise blood pressure. Tests can reveal what you need to avoid, and along with cutting blood pressure you’ll enjoy everything from better digestion to a sharper mind.

    Or maybe skip all three of these and go straight to…

    STEP 4: Home Monitoring. Between 10 percent and 50 percent of people with “high” blood pressure actually have NORMAL BP and need nothing at all. No drugs. No magnesium. No food tests.

    It’s called “white coat hypertension,” a fancy way of saying BP that rises in the doctor’s office.

    Simplest cure of all: Take your own readings at home, and let your doctor know what your real blood pressure is.

  3. One of the many benefits of walnuts could be lower blood pressure

    Last month, researchers found that eating one type of snack food for six weeks could lower your blood pressure. Plus, this kind of snacking could even improve your blood pressure when you‘re under stress. And that‘s important, because if you have a high-octane lifestyle, you run a greater risk of developing heart disease. But can eating one type of food really make a difference? That‘s what researchers from Penn State recently set out to discover. For the study, they recruited 22 healthy adults with elevated LDL and asked them to follow three different dietary programs. The researchers provided all the meals and snacks and closely monitored the participants‘ progress. For the first six weeks, participants ate a "typical" American diet. It was high in fat and carbs, a few fruits and vegetables thrown in here and there, no nuts, and plenty of processed foods. For the second six weeks, participants again followed a "typical" American diet with two exceptions. They ate a handful of walnuts instead of another unhealthy snack. They also replaced some of the "bad" fat in their diet with one tablespoon of walnut oil. Their overall caloric and fat intake did not change. For the last six weeks, participants continued to follow a "typical" American diet. But this time researchers included a serving of walnuts, walnut oil, and 1.5 tablespoons of flaxseed oil each day. To see what kind of affect these dietary changes had on the body, the participants took a series of stress tests...

    Walnuts improve your body‘s response to stress

    At the end of each six-week period, the volunteers took two stress tests. The first test gauged the participants‘ reaction to mental stress. Researchers assigned each volunteer a random topic. The volunteers each got two minutes to develop a presentation based on the topic. Then, they had to deliver a three- minute speech on camera. Then, at the end of the presentation, researchers took the participants‘ blood pressure. The second test gauged the participants‘ response to physical stress. For this test, they dunked one foot into a bucket of ice-cold water. Again, the researchers measured the participants‘ blood pressure to see how their bodies responded to the stress. Overall, researchers discovered three things. First off, eating walnuts lowered the participants‘ resting blood pressure by two to three points. Secondly, eating walnuts improved blood pressure scores during both types of stress tests. In fact, researchers found that participants significantly lowered their average diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) in both sets of stress tests when they followed the walnut diets. Thirdly, the researchers found that adding flax seed oil to the mix didn‘t further reduce the participants‘ blood pressure. However, adding flax seed did have some other very important benefits. In fact, during the flax seed oil phase, some of the participants underwent a vascular ultrasound. The results showed that eating flax seed oil (in addition to walnuts) improved the participants‘ arterial dilation. The walnuts plus flax seed diet also lowered the participants‘ levels of C-reactive protein, an indicator of heart health.

    When your stomach grumbles, grab a handful of walnuts

    Walnuts are one of the best foods to snack on when you‘re stressed. They are rich in fiber and antioxidants. Plus, walnuts and flax seeds both contain alpha linolenic acid, a special kind of omega-3 fatty acid that promotes cardiovascular health. In fact, in another recent study men and women who ate ALA each day reduced their blood pressure by up to six percent. And if you‘ve got high blood pressure, that‘s not too shabby. It may be enough to get off your blood pressure medicine! So make one small, positive change in your life today. Substitute a serving of walnuts for one of your snacks each day. Ounce-for-ounce, they‘re much more filling than just about any other snack. Plus, they may help you stay calm and collected through even the craziest day. Just make sure they‘re fresh. Nuts can go rancid very quickly.
  4. Combat cardiovascular risk with four-antioxidant combo

    We just learned that vitamin E plays a major role in preventing Alzheimer's disease. But vitamin E is hardly a one-trick pony. In fact, another study out this week shows that vitamin E, along with three other antioxidants, can help combat cardiovascular disease. For this study, Israeli scientists recruited 70 patients who had at least two of the following risk factors:
      • high blood pressure
      • diabetes
    low HDL cholesterol (or "good" cholesterol)
    • smoked cigarettes
      Scientists divided participants into two random groups. The first group received 1000 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E, 200 mcg of selenium, and 120 mg of coenzyme Q10 each day. The second group received a placebo. The participants continued this regimen for six months. After six months, researchers found that the antioxidant group experienced some major changes in their overall health. First off, the patients' HDL -- or "good" -- cholesterol increased. They also lowered their blood pressure. And their blood sugar levels came down as well. And best of all, the researchers noted an improvement in overall arterial elasticity in the antioxidant patients. And that's a biggie, because stiff arteries lead to heart attacks and strokes. On the other hand, the group receiving just the placebo for six months didn't experience any of these improvements. Their numbers all stayed the same. What's the take home message here, folks? There's always plenty you can do to improve your overall health...even if you've already been diagnosed with hypertension or diabetes. Now, of course, I would make a few tweaks to the Israeli regimen. First off, instead of taking 1,000 mg of vitamin C once a day, take that amount twice a day. (That's my minimum recommended level for healthy adults.) In addition, you can take 400 IU of vitamin E twice a day as well. I would also make sure to add magnesium to the mix for anyone with a heart condition or diabetes. Go for 500 to 800 mg of it per day. Magnesium helps to relax your blood vessels and normalize your blood pressure. And lastly, I would also add 1,000 mg of l-carnitine. This nutrient helps you turn fat into energy.
  5. Hate needles? Try this simple trick...

    You know it's not going to kill you, but you still hate getting needles all the same. Well, a simple trick may help during your next trip to the blood lab or allergist.

    Just cough.

    Sure--coughing provides a distraction from the pain. But it may even block the moment of pain all together.

    According to a new report in the British Medical Journal, coughing causes your blood pressure to spike. And this brief spike in blood pressure may block your perception of pain. In several recent studies, patients who coughed during injections reported less pain.

    Gynecologists have also found that coughing works during pap smears. In fact, it works as well as local anesthetic to blunt cervical pain. Plus, it significantly reduced the length of the procedure.

    So next time you get jabbed, try coughing. Just don't cough so hard the technician misses the mark!

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