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Blood Pressure and Heart Drugs
by Dr Bruce West
From our book Bypassing Bypass, published in 2002

 

This is a reminder call to those of you who are taking blood pressure or heart drugs. Once you start a nutritional program using the products I discuss in Health Alert, positive changes will begin to take place in your body. If you have high blood pressure, your pressure will begin to normalize. If you have poor heart function, your heart will begin to work better.

Nutritional Protocol and Drug Weaning

Within three to six months, these positive changes will be so pronounced that you will most likely need less of your heart or blood pressure drugs. In lots of cases, no medication is needed at all. This is the time for your doctor to begin the weaning-off drugs testing, which will help determine if you still need drugs, and if so, what quantity.

If you fail to do this and you instead continue on your usual drug protocol, in almost all cases you will be drugged into more serious side effects. Here’s a prime example: Suppose a person with normal blood pressure were given powerful drugs for high blood pressure. It wouldn’t be long before he or she would begin feeling weak, dizzy, faint, and miserable. By the same token, if you had high blood pressure that is now being normalized with a nutritional protocol—yet you continue on your full-strength drug program—you could likewise find yourself experiencing weakness, dizziness, and generally feeling faint or miserable.

This scenario will be repeated for patients using heart drugs, but to an even more serious extent. Heart drugs that are no longer needed can be extremely dangerous. If your nutritional protocol has allowed your heart to once again beat strongly and regularly, it is time to get back to your doctor to determine if you indeed need heart drugs any longer. Failure to do this can result in disaster.

The Cure or the Curse

The irony of some of the drugs used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease is that they can cause heart disease and a whole host of serious, often life-threatening side effects. For example, high blood pressure drugs can lead to heart failure. Once congestive heart failure occurs (usually after years of high blood pressure drugs), there is little to nothing medicine can do for you.

If side effects from drugs lead to congestive heart failure, your heart is no longer capable of beating with sufficient strength to oxygenate your blood, clear your lungs, and keep your blood circulating properly. The result is fluid in the lungs, which breeds the perfect environment for bacterial infection, leading to pneumonia. And what do most older folks with heart disease die of? Pneumonia!

Are you getting the picture here? The very best thing that could ever happen to you is that you would need to get to your doctor to wean you away from medication. Usually the only thing that will make this possible is a nutritional protocol for at least a three to six month duration. In some severely ill people, it may take from eight to 18 months before medication can be reduced or removed. Also keep in mind that you will continue to improve and will therefore continue to need less drugs for many months, or even years. So, if you wean off some drugs after six months, you will need to get back to your doctor in another six months to see if you need even less medication, and so on for up to three years.

Is Your Prescription Helping or Hindering?

In all cases, weaning off prescription drugs must be done with the aid of your physician. And without weaning, you will suffer the consequences of severe drug side effects. This is critical. According to U.S. News and World Report, 400 people in the U.S. die every day from the side effects of drugs. This is from drugs alone and does not include the carnage from surgery or errors in hospital care. Don’t be one of these people! Get back to your doctor after you begin to see results from your nutritional protocol. And if you are suffering any of the side effects discussed here related to heart and blood pressure drugs, see your doctor today.

If your doctor doesn’t want to discuss weaning off drugs, get another doctor. Not doing so could kill you. For more information on how to deal with the entire process, refer to “Prescription Drug Withdrawal,” Health Alert, Vol. 13, No. 1. This can be a life and death matter, so do it now!

End of Article

It should be noted here, that in addition to the side effects of blood pressure medications mentioned above, Dr Sohan Hayre from the University of Iowa discovered that patients with glaucoma who took their medications at night aggravated their glaucoma, causing further degeneration of the optic nerve due to their lowered blood pressure.

In addition to Dr West’s warning above (“Is Your Prescription Helping or Hindering”), we came across this in our research on hypertension medications: For years we’ve known that medications can interfere with the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals. In fact, it was theorized years ago that certain medications might even help to deplete vitamins and minerals. Well, we discovered a book all of you should have right now called: Drug-induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook. Call 800.837.5394. The cost is $34.95. This book is a must (another book, just a little cheaper but very still a very good book is The Nutritional Cost of Prescription Drugs, by Ross Pelton, R Ph, and James B LaValle R Ph).

From this book we learned that drugs used to lower blood pressure deplete vitamins B6, B1, C, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Zinc and Coenzyme Q10. Except for Zinc, which is needed by your immune system, all of these vitamins and minerals are needed for a healthy heart. As you will see later, this depletion of vitamins leads to Congestive Heart Failure. So, in a world where the people in charge of our health care (the pharmaceutical industry) profit from our being sick, we see a logical conclusion. One series of drugs, which creates wealth for the industry, leads to another illness that creates still more wealth. If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.

Before we list some of the therapies used to lower blood pressure that we’ve either discovered in our research or were sent to us from practitioners in our community, let’s take a look at how Dr West handles stubborn high blood pressure.

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