Mind-Body Hypertension


High blood pressure is considered a “silent epidemic,” as lots of people have it but don’t know it. The usual treatment is drugs, and there are some dietary suggestions as well, especially cutting down on salt and fat as promoted by Dean Ornish and Nathan Pritikin. Stress reduction is highly recommended as well. However, there seems to be more the issue than salt and stress.

Recently I encountered the work of Samuel J. Mann, M.D., an associate professor of clinical medicine at the Hypertension Center of The New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. You would hardly think that a revolutionary idea would come out of such a well-established medical institution, but Dr Mann’s work is certainly what I would consider ground-breaking. It also deserves attention and discussion.

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