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Offline JayJay

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Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« on: March 09, 2012, 09:38:05 AM »
Looking for ideas here. I've been on Paleo now two weeks shy of one year. I have battled hypertension all my adult life. I have bad reactions to most BP meds, or they don't work at all. I've been on most of them, and combination therapies as well. Right now I'm taking Enalapril (an ACE inhibitor) and Hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic) plus a prescription potassium supplement. Enalapril is one of the only drugs I've ever taken that did anything long-term with few side effects. However, it doesn't seem to matter if I take 5mg twice a day, or 20mg twice a day. It's effectiveness is plateaued at even the smallest dose. BTW, unmedicated, my BP runs around 200/120. Right now I'm able to keep it in the neighborhood of 150/100, although the number seem to vary wildly throughout the day. Thanks to "white coat syndrome", it always shoots up in a doctor's office.

I've been offered a good, out-of-state job in the transportation field, and I need to pass a DOT physical this coming Monday. I just found out last night that I've been accepted and where/when to go for the physical. I need an unrestricted license, which means I need to be under 140/90. As it stands, right here, right now, I won't pass. I am unconcerned with the rest of the test and the drug screening. I am otherwise healthy as far as physicals go and I don't drink, smoke, or use any non-prescription drugs.

I also take fish oil, vitamin D, and calcium/magnesium/zinc supplements. I eat good quality meat, fish, vegetables, and some fruit. I eat very little salt. I've lost over 40 lbs. since starting Paleo nearly a year ago. I'm 6'-1" and weight about 225 now, down from 270.

I've already doubled-up on the meds, which, as I mentioned, does nothing. I will go to the chiropractor and try to get an Atlas adjustment and massage today and massage Saturday so I can be more relaxed. Anybody know of any good tricks or therapies I might be able to employ between now and Monday morning to get my BP low enough to get an unrestricted license? I know it's a long-shot but I really needs this job and am open to any ideas.

Thanks!

Jay
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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2012, 11:30:41 AM »
Cut all carbs between now and the test.  If you can get into ketosis or deeper into ketosis, you will eliminate more fluid in the form of urine, reducing your blood pressure.  You could also limit your water intake in the last 12-24 hours.  Watch out for excessive dehydration, but a little dehydration will likely reduce your blood pressure.  Note that this technique may cause headaches especially if you are not already in ketosis.

Cut all salt between now and the test and replace all foods containing salt with near equivalents with no salt.  This will also reduce fluid retention in the blood stream and thus blood pressure.

Note that I'm not recommending these as long term practices.


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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2012, 02:46:10 PM »
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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2012, 03:56:37 PM »
I've had great success helping people lower their blood pressure using hypnotherapy. Given the short amount of the time you have, I suggest using self-hypnosis to visualise the blood pressure reading being perfect and imagining a lever you can use to bring your blood pressure down to the level you want.

Some useful metaphors can include imagining blocked-up streams being repaired to allow good flow of water etc...

I'd be happy to help more, just by email and for free, if you email me directly.

Check-out my website for my contact details. www.mindzones.co.uk


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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2012, 06:50:23 PM »
Thanks for all the responses. Warren's make the most sense to me, given the type of person I am, and the short amount of time I have to reach my objective.

GS, I definitely believe hypertension can very well be a misdiagnosed kidney condition, as is fibromylagia, which I also have. I may try some of your suggestions down the road. For now, I need immediate results and have little time to follow any of those protocols.

izzyk, thanks for the suggestion but that kind of stuff has never been effective on me. I've tried meditating, tai chi, biofeedback, self-hypnosis, etc. and I just don't have the right frame of mind to be successful doing this. Too much commotion going on in my life right now to focus on these types of therapies.

Cutting carbs, as Warren suggested dawned on me this morning as I ate a small piece of banana. That was it. No carbs since. I also cut coffee out, which is a daily thing for me. I will stop using salt completely, although I have in the past completely eliminated salt from my diet and it made do difference in my average BP (same with caffeine). Water is going to be the tough one, but it makes sense. Part of the DOT physical is a drug test, which means I have to produce two urine samples. If I show up dehydrated, I may not be able to produce a sample. Or, I could show up mildly dehydrated, have them take my BP, then hydrate and wait to produce the urine samples. Might work.

I visited my chiropractor today and got an Atlas adjustment and a massage. He mentioned he has a sure-fire way to temporarily reduce BP using acupuncture but the effects don't last long and since my test is Monday morning at 6AM, and they aren't open Sunday, that isn't an option. I have my doubts it would work anyway. I've had acupuncture many times over the years for various issues, including extended treatments over weeks and even months, that did nothing but burn up precious time.

Well, we'll see what eliminating all carbs does and see if I can drop into ketosis. Might do the trick.

Thanks all!

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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2012, 07:59:04 AM »
Here is how it's done.

http://www.curemanual.com/diseases-and-tweaks/cure-for-high-blood-pressure/



If you want to be taken seriously don't quote Hulda Clark.

Pollution from Caffeine: Dr. Hulda Clark in her book Cure for all Diseases is of the opinion that, “The most important change to make is to stop using caffeine as in coffee, tea, or carbonated beverages. Don’t use decaffeinated coffee or tea either because of the solvent pollution in them.

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Sorry to you coffee lovers. 
Hulda Clark is correct in this pollution thing.
Besides, coffee is not paleo.

Drop coffee.
Drop coffee.
Drop coffee.

Drop tea too.

Even if you consider coffee and tea to be paleo... they are harmful.
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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2012, 09:10:07 AM »
'Dr' Hulda Clark had a cancer clinic in Mexico. She claimed to cure cancer. She did died from cancer.

Studies over the past 50 years have failed to show:

1. Fat causes heart disease.
2. Salt causes heart disease or hypertention.
3. Coffee raises blood pressure, causes strokes or heart attacks.


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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2012, 09:32:29 AM »
@Jayjay Donate blood.

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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2012, 10:25:09 AM »
@Jayjay Donate blood.

This would have to be almost immediately before being tested as your body's autoregulation will bring it back to "normal" within a few hours. 

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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2012, 07:20:52 PM »
@Jayjay Donate blood.

Heh, heh, heh...I think this is one reason why they scheduled the test for 6AM. Not much I can do in the wee hours of the morning to alter the outcome. Nice idea though.

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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2012, 08:10:32 PM »
@Jayjay Donate blood.

Heh, heh, heh...I think this is one reason why they scheduled the test for 6AM. Not much I can do in the wee hours of the morning to alter the outcome. Nice idea though.

That's a terrible time. Blood pressure for many people is higher in the early morning.  Doctors and pharmacists are now starting to advise people to take blood pressure medication before bedtime because of that. If you take your medication in the morning you may want to take it Sunday morning then Sunday evening. Go to bed early.

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Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2012, 12:21:29 AM »
I suppose theoretically being dehydrated could lower your blood pressure.

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