Dr. Bob is mentioned many times on this web site.  He was a MD internal medicine, orthomolecular doctor, MD psychiatrist, chiropractor, and healer 65 years.  He was a diabetic who lived to 108 years with only 1 side effect 2 years before he passed away.

The following are mainly nutritional ideas that Dr. Bob advised may help decrease high blood pressure.

1.      Dr. Bob advised garlic pills.  Dr. Bob said garlic has a history of being used as an aid in high blood pressure.  Garlic supplements in pill form may be better due to the fact that fresh garlic consumed through food consumption may lead to a breath problem.

2.      Dr. Bob advised cinnamon tea to relax the muscles.  When you relax this can lead to lower blood pressure.  He said try and drink cinnamon tea 2 or 3 times a day.

3.      Dr. Bob recommended for women to check estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels if you are over the age of 35 years, have used or are using the oral contraceptive pill, or have had a hysterectomy.  Improperly balanced hormones can create stress in the body that can result in higher blood pressure.

4.      Dr Bob advised pancreatic enzymes and said it was valuable to some.  Pancreatic enzymes have the ability to decrease intracellular levels of calcium, thus reducing calcium inside cells.  This can help restore the balance of calcium inside and outside the cells.  Calcium regulation can be involved in high blood pressure.

5.      Dr. Bob advised meditation.  The method he suggested is to meditate without pictures or words.  This form of meditation is called utilizing the "empty mind."  Meditation reduces stress and reducing stress can lead to decreasing blood pressure levels.  For more information on meditation Dr. Bob recommended the book, “The Relaxation Response,” by Dr. Benson.

6.      Consider a heavy metal test.  Some toxic metals, such as lead have been linked to increasing blood pressure.  You can get laboratory analysis of heavy metals in your body.

A.     Dr. Bob advised 1000-2000mg of calcium daily for a 180-pound person and he varied the dose depending on a person's weight, condition, current level of calcium, etc.  Dr. Bob found calcium-magnesium supplementation along with a high quality multi vitamin and mineral can sometimes reduce high blood pressure.  Additionally, do not drink milk or chocolate near the time you supplement calcium.  Consider supplementing your major amount of calcium in the evening.  You should have laboratory testing on your calcium levels before starting supplementation.  The lab tests will help you better choose optimal doses.  Before supplementing high doses of calcium check your PTH levels.  If they are improper consider appropriate supplementation.  Consult with your doctor for testing.

Improper cellular balance can lead to high blood pressure.  Often improper levels of the parathyroid hormone can indicate improper cellular balance. Supplementing calcium-magnesium in the appropriate ratio can help maintain cellular balance, by controlling parathyroid hormone (PTH).  The parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretions maintain cellular balance by helping maintain appropriate levels of calcium in the bloodstream.  “PTH secretion is inversely related to the ambient concentration of ionized calcium.  Serum PTH declines in a rectilinear fashion in relation to serum calcium levels between 7.5 ml and 10.5 mg/dl.  (Ref. Robert K. Murray, MD, Ph.D., Daryl K. Granmer, MD, Peter A. Mayes, Ph.D., D.Sc., Victor W. Fodwell, Ph.D., Harper's Biochemistry, twenty-fifth edition.  Appleton & Lance, Stanford, Connecticut, 2000, page 570.)”  This means levels of calcium in the bloodstream regulate PTH.  The amount of PTH in the bloodstream helps regulate normal extra cellular fluid calcium.  Magnesium is a cofactor in this cell regulation process.  You can laboratory test your PTH levels.  If they are not normal consider appropriate supplementation ideas.  Sometimes high doses of calcium-magnesium are needed to help control PTH levels.  Consult with an orthomolecular doctor for proper supplementation in these cases.  Calcium levels in the blood stream must be regulated in order to regulate calcium.  Magnesium levels inside the cells.    Restoring calcium balance inside and outside cells can help correct PTH levels and in some cases lead to reduced blood pressure.  Consider consulting with an orthomolecular doctor.

B.     Dr. Bob advised 800-1000 mg of magnesium.  Magnesium needs to be taken in conjunction with calcium.  Magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker.  Thus, magnesium helps regulate calcium levels.  The ratio of calcium to magnesium should be approximately 2 to 1.  You should have a laboratory analysis of your magnesium levels before starting supplementation. Consult with your doctor for testing.

Note – The use of calcium and magnesium supplementation in high blood pressure is a method called, “calcium channel blockers.”  Modern medicine has used drugs for a long time that act as calcium channel blockers and can help decrease high blood pressure.  You can consider supplementing calcium and magnesium, as natural calcium channel blockers.  Consult with your doctor before beginning any supplementation ideas in this article.  Consider an orthomolecular doctor.  Orthomolecular doctors are MD’s that specialize in nutrient supplementation and may know natural methods that can be used for calcium channel blockers.  Drugs are toxic.  Potassium and sodium are cofactors of magnesium and calcium, therefore you should consider measuring the levels of all four before beginning supplementation.  Other factors involved in controlling cellular balance are CO2 levels, zinc, and chromium.  You might consider testing them as well as any other appropriate electrolyte panel.

Warning - We emphasize that high blood pressure is a serious illness and requires the care of a doctor.  The recommendations contained in this article are not meant to be substitutes for a doctor's care.  Dr. Bob said the ideas in this article were meant as an additive and not a substitute for modern medical care.

Note – In order for these anti-aging ideas to be successful, you must use supplements of the highest quality. Dr. Bob often said, “almost all supplement companies produce poor quality.”  You can consider the product page of this web site. Almost all the products met Dr. Bob’s approval.  Since he passed away we have attempted to keep the same high standards. 

WARNING:  DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE.  CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS. 

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The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated any of the statements contained on this web site. The information contained in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Remember each person's body is different and will react differently to various herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements. Therefore, any supplementation must be administered on an individual basis. Use the information found on this web site as precisely that: Information. You and your doctor must make any final decisions. This information is not meant to replace any doctor and patient consultation. This information should in no way replace your personal physician's advice.

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