DIY Blood Pressure: Part 2
We don’t treat high blood pressure–we remove/correct the factors that allow high blood pressure to develop in the first place, a big difference. And the way we approach blood pressure does not involve risk for diabetes, osteoporosis, weight gain, and sudden cardiac death, as conventional blood pressure treatments do.
My new Undoctored book takes you down the exciting and empowering path of DIY Healthcare–taking back individual control over health. It’s safe, effective, costs very little, and is actually a lot of fun. And the level of health you achieve by doing it on your own is not nearly as good as what you’d get from the doctor of healthcare system; it is superior.
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This is part two of DIY (do-it-yourself) high blood pressure. These are the sorts of conversations that I have in my Undoctored book (Undoctored — Why Health Care Has Failed You And How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor)
And I really mean that. You can be smarter and more effective and get better results than your doctor. Health undoctored is superior to the kind of health that your doctor gets, because your doctor uses very flawed methods to restore “health” (it’s not really health): like drugs and medical procedures. But we’re going to remove the underlying causes that allow unhealthy situations, like high blood pressure, to emerge in the first place.
So the basic Undoctored core strategies come through a program I call the Undoctored a Wild-Naked-Unwashed program. I call it that because what we’re really doing is we’re reverting back to the style of life that humans should have been living all along, though accommodating to modern conveniences.
So it starts with grain elimination; wheat and grain elimination, and limiting our exposure to carbohydrates and sugars — a very powerful, very powerful means of reducing blood pressure. Now why that reduces blood pressures, a whole ‘nother conversation, perhaps I will cover in a future video. But you remove, for instance, the gliadin protein of wheat and related grains that causes hypertension and causes sodium retention. The amlyopectin-A carbohydrate of grains raises insulin to very high levels, and that causes hypertension. So removing grains, not being exposed to sugars, yields a dramatic and very quick reduction in blood pressure …
… so much so, that in the first week of grain elimination, I tell people to  talk to their doctor about getting off their blood pressure medicines, or cutting the dose dramatically, and salt their food and hydrate, because people may actually pass out because their blood pressure drops so precipitously, when you eliminate grains. It’s that powerful. So we start with grain elimination and carbohydrate limitation; the Undoctored basic program.
We add magnesium, and that adds a few millimeters reduction in blood pressure.
We add fish oil (the omega-3 fatty acids of fish oil — not other sources — fish oil, only) and this can reduce blood pressure modestly, also.
Vitamin D: vitamin D restoration reduces blood pressure very nicely.
Getting your thyroid in order, starting with iodine supplementation, and then addressing your thyroid status — that reduces blood pressure; mostly diastolic, but systolic also — that allows you to lose weight.
Cultivation of bowel flora, via probiotics, fermented foods and the very crucial prebiotic fibers. That, it’s slow to work, but is very powerful in reducing blood pressure.
Everyone in the Undoctored program engages in that basic core group of strategies, the Wild-Naked-Unwashed program, and that, over time, yields extravagant blood pressure reductions in most people.
There are some other strategies to be aware of:
Intermittent fasting — not eating. Now, that’s a whole other conversation also. You must hydrate more so than usual. I like to use a little bit of salt in my water, because you need some salt when you fast. Start with short fasts, 18 hours, 24 hours. And then you can extend them over time. Now refer to the conversation in Undoctored about intermittent fasting, because you have to also talk to a health care provider about getting off some medications, particularly for blood pressure and diabetes …
… but in there is a lesson, right? If you have to stop, or taper, or wean blood pressure medicines when you have a fast of about 24 to 48 hours, and no longer have high blood pressure, or have less severe high blood pressure, it tells you something, right? So, intermittent fasting — very powerful strategy, but educate yourself about how to undertake intermittent fasting before you do it. And you shouldn’t do it early in the Undoctored process. You should wait at least 6 weeks, because you’re then free of the appetite stimulating effects of grain in the Undoctored lifestyle.
Meditation: but even more specifically, methods of biofeedback that involve a measure called heart rate variability. I’ll talk about that more in the future. These come under a number of different names: HeartMath is one program. Breathe Sync is another, and there many others. They give you an index of how deep of a meditative state you’re achieving — gives you feedback, and it’s a very effective way to reduce blood pressure, if you get good at it. It takes a few words to get good at it, and habituate, and be able to easily trigger the response. You can drop your blood pressure dramatically, once you learn how to use heart rate variability as a biofeedback — very easy; shouldn’t cost a lot of money.
Melatonin: one of my favorite supplements of all. Melatonin supplementation at bedtime is a really effective anti-hypertensive; a blood pressure reducing strategy, during sleep. So one of the worst things that can happen to people who have high blood pressure is failure of blood pressure drop during sleep, what is called in the medical literature “non-dippers”. So if you take melatonin, it drops blood pressure during sleep. So it eliminates a lot of the excess risk of that effect of a non-dipping blood pressure during sleep.
In summary, control over blood pressure starts with having a device, right, like we talked about in the prior video, and tracking blood pressures. It means engaging in the Undoctored Wild-Naked-Unwashed program, the core strategies, and then considering some of these additional strategies.
And we aim, by the way, for a blood pressure of 120 over 80 or less. In the conventional world, they’re scared to do that. In fact, some conventional guidelines advise to drop not lower than 140 over 90. You know why that is? It’s not because it’s not without risk to have a blood pressure in that range. It’s because the drugs introduce their own collection of risks and when can you justify the added risk of drugs, at what blood pressure? That’s not what we’re talking about, right?
We’re asking how do we reduce blood pressure to the ideal range without drugs, without the excess risk, but with the actual dramatic benefits of strategies that are innate and intrinsic to the human experience; the Wild-Naked-Unwashed strategies and some of those other add-on strategies.