High Blood Pressure

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A lot of people want to know “How do I lower my blood pressure?” Well, there are a number of things you can to that may help it go a little lower. First of all, stress is a big one. The more you can control your stress levels with meditation (prayer or yoga are good examples), going for walks and enjoying nature and dealing with the problems you can and letting go of those you cannot control will all help the way you feel. Exercise can also be helpful. Decreasing the amount of salt you consume in your diet may also be a factor for some people. Eat out less, avoid processed grocery foods and do not add salt to your meals.

For some people, it may be a genetic disposition to have high blood pressure and for others it may just be your lifestyle and trying the above suggestions may help you.

If your doctor does suggest that you may need medications then research the available medications and opt for one with the least side effects. Also, you could try taking fish oil or another omega 3 oil (eg. flaxseed). This works for some people. If you are suffering from anxiety then perhaps trying medical cannabis with a high CBD to low THC ratio may help you. If you want a pet, then a dog or cat may be what you need. There are studies that show that pets can help us relax and therefore this may help lower your blood pressure.

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Make sure you follow your doctors advice and get monitored regularly if you are going to try any of the above options. Buy yourself a blood pressure monitor (usually under $100) and monitor yourself weekly to see if anything is helping.

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Opiod Epidemic

People everywhere are talking about the opiod epidemic. How did we get to where so many people are dying or being crippled in a catatonic state after becoming addicted to opiods? Opiods latch on to areas of the brain which control pain and emotions and increases the feel good hormone called dopamine (produces feeling of euphoria). As your brain gets used to this feeling, it requires more and more of drug to get the same level of pain control or feel good emotion which eventually leads to dependence and later addiction.

Some people innocently start down this road not realizing that the opiod drug (fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine etc.) prescribed to them by a medical doctor for pain can have this unfortunate possibility.

So what can be done to help or prevent this from occurring? Well, medical cannabis is something that may be used instead of these highly addictive drugs for pain control. As well, it is thought that if you are addicted to opiods, using medical cannabis you may be able to get you off of these drugs or at least reduce the amount taken. We are not talking about cannabis with high THC and thus psychoactive side effects, but high CBD cannabis which may be effective for chronic pain.

Do your due diligence (DD) whenever you are about to take a prescription drug. ALWAYS READ THE PACKAGE INSERT provided with your medication. Be aware of any side effects and talk to your pharmacist or doctor about your concerns.

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What is cannabis?

Since the legalization of marijuana in Canada last year (2018) people have a lot of questions. First of all cannabis simply refers to either hemp or marijuana. Both contain different amounts of CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (psychoactive part). There are low THC and high CBD available species. That is what I will focus on.

There is a lot of information to be given out and understanding it can get complicated. I will be concentrating on giving you the best, yet simplest information to benefit your health.

The one thing I want you to get from this is to open your mind and understanding and truly learn something. We have all been raised in a world of pharmaceuticals and our first line of action when in pain or sick is to reach for such products (eg. Tylenol for a headache and pharmaceutical pain killers if the pain is more chronic and intense such as arthritis and knee pain). However, over time the side effects from such products can actually make you sicker and sometimes barely manage the pain or get you addicted. Well, high CBD oil, low THC (<1%) in the form of cannabis can actually reduce inflammation and thus pain. Side effects are minimal to none.

This is available in the form of medicinal cannabis and is available through either your medical doctor or cannabis clinics in countries where this is legal. You can be referred by your family physician or you can fill out a self-referral and have the clinic obtain your records from your doctor.

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IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBLITY

Do you feel it is everybody else’s responsibility to keep you healthy? Restaurants should offer you healthy choices to eat and your doctor should always give you medication that would fix your physical issues. Well, I have news for you……IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBLITY! Only you can control what you put in your body and we need to each take responsibility.

Let’s start today. First of all, start making smart food choices. Today why don’t you try to eat less sugar. I mean the “white” kind, such as cookies, pop, and cake. If you are on medications you can read the pamphlet that comes with the drug and see if some of your problems may be from side effects of these drugs. What can you do about it?

Not all medications can be replaced, but a good example would be anti-anxiety drugs and their many side effects. How about going to your doctor and trying medical cannabis (high in CBD and little to no THC). It is often prescribed for anxiety and depression and minimal side effects.

REMEMBER ALWAYS BE OPENMINDED TO CHANGE!