Guess what? According to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology half of the US population has hypertension because of their new BP guidelines. Who set the guidelines? Doctors that recommend BP meds, that’s who. The three doctors listed on the “2017 Guideline for High Blood Pressure in Adults” all have citations in the literature for treating hypertension with medications.
These three, as far as I can determine, without input from public health doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths, integrative medicine doctors, or preventive medicine specialists, declared that a BP reading of 130/80 rather than 140/90 is the new cut off point for hypertension. Lord Sufferin’ Cats! Holding your breath, tensing your body, or having to wait impatiently for a half hour for your doctor to see you, will give anyone a systolic BP of 130! I can’t believe that doctors would be so cavalier to accept these guidelines.
Such a dramatic power play will mean MORE windfall profits for pharmaceutical companies and MORE drug side effects for beleaguered patients.
The FDA won’t let me tell people to take magnesium for their high blood pressure but a team of drug prescribing doctors can declare that MIILLIONS of people have a disease that requires drug treatment!
Nearly half of the U.S. adult population is now saddled with a high blood pressure diagnosis, which is something that settles in the mind as a conflict and can be even more damaging than a minor elevation in blood pressure. The greatest increase in BP victims is in younger people. High blood pressure will triple among men under age 45, and double among women under 45.
So, how did this happen? I think it’s because doctors see that what they are doing to treat BP isn’t working. Instead of studying alternatives to drugs, in their misguided “wisdom” they decided they should just start giving drugs earlier to younger patients and for blood pressures that used to be normal! They blame the patient! Such arrogance.
Here’s a very common story from clients and customers and which I’ll hear even more with this new edict. Jack (aged 40-70) goes to his doctor for his annual checkup, but he’s been under tremendous stress. The doctor finds that his blood pressure is a little high (because stress causes magnesium deficiency and tightens blood vessels). It’s been high in the past so the doctor says it’s time to go on a diuretic drug. When he comes back next month, Jack’s pressure is higher. The doctor doesn’t know why, but it’s because Jack’s magnesium is driven even lower by the diuretic. His doctor is convinced he’s “caught” Jack’s blood pressure just in time and has to get more aggressive. The doctor puts Jack on two more antihypertensive drugs. A month later, seemingly out of the blue, but because of lower levels of magnesium, his cholesterol levels are elevated and so is his blood sugar. The doctor, according to “recipe medicine” puts Jack on a statin drug and a diabetic drug. Both those drugs are known to drain the body of more magnesium. And so the story goes, as more and more magnesium is lost, the symptoms of magnesium deficiency escalate into full blown heart failure. But the worst failure is doctors not understanding that they are causing magnesium deficiency heart disease. And that’s why doctors don’t think heart disease can be cured – because with their drugs, they expose patients to heart failure!
All doctors have to do is read the literature about magnesium deficiency. A review paper by Fox, et al, in 2001 described the reasons why magnesium deficiency is mistaken for hypertension.
- Magnesium deficiency causes a dysregulation of the sodium-magnesium exchange, resulting in higher intracellular sodium and thus higher blood pressure.
- A relatively low magnesium level creates an intracellular imbalance between calcium and magnesium, which results in increased spasms in the smooth muscle of arteries and therefore increased blood pressure.
- Magnesium deficiency causes insulin resistance, which in turn causes hyperinsulinemia, resulting in hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia.
At the risk of beating a dead and magnesium-deficient horse, I’ll comment on a Medscape video interview about the 2017 guidelines with two Cardiologists at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Firstly, what is remotely scientific about declaring several million people hypertensive without any individual testing or physical and nutritional assessment? Also, in the interview transcript, this quote was at the top of the session, “The day where the physician does everything is long past. We’re just too busy.”
Too busy screening, writing prescriptions, ordering tests and surgeries, and keeping track of test results BUT not spending enough time with their patients. If doctors simply took the time to “be” with their patients they would find invaluable information about why they develop disease conditions. As it stands, doctors will just keep putting drug band aids on symptoms and never get to the real cause. Because physicians are just too busy to treat patients individually they have succumbed to recipe medicine using guidelines cooked up by practice management specialists. I’m so glad I moved onto research before I was forced to do 7-minute appointments in HMO clinics.
The 2017 guidelines do give lip service to lifestyle intervention, which they “hope” doctors will administer and “hope” patients will follow. For one thing, hope is never a good strategy! Also, lifestyle counseling is just not going to happen because you can’t do any sort of intake or counseling in 7 minutes! Even more problematic is that there are no insurance codes for lifestyle counseling! The AMA actually “owns” medical insurance codes and there is no Nutrition subspeciality, so there are no codes. Read “Breaking The Health Care Codes” 2006. No codes, no insurance, no payment, nothing will change in the way BP is managed.
One of the AHA doctors on the video brags that she’s big on lifestyle counseling, which to her means telling patients to throw away their salt shaker!! Sheesh. Google my name and sea salt and find out the lie that medicine keeps promoting about sodium chloride that has people avoiding all salt. To get the complete story, read The Salt Fix. Dr. James DiNicolantonio is a cardiovascular research scientist, who blasts the low-salt myth, proving that sea salt actually may be a solution to our nation’s chronic diseases. I’d add ReMag and say the two together can achieve miracles.
Yes, fellow guinea pigs, what could possibly go wrong with 1 Million sheeple pretending to be doctors as they blindly implement drug industry disease guidelines and use drugs to “prevent” disease!
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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