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Hypertension (high blood pressure) inevitably leads to a lifetime of prescription drug roulette, where your physician prescribes various medications to control your blood pressure numbers while searching for the least drastic side effects. Often, when blood pressure drugs are started, other drugs are prescribed to control some of the side effects of the original medication. This can cascade into two, three, or four different prescriptions to counter the various problems caused by this type of blood pressure management.

As each new drug is added, the stress and biochemical chaos in your body multiplies. The longer the drugs are used, the more likely you are to suffer long-term and sometimes permanent or deadly side effects. Often the most powerful and effective drugs carry the most deadly side effects. Since suppression of the heart is a core function of most blood pressure drugs, the risk of terminal congestive heart failure (a suppressed heart) looms for most patients who continue this type of therapy long-term.

Most hypertension cases can be resolved or managed with alternative methods as long as the basics are addressed -- losing weight, stopping smoking and drinking, altering the diet to a semblance of the blood type diet, and beginning an exercise program. These are called the basic five.

However, in most cases, this is not enough. A protocol of nutrients to reestablish heart, liver, kidney, and circulatory health is also needed for a period of one to three years. Since each individual has different causes for various types of blood pressure problems, the "shotgun" approach (the same approach for everyone) should be avoided because it carries a high failure rate. The following is what Dr. West of Health Alert prescribes for the different causes of hypertension.

Identifying the Cause

Hypertension usually has at its core three or four basic causes. Each must be treated differently, and you can sometimes determine your own type by your blood pressure numbers. The person who has both numbers (systolic and diastolic) high is often suffering from what is called benign essential hypertension. These folks need to address the basic five and start nutrition for the management of blood sugar, kidneys, and heart. A good basic protocol would include Cardio-Plus (2x3/day), Diaplex (2x3/day), Organic Minerals (2x3/day), and Albaplex (2x3/day).

The person with a high diastolic number (second number) is usually dealing with a kidney and/or liver problem, often called hepatic, portal, or renal hypertension. Besides the basic five, in some of these cases one to four three-week liver detoxification sessions are needed before the final blood pressure protocol is used. If your liver and kidneys are congested and functioning poorly, your blood pressure will not normalize until they are detoxified.

After two or three sessions of detox, you may find that your blood pressure is already normalized. If not, your long-term protocol will continue to address these organs along with your heart. A good protocol would include Cardio-Plus (2x3/day), Livaplex (3x3/day), A-F Betafood (2x3/day), and Min-Tran (2x3/day).

A variation of this type of blood pressure problem is one with just a high systolic number (the first number). This is usually a person who has a liver problem in conjunction with clogged arteries (atherosclerotic hypertension). These people need to enforce the basic five and then begin cleaning up the liver and blood vessels. Usually one three-week liver detoxification session is in order followed by the following protocol for one to three years: Cardio-Plus (2x3/day), A-F Betafood (2x3/day), Cyruta (2x3/day), and Min-Tran (1x3/day). If cholesterol levels are high with abnormal fractions of HDL and LDL, substitute the products Cholaplex (1x3/day) and Livaplex (1x3/day) for A-F Betafood.

Hypertension that has emotional origins can have either or both numbers high. Emotional hypertension usually accompanies a low libido (sex drive) and chronic stress. These people need to address the basic five with emphasis on exercise and deep breathing techniques. Their nutritional protocol should include Cardio-Plus (2x3/day), Drenamin (2x3/day), and Min-Tran (2x3/day). In severe emotional stress, substitute Min-Chex (2x3/day) for (instead of) Min-Tran. All products are produced by Standard Process Labs. Naturally there are other causes, but usually they are variations of the basic types.

It is important to treat the problem of hypertension in an individualized manner. Ignoring this basic rule usually results in failure.

What to Do

Even if you have been on drugs for a long time, there is still hope. According to Dr. West, "There is no need to stop your drugs to start a nutritional program. Use both for three to six months, then see your doctor and start a drug-weaning program. Allow six to 24 months to completely wean off drugs. If you can't get off drugs on the first go, simply take the reduced dose for another year and try again. Eventually you will be set free from the medical merry-go-round. And when you are, you can forget about your hypertension drugs and all the others that are used secondarily to treat conditions caused by the first drugs."

Once you start your weaning program, you may begin to find that many of your "health problems" were really drug side effects. Some of these drugs can cause major problems in other areas, like impotence, kidney failure, tachycardia, cardiac arrhythmias of all types, headaches, muscle aches, brain fog, memory problems, hypotension, fainting spells, hypoglycemia, heart failure, and even death.

Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs and CoQ10

Dr. West is against statin drugs (cholesterol-lowering drugs) prescribed routinely for all heart patients for life. He feels that the side effects outweigh the potential benefits. The side effects include liver disease and failure, hormone problems, sexual problems, optic nerve problems, brain problems like anxiety and depression, nervous system dysfunction, cataracts, muscle problems, and even lupus. [Neurotoxicology and Teratology, Vol.17, 1995]

According to medical researchers, Dr. Bliznakov and David J. Wilkins, PhD, statin drugs interfere with and block more than a dozen liver-related molecules that may be beneficial to heart and human health. ["Biochemical and clinical consequences of inhibiting coenzyme Q10..." Advances In Therapy, Vol.15, No.4, July/August, 1998.]

In other words, statin drugs inhibit production of cholesterol in the liver, but at the same time also inhibit other liver molecules you need to stay healthy. One of these molecules is CoQ10 -- essential to heart health. Perhaps it is the inhibition of compounds like CoQ10 that cause statin drugs to result in a measurable decrease in cardiac function. In other words, they weaken your heart. ["Lovastatin decreases coenzyme Q10 levels in humans," Proc Nati Acad Sci USA, 1990;87:8931-8934.]

Since the inhibition of helpful molecules like CoQ10 by statins is an established fact, if you absolutely need to be on these drugs (a rare occasion), you must take precautions by consuming more CoQ10. Dr. West suggests the best way to do this is to take six to nine Cardio-Plus daily. This would provide you 200 mgs or so of CoQ10 as well as heart protomorphogen, natural vitamin E and selenium, B vitamins, vitamin C, minerals, and a host of other nutrients, all in one supplement.

Dr. West contends, "By taking statin drugs for life, without precautions, you are taking your heart and your life into your own hands. Even with precautions, because of the very nature of the function of these drugs, you are becoming a pharmaceutical guinea pig."


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