HIGH AND LOW BLOOD PRESSURE
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© May 1, 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
A stealth disease
Excessive arterial muscle tone
Reduced Arterial Elasticity
Narrowing Of Arteries (Arteriosclerosis or Atherosclerosis)
Kidney Dysfunctions – Usually Toxicity Or Infection
Water Retention Due To Other Causes
Fat Arm Syndrome
Other (Tumors, etc.)
Nutritional Balancing correction
Blood Pressure Rise And Retracing
Drugs For Hypertension
According to the US Centers for Disease Control, hypertension affects 23% of Americans between the age of 20 and 75 and 70% of Americans over 75. In the year 2000 it accounted for 35 million doctor visits. This is a severe medical problem, and yet it often responds beautifully to a nutritional balancing program – without a need for medical drugs.
In fact, a properly performed and interpreted hair mineral analysis often reveals not only the cause of the problem, but how to go about reducing the blood pressure by eliminating its physical and other causes.
A stealth disease. Hypertension is a serious problem because it is usually “silent”, having no symptoms. Yet it is a major cause for causes strokes, aneurysms and heart attacks.
Taking your blood pressure. Anyone who is not on a nutritional balancing program should check blood pressure at least once a year. You need not go to the doctor for this. Some stores have blood pressure monitors you can borrow, or you can buy one for a reasonable cost.
BEWARE: Blood pressure is often higher when it is measured in doctor’s offices. This is from nervousness. Be sure to relax before having your blood pressure taken, or do it several times, although this is no guarantee that it will decrease.
An ideal blood pressure is about 120/80 mm. If the blood pressure reading is above 120-80, but below about 140/90, it is very mildly elevated blood pressure. This is not a problem, though it can signal stress or the beginning of arterial disease.
Over 90% of high blood pressure is labeled essential hypertension. This is medical jargon that means “we do not know the cause”. The standard medical, naturopathic and holistic approach is just to “control” this very important condition with drugs, or perhaps with natural products such as vitamins and herbs.
In contrast, nutritional balancing can usually identify the biochemical cause of the condition and is often very effective to normalize blood pressure by reversing its cause. It is important to understand how different this approach is from controlling the problem with drugs or even natural remedies.
A properly performed and interpreted hair mineral analysis reveals the following common causes for high blood pressure:
1. Stress. Acute or chronic stress from any source can induce a fight or-flight response that can result in elevated blood pressure. This can be emotional stressors, financial stress, family pressures, fatigue, spinal misalignment, pain or some other type of stress.
2. Overweight. When one carries extra weight, it forces the heart to pump the blood much further – often several miles further! As a result, the body often raises the blood pressure to move the blood around the body.
In these instances, losing weight often causes the blood pressure to return to normal very quickly. Losing weight is very safe and very easy with a nutritional balancing program. For much more on this subject, please read Weight Loss on this website.
3. Inflammation. This is another common cause of elevated blood pressure. This can be due to nutrient deficiencies, toxic metals or toxic chemicals in the body, or other imbalances.
Anger can also induce an inflammatory state that raises blood pressure.
4. Excessive muscle tone in the arteries. Too much sympathetic nervous system tone constricts the arteries. The effect is like putting your finger over the end of a hose.
Excessive adrenal or thyroid glandular activity causes constriction of the arteries. This can be the result of stress, or thyroid or adrenal diseases, or toxins, or even an infection in the nervous system, brain or elsewhere.
For example, increased thyroxine secretion lowers calcium (Davis et al. 1983; Segal et al. 1985, 1989, Kervan, 1963). Excessive aldosterone secretion increases sodium retention in the tissues.
Deficiencies of calcium, magnesium or copper can have the same effect. Most people with this cause of hypertension are fast oxidizers or those with a four lows pattern. Their blood pressure often is labile or fluctuates up and down.
Lead or arsenic toxicity are one cause of calcium deficiency. These metals replace calcium but do not have the same relaxing effect on the nerves as calcium.
Emotional or other stress will cause excess adrenal activity and high blood pressure by this mechanism. With this type of hypertension, often both numbers are elevated and the blood pressure may be labile or fluctuates up and down depending on one’s situation, mood or other factors.
5. Diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Type 2 diabetes can cause damage to the small arteries, in particular, and this can cause elevated blood pressure.
Metabolic syndrome is often a precursor to diabetes. It is associated with weight gain, high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood sugar and often high blood pressure. Both these conditions respond very nicely to a complete nutritional balancing program.
6. Loss of elasticity of the arteries. Zinc deficiency causes the arteries to become hard, brittle and often inflamed instead of soft and flexible. This loss of flexibility will raise the blood pressure, in particular the systolic pressure. This is the top or first blood pressure number.
Cadmium, mercury, lead, copper and other toxic metals may replace zinc in the artery walls and contribute to the brittleness and hardness of the arteries. In this common type of high blood pressure, often there is a large spread between the blood pressure numbers.
High readings of cadmium, mercury and lead may or may not be present on early hair analyses, but will show up later as the metals are eliminated if one follows a nutritional balancing program.
7. Calcium or fatty plaques in the arteries. These are called arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis. Once the arteries become inflamed and brittle, the body may coat them with calcium and/or fatty plaques to prevent rupture of the arteries. The plaque reduces the interior diameter of the arteries. It also hardens them so they are less flexible.
More pressure is then required to force the blood through the smaller diameter arteries. This is common in older people, in particular.
Deficiencies of copper, zinc, bioflavinoids, vitamins C and E and other nutrients contribute to this problem. Excessive cadmium, lead, arsenic or aluminum may also play a role. General poor nutrition also contributes, as can emotional factors, as well.
This cause of hypertension is slower to respond as it is a more chronic condition. Many of these individuals show a pattern of slow oxidation or four low electrolytes on a hair tissue mineral analysis. The hair calcium and magnesium levels are often elevated above 100 mg% for calcium and above about 10 mg% for magnesium.
8. Kidney dysfunctions. A number of problems in the kidneys can and often do cause hypertension. Standard blood tests for kidney function are often normal. These problems include:
Toxic metals. Excessive mercury, nickel, lead, arsenic, aluminum or cadmium can cause kidney congestion and kidney damage.
Medical drugs. Other substances that damage the kidneys are prescription medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs and many, many others. Even diuretics used for blood pressure control can cause much kidney damage eventually. Many other chemical toxins can affect the kidneys as well.
Infections. Many people have chronic kidney infections that may produce few obvious symptoms. These will resolve on a nutritional balancing program.
These dysfunctions reduce the kidneys’ ability to regulate water balance in the body. This can lead to water retention, salt retention and high blood pressure.
A hair mineral analysis may show elevated toxic metals, slow oxidation, an imbalanced sodium/potassium ratio or other indicators of toxicity.
9. Abnormal sodium or water retention for reasons other than kidney disease. Excessive renin or aldosterone raise the sodium level, which can cause water retention. Circulating toxins in the blood can also increase water retention.
Magnesium deficiency can contribute to water retention. Allergic reactions to anything, such as a bee sting, a food or even an environmental toxin, occasionally causes water retention as the body attempts to respond to the stress of the allergic substance. These may cause a volatile or even a highly elevated blood pressure.
Water retention may show up on a hair mineral analysis as a fast oxidation rate, or the presence of the ‘amigos’, for example, or cadmium, all of which can raise the tissue sodium level.
10. Fat arm syndrome. If your arms are quite heavy, either muscular or fatty, this can result in a false high blood pressure reading. In this case, there may be a special blood pressure cuff that will give a more accurate reading.
11. Tumors or Other Causes. Occasionally, a tumor constricts a major artery or some other factor can cause high blood pressure. Even a genetic defect could possibly affect blood pressure. If no cause can be found, more medical studies may be needed. These causes are quite rare.
CORRECTION OF HYPERTENSION WITH NUTRITIONAL BALANCING
In most cases, hypertension resolves with a nutritional balancing program. Correction can take from a few months up to several years. The speed of correction depends upon the cause, and how well a person follows the program. Most cases respond very well, however.
A complete nutritional balancing program requires:
Š Basic lifestyle factors such as more rest and sleep, and excellent eating habits.
Š A diet for your oxidation type.
Š About 8 nutritional supplements that are tailored for your body chemistry.
Š A detoxification protocol that involves the use of a near infrared sauna daily coffee enemas.
Š The Pushing Down mental exercise.
Š At times, chiropractic is needed, as well.
Š Regular retesting of the hair every three to six months is also necessary in order to keep the program current and appropriate.
The following remedies can help reduce inflammation and may also reduce blood pressure:
Garlic capsules. (up to 2 capsules three times daily) This may assist with lowering blood pressure. We like Endomet Garlic or Kyolic Garlic – Original.
Kidney Support. Since the kidneys are often involved in hypertension, the product called Renamide from Endomet Labs (up to 2 tablets three times daily may be helpful in some cases.
DETOXIFICATION PROCEDURES THAT ARE VERY HELPFUL
Near infrared lamp sauna. I highly recommend the use of a near infrared lamp sauna to help correct hypertension. Research indicates that the correct use of this sauna will not raise the blood pressure. Instead, it causes dilation of the peripheral blood vessels and relaxes the sympathetic nervous system. It also assists greatly with toxin removal and does it in a way that spares the kidneys.
It can also be done at home at a very low cost. Other types of saunas, such as far infrared and traditional saunas, do not seem to work nearly as well as the lamp sauna.
Coffee enemas. This detoxification procedure is also very good for hypertension. Coffee drinking is terrible for high blood pressure, but coffee enemas have a very different effect. Often several years on these therapies are required to reverse deeper causes of hypertension.
Avoid ALL table salt. Table salt is irritating and a very poor quality food. Table salt has been stripped of its trace minerals and often contains added aluminum and perhaps other chemicals added to make it flow better. It can be very hard on the kidneys, and can make hypertension much worse. in particular.
Instead of table salt, substitute a quality sea salt. Most people need not avoid sea salt. A quality sea salt such as Real Salt by Redmond will often not elevate blood pressure at all, although anyone with hypertension should watch their intake of all salt.
Especially avoid most prepared foods that are salty such as pickles, relishes, dips, many cheeses, baked goods, soups and hundreds of other products. Start preparing all or most of your food fresh to eliminate hidden table salt. Also avoid most restaurant food, as they often add table salt to give it flavor.
Eat many more cooked vegetables and fewer carbohydrates. Especially eliminate all bread and wheat products. Also, eliminate sweets of all kinds, such as all sugars, fruits, fruit juices. Eating many more cooked vegetables and eliminating all wheat and all sugars, fruit and sweets will balance the body and cause weight loss that is also most helpful to reduce blood pressure.
Avoid almost all food chemicals and additives. Many of these can cause allergic or other reactions in the body that can excite the glands, stress the kidneys, and raise blood sugar and blood pressure in sensitive people.
Rest. Getting even one extra hour of sleep every night can also reduce blood pressure, at times dramatically. Getting 10 or more hours of restful sleep, or just napping or even lying down every day for half an hour or more, is also excellent and can reduce some high blood pressure. This is a very simple and important way to reduce blood pressure, especially in early cases and in young people.
Losing excess weight is another simple, but extremely beneficial method of reducing a high blood pressure. Each pound of extra weight forces the heart to pump the blood several extra miles.
For this reason, losing even 10 pounds can make a huge difference in some cases. Living on mainly cooked vegetables and a small amount of animal protein daily, even for just a month or two, takes care of many people’s high blood pressure if it is due to excessive weight.
Exercise. Research also indicates that some regular walking or other gentle exercise can have a moderating effect upon blood pressure. It may do this by improving circulation or by helping a person relax.
Vigorous exercise is never necessary and never recommended. It can be dangerous, and is just not needed, if one follows a nutritional balancing program.
Stress reduction techniques include taking a walk every day, biofeedback, relaxation therapies, near infrared sauna therapy, or very gentle yoga only. These can be helpful for some cases of high blood pressure.
An interesting recent study showed that pet owners had lower blood pressures than those who do not own pets.
Emotional control and emotional release methods. Any technique or practice that reduces excessive adrenal activity or helps moderate the emotions, particularly anger and hostility, may help lower blood pressure.
Be sure to keep the body properly hydrated with 3 quarts of spring water daily. Do not drink reverse osmosis water, alkaline water or most other types of “drinking water”, “purified water”, “deionized water” or others. These tend not to hydrate the body nearly as well.
BLOOD PRESSURE ELEVATION DURING A NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAM
Very rarely, blood pressure can rise during a nutritional balancing program. Two reasons for this are:
1. Stress. This can raise your blood pressure at any time, on or off a nutritional balancing program.
2. Toxic metal elimination and kidney stress. I have received one report of a temporary rise in blood pressure during a nutritional balancing program as the body eliminated a toxic metal or toxic chemical. The rise was temporary and benign. No special therapy was required.
The hair must not be washed at the laboratory at all for these indicators to be accurate. They include:
1. Inflammation and/or stress indicators. Hair mineral analysis patterns may include a fast oxidation rate, a sodium/potassium ratio greater than about 4, a three highs/four highs pattern, and perhaps three lows or a four lows pattern. Other patterns are also possible, but less common.
2. Sodium retention. Patterns include an elevated hair sodium level above about 25 mg% or a four lows pattern. Even with a normal sodium level, the presence of toxic metals can indicate hidden sodium retention, such as a hair cadmium level greater than 0.009 mg%.
3. Toxic metals in the kidneys, arteries, heart or elsewhere. Patterns include a sodium/potassium ratio less than about 2.5, cadmium above 0.009 mg%, lead above 0.05 mg%, and possibly any other toxic metal elevation. Also, poor eliminator patterns (extremely low toxic metal levels) indicate hidden toxic metals that the body cannot eliminate.
4. Deficiency of the sedative minerals – calcium, magnesium and/or zinc. Patterns include a fast oxidation rate, four lows pattern, possibly three lows pattern, zinc less than about 13 mg%, copper above 2.5 mg% or hidden copper toxicity indicators. elevated hair levels of calcium, magnesium and/or zinc also often indicate mineral biounavailability, which amounts to a type of deficiency inside the body.
5. Calcium or other deposits in the arteries. Patterns include a hair calcium level above about 140 mg%, cadmium above about 0.009 mg%, and/or poor eliminator patterns.
6. Excessive sympathetic nervous system tone or activity. Patterns include a fast oxidation rate, a sympathetic dominance pattern, and/or a four lows pattern.
7. Imbalanced oxidation rates – either too fast or too slow.
At times, these patterns may be masked on the first or even the first few hair mineral analyses. They must be uncovered by continuing on a program for a number of months or occasionally several years.
DRUG USE IN HYPERTENSION
Drug therapy is helpful if one’s blood pressure is above 160/100, at least until a nutritional balancing program can reverse the cause and lower the blood pressure naturally.
Avoid drugs for mild hypertension. Today, many people are on hypertension medications for mildly elevated blood pressure. New guidelines (2013) from the European Society For Hypertension and the European Society of Cardiology state that there should be no treatment for those with a high normal blood pressure (up to about 160/100). For those with only mildly elevated blood pressure, drugs offer little to no benefit in terms of fewer heart attacks or strokes, and they definitely can cause harmful side effects.
The side effects of the drugs are much worse than the elevated blood pressure, and the drugs do not reduce the chances of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.
Problems with drug therapy. Anti-hypertensive drugs have many side effects. If you are taking one or more of these drugs, be sure to read about the adverse effects.
A compensation. An interesting reason for some of the adverse effects of drug therapy for hypertension is that often the body raises the blood pressure as a compensation for clogged arteries, low cell permeability, or for some other reason.
This may be called secondary hypertension. This means that the high blood pressure is really only secondary to, or a result of another problem.
In these cases, lowering the blood pressure with drugs, in particular, does nothing to address the primary cause of the problem. Also, it can cause symptoms related to impaired perfusion or circulation of the blood, for example, starvation of the tissues for the same reason, and other problems.
This is a very common condition. In most cases, it causes no problems whatsoever. However, a blood pressure less than about 100/60 can cause dizziness, or vertigo, fainting, weakness, headaches and perhaps other symptoms such as impaired circulation.
1. Weak adrenal and/or thyroid glandular activity.
2. Toxic metal poisoning
3. Nutrient deficiencies.
5. Lack of adequate rest and sleep.
6. A very slow oxidation rate.
7. Chronic infection in the body.
8. Reduced arterial muscle tone. This is often related to sluggish glandular activity and a slow oxidation rate.
9. Rarely, other causes such as a chronic illness, tumor, or something else.
CORRECTION OF LOW BLOOD PRESSURE
A complete nutritional balancing program usually causes the blood pressure to rise into the normal range within a few months, without the need for any other interventions.
This occurs because the program slowly replenishes vital nutrients such as zinc, selenium, chromium, iodine and others. The program also balances body chemistry and causes the elimination of two dozen toxic metals and hundreds of toxic chemicals.
As a result, the adrenal and thyroid glands begin to function better, and the arterial tone improves, as well. Other imbalances such as chronic infections also go away.
Symptomatic approach. A symptomatic method to raise low blood pressure is to:
1) Drink more water of the proper type – about three quarts daily,
2) Consume more sea salt in your diet, but not table salt. Also, do not drink water with salt in it, as some advocate. This is quite toxic, I believe
3) Take three to six tablets or capsules of an adrenal glandular supplement.
While this may help, it may not address the cause of the problem and this is why I much prefer a nutritional balancing program, if possible.
HAIR ANALYSIS INDICATORS FOR LOW BLOOD PRESSURE
1. Slow oxidation rate. Usually, the oxidation rate is slow. This indicates sluggish adrenal and thyroid glandular activity.
2. Fatigue indicators. These may include a low sodium/potassium ratio, a four lows pattern, and perhaps a bowl pattern.
3. Possibly a low sodium/potassium ratio. This is associated with infection and kidney dysfunction.
4. Perhaps high levels of toxic metals such as copper or cadmium.
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