High blood pressure / Hypertension
Untreated high blood pressure, or hypertension, wreaks havoc on the body, leading to heart disease and stroke. New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham published in the journal Stroke shows that, although HBP(high blood pressure) medications are beneficial, it is as risky to wait for the condition to develop and then treat it to a controlled level.
A cohort of 26,785 black and white participants ages 45-plus from the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study were followed for 6.3 years by a research team led by George Howard, Dr.P.H., a professor in the Department of Biostatistics in the UAB School of Public Health. At baseline, 12,327 participants were successfully treated hypertensives, meaning their HBP treatment had their systolic blood pressure < 140 mm HG, the goal level set by the American Heart Association, and 4,090 unsuccessfully treated hypertensives.
At the conclusion of the follow-up period, more than 820 participants had experienced a stroke.
The harder hypertension is to control, the higher the risk for stroke, even if the treatment is successful. Howard says the risk of stroke went up 33 percent with each blood pressure medicine required to treat blood pressure to goal. Compared to people with systolic blood pressure below 120 mmHg without treatment, hypertensive individuals on three or more blood pressure medications had a stroke risk of 2.5 times higher.
"You're in as much trouble by the time you are on three medications that achieve excellent control as you are when you have hypertension and it is untreated, which is amazing," Howard said. "We want to raise the issue that, despite great advances in a pharmaceutical approach, relying solely on this approach is going to come at a dear price of people's lives."
The way to curb the problem, Howard says, is to prevent hypertension in the first place. There are a number of proven approaches to prevent or greatly delay the development of hypertension including: 1) taking part in moderate physical activity, 2) keeping weight in normal rages, 3) reducing salt intake, and 4) eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and reduced in saturated and total fat.
"It's everything we know we should be doing," Howard said. "And over the past 14 years, stroke deaths are down 42 percent, likely because of this general shift of everybody in the population working toward having lower blood pressures."
Howard suggests that some future efforts to prevent the development of hypertension will have to be made through policy changes, such as targeting reductions in sodium levels; however, he says other changes such as increasing activity and limiting body weight require individual commitment.
"We need to keep the pressure to keep good things happening from a policy standpoint," Howard said. "Also, as individuals, we need to take the right actions for our health. Individuals and society need to work together to keep people from becoming hypertensive."
Study co-authors include Virginia J. Howard, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Paul Muntner, Ph.D., professor and vice chair in the Department of Epidemiology, and Suzanne Oparil, M.D., professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease.
After rejecting alternative medicine
CHOP gives acupuncture a shot
June 28, 2016
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will offer acupuncture to all of its patients beginning in July 2016, joining a growing number of pediatric medical centers providing alternative therapies. The hospital plans to add other unconventional options, including therapeutic massage and aromatherapy, in the next year, said Maria R. Mascarenhas, medical director of the new Integrative Health Program.
Acupuncture will be used to augment conventional treatments for pain and nausea. And with rates of opioid addiction and overdose fatalities at record levels nationally, Mascarenhas said the hospital was seeking to reduce the use of strong narcotics. In the past, alternative options were not welcome at Children's Hospital. The institution removed most dietary supplements from its list of approved medications in 2013 because it could not guarantee their safety and effectiveness.
There is evidence that acupuncture works - specifically for pain. A 2012 analysis of dozens of randomized controlled trials concluded it effectively relieves some types of chronic pain. "We don't fully understand how it works," said Mascarenhas, "but it's therapy that lets the body naturally reduce pain and improve functioning."
Seattle Children's Hospital, which began offering acupuncture in early 2014, is providing guidance as Children's Hospital of Philadelphia develops its Integrative Health Program. "We're taking the time to build this the right way," said Kevin Gross, administrative director of the program here.
Breast Lumps/Cancer ~ Traditional Chinese Medicine vs. Western Medicine
Western medicine believes that breast lumps/cancer are caused by hormonal influences, and that diet may play a part. A woman who discovers a lump in her breast is encouraged to undergo an X-ray of the breast (mammogram). Women who have had a family history of breast cancer and those over age 40 are encouraged to participate in these routine screenings.
When there is a possibility that the lump may be a tumor, a biopsy is carried out in which all or part of the lump is removed with a hollow needle and examined under a microscope. If cancer is discovered, blood tests, x-rays, and scanning will be ordered to determine if the disease has spread to other areas of the body.
Treatments available are hormonal therapy, and / or surgery, often in combination with radiation and chemical toxic therapy (chemotherapy). Fluid may be withdrawn from the breast, x-rays or mammograms may be ordered, and lumps may be biopsied. When surgery is recommended, anesthesia precedes the operation. Surgical treatments range from a lumpectomy, in which only a breast lump is removed, to the removal of the entire breast (mastectomy).
Unfortunately, these procedures often have adverse side effects worse than the original disease itself. Worse yet, after all of this, many patients find out later that these procedures have: Failed to eliminate all the cancer cells in the body, and caused the cancer cells to mutate and spread to other areas, or return later.
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that women's menstruation is derived from the woman's own milk, if not during breast-feeding, the milk will be under the impetus of the heart to promote the transfer to the small intestine, and due to the intense heat of the small intestine, the breast milk nutrients from white to red this is the menstrual blood.
How to prove woman's menstruation is from her milk? Very simple, first: Some women in order to no longer pregnant, did a ligation, no longer ovulation, but the menstrual period is normal, which means that menstruation is menstruation, the ovulation is the ovulation.
Second, there is no menstrual period during the mother's lactation. However, countless women are still pregnant during breastfeeding. This also means that menstruation is menstruation, the ovulation is the ovulation. According to the clinical observation, it is interesting to find that if milk can not flow down from the breast to the womb, causing countercurrent reflux phenomenon, some women's menstruation will flow out of the nose and mouth, or back to the heart, has become the so-called lupus erythematosus, and some counter-inflow Lung, which is the origin of lung cancer, some reverse bone marrow, which is the origin of blood cancer. If there is excess milk is not clear, stored in the breast, which is the source of breast cancer.
Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes that the flow of milk nutrients to the ovary and uterus is essential to avoid disease. If the breast milk reverts, the milk nutrients will accumulate in another organ and may cause cancer. Some of the cancers include: Lupus, breast cancer, Liver cancer, Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Lung cancer.
Traditional Chinese Medicine discourages using mammograms or biopsies as diagnostic methods of detecting cancer. Mammograms and biopsies damage blood vessels in the breast and cause leakage of blood into surrounding areas and can cause cysts to develop. When a possible cancerous tumor is biopsied, the cancer will spread. Controlling the emotions is imperative to help prevent further health problems.
Traditional Chinese Medicine offers treatments that are safe, effective, and have no adverse health side effects. Acupuncture and Herbal medicine is used to change the environment in the body so the cancer cells cannot survive. Herbs in conjunction with acupuncture offers the best treatment by stimulating the body to eliminate the disease or cancer cells, regardless of where they are in the body.
SARS/Flu - Traditional Chinese Medicine
SARS, this is considered a viral infection infecting the lungs and respiratory system. The symptoms include running a fever of more than 40 C with severe chills without sweating, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Patients weaken quickly and unless their immune system is very strong, death can occur. There is no vaccine or cure for SARS from the Western Medical Community at this time.
However this is not the case from the Traditional Chinese Medical viewpoint. More than 2000 years ago documentation of similar types of symptoms were recorded by various Herbal masters, the most noted being Dr Chang Chung-Ching in his treatise on Febrile diseases arising from Cold invasion called the Shan Han Lun(Book).
Even though people at that time did not know about viruses then knew about viral produced illness. More important, Dr Chang Chung-Ching described the symptoms attributed to SARS and the herbal formula to help the body eliminate the pathogen and treat the symptoms.
The following Chinese Herbal medicine formula "Da Qing Long Tang" (Major Blue Dragon Combination) was formulated by Master Chang Chung-Ching to treat the same type of
symptoms that are currently being attributed to SARS.
The typical symptoms that would indicate prescription of Da Qing Long Tang (Major Blue Dragon Combination) are Exterior cold symptoms of chills with no sweating and high fever, body aches, irritability, and Interior heat signs such as thirst or yellow sputum.
The following herbs are the basic formula first described by Dr Chang Chung-Ching:
Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae)
Xing Ren (Apricot Seed)
Gui Zhi (Cinnamon)
Zhi Gan Cao (Baked Licorice)
Shi Gao (Gypsum)
Sheng Jiang (Ginger)
Da Zao (Red Dates)
Properly prepared, this formula has no side effects and is very effective in reducing the symptoms associated with External Wind Cold and Interior Heat, symptoms that describe SARS. This is the basic formula that should be available from herbal pharmacies specializing in Chinese Herbs. It is always better to actually see a Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner so that accurate diagnosing and prescribing can be done.
The basic formula can be modified as needed for specific patient complaints ensuring a more complete recovery. Ma Huang(Herba Ephedrae) is an important herbal component of this ancient formula. As mentioned above, if this formula is properly prepared for the appropriate symptoms, there are no side effects.
Ma Huang(Herba Ephedrae) is properly used in Chinese Medical formulas to open pores and produce sweat and to decrease wheezing. Please remember that the goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine is to always treat the symptoms by eliminating the cause of the symptoms, not by controlling the symptoms or suppressing them.
Whenever patients are seen with Externally caused symptoms (Flu) our goal is to help the body eliminate the pathogen involved. Only by following the Traditional diagnosing methods and prescribing formulas that match these symptoms can pathogens be eliminated, thereby allowing the body to return to balance and good health.
SARS can be successful treated by Chinese medicine without side effects. We don't need to die because SARS.
Western Medicine believes that the cause of uterus cancer is due to an excess of estrogen hormones. Diagnosis is made by examining a sample of the uterine lining from a biopsy or scraping of the lining of the uterus. Presently, western medicine must wait until cysts or tumors have formed in the uterus or ovaries before treatment can begin.
Treatment with Western Medicine includes using surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to eliminate the cancer. These therapies unfortunately cause detrimental side effects, and in some cases, death results. With the treatments available with Western medicine, the damage done in many instances is worse than the disease itself. Western Medicine believes Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is caused by an imbalance of hormone levels which occur during the menstrual cycle, or from nutritional deficiencies.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that uterus cancer is caused primarily from the flu, or from damage to the heart and/or small intestine. When a flu is contracted during the period, it disrupts the flow of the menstrual cycle with it’s hot or cold temperature. As a result, residual blood nutrients deposit in the uterus which sets the stage for cancer to develop.
Traditional Chinese Medicine does not advocate the use of antibiotics because of the damage it causes to the heart. Pain killer drugs are also to be avoided because they will damage the small intestine. When chemical drugs deposit in the liver, a decreased blood supply to the uterus results. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that when the body’s water and blood circulation are functioning properly, no deposits of old nutrients can occur.
Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine includes using acupuncture and herbs to help the blood flow, to dissolve old residual nutrients, and to increase the heat in the heart and small intestine. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes females in good health should not experience PMS. PMS is actually an early warning alarm of residual blood nutrients depositing in the uterus.