Overview of the Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally Ebook
The book is divided into an introduction and five parts. Part I addresses high blood pressure, why maintenance of normal blood pressure is essential for good health, and how anyone can achieve normalcy. Parts II, III and IV discuss the healing benefits of balancing spirit, mind and body, respectively. Part V deals with the politics of health care.
The introduction presents the concept of wholeness as the basis of one's internal reality. Existing even within the illness, wholeness is always waiting to be enlivened. The author's high blood pressure experience is narrated, and the development of this program is explained.
Concepts behind natural therapies are discussed. The basis of real cures is explored, such as vibrationally matching health instead of vibrationally matching the fighting of disease. Killing disease will never create health, since disease exists in the absence of health and wellness. Trying to kill disease is comparable to fighting the darkness in the room instead of turning on the light. The introduction compares the medical model to a military campaign; the body is treated as an occupied territory in the attempt to heal it.
The reader will learn about neuropeptides, the messenger molecules the body uses to communicate with itself. Fragmented therapy is examined, along with its creation of side effects. The introduction ends with a discussion of the healing laws of nature, which work with us to restore health and maintain wellness.
Part I: High Blood Pressure Description
As many as 50 million Americans have high blood pressure, which inevitably leads to a host of additional health complications. These health complications are discussed. Healthy blood pressure is essential for life; there is a range considered optimal for health. Blood pressure readings fall into six categories: normal, high normal, mild, moderate, severe, and very severe.
The reader will learn to attain a normal pressure of at least 120/80 and even lower. The systolic or higher reading is the maximum resistance in the blood vessels while the heart is pumping. The lower reading, the diastolic pressure, is measured as the highest resistance when the heart relaxes. You will learn that there are techniques and concepts to balance the mind/body to attain your correct pressure.
The reader will be presented with genetic factors, and left with the vision that these influences are not written in stone. We will discuss secondary hypertension, insulin resistance, and other contributing factors. As the conventional pharmacological strategies are presented, you will be made aware that other options exist. The information explains why cellular communication is essential for health, and how drugs produce harmful side effects by disrupting the flow of intelligence between cells.
Part II: The Spirit
Research demonstrates that the Transcendental Meditation Program increases cardiovascular health, decreases stress hormones, lowers cholesterol, ameliorates angina, lowers blood pressure, lowers free radicals, increases DHEA-S levels and more. This chapter explains how effortless the technique of Transcendental Meditation is to practice, and how it brings about these benefits as a result of profound physiological changes.
The TM technique lowers blood pressure by inducing a state of deep restful alertness. The synergistic relationship between Transcendental Meditation and exercise is explored. Concepts are explained in concrete ways, enabling one to more clearly understand and appreciate these benefits.
This chapter introduces the concept that God is within, rather than outside your self. Your relationship with God has a profound effect on health, especially the cardiovascular system. The chapter explains the necessity of first realizing the truth within your self in order to better face "reality," or to process external life. The reader will learn about faith and wholeness, that prayer is the process of connecting to our inner divinity, which is the connecting link to universal divinity.
The chapter explores healing practices as an intrinsic part of traditional cultures. Every individual has a soul, or inner perfection, which, when properly accessed, brings total wholeness and wellness. Healing results from maintaining one's higher reality of perfection. This 'higher' vibration overshadows illness. The reader is introduced to his/her power of faith located in the pineal gland.
The chapter shows studies by modern researchers that demonstrate the healing power of prayer. We are all searching for our individual meaning in the universe; the reader will see that this meaning is already within us. This chapter acknowledges the wisdom of Eric Butterworth, whose writings show us that prayer is really scientific. The chapter concludes with information on how to release concern when we pray, and to know that all is in divine order.
Part III: The Mind
Visualization images influence biochemistry and create new mind/body possibilities for growth and healing. Visualization originates in the mind, but affects every cell of the body. The first visualization exercise is based on a healing technology that enlivens the mind/body to balance itself. It uses the powerful principle that what you put your attention on grows in your life. This visualization exercise strengthens the heart, releases emotional pain, and dilates blood vessels.
The next visualization is used to calm the nervous system, relax all parts of the body and lower blood pressure. The following three visualizations for hypertension, created by Gerald Epstein M.D., utilize techniques to cool all parts of the body, to feel the balancing power of the sun's rays, and to feel oneself as part of the environment.
Emotions such as anger, anxiety, and ambition push blood to the boiling point. The chapter explains techniques such as conscious decision-making through "segment intending," in order to dissipate habits that contribute to hypertension. Learning to be effortless in our approach to life and hypertension is also very important in our program to achieve normal blood pressure.
The chapter explains how to establish a baseline blood pressure. It explores patterns of blood pressure, which enable us to avoid anxiety during a high cycle. Goals direct attention to what our blood pressure should be, instead of fearing what we don't want it to be. Loving our self also helps to overcome fear, and leads to empowerment. The chapter discusses different types of blood pressure cuffs, and how to take blood pressure in a relaxed manner. The reader will learn that taking control of his/her blood pressure overcomes fear.
We discuss fear, stories about fear, and how overcoming fear leads to healing, and even to spontaneous remissions. We discuss fear in terms of a tribal illusion, and how it causes us to dwell on the very disease we are afraid to get. The reader will learn that this fear of disease aligns one's vibrational energy with the disease, and creates the possibility for it to manifest in life. This illusion brings us closer to what we don't want. Instead, we will learn to put our attention on what we want to heal, whether it is blood pressure or any other imbalance.
The reader will be introduced to the concept that fear of disease is really the fear of death, which is really the fear of change. To overcome this, we have to come in contact with something that transcends change, and that is spirit. The reader will understand that beyond spirit is love. Love can be manifested on the physical plane, and it banishes fear. Love brings us beyond the fear of disease and directs us back to our immortality, our true nature.
The reader will learn the basic concepts of Dr. Bach, and how his system is based on creating spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical harmony. Bach Flower Remedies create balance, allowing the body to self-correct and thus promote harmony and health. The chapter explores the four pillars of the Bach Flower System, and how to prepare single and combination remedies. Different classifications of the 38 remedies are explained, and each one is explored in detail.
Bach Flower Remedies take us into the realm of spontaneous remissions and healing. This system enlivens our higher nature and its relationship to healing. Disharmony between the soul and personality creates negative moods and self-destructive thoughts. Positive and negative emotions are two sides of the same coin; a person's attention is what activates either aspect of this polarity. The positive aspect of the coin has a profound effect on our biochemistry for health and healing.
The reader will learn more about healing through love, the internal physician of the universe. Love conquers disease, especially cardiovascular disease, because the heart creates a healing biochemistry that empowers our inner well being. Negative emotions, such as possessiveness and anger, constrict the heart. The reader will learn affirmations and exercises for enhancing self-love from such experts as Barbara Brennan, Eric Butterworth, and Catherine Ponder. The reader will be able to utilize a MariEl technique, for healing painful memories stored in the cells of his/her body. MariEl restores the biological flow of emotional energy for harmony between the mind and body.
The chapter begins with the understanding that pain and trauma cause one to repress emotions, thereby restricting the flow of inner divinity and healing power. When a person's biological energy, known as “prana” or “chi” in other cultures, is trapped in the past, s/he will lack the vitality to maintain health. The reader will learn that giving attention to another is a precious gift, and that s/he must also give this gift to him/herself. One must be fully present to heal. The reader will learn to change problems or challenges into tools for positive growth. Faith is the silent partner that keeps him/her on the path to wholeness.
The concepts and techniques presented in this chapter direct the reader to use blood pressure as a positive stimulus. Instead of being fearful of stress, thereby elevating blood pressure, the reader will learn to use certain techniques in stressful situations, in order to maintain normal pressure. The reader will become familiar with a place of silence and inner divinity that is always at peace and never stressed. S/he will learn how to use awareness to love his/her body in order to be in touch with how s/he feels, without judgment.
Love creates actual physiological benefits. Emotional changes from anger to love produce a change in heart rhythms from jagged to smooth. HeartMath, a research institute, demonstrated that people can get their hearts to beat to a more loving rhythm. Readers will benefit from this research by learning two exercises, "Freeze-Frame" and "Cut-Thru."
The chapter also explains Cognitive Therapy and how to use it. The reader will learn to overcome negative and defeating thoughts by replacing them with positive life-supporting ones. The reader will learn how depression can lead to heart disease. Through Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), s/he will be able to create the lifestyle changes needed to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. In order to manifest life supportive changes, one must initiate the process from his or her center of inner divinity. The goal is present from the beginning.
Part IV: The Body
The largest chapter in the book demonstrates, with numerous studies, that dietary supplements play a key role in healing hypertension. Herbs do not substitute for drugs; rather, they enliven the intelligence inside every cell to function in a balanced way. They work from wholeness to create wholeness in the body, which helps the cells remember how to function in a complete manner. This happens through resonance: the Morse code of the herb communicates with the Morse code of the body.
Information is presented on more than fifty dietary supplements that lower hypertension, reduce stress, lower cholesterol, correct diabetes, balance hormones, relax blood vessels, calm the nervous system, and more. The chapter pinpoints research on supplements that enliven the inner memory of the body to heal itself.
This chapter demonstrates the benefits of diet in improving health, especially in establishing normal blood pressure. The efficiency of the digestive process is also extremely important; without proper digestion, even the best food turns to poison. It is important to learn proper dietary guidelines, but to experience good health it is more important to learn how different types of foods affect mind, body, and spirit.
A person should eliminate, or at least reduce as much as possible, foods such as coffee, sugar, white flour, and meat. Ingestion of harmful foods causes free radicals, which have a detrimental effect on cardiovascular health and the immune system. The reader will learn about raw vegetable juices, which have a monumental effect in preventing and reversing hypertension. Common table salt, which is stripped of natural minerals, has a detrimental effect on cardiovascular health. Unrefined salt, such as Celtic Salt, can be beneficial when consumed in moderation.
The chapter examines syndrome X (faulty carbohydrate metabolism) and the importance of consuming low glycemic sweeteners. It is important to maintain low levels of homocysteine and C-reactive protein for cardiovascular health in order to limit free radical damage. Alkaline foods maintain the proper blood ph levels, thus helping to conserve calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all very necessary for cardiovascular health. The chapter ends with a discussion of the art of eating and thinking, which opens the reader's awareness to the understanding that we digest and metabolize our thoughts, emotions, and the environment.
The chapter begins with basic considerations such as exercising regularly, performing exercises that are enjoyable, the importance of slow warm-up so as not to increase blood pressure too rapidly, exercise timing with reference to meals, and techniques to stay within the heart's comfort zone. It includes a specific breathing technique to maintain optimum oxygen levels.
Exercise creates mental, emotional, and physical well being by balancing biochemistry. It maintains youthfulness, increases HDL, decreases LDL, and lowers blood pressure, decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. It also helps to maintain proper weight, decreases stress, acts as an anti-depressant, and enhances self-esteem. Weight-bearing exercises help to maintain normal blood pressure levels by preserving calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Exercise stimulates the body to make TPA--tissue plasminogen activator--an internal clot-busting cocktail. It reduces epinephrine, which is a principal blood pressure raising hormone. Exercise also reduces triglycerides, a type of fat that increases cholesterol.
Research shows aerobic exercise reduces mild to moderate hypertension. As little as thirty minutes four times a week is highly beneficial. The feeling of well-being generated by regular exercise motivates people to stay on a program. Exercise cautions are noted concerning hypertensive medications and diet. This exercise program is an all-encompassing mind/body approach to health. The reader will learn to exercise without stressing the cardiovascular system, by keeping the heart rate within a comfort zone.
This program includes the step by step formula to find one's optimum training heart rate--OTR. It teaches how to use the OTR based on one's ayurvedic mind/body type. Overtraining can lead to poor physical conditioning; doing less and accomplishing more is the goal of this exercise program. Included is a complete mind/body warm up and warm down system known as the Sun Salutation, accompanied by diagrams.
This nose breathing technique has three phases: inhaling for 5 seconds, holding the breath for 10 seconds, and exhaling for 15 seconds. It spontaneously engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the 'rest and repair' function of the autonomic nervous system. By simply varying the three phases of breathing, adrenal stress hormones decrease, and blood pressure normalizes. The technique is a useful tool for dealing with stressful situations. It can also be practiced regularly in conjunction with reflexology points, acupressure points, and energy healing exercises detailed in the following chapters. The benefits of this practice are similar to other natural modalities, such as meditation and acupuncture, that work through hormone modulation to lower blood pressure.
The innate intelligence of the body directs the flow of energy to maintain one's health. Energy healing removes impediments, allowing this flow to stimulate the internal healing process. This chapter demonstrates the heart energizing exercise, carotid artery position, and the externals, to balance energy. Diagrams, as well as explanations accompany the exercises. These energy healing techniques enliven the parasympathetic nervous system. The techniques also strengthen and balance the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, including valves, carotid sinus and carotid arteries.
This chapter explains energy healing principles of Chinese medicine, and how to apply them. According to Chinese medicine, health is based on Chi, electromagnetic energy, which flows through channels called meridians. Chi is the life energy that circulates throughout the body. Blocks or leaks in a meridian will stop this free flow of energy. Acupressure points along the meridians act as switches to restore the flow of Chi.
The chapter describes the association of acupressure points with organ and glandular systems, and teaches how to massage certain acupressure points along specific meridians to lower blood pressure. Diagrams are included.
Literature on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back 4500 years. It emphasizes the balance of Chi through acupuncture, herbs, diet, massage, hydrotherapy, solar and air therapy, and exercise. Whereas Western medicine takes a reductionist approach and utilizes therapies which suppress symptoms, Eastern medicine views the individual as a microcosm of the macrocosm, and seeks to restore balance and harmony.
Acupuncture meridians underlie the lymphatic, circulatory, and nervous systems. TCM therapies heal by providing nourishment at fundamental levels of these systems. Research studies demonstrate that acupuncture lowers high blood pressure by regulating the endocrine system. Other studies show that electrical acupuncture lowers diastolic pressure. The text provides instructions and diagrams for self-administering electrical acupuncture, and incorporating it into the acupressure and energy healing routine. Acupressure can be used on the acupuncture points as well. The reader will learn an acupuncture meridian massage to feel the flow of Chi in the meridians, and learn to enliven Chi where it is needed. Finally, the reader will learn a sequence that integrates techniques of parasympathetic breathing, energy healing, acupressure, and reflexology into one simple program. Diagrams are included.
This chapter explains how principles of chiropractic can be incorporated into a holistic health management program. The spine is the major highway for the movement of nerve impulses throughout the body. By maintaining proper alignment of the vertebrae, nerve impulses are permitted to flow without impediments. The chapter focuses on a study, which illustrates how correcting spinal misalignments through chiropractic manipulation can lower hypertension.
This chapter reminds the reader that healing begins and ends from within oneself. Although the cell is the most basic physical unit of the body, it is the mind/body intelligence that enlivens this unit. The numerous healing modalities discussed in the text provide a holistic program to accomplish this enlivenment.
Part V: The Politics of Health Care
The previous chapters explained how any person can reverse poor health, especially hypertension, by improving diet and lifestyle, and practicing stress reduction techniques, exercises, and mental healing concepts. Medical research has documented the effectiveness of natural and time-honored health modalities in enlivening the healing process. Why, then, would anyone turn over his or her God-given unlimited inner healing potential to a system that is based on material gain? The bottom line for the medical/pharmaceutical industry is financial gain, while that of the patient is quality of life.
Change is needed in the direction of wellness and prevention. The reader will be presented with the concept that drugs merely suppress symptoms, instead of healing the underlying cause. Drugs, in fact, can actually sabotage the healing process. Symptoms such as high blood pressure are signals that there is a breakdown in optimal functioning. Application of the techniques specified in the book stimulates the mind/body intelligence to restore wholeness.
People give away their inner healing power to the AMA, the FDA/pharmaceutical industry, the American Cancer Society, and other self-serving groups. These false prophets hide behind the guise of medical science. The pharmaceutical industry drives the medical profession, the directions of research, and completely controls health care systems. The drug/medical unholy alliance is evidenced in an article that appeared in the 1998 New England Journal of Medicine, dealing with a conflict of interest between drug manufacturers and physicians on their payroll.
Western medicine and technology certainly offer health modalities, but are also tainted by the motive for profit. It is up to each of us to take responsibility for our health by combining the best of western medicine and holistic therapies.
About the AuthorsMichael Arluck Sheinbaum, MS, LMT, CNA, (pen name for Michael I. Shay) is a Natural Health Practitioner, and has studied natural healing systems for over 20 years. He received his M.S. degree in psychology and Counselor Education from Southern Connecticut State College, in New Haven, CT. He is a certified practitioner of Axiatonal Process, MariEl, CranioSacral Therapy, Touch for Health, and is a Tera-Mai™ Reiki Master. He also utilizes nutrition, diet, electro-acupuncture (no skin puncture), acupressure, Bach Flower Remedies, gem elixirs, and other natural systems. His main emphasis is to enliven the clients’ inner healing power to create balance from a deep level of mind, body, and spirit. He can be reached at his
David Getoff has been a student of nutrition for over 25 years, and has a private Health and Wellness practice in Deerhorn Valley, the foothills in the south eastern part of San Diego County. David is a Traditional Naturopath and Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist. When not helping his private clients, he can often be found teaching classes to both the public and to health professionals both locally and in seminars and conferences around the country. David is licensed as a Naturopath in the states of North Carolina, Idaho, and the District of Columbia, and is licensed as a Nutritionist in the State of NewYork. California does not currently license Clinical Nutritionists or Traditional Naturopaths. David is a member of the International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists, The American Association for Health Freedom, the California Naturopathic Association, The American Holistic Health Association and The American Holistic Medical Association. He is also an elected member of the American College of Nutrition, a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, and the Vice President of the internationally renowned Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation. David loves imparting his knowledge to anyone interested in improving their health and may be reached through his web page at www.naturopath4you.com