A Patient’s guide to strange, but true, information about this devastating disease that 1/3 of Americans have but most

don’t even know it!
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By David J. Webb


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Any medical information in this publication is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with a health care professional.
David J Webb is not a medical professional but has been a hypertension sufferer for many years. He believes in controlling blood pressure with as many natural cures as possible, while limiting the use of medication as much as is healthful. He also strongly suggests partnering with a medical professional to supervise all treatments for this dangerous disease. © 2009-2010 David J. Webb ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WORLDWIDE. You may not modify this document in any way, under any circumstances. This report is supplied for information purposes only and, as knowledgeable in this subject matter as the author is, the material herein does not constitute professional advice, medical or otherwise. The information presented herein represents the view of the author as of the date of publication. Because of the rate with which conditions change, the author reserves the right to alter and update their opinion based on the new conditions or research. This report is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information with regard to the subject matter covered. It is provided with the understanding that the publisher and the author are not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, medical or other professional advice. If medical advice or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. The reader is advised to consult with an appropriately qualified professional before making any health decisions. The author and publisher do not accept any responsibility for any liabilities resulting from the medical or personal care decisions made by readers of this report.

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Introduction: The unknown danger of the “silent killer”
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and renal failure, but one out of four people don't even know they have it. If you're over 60, there's a good chance that you have hypertension. (High blood pressure a.k.a. hypertension) affects at least 65 million Americans, rarely presents any symptoms, and, if left untreated, can have fatal consequences, according to UCLA's Healthy Years. Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in a recent issue of the American Heart Association's (AHA) journal Hypertension, revealed that in 2003–2004, only 37 percent of people with hypertension were successfully keeping their blood pressure under control.

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People you care about may be suffering from high blood pressure and not even know it. Others you love may not really have this condition under control, either using natural methods or with medication. Please feel free to forward this report to anyone you know. Maybe we can both have a positive impact on their lives. Now, please read on to discover the “5 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You about High Blood Pressure…and Why You Should Know Them.”

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1. Your Doctor Doesn’t Have Time to Discuss Natural Treatments
Medical Study Proves Your Doctor Has No Time to Discuss a Hypertension Natural Remedy There are plenty of high blood pressure natural treatment alternatives to drug therapy. Why is drug therapy the first course of treatment rather than the last resort? Unfortunately, the entire medical system today is stacked against any natural remedy for high blood pressure. America's health care industry doesn't really allow your physician to educate us about any high blood pressure home remedies. One major reason is that he or she does not have the time to educate any patient. The doctor is not really in charge of his day. The health care system forces the docs to give patients a minimal amount of time. Whether payment is from Medicare or private medical insurance, they both have the same challenge: see a lot of patients in a day. In a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine (2005), the activities of doctors were timed. The average time spent by the doctor in the office was a little over eight hours. One startling finding was that about 40% of that day was spent out of the examination rooms. Parsing out the remaining time to patients left the physician an average of 17 minutes with each patient. 17 minutes! Think about your own experiences. Doesn't it seem like doctors are more in a rush today than ever? (An interesting observation of this study was that doctors inevitably overestimated the time they spent with patients.) So, it's almost impossible for a modern medical practice to take the time to educate you about natural alternatives to pills to fight high blood pressure. What can you do? I recommend you do your own research and go to your appointment with facts and natural strategies of your own to discuss. Create a partnership with your family physician to work together on a natural remedy for high blood pressure.

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Medical professionals generally respond very well to a motivated patient with a sound plan that can be monitored. Help the doctor help you. Do your own research and work towards a high blood pressure natural treatment under the supervision of a medical professional. Why You Should Know This: Don’t be surprised that your physician simply cannot take the time to discuss alternative therapies. It’s not really the fault of the medical professionals. They are trapped in the same health care system that you and I are. Take the responsibility for your care into your own hands. Take responsibility for your decisions, actions and results. Do your part to the best of your ability and allow your doctor to do his or her part within the limitations of the system.

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2. White Coat Syndrome Can Heighten or Lower Your BP Readings
White-Coat Hypertension is Not Benign…Study Shows Condition Doubles Risk for Sustained High Blood Pressure In an article dated June 29, 2009, it was revealed that new research suggests that approximately one in six adults (16-17%) exhibit "whitecoat" hypertension, meaning that their blood pressure is high when their doctor checks it, but normal the rest of the time. Additionally, close to one in 10 people have a less well understood condition known as "masked" hypertension, in which blood pressure readings are normal in the medical setting but sporadically high in real life. One-quarter of the 319 people participating in a Canadian blood pressure study had a dangerous condition that their physicians could not detect: white-coat normo-tension, in which blood pressure appears normal in the doctor's office but soars at home to levels that should be treated (Archives of Family Medicine, June 2000). It's the opposite of a phenomenon called white-coat hypertension (when blood pressure rises in the examining room, then drops to normal during daily life), and it has researchers somewhat stymied. "If your life is active and hectic, then sitting in the doctor's office might be a relatively relaxing time," suggests study author Wolfgang Linden, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. "It's possible that when people are free of demands even for a short time, their otherwise high pressure starts to decline." Since high blood pressure is a symptomless condition, detecting this super-invisible type requires some sleuthing. Both conditions have been thought by many to have little relationship to true hypertension risk, but the new study finds otherwise.

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Participants with white-coat hypertension at the start of the study had more than double the risk of having sustained hypertension a decade later, compared to those with normal blood pressures. Those with masked hypertension had a 78% higher chance of developing sustained high blood pressure readings over time. The study is the first to show that white-coat hypertension and masked hypertension are associated with clinically meaningful high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. "This means that these conditions are by no means clinically innocent, as they have often been thought to be," study researcher Giuseppe Mancia, MD of the University MilanBicocca says in a news release. The study by Mancia and colleagues included 1,412 adults (aged 25 to 74) followed for 10 years in an ongoing health trial. In addition to blood pressure readings obtained in the clinical setting, readings were also obtained with two widely used out-of-office tests -- ambulatory monitoring, which involved automated testing every 20 minutes over a 24-hour period, and sporadic home monitoring, using a lower-tech portable monitoring device similar to those available for purchase in drug and medical supply stores. After 10 years, more than 40% of study participants who originally had white-coat hypertension or masked hypertension developed sustained high blood pressure readings, compared to 16% of those with normal blood pressures at the start of the study. After adjusting for age and sex, the researchers concluded that the risk of developing sustained hypertension was 250% higher in the white-coat group and 180% higher in those with masked hypertension. The study appears in the August, 2009 issue of the American Heart Association (AHA) journal Hypertension.

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Cardiologist Richard Stein, MD, (a professor of medicine at New York University) says that the study offers good evidence that white-coat hypertension and masked hypertension are clinically relevant. If you suspect you might have either condition and other methodologies still give you different numbers, follow up with the gold standard. Your doctor can take the next step by outfitting you with a 24-hour blood pressure-measuring device. It takes three or four readings an hour and should provide the definitive word on your situation Why You Should Know This: My theory is that it’s better to know than not know. With high blood pressure, it is critical to know your real numbers so you can adjust your personal treatment options. If you don’t really have hypertension, then you don’t really need to take much action (although I would always argue that improving you diet and lifestyle are worthwhile). If, in reality, you do have hypertension, you can research treatment options – natural or drug therapy – and determine your own pathway to health.

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3. Docs Push Pills and Don’t Discuss Downsides or Alternatives
Doctors are trained and reimbursed for prescribing drugs and therapy – not to teach natural disease remedies and cures. In his 2007 book, “The Spectrum,” Dr Dean Ornish has this to say – “All the doctors I know are genuinely interested in helping their patients. However, since we’re trained to use drugs and surgery but not lifestyle interventions and preventive approaches, and we’re reimbursed to use drugs and surgery but not lifestyle interventions and preventive approaches, it’s not surprising that most physicians rely primarily on drugs and surgery. As the pressures of managed care cause doctors to spend less time with more and more patients, there is not enough time to talk about diet and lifestyle issues.” Doesn’t that last part sound familiar? Haven’t we already seen that time is a huge issue for docs in our health care system? Hypertension in your body is a perfectly natural response to unnatural stimuli. If you were a blood vessel, it's exactly how you would react. The fact is that high blood pressure is called "the silent killer" because it is a disease that doesn't make you feel any worse until you just, finally, die from its effects. Consider high blood pressure natural treatment - fight disease with health! There are natural cures for high blood pressure. Here are some of the reasons you might want to consider natural hypertension treatment rather than drug therapy. With some drugs, you can decide whether your symptoms are a heart attack or just side effects. Some "healing" drugs have published side effects such as rapid heart rate, palpitations, heartburn or irregular heart beat. Let's take a short tour of some of those potential side effects.

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You'll honestly have the "Not tonight, honey, I've got a headache" syndrome. A headache or dizziness may be considered mild side effects to some, but I would not pay for nor invite these ailments to my house (neither would I want the diminished sex drive and/or inability to be intimate). You won't need to catch a cold to feel lousy all year. Other medicines cause a stuffy nose, loss of taste, severe dryness of the mouth, fever, and a dry hacking, chronic cough. Nothing says "stay away from me" much like a hacking, lung-displacing all day cough. Wouldn't any of these symptoms so far motivate you to try a high blood pressure natural treatment? "I'm melting, I'm melting..." You'll feel like you're melting and fading away with the side effects of feeling weak or faint, dizziness, weak muscles, depression and extreme fatigue. Of course, a lot of that fatigue could be caused by the insomnia side effect of some pills - or the recurring nightmares. High blood pressure medicine side effects will make you feel swell! You may have swelling around the eyes, swollen ankles (which you can study as you suffer from the side effect of constipation), and swollen and sore joints. If pills as a remedy are beginning to sound like a nightmare, that’s because it certainly can be. By the way, if you are currently taking any medication, don't stop without consulting with your doctor. Natural cures for high blood pressure may present a much better and healthier lifestyle, but the transition from meds to natural is best carried out in partnership with a health professional. Why You Should Know This: If you start a drug regimen to forcibly control your natural-state blood pressure, you could begin to feel a lot worse that you did before. You may not die suddenly; you’ll just wish you would! Check out the natural alternatives - do your own research.

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4. Mild Hypertension Can Be Cured Just by Breathing Differently
Science Proves You Can Breathe Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure If you're looking for one natural hypertension remedy as a "magic bullet," don't hold your breath - literally. In addition to the old staples for lowering blood pressure, there is one remedy discovered in 1994 that few hypertension sufferers know about. You can breathe your way to lower blood pressure. It's probably not the sole solution, but modern medical science has proven it can help. In a study conducted by the National Institute on Aging, Dr. David Anderson noted the connection between slower, deep breathing and lower blood pressure. He thinks it's a connection you can use to your advantage. If he's right, the work could shed new light on the intersection between hypertension, stress and diet. For example, under chronic stress, people tend to take shallow breaths and unconsciously hold them, what Anderson calls inhibitory breathing. Together with high stress, inhibitory breathing constricts blood vessels by increasing muscle tension and may also unbalance blood chemistry. Holding a breath diverts more blood to the brain to increase alertness good if the boss is yelling or if you're under a physical attack- but it changes the blood's chemical balance. More acidic blood in turn makes the kidneys less efficient at pumping out sodium. (Americans eat nearly double the upper limit of salt for good health.) When you suspend breathing, plasma levels of carbon dioxide increase, the blood flow is preferentially shunted away from the skeletal muscles to the brain and heart, and blood pressure increases while heart rate decreases. "If you sit there under-breathing all day and you have a high salt intake, your kidneys may be less effective at getting rid of that salt than if you're out hiking in the woods," said Anderson, who heads research into behavior and hypertension at the NIH's National Institute on Aging. In animals, Anderson's experiments have shown that inhibitory breathing

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delays salt excretion enough to raise blood pressure. Now he's testing if better breathing helps people reverse that effect. Meditation, yoga and similar relaxation techniques that incorporate slow, deep breathing have long been thought to aid blood pressure, although research to prove an effect has been spotty. (I can't find any definitive proof that meditation has any effect on blood pressure.) Why slow-breathing works "is still a bit of a black box," says Dr. William J. Elliott of Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, who headed some of that research and was surprised at the effect. Slow, deep breathing does relax and dilate blood vessels temporarily, but that's not enough to explain a lasting drop in blood pressure, says NIH's Anderson. So, in a laboratory at Baltimore's Harbor Hospital, Anderson is using a machine approved in 2002 by the FDA to test his own theory. In clinical trials, people who used the slow-breathing device for 15 minutes a day for two months saw their blood pressure drop 10 to 15 points. It's not supposed to be a substitute for diet, exercise or medication, but an addition to standard treatment. Meanwhile, medical experts almost universally recommend you take simple steps to lower blood pressure: by dropping some weight, taking a walk or getting physical activity, and eating less sodium - no more than 2,300 milligrams a day - and more fruits and vegetables. Oh, and don't forget to stop and take a slow, deep breath now and them. Slow, deep breathing for a few minutes each day can help your overall health. For the average patient, you can measure your breathing rate manually. You can also find the device used in this research and the clinical trials on the open market available to anyone. Find out more about this remarkable device and other natural hypertension cures at Why You Should Know This: As you start to take responsibility for your treatment and outcome, many of the normal activities (like breathing) that we all take for granted can be modified for better health. Wouldn’t it feel better to breathe for health rather than take drugs?

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5. Your Diet is 1 of the 3 Fundamental Factors in HBP Control
“What you eat affects your chances of developing high blood pressure (hypertension). Research shows that high blood pressure can be prevented—and lowered—by following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, which includes eating less salt and sodium.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Let’s take a quick look back at the history of mankind’s heating habits. The "Cave Man Diet" - or Paleo Diet - reflects the belief that our digestive track hasn't changed much over the last 10,000 years. It was about that time that early man entered the Age of Agriculture. Before that, food was basically hunted. Our ancestors ate a lot of lean meat and fish, along with other natural foods like berries and nuts. Many scientists believe that diet is the key to avoiding the illnesses and premature death associated with our excessive consumption of refined sugar and carbohydrates. Paleolithic people were hunter-gatherers. All their food came from what they could hunt and find around them. During this period, most of the cultures tended to be nomadic, following food sources. Writers espousing Paleolithic diets point to evidence (regarding both prehistoric people and more recent hunter-gatherer populations) that agriculture increased chronic diseases such as heart disease (hypertension?) in these populations. A basic principle of this style of eating is that if it can't be eaten raw; don't eat it (though this doesn't mean that it must be eaten raw, only that it should be able to be eaten raw). Heart attacks and strokes (the leading causes of death in the United States and other developed countries) may have been rare for the vast majority of human history, suggests a study published in PLoS ONE in August, 2009

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"Understanding how physiological systems respond in [indigenous] populations helps us better understand conditions in countries like the United States at the beginning of the 20th century," said senior author Eileen Crimmins of the USC Davis School of Gerontology. "This also offers some insight into the worlds we evolved in." Crimmins, lead author Michael Gurven (University of California, Santa Barbara) and an international team of scientists looked at a remote Amazonian tribe in Bolivia known as the Tsimane. They measured various predictors of heart disease such as hypertension, (high blood pressure) obesity, diet and smoking habits. (The Tsimane grow and harvest their own tobacco.) "The Tsimane were chosen because they still live a relatively traditional lifestyle: fishing, hunting, engaged in horticulture, gathering, living in extended family clusters and without much access to modern amenities," Gurven explained. "There are other groups with similar lifestyles, but often those groups have very small population numbers. . . . The Tsimane population is large enough - about 9,000 - that we can study almost all of the adults over age 40." In fact, peripheral arterial disease "increases with age in every investigated population except the Tsimane," according to the study. Among the Tsimane, not a single adult showed evidence for peripheral arterial disease (measured using the ankle-brachial blood pressure index). "Neither demographic interviews nor the past 7 years of working with the Tsimane has turned up many overt cases of people dying from heart attacks," Gurven said. "The Tsimane data tell us that inflammation alone may not be destructive in terms of its effects on long-term health. However, that might only be true in the context of an active lifestyle, lean diet, and possibly (and this part is more controversial) with a history of parasitism." "We observed low levels of atherosclerosis and associated cardiovascular disease among

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Tsimane, suggesting that these conditions may have been rare throughout pre-industrial human history," Crimmins said. "We may not be built for the world we live in. The Tsimane are perhaps a better model for the world we are built for." If we fast forward to today’s real world, there are some positive steps we can take today that will fit into modern dietary options. The DASH eating plan (with which we started this segment) is rich in fruits, vegetables, fatfree or low-fat milk and milk products, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts. It also contains less salt and sodium; sweets, added sugars, and sugar-containing beverages; fats; and red meats than the typical American diet. This heart healthy way of eating is also lower in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and rich in nutrients that are associated with lowering blood pressure—mainly potassium, magnesium, and calcium, protein, and fiber. You can download information about the DASH Diet at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf Why You Should Know This Wouldn’t it be great to simply change a few of your dietary habits and increase your health at the same time without costly and dangerous drugs? Makes sense to me. You may want to investigate further the power of natural hypertension treatments. Check out the facts about what you eat and how it makes you feel. If you're taking hypertension drugs now, do not stop without consulting your doctor. In the transition from drug therapy to natural cures, a health professional is a critical and important partner. Thank you for taking the time to read this special report. I hope it helps to stimulate a healthy dialogue on curing this modern curse as well as healthy and natural ways to go about it.

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