Do you ever wonder why doctors keep pushing pills and prescriptions onto sick people, when with a little bit of effort – as in actually reading the ‘peer reviewed’ scientific studies would tell doctors that these medicines have dangerous side effects and have the ability to make sick people even sicker, and healthy people into life long patients.
They could also simply read the package inserts that come with medications.
Recently my husband’s doctor wanted him to completely change all his pills, as he considered they were not doing the ‘best possible’ job. My husband complied, against better judgement (his and mine), and within seven days, was a rather sick fellow! Luckily he still had his original supply and, whilst waiting for his next appointment, reverted to taking them, which solved his problems.
He confronted his doctor with a highlighted package insert, showing that the new medications had caused ‘XXXXX’… and the doctor was rather blase about the whole thing saying ‘these are very rare side effects’ and ‘not many people will get them’. Unfortunately they did cause some of these ‘rare’ side effects for my husband, including weight gain and swelling of the legs and ankles and dizziness, plus major sleepiness episodes during the day – some of the very things these new ‘wonderous’ drugs were supposed to treat!
They were given to him to lower his blood pressure (which was stable at 140/80) as the doctor considered this was too high. Yet when he returned to the doctor to tell him the medications made him ill, and the doctor basically threw off his comments as irrational etc…. he took my husband blood pressure measurement 3 times, and asked him ‘what have you done to lower your blood pressure this very morning.’
All that he had done was to return to the original medication he had been on for several years, and to consume a few sticks of celery after breakfast. The doctor was very happy the machine was giving a reading of 135/75, and told him to throw away the new medications as he did not require them after all!
Have you ever wondered why it is a case of one size fits all when it comes to blood pressure readings? We are individuals, with different body sizes, levels of activity, nutritional habits etc, so why is there ONLY one accepted scale for blood pressure readings that must be conformed to?
According to Disability World: Everyone has different blood pressure readings, some are high, some low and most are in the middle. Many doctors have long held the belief that an acceptable systolic reading (upper measurement) of blood pressure is 100 plus your age.
Let me see now my husband is 75 years young, so that would mean a systolic reading of 175 would be acceptable right?
Modern physicians say normal blood pressure takes no account of age. A reading of 120mm/80mm is normal regardless, according to Mayo Clinic staff. But early 20th century blood pressure cuff users followed a “100-plus-age” rule of thumb to determine what was normal for age. Early 21st century doctors accepted increased “normal rates” as patients age, but within a much more limited range, according to the Mayo Clinic.
So now the question arises, just what is high blood pressure?
Despite accepting the 100 plus your age blood pressure reading in the past, today’s medical textbooks are arguing over exact values and new blood pressure standards come out every few years placing the desirable blood pressure target values ever lower.
Is medicine fueling this war or might it just be the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry? To lower blood pressure readings just 5 points on the blood pressure scale can mean billions of dollars. Among the top ten drugs prescribed in the U.S, blood pressure (hypertension) medications ensnare millions into the prescription drug trap.
High blood pressure, as defined by the drug industry and medical doctors, is not an instant death sentence. The goal of maintaining a blood pressure at or near 140/80 (now 115/75) is based on drug company hype, not science. These numbers are designed to sell drugs by converting healthy people into patients. If high blood pressure were dangerous, then lowering it with hypertension drugs would increase lifespan. Yet, clinical trials involving hypertension medication show no increased lifespan among users when compared to non-users.
And just a final note before I sign off today. Is it possible that you are you a victim of While Coat Syndrome?
White coat syndrome is a disorder that causes a patient to have all the symptoms of high blood pressure, but only when he is in the office of his primary care physician or other doctor.
When the sufferer of White Coat Syndrome takes his or her blood pressure reading anywhere else—at home, at the pharmacy, anywhere, their blood pressure will be completely normal. Once the patient steps into the primary care physician’s office, their anxiety so overwhelms them that their heart rates increase and it gives a false reading of hypertension. It is not necessarily true that the white coat a doctor wears is the actual cause of the anxiety, but the symptom is named for that iconic piece of clothing.
There are no similar factors or attributes in those who suffer from White Coat Syndrome, so there are no identifiable traits that can indicate whether or not a person will suffer from White Coat Syndrome. Even some patients who suffer anxiety at their physician’s office do not necessarily have symptoms of hypertension while in the office. There is some discussion of the possibility that an improper cuff size from the physician’s office might be behind some of the White Coat Syndrome cases. When blood pressure measuring cuffs are applied to a patient’s arm and they begin to squeeze the arm, many patients feel moderate anxiety. If a cuff is too small, the anxiety will be increased because the patient may begin to feel pain and extreme anxiety about the cuff causing damage to their arm.
If your physician suspects that you might suffer from White Coat Syndrome and have anxiety induced elevated hypertension numbers, he or she may ask you to take blood pressure readings regularly while at home. For many patients, this shows the true nature of the patient’s possible hypertension.
This is what my husband does, and he keeps a journal record of all his readings which he takes with him to doctors appointments – readings taken over a ten minute span (you never just take it once!) will give several variable readings.
In my husband’s case I doubt it is white coat syndrome, more likely is is because the doctors cuff does not fit my husband’s arm properly; the doctor talks all the time he is taking the measurement and asks questions which require answering; and my husband’s arm is not in the correct place for taking this reading.
What do I need to do before I measure my blood pressure?
•Don’t eat or use caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco products 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure.
•Go to the bathroom and empty your bladder before measuring your blood pressure.
•Rest for 3 to 5 minutes before measuring your blood pressure. Do not talk.
•Sit in a comfortable position, with your legs and ankles uncrossed and your back supported.
•Place your left arm, raised to the level of your heart, on a table or a desk, and sit still.
•Wrap the cuff smoothly and snugly around the upper part of your bare arm. The cuff should fit snugly, but there should be enough room for you to slip one fingertip under the cuff.
•Check to see that the bottom edge of the cuff is 1 inch above the crease of your elbow.
YES of course this is the correct way to take the reading…… perhaps you should print out these instructions and take them with you to your next doctors appointment (grin)
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Celery’s potential for reducing high blood pressure has long been recognized by Chinese medicine practitioners, and Western science researchers may have recently identified one reason why.
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