During the last 10 years, we have been involved in a research project in an effort to correlate over 100,000 tissue mineral tests with various disease patterns.
In the course of this research, nutritional patterns associated with hypertension emerged, which offer greater understanding and new approaches to the management of this common, but potentially serious condition.
The following data is an updated report of our new understanding of specific causes for what is commonly referred to as 'essential hypertension.
It is known in medicine that under the classification of 'essential hypertension' there are different types of conditions. Some cases of hypertension are 'labile' or erratic, while other cases are chronic. Some individuals respond favorably to a reduction in salt intake, or weight reduction, while other cases fail to respond.
Utilizing tissue mineral testing method, we have been able to distinguish at least 7 separate causes for hypertension. By identifying which causative factors are operative, treatment can be made more precise and effective.
Causes of hypertension can be divided into those related to a kidney dysfunction and those related to arterial changes.
All of the body's blood flows through the kidneys every three minutes and any change in the rate of flow through the kidneys can have profound effects on blood pressure. Changes in kidney function, which can be identified from a tissue mineral test are:
Causes of hypertension related to general arterial circulation come in two groups:
If the muscular tone of the arteries increases for any reason, blood pressure will rise. Since this tone varies depending on nervous system functioning, this is usually the cause of 'labile' or transient high blood pressure.
On a tissue mineral test we identify several correctable biochemical patterns that are associated with a tendency for increased arterial muscle tone:
Fast oxidation is an important mineral pattern that is readily identified on the tissue mineral chart. It is defined as a relatively low tissue calcium and magnesium level in relation to sodium and potassium levels.
A low level of calcium and magnesium is indicative of dominance of the sympathetic nervous system, which causes a loss of calcium and magnesium from the body.
Calcium and magnesium in optimal amounts relax muscles and nerves. A chronic deficiency of these minerals contributes greatly to the development of hypertension.
High histamine levels are also associated with a fast oxidation type of metabolic pattern. Excessive histamine release is a common cause of hypertension.
A fast oxidation pattern is also indicative of a high aldosterone level and consequent retention of sodium. Fluid retention resulting from high sodium levels is a common cause of hypertension.
Certain nutrients, such as copper and manganese stimulate catecholamine production, the sympathetic nervous system neurotransmitters, while others, such as choline, are precursors for the parasympathetic neurotransmitters. Imbalance in these nutrients will affect nervous system function and can increase arterial wall tone.
A deficiency of zinc causes arterial walls to become brittle and inelastic. Inelasticity alone may result in a raise in systolic blood pressure. In addition to a low tissue zinc level, a zinc deficiency should be suspected whenever there is an elevated cadmium level on a tissue mineral analysis chart.
Zinc deficiency, copper deficiency, or cadmium toxicity, weaken arterial walls and as a compensatory measure, the body may deposit calcium or fatty substances to reinforce arterial strength.
The effect of the plaque is to narrow the arteries and make them more rigid. Both of these effects lead to high blood pressure.
In addition to it's association with elevated cholesterol levels, chromium deficiency, a common trace element deficiency, has been associated with plaque development.
One consequence of diabetes is atherosclerosis, which can contribute to high blood pressure. Tissue mineral testing can be used to screen for diabetes, alerting the doctor to another possible cause for high blood pressure.
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