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  • Beta blockers increase the risk of suicide by 60%

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    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 2:11 pm Email this article
    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.

    Beta blockers appear to increase the risk of suicide by 60%.

    Beta blockers include drug like atenolol (Tenormin) and propranolol (Inderal).

    I believe that potassium bicarbonate is vastly superior to beta blockers and the other blood pressure medicines 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 (taken last night).

    WARNING: Only take potassium under a doctor’s supervision.
    Too much potassium can kill you.

    The research suggests to me that potassium bicarbonate is superior to potassium chloride, which is usually the form that is suggested.

    Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, who have been studying potassium bicarbonate for well over 10 years, have found that it reduces muscle loss, reduces bone loss, and increases growth hormone.

    They also note the adverse effects of too much chloride.

    The paper that convinced me to start taking potassium was a paper which found that roughly 2000 mg of potassium per day, in the form of potassium chloride, reduced blood pressure in a group of elderly people from an average of 160/89 mm Hg to 145/81 mm Hg.

    In other words, potassium reduce systolic pressure by 15 point and diastolic pressure by 8 points.

    For anyone needing to lower their blood pressure…

    Why not try potassium (bicarbonate) first?


    Terao T. Beta-blocker therapy and depression. JAMA. 2002 Oct 16, 288(15):1845; author reply 1846.

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