blood pressure

  • TV Ups Kids' BP

    The school bully may not be the only reason Junior’s blood is boiling. New research from Michigan State University shows that children who watch protracted amounts of TV have higher blood pressure than those who don’t, regardless of individual body weight.

    By Sarah Toland
  • The Biofeedback Boost

    Biofeedback therapy is winning as many accolades as the movie No Country for Old Men won Oscars. A watchdog group, the American Health Care Policy Review board, reviewed the many studies done on the effectiveness of biofeedback and gave the mind-body therapy a Grade A rating. How does it work?

    By Kris Kucera
  • Ask The Doctor: Dizziness

    Absolutely it could. If springing to your feet causes you to feel light-headed, see black or white spots, or nearly keel over, you may have orthostatic hypotension. Put simply, orthostatic hypotension—orthostatic means “standing upright” and hypotension means “low blood pressure”—is the body’s temporary inability to adjust to changes in gravity.

    My doctor told me I have low-blood pressure; could that be causing my dizziness when I stand up?
    Answered by Stephen T. Sinatra, MD
  • Go Bananas

    An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but if you want to avoid the cardiologist, reach for a banana. Research presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 41st Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in November linked low dietary potassium with high blood pressure in an analysis of more than 3,300 people.

    By Beth Bence Reinke
  • The Inside Scoop: Velvet Antler

    Antlers from deer, and sometimes elk, are “often used to increase blood counts, particularly in cases of anemia induced by chemotherapy,” says TCM practitioner David Scrimgeour, LAc.

    Although Rudolph’s red nose gets all the fame, his antlers deserve some attention, too. Velvet deer antlers are one of the principal ingredients used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, especially yang tonics that increase energy, warmth, and cardiovascular health
    By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa