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    Monday, July 18, 2016

    BLOOD PRESSURE

    Aiming for blood pressure targets lower than 140/90 mmHg is not beneficial says Cochrane Review

    Aiming for blood pressure targets lower than 140/90 mmHg is not beneficial,” concludes a 2009 review by the Cochrane Collaboration.

    “Using more drugs in the lower target groups did achieve modestly lower blood pressures, however, this strategy did not prolong survival or reduce stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure.

    “More trials are needed, but at present there is no evidence to support aiming for a blood pressure target lower than 140/90 mmHg in any hypertensive patient.”

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 3:17 pm | [0] comments

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta blockers only prevent one death per year for every 2500 people given these drugs

    People given beta blockers were:

    • 10 to 24 times more like to dropout of studies due to fatigue
    • 5 times more like to dropout of studies due to sexual dysfunction.

    Beta blockers only prevent:

    • one stroke per year out of every 1400 patients given these drugs.
    • one heart attack per year out of every 1400 patients given these drugs.
    • one death per year out of every 2500 patients given these drugs.

    This was noted in a Letter to the Editor in JAMA by cardiologist, Franz Messerli, MD who has written several papers about the ineffectiveness of beta blockers.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 7:52 am | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta-blocker users in a Diabetic Clinic weighed 19.6 lbs more than non-users

    Among a total of 214 consecutive patients attending a diabetic clinic, 30% were taking Beta-blockers to lower blood pressure according to a study from Australia.

    Those taking Beta-blockers were 19.6 pounds heaver than patients not taking a Beta-blocker.

    The average weight of the Beta-blocker users was 202 lbs versus 183 lbs. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 7:42 am | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta-blocker users in a Hypertension Clinic weighed 37.9 lbs more than Non-Users

    Among a total of 84 consecutive patients attending a hypertension clinic, 50% were taking Beta-blockers to lower blood pressure according to a study from Australia.

    Those taking Beta-blockers were 37.9 pounds heaver than patients not taking a Beta-blocker.

    The average weight of the Beta-blocker users was 197 lbs versus 159 lbs. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 7:32 am | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta blockers reduced diet-induced weekly habitual activity by 34%

    Beta-blockers, often used to lower blood pressure, reduce weekly habitual activity, as measured by the number of steps taken in a week by a pedometer, by 34% according to a study from Australia.

    The average number of steps taken in a week was 38,816 steps in the Beta-blocker group versus 58,944 steps in the control group. (The paper rounds off the calculation to approximately 30%, however, the calculation shows the difference is 34%.) Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 7:22 am | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta blockers reduced diet-induced fat oxidation rate by 32%

    Beta-blockers, often used to lower blood pressure, reduce fat oxidation rate by 32% -- how much fat is burned in a specific amount of time -- according to a study from Australia. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 7:12 am | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta blockers reduced diet-induced thermogenesis by 50%

    Beta-blockers, often used to lower blood pressure, reduce diet-induced thermogenesis by 50% according to a study from Australia. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 7:02 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    FLAXSEED & HYPERTENSION

    3 Tablespoons of ground flaxseed per day lowers blood pressure 15 mmHg systolic, 7 mmHg diastolic

    Thirty (30) grams of milled flaxseed per day, the amount found in 3 Tablespoons of flaxseed, lowered systolic blood pressure by 15 mmHg, from an average of 158 mmHg to 143 mmHg, and lowered diastolic blood pressure by 7 mmHg, from an average of 82 mmHg to 75 mmHg, compared to placebo over six (6) months according to a recent study.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 12:51 pm | [0] comments

    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    RISK & THE ‘POLYPILL’

    How Risky Is A Risk? By Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

    I have only just recovered from the idea that everyone in the whole world over the age of fifty-five should spend the rest of their lives on six different medications, all stuck together in one great big pill. You may have seen the non-story about the non-existent polypill peddled in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). I was stimulated to look again at the concept of risk.

    (This article was written by Malcolm Kendrick, MD, author of the wonderful, eye-opening, paradigm-shifting book The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It .)
    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, May 13, 2010 12:18 pm | [0] comments

    Friday, March 05, 2010

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Another Stupid Commercially Overhyped Trial – Before Prescribing Look Again By Dr. Malcolm Ken

    I have been aware of the ASCOT study [Anglo Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial] for some time. In fact, it seems to have been spewing out results for the past 500 years or so. Maybe not quite that long but, boy, it sometimes seems like it.

    (This article was written by Malcolm Kendrick, MD, author of the wonderful, eye-opening, paradigm-shifting book The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It .) Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Mar 05, 2010 7:27 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    RICHARD MOORE, MD, PHD

    Richard Moore, MD, PhD; Diabetes problems are NOT caused by high blood sugar

    "[H]igh blood glucose in diabetes is NOT the cause of the pathology," wrote Richard Moore, MD, PhD, professor and research scientist, and author of the book "The High Blood Pressure Solution".

    In other words, health problems associated with diabetes are NOT caused by high blood sugar. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 2:09 pm | [0] comments

    RICHARD MOORE, MD, PHD

    Richard Moore, MD, PhD; Diuretics reduce blood pressure by excreting sodium

    “[T]hiazide diuretics lower blood pressure because they get sodium out of the body (through the kidneys)," notes wrote Richard Moore, MD, PhD, professor and research scientist, and author of the book "The High Blood Pressure Solution". Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 11:59 am | [0] comments

    RICHARD MOORE, MD, PHD

    Richard Moore, MD, PhD; 3 newer blood pressure drugs had worse health outcome than diuretics

    "[A blood pressure study called the ALLHAT study found that three newer blood pressure drugs] had far worse health outcomes than the original, cheap thiazide diuretics," wrote Richard Moore, MD, PhD, professor and research scientist, and author of the book "The High Blood Pressure Solution".

    "As one author of the paper wrote, 'We cant say whether the diuretics were better than -- or not as bad as -- the other groups of drugs."

    "Since it is well established that thiazide diuretics often cause diabetes, it well may be the later." Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 11:23 am | [0] comments

    Monday, September 21, 2009

    RICHARD MOORE, MD, PHD

    Richard Moore, MD, PhD: There is no evidence that blood pressure drugs reduce the risk of death

    “In my book, 'The High Blood Pressure Solution', you will find that [there] is no evidence that antihypertensive drugs save lives,” wrote Richard Moore, MD, PhD, professor and research scientist,

    "[In fact,] the very best study ever done of drug treatment of 17,000 hypertensives over a five year period found 'no overall reduction in death rate' in those treated with drugs." Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 2:55 pm | [0] comments

    RICHARD MOORE, MD, PHD

    Richard Moore, MD, PhD: Drugs are not the answer to hypertension

    In 1986, professor and research scientist, Richard Moore, MD, PhD, showed in his book "The K Factor: Reversing and Preventing High Blood Pressure Without Drugs", that 95% of the cases of hypertension are due to a low ratio of potassium to sodium in the American diet.

    “We did not emphasize it, but since you can't repair a dietary deficiency with a synthetic chemical [a drug] this clearly indicated that drugs are not the answer for hypertension," Dr. Moore noted.

    Dr. Moore also notes that back in the 1980's, the largest blood pressure drug study to-date at that time, which included "17,000 people over a 5-year period, demonstrated that lowering blood pressure with drugs had zero effect on over-all mortality!" Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 12:54 pm | [0] comments

    Monday, August 31, 2009

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking a diuretic plus a beta blocker were 21% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

    Women taking a diuretic plus a beta blocker were 21% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 15 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (134 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.


    To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure drugs were 18% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a diuretic plus a beta blocker.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 12:32 pm | [0] comments

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking a diuretic pus an ACE Inhibitor were 12% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

    Women taking a diuretic plus an ACE inhibitor were 12% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 16 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (133 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.


    To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure drugs were 11% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a diuretic plus an ACE inhibitor.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 7:32 am | [0] comments

    Friday, August 14, 2009

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking a diuretic + calcium channel blocker 136% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

    Women taking a diuretic plus a calcium channel blocker were 2.4 times MORE likely (136% more likely) to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 11 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (138 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.


    To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure medicines were 58% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a diuretic plus a calcium channel blocker.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 10:43 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, August 12, 2009

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women on calcium channel blockers were 74% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

    Women taking a calcium channel blocker were 74% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure drugs even though the average systolic pressure was 10 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (139 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.


    To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure medicines were 43% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during the 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a calcium channel blocker.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 8:26 am | [0] comments

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking an ACE Inhibitor 4% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease than women on NO drugs

    Women taking an ACE Inhibitor were 4% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease during the 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 12 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (137 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.

    To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure medicines were 4% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during the 5.9 year follow-up than women taking an ACE Inhibitor. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 7:10 am | [0] comments

    Saturday, August 08, 2009

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking a diuretic were 9% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease than with no drugs

    Women, 50- to 79-years-old with high blood pressure and no history of cardiovascular disease, who were taking a diuretic to lower their blood pressure were 9% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women of the same age who also had hypertension but were taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 13 points LOWER in the drug group than the NO drug group (136 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.


    Let me say this the other way.


    Older women with hypertension who were NOT taking blood pressure drugs were 8% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women of the same age who were taking a diuretic even though the average systolic pressure of the women taking NO blood pressure medicines was 13 points HIGHER than those taking a diuretic (149 mm Hg vs 136 mm Hg).

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Aug 08, 2009 11:11 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, August 05, 2009

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking a beta blocker were 15% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease than with no drugs

    Women taking a beta blocker were 15% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease during the 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines according to a 2004 study.

    The average systolic pressure was 11 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (136 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg).

    To say this the other way, women taking women taking NO blood pressure medicines were 17% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease during the 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a beta blocker.

    (YouTube videos are limited to 10 minutes, so I had to split the video into 2 parts.) Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 05, 2009 5:19 pm | [0] comments

    Monday, June 22, 2009

    UCLA’s Sid Port #1: The belief that lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of death is WRONG

    The belief that "the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of death, and the lower your blood pressure, the lower the risk of death" is WRONG.

    This according to a brilliant paper from UCLA statistician, Sid Port, PhD. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 2:03 pm | [0] comments

    UCLA’s Sid Port #1: The belief that lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of death is WRONG

    The belief that "the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of death, and the lower your blood pressure, the lower the risk of death" is WRONG.

    This according to a brilliant paper from UCLA statistician, Sid Port, PhD. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 2:03 pm | [0] comments

    UCLA’s Sid Port #1: The belief that lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of death is WRONG

    The belief that "the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of death, and the lower your blood pressure, the lower the risk of death" is WRONG.

    This according to a brilliant paper from UCLA statistician, Sid Port, PhD. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 2:03 pm | [0] comments

    UCLA’s Sid Port #1: The belief that lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of death is WRONG

    The belief that "the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of death, and the lower your blood pressure, the lower the risk of death" is WRONG.

    This according to a brilliant paper from UCLA statistician, Sid Port, PhD. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 2:03 pm | [0] comments

    Saturday, June 20, 2009

    LOSARTAN

    Editorial on blood pressure drug Cozaar (losartan) is deceptive and disturbing notes Franz Messeri

    [A statement made in a editorial about the blood pressure drug Cozaar (losartan)] is "disturbing." …

    "The authors seemingly want us to believe… [this] deceptive statement."

    -- Franz Messerli, MD, European Heart Journal, 2003. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Jun 20, 2009 11:57 am | [0] comments

    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    ANGIOTENSIN II RECEPTOR BLOCKER

    Cozaar (losartan) reduces strokes by 40%, but does NOT reduce heart attacks

    The blood pressure medicine “... Cozaar [losartan]... [reduced strokes by 40%, but] did NOT reduce [heart attacks]....”


    Between Cozaar and the beta blocker atenolol, Cozaar, some might argue, is only the lesser of two evils.

    — Franz Messerli, MD, European Heart Journal, 2003. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 1:39 pm | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta blockers increase the risk of weight gain and diabetes

    “... beta blocker therapy has been shown to cause... weight gain... and to significantly increase the risk of developing diabetes.”

    — Franz Messerli, MD, European Heart Journal, 2003. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 11:21 am | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta blockers do NOT reduce heart attacks or death in people over 60

    “... [In] patients over the age of 60, beta blockers did NOT reduce [heart attacks], cardiovascular mortality or [the total risk of death].”
    — Franz Messerli, MD, European Heart Journal, 2003. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 10:58 am | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Strokes were 2-4 times more common with beta blockers than a diuretic

    ... [T]he risk of strokes was between two and four times higher in middle-aged patients on [the beta blocker] atenolol compared to [a diuretic].

    — Franz Messerli, MD, European Heart Journal, 2003. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 9:35 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta blockers increase the risk of suicide by 60%

    Blood pressure medicine called beta blockers increase the risk of suicide by 60 percent as noted in a Letter to the Editor published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jun 16, 2009 2:11 pm | [0] comments


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  • Richard Moore, MD, PhD: There is no evidence that blood pressure drugs reduce the risk of death

  • Richard Moore, MD, PhD: Drugs are not the answer to hypertension

  • Women taking a diuretic plus a beta blocker were 21% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

  • Women taking a diuretic pus an ACE Inhibitor were 12% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

  • Women taking a diuretic + calcium channel blocker 136% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

  • Women on calcium channel blockers were 74% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

  • Women taking an ACE Inhibitor 4% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease than women on NO drugs

  • Women taking a diuretic were 9% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease than with no drugs

  • Women taking a beta blocker were 15% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease than with no drugs

  • UCLA’s Sid Port #1: The belief that lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of death is WRONG

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  • UCLA’s Sid Port #1: The belief that lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of death is WRONG

  • UCLA’s Sid Port #1: The belief that lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of death is WRONG

  • Editorial on blood pressure drug Cozaar (losartan) is deceptive and disturbing notes Franz Messeri

  • Cozaar (losartan) reduces strokes by 40%, but does NOT reduce heart attacks

  • Beta blockers increase the risk of weight gain and diabetes

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