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									                       HIGH SYSTOLIC BLOOD PRESSURE
                          Improve Blood Pressure Levels Naturally


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                                 Published by Dr. James Bogash
                               Copyright 2012 James Bogash, DC
                               www.LifeCareChiropractic.com
                                         Version 1, 2012
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ABOUT DR. JAMES BOGASH
As a chiropractor in Mesa, Arizona, Dr. Bogash completed school with a strong background in
nutrition and physiology.
Over the years, he has built on this knowledge by reviewing tens of thousands of peer reviewed
medical journal articles looking for research that will help him stay on the cutting edge of
medicine, health and wellness.




His goal is to not only alleviate pain, but more importantly, inspire and educate patients to
become active participants in their own well-being.
His blog articles have covered thousands of articles an all aspect on improving your health and
avoiding the chronic diseases that plague today's society.
“Our focus is to lead patients away from society’s view that health and disease are an “outside”
process, and increase awareness that conscious controls comes from within.” – Dr. James Bogash
Check us out at www.LifeCareChiropractic.com

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                                     TABLE OF CONTENT
Why You Should Read This Ebook Now
Chapter 1: Causes of High Blood Pressure
       Prediabetes Is a Major Cause
       7 Factors For Heart Disease–Are You In The 1%?
       Urinary Tract Infection and Heart Disease
       Dr. Bogash's Rantings and Recommendations
Chapter 2: Problems with Medications
       Medications Help Very Little
       Are Blood Pressure Drugs Killing Us?
       Does Your Blood Pressure Drug Cause Cancer?
       Blood Pressure Drugs Lead To Gout
       Dr. Bogash's Rantings and Recommendations
Chapter 3: Dietary Choices and Supplements
       Fish Oils and Heart Disease
       Watermelon Juice Helps With Prediabetes
       Favorable Effect of Berries
       Effect of Cocoa and Tea on Blood Pressure
       Cocoa, Blood Pressure and Heart Deaths
       Soy Milk Lowers Blood Pressure
       Biofeedback Device Lowers Blood Pressure
       Mouthwash Kills Bacteria That Lowers Blood Pressure
       Dr. Bogash's Rantings and Recommendations
Chapter 4: Blood Pressure Relates To Other Diseases
       Migraine and Heart Disease Linked
       Blood Pressure and Brain Atrophy
      Blood Pressure and Cognitive Function
      Dr. Bogash's Rantings and Recommendations
Resources
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS EBOOK NOW
I have been publishing posts related to blood pressure for many years. This book is a
compilation of blog posts done over the years in a organized format with some additional
commentary to help make the information clearer.
Many of the topics discussed in this book may be new to you and may never have been brought
up by your personal physician. Unfortunately, there is a veritable chasm between the medical
research and what primary care doctors and cardiologists seem to share with their patients. The
“standard” recommendations are usually decades behind the research I will be sharing with you.
This is why every single comment is backed up by supporting medical research.
Each topic has a link back to the website so that you can read the original medical article that the
post was centered around. I have provided links in the resource section, if you want to do more
research for yourself or are looking for products that will help you on your journey to better
health.
It is my hope that the concepts and ideas given in this book are going to help your understanding
of your condition as well as help in improving your health as it relates to preventing and
managing high blood pressure. There are many tools that can positively impact the health of
your cardiovascular system.
I’m also introducing tools, called “Dr. Bogash's Recommendations,” which will give you three
things you can do right away to improve your heart and blood vessel health.
In this book, you are going to learn:
       1. Why we suffer from high blood pressure.
       2. Why using medications to manage blood pressure can actually worsen your health.
       3. Supplements and lifestyle changes that can reduce blood pressure.
       4. How blood pressure links with other diseases like migraines, stroke, heart disease and
       diabetes.
Happy reading!
CHAPTER 1: CAUSES OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
PREDIABETES IS A MAJOR CAUSE
Society does not view prediabetes as a problem. Rather, diabetes is the issue. I have met with
many patients who were well on their way to becoming diabetic, but when they stated that, when
their doctor checked them, they were “ok.” You can almost hear the audible “wheh...”
The reality is that being prediabetic is massively damaging to your health. Many patients who
are prediabetic will never get labeled diabetic because they will die of a heart attack, stroke,
cancer or heart attack first.
Make no bones about it—being prediabetic is very, very bad for your health. Being a cause of
most cases of high blood pressure is only one small part of what prediabetes does to your body.




Despite the vast amount of research, few give Metabolic Syndrome the respect it deserves. I
personally believe that this is because while many physicians are aware of metabolic syndrome,
by not reading current literature they may not fully understand the full breadth of this condition.
Let’s put it in terms of this study. When we talk about relative risk, it gives us an idea of how
much something (in this case, having MetS) increases your risk of a disease. Now, if the rates of
a particular disease are already pretty high in the general population (such as with heart disease),
then the risk becomes more important.
In this study, those patients having all 5 components of MetS (high BP, low HDL, high
triglycerides, increased blood glucose and increased waist-to-hip ratio) the relative risk was a
whopping 6.24 time higher. There’s no beating around the bush here. This is a dangerous
condition and needs to be treated as such.
Read entire article here

7 FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE–ARE YOU IN THE 1%?
By now we can all accept that high blood pressure and heart disease is almost entirely lifestyle in
origin. I’m sure there are a few events per year that were entirely mediated by genetics, but, in
general, if you have heart disease, it’s because of the choices you have made. And likely
continue to make.
Everyone out there who is looking forward to their first heart attack please raise your hands.
Great…now everyone who has had a heart attack and wants a second, you can raise your hands
now. Lastly, those of you who just can’t wait to have your sternum cracked open with a
spreader, your circulatory system put on a bypass around the heart and veins stripped from your
leg to re-plumb your heart, go ahead and send both hands up.




Looking around, there is not a single hand in the air. Imagine that–not a single person has a
desire to experience a cardiac event. Go figure. NOW let’s ask the important question…
Who is willing to make changes to their lifestyle to avoid the aforementioned events?
Not so many hands, I’m guessing.
Why is that? It really is that clear cut. Does society think that medicines will save us from these
outcomes? If so, think again. You could not be further from the truth. Medicine is very, very
bad at preventing events. Sure, we run around telling everyone “our numbers are under control,”
but this house of cards soon falls after the first heart attack.
Look at this particular study here. Researchers looked at 7 cardio-protective behaviors:
       1. Ideal healthy diet
       2. Physical activity
       3. Ideal body mass index
       4. Non-smoking
       5. Ideal blood pressure
       6. Low total cholesterol
       7. Low fasting blood glucose
That’s it. 7 simple factors. I could easily add another 10 and tighten up what they consider
“healthy diet.” But, overall, pretty basic guidelines. So, how many people (out of 14,500, aged
20 and above) had all seven of the factors present?
Are you sitting down?
Less than 1%. That is flat out sickening and extremely disappointing. There is a massive
disconnect in this society between what WILL happen and what we think will NOT happen to
us.
Are you in the 1%? If not, what will happen to those you leave behind?

URINARY TRACT INFECTION AND HEART DISEASE
The association of infection with heart disease and vascular health continues to grow. Whether
the infection is urinary, periodontal (gums) or respiratory, the association continues to be shown.
The infection, which can be a mild, low level infection without many symptoms, produces a
constant activation of the immune system w/ subsequent inflammation. Given the relationship of
inflammation to vascular (blood vessel) disease, the end result is not surprising. Regardless, the
recommendations remain the same–lifestyle changes geared towards lowering heart disease risks
are the same ones that will boost the immune system and help to control an infection.




Read More.

DR. BOGASH'S RANTINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
       1. Prediabetes is the largest contributor to high blood pressure. This means that the high
       blood pressure is not the problem—it is merely caused by the prediabetes.
       2. Lifestyle changes are the most powerful methods for maintaining an ideal blood
       pressure, yet very few of us follow even the most basic ones.
3. Chronic infections, even low grade ones, contribute to problems with our blood vessels
including high blood pressure.
CHAPTER 2: PROBLEMS WITH MEDICATIONS
MEDICATIONS HELP VERY LITTLE
Okay. Let me get this straight. This report notes that medical study after study, costings millions
of dollars, to determine which blood pressure lowering medication works best and it turns out
that the cheapest (diuretics, or “water pills”) work the best.
The brand new “fancy dancy” medications are less effective and much more expensive.
Worse, when all the cards are laid out on the table, BP meds have had very little effect on the
overall drop in BP over a decade. They just aren't helping very much. So, insurance companies
want to limit benefits for natural approaches, but they’ll pay indefinitely for medications to lower
BP when they’re not shown to be effective over the long run. Sign me up for the lifestyle
changes.
Read More.

ARE BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS KILLING US?
I hear time and time again an almost identical phrase from patients when I ask about why they
mark high blood pressure on their intake form…”It is under control with medication.” I cringe
every time I hear it. Would you fall into this category? If so, you need to understand this.
We’ve seen research linking the use of beta blockers to diabetes and stroke (on 95,000 patients!).
So now we see a study of combination of diuretics plus a calcium channel blockers (a common
combination) have DOUBLE the risk of a heart attack.
Keep in mind that, if you are on blood pressure medications in the first place, you are already at
risk. Doubling that is a scary thing. Still think your blood pressure is “under control??”
Bottom line–lifestyle is the ONLY answer that won’t kill you first. Exercise, high
phytonutrient / low calorie diet, stress management..
Read entire article here

DOES YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DRUG CAUSE CANCER?
As if we didn’t have enough problems with the toxic world we live in. There are a very large
number of chemicals that we are unconsciously exposed to like pesticides, flame retardants and
platics. Many of these are well documented to cause problems. Many cause cancer.
But what about the drugs we knowingly take in?
Maybe we assume they are safe and won’t cause cancer.
But what if they do? I know there are times that I sound like a broken record. It sometimes
seems that I hammer on pharmaceutical approaches to disease and how damaging it can be. My
goal, however, is to enlighten my patients to just how dangerous and wrong a society based
almost exclusively on drugs to treat medical problems is. At the same time I try to offer
solutions to the problems for which my patients are taking the drugs.




All too often patients don’t want to make significant lifestyle changes. I think this is because
they mistakenly believe that the drug they are going to take is going to actually help them
prevent the chronic disease they are concerned about (i.e. statins for preventing a heart attack or
stroke). This is rarely the case. Rather, many of our drugs do little to change the long term
outcome; worse, they increase the risk for what we are trying to prevent or increase the risk of
another condition.
In this case, several drugs used for management of blood pressure (angiotensin II receptor
blockers and diuretics) increased the risk of cancer in general. Considering that another popular
class of drugs for high blood pressure, the beta-blockers, increase the risk of stroke and diabetes,
it doesn’t leave many drug options to control blood pressure that are safe. Thiazide diuretics have
also been shown to increase the risk of stroke.
Luckily, many studies have found natural ways to lower your blood pressure. These include:
       • Berry intake has been shown to lower blood pressure
       • Cocoa and tea have been shown to lower blood pressure
       • Biofeedback using the Resperate has been shown to lower blood pressure
       • Switching from dairy to non-GMO, organic soy milk

BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS LEAD TO GOUT
Blood pressure problems are extremely common in today’s nutrition poor lifestyles. As a result,
many in our population are on medications to lower blood pressure. Rather than helping, this
actually creates many problems.
There are several main classes of blood pressure drugs:
       1. Beta blockers (“ols”)
       2. Angiotensen converting inhibitors (“prils”)
       3. Diuretics
       4. Angiotensen II receptor blockers or ARBs (“ars”)
       5. Calcium channel blockers
Sounds like we have all kinds of options, right??
       • Beta blockers increase the risk of both stroke and diabetes
       • ARBs and diuretics have concerns over increased cancer risk.
       • Diuretics combined with calcium channel increase the risk of heart attacks.
Still sound promising?
As if this wasn’t enough of a concern, this particular article looks at the risk of gout in patients
taking high blood pressure medications. If you ask anyone who experiences gout, they will tell
you it’s not a whole lot of fun. Gout is also strongly associated with prediabetes (uric acid levels
rise with prediabetes).
While calcium channel blockers and losartan actually lowered the risk of gout. The data was not
so pretty with the other classes of drugs:
       • 2.36 times the risk for diuretics
       • 1.48 increased risk for β blockers
       • 1.24 greater risk for angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
       • 1.29 for non-losartan angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)
The bottom line is, as always, that lifestyle is the ONLY way to lower blood pressure that will
not kill you some other way first. There are many changes to make to lower blood pressure
through lifestyle. They include:
     1. Use of the Resperate or meditation to lower blood pressure
     2. The full list is here

DR. BOGASH'S RANTINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
     1. The beta blocker class of blood pressure medications have been clearly linked with
     increasing the risk of diabetes. This is especially concerning since prediabetes is what
     causes most cases of high blood pressure in the first place.
     2. There are growing concerns that some classes of high blood pressure medications can
     increase the risk of cancer and gout.
     3. The bottom line is that, while many blood pressure medications may lower your blood
     pressure, they really have done nothing except just that—lower your blood pressure. You
     remain at a high risk for things like heart attacks, diabetes, stroke and dementia.
CHAPTER 3: DIETARY CHOICES AND SUPPLEMENTS
FISH OILS AND HEART DISEASE
The authors of this study found much higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood of
patients who did not have acute coronary syndrome compared to patients w/ ACS. Given the
large volume of research supporting the benefits of omega-3-fatty acids like those found in fish
oils, this really should not surprise anyone.
I will, however, take this time to vent on the felony-like behavior of Reliant Pharmaceuticals.
They market Omacor (which recently changed names to Lovaza to protect the guilty..). It is a
standard omega-3 fatty acid product.
It is at best equal to, and most likely inferior to, a number of other omega-3 fatty acid
supplements. The difference?
Your friendly neighborhood pharmacy charges your insurance anywhere from $115 to $250 for a
month’s supply of Omacor. Compare that to around $25 for a similar product. This should be a
FELONY.
Where is the outrage on this? They certainly don’t need a thousand fold markup for R & D–they
didn’t do ANY!!
Read entire article here

WATERMELON JUICE HELPS WITH PREDIABETES
There is much to be said about the source of a protein or carbohydrate or fat. When it comes to
proteins, one thing we know is that plant sources of proteins have much higher levels of the
amino acid arginine instead of the amino acid lysine found in animal proteins. This is one of the
factors that we believe plays a role in plant protein’s health benefits.
Arginine is an amino acid that the body uses to make nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a major player
in your blood vessels’ ability to relax and thereby lower blood pressure.
In this rat study, it was shown that intake of watermelon juice (which is particularly high in the
amino acid citrulline which the body can convert to arginine) raised serum arginine levels and
helped to lower markers of metabolic syndrome, including blood pressure.
Read entire article here

FAVORABLE EFFECT OF BERRIES
When it comes to high phytonutrient value and protection of mitochondria, berries definitely are
found high on the list. And, when you think about it, increasing your intake of berries is not
exactly painful.
A cup of wild blueberries daily can go a long way.
In this particular study, we found increases in HDL (“good””) cholesterol levels with berry
intake. Interestingly, there are only a few other approaches that I can think of that would increase
HDL levels.
Which brings to mind the subject of surrogate endpoints. Recently, human clinical trials of a
drug designed to raise HDL levels was cancelled when patients in the study were dying on the
drug, despite higher HDL levels.




The use of surrogate end markers involves medical studies that, instead of looking at death, we
look at some other marker we can measure that has been linked to higher death rates, such as
blood pressure or HDL cholesterol in this case. The trial was not the first to find that a drug
designed specifically to affect surrogate endpoints has resulted in higher death rates. So maybe,
just maybe, the fact that higher HDL levels seem to protect against heart disease is because HDL
levels are merely a reflection of the health of the entire patient, and when they are healthy, HDL
levels go up–rather then being healthy because HDL levels are elevated.
So, back to this study, maybe the HDL levels have gone up because the polyphenols from the
berries are improving the entire health of the patient (which would include lower blood
pressure), resulting in the by-product of better HDL levels.
Read entire article here

EFFECT OF COCOA AND TEA ON BLOOD PRESSURE
Let’s face it. Adding dark chocolate to your daily life really isn’t all that painful. Dark chocolate
is a regular staple around our house and my 2 year old always gets a small corner of whatever
I’m eating.
This particular article is actually a meta-analysis, looking at 5 different studies on cocoa
consumption and blood pressure.
The authors concluded that, in a mere 2 weeks, cocoa could drop systolic blood pressure (the top
number) an average of 4.7 mm.
That may not sound like much, but remember that the best approach to any chronic condition
like high blood pressure involves many little changes, and in this case increasing intake of dark
chocolate is only one intervention that would be used to help manage blood pressure along with
managing prediabetes, exercise and stress management.
Read entire article here

COCOA, BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEART DEATHS
Tea, red wine, chocolate, coffee, cocoa…all these have at one time been considered not good for
us. Fortunately for us, all of these polyphenol-containing compounds have been found to be
protective against a variety of chronic diseases.
In this study, the authors found a whopping half the risk for dying from heart disease in those
with the highest cocoa intake.
Read More.




SOY MILK LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
Soy milk is such an easy thing to add into a healthy lifestyle. It’s nice to see a study on the food
as opposed to extracts of soy being put in a supplement.
Click here for more information.

BIOFEEDBACK DEVICE LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
An article for this device called the Resperate was featured on Heartwire and I thought it was
very interesting. Overall, it is a biofeedback-like device that lowers blood pressure.
With clinical studies to back up the effectiveness, it seems prudent to add a device like the
Resperate to a natural lifestyle approach to hypertension.
Click here for more information.
Check out the Resources section for more information on using the Resperate to lower your
blood pressure.




MOUTHWASH KILLS BACTERIA THAT LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
Talk about interconnected.
Follow this…healthy nitrates found in vegetables that we eat are converted by nitrate reducing
bacteria in the mouth to nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is well known to be anti-inflammatory and to protect the cardiovascular system. In
other words, it's one of the good guys.
So destroy these special bacteria in the mouth with antiseptic mouthwash and you lose all this
protection AND you increase the risk of gastric ulcers.
Pretty interconnected, I’d say…and always brings to mind just how far reaching the dangers of
using things like antibiotics indiscriminately can be.
Read entire article here

DR. BOGASH'S RANTINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
       1. There are many lifestyle changes and supplements that are part of a comprehensive
       plan to keep your blood pressure at an optimal levels.
       2. Foods with low calories but loaded with lots of protective compounds from nature, like
       tea, berries and cocoa, have consistently been shown to lower blood pressure.
       3. Since stress is such a major player in our risk of diabetes and, subsequently, our blood
       pressure, using devices such as the Resperate to lower your blood pressure can have
       many long term payoffs.
CHAPTER 4: BLOOD PRESSURE RELATES TO OTHER DISEASES
MIGRAINE AND HEART DISEASE LINKED
The bottom line is that migraines are a systemic disorder, most likely the result of poor
mitochondrial function and / or oxidative stress.




These dysfunctions are not limited to the brain, but rather have an effect everywhere in the body,
playing a role in most, if not all, chronic diseases.
So, if this is the case, then finding increases in other diseases like heart disease and high blood
pressure should be no big surprise.
As always, this means the ONLY best way to approach migraine treatment is to look at the entire
patient and make global lifestyle changes to improve the way their brain cells are functioning.
Read More.

BLOOD PRESSURE AND BRAIN ATROPHY
I have many elderly patients coming into my office on antihypertensive drugs. It is not unusual
to find many with “controlled” BP over 150 systolic.
Their doctors seem okay with this number and yet it has always worried me. Now my worries
appear to have been vindicated. In this study we see shrinking of the brain in patients with even
high-normal blood pressures.
We have already discussed many natural methods of lowering blood pressure safely. None of
these methods provide substantial results by themselves (with the exception of water-only
fasting, the results of which are just short of incredible); however, when they are combined they
have a additive effect.
Principle among the approaches is control of prediabetes. Elevated insulin seen in prediabetes
appears to reduce the elasticity of the vessel walls leading the hypertension.
Click here for more information.

BLOOD PRESSURE AND COGNITIVE FUNCTION
Just thought I’d throw a little wrench in the works for the idea that the lower the BP the better. I
can tell you that from experiences in my office, not all patients feel better when their BP drops to
“normal” of 120/80. It is not unusual for these patients to feel disoriented and unsteady at this
BP.
However, much of this probably has to do with where the blood pressure is at in any given
person. In other words, an elderly man who is NOT on medications for blood pressure but is
living a healthy lifestyle may have a slightly elevated blood pressure. Rather than looking to
medicate this, we should consider that this may be the blood pressure their body wants to be at
for the best functioning of the brain.
Click here for more information.

DR. BOGASH'S RANTINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
       1. Since high blood pressure is almost always prediabetes, anyone with high blood
       pressure is at a very high risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
       2. The health of the blood vessels feeding the brain has a direct reflection on the health of
       the brain. Because of this, conditions like seizures, migraines and dementia can all have
       relationships with blood pressure.
       3. Improving your blood pressure through lifestyle changes can be the best method of
       keeping track of how well you are doing with the rest of your lifestyle. Better blood
       pressure=better lifestyle.
RESOURCES
Check Out Trusted Product Reviews by Dr. Bogash

The Resperate for Stress and Blood Pressure Control
http://lifecarechiropractic.com/blog/general-information/product-reviews/resperate-reviews-and-
cuts-down-stress-in-15-minutes/



Tools for Good Dental Health to Lower Inflammation
http://lifecarechiropractic.com/blog/general-information/product-reviews/dental-health-begins-
with-philips-sonicare/



Inversion Table to Help Chronic Back Pain
http://lifecarechiropractic.com/blog/general-information/product-reviews/can-an-inversion-table-
help-with-back-exercises/



Drug Free Chronic Pain Relief
http://lifecarechiropractic.com/blog/general-information/product-reviews/drug-free-chronic-pain-
relief-in-a-box/


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