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 five 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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