blood pressure

  1. What red wine can't do

    Everyone knows that red wine is good for your heart. Studies have shown over and over again that a glass or two a day can lower your heart disease risk.

    But a new study found that it won't do a thing for your blood pressure.

    Shocking! How can something that's good for your heart NOT lower your blood pressure?!

    For starters, it's because blood pressure is a bogus marker of heart health that's long been over-hyped simply as a way of selling more blood-pressure-lowering drugs.

    But to add to that, this study is junk science of the worst kind.

    Believe it or not, the 61 men and women in the month-long study on how red wine affects blood pressure didn't drink a single glass of wine in the process.

    Instead, the volunteers were given daily servings of either a plain dairy drink, or one of two dairy drinks loaded with different amounts of the polyphenols found in red wine.

    At the start of the study, the volunteers all had hypertension, with average BP levels of 145/86. And after four weeks of dairy drinks, nothing had changed.

    But what'd they think would happen, some kind of blood pressure miracle?

    Bottom line: Whether red wine lowers your blood pressure numbers or not-who cares? Studies have shown that it can boost your heart health, strengthen your immune system, reduce inflammation, boost your brain health, reduce your cancer risk, help you sleep better, and can even help you live longer.

    I'll definitely drink to that.

  2. Shaking up conventional wisdom

    Low salt won't boost heart health

    People ask me if I'm tired of being right all the time. Answer is no -- I'm just tired of the mainstream taking so long to acknowledge it.

    Case in point: Salt.

    You've heard me say for years that salt isn't your enemy and that cutting back won't lower your heart risk OR save your life -- and now, the mainstream is finally catching on.

    Then again, it's not like they have much of a choice -- a slew of new studies confirm just what I've been telling you all along.

    The latest evidence comes from the Cochrane gang, who looked at data on 6,489 participants in seven studies and found that cutting back on salt had virtually no effect on heart attack, stroke, or death risk.

    Think that's impressive? That's nothing -- a Cochrane review a few years back looked at 57 studies and also found no benefit from lowering salt intake, while a separate Cochrane review found cutting back on salt will only shave a point off your blood pressure.

    Big whoop.

    The real problem here is that the mainstream's low-salt mantra isn't just some harmless medical myth -- your body needs its salt, and if you follow the low-sodium advice too closely, you'll die.

    One study I mentioned earlier this year found a low-salt diet can actually boost your risk of death by heart disease by up to 500 percent. Another study published in 2006 tracked 78 million Americans for 14 years and found that those who ate the most salt had the highest risk of death by heart disease.

    And yet your doc is STILL trying to get you to cut back?!?!

    I don't think he's actually trying to kill you (then again, you never know). But it's certainly in his interest to keep you just sick enough to require regular medical attention.

    Don't wait for the mainstream to complete its turnaround on salt. Get what you need now, and you can start by putting the saltshaker back where it belongs -- at the place of honor in the center of your dinner table.

    For everything you need to know about sodium -- including the one and only kind you should be cooking with -- subscribe to the Douglass Report and read the July 2010 issue.

  3. Slash heart risk by 50 percent?

    The polypill pushers are at it again -- and this time, they say their all-in-one drug can slash the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent.
  4. Candles, cake & cholesterol meds

    It doesn't matter if your blood pressure is fine and your cholesterol levels are perfect – once you hit 55, you should be taking BP pills and cholesterol meds, regardless. At least, that's what the researchers of a daffy new study would have you believe.
  5. Cereal for BP? No way!

    Researchers say their analysis of data on 13,368 male doctors who were tracked for more than 16 years found those who ate seven bowls of whole grain cereal a week had a 19 percent lower risk of hypertension than those who didn't.
  6. Prehypertension is a big, fat lie

    Researchers have found that up to 100 million Americans have needlessly been told they need to do something about their BP levels.
  7. New attack on sodium

    Instead of going after sugar, the mainstream is continuing its lunatic war on salt... as if low sodium alone will save lives.
  8. Garlic for your blood pressure?

    Garlic might not keep any vampires away from your blood, but it could help shut your doctor up about your blood pressure.
  9. Feds cut salt levels... again

    If you think we're unhealthy now, wait until you see what happens then -- because you need your salt, no matter what they say.
  10. Unemployed more susceptible to stress-prompted illness

    According to a study by Kate W. Strully of the State University of New York at Albany, people who lose their job are twice as likely as employed people to develop a new malady such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure.

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