Friday, August 28, 2009

Doctor, Why Is My Blood Pressure High?

Dr. David Jockers                 Exodus Health Center 

The Quality of Your Life Comes Down to the Questions You Ask Yourself.
Most people and doctors fail to ask the right questions when it comes to health and disease.  They run a myriad of tests and if they see a certain  up or down, they prescribe a drug/supplement or cut out an organ to raise or lower the #.  The key question that must be asked is why is that # up or down? 

In truth, the body was created with an incredible healing & life forming power that took us from 2 half cells to nearly 100 trillion cells.  This same power runs every system and function in our body.  The body has certain natural needs and requirements that when met create an inner peace, harmony, & homeostasis.  This is health.  When there is a dangerous level of toxicity or deficiency in any of these necessary requirements, a state of disharmony occurs causing decreased function and disease.

Asprin Causes High Blood Pressure:
Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, & aspirin are the most commonly used drugs in the US.  “Clinicians commonly do NOT understand that acetaminophen is NOT safe, and causes significant hypertension.”

“Older women (51-77) who too >500mg per day had a 93% inc. risk of hypertension.  Younger women (34-53) who took >500 mg per day had a 99% inc. risk of hypertension.

NSAID’s have been known to harm the kidneys and cause GI bleeding.  Acetaminophen causes hypertension because it depletes glutathione, leading to renal endothelial dysfunction.”
Epidemiology: Non-Narcotic Analgesic Dose and Risk of Incident Hypertension in US Women:    Hypertension:  Sept 2005;46:500 

People with High Cholesterol Live The Longest:
Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with a high cholesterol.

Most studies of old people have shown that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for coronary heart disease. Eleven studies of old people came up with that result, and a further seven studies found that high cholesterol did not predict all-cause mortality either.

Krumholz HM and others. Lack of association between cholesterol and coronary heart disease mortality and morbidity and all-cause mortality in persons older than 70 years. Journal of the American Medical Association 272, 1335-1340, 1990.

95% of all cases of high blood pressure are completely preventable.  When the body encounters any physical, chemical, or emotional stress certain hormones and neurotransmitters are stimulated.  If the conditions go uncorrected or unregulated, the body turns from acute stress mode (normal and natural) to chronic stress mode (abnormal and dangerous for long-term health). One of these hormones secreted under these conditions, cortisol, has several key distinguishing functions:

1.   Increases blood sugar:  Under stress, our bodies need quick energy, this is the good This increases insulin secretions, causing a switch towards fat storage, & pro-inflammatory pathways.  This continued cascade of high cortisol/high insulin eventually causes weight gain through fat storage, protein depletion and massive inflammation destroying the endothelial wall of the arteries, causing scarring, rigidity, reduced pliability & high blood pressure.

2.  Decreased Cellular Oxygenation:    Under stress, our bodies revert to short, shallow breathing habits causing lowered oxygen content and increased levels of carbon dioxide in our tissues.  This causes our metabolism to switch to anaerobic (without oxygen) sources of fuel (stored sugar and protein).  Anaerobic sources of fuel leave behind high levels of metabolic waste and free radicals which damage organ and tissue cells.     

3.   Increases Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fatty substance in the body that is necessary for brain and neurological function in that it is a vital component for memory and learning.   Cholesterol is also needed for sex hormones (testosterone, progesterone) as well as vitamin D.  Cholesterol is a repair mechanism.  When our bodies are in stress mode, there is a need for cellular repair, therefore cholesterol naturally rises in response.  Short-term this is a good response.  Long-term, the cholesterol gets oxidized by the constant cascade of free radicals, causing further damage to arterioles.       

4Acidic Blood Stream:  High cortisol causes a lowered oxygen state within the body.  This lowered oxygen state, causes the blood stream to be acidic due to greater levels of carbon dioxide binding to the hemoglobin.  When the blood stream is acidic, the body must compensate by utilizing more water and alkaline buffering minerals to neutralize (stealing fluids & nutrients from joints, blood vessel walls and other structures such as  bone, muscle and ligaments).   
5.  Disrupted Sleep CyclesCortisol should naturally lower at night to allow the body to relax and fall asleep and should elevate in the morning to provide instant energy and wakefulness. When our bodies are in a chronic stress mode, we have abnormal flocculation’s which disrupt our sleep cycles and leave us groggy in the morning and exhausted throughout the day.
6.   Ligament LaxityElevated cortisol levels cause ligaments to become more lax.  This reduces joint stability, leading to increased susceptibility to injury.  The most important area this affects is the spine, which houses and protects the spinal cord and nerves which control the function and healing processes of the organ systems.  Chronic stress causes uncontrolled damage to the spine and nervous system, called subluxation, leading to a number of possible symptoms including pain, restricted motion, & organ dysfunction.  The most sensitive areas of the spine are at the top and the pivot from the neck to the mid-back.  When subluxation is present in these areas it affects heart and vascular function causing increased blood pressure..

Find out how to quiet down this epidemic chronic stress cascade and allow your body to heal as it was intended.  Discover exactly how people are coming off of blood pressure and cholesterol drugs in droves in this office.  Learn the new science of health and healing and take back control of your life & health. 

Monday, August 31st 7pm 
Exodus Health Center
2750 Jiles Rd
Kennesaw, Ga 30144