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UCLA’s Sid Port #1: The belief that lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of death is WRONG
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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.
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This FALSE belief goes back to 1968 when the Framingham study was published.
My impression is that this belief about blood pressure is thought to be one of the “sacred truths” in medicine.
But this belief is WRONG.
The current cutoff for hypertension for systolic blood pressure, that is the upper number, is 140 mm Hg for everybody Port notes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Society of Hypertension has proposed that normal blood pressure should be lower than 130 mm Hg, and ideally below 120 mm Hg.
This is based on the assumption that the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of death, and the lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of death.
But this assumption is WRONG.
This assumption originally came from the Framingham study that was published in 1968 and has been believed ever since.
However, the Framingham study used the WRONG statistical model which led to this FALSE belief.
UCLA statistician Sid Port re-ran the statistics on the data from the original Framingham study.
When he did, he found that they used the wrong statistical model leading to this FALSE belief.
The original Framingham data DOES NOT support the belief that “lower [systolic] pressures imply lower risk”…
Port also found that…
Port also found that the original Framingham data also does NOT support the belief that “140 mm Hg is a useful cut-off for hypertension all adults.”
In other words, this belief is WRONG.
Here we are in June 2009, and, as far as I know, nothing has been done to correct this false belief.
It would be very simple to prove or disprove what Sid Port discovered.
All you’d need to do is give the same data to several statisticians around the world and let them analyze the data independently.
This would prove or disprove what Sid Port is saying.
But, as far as I know, this has NOT been done.
Many people are being frightening into believing the have hypertension, and that they must take a drug to lower their blood pressure.
Several older people have told me…
… “I’m taking this blood pressure medicine which makes me feel lousy…”
“… but I know that I have to take it if I don’t want to die.”
But for a majority of people who have been told that they have hypertension, this is NOT true.
For most people with moderately elevated blood pressure, they are at NO GREATER RISK OF DEATH.
I believe the reason that this false belief continues to be perpetuated is because drug companies don’t want doctors and patients to know the truth because it would dramatically lower sales of blood pressure medicines.
The drug companies perpetuate this false belie in order to scare you into thinking you’d better take their drugs or else you will die.
It also the case that many researchers have been paid by the drug companies, which influences what they say.
This is most unfortunate, but true.
I will post other highlights from this brilliant paper.
I believe that potassium bicarbonate is vastly superior to all prescription blood pressure medicine for improving health.
I’ve been taking 1000 mg of potassium twice a day (2000 mg per day) in the form of potassium bicarbonate since 2000.
My blood pressure dropped from roughly 140/80 mm Hg to 124/73 mm Hg.
(A picture of my blood pressure reading is shown in the video posted in YouTube.
WARNING: Only take potassium under a doctor’s supervision. Too much potassium can kill you.
So my question is for anyone trying to lower their blood pressure…
Why not try potassium (bicarbonate) first?
Port S, Demer L, Jennrich R, Walter D, Garfinkel A. Systolic blood pressure and mortality. Lancet. 2000 Jan 15, 355(9199):175-80.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Sidney Port, PhD
Department of Mathematics
University of California, Los Angeles 90025, USA
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