Defend Yourself and Your Family
against America’s Number One Silent Killer
Well, we don’t want to sound like the proverbial broken record, but we have real concerns about the direction health care is headed in this country. We’re not here to complain. Just to explain you do have options if you think and plan ahead.
We see more and more confirmation of collapsing public services, especially at the state level. Many Americans will be caught unprepared, leading to even more aggressive political meddling to take care of those who cannot or will not take care of themselves. Worse, there’s an alarming decline in new medical advances due to bureaucratic roadblocks and crippling lawsuits.
Another strike against your medical interests is the taxpayer subsidized corporate farming giants and their food processing conglomerates. They have packed throughout the nation’s food supply habit forming synthetic sugars – health destroyers which permeate almost all processed foods, including ketchup, soft drinks, white breads, puddings, 1,500-calorie lattes, and even chili!
That’s a lot of power and money mixed together, so we doubt much will change until enough Americans wise up and use their purchasing power to insist on a better managed food supply. Preferably one free of political subsidies to health destroying substances such as the worst synthetic sugar of all, corn fructose.
How is it Possible That Our Own Government
Would Subsidize Slow Poison Food Fillers?
For many it is hard to accept that Uncle Sam would knowingly and willingly subsidize health destroying substances. Yet there is ample precedent.
It was military PX stores that first introduced millions of young draftees to cigarettes, and for decades after Congress paid tobacco farmers direct crop subsidies to produce the only product you can buy without a prescription that is fatal when used as directed. Is it so hard to believe that government-subsided corporate farming conglomerates would push corn on Americans as ethanol or corn fructose? We say again, Health-wise, it is every man or woman for himself!
Key Point: Good Health is Up to You
Because the Powers that Be Are Not on Your Side
The main point is, the powers that be are NOT on your side. So becoming your own best advocate is coming back into vogue for thinking ahead individualists.
People who pay attention can clearly see what the general public does not: Politically connected pharmaceutical giants typically peddle pills that manage symptoms, not the underlying causes. This is especially true of high blood pressure, known medically as hypertension. This “silent killer” shows no symptoms and is a precursor to heart disease. In America heart disease is public health enemy number one, killing another person every 33 seconds!
Defeat High Blood Pressure Now
or Risk Becoming an Unhappy Ward of the State
Untreated hypertension can lead to a situation in which you become the unhappy ward of the medical state establishment – from any number of resulting personal calamities, including heart attack, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, stroke, eye damage, and the speeding up of atherosclerosis.
Many people believe they’ll know they have high blood pressure because of symptoms such as nervousness, sweating, difficulty sleeping, headaches, nose bleeds, or facial flushing. Unfortunately, this is not true and is a dangerous (but popular) misconception.
The confusion is a result of a related condition called “hypertensive crisis,” which is extremely high blood pressure (systolic 180 or higher and diastolic 110 or higher). With this condition you may show obvious symptoms such as severe headaches, anxiety, blood in the urine, and/or nosebleeds. This is a severe condition and you should go straight to the hospital. Hypertension, unfortunately, has no symptoms, no early warning signs, and is deadly.
- Nearly 74.5 million people over age 20 have high blood pressure.
- Two out of three Americans over 60 have it.
- And 90% of us who live past 60 eventually develop it.
But the most troubling concern according to Dr. Elijah Saunders, University of Maryland cardiologist and hypertension expert, “Only half of the people in this country who have high blood pressure know they have it.”
How Do YOU Know if This Silent Killer Affects You?
The easiest way to learn if you have hypertension is with an inexpensive, pain-free test. At your next medical check up your doctor or nurse will put a cuff around your arm and take a blood pressure reading. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg, and hypertension is 140/90 mmHg or higher. The range in between is known as prehypertension and calls for effective action to stay out of the red zone. A blood pressure test should be part of every medical check-up.
If you have concerns due to family history, lifestyle, or just want peace of mind, you can measure your blood pressure on your own. Many pharmacies such as CVS and RiteAid have freestanding blood pressure monitors in their stores, which are free to use.
Most health fairs in your community or local hospital will measure your blood pressure at no charge.
You can also buy a home blood pressure monitor for private use. The American Heart Association says, “To help control high blood pressure, research has shown that monitoring blood pressure at home can be helpful in addition to regular monitoring in a healthcare provider’s office.“
To choose a home blood pressure monitor, look for one that has been tested, validated and approved by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the British Hypertension Society, and the International Protocol for the Validation of Automated BP Measuring Devices.
You can see a list of validated blood pressure monitors for home use here.
If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension (or pre-hypertension) and are home monitoring under doctor’s orders, take your new monitor to your doctor and have it checked for accuracy. And do this each year to make sure everything is working properly.
If you know you have an atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmia, home monitoring may not be helpful because these conditions tend to give false readings. In this case ask your doctor for recommendations.