BOOK REVIEW: Blood Pressure Down
by Janet Bond Brill, PhD
ABOUT THE BOOKS (from Amazon):
For the nearly 78 million Americans with hypertension, a safe, effective lifestyle plan—incorporating the DASH diet principles and much more—for lowering blood pressure naturally
If you have high blood pressure, you’re not alone: nearly a third of adult Americans have been diagnosed with hypertension, and another quarter are well on their way. Yet a whopping 56 percent of diagnosed patients do not have it under control. The good news? Hypertension is easily treatable (and preventable), and you can take action today to bring your blood pressure down in just four weeks—without the potential dangers and side effects of prescription medications.
In Blood Pressure Down, Janet Bond Brill distills what she’s learned over decades of helping her patients lower their blood pressure into a ten-step lifestyle plan that’s manageable for anyone. You’ll:
• harness the power of blood pressure power foods like bananas, spinach, and yogurt
• start a simple regimen of exercise and stress reduction
• stay on track with checklists, meal plans, and more than fifty simple recipes
Easy, effective, safe—and delicious—Blood Pressure Down is the encouraging resource that empowers you, or your loved ones, to lower your blood pressure and live a longer, heart-healthy life.
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I was diagnosed with high blood pressure a couple of years ago. I was only 42 years old. The first year I kind of ignored it. I didn’t take it seriously. But toward the end of that year I started to worry about what might happen if I didn’t get it under control.
At my doctor’s visit last year my blood pressure reading was 169/121! (Side note: I also have “white coat syndrome”, so my readings sky rocket when I’m in the doctor’s office). I had played around with my diet and had been exercising, but it wasn’t helping. I was prescribed medication and we monitored my pressure for 3 months and then decided to keep me on it.
After a year of being on the medication, I realized my blood pressure really wasn’t much better. This year I decided to learn more about how I might be able to get it under control naturally.
I ordered Blood Pressure Down a couple of weeks ago. On the day it arrived, my blood pressure reading was 121/91 (not too bad, but technically hypertension stage 2 because the lower number was over 90). One week later my reading was 117/78 — normal!
I went off the medication and have continued to have normal readings. It’s only been a few days, so I’m going to keep watching it closely, but I have been amazed to see my numbers so good after two years of trial and error and consistently high readings.
Dr. Janet Bond Brill explains the details in plain English with lots of studies to back up her conclusions. Her tips are easy to follow and put into practice right away.
If you have high blood pressure and you’re willing to put in the work to control it naturally, this book is definitely worth the read!