How I Cured My High Blood Pressure Naturally

 

High blood pressure “runs” in my family, and like many others in my family my numbers kept rising slightly every year and then a few months ago I checked it and it was 170/100! However, I think a lot of that rise had to do with stress and anxiety over stuff that was going on in my life at that time…

But still, that number was high by current medical guidelines which state that optimal blood pressure is 120/70 with 130/80 and higher being considered hypertension. So I waited a couple of days and checked it again and it was still a little elevated by those current guidelines but not nearly as much as it was when I had checked it a few days before.

After those readings, I went on a quest to learn everything that I could about blood pressure and how to lower blood pressure naturally. And you’ll be surprised at what I found out!

The first thing that I noticed was that the guidelines for what is considered “high blood pressure or hypertension” as set by the medical and pharmaceutical industry have continually been lowered over the years thus classifying more and more people as being hypertensive and needing medical intervention to lower the numbers by prescriptions and recurring visits to the doctor’s office.

Prescriptions and recurring visits to the doctor’s office is profitable for the pharmaceutical manufactures who, manufacturer those blood pressure lowering drugs and for the doctors prescribing them, and as we all know profit is a huge motivator, so we have to wonder how much those continually lowered numbers that classify hypertension have to do with health and how much has to do with profit…

The numbers for what was considered normal healthy blood pressure were the same for years at 140/90 and before that, the accepted norm was 100 plus your age for the top systolic number. However, the new normal/optimal is set at 120/70 or is it 115/75?

It changes every few years and can become confusing, trying to remember the numbers, but one thing is certain and that is that lowering those numbers just 5 points on the blood pressure scale can mean billions of dollars for the pharmaceutical drug manufacturers and their pushers in the white coats.

Blood pressure number catch-all recommendations 

And another thing that I found that didn’t make any sense to me is that no consideration or adjustments to those numbered guidelines are made on an individual basis. In other words, a six-foot-four 250-pound male and a five-foot-three 110 female are treated the same when it comes to blood pressure numbers and treatment.

Does that make any sense to you? It doesn’t to me. Common sense would suggest that a larger body would need a slightly higher blood pressure to push blood throughout the body of a larger human than a smaller one, yet no adjustments are made for body mass when it comes to the treatment recommendations for blood pressure.

It’s one size fits all when it comes to blood pressure and treatment guidelines that are set by the medical industry which doesn’t make any sense to me and I wonder how much is actually drug company hype meant to turn healthy people into patients in order to sell more of their product (i.e. blood pressure lowering medications) and how much is based on real medical science.

Inaccurate blood pressure readings at the doctor’s office

And even if the numbers were based on real medical research and science I read an article a few days ago that stated that a third of people who are diagnosed with having hypertension by their doctors’ didn’t actually have hypertension and instead had an elevated blood pressure reading that was brought on by stress from being at the doctor’s office aka white coat syndrome.

Let’s again look at this with common sense… you’re already sick and or hurting to the point where you need to seek medical treatment, and you go into the doctor’s office where you sign in, then sit and wait, and wait, and wait sometimes for thirty minutes or more for your name to be called and when it finally is you are rushed into a room where the nurse slaps the cuff on your are and takes a reading, all the while your stressed from waiting in the lobby to be seen plus you’re already sick and or in pain and now they are taking your blood pressure… of course, it will most likely be elevated!  

Most people can not get an accurate blood pressure reading at the doctor’s office. I know I can’t! Every time I go to the doctor I’m stressed and worried that they are going to find something seriously wrong with me so with the stress of the visit, of course, my blood pressure reading will be elevated!

And then when I leave the doctor’s office my blood pressure will quickly drop to my normal level of 130 something over 80 something. But, guess what… they always want to prescribe me medication for hypertension and have, but I don’t take it. They write me a prescription for hypertension without considering or even trying to find the cause of the elevated reading.

And even if the current recommendation of 120/70 blood pressure reading were based on medical science one elevated reading does not mean that you have high blood pressure and need a prescription drug to lower it. 

How to take an accurate blood pressure reading

Blood pressure fluctuates and decreases throughout a normal day as needed. Yes, blood pressure regulates itself as needed and is constantly changing. So even if the current blood pressure guidelines were correct and based on science a single elevated blood pressure reading still does not mean that you have high blood pressure and need drug treatment. 

A diagnosis of high blood pressure should be based on several readings at different times of the day and when you’re in a relaxed state, both physically and mentally not while you’re sick, hurting and being rushed through the process at the doctor’s office.

To take an accurate blood pressure reading you should sit comfortably in a room without distractions, preferably at home and then deep breath (meditate) for five to ten minutes with your arm resting comfortably on a table at heart level (see the photo below).

Any blood pressure monitor you buy should come with detailed instructions for you to follow. Read those carefully and follow the steps listed and you’ll get a much more likely to take an accurate blood pressure reading than you will get at the doctor’s office. 

Here is a link to the blood pressure monitor that I have at Amazon.com

So what should you consider a high blood pressure reading?

Well, I’m not a doctor and can’t legally give anyone medical advice and anything I state in this article should not be taken as medical advice, however, for me I don’t worry about numbers that are at or below 140/90, however, you’ll have to make your own choices and or follow your doctors’ recommendations regarding the numbers and treatment options that are best for you.

How I lowered my blood pressure naturally… 

While my numbers weren’t high (according to my personal set standard of 140/90 or below) I decided to see what I could do to lower my blood pressure naturally… The first thing I did was lose some weight by power walking every day and cutting out as many carbohydrates as possible… 

When I started I was at 205 pounds and now approximately eight months later I weighed myself this morning and the scale read 178. The scale that I have is the GreaterGoods bathroom scale that I ordered through Amazon.com (click here to check the current price and availability at Amazon.com).

I also started taking Ubiquinol CoQ10 – here is a link to the brand that I take at Amazon.com, however, I buy it at my local Wal-Mart instead of ordering it. I also take this fish oil supplement that I order from Amazon.com and now my blood pressure readings are in the upper 120’s over the upper 70’s for most readings.

My father before he passed away with cancer always had an extremely high blood pressure reading with the top number being consistently over 200, this despite the fact that he was taking several prescription blood pressure medications…

Well, seeing that the prescription medications were not helping him I did some research (it’s what I do) and picked up some fish oil and hawthorn supplements for him and told him to try taking those which he did and two weeks later he came back to my house and I checked his blood pressure again and it was 122/72!

I said to myself that can’t be right so I waited about ten minutes and checked again… the same result! So I checked it three more times that day and every time it was within the same number range. And yes, my blood pressure monitor is accurate – I had it calibrated with the one at the doctor’s office after to be sure.

Required disclaimer: All content in this article is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice.

Have you been diagnosed with hypertension? What have you done to lower it? Please let me know in the comments below… 

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

19 Responses

  1. Jesse Mathewson says:

    Is this a real article?

  2. emmer says:

    the reason the “normal” bp numbers have dropped is that we know more about what happens at elevated bps. think of your garden hose. if you run it full blast always and sometimes have the sprayer on the end shut down, it will blow out sooner than if you only water seedlings gently with it.
    when your cardiovascular system blows, we call it a stroke. if high bp came with pain, we’d know we should treat it. but it doesn’t, and so it is called a “silent killer”.
    losing extra weight is a great way to damp down the bp. finding a way to de-stress is great, too.
    most people don’t have a bp cuff or how to use it properly. many pharmacies/drug stores do, so checking your’s when you are in town is another way to keep tabs on yours.
    congrats on the weight lose and getting your bp down.

    • M.D. Creekmore says:

      emmer,

      Is it that or have the drug companies worked to provide “research” to support lower and lower recommendations of normal and high blood pressure so they can sell more medications? Like they do with statin drugs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xEXnHjpRq8

    • oldbat says:

      funny tho. i lost 25/30 lbs and my reading went UP! of course i really had to pee that day and couldn’t before seeing the dr as the bathroom was occupied. i have since read that can cause an increase of 20-40 pts. subtracting the mid (30) put me in my normal range.

  3. S hohnson says:

    I have a friend who had been having trouble with BP and she is 71 ,problem is I have not heard from her for over 8 months so I don’t know what happened.she was in to the natural supplements.
    I know of several natural supplement advocates who have online stores and a are on podcast regularly. I can tell you one is Ted Broer who has a degree in that field. I understand that most store bought supplements are full of stuff as fillers . So if you are interested I can give you the name of some others as well .
    Thanks for the research on an important subject.

  4. Sandee Strunk says:

    Totally concur with info and conclusions since I’ve studied bp and natural alternatives for decades. Everyone do their own due diligence – but GREAT article!

  5. Linda S says:

    I, too, totally agree with your thoughts on doctors & big pharma creating their own market. I’ve been an herbalist for over 40 years, owning my own herbal farm & shop & teaching classes. I’m 73, slightly overweight, but otherwise in good health. I take no prescription meds & only plain aspirin if I overdo a little. I haven’t been to a dr. in 26 years & that was for a broken ankle. Yes, I realize I’m very lucky but I also learned many years ago to listen to my body & act accordingly. Good article!

    • M.D. Creekmore says:

      Linda S,

      Yes. From Johns Hopkins site “Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S.” And that’s probably not counting complications such as cancer that are “side effects” for many prescription medications.

  6. Bill says:

    I am not surprised by this article as everything you say is absolutely true. There are many other ways to lower blood pressure naturally. That is, using what the earth provides. Garlic lowers blood pressure, cayenne pepper lowers blood pressure by dilating the arteries. Diatomaceous Earth lowers blood pressure. These are only a few of the many earth provided helpers. People lived for thousands of years using natural grown medicine to provide relief from ailments. Most ailments are caused by a lack of a vitamin or mineral. That being said, your Doctor knows virtually nothing about nutrition. You need to take certain vitamins and minerals together as it helps with assimilation. Taking a multivitamin with minerals does little good as when taken this way some vitamins and minerals get canceled out (they go right through the body and are expelled). To get the most benefit of vitamins and minerals it is best to take a group of each 3 times a day. Remember, there are little to no vitamins and minerals in the food we eat unless it is organic. This is due to modern farming practices. Many diseases are caused by eating store bought food due to the amount of pesticides sprayed on the plants.
    Example: One tomato has 57 different pesticides sprayed on it as it grows. So the chemicals are not only on the tomato, they are in it! You eat the tomato and the chemicals build up in your body. Over time you manifest a disease. It is best to chelate the chemicals and also heavy metals from the body to prevent disease. Bad bacteria thrives on heavy metals, chemicals and sugar. Sugar is a poison to the body as well as most artificial sugars.. Cancer thrives on sugar. It is the bad bacteria and a static immune system that causes many types of disease such as cancer. It is important to take vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 together in the winter or all year long if you don’t get much sun. There is a scale for vitamin D3. It is 20nm – 80nm. Your Doctor will tell you if your are over 20nm your levels are fine. This is not true! You need to be at the high end of the scale to get your immune system to work quickly to avoid disease such as the flu or a cold etc. You do not need a flu shot if you keep your immune system strong! I have not had the flue in over 30 years and I stay away from the flu shot due to the mercury in it called Thimerosal (Used as a preservative but a poison to the body)

  7. ShirlGirl says:

    I was going to suggest that you get the prescription anyway to save for the future when life could get out of control stressful, even if you bartered it, but hearing all the yucky stuff in it, maybe not.
    Good work on the weight loss. That helps every condition. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have Low BP, but have several friends with high bp.

  8. Blather says:

    I cured my high blood pressure by using the old standard.

  9. Suzie says:

    Another great article and great read. Eat well, exercise, stay fit and try to lower/eliminate your stress. Pets help too.

    If you work in a stressful job and are ‘stuck’ there, focus on sending out the love, 360 degrees. See how you can change your approach with ‘difficult/toxic’ people. It can take time, but it can be done. Even when your boss looks like she can’t stand you, keep sending out the love/sunshine vibes. I’ve seen amazing changes in my health and well being doing this.

    Do your homework on why people behave the way they do…traumatic upbringings, insecurities, etc. and work with this info.

  10. survivormann99 says:

    I believe that it is an unwarranted compliment to the pharmaceutical industry to conclude that it is solely interested in the consumer’s well-being. If drugs can be sold that do no harm, the tendency is to find some reason to justify their use. (I will withhold judgment with regard to whether any drugs are intentionally sold when it is known that they actually do harm.)

    We’re hearing in recent years that the campaign against fat was financed by the sugar industry in large part. Now, there is the recognition that fat is not the bugaboo that it was in the ’60s and ’70s.

    About the author’s beneficial use of fish oil, my brother recently had a stent inserted due to angina. He told me that his doctor told him that he could finish using the fish oil capsules he was taking, but there was no need for him to buy more. He told my brother to simply eat more fish.

    This shocked me. I have been taking fish oil capsules for many years. I Googled the subject and, to my amazement, found that, of 15 studies that have been conducted in recent years, only 2 showed any beneficial effect from taking fish oil capsules. Even worse, the 2 that did show a benefit did not show very much of a benefit. Here’s one article about this issue: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/fish-oil-friend-or-foe-201307126467

    As a result, I will continue to take my fish capsules until they are gone, but I am making an effort to eat fish at least twice a week in the hope that the Omega-2 fatty acids will do me some good. I will also switch from the almonds I have been eating and add a small handful of walnuts to my daily regimen, since I have found that walnuts are much better.

  11. Gold Nugget says:

    Last year I spent a week in hospital after getting severe pneumonia. My last doctor appointment in late January this year had the nurse alarmed at how high my BP was. She took it 3 times and on the 3rd time I was able to drop it by 10 points in one minute by using simple, relaxing breathing (but it was still high).

    There are some factors that contributed to my high BP. My appointment was for 9am so I’d had at least 3 large coffees beforehand. I didn’t realize coffee can raise BP dramatically. I also hate going to the hospital or to doctors, and I’m a smoker. Also, the hospital is a huge facility and the walk from the parking lot to the 6th floor ward takes over 10 minutes and is like a mini workout, and due to recovering from pneumonia my lungs were still healing which put added stress on them.

    When the doctor finally saw me he wasn’t concerned at all. He said ideally your BP should be taken shortly after getting up in the morning and a few times throughout the day. Even walking through the grocery store to test youself on those free BP machines will cause elevated readings. During my stay in the hospital my readings were normal despite my illness since I was laid up in bed most of the time and not exerting myself.

    Bottom line, the doc wasn’t concerned and didn’t try to push pills on me or even want me to come back on a regular basis. My last blood test came back so good he was shocked. I don’t recall the term for the reading but a normal range is between 120-185. My last test showed I was at 165. When in hospital my reading was only 90 and I had a severe protein deficiency but my BP was in normal range. After being out of hospital (and being on anti-bios for months) I was able to regain the over 30lbs I lost in a short time by using whey protein and eating high protein foods.

    Although I had zero side effects from the anti-bios (doc was amazed at that as well and I’m in my mid 50’s), my good friend is a professional microbiologist for over 30 years and has a vast knowledge of natural products. She sent me the following; black cumin seed oil, phytoplankton oil, and amaranth oil. When I told her of my last blood test she said “you didn’t get those good readings from taking the anti-bios.That crap is poison”! She was also surprised I had no side effects. She said she’s seen some very bad outcomes from side effects. I made sure the doc knew these products as well so they would be on my record. I wish I could have compared just taking anti-bios to the natural products separately but couldn’t. I had been affected by pneumonia for many months and wanted to hit it with everything to get rid of it.

    So the doc put me at ease about my BP and didn’t try pushing pills on me. Had he tried to push pills I would have questioned him like he was a fugitive. Question everything folks, and get plenty of protein. Almost forgot, I asked my microbiologist friend if it’s possible to eat too much protein. She said yes, it’s not good for the kidneys. It’s better to use whey protein supplements along with eating protein foods.

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