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One in 3 U.S. adults now have high blood pressure; up 30% over the past decade

Sunday, December 05, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: high blood pressure, disease prevention, hypertension


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New health statistics from the government reveal that high blood pressure has climbed 30% over the past decade. The report says that Americans are getting older and fatter and that's causing the number of adults with high blood pressure to rise.

I love the intelligence of researchers who make such obvious statements as, 'Americans are getting older.' Of course Americans are getting older. Are there people from any other countries who are getting younger? Of course, what the researchers are really talking about is the age wave in America. They're saying that the demographic curve (the baby boomers "hump") is shifting towards old age, so there's a greater percentage of the population older today than 10 years ago.

But that doesn't account for high blood pressure. There's nothing pre-programmed in the human genome that says as people get old they automatically get fat and have high blood pressure. To say that Americans are being diagnosed with high blood pressure simply because they are chronologically aging is truly junk science. They're getting high blood pressure because their diets are getting worse and they're avoiding physical exercise. It's happening because people are eating more processed foods and they're being dosed up with more prescription drugs that actually cause destructive side effects in their bodies.

Of course, it is true that Americans are getting fatter, and it's no secret why. The average American purchases apparent weight loss products like SlimFast, which has more sugar in it than the circulating blood of a 14-year-old ADHD child. When people go out and buy so-called diet products that have table sugar as their primary ingredient, and when these products somehow manage to achieve priority placement on the shelves of grocery stores and retailers like Walgreen's, it's downright amazing that the whole country isn't overweight. We're not far from it, actually: 66% of the adult population has already reached that status.

But finally, we get some sanity on this from Dr. Daniel Jones, Dean of the School of Medicine for the University of Mississippi Medical Center who says, "The big message to the American public is that we need to pay attention to our lifestyle, and those that are overweight need to get slimmer." He may have borrowed that quote, by the way, from the football coach at the University of Mississippi who once said, "We need to move the ball down the field..." -- obviously highly complex football strategy.

Well of course we all need to get slimmer. But the real issue is that we all need to stop talking in circular logic here. We need people in the medical community to start addressing the real cause of chronic disease, which almost always comes down to diet and physical exercise. It's basically just food, exercise and whether or not you can manage to avoid environmental toxins. But yet, in the medical community, you almost never hear diseases described in such terms. Rather, they're busy announcing the latest finding of what gene has a 1% influence on the risks for heart disease or obesity or diabetes.

And besides, did it really take a government-funded research project to realize that the people in our nation are getting fatter and have higher blood pressure? I figured this out one day just by walking through the Denver Airport. All you have to do is basically look at the people walking around and you can reach the same conclusion the government did without spending $5 million on federally funded research.

So now that 1 in 3 American adults have blood pressure, what are the other two doing? One of those two is busy filling out paperwork for the Medicare drug discount card which reportedly requires 500 pages, and the other person is working sixteen-hour days to generate enough tax revenues to pay for the overpriced healthcare of the first person.

This, friends, is called, "The best health care in the world!" Only by naive Americans, of course. Everybody else knows the U.S. health care system is the laughing stock of the international community.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

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