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A Doctor's Personal Battle With High Blood PressureBy: DAVE WOYNAROWSKI, M.D.
The World's Top Anti-Aging Specialist
You may have heard me say before that I basically design supplements for myself.
If they work, I try them in family and friends who are willing.
Once there is general consensus that they are up to par and of course safe, I release them into my clinic and get some volunteers to try them. All the while monitoring vital signs and blood test to make sure everything is as it should be.
Over a year ago I was approached by a group of anti-aging doctors to help them design a supplement that lowers blood pressure based on my own personal experience.
I declined mainly because I already had the supplements that supported a healthy blood pressure in the form of fish Oil and Regenerizer. Why reinvent the wheel!?
A few of you were intrigued that your trusty on line anti-aging doc actually had a medical problem, and wanted to here about it.
It is a very personal story, but here goes.
We need to go back a few years for this one...long before I spent all the time and money it took to train in anti-aging medicine.
It was one of those bitter cold days in Pennsylvania. Windy cloudy and sunless.
Those of you who've spent any time in these parts know exactly what I mean.
It could have been any other bitter Winter's day except that we happened to be in the middle of yet another Flu epidemic. You see the vaccines are often off and not particularly effective. This year was not the first time.
While listening to a patient tell me about his flu symptoms I began to experience the very same things he was telling me about. Headaches, light headedness, body aches and overwhelming fatigue.
At first I thought I was going nuts. I thought about the psychiatric phenomenon of "transference" where you pick up someone else's symptoms ( there are other meanings for this I know!).
But it was undeniable, I basically felt like hell, barf, excrement and any other adjective you want to put in there... I felt like it!!
Apparently I looked like it too because the patient I was seeing asked me," Doc are you all right?" While lying through my teeth and saying I was, I asked if he minded if I put my head down on the desk, to avoid passing out!
As soon as I ethically could. I finished up with that person and went to have my Blood Pressure checked. I assumed since I could barely walk upright without feeling light headed and like I was going to pass out, that my Blood pressure must be very low.
Well, imagine how shocked I was when I found it to be 210/110!
Again that is stroke territory so I wasted no time starting myself on blood pressure medicines. It was time for the doctor to practice what he preached and to experience the very same issues he had been making his patients go through for over 15 years.
It was very strange to have high blood pressure. My family history was positive for this but not until the 70's. The only person I knew of in my family who had High Blood Pressure before me was my grandfather who had a stroke at age 52 from a sudden bout of hypertension ( high blood pressure).
While he did survive, and live to be 90, half his body was paralyzed for over a year...an image I'll never forget!
In addition to remembering my grand pop's stroke, I also had this strange feeling of vulnerability. I now had a "disease". I was no longer a young man.
My reaction to that was one of disgust and sadness...had I lost my youth so soon?!
Why had my body betrayed me. Like most people I drudged up every transgression I had ever committed against my body. Years of sleeplessness, caffeine, lack of exercise although by that time I was exercising a lot! All this stuff ran through my mind.
Worse the 2 blood pressure meds I had started did not control my blood pressure well at all. It was now 180/100.
So up I went to 3 meds then 4 meds, then a water pill which dropped my potassium so low I could barely function. Next came the giant potassium supplements big enough to choke a donkey.
All the while I was providing the lab with urine blood and other bits and pieces of my body to "rule out a reversible cause"
I had renal ultrasounds and scans and CT scans and aortic ultrasounds and cardiac workups out the kazoo. Can you guess what they found?
Right!!! NOTHING WAS WRONG WITH ME!!!!
I simply had "essential" or idiopathic hypertension.
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