More Drugs, More Dis-Ease

It is now reported that more than 60 million Americans have hypertension/high blood pressure (HBP).  Since HBP is considered a major risk factor for heart attack or stroke, the medical community’s first response is medicating patients. Fear causes most people to accept the medications; however, there may be more to fear than strokes and heart attacks.

A new study has reported that women taking blood pressure medications called calcium-channel blockers for 10 years or more had a 2.5 times higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who never took them or who used other blood pressure treatments.  ALL blood pressure lowering drugs cause significant side effects such as heart rate disturbances, heart failure and angina.

The National Cancer Institute reports that more than 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year and more than 39,600 will die of the disease.  Do we know that these blood pressure medications are not contributing to these deaths?

HBP can improve or reverse with diet, lifestyle changes and supplements.  Ask who profits most prescribing medications as a first response. Follow the dollar.

Life is a risk. What are you willing to do to stay healthy?

Reference:
Li CI, Daling JR, Tang MT, et al. Use of Antihypertensive Medications and Breast Cancer Risk Among Women Aged 55 to 74 Years. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Aug 5. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9071.

 

 

2 Responsesto “More Drugs, More Dis-Ease”

  1. What about an alpha blocker such as Doxazozin Mesylate for a 70 year-old man with borderline hypertension and otherwise excellent health and no cardiovascular history?

    • Preservion says:

      I am not a fan of hypertensive drugs for anyone for a number of reasons not least of which is poor hypertensive guidelines. Even if blood pressure numbers lower from the use of medication, they do nothing to resolve the underlying issue. Hypertensive drugs, like most cause more side effects that often accelerate the use of more drugs. This is bad medicine. Sherry A. Rogers, M.D. writes extensively on this topic and one of her better books is entitled The High Blood Pressure Hoax. I suggest you get a copy and learn about safer ways to control hypertension.

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