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Tidbits 27–The High Blood Pressure Snow Job!


HBP treatment for seniors is a racket! Is HBP a “normal” part of aging? Are dangerous drugs and surgery the only answer?

So-called High Blood Pressure: A Goldmine for Drug Companies!

Just look at this graph of the most frequently prescribed prescription drugs in the United States and what do you find?

Rx drug chart

Prescriptions for high blood pressure and cholesterol for seniors are leaving the rest of them in the dust, making High Blood Pressure a veritable goldmine for the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession!

But a word of warning: These drugs are addictive, you can’t stop them, you’re told you will have high blood pressure (HBP) for the rest of your life, there is no known cause (supposedly) in 95% of cases (how convenient, since if there’s no cause, then there’s nothing you can do about it!) no cure, and you will have to come back endlessly for refills to keep your pressure under “control”!  (Too bad none of this is true–except for the part about the drugs being addictive, and that’s why you will be on them for the rest of your life!)

As I may have mentioned in previous articles, when the doctor tells you “there is no cure”, all he means is, “there is no drug“, because to him, there are only drugs in this world; but in reality, if you pull back and take a wider view, there are cures everywhere, including, first and foremost, changes in your diet.

cartoon we've exhausted all conventional measures

For example:


juicer 2

This is real medicine, folks!  This is the default cure for all disease, this and raw food in general. If you want results fast, buy a juicer!  Juicing will cure anything!  You know how your grandparents always told you to eat your vegetables?  Well, they were right; but, maybe they should have said, “Drink your vegetables!” because we’re destroying all the curative value of vegetables by cooking the life out of them; plus which, everyone pretty much hates cooked vegetables anyway, just ask your kids!  

Even eating them raw is not so easy, as you’d be lucky to finish even one carrot!  But, guess what?  Drinking them is easy!  Imagine this, juicing 3 carrots, an apple, some kale, a stick of celery and some parsley, and believe it or not, it would be delicious!  And you’d have all the nutrients that you could never, ever, in a million years, hope to acquire by eating! And what does this juice do besides giving the cells in your body all the nutrients they need?  It cleans out your arteries!  Why is that so important?  Because that’s why you have High Blood Pressure!!!!!  That and mineral deficiencies. 

High blood pressure is simply the body’s adaptation to clogged and inflamed arteries!  How does it help your body to meet its demands for oxygen and nutrients if you artificially slow down your heart rate with drugs, causing your cells and organs to become oxygen starved?  Shouldn’t the cause of this problem be addressed rather than the effect?  Because if the cause was corrected, the heart wouldn’t have to pump so hard to deliver nutrients through the bloodstream, and the pressure would automatically come down.  Doesn’t that make sense?  

But there’s no money in that!  

The cause of disease is almost always some lifestyle mistake–too much processed food, not enough fiber, not enough nutrients, lack of calcium, magnesium and potassium… who makes money correcting that end of the equation, the organic farmer?  How does that help the drug industry?  Oh, I guess you didn’t know: it’s all about the drug industry.  Sorry, I just assumed you knew.  This is a for-profit system, people!  Remember?  Capitalism?  You may have heard of it.  When we have a socialist revolution, I’ll let you know.  In the meantime, if your doctor tells you something, know that he learned it directly from a drug company rep who’s not even a doctor.  Your appointment may as well have been directly with GlaxoSmithKline.

Now, turning our attention back to something that actually works, some of you are going to ask why you can’t just go to the supermarket and buy a bottle of juice and save yourself a lot of trouble!  People, that is not real juice!  I don’t care that they’re posing next to oranges and apples, the bottles that you see in the picture below are simply impostors.

minute maid juice

Real juice goes bad!  It separates!  You have to shake the bottle.  You have to drink it right away and definitely within 2 days; it could never sit on the supermarket shelf for weeks at a time!  However, Whole Foods Market is making real juice fresh every day now, and maybe you’ve got a health food store near you doing the same thing.  If not, I’m afraid you’re going to have to buy a juicer–which, by the way, is not the end of the world!

Now, what else can you do for your health besides juicing?


Stop Poisoning Yourself!

If this is what you’re eating and “taking”, that’s exactly what you’re doing!

Rx drugs  junk food  more junk food

And why do I say that?  Because the “food” you see pictured above is full of white flour, white sugar (neither of which exists in nature), hydrogenated oils (another unnatural product), meat from factory farms (meaning sick and undernourished animals) and no fiber whatsoever, not to mention “vegetables” grown in mineral-poor soil.  So you can imagine that the side effect-laden drugs you see next to the food are being enlisted to… 1) manage constipation, 2) take the edge off headaches, 3) mollify depression and anxiety, 4) conquer insomnia, 6) correct an irregular heart beat, 7) deal with ADD and ADHD, 8) manage frequent colds and infections and 9) soothe painful joints, because these are common conditions associated with a diet of processed food.

What do people take for headaches?   Aspirin.  Tylenol.  Did you know that these drugs damage your kidneys?  And do you know what kidney disease leads to?  HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE!  What about a common antibiotic like Ciprofloxacin?  What’s included among its many side effects?  Brace yourself–HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE!

The truth is, if you’re eating the foods shown above, you’re inevitably and unavoidably also taking drugs and compromising your health in the process.  Drugs cause disease–that’s what all those side effects are, diseases.  But how could you have known that?  Everyone else is taking them!  So step-1 in lowering your blood pressure, obviously, is addressing the food.  You have to go from eating what you saw above to eating along the lines of this:

cheesburger 2

Let me explain what this is. It’s a cheeseburger made from grass-fed ground beef, cheese (made from raw milk), a whole wheat bun, and you can’t see the sauteed mushrooms and onions under the bun but they’re there; and notice half the meal is a salad!  It’s like night and day from the other stuff!  Of course, the previous “meal” pictured was made by a corporation, the second meal was made by ME, someone who took the trouble to shop for real food!  That makes all the difference.

“Are You Saying There’s No Place for Beta Blockers and Lasix in lowering blood pressure?”

Yes!  That’s what I’m saying!

Why Not?

Because like most of what the medical profession does, it’s got everything backwards; attacking the body’s adaptation to a problem while ignoring the problem itself–and in so-doing, ruining lives!


Let me count the ways!  These blood pressure drugs have you running to the bathroom all night with no regard to the importance of a good night’s sleep; they cause impotence in men, devastating marriages, relationships, and men’s self-esteem, all to the benefit of increased doctor visits and drug sales for the pharmaceutical industry!  High blood pressure, per se, is not the problem!  If having high blood pressure in and of itself was dangerous, then why aren’t weight-lifters and joggers all dropping dead from heart attacks?  Do you know what a weight-lifter’s blood pressure goes up to?  It’s been reported as high as 320/250! (http://www.livestrong.com/article/112465-weight-lifting-high-blood/)

weight lifter

Why isn’t this man dead?  In a study, “Blood Pressure During Exercise In Healthy Children” [European Journal of Applied Physiology (1988) 58: 62-67] the journal states, “Twenty-two of the subjects had a systolic blood pressure of 200 or more during exercise.”  Oh my gosh!  A blood pressure of 200 or more during exercise?  And they all lived to tell about it?  How is that possible?

A study reported in JAMA (11/8/06) titled, “Systolic Blood Pressure at Admission, Clinical Characteristics, and Outcomes in Patients Hospitalized With Acute Heart Failure”, found that the patients with the highest systolic blood pressure–over 161–had the lowest death rate (1.7%) while the patients with the lowest blood pressure, what we call “normal”, had the highest death rate (7.2%): “The in-hospital mortality rate was 3.8% in the entire cohort and the mean length of stay was 6.4 days.  Higher SBP [systolic blood pressure] at admission was associated with substantially lower in-hospital mortality: 7.2% (<120 mm Hg), 3.6% (120-139 mm Hg), 2.5% (140-161 mm Hg), and 1.7% (>161 mm Hg)” (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=204038)

How is that possible?  As stated above, the patients with the highest blood pressure had the lowest death rate; and in fact, you can see if you look at the blood pressure numbers and the rate of death, as the blood pressure numbers increase, the death rate goes down!

I’m sure now it’s got you thinking, right?  What can we conclude from this?  First, that it’s normal for blood pressure to go up and down depending on what you’re doing, and that if you’re really exerting yourself, blood pressure can go very high!  Secondly, maybe there’s no such thing as a constant “normal” and maybe the “normal” numbers have been set artificially low.  And what would the reason be for that?  So that more people can be diagnosed with high blood pressure, making them “officially” patients, so that now they can be started on drugs!  Yes, I know, that’s a cynical outlook, but manipulating the normal range of something to increase drug sales is nothing new.  Joseph Mercola, MD wrote the following in his article, “The Cholesterol Myth That Is Harming Your Health”:  

“So how did these excessively low cholesterol guidelines come about?  Eight of the nine doctors on the panel that developed the new cholesterol guidelines had been making money from the drug companies that manufacture statin cholesterol-lowering drugs.”


So, you see, what’s considered “normal” can sometimes be a function of what’s best for business.  And finally, maybe the real problem isn’t blood pressure at all, maybe it’s all about the arteries and how inflamed and plaque-filled they are.

inflammation chart

So tell me, what happens if your blood pressure can’t go up because you’re taking beta blockers or some other blood pressure-lowering drug?  What happens when you try to stand up?  You get dizzy and you may even faint (not enough oxygen to the brain).  Would you be able to get up and run out the door if the situation called for it?  Would you be able to carry heavy packages or bags of groceries?  Would you have enough blood pressure to have an erection for sex?  The answer to these questions is no!  And now for the most important question of all, how much cleaner, clearer and unblocked are your arteries now that you’ve lowered your blood pressure with beta blockers?  That’s what I thought!  No change in the arteries at all!  Do you see the pointlessness and insanity of this approach?  

(Meanwhile, a minor “disclaimer”, if you will, as regards the image above.  In my opinion, raw dairy and grass-fed meat is fine; however, “factory farming” has made ordinary foods, that should be good for you, like “eggs”, dangerous with all the garbage and drugs they’re feeding these animals!  I will not buy meat and eggs from the supermarket!  Try to do your shopping at health food stores, Whole Foods, and Farmers Markets and try to find raw milk.)


Don’t We Have To Lower Our Cholesterol?

Someday, I’m going to have to write an article called “Self-serving Lies Your Doctor Tells”. Cholesterol is a normal substance made in the liver and it has many positive uses including mending damaged arteries.  Oops!  Did I say that right?  Mending damaged arteries?  If your arteries weren’t damaged in the first place by inflammation-causing ingredients in processed food, there would be no cholesterol deposits in your arteries at all!

Let me ask you this, do police cause car accidents?  They must!  Every time I see a car accident, the police are there!  What else could it mean?  What’s that?  They’re there to help?  They’re there to clear out the accident scene?  Oh!  Well I just assumed they caused the accident because they’re always there!  Well this is exactly the conclusion your doctor has come to because every time he sees a heart patient, he finds cholesterol in the arteries; so, obviously, cholesterol causes heart disease!

As you can see from the graph at the beginning of this article, the misconception about cholesterol is responsible for the most profitable drugs in the whole pharmacopeia–the Statin cholesterol-lowering drugs, drugs like Lipitor and Crestor.  We take them to protect our heart, supposedly, but did you know that they destroy Co-Q10, an enzyme that protects your heart?  So, that’s right, the statin drugs put you at risk for a heart attack!  I know, it’s unbelievable.



In the 25 years between 1981 and 2006, death rates from coronary heart disease (CHD) decreased 80% (in Iceland) between the ages of 25-74.  What was the treatment?  Nothing–other than exercise, nutritious food and no smoking.

No beta blockers?  No diuretics?  Absolutely not.  The big “secret” for lowering blood pressure turned out to be no processed food.

All processed food contains sodium, tons of it, making it another factor in high blood pressure.  We all know that sodium attracts water, which increases the blood volume which demands that the heart pump harder to move all this extra fluid around.  This is what we give the dreaded diuretics for.  Even soda contains sodium, just read the label; and in fact, you should start reading the ingredients list on every packaged food you buy, even if you’re in the health food store.  The safest foods will have the smallest number of ingredients on the label, the worst foods will have the most.  Look at cereal boxes, for example.  Compare “Nabisco Shredded Wheat” with “Honey Bunches of Oats”.  The Shredded Wheat has only one ingredient–whole wheat!  The Honey Bunches of Oats label has too many ingredients to even count, a lot of them chemicals, and the usual sugar and salt.  

Look at the ingredients list on a bottle of Schweppes Gingerale.  What does it say? 45 mg. of sodium!

Here’s your Breyers vanilla ice cream–with 35 mg. of sodium.

So, here you have all these people with high blood pressure under a doctor’s care, who have been told to throw out their salt shaker because salt is no longer allowed, and there it is in every processed food!

Cod Liver Oil Heals the Arteries

Here’s what Mike Adams had to say in his important article, “Cod Liver Oil–the Number-One Super-food”:

“Cod liver oil greatly improves heart function to prevent heart disease and to treat it even in advanced stages, after a heart attack and after heart surgery.  Cod liver oil alters the linings of the arteries in such a way as to improve healing after damage.  This is attributed to the omega-3 fatty acids but vitamin A, D and K all have important roles to play in facilitating mineral absorption, improving muscle function and supporting elasticity of the blood vessels.  The inflammation-reducing prostaglandins made from EPA help mediate the inflammatory response in the arteries.  In other studies the heart-protective effect was associated with changes in the muscle response to serotonin, increasing the heart’s ability to ‘relax.'”

Obviously, if you’ve got high blood pressure, cod liver oil is a must-have.


Should We Replace Butter and Saturated Fat With Margarine and Vegetable Oil?

No!  I’ve written about margarine and vegetable oil in Tidbits-13 if you want details about it:


You should avoid margarine and vegetable oil like the plague, and make sure the meat you buy is grass-fed and that the fish is wild-caught and not farmed.


Vitamin C and L-Lysine to the Rescue!

According to two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling, the combination of Vitamin C and the amino acid Lysine prevents and dissolves arterial blockages! (http://www.paulingtherapy.com/)

Now, incredibly, there is actually a Vitamin C supplement on the market that also contains Lysine and it is (Ta-da!)  Sufficient-C!!!  Developed by our friend, and British Institute of Homeopathy student, Caralyn Vessal, Sufficient-C is the highest-dose vitamin C on the market, with one teaspoon mixed in half a cup of water making 2,000 mg. of vitamin C and roughly 700 mg. of Lysine!  I don’t know how Caralyn knew to add Lysine to her vitamin C powder, but, she sure hit the nail on the head with that one!  She’s been telling me that Sufficient-C customers have related to her that their cholesterol has gone down because of taking it, and now I can see why!  This is the way to fight high blood pressure, people, the sensible way!  And did I mention that Sufficient-C is non-GMO?  You can order it from www.SufficientC.com

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In the video below we have Linus Pauling, in his 90’s, recalling 3 cases of advanced heart disease he reversed with Vitamin C and Lysine:


After Reading This, I Wanna Get Off Of My Drugs!

I know you do, but you can’t!  You will go through withdrawal!  If you stop these drugs suddenly, you could potentially suffer “rebound hypertension” and within 2 weeks time have a heart attack or a stroke!  The only way to get off these drugs is SLOWLY, very SLOWLY.  Ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice on how to do this.  

You would be surprised how many people don’t know that you can’t stop your drugs!  There is not a single drug, whether it be sleeping pills, antidepressants, even sinus medicine and proton pump inhibitors, that you can just stop!  They all cause the case to “rebound”!  If you had minor hypertension when you started, you will have major hypertension if you suddenly stop your drugs!  I always say to people, “Why would you start something you can’t stop without putting yourself in jeopardy?  It’s untenable; sooner or later you’re going to be faced with a situation where you don’t have access to your drugs: you’re out of your drugs, you’re in a foreign country, there’s been a hurricane or a flood, you’re at the airport and have been separated from your baggage, the drug stores are all closed, and there you are–with the clock ticking–because you don’t have your drugs!”  And for every drug to have this problem?  It should really make you think twice about the sanity of this system of “health care”.  


Beta Blockers (know what you’re taking)

Look at the side-effects of these things!  Look below at what’s listed under the “common” side effects of HBP drug Coreg, a Beta Blocker–weight gain!  And what does weight-gain lead to?  High Blood Pressure!  Below are the unbelievable side effects of Coreg as reported from drugs.com:  


More common

  • Allergy
  • chest pain, discomfort, tightness, or heaviness
  • dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • generalized swelling or swelling of the feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • pain
  • shortness of breath
  • slow heartbeat
  • weight gain

Less common

  • Ankle, knee, or great toe joint pain
  • anxiety
  • arm, back, or jaw pain
  • blood in the urine
  • bloody, black or tarry stools
  • chills
  • cloudy urine
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • cool pale skin
  • cough
  • dark urine
  • decreased appetite
  • decreased frequency or amount of urine
  • depression
  • difficulty with breathing
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying position
  • dry mouth
  • fainting
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms
  • flushed, dry skin
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • headache, sudden and severe
  • inability to speak
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased hunger
  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • itching
  • joint stiffness or swelling
  • large amount of cholesterol in the blood
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of consciousness
  • lower back, side, or stomach pain
  • mental depression
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • noisy, rattling breathing
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin
  • pounding in the ears
  • pounding, slow heartbeat
  • rapid breathing
  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • slurred speech
  • stomachache
  • sweating
  • swelling of the fingers or hands
  • temporary blindness
  • tenderness on the upper right side of the body
  • trouble with breathing even at rest
  • unexplained weight loss
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • weakness in the arm and/or leg on one side of the body, sudden and severe
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
  • yellow eyes or skin

Incidence not known

  • Sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • swollen or painful glands
  • wheezing

More common

  • Back pain
  • diarrhea
  • prickling or tingling sensation
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Less common

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • bleeding gums
  • blurred vision
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
  • changes in vision
  • cold hands and feet
  • decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • decreased tearing
  • difficulty with moving
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • inability to have or keep an erection
  • increased sweating
  • joint or muscle pain
  • lack or loss of strength
  • loose teeth
  • loss of sexual ability, desire, or performance
  • loss of strength or energy
  • muscle aches, stiffness, or weakness
  • nausea
  • persistent breath odor or bad taste in your mouth
  • redness and swelling of the gums
  • sensation of spinning
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • sugar in the urine
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual weak feeling
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to carvedilol: oral capsule extended release, oral tablet


In placebo-controlled trials, carvedilol (the active ingredient contained in Coreg) monotherapy was discontinued due to adverse events in 4.9% of patients versus 5.2% of placebo patients.

In a review of heart failure trials, beta-blockers (i.e., carvedilol, metoprolol, bisoprolol) were associated with increased risks of hypotension, dizziness, and bradycardia, but not fatigue compared with placebo. In addition, beta-blocker therapy was associated with fewer overall all-cause withdrawals and less heart failure deterioration than placebo.[Ref]


Patients with liver disease complicated by ascites are at greater risk of systemic hypotension associated with the use of carvedilol (the active ingredient contained in Coreg) as this drug is a potent portal hypotensive agent.

The incidence of dizziness or hypotension is increased by hypovolemia (dehydration, over-diuresis) and thus may be a more common problem in diuretic-treated subjects and the elderly.[Ref]

Cardiovascular side effects have included bradycardia (9% to 10%), hypotension (9% to 14%), syncope (3% to 8%), angina pectoris (2% to 6%), edema generalized (5% to 6%), edema dependent (4%), peripheral edema (2% to 7%), leg edema (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), postural hypotension (1% to less than or equal to 3%), myocardial ischemia (less than 1%), tachycardia (less than 1%), fluid overload (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), aggravated angina pectoris (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), palpitations (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), hypertension (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), AV block (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), bundle branch block (less than 1%), peripheral vascular disorder (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), peripheral ischemia (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), and cerebrovascular accident (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%). Cardiovascular side effects including cardiac failure have been reported rarely.[Ref]

Nervous system

The incidence of dizziness or hypotension is increased by hypovolemia (dehydration, over-diuresis) and thus may be a more common problem in diuretic-treated subjects and the elderly.[Ref]

Nervous system side effects have included dizziness (24% to 32%), headache (5% to 8%), hypesthesia (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), cerebrovascular accident (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), vertigo (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), paresthesia (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), hypokinesia (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), neuralgia (less than 0.1%), paresis (less than 0.1%), tinnitus (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), dry mouth (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), sweating increased (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), cerebrovascular disorder (less than or equal to 0.1%), convulsions (less than or equal to 0.1%), migraine (less than or equal to 0.1%), and decreased hearing (less than or equal to 0.1%).[Ref]


Respiratory side effects have included increased cough (5% to 8%), rales (4%), dyspnea (greater than 3%), lung edema (greater than 3%), asthma (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), bronchospasm (less than or equal to 0.1%), pulmonary edema (less than or equal to 0.1%), and respiratory alkalosis (less than or equal to 0.1%).[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea (5% to 12%), nausea (4% to 9%), vomiting (1% to 6%), gastrointestinal pain (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), melena (greater than 0.1% to less than 1%), periodontitis (greater than 0.1% to less than 1%), and GI hemorrhage (less than 0.1%).[Ref]


Renal side effects have included renal insufficiency (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), and albuminuria (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%).[Ref]


Hematologic side effects have included thrombocytopenia (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), purpura (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), hypovolemia (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), prothrombin decreased (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), anemia (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), leucopenia (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), pancytopenia (less than or equal to 0.1%), atypical lymphocytes (less than or equal to 0.1%). Decreases in hematocrit, red blood cells, and hemoglobin concentration have also been reported. Rarely, aplastic anemia has been reported in postmarketing experience.[Ref]


Dermatologic side effects have included pruritus (0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), rash erythematous (0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), rash maculopapular (0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), rash psoriaform (0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), photosensitivity reactions (0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), exfoliative dermatitis (less than 0.1%), and alopecia (less than 0.1%).[Ref]


Hepatic side effects have included SGPT increased (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), SGOT increased (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), and increased hepatic enzymes (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%). Elevations in serum transaminases (ALT or AST) have also been reported. At least one case of hepatotoxicity has been reported.


Genitourinary side effects have included impotence (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), decreased libido (male) (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), micturition frequency increased (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), and hematuria (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%). Rarely, genitourinary side effects including urinary incontinence in women have been reported in postmarketing experience.[Ref]


Hypersensitivity side effects have included allergy (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), and anaphylactoid reaction (less than or equal to 0.1%). Rarely, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, erythema multiforme, and hypersensitivity reactions (including anaphylactic reactions, angioedema, and urticaria) have been reported in postmarketing experience.


Metabolic side effects have included hyperglycemia (5% TO 12%), weight increase (10% TO 12%), BUN increase (6%), NPN increased (6%), hypercholesterolemia (1% TO 4%), edema peripheral (2% TO 7%). Metabolic side effects reported greater than 1% to less than 3% have included hyperuricemia, hypoglycemia, hyponatremia, increased alkaline phosphatase, glycosuria, hypervolemia, diabetes mellitis, GGT increased, weight loss, and creatinine increased. Metabolic side effects reported greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1% have included hypokalemia and hypertriglyceridemia.


Psychiatric side effects have included somnolence (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), insomnia (1% to 3% or greater), nervousness (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), sleep disorder (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), aggravated depression (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), impaired concentration (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), abnormal thinking (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), paranoia (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), emotional lability (greater than 0.1% to less than or equal to 1%), and aggravated depression (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%).


Musculoskeletal side effects have included arthralgia (1% to 6%), muscle cramps (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), gout (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), hypotonia (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), and arthritis (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%).


Ocular side effects have included abnormal vision (5%) and blurred vision (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%).


Other side effects have included fatigue (24%), asthenia (7% to 11%), digoxin level increased (2% to 5%), malaise (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), fever (greater than 1% to less than or equal to 3%), and flu syndrome (greater than 1% and less than or equal to 3%).



How many diseases did you count that this drug causes (so that it can treat one disease, high blood pressure)?  There are literally too many to count: arthritis, allergies, chest pain, heart disease, muscle aches and pains, weakness, tiredness, impotence, loss of consciousness, diabetes, blood disorders, periodontal disease, bleeding, itching, trouble breathing, depression, paranoia….  Does this make any sense?  How did this get FDA approval?  Why is it that doctors are never asked to explain why they would offer something that causes disease as a “treatment” for disease?  And don’t think the Calcium Channel Blockers and other heart drugs are any different!  And why do doctors exempt themselves from having to determine what the cause of your high blood pressure is?  If it’s mineral deficiencies, they only have to replace them.  Shouldn’t they find out?  Magnesium will relax your arteries and lower your blood pressure.  You know what else will?  


Hawthorn Berries!  

hawthorn berry syrup

Hawthorn Berries are what my herbology teacher, Dr. Christopher, called a “cardiac food”.  Regardless of what your heart problem is, hawthorn berry syrup is a must–and it’s delicious!  Order it from www.HerbsFirst.com


What About Stents?


Another not-so-brilliant idea according to an article titled, “Stent Op Does Not Cut Heart Attack Risk For Angina Cases” by Stephen Adams for The Daily Mail, if you’ve got stable angina (angina brought about by a trigger, like exercise) you gain no advantage by having a stent surgically implanted in your artery: 

Tens of thousands of NHS patients are having operations to clear their arteries in the false belief that it will cut their chance of a heart attack or even extend their life, a leading expert has warned.

Doctors are failing to tell patients that angioplasty is not a magic bullet to stop heart attacks, said consultant cardiologist Aseem Malhotra.

Each year some 30,000 people with a condition called stable angina opt to have the procedure, in which a tiny balloon is inserted into clogged arteries to help clear them.

A metal ring called a stent is then put in to keep the artery wide.

The theory is that widening the artery will improve blood flow and reduce the odds of a blockage.

But Dr Malhotra said such patients were rarely told that the invasive procedure made no difference to their chance of having a heart attack, nor did it improve their odds of long life.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2681887/Stent-op-does-not-cut-heart-attack-risk-angina-cases-Cardiologists-frequently-not-telling-patients-procedure-improve-blood-flow-doesnt-reduce-heart-attack-risk-says-consultant.html#ixzz3kQQbUocd


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Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

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Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at:
https://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org


  • Yes, of course, but I am serious about the official position on HBP being that there is no known cause in 95% of cases! That is basically them saying, “There is nothing you can do, there is no way out of this! All you can do is take these drugs and keep it under ‘control’.” Of course, it’s a lie; and every senior citizen is on this battery of drugs! They’re expensive, they’re dangerous, and people think they’re doomed without them! It’s a total snow-job, a scam, and causes much suffering.

  • Another great Tidbits column! You get right to the problem in plain language and tell people how to solve it. Kudos!

  • A very well researched paper, and so readable! I shall be providing a link to this article on my website.

    A close relative of mine was getting hallucinations, nightmares, a cough that doesn’t go away, and suicidal thoughts under the influence of all and I’ve asked him to show this information to his allopath. I hope sanity will prevail and he’ll get off the drug load.

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