Q & A: Rev Up Your Diet and Lower Blood Pressure!

Sometimes I have high blood pressure, usually during football season, but I would never try lowering it with pills, according to Dr. Fuhrman, using medications to lower blood pressure can actually be harmful. Here’s more about blood pressure from Dr. Fuhrman’s member center:

Question: I have been following Eat To Live for about three months, very gradually. I have not done the aggressive program. Out of nowhere, my blood pressure has become high. I am seeing my doctor in 10 days to check it and I know she will try to put me on medication. I do not want this.

Would it be "dangerous" to give myself a few months on a complete Eat To Live and not take medication to see if I can get it down? I exercise everyday, weight train 3 hrs per week, do yoga, ride my bike. I feel if I work the aggressive weight-loss program until I see her I will already see results.

Dr. Fuhrman: Medications are not the first line treatment for high blood pressure. It is a signal that your lifestyle is not health supporting and you need to drop the weight, exercise more and eat more carefully. Don't put anything with added sodium in your mouth, rev up the diet to the next level and take charge of this immediately. Your doctor will not likely be of any help here. Read my newsletter on high blood pressure.

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Q & A: Doctors Choose Pills for Heart Disease

Unless you have a broken arm or an exploding appendix, a doctor likely is to jam a bunch of pills down your throat, especially if you have heart trouble, despite the evidence showing a healthy diet reverses heart disease. From Dr. Fuhrman’s member center, here's a quick discussion about doctors’ pill obsession:

Question: My doctors want me to start on cholesterol meds. When I told my primary doctor that I did not want to try the drugs and wanted to try something else, she said cholesterol meds do more than lower cholesterol and that you can reduce cholesterol with diet but not the inflammation in the arteries.

Will lowering my cholesterol with diet not take care of the inflammation? All my heart test, stress, Doppler, leg test came by normal. Do you have any advice? The heart doctor wants me to have a gastric by-pass and my primary doctor wants me to have the lap-band. I don’t want either one!

Dr. Fuhrman: Doctors see drugs and surgery as the only answer, but the truth is that nutritional excellence is more effective at reducing inflammation than drugs and it is more protective against heart disease than drugs, is more effective than gastric bypass and lap band—both have no long-term studies that show that those undergoing those procedures have normal lifespan.

Doctors grant all their interventions with beneficial qualities no matter how poorly studied, then hold to natural methods and nutritional interventions as not having enough proof. Dermatologists claim acne has nothing to do with food, studies show this is false. Cardiologists claim heart disease is predominantly genetic, also false—and so on and so on.

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Regular Weigh-Ins Keep Teens Slim

As a kid, I used to weigh my toys on our bathroom scale—I was slow—but now, a new study in Journal of Adolescent Health claims adolescents who weigh themselves at least once a week are more likely to exercise or eat less junk food and more fruits and vegetables. Experts surveyed 130 teens that were overweight, but slimmed down over the past two years, finding 43% of kids reported weighing themselves once a week; Reuters explains.

This is good news, especially since nowadays many pediatricians fail to diagnosis weight problems in children. As kids continue to eat horrible diets—just like their parents—they are developing adult health problems, such as kidney stones and even heart disease.

In related news, previous reports show overweight teenagers are more likely to commit suicide and obese kids, ages 2 to 19, are 26% more likely to develop some sort of allergy.

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Belly Fat Linked to Heart Failure

A new study in Circulation has determined even a tiny bit of belly fat increases heart risk. Researchers examined 21,094 male doctors. And their findings revealed that in men, 5 feet 10 inches tall, for every 7 pounds of extra body weight, the risk of heart failure increased by 11%. Conversely, the leanest, and most active group, had the lowest risk; Reuters investigates.

Very ironic that they used doctors for the experiment, because a recent report revealed 79% of doctors don’t get the recommended amount of exercise. Might help explain the results!

Your Doctor Doesn't Exercise

At my gym there’s an obese doctor. He’s a sweet old guy. But I can’t imagine taking health advice from him. And new research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine claims only 21% of doctors get the recommended amount of exercise. They blame lack of time, no motivation or lack of workout facilities. Even those with on-the-job gyms failed to exercise; from Health Magazine.

Via That’sFit.