I recently discovered that my blood pressure was elevated to 150 (systolic) over 85 (diastolic). This is given the ominous definition of Stage 1 Hypertension. My previous readings for all of my adult life were a classic 120 over 80. What was happening with me? I felt that I was doing the right things in life, was feeling fit and full of energy, was exercising regularly and had a good diet with not much animal fat. I didn’t feel that I was stressed. This should not be happening, especially since I had just come back from 16 days in Mexico. For the first couple of day I went into a funk. I did not want to be on medications of any sort with all their possible side-effects. This was my own personal choice. I have consulted with my MD, and for now he accepts that I will try to treat this without recourse to allopathic medicine. Once on medication it is often difficult to come off safely and I felt that this might be the beginning of a downward slippery slope to ill-health.
I feel that my inner resources are now scrambled and I am effectively on the road to normalcy. My first call was to our chiropractor, Dr. Norman Allan. He has a considerable wealth of knowledge beyond chiropractic. He advised me that the use of hawthorn berries is very effective. This is confirmed in my reading. It is rich in
Vitamin C which, according to Prescription for Nutritional Healing (Balch) is very important. I am also taking a calcium and magnesium supplement as well as Coenzyme Q10. There are other things I can be taking. However, there is a limit to my financial resources and I feel that these supplements are what I need at this time. I have also seen Paul, our acupuncturist who I find both attentive and diligent. Meanwhile, Heather our personal trainer has modified my fitness workout routine to incorporate more cardio vascular activity.
I am paying extra careful attention to my diet, am eliminating any red meat and avoiding foods that have high salt. I am trying to incorporate more green leafy vegetables for their mineral content. I am also making a point of drinking considerably more water. I have found that drinking teas made with the hawthorn berries has helped to increase that water intake. For now I have eliminated coffee. I have also decided that I want to lose another 10 lbs. I am going to bed early and am spending more time in meditation. I am taking my blood pressure regularly to see that the numbers are moving in the right direction. So far they are, and I am prepared to modify my plan to include other things that may be helpful.
What I notice in my research reading is that there is a fair amount of conflicting information out there. So, to a large extent, I am following my gut instinct. However, researching ones illness and learning as much as on can is very important.
Meanwhile I realise that faced with any new illness, one can just submit to the diagnosis, start taking the prescription meds or one can fight. I have chosen to fight.