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Your first video is down below on this page, but let me take a quick moment to introduce myself.
First, a quick little bit of background on how this site got started.
In the summer of 2006 I went in for a normal check-up.
After my blood pressure test, the doctor said “You have high blood pressure,” and wrote me a prescription for a blood pressure drug.
This “diagnosis” was based on: One blood pressure check.
He made zero suggestions about what natural ways there might be to get my blood pressure down.
For him, writing that prescription seemed like a natural reflex:
High Blood Pressure? Here are your pills.
I remember sitting there in the pharmacy parking lot thinking:
“There has GOT to be a better way than taking pills for the rest of my life -
I wonder if there are any natural ways to control this?”
I went home and started reading every bit of information I could find on natural blood pressure control.
I quickly discovered that there are countless natural ways to control blood pressure without drugs – BUT I could not find any single location anywhere that had all the information in one place.
The rest, as they say, is history. Since starting this site in 2008, I’ve helped over 250,000 people reduce or eliminate their “need” for blood pressure drugs.
Best of all, these people now get to enjoy TRUE HEALTH.
They aren’t just covering up symptoms with pills, they’ve been able to get to the real cause of their high blood pressure and CURE it.
I created this information-packed website to bring you all of the clinical research about natural ways to control your blood pressure.
My goal here is to give you a “buffet table” of information. You get a huge selection of ideas and pick and choose what’s right for you.
Because of the sheer volume of information in this site, I’ve divided it all into smaller topics that you’ll get in your email inbox.
IMPORTANT: This site is about ways to not need pills, BUT because some of the subject lines in my emails are about drug related topics, many spam filters will block my information from getting to you unless you “white list” our emails. Please take a moment to check your spam filter if you aren’t getting my emails or you’ll miss a lot of great info.
When you’re done with these videos, chances are you’ll know more about blood pressure than your doctor.
I don’t want to sound overly harsh, but the truth I’ve discovered is that most doctors are experts at writing prescriptions and not very skilled at finding real solutions.
This site is about helping you find real solutions and true cures.
WHY am I doing this? Knowledge is power. I want to empower you.
It’s my personal life mission to spread the word about natural, clinically-proven health care.
I personally guarantee that you will learn SOMETHING in every one of these videos that will change your life for the better.
It’s my sincerest hope that you will live a longer, happier life from something you learn here.
Very best wishes,
Let’s get started! Here’s your first video:
“12 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally Without Drugs”
So there you have it, a simple checklist of quick ways to get off of blood pressure drugs.
Interesting that you’ll seldom hear a doctor mention any of these things, isn’t it?
Surely you’ll never hear the drug companies talk about these things, that’d be very bad for business, and business is VERY good these days.
Just like a fever when you have a cold,
high blood pressure is a symptom of a deeper issue:
Your body is trying to tell you something.
Imagine this scenario:
The fire alarm in your house goes off in the middle of the night.
You have two choices:
Option 1) Immediately get out of bed and see what’s wrong.
Option 2) Shut off the fire alarm and just go back to bed.
Surely you would choose Option One: Let’s find out WHY the alarm went off.
Think of high blood pressure as an alarm. Taking a pill to “control” it without
knowing the real reason of WHY you have it is just like yanking the alarm out
of the wall and going back to bed.
Yes, you can take a pill and help control high blood pressure and think everything is OK.
BUT the deeper issue – the REAL CAUSE of the high blood pressure is still there, wreaking havoc on your health.
High blood pressure is an S.O.S. – an Emergency Signal from your body that you need to take a closer look at your entire health picture.
As just one example, if you are overweight and have high blood pressure, thinking that pills will make everything OK is playing a deadly game of peek-a-boo with your health.
If your “health” requires a pile of pills, this is the ILLUSION of health, not TRUE health.
Healthy bodies don’t need pills, end of story.
It’s time to listen to what your body is trying to tell you and take action, not look the other way.
Your body isn’t asking for pills, it’s asking you to please fix the real problem.
The video you just watched is a great starter for helping you find out the “why?”
- next we will talk about what you can do about it…
Watch your inbox for more information-packed videos coming soon.
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Experts share tips to help ward off age-related memory loss.
I read a great article today and I wanted to share it with you. If your like me and getting older by the day,I have noticed that my memory is not what it used to be now I am looking for ways to help my brain and my memory.
Baby boomers have long been spending millions to save their sagging skin, fix their crow’s feet, and plump their lips. Now, however, boomers are turning to brain boosters to fight an invisible effect of aging: memory loss.
While body parts sag and wrinkle, the brain actually shrinks with age, neural connections slow down, and fewer nerve cells are created, experts explain.
The process begins as early as your 30s and affects tens of millions of Americans, leaving them not only frustrated but also causing a loss of self-confidence, social impairment, and loss of enjoyment of life that can sometimes lead to self-neglect and serious health issues.
To thwart age-related memory loss, many people have turned to brain exercises and brain games such as chess, crossword puzzles, reading aloud, brushing teeth, and computer games like MindFit and Posit Science that promise mental sharpness if you practice enough.
But do those activities really work?
To find out, WebMD turned to several experts who study the effect of aging on the brain. They say there are steps we can take to keep our brains younger. Here’s what you can do:
Brain Booster No.1: Exercise
Exercising is one of the most frequently cited activities to improve age-related memory.
And it helps if the exercise is aerobic, Wagster says. Studies have shown that older people who exercise — and we’re talking fairly easy exercise of moderate walking a few times a week — outperformed couch potatoes after six months.
Experts do not fully understand why exercise helps boost brainpower, but it could be for several reasons. First, exercise diminishes stress, a key drain of brain energy, and it also helps overall health. It also helps people sleep better, which improves memory and keeps the blood flowing to all parts of your body.
“In general, what’s good for the heart is good for the brain,” says Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Center for Aging and author of iBrain, which examines, among other things the effect of the Internet on our brains.
Brain Booster No. 2: Eating a Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables
Experts stress that people must pay attention to their diets and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, five to seven servings daily ranging from leafy greens to blueberries to tomatoes to sweet potatoes. While there is no one “brain food,” antioxidants — which are often found in fruits and vegetables — help to curb free-radical damage to cells.
“Our brain kind of gets rusty with age,” explains Small.
Also, experts say there’s no magic brain vitamin or supplement that will protect against memory loss. P. Murali Doraiswamy, MD, chief of biological psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and author of The Alzheimer’s Action Plan, says that B vitamins may help, as could the spice turmeric, but that studies are inconclusive.
Brain Booster No. 3: Mental
To keep your brain sharp, many experts say, you need to challenge it regularly.
“It’s just like it is with muscles,” says Randolph Schiffer, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
There is some evidence that mental gymnastics can help preserve memory, but some of the promises of computer games outstrip the reality of the benefits, researchers say.
“Nothing has met the gold standard,” explains Doraiswamy. “If they had, they’d all be sold as prescription drugs.”
Still, the games can’t hurt, says Brenda Plassman, PhD, a professor in the department of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and the principal investigator of the Aging, Demographics and Memory Study. Plassman says she would simply caution older people not to spend money on something that hasn’t been proved to work to help age-related memory loss.
“I would encourage people to look at various options for free,” says Plassman.
Brain Booster No. 4: Sleep
Healthyare crucial for cognitive performance, especially memory, the experts say. That means at least seven hours of sleep each night.
Sleep is essential to lower levels of stress hormones, to relax and refresh your entire body, and to literally turn off your brain. “There are parts of sleep where memory gets archived,” says Doraiswamy.
While it may be tempting to take over-the-counter — or even prescription — sleeping medications, be aware that many may impair memory. Check with your doctor about side effects of sleep medications, as well as all drugs.
Also, limit your intake of alcohol if you experience sleeping problems, as it can disrupt sleeping patterns.
Brain Booster No. 5: Red Wine
Some studies indicate that red wine is good for the heart and thus the brain, the experts say. Not all the reasons are understood, but many researchers believe red wine may be good for you because it contains the antioxidant resveratrol.
There is a possibility, however, that the benefits associated with red wine could come from other factors, such as the social aspect of wine drinking or income level associated with those who drink wine.
A 2007 study of elderly Italians showed that drinking alcohol in moderation may slow the progression to dementia in elderly people who already have mild mental declines. Defined in the study as less than one drink a day, low to moderate drinking was associated with a significantly slower progression to dementia among people with mild age-related cognitive declines, compared with nondrinkers.
Brain Booster No. 6: No More Multitasking
One of the biggest causes of failing to remember something, explains Small, is that “people aren’t paying attention.”
“As our brain ages, it’s more difficult to do several things at once,” says Plassman.
Multitasking thus becomes an impediment to remembering names, a recipe, or something you just read. That’s because the brain first has to encode information before it can retrieve the information as memory. Unless the brain is paying attention and taking in the information it will later need, the brain cannot encode the information.
Brain Booster No 7: Learning New Memory Tricks
Small, who also authored the best-selling book The Memory Bible, says he teaches a technique called “look, snap, connect” in which participants are taught how to focus on someone or something and make a connection that will help them remember.
“These kinds of techniques can be learned very quickly,” Small adds.
Long-practiced strategies such as linking a person’s name to something else or another person are also helpful, or using sound associations, says Plassman. Check your local library, senior center, or hospital to see whether free classes might be offered.
While age-related memory loss is typically minor, be on the lookout for more serious memory loss in yourself or a loved one. “Forgetting where you parked your car is one thing,” says Doraiswamy. “Forgetting that you have a car is another.”
If memory loss is making an impact in your everyday life or getting worse, consult with a doctor.
Also, try to laugh a little about the age-related memory loss while doing what you can to curb it. While the loss is real, it’s not as if you are losing control of your brain. The loss is relatively subtle, and in most cases, your brain still works like the incredible organ that it is.
“For many people, if you have a relatively good memory, forget about it,” says Doraiswamy. “Shooting for the impossible (the memory we enjoyed in youth, for example) only induces stress.”
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Safe Pest Control Tips
Pest control must be done with utmost consideration to safety; safety in terms of the plants, animals and humans. This holds especially true for those with vegetable and organic gardens.
The main purpose of growing vegetables organically will be defeated if they become tainted with pest control chemicals.
Here are a few long-term maintenance tips to make pest control less damaging and more environmentally friendly.
1. Use the physical pest control process.
This may be accomplished through picking grubs off by hand, creating barriers and traps and plugging holes. Snails can be found hiding in damp places under rocks and towrds the base of those plants with straplike foliage.
2. Apply biological pest control.
Encourage predatory insects such as green lacewings and dragonflies to feed on aphids and other pests that attack your plants. You can do this by placing a shallow bowl of water in the garden. Dragonflies especially will hover around water. Bacterial insecticides such as B. thuringiensis could also be used against caterpillars.
3. Only as a last resort should we turn to chemical pest control.
Organic pest control methods can be successful and the ingredients for many of the recipes can be found in the kitchen cupboards. If chemical sprays are really necessary, try and find the least-toxic. These include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, dehydrating dusts, etc.
4. Consider the use of safer pest control substitutes.
Recipes for alternative pest control include the following:
Against Green Aphids and Mites – Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid soap and a cup of vegetable oil. Dilute a teaspoon of this solution in a cup of water and spray on aphids and mites.
Against Cockroaches – Dusts of boric acid can be applied to cracks or entry points of these insects. Bay leaves on pantry shelves could also help in warding off these critters.
Make sure that the chemicals you use are made specifically for the insects you are targeting.