You may have noticed by now that I'm always suspicious of studies that "prove" the only solution to a health problem comes on a prescription pad.

Take this new survey out of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, which concluded that patients suffering from high blood pressure get better results from drugs alone than from drugs and lifestyle changes combined.

Since this flies in the face of all clinical evidence, the researchers concluded that people in the "real world" must be making lifestyle changes differently than people being studied in a clinical setting.

I can buy that… I truly can. And the next step should be to find out how to duplicate the clinical success of lifestyle changes in the real world.

But, of course, the researchers went in a different direction – and you'll have no trouble believing the direction they chose. They outrageously concluded that drugs are the only real and certain solution for lowering blood pressure.

All I can say is, try telling that to my patients. I cure high blood pressure all the time, and I'm not relying on dangerous prescription drugs to do it. In fact, many of my patients come to me after they have unsuccessfully tried prescription drugs for years.

You see, high blood pressure is often the result of an imbalance of epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are produced by your adrenal glands. This imbalance can be caused by a simple nutritional deficiency. Fix the deficiency, and you can fix the high blood pressure.

That may seem overly simple, but I've seen it work time and again. In fact, I'll be sharing the nutrient regimen I recommend to my patients with high blood pressure in the May issue of Health Revelations. Click here to sign up for Health Revelations today! 

I've also seen patients experience remarkable results from lifestyle changes, like altering their diets, exercising more and managing stress.

You've got to realize that developing hypertension is not like catching a cold. You don't go to bed one night perfectly healthy and wake up the next morning suffering from consistently high blood pressure. It's something that develops over time. Lifestyle modifications can take you at least part of the way back, but how far – and how long it'll take – will depend in part on the severity of your high blood pressure and what's causing it.

But don't believe for a second that lifestyle changes can't help. I have too many patients who are living proof that they can make a big difference. And, unlike prescription drugs, the only side effect of lifestyle changes is overall better health.