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High Blood Pressure : Avoiding Long-term Use of Conventional Hypertension Medicines and Related Potential Side Effects

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Causes of high blood pressure are different for every person. They are often called “risk factors”. Well-known modifiable   risk factors  include: being overweight or obese, physical inactivity , using tobacco, having an unhealthy diet (high in sodium), excessive alcohol usage (more than one drink per day for women and  2 drinks per day for men), stress, sleep apnea, and diabetes. Non-modifiable   risk factors  include: age, race, and family history. There are other well-known causes of high blood pressure including certain medications, hormonal imbalances, and kidney disease. A  large spectrum of management strategies and treatment  modalities   are available and includ e : clinical nutrition, exercise prescriptions, botanical medicine, behavioral medicine, and,  standard conventional medications  (currently most commonly used worldwide). One of the most concerning  aspects of   hypertension  is that you may not know that you have it. In fact, nearly one-third of people who have  

Food Matters

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The pair of eye glasses below are prescription reading and visual correction lens which I personally used for about 3.5 years (2012 - 2016). My health care providers did not tell me exactly what the nature of my condition was, I would like to believe that it was a case of macular degeneration. I have since shelved these prescription glasses and just keep them as a souvenir to remind myself that prescription glasses are not the solution for treatment of macular degeneration vision problems. The root cause of the problem is not addressed at all and keeps on evolving. This is why at some point in time, there is need to change the pair of lenses for a more powerful pair. So what is the solution? I used nutritional/orthomulecular therapy approaches to reverse the macular degeneration condition.This is now my third year since I shelved my pair of prescription glasses and my vision is actually getting better by day. Macular degeneration can be reversed. Dietary changes and nutritional sup

Health and Longevity: What Can Humans Learn from Some Animals?

Turtles and tortoises are some of the most long-lived members of the reptile family . There are a few theories, including the slow rate of their metabolisms, naturally healthy lifestyles and evolutionary theories regarding reproduction  considered for explanation of the longevity. The longest-lived of all the turtle species, the Galapagos giant tortoise, eats a strict vegetarian diet that's full of greens , minimal carbs and free of fat and cholesterol.  Many of these animal species don’t invite challenges in the wild, they stay clear of trouble and generally lead a stress-free life .    While scientists know longevity increases as metabolic rate drops, there is still some debate  as to why. Many believe that ageing is linked to the production of free radicals, reactive particles that are released into the body as it burns fuel. "There's plenty of evidence to suggest that free radicals damage proteins and DNA,"  and are associated with  many of the chronic non-communi

Taking charge of your health: The challenges of reliable information and knowledge acquisition.

When it comes to taking charge of your health, one of the most important pillars of self-care is health literacy, i.e, understanding how your health impacts your well-being and how your actions make a difference. Another pillar of self-care for health is self-awareness, i.e, understanding your current physical and mental health as well as how you can improve these aspects. Of paramount importance to utilize these pillars of self care for health is acquisition of the relevant knowledge and getting the appropriate medical/health care service, help or advice. These stages are where some of the greatest challenges lie as the kind of helpful medical/health care information out there is fairy complex to navigate through, with regards to obtaining appropriate health care information and help or advice that benefits the consumer, and not skewed and misleading health information meant only to serve financial interest of certain groups of people, organizations or institutions or even powerful na