High blood pressure

Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control in 2017, it was estimated that 116 million adults in the United States were living with high blood pressure? That’s just shy of 50% of all US adults! This means that if you have not been dealt with high blood pressure personally, it is likely that you know someone who has.

Out of those 116 million, only 21% are recommended lifestyle modification alone, such making changes to their diet and exercise routine. That means that for the other 91.7 million, at least one medication is recommended for managing their high blood pressure, and a 2003 study shows that nearly 70% of people on high blood pressure medication require two or more drugs!

Do you know what the number one killer of people on blood pressure medications is? It’s cardiovascular disease! Yes, you read that right; the condition for which they have been prescribed numerous medications, and have probably spent thousands of dollars to manage is still the very thing that kills them.

Why might this be the case? If people taking these drugs are managing to see their blood pressure at the right levels, then why are there still so many deaths related to cardiovascular disease?

These statistics should make it evident that—as a society—we are not getting to the root of the problem. Here’s what it boils down to: high blood pressure is a symptom, and medication for it is a symptom management tool.

The “Master Control Center” of our bodies is the central nervous system. This consists of the brain, the brain stem, the spinal cord, and the spinal nerves that go out to control every cell, tissue, and organ in the body.

If people are taking drugs to artificially control symptoms, but never address their nervous system that is controlling function in the body, then we should see that there is great potential for disease and dysfunction to still occur.

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in 2007 (Bakris, et al.) took subjects with an average blood pressure of 146/92 (over 130/80 is considered high), and split them into a group who received chiropractic care and a group who received a sham adjustment. At the end of the 8-week study, the group who received chiropractic adjustments had an average blood pressure of 129.8/82.2. In such a short amount of time, their numbers were almost low enough to not be considered as having high blood pressure at all! The conclusion was that chiropractic care was associated with reductions in blood pressure similar to the use of two-drug combination therapy!

Do you or a loved one have high blood pressure? What are you waiting for?
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