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What is hypertension?

Hypertension (High blood pressure) is a common condition in which an elevated, chronic force of blood against artery walls is high enough to cause health problems.

As of 2014, approximately one billion adults or about 22% of the world population have hypertension. It is slightly more frequent in men, and in those of low socioeconomic status, and increases with age.

Blood pressure is measured with a sphygmomanometer (a digital or analog blood pressure device. The most accurate way to measure blood pressure is with a mercury sphygmomanometer.

The top number represents the systolic heartbeat (compression of the heart). The bottom number represents the diastolic phase (relaxation phase of your heart).

There are different stages of hypertension:

Normal blood pressure is defined as 90-119/60-79 (systolic/diastolic)
Prehypertension: 120-139/80-89
Stage 1 hypertension: 140–159/90–99
Stage 2 hypertension: 160–179/100–109
Stage 3 hypertension: >179/<109 (Hypertensive emergency)

Hypertension is divided into two types, primary (essential hypertension) and secondary hypertension.

Primary hypertension has no clear cause and is thought to be due to genetics, poor diet, lack of exercise and obesity.

Secondary hypertension can be caused by conditions that affect the kidneys, arteries, heart and endocrine system.

The following environmental factors can or may influence blood pressure:

  • High refined salt intake (not usually sea salt or Himalayan salt)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Insulin resistance
  • Obesity
  • Heavy metals (lead, cadmium)
  • Low birth weight
  • Maternal smoking
  • Lack of breastfeeding
  • Smoking
  • Sugar and corn syrup
  • High blood urea
  • Lack of carbon dioxide (incorrect breathing-hyperventilation)
  • Chronic and acute stress
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Kidney disease
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism
  • Congenital defects in blood vessels (coarctation of the aorta)
  • Birth control pills
  • Illegal drugs (cocaine, amphetamines)
  • Decongestants
  • Some prescription drugs
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Overactive carotid body
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Partially occluded renal artery
  • Pregnancy (eclampsia and pre-eclampsia)
  • Thick blood due to chronic infections and/or heavy metals

Treatment for hypertension

  • Correct or eliminate the above causes.
  • Lose weight with Dr. Kwasniewski’s ketogenic diet and urine fasting according to Armstrong.
  • Thin the blood (lower CRP-HS <1 mg/L and Fibrinogen <300 mg/dl). Use anti-fibrinolytic agents such as lumbrokinase, nattokinase, serrapeptase, bromelain.
  • Remove environmental causes (cadmium, lead) remove chronic infections (Lyme disease, Mycoplasma)
  • Carditone 1-2 capsules 2-4 a day
  • Red beet powder 1-2 tablespoons a day
  • Cayenne pepper as much as you can tolerate
  • Celery stalks (organic) 6 stalks juiced daily.
  • Walk ½ hour daily, dancing, swimming
  • Meditation
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Biofeedback
  • Magnesium glycinate or citrate 500 mg twice a day
  • EDTA chelation
  • IV Phosphatidyl Choline
  • Quit smoking
  • Quit eating sugar and corn syrup
  • Stop eating processed foods.
  • Drink plenty of distilled water
  • Moderate alcohol
  • Eat more omega 3’s (Hemp seed oil, 1 tablespoon daily
  • Buteyko breathing (Frolov breathing device)
  • Donate blood

part of this blog may be reproduced in any form without written permission. The content on this blog was written by Jake Ames, MD, HMD and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment by your primary physician.