Simple Remedies | PRADAXA FOR BLOOD-THINNING VS. SPICES FOR BLOOD CLEANSING
PRADAXA FOR BLOOD-THINNING VS. SPICES FOR BLOOD CLEANSING
In acute medical situations, blood thinners (Coumadin, Pradaxa, Xarelto, and Eliquis) can be life-saving. In chronic illnesses, spices as blood cleansers are far more preferable.
When does an acute illness become chronic so that spices can be used as good alternatives. This is not a simple decision and requires a careful review of all available information concerning a specific individual not only by an experienced integrative physician but also by the individual taking the drugs or spices.
Below is some texts from The New York Times that show the importance of considering this subject carefully:
* Pradaxa, a blood thinner and blockbuster drug, is linked to 500+ deaths. Now some say approval was hasty (NYT Fri Nov 02)
* Pradaxa has become a blockbuster drug in its two years on the market, bringing in more than $1 billion in sales for its maker, the privately held German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim.
* Pradaxa is an example, some critics say, of what can happen when a drug that performs well in tightly controlled trials is released into the messy world of real-life medicine
* But almost as soon as doctors started prescribing Pradaxa, concerns surfaced about its safety. Pradaxa was identified as the primary suspect in 542 patient deaths reported to the F.D.A. in 2011, and was linked to more reports of injury or death than any of the more than 800 drugs regularly monitored by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a nonprofit based in Pennsylvania that monitors medicine safety.
Blood pressure is the sideways pressure of blood against the inside wall of a blood vessel. Blood pressure is created by the force of the heart pumping blood into the arteries. Blood pressure depends on the amount of blood being pumped, and the flexibility of the artery walls.
Arteries expand for each heart beat. They relax between beats. If the arteries did not expand and relax, we could have too much pressure the moment that the heart beats, and too little pressure between the beats. Too much pressure would cause a stroke, and too little pressure would make a person lose consciousness. A blood pressure reading of 110/70 shows the two different pressures. The higher number 110 is the systolic blood pressure (when the heart beats). The lower number, 70, is the diastolic pressure, when the heart relaxes. Normal blood pressure for an adult at ease is 110/70 or 120/80.
Arteries have an intelligence of their own. They are sensitive to messages from the rest of the body. When a patient goes to see a doctor, sometimes there is the “white-coat effect.” That is, the patient’s blood pressure at home may be 120/70, but it’s 170/90 at the doctor’s office. The anxiety of being in the doctor’s office can make the patient’s arteries tighten. Then the blood pressure registers higher than normal. Usually, when doctors record a blood pressure of 145/90, or more, they will prescribe a drug to reduce blood pressure. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is indeed a serious condition. The extra pressure causes wear and tear on the heart and arteries. Aneurysms can form in thinning arteries. When an aneurism bursts, there can be a stroke or heart attack or death. A doctor has to medicate a patient at the level that he records for a patient in his office. Usually, the medication the prescription, or additional blood pressure drugs, are for a lifetime. In my experience, my patients who have taken the time to learn the reasons for high blood pressure, and learned natural ways of normalizing blood pressure eventually were able to reduce and then stop needing drugs to control their blood pressure. No one should stop taking their blood pressure medications without a deep understanding and long practice with natural non-drug therapies. Only when their doctor says it’s time to reduce the drug, should a person do that.
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Causes of High Blood Pressure
Pressure in a balloon is the pressure of air pumped into it. Similarly pressure in a car tire is the pressure of the air on the wall of the tire. Blood pressure is the pressure of blood on the wall of arteries. High blood pressure is the condition in which blood pressure is raised because the arterial wall is tight or thickened or the volume of blood in the artery is increased. It is important to lower blood pressure when it is high to prevent serious conditions and an early death.
The most important step in normalizing the blood pressure is understanding how your body works. When you understand, you will want to do as many right things for your health as you can.
Blood pressure can be lowered with drugs. However, drugs do not cure high blood pressure. Blood pressure can be normalized by the body itself, under careful supervision. Then there is no need for life-long drugs with their side effects and expense.
Causes of High Blood Pressure
1. Loss of nutritional value in the food grown on modern factory farms
2. Toxins (pesticides, etc.) in the food we eat
3. Toxins in our water, air, and in the environment, smoking, drugs
4. Toxins we create in our own bodies from stress, anger, anxiety, lack of forgiveness, and misery
The state of our health begins in the bowel. In a healthy bowel, the yeasts (molds) and bacteria are in balance. When yeast cells take over the bowel, they produce acids that are powerful micro toxins. The blood picks up nutrients from the bowel. It picks up acids and toxins from it too.
The liver’s job is to filter the blood. When the load of toxins is too great, the liver cannot do its job. Then toxic blood circulates through all the organs of our body. Healthy red blood cells usually do not stick together. Red blood cells are very sensitive to toxins, acidity and free radicals. Their cell membranes get “sticky.” They tend to clot more frequently.
Our blood vessels are also very sensitive. Acid, free radicals and mini clots of the red blood cells irritate them. This irritation causes the blood vessels to spasm and tighten. That raises the blood pressure. To normalize blood pressure, we need to reduce the acidity, the free radical activity, and the stickiness of the blood cells.
I have written of some helpful practices in earlier articles.
Do gentle non-competitive exercise. Move all your muscles. Choose foods wisely.
Foods rich in potassium, magnesium, and zinc are helpful. Avoid sugary foods, sweet fruits, breads, and red meat.
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