Are Blood Pressure Drugs Doing More Harm Than Good?

Did you know…big pharma blood pressure meds do more harm than good?

Would you take a medication with side effects including insomnia, loss of libido, and even death, if you knew it would bring you none of the promised benefits? Approximately 68 million people in the U.S. may be doing that right now.

A recent review carried out by the widely respected Cochrane Collaboration indicates that many patients with stage 1 hypertension are being over-prescribed with medications without any benefits.

Medical doctors have assumed for decades that blood pressure drugs are the best treatment option for stage 1 hypertension. However, according to the Cochrane Collaboration’s review, “no benefit was detected in the use of drugs to treat mild hypertension.” Not only that, but there is a possibility that the drugs cause “net harm,” meaning they literally do more harm than good.blood pressure drugs

Docs Prescribe Pills, Patients Risk Death

The Cochrane Collaboration reported that the blood pressure drugs doctors routinely prescribe for mild cases of high blood pressure do not reduce heart attacks…strokes…or overall deaths. Furthermore, the side effects of these ineffective pills include:

    • Sudden pain
    • Urinary tract infections
    Loss of libido
    • Asthma symptoms
    • Insomnia
    • Depression
    • Coughing
    • Rashes
    • Dizziness
    • Drowsiness
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhea

Far from reducing your risk of death, blood pressure medications may actually increase it.

One of the reviewers, David Cundiff, told the BMJ (British Medical Journal) that “the analysis should lead to dramatic changes in the way doctors treat mild hypertension, allowing patients to throw away their blood pressure pills and focus instead on far more effective as well as evidence based approaches.”

Diagnosing “Disease Creep”

“Disease creep” is a medical term for treating patients for a disease they have not yet developed. Basically, disease creep describes the growing trend of doctors prescribing patients who have risk factors for a disease, or a mild case (such as hypertension sufferers), the same drugs as those with full-blown cases.

As the Cochrane Collaboration’s review highlighted, the negative consequences of heavy-duty drugs likely outweigh the benefits for these patients. But the benefits for the big pharmaceutical companies are the same regardless of whether their treatments are effective.

As Craig Stellpflug, a cancer nutrition specialist, lifestyle coach, and neuro development consultant, put it in an article for NaturalNews,Big Pharma drugs do not make cures, they make repeat customers.”

Stop Treating Symptoms!

As I mentioned earlier, there are far more effective ways to treat high blood pressure than popping a pill. Aside from advice from their doctors, many individuals choose prescription drugs because they’re simpler.

Treating the cause, rather than the symptoms, of high blood pressure—or many other diseases—can be accomplished with simple dietary adjustments and powerful, safe natural remedies.

To borrow a phrase from Craig Stellpflug’s article, “treating symptoms is like trying to bail out your basement while the broken pipes are still running water.” He recommends ditching blood pressure drugs, and trying exercise…embracing a Mediterranean diet…cutting out gluten…and removing heavy metals as far less dangerous, and far more effective ways to lower your blood pressure.