The study of blood pressure began in 1733.
“Cambridge scholar Stephen Hales calms an adolescent horse he’s laid down on its side. He looks to his assistant and gives him the go-ahead. Complying with Stephen’s request, the assistant proceeds to connect a 9 foot glass tube to a bypass Stephen had inserted into the crural artery of the horse’s thigh. The connection had been made! The assistant points the glass tube vertical towards the sky. Stephen releases a tie. They both watch in anticipation as the warm blood of the horse’s artery enters and climbs the walls of the glass tube. The blood quickly rises reaching a height of 8 feet 3 inches above the horse. Suddenly the blood level starts rising and falling about 3 inches in a continuous periodic nature that appears to be in synchrony with each of the horse’s heart beats. Blood pressure is discovered.”1
After that initial discovery, there were many more health discoveries made in the years following that momentous year. The study of blood pressure has led to discoveries of the damage uncontrolled high blood pressure can do to the human body, even though in most cases the symptoms of this disease are mild or nonexistent. That is why high blood pressure is such a dangerous disease. Often people are unaware they even have a health issue until a stroke, heart attack, or kidney failure occurs.
Today’s doctors screen their patients’ blood pressure as standard operating procedure every time they come in for an exam, and a large percentage of the population over the age of fifty has had a blood pressure medication recommended by their physician.
But is medication the only answer to high blood pressure? Isn’t there anything people can do to maintain safe blood pressure levels besides trek down to the drug store every month and pay the pharmacist? These are questions more and more people are asking themselves, and until now science did not seem to have very many answers to that question. High blood pressure seemed to be just one of the negative aspects of aging, with no hope of change.
In recent years, there has been a surge of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) practitioners that have caught the attention of many who were dissatisfied with the “stock prescription answer” to every illness. As people became more aware of the statistically high death rate associated with pharmaceutical drugs and the many health problems they caused along side the good they did, they began looking at the possibilities offered by not only alternative health practitioners but also at how medicine was practiced in countries outside the United States.
Americans love proof, and the medical industry provides proof by conducting studies. No procedure or protocol is worth its weight in ashes unless there are multiple studies proving its validity. The conventional medical industry fights every alternative method by screaming “Prove it!” in an effort to keep all the sheep in the pen. In the long run this is a good thing for the general public, but not for the snake oil salesmen. The result of these challenges is that alternative therapies and methods have been carefully studied and found to be viable and effective when held up in comparison to the standard “stock prescription answer”.
Blood pressure woes are not limited to Americans, people around the world struggle with this and other health issues and have for centuries. Some very effective methods are based on Chinese medicine, such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and even meditation. These are just a few of the many methods you will read about in the free report listing over 25 ways you can control your blood pressure without medication. Just fill in your email and first name in the box on the right and you will have immediate access to this helpful information.