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High Blood Pressure


Alternative Therapies

A Summary

by: George Pararas-Carayannis, Ph.D.*

(Excerpts from summary prepared under contract for the ReGenesis Medical Center/ Dec 2000)

* Disclaimer - I am not a medical doctor. All material provided at this website is for informational purposes only. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information contained herein with other sources. Patients and consumers should review the information carefully with their professional health care provider. The information is not intended to replace medical advice offered by physicians. I will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages arising therefrom.


Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, a disease which has been labeled as a silent killer because it contributes to the development of other complications and diseases. High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. Many patients who have high blood pressure will not notice any signs of the problem. In fact, many may feel normal. However, if high blood pressure is not treated, it can cause serious problems such as heart failure, blood vessel disease, stroke, or kidney disease. Fortunately high blood pressure can be cured with a wide range of drugs and lifestyle changes. New alternative methods, such as chelation therapy, are also very helpful.

What is Blood Pressure?

When the heart beats, it pumps blood for circulation throughout the body. Blood pressure is measured (in millimeters of mercury) as systolic and diastolic pressure. Systolic blood pressure is the force against the walls of arteries during each beat of the heart. Diastolic blood pressure readings give the pressure while the heart is at rest, between heartbeats.

What is High Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure, is generally considered to be high when the systolic pressure is greater than or equal to 140 and the diastolic pressure is 90.

Which are the risk factors for High Blood Pressure?

There are many determining risk factors that can lead to high blood pressure or hypertension. Among them are are age, weight, gender, ethnicity, and family history. According to recent research, excess body weight can have a significant adverse effect on blood pressure.

How Serious Is High Blood Pressure?

Chronic High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) is a serious but modifiable risk factor for heart disease and stroke. It can also cause serious problems in women, during pregnancy.

Diagnosis and Importance of High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure is easy to diagnose by taking frequent measurements and recording them.
Also, screening for Hypertension with regular blood pressure measurements is as an effective preventive measure to the serious diseases in which hypertension creates a high risk factor.

Conventional Treatment of High Blood Pressure

After examination and diagnosis of high blood pressure, standard medical approaches and treatments concentrate in determining the risk factors and the prevention methods. Different drug therapies are also used to control high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure may have to take medications for the rest of their lives . Often combinations of hypertension drugs are used, some of which can create secondary dangers. One such medication, for example, has been reported to be Posicor (mibefradil)

Lifestyle Changes Are Needed to Control High Blood Pressure

In addition to the use of medication prescribed by a doctor, people with elevated blood pressure need to take several specific actions and lifestyle changes.

Treatment for high blood pressure may include weight control and care in the types of foods in one's diet, especially those high in sodium. A recent study entitled Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) led to the development of a special diet, known as the DASH Diet. Putting an end to smoking, moderate exercise activity, and reducing or controlling emotional stress, are also necessary lifestyle changes that can help reduce high blood pressure.

How minerals affect High Blood Pressure or Hypertension?

There is accumulating evidence that an increase in mineral intake can be an effective remedy for mild hypertension. Clinical studies have found that, for people with a deficiency, extra calcium can lower high systolic blood pressure readings by as much as 13 points, and reduce diastolic readings to some extent as well. Calcium supplements have proven especially effective for people who are salt sensitive--that is, those whose blood pressure goes up when they eat too much salt.


The DASH Study

A study entitled Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) linked deficiencies in calcium, magnesium, and potassium with higher blood pressure readings, and found that merely boosting intake to recommended levels is sufficient to lower systolic and diastolic readings by 11.4 and 5.5 points, respectively, in people with high blood pressure. This modest increase in mineral intake produces the same results as a standard high blood pressure medication.

Recommended Daily Allowances of the minerals are 1,000 milligrams of calcium, 400 milligrams of magnesium, and 3,500 milligrams of potassium.

Role of Calcium Supplements and Vitamin D

When taking calcium supplements, it's important to boost your intake of vitamin D as well, since without enough of this vitamin, the calcium will not be absorbed into the bloodstream. For example, when older women take calcium supplements to forestall the brittle-bone disease osteoporosis, they are usually advised to take as much as 800 IUs of vitamin D daily--twice the standard recommendation.

Conventional Treatment for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) frequently occurs in conjunction with high blood cholesterol. Multi drug therapy is often prescribed to deal with these parallel conditions. The flux of free radicals can be neutralized by means of antioxidant drugs, but these have only a temporary effect.

Alternative, Supplemental and Preventative Treatment of High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure and high cholesterol levels in the blood indicate the need to eliminate heavy metals from the body. Therefore, the most effective means to treat high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, is to treat the cause rather than the symptoms. Thus, it is important to eliminate the source of the free radicals, namely the accumulated heavy metals with intravenous EDTA chelation therapy and certain vitamins and minerals. For high blood pressure there may be a need to increase the calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin D levels.

By reducing heavy metal concentration and the consequent reduced free radical activity, the body maintains health; the blood cholesterol level falls; and less oxycholesterol is generated. Therefore, by a course of chelation therapy and parental nutrition, not only the total blood cholesterol level is steadily reduced by natural means, but an additional benefit is the reduction of high blood pressure .

Reference on High Blood Pressure and EDTA Chelation

For a modern comprehensive explanation, reference is made to Halstead and Rozema, "The Scientific Basis of EDTA Chelation" Therapy (2nd ed, 1997) (358 references listed).

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