Harm Reduction vs. Restoring Health: Why Blood Pressure Pills Don’t Make You Healthier

Whenever I see my personal medical doctor I’m reminded of the differences between the allopathic medical philosophy and the chiropractic perspective.

“If you’re not able to control your blood pressure with lifestyle changes,” she was telling me, “You should take blood pressure medication to improve your health.”  Why did this statement sound off-base to me?

It’s true that blood pressure medication might ultimately be a good idea for me.

But it won’t make me more healthy. Granted, it might limit the harmful effects of high blood pressure. But that doesn’t actually build health.

Building health means enhancing the ability of the body to self-regulate. Pills to lower blood pressure don’t add anything to your body’s self-regulating power. Actually, they have the opposite effect, overriding your inner control mechanisms to force your blood pressure down.

Harm reduction is a necessary, valuable health strategy when it’s the only choice. But if it’s possible to rebuild your power to create health from the inside out, the rewards are far deeper.


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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods. His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach. Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.
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