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Archive for April 2010

Your Neck and High Blood Pressure

Your neck and high blood pressure may have a direct relationship!

In March of 2008, a study was published in the Journal of Hypertension to take a look at the relationship between having a neck adjustment and a drop in high blood pressure.

The results were significant: The average drop in pressure was 17 points! This was so favorable that they commissioned a much larger study.

Located at the very top of the spine, sets the C-1 (Atlas) vertebra. When it’s out of place, it can pinch arteries and nerves at the neck’s base, which affects blood flow and for some causes discomfort.

When the C-1 vertebra is misaligned, it is the bodies natural response  to maintain nourishment of the body with oxygen rich blood flow – it does it by raising the pressure.

Some people are queasy about neck manipulations and have been negatively conditioned about chiropractors – consider this:

Chiropractors that specialize in aligning the C1 vertebra, are part of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractor Association or NUCCA. The adjustment is called the NUCCA technique, and is very gentle.

Whether you are currently on medication for high blood pressure or it’s been suggested that you take them, try asking for a cervical x-ray to see if your C1 is out – that may be your blood pressure solution!

Manipulation to realign my C1 was part of my personal protocol for curing my high blood pressure!

To Your Health!

~ Mona ~

Check out this video for more info!

Genetic Difference versus race

Genetic Difference versus race

It is commonly accepted knowledge that high blood pressure and your race are linked together as a risk factor.  Hypertension and race seems to be firmly embedded in our minds and can be readily found in the public: articles, radio, TV, the internet, doctors, health care practitioners and the list goes even deeper to medical schools and research.

Grouping people into races began in the 18th Century before the era of research and medicine embarked on the journey of modern biology and genetics.

Armed with scientifically relevant information,these modern biology researchers now understand the short-sightedness in the inquiry of determining racial differences and view humanity better served by looking at genetic differences.  It makes total sense – how many of us in the human race are a mixture of this and that?

African-Americans,  Hispanics

Why then are African-Americans in particular, suffering disproportionately more from high blood pressure?

Source:Centers for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey and National Hospital Discharge Survey

Epidemiology and genetics

Preparation for writing this post, availed me to authors,  Dr’s. Kaufman and Cooper, with some welcomed research and opinion in differentiating the importance of re-defining our wording and thoughts, in public and medicine, about race being a risk factor for disease.

Expanded Perspectives For Risk Factors and Race

Variables beyond genetics are psychosocial, economic, cultural, environmental, and other determinants that affects human physiology – these are not well delineated to date, though different researchers have documented that a correlation between high blood pressure and socioeconomic status does exist.