When the bigwigs of the drug industry want to sell more meds, they don’t invent a new drug people could actually use.
Not in most cases.
Nah… that’s hard work!
It’s much, much easier to find NEW ways to sell OLD meds. And if you want some proof, just take a look into your pill organizer.
If you spot two… three… or maybe FOUR different blood pressure meds, I’ve got news for you today.
They’re not necessarily there because you NEED the darned things.
They’re there because of this outrageous and irresponsible marketing plan to get MORE people on MORE drugs for conditions they MAY NOT even have!
And nowhere is that more true than when it comes to blood pressure.
The TRUTH about your so-called high blood pressure
A new report finds nearly HALF of American adults now have high blood pressure.
Worse still, 75 percent of seniors have hypertension.
But dig into the details of the study and you’ll see the picture’s not NEARLY as dire as those numbers would have you believe.
See, it’s not our blood pressure that’s changing and getting worse.
It’s the GUIDELINES!
A few years back, they redefined hypertension. They dropped it from 140/90 down to 130/80. With one stroke of the guideline pen, an estimated 31 million Americans who were “healthy” before suddenly had hypertension.
Now THAT’S how you beef up the market for a drug!
The new study even looked at what would happen if you went by the OLD guidelines: Just 31 percent of Americans would have hypertension instead of half.
And even many of them may not need treatment!
In 2018, Oxford researchers found that medicating people even for the old threshold – 140/90 – had “no evidence of any benefit” in low-risk patients.
There were no reductions in the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Instead, the found danger, with people on the meds suffering from a higher risk of:
- Hypotension (BP that’s too low)
- Kidney damage
Blood pressure meds have also been linked to memory loss and falls – and falls, of course, can lead to head injuries, bone breaks and even death.
Now, I’m not saying high blood pressure isn’t risk factor; of course it is, especially if you’re already in rough shape.
But I will say this: The rush to cut BP to lower and lower and lower levels… across all age groups… often to targets that CAN’T be hit WITHOUT meds… has done far more harm than good, especially in America’s seniors.
And the 130/80 target is just nuts in many cases.
Some experts believe that seniors may not need treatment until a systolic (“top number”) reading of 150 or even 160.
In reality, there’s no one-size-fits-all number; talk to a doctor experienced in integrative or functional medicine to determine the best target FOR YOU based on ALL of your factors including age, history and other risks.
If you DO need to bring you BP down, you may not need medication. You can often do the trick by balancing out your electrolytes with calcium, magnesium and potassium – lot of leafy green veggies work -- or simply losing 5-10 pounds of bodyweight.
If you DO need to bring you BP down, you may not need medication. You can often to the trick by balancing out your electrolytes with calcium, magnesium and potassium.