Elevated blood pressure (hypertension) occurs in more than 50 million Americans. Normal blood pressure has two ranges 100 – 140 and 60 – 90. Systolic pressure is the first number and relates to the pressure the heart creates to push blood into the arteries. Diastolic pressure is the second number and is the pressure the arteries maintain when the heart is relaxed to keep blood moving forward.

Dr. Carolyn Dean states in her book, The Magnesium Miracle, “The necessity to keep blood pressure as low as possible may be another myth of modern medicine, just like cholesterol. In the past decade the so-called normal value for high blood pressure has been lowered to the point that a majority of Americans fall into what’s now called a prehypertensive category.”

As people get older, their blood vessels can get more rigid requiring a somewhat elevated blood pressure to keep blood moving to their head and extremities. Lowering blood pressure can result in dizziness, falls and broken bones. So, be careful not to artificially reduce your blood pressure.

The first drugs doctors prescribe for hypertension are diuretics. These drugs in combination with salt restriction (see my book for the difference between refined salt and real salt) help flush fluid from your body in the hope that this will reduce the pressure on arterial walls. However, elementary fluid dynamics indicates that if you get rid of too much water, your blood thickens and you become susceptible to clotting conditions resulting in strokes and thrombosis. In addition, we know that dehydration makes the body hold onto water more aggressively. You sweat less and lose less moisture when you breathe but the body does this by constricting blood vessels which actually raises blood pressure! So the very treatment for hypertension actually worsens the problem!

As diuretics flush water out of the body, minerals like potassium and magnesium go out with it. This leads to severe mineral deficiency. Magnesium deficiency can become so bad that people develop atrial fibrillation or have a heart attack. Dr. Dean states, “One of the reasons doctors want patients to take drugs for life is because they never see their patients getting better. They have no idea that their drugs may be causing incurable heart disease and heart failure.”

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