Now a new study shows that the ancient technique has powerful effects not only on your brain, but your body as well. Specifically, meditation is linked to a dramatic reduction in heart disease and the factors that contribute to it.
Since many health professionals spend their days checking patients’ blood pressure, you’d think they’d be really good at it.
Busy doctor’s offices routinely rush through the tests. This often ends up with patients getting falsely high readings. They are then put on drugs.
The American College of Cardiology has issued guidelines that are supposed to ensure accurate measurements. The problem is that doctors, nurses, and physician assistants are notoriously bad at following them.
For decades, mainstream doctors warned us to stay away from fatty dairy products. Butter, whole milk, and cheese would clog our arteries, they said.
So those of us worried about heart disease opted for skim milk, if we drank milk at all. And we chose other low-fat dairy products whenever possible.
In recent years, researchers have started to question this conventional “wisdom.”
For years, doctors recommended that seniors take a baby aspirin every day to prevent heart disease. The advice seemed to make sense because aspirin is a blood thinner.
Doctors and patients figured it could stop the blood clots that lead to heart attacks and strokes.
The only problem is that there were no large, well-designed studies that showed this to be true.
When you go in for a checkup, one of the first things they do is take your blood pressure. If your numbers are over 130/80, chances are you’ll be prescribed a hypertension drug.
But if you are older, taking the medication could send you to an early grave.
That may sound alarmist. But it’s exactly what scientists found in a major new study of 415,980 people.
What if you could throw away your blood pressure meds simply by basking in the sunlight?
New research shows that sun exposure is directly linked to lower blood pressure.
The study appeared in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers collected blood pressure readings from more than 342,000 people over three years. They analyzed those numbers against data on sun exposure.