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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470275405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470275405
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1978, at age 35, medical journalist Kowalski (The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure) suffered a heart attack and later underwent two coronary bypass surgeries. Here, he relates how he lost weight, quit smoking, managed stress, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels and avoided medications and their side effects. Kowalski recommends ways to monitor blood pressure, combat the metabolic syndrome that leads to heart disease and diabetes (abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and triglycerides, insulin resistance, inflammation, etc.) and raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. He provides basic diet and exercise guidelines, details the components of proper electrolyte balance (sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium) and describes potent natural remedies, including arginine, pycnogenol and grapeseed extract. There are sections on children's health and risks and a review of current prescription drugs for those who must take them. Kowalski's use of clichés and case studies bogs down the text somewhat. Still, readers facing poor prognoses will gain a hopeful perspective on the future from the author's experiences. (May)
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In 1978, at age 35, medical journalist Kowalski (The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure) suffered a heart attack and later underwent two coronary bypass surgeries. Here, he relates how he lost weight, quit smoking, managed stress, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels and avoided medications and their side effects. Kowalski recommends ways to monitor blood pressure, combat the metabolic syndrome that leads to heart disease and diabetes (abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and triglycerides, insulin resistance, inflammation, etc.) and raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. He provides basic diet and exercise guidelines, details the components of proper electrolyte balance (sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium) and describes potent natural remedies, including arginine, pycnogenol and grapeseed extract. There are sections on children's health and risks and a review of current prescription drugs for those who must take them. Kowalski's use of clichés and case studies bogs down the text somewhat. Still, readers facing poor prognoses will gain a hopeful perspective on the future from the author's experiences. (May) (Publishers Weekly, March 19, 2007) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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263 of 267 people found the following review helpful By Jesse James on July 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Robert Kowalski, author of "The Blood Pressure Cure," said that in order to lower your blood pressure without drugs, you should first know your blood pressure.

"What I really recommend is a home blood pressure monitor. It's no more expensive than bathroom scales," he said.

Kowalski said he has five secret weapons.

The first is a tomato extract called lycomato, a product made by several different brands.

Kowalski said that in two separate studies, "(Patients) took one pill (of lycomato) a day and it brought their blood pressure down eight to 11 points."

Kowalski said the next step is to have a nightly cup of cocoa -- not the mixes, but real cocoa filled with polyphenols -- and the darker the cocoa the better. He said to make it with skim milk and a little sweetener.

"What it does is relax the lining of the arteries called the endothelium, making it more flexible and pliable so that the blood can more easily flow through," he said.

The third step in the process is to take arginine, an amino acid. Kowalski said it's a precursor to nitric oxide.

"The nitric oxide again causes the lining of the artery to expand and relax," he said.

Kowalski said that because arginine is metabolized rapidly, he recommends a sustained release formula.

But a warning comes with arginine. In Kowalski's book, he warned about a Johns Hopkins study of arginine and heart attack patients.

"There were six deaths in the arginine group and no deaths in the placebo group. So, my recommendation would be not to use this until more studies show that it is safe," said Dr. Charles Cummings, a Baltimore cardiologist from Mid-Atlantic Cardiovascular.
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Roberto A. Farah on May 20, 2008
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Even being a person that exercises 6 days a week, having low fat in my body and eating healthy food I had my blood pressure around 130/70 easily going to 140 if I ate something with too much sodium, like Japanese food. After reading a few books I reduced the salt and increased the potassium. After a few months with this new diet my blood pressure dropped to 120/125. However, it couldn't drop more! Then I read this book and start taking the suplements the author mentioned, the four all of them. Now, after about a month my blood pressure is constantly about 115/60. Amazing!!!
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Fred Vogt on June 5, 2007
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Bob Kowalski's book "The Blood Pressure Cure" is for anyone that wants to take control of their elevated blood pressure and reduce it without resorting to prescription medication. He describes various ways to impact and lower blood pressure. A straight forward easily read book that gives practical advice and even includes recipes for tasty dishes to help lower blood pressure. I've read through the book twice and implemented some of his recommendations (my favorite is adding cocoa to my smoothies) with the result that I have lowered my systolic reading by 10 points! Highly recommended.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By RA Johnston on September 7, 2010
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I just came back from having my blood pressure checked, and it is quickly coming down to an acceptable range. The nurse was astounded that my daily supplement regimen of L-Arginine, grape seed extract, and lycopene worked so well. I bought this book and started following the recommendations immediately. It not only works, but I haven't felt this good in years! My doctor tried two different prescription drugs that caused a significant amount of muscle pain in my shoulders and upper arms to the point that it adversely affected my work performance. I had to quit taking the prescription drugs over a year ago and tried unsuccessfully to find ways to lower my blood pressure from Stage 1 hypertension, with no luck. This book is a life saver for me and I highly recommend it to anyone suffering with high blood pressure. Thank you Mr. Kowalski!!!!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sweetwilliam on January 7, 2008
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The Blood Pressure Cure: 8 Weeks to Lower Blood Pressure without Prescription Drugs
This book is an excellent reference for people who want to really understand high blood pressure and how to control it. Even if you do not want to go on the 8 week plan this book is filled with information. For people who do not want to use medication as a first line of treatment this book will walk you through all of your options. But it also addresses blood pressure medications and when and why they may be appropriate. I learned a great deal from this book and I highly recommend it.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By It's me on November 27, 2010
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I was hoping for an easier fix for high blood pressure but as the book is helpful in pointing out the workings of our bodies and the cause of high blood pressure are complex. Naturally the best advice is the relatively simple idea of lose weight, exercise more, and eat healthy but that goal in itself can be an extremely painstaking task and also very slow going while in the meantime the blood pressure issue may still need immediate attention. After a decade on blood pressure medicine I have started to see less and less effectiveness and the need for more drugs. I was worried about the trend of increasing dosage and adding more prescriptions along with the risk of more and more side effects. The information in this book gives me more tools to use and experiment with to get to a healthy blood pressure without increasing or adding prescriptions. The problem is that supplements are not covered by insurance so ultimately the cost could be prohibited to some.

In a nutshell the items recommended are Sustained-Release L-Arginine, MegaNaturalBP (Grape seed extract), Lyc-o-mato, Pycnogenol, CoQ10, L-Theanine for stressful times, and maybe "RESTperate" to help train breathing. It is quite list but the hope is that you can tweak out your own indiviual program with a few items in combination. Which ones? What dosages? What timing for best results? The book helps to explain a likely pathway but ultimately there is going to be a lot of trail and adjustment to best balance your results with your patience and monetary funds.

The good news there is hope for a great outcome the bad news is there is likely no simple fix.

UPDATE: After 6 months of trying out the supplements I am still unable to delete or decrease any of my blood pressure meds.
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