blood pressure

  1. Manners go a long way in medical care

    Killing 'em with (un)kindness

    If you're like a lot of folks, your doc is about as cuddly as a porcupine and grunts his way through your appointments like an angry grizzly bear.

    Too many doctors can barely bother to say hello before they start poking, prodding and rushing their way through an appointment like they have a plane to catch. You'd think they were charging you by the word!

    And if you've been enduring your doctor's dysfunctional bedside manner for years, convinced that deep down he's a quality physician, you may be giving him too much credit -- and not giving yourself enough.

    A new University of Iowa study proves that having a friendly doctor isn't just a luxury -- it could be a matter of life and death. Researchers analyzed studies from around the world and found that whether your doctor chats you up in English, Japanese or Swahili, his good communications skills could result in your good health.

    In fact, doctors who received training in honing their people skills -- and lots of them need it -- were much more effective at helping you lose weight, control your blood pressure, and manage pain. We're talking about basic conversational skills, like maintaining eye contact and listening to your concerns.

    As long as you're cutting him checks, your doctor works for you -- and don't ever let him forget it. If he can't give you the basic respect you'd expect from a colleague, do yourself a favor and seek your medical attention elsewhere.

    It's not just a matter of standing up for basic manners in a world that seems to have forgotten them -- this is one move that could save your life.

  2. Test lets docs spy on blood pressure patients

    Big Pharma plan makes your doc a double agent

    Let's face it, some of the tests your doc forces on you can start to make you feel like a pistol-whipped spy in a James Bond movie.

    But it turns out you were getting worked over by 007 himself. Because your doc is about to embark on a disgusting, privacy-invading spy caper that even Hollywood couldn't have dreamed up. And I'll give you one guess who's putting him up to it.

    Cheeky British researchers have just perfected a urine test your doctor can start using right away to see whether you're actually taking the sickening blood pressure meds he's prescribing for you.

    Forget ASKING you whether you're taking your meds... forget having an honest CONVERSATION about whether those pricey pills are doing a damned thing they're supposed to... instead, your doc will just start following you into the bathroom.

    The most amazing thing about this study is that the researchers actually found 200 Brits with high blood pressure willing to participate in this Big Brother exercise. These are the same plucky people who beat back the Nazis 70 years ago, and now they're lining up in DROVES to have their pee examined by the Big Pharma drug police.

    Winston Churchill must be spinning in his grave!

    Researchers say the test will help your doctor determine whether your blood pressure treatment isn't working -- or whether you simply stopped taking your drugs. And if you buy that, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.

    But I know you're not that gullible... you're a Daily Dose subscriber after all! I'm sure you can already see right through this Big Pharma smokescreen. These urine tests are simply the first step toward FORCING you to take your prescription medications, whether you want to or not. The mainstream has been dipping its toe into this water for years, with proposals like policing the depressed and mentally ill to be sure they're popping their pills.

    And these proposals are all about wealth, not health. The British study found that 25% of folks who had been prescribed blood pressure meds weren't taking them. That's a 25% hit right to Big Pharma's wallet, and you can bet those greedy drug company execs -- and their shareholders -- aren't taking that lying down.

    There are MILLIONS of people -- If you've been listening to me maybe you're even one of them -- who don't take their blood pressure meds, or stopped refilling their prescriptions a long time ago. And who could blame them? These poison pills like calcium channel blockers and ACE inhibitors could cause everything from dizziness to cancer, and there's a one-in-six chance they'll actually INCREASE your blood pressure!

    So next time your doc gets a hankering to swirl your pee under a microscope, tell him to stop snooping around and just ask whether you're taking your meds. Remind him that you trust him with your life -- and that trust is a two-way street.

  3. Vitamin C cuts risk of deadliest stroke

    A new study shows that a daily dose of fresh peppers or citrus rich in vitamin C could prevent hemorrhagic stroke, a deadly form of brain bleeding.
  4. Time to ditch your BP meds

    Finally a little common sense as new guidelines will take millions of seniors off blood pressure meds.
  5. Beet juice for blood pressure? BLECH!

    Beet juice can supposedly lower blood pressure. But do you really want to drink this stuff? Me neither.
  6. Polypill is the four-in-one drug you DON'T need

    Researchers are pushing a four-in-one heart drug that combines a statin with BP meds -- but you should ‘just say no' to this one.
  7. WARNING! Don't lower your BP after a stroke

    Survive a stroke and you'll probably be so relieved you'll do just about anything your doctor tells you to. But don't follow his orders too closely -- because they might just kill you!
  8. 'Poor' health? Pay a fine!

    Next time you get on a scale, your boss could be peeking over your shoulder -- and if he doesn't like what he sees, he's going to tack an extra fee onto your health insurance premium.
  9. The hip 'new' diet that can boost your health in weeks

    I've never been accused of being trendy -- but a version of the same meat-based diet I've backed for decades is suddenly front-and-center. You and I know it best as low-carb, but these days, it's being called the "caveman" or "paleo" diet.
  10. Ignore everything you hear about this 'danger'

    The nag-nag-nag over salt just won't stop.

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