Chances are, if you are reading this, you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. And greater chances are, you’ve been given (or at least told you need) a cocktail combination of various beta blockers, diuretics, calcium channel blockers and ACE inhibitors. These man-made chemicals are designed to interrupt and manipulate the body’s normal and natural processes in hopes of achieving a healthy state.
For some of you, you have been in this endless cycle of medications for years. At this point, maybe you blame your parents or family heritage for this ” unlucky draw” having been born with “bad genes.” Ask yourself this…how is this working for you?
Forewarning: things might get a little uncomfortable if you continue reading. If you are someone who does not enjoy taking responsibility for your own life, you might want to stop here.
The reason it is not working is that the approach is wrong. Your body is working just fine. It’s your lifestyle choices that are the problem…..and no amount of medications will cure your problem.
Now, please know that while genetics plays a small role, many other factors completely within your control can contribute to or even reverse heart disease.
Genetics might load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.
The way you eat, how much you exercise, how you manage stress, and your exposure to environmental toxins all contribute to things like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and of course, heart disease.
The current way Traditional Medicine/Doctors treat heart disease is misguided because they treat the risk factors, not the causes. To think we can treat heart disease by lowering cholesterol and lowering blood pressure with medication is like mopping up the floor while the sink overflows.
Instead, Functional Medicine/Doctors have been asking what causes these risk factors like high blood pressure or abnormal cholesterol in the first place?
For decades, Traditional Medicine treats these problems with medication, but studies have increasingly shown that treating these risk factors has only little benefit or none at all. Research shows changing that taking a Functional Medicine approach to your lifestyle can be a much more powerful intervention to prevent heart disease than any medication.