Help Yourself to Health

Hypertension Pt. 1

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Agatha Thrash, Don Miller


Series Code: HYTH

Program Code: HYTH000142

00:01 There is a silent killer in our land
00:04 that takes more and more
00:06 peoples' lives
00:07 as time goes by.
00:09 This is hypertension.
00:11 I'm Agatha Thrash,
00:13 a staff physician
00:14 at Uchee Pines Institute
00:16 and we'd like to discuss
00:17 the topic of hypertension
00:19 for you,
00:20 and we hope you'll stay by.
00:21 We think we have some important things
00:23 that will help you to avoid
00:24 this silent killer.
00:46 Welcome to "Help Yourself to Health"
00:48 with Dr. Agatha Thrash
00:49 of Uchee Pines Institute.
00:52 And now, here's your host
00:53 Dr. Thrash.
00:56 Now
00:57 since many people
00:58 are getting
01:00 hypertension nowadays,
01:01 more and more...
01:03 More than we've ever seen before.
01:05 This means
01:06 that we need to take
01:07 a good look
01:08 at what may be causing
01:09 our population to have
01:11 this kind of problem.
01:13 Why are we getting
01:14 so much hypertension?
01:16 Hypertension is
01:17 that the heart is
01:18 beating forcefully
01:20 but the arteries are
01:22 keeping a good,
01:23 tight hold
01:24 on themselves
01:26 and not expanding
01:27 as they should
01:28 with each heartbeat.
01:29 As the
01:30 arteries expand,
01:32 that puts less
01:33 pressure
01:34 on the blood itself.
01:36 And so blood pressure
01:37 is that
01:38 we have the forceful
01:40 beat of the heart,
01:41 and the strength of the arteries.
01:42 And especially
01:44 the tiniest
01:45 of our arteries called
01:46 arterioles.
01:47 These arteries
01:49 have lots of muscle
01:50 in their wall.
01:51 And if they hold a
01:53 very tight control
01:55 over the size
01:56 of the artery
01:58 wall, then
01:59 we're going to have high
02:00 blood pressure.
02:02 Now many people
02:03 think, "well, I have high
02:04 blood pressure.
02:05 My father had it.
02:07 My mother had it,
02:08 and maybe several
02:09 other relatives have had it
02:10 and, therefore, I can
02:12 expect that I will too.
02:14 So, I'll just
02:15 do what they did...
02:16 I'll take some medication
02:17 and then my blood pressure
02:19 will come down to normal
02:20 and I'll be fine. "
02:21 Actually,
02:23 there are often many things
02:25 that can be done that are
02:26 very natural that do not
02:27 have the side effects
02:28 that
02:30 the various drug
02:31 medications have.
02:32 And my husband
02:34 and I have written a book called...
02:36 "Natural Treatments
02:37 for (Your High Blood
02:39 Pressure) or Hypertension"
02:40 and in this book,
02:42 what we try to do
02:43 is to get all of the
02:44 natural remedies that we
02:46 could find from anywhere
02:47 in the world and
02:48 put them all together
02:49 in one book.
02:50 This book will
02:52 give to you
02:54 many, many things
02:55 that we will not be able to cover
02:57 on this program.
02:58 But we would
03:00 certainly like to cover
03:01 as many of these for you
03:03 as we can.
03:04 I'd like to
03:05 talk with you about the fact
03:06 that there is a part
03:08 of the treatment
03:09 for hypertension
03:12 that can properly
03:13 be done with a pill,
03:15 but most of the time
03:16 these are nutrients or
03:18 herbals pills
03:20 and not with drug
03:21 medications.
03:22 And progressive
03:24 physicians will
03:25 go for these
03:27 natural things now
03:28 rather than immediately
03:29 going to
03:31 a drug medication.
03:32 The American Heart Association
03:34 recommends to its physicians
03:36 that they try to
03:38 do something that's natural
03:40 first, such as
03:41 weight control or
03:42 rearranging the diet,
03:43 or helping people to
03:45 do exercise.
03:46 All of these things
03:47 can greatly help
03:49 the person
03:50 who has hypertension
03:51 not to be
03:53 struggling always with a
03:55 high blood pressure.
03:56 Now, Don Miller
03:58 is going to talk with you about
04:00 the subject of exercise
04:01 because exercise
04:02 is my very favorite
04:04 treatment for
04:05 the control of blood pressure.
04:07 And this is Don Miller
04:08 who is a
04:09 lifestyle counselor at
04:11 Uchee Pines and
04:13 in our Education Department.
04:14 Don Miller.
04:16 Thank you Dr. Thrash.
04:18 I want to just
04:19 mention one thing first
04:20 before I talk about the exercise
04:22 portion of high
04:23 blood pressure.
04:24 There is a thing called
04:26 primary high blood pressure
04:27 and secondary
04:28 high blood pressure.
04:30 What we are basically dealing with
04:31 is primary high blood pressure.
04:32 Secondary means high
04:33 blood pressure caused by
04:35 another disease process
04:37 which may
04:38 or may not be affected
04:40 by the things that we'll be
04:41 recommending here today.
04:42 Another thing is...
04:43 another form of high blood pressure
04:45 is called "white coat hypertension. "
04:47 And that is the type
04:49 of high blood pressure caused by...
04:50 You're feeling fine
04:52 and everything is okay,
04:53 and your blood pressure is probably
04:54 close to normal
04:55 and you walk into the doctor's
04:57 office and here he comes
04:58 with the white coat on
04:59 with the thing and
05:00 all of a sudden,
05:02 your blood pressure goes
05:03 up because
05:04 there is the doctor
05:05 with the white coat on.
05:06 It's called "white coat hypertension. "
05:07 Nothing to do with the doctor
05:09 or the white coat...
05:10 just your perception
05:11 and so
05:12 we have to make sure that
05:14 if you're going to be monitoring
05:15 your own blood pressure,
05:16 you do it in a restful time,
05:18 in a nonstressed time
05:20 because these things can profoundly
05:21 affect your blood pressure
05:23 over short periods of time.
05:24 As a matter of fact,
05:26 God has given us the
05:27 ability...
05:28 the body unconsciously,
05:30 to alter the blood pressure
05:32 according to the
05:34 situation that we're in.
05:36 But if we're just trying to monitor
05:38 to see where we're at,
05:39 do it in a restful time.
05:40 Now, one of the good
05:42 ways to lower your blood pressure
05:43 is through the
05:45 wonderful means of exercise.
05:46 And now we're not
05:48 saying right now, you go out
05:49 there and buy a pair of Reebok's
05:51 and hit the road and start
05:52 aerobic exercising because
05:53 you may not be ready for it yet.
05:55 If you are
05:56 depending on your age,
05:57 your physical condition,
05:59 the sedentary lifestyle
06:01 you may have been living,
06:02 you need to move
06:03 into an exercise program
06:05 slowly
06:06 but move in that direction.
06:07 And no matter what
06:09 exercise you do,
06:10 you've GOT to do something.
06:12 I remember a few years ago
06:13 we had a neighbor at
06:15 Uchee Pines...
06:16 she was basically...
06:17 came to the point where
06:18 she just could not get around
06:19 much and she was pretty much
06:21 confined to a bed
06:22 or a chair.
06:23 And this lady had been
06:24 so active and she
06:26 wanted so much to exercise
06:27 and I said, "well,
06:28 try this. " She had a cane
06:30 I said, "hold onto your cane
06:31 and hook it over your foot...
06:33 and then push and pull,
06:35 and push and pull,
06:36 and get some exercise going.
06:38 Because as we exercise
06:40 our muscles,
06:41 we're exercising our heart
06:42 muscle, which is going
06:44 to increase its strength
06:45 and as we increase
06:47 its stroke strength,
06:48 we increase the
06:49 volume of blood it can
06:51 send through the body
06:52 and it will lower our
06:53 blood pressure.
06:54 There have been various studies done...
06:56 looking at how to
06:57 lower blood pressure.
06:59 There is one study done
07:00 a 16-week study
07:02 with a number of people,
07:03 and they basically
07:04 put them on an exercise
07:06 bike for 45 minutes a day
07:08 3- days a week.
07:09 Not a very vigorous
07:10 exercise program
07:11 And, as a matter of fact,
07:12 their exercise
07:14 would have been considered moderate.
07:15 It wasn't heavy-duty,
07:17 just sitting on that exercise
07:18 bicycle for
07:20 45 minutes a day,
07:21 3- days a week.
07:22 But even in that,
07:23 their systolic fell
07:24 7 mm
07:26 and their diastolic,
07:27 the low number, 5 mm
07:29 in just the 3-week period of time.
07:31 Not a bad experience
07:33 a lot better
07:34 than a lot of medications could do.
07:36 Now I want to mention this ... as I talk about exercise
07:40 If you do not
07:41 enjoy the exercise
07:42 that you are doing,
07:43 it could even have a negative
07:45 effect upon your body.
07:46 So, if you
07:47 hate... if you have
07:49 one of those
07:51 exercise bicycles in your basement,
07:53 and you just hate getting on that thing,
07:54 and that's with all
07:56 your force of will power
07:57 you get down there and
07:58 climb on to that thing
07:59 that hurts every part of your body to do it,
08:01 perhaps that's not the best one for you.
08:03 Maybe that's why...
08:04 if you wanted
08:05 to pick up a good
08:06 exercise bicycle,
08:09 go to a thrift store because
08:10 they're in there by the dozens...
08:11 because people just don't like them.
08:13 Some people do...
08:14 that's the one for you.
08:15 Find an exercise that you
08:16 enjoy doing.
08:18 There was another study done
08:19 that took a group of people
08:21 Most of these people were
08:22 around the age of
08:23 65 years old...
08:24 There were 70 people in this
08:26 particular study...
08:27 Another 3-week period
08:28 of time they had them on
08:30 They did 3 things for them...
08:31 1. No coffee.
08:33 No nicotine
08:35 and no alcohol...
08:37 which... those things
08:38 should be out of our lifestyles anyway.
08:40 2. They put them on a
08:41 vegetarian diet
08:42 which we will talk about later.
08:44 3. Put them on
08:45 aerobic exercise.
08:46 Now what's aerobic exercise?
08:48 Aerobic exercise is
08:49 basically when we get our heart
08:51 and our lungs going
08:52 at the same time.
08:53 We're out of breath
08:55 because our lungs and our heart...
08:57 and the reason why we are out of breath
08:58 is because the body says...
08:59 "okay, we need some more oxygen"
09:00 and it turns up the need
09:02 and pretty soon, we're getting
09:03 what we call "aerobic exercise. "
09:05 They put them on this
09:06 aerobic exercise experience.
09:08 At the beginning of the study,
09:11 at the very first day,
09:12 they took the blood pressures
09:14 Their average
09:15 blood pressure was
09:16 150/81.
09:19 Now that's considered
09:20 high blood pressure...
09:21 150 is much too high
09:22 for the systolic...
09:23 81 is about
09:25 okay for the diastolic.
09:26 But that was high
09:27 blood pressure.
09:28 After 3-weeks of just
09:29 those three things,
09:31 the no alcohol,
09:33 tobacco and
09:34 nicotine,
09:35 vegetarian diet
09:36 aerobic exercise,
09:37 their finishing blood
09:39 pressure average was
09:40 125/78...
09:42 Unbelievable fall...
09:44 right down to the area
09:45 where we like to see it.
09:46 AND...
09:47 better than that,
09:48 80% of them
09:50 got off their blood pressure medications.
09:52 And now, we
09:53 want to say at this point...
09:54 blood pressure medications
09:57 should only be taken
09:58 from you by your doctor.
09:59 Never just say...
10:01 ...Well, I'm going to go on this program,
10:02 and throw these pills out...
10:03 because you may have a
10:04 rebound effect,
10:05 and so you want to
10:07 stay away from the
10:08 the getting off
10:09 the medications all by yourselves.
10:11 Slowly let your doctor say...
10:13 "Wow, your blood pressure
10:14 is doing much better.
10:15 We can take you off some of your medication. "
10:17 Let him take it away
10:18 as you improve yourself.
10:20 And you will find yourself
10:22 in a whole lot better situation for that.
10:23 Exercise is a great
10:25 blessing of God.
10:26 And we find also,
10:27 as we exercise outside,
10:28 the sunshine has a way
10:29 to lower our blood pressure...
10:31 Fresh air has a relaxing
10:32 experience on our bodies.
10:34 You get into a good
10:35 exercise program
10:36 and you'll find that after
10:37 the exercise program
10:38 is over,
10:40 and you've done your exercise period,
10:41 you will find yourself
10:42 much more relaxed...
10:44 Your blood pressure normally lower,
10:45 and you're going to find it
10:47 falling, falling, falling
10:48 over a
10:50 week's period of time...
10:51 And, Dr. Thrash,
10:52 I think that's a good thing to do.
10:54 Yes... and one of the nice
10:55 things about exercise
10:56 is that it has SO many
10:58 other benefits.
10:59 It has good benefits
11:00 for the bones and the muscles
11:02 and the gastrointestinal tract and the skin.
11:04 And so, we can expect
11:05 that exercise will do much for us.
11:07 It will also make it
11:08 so that we are
11:10 better able to sleep.
11:11 And sleep is
11:13 that mystical
11:15 not-very-well-understood
11:17 activity which
11:18 scientists
11:20 continue to study
11:22 and try to learn what it is
11:23 but we know that it is
11:25 essential for our refreshment
11:26 and restoration
11:27 both of body
11:28 and of mind.
11:29 The first thing to do
11:31 in getting good sleep
11:33 a wonderful lifestyle
11:34 law
11:35 is that of being regular.
11:37 That's another
11:38 lifestyle law.
11:39 Regularity in all things
11:41 is essential
11:42 for a good life style.
11:44 So, make everything
11:45 in your life that you can put,
11:46 make it a regular
11:48 schedule.
11:49 Now you will find that
11:50 even with the very best
11:51 effort that you have
11:52 to make your life regular,
11:53 and well-balanced,
11:55 that there will be things
11:56 every day that will
11:57 come up, that will throw things
11:59 off kilter.
12:00 But you keep
12:02 remembering your
12:03 schedule and trying to
12:04 make it work for you
12:06 and especially trying
12:07 to turn off the lights
12:09 when the time to turn off
12:10 the lights comes.
12:11 If you set your bedtime
12:12 at 9 o'clock, which is very good,
12:14 or 9:30, or 10...
12:16 Ten is about the latest
12:18 that you can get a good
12:19 1-1/2 hours of sleep
12:21 before midnight.
12:22 But just required in order
12:23 that we produce enough
12:24 growth hormone
12:26 to give us efficiency
12:28 in a lot of our
12:29 body processes.
12:30 So, try to get
12:31 to bed early
12:33 so that you can get
12:34 at least 1-1/2 hours
12:36 of good quality sleep
12:37 before midnight.
12:38 Then the second thing...
12:40 If you have difficulty
12:41 sleeping, learn those
12:43 things that make it so
12:44 that it's difficult for you to go to sleep.
12:46 Some people
12:47 go to sleep very well
12:49 if they have a
12:50 neutral bath.
12:52 Other people find
12:53 that if they have something
12:54 like a shower,
12:56 or if they go through
12:57 any of the process
12:58 of getting
12:59 in the bathtub,
13:01 that this is
13:02 stimulatory to them...
13:04 The body sort of feels...
13:05 "this is morning-time
13:06 and I need to be
13:07 waking up now. "
13:09 So it depends on who you are...
13:11 as to whether
13:12 a shower or
13:13 a bath
13:15 will be helpful
13:16 to make you so that you
13:17 can go to sleep.
13:19 Then aim
13:20 at some 6 to 9
13:21 hours of sleep.
13:22 No less than 6.
13:24 We find that good
13:25 health cannot be maintained
13:26 if you have less than 6 hours
13:28 every day.
13:29 And you will
13:31 also not maintain good
13:32 health if you have much
13:33 over 9 hours...
13:35 unless you are under the age
13:36 of... say, 20.
13:37 You might be able
13:39 to take a little more than 9 hours every day.
13:42 But for adults, it's
13:43 about 6 to 9 hours
13:45 with a good time
13:46 being probably around
13:47 7-1/2
13:49 to 8-1/2 hours
13:51 of sleep every day.
13:53 So, aim at that.
13:55 Now, you need to have
13:57 a good bed.
13:59 Some people like it soft
14:00 Some people like it firm
14:02 ...whatever
14:03 is your preference,
14:04 that may be the bed
14:06 that you sleep the best in.
14:07 So try to make it
14:08 just that way.
14:09 You may need to invest in a
14:10 new mattress
14:11 if you don't sleep
14:13 well on the mattress
14:14 that you have.
14:16 Keep your extremities
14:17 warm.
14:18 A lot of people will
14:19 sleep with their extremities
14:21 out from under the cover
14:22 and their extremities
14:23 get chilled during the night.
14:25 Chilling makes a certain
14:27 tension.
14:28 So tension on the skin
14:29 and tension on the blood vessels,
14:30 and eventually that tension
14:32 is shed also into the brain.
14:36 And the brain then becomes
14:37 more alert
14:39 and more likely to be
14:40 awake.
14:41 Also, you should be
14:43 very careful that your
14:44 surroundings are quiet.
14:46 If there is noise in your background,
14:48 then you are very likely
14:49 to listen to that some.
14:51 Then,
14:52 try to have a good
14:54 atmosphere in your home.
14:55 Make things pleasant
14:57 in your home.
14:58 Have people who
14:59 live in your
15:01 household
15:02 enjoy being together.
15:05 Make your home
15:06 a sunny place...
15:08 so that
15:09 even at night,
15:10 you can relax
15:11 and you can enjoy
15:13 the wonders
15:14 of good sleep.
15:16 Now,
15:18 many of these very same
15:19 things apply
15:20 to the diet.
15:21 The diet is
15:23 important in blood
15:24 pressure and Don Miller
15:26 is going to discuss for you
15:27 the importance of diet.
15:29 Don Miller
15:30 Diet is something that
15:32 we all have to do.
15:33 I've just talked about exercise.
15:35 We all need to do that too
15:36 But too often
15:38 the tool
15:39 of the digging of our graves
15:41 is something like our spoon
15:43 or our forks.
15:44 We dig ourselves into
15:46 bad situations
15:48 of health because we just
15:49 cannot control this little thing.
15:51 This spoon
15:52 can be the
15:53 bearer of blessings
15:54 or curses to our body
15:56 depending on what we put in it
15:57 and what we put into our body.
15:59 Now I want to mention one thing.
16:01 Dr. Thrash has just talked
16:02 about being restful
16:03 and peaceful environment.
16:06 Mealtimes
16:07 should be the most pleasant
16:08 time of the day for a family.
16:10 There's nothing worse
16:11 for the body
16:12 than to sit down at a mealtime
16:14 and your stressed out
16:15 because if you say a word,
16:16 if you say something wrong,
16:18 if you spill something,
16:20 or something goes wrong at the table,
16:21 it's going to be a bad scene.
16:23 And this can cause bad
16:25 digestion.
16:26 It can cause just a bad situation
16:27 causing your blood pressure to go up
16:29 and basically, no matter
16:31 what you eat is going to become
16:32 a bad thing in your body
16:33 because your body is not
16:35 able to receive it.
16:36 So we should have
16:37 extremely restful times
16:39 at our mealtimes.
16:40 But God has given us
16:42 a good diet that we should be following.
16:43 And, the main
16:45 things that we can talk about
16:47 as far as diet
16:48 would be a salt-free diet.
16:49 I'm going to talk about that in a few minutes.
16:51 I'm not going to get into the salt-free.
16:52 We realize that a
16:54 person who is hypertensive,
16:55 should be on a salt-free diet.
16:56 But other than that,
16:58 we should be on a diet that
16:59 is low in fat.
17:01 As a matter of fact, if a person is truly high
17:03 in their blood pressure,
17:05 I suggest they get off
17:06 of all fats
17:07 for a period of time.
17:08 All visible fats...
17:10 things like butter, margarine,
17:11 fried foods, salad oils,
17:13 cooking fats
17:14 and nut butters.
17:15 No visible fats at all.
17:17 If they want some fat, they should eat a few nuts.
17:19 Nuts are very good for the body.
17:21 Very good for the vascular system
17:24 Eat the nuts but don't
17:25 turn it into the butter
17:26 because the fat does not
17:27 know how to act in the body...
17:29 It likes to go to
17:30 the artery walls
17:32 rather than into the liver to become
17:33 energy for the future.
17:35 So we need to find
17:36 ourselves eating a
17:37 diet low in fat,
17:40 and basically
17:41 for a high
17:43 blood pressure person,
17:44 the vegetarian diet
17:45 is the superior diet...
17:47 no matter how you look at it.
17:48 For a number of reasons...
17:49 1. You are getting
17:50 no cholesterol
17:52 in the diet if you're eating
17:53 a vegetarian diet.
17:54 We realize that cholesterol
17:55 is going to cause
17:56 the blood cells
17:58 to aggregate, to clump together,
17:59 to get sticky
18:00 which is going to cause the heart
18:01 to have to pump harder
18:02 to push them through the
18:03 little streets of our bodies
18:05 And so, we can stay
18:06 away from the cholesterol,
18:07 we have a little bit less
18:09 viscid blood.
18:10 2. We don't have
18:11 the secondary stress hormones.
18:13 All those animals
18:14 that were going to market...
18:15 You know, this little piggy went to market...
18:17 type of a thing...
18:18 They know where they were going,
18:19 and they knew what was happening
18:20 up in front of them somewhere.
18:22 And they have the same
18:23 stress responses
18:25 you and I have when we
18:26 get into a
18:27 dangerous situation.
18:29 Trouble is... theirs stops there.
18:31 And all those stress
18:32 hormones are stuck in
18:34 that body and then we
18:35 eat the animal and we're
18:36 trying to lower our stress
18:38 but we're eating an animal
18:39 full of stress.
18:40 And we are taking in
18:41 secondary stress hormones.
18:44 Another good thing about a vegetarian diet
18:46 it's very weight-friendly.
18:49 It will bring your weight down
18:50 to where it should be.
18:51 And we realize
18:53 that one of the problems
18:54 normally with a person who is overweight...
18:56 they will become
18:58 hypertensive.
18:59 They WILL get high blood pressure.
19:00 It's very hard
19:02 to be overweight
19:03 on a good vegetarian diet.
19:05 Now when I say a good
19:07 vegetarian diet,
19:08 I stress the word...
19:09 a GOOD vegetarian diet.
19:12 We're talking about a
19:13 VEGAN diet really...
19:15 You have to look at the different definitions.
19:16 Years ago,
19:18 we'd say the word
19:19 "vegetarian" and to me
19:20 that meant...
19:21 as a matter of fact,
19:22 when I was a child, I thought...
19:23 "oh, vegetarian...
19:24 they don't eat anything but
19:25 carrots and lettuce,"
19:27 and just the thought of it made me ill.
19:29 And I said, "I don't know how you can live like that.
19:30 Well now I know how you can live.
19:32 But now, you have people saying...
19:34 "Yes, I'm a vegetarian
19:35 and I eat some eggs
19:37 and I do some dairy products.
19:38 Well, that's a lacto-ovo
19:40 vegetarian.
19:43 And now we have lacto-ovo-fisho-chicko
19:45 vegetarians...
19:47 because "I'm a vegetarian.
19:49 I just eat a little bit of chicken,
19:50 and a little bit of fish. "
19:51 Well no... all of these things
19:52 are high in cholesterol,
19:54 stress hormones and
19:55 these are not good.
19:56 But when I say
19:57 a good vegetarian diet,
19:59 that means a vegan diet.
20:00 And if you are
20:01 hypertensive and overweight,
20:03 leaving off the free fats,
20:04 you're going to find that your
20:06 weight will fall down
20:07 to where it needs to be
20:08 to have a good blood pressure.
20:10 For every pound of extra weight that you
20:13 put on... a pound of fat,
20:14 you are building MILES
20:15 of capillary system.
20:17 That means the heart has to work
20:18 all the harder to push
20:19 that blood through the system.
20:21 Give your heart a break...
20:23 give it less roads
20:25 to have to push its blood down
20:27 by losing some weight...
20:28 A vegetarian diet will do that.
20:30 And you are going to feel a whole lot better
20:31 for the situation.
20:33 And, if you think
20:35 that you cannot survive
20:36 on a vegetarian diet,
20:37 that you would be weak
20:38 and emaciated...
20:40 I was, for many years,
20:42 a distance runner and ran marathons
20:44 and you ask anyone
20:46 who is distance runner,
20:47 anyone who is getting ready
20:48 to run a marathon
20:49 "What foods do you eat?"
20:51 They do not go out there
20:52 and eat hamburgers and steaks.
20:54 Instead...
20:55 they bulk up on carbohydrates...
20:57 the energy food.
20:59 And so as we eat the carbohydrates,
21:01 as complex as possible...
21:03 that means it's the way God
21:04 packaged them in the first place...
21:05 fruits, vegetables, whole grains,
21:07 nuts and seeds.
21:08 As we eat these high energy
21:09 foods, we'll have the energy we need
21:12 to go out and get the exercise
21:13 I just talked about
21:14 and you'll feel better...
21:15 you'll look better...
21:17 your blood pressure will come down,
21:18 and you will, truly,
21:19 as the Bible says...
21:20 "Present your body
21:21 a living sacrifice. "
21:23 And Dr. Thrash,
21:24 Paul says that's a reasonable service.
21:26 Yes it is, a reasonable service.
21:28 Let me ask you something...
21:29 I assume
21:31 you never eat peanut butter...
21:32 is that right?
21:34 Well... BY THE SPOONFUL!
21:37 And the reason why I do
21:39 is because I have been
21:41 advised by my doctor
21:44 to eat some free fats.
21:46 Now, I don't overdo the free fats.
21:48 I like my nut butters.
21:50 But, I'm one of those types...
21:52 I want to taste it but I don't want to
21:53 have to feel it coming out of my pores.
21:55 And so, I put a moderate amount
21:57 of nut butters on my bread
21:59 because...
22:00 there's a test you can take...
22:01 If you want to take the test to see
22:02 whether you can have some free fats,
22:03 it's a very easy test.
22:05 Get yourself a tape measure
22:06 and you run it around your waist.
22:08 And then you look at the numbers.
22:09 If you're happy with the numbers,
22:11 you can have some nut butters.
22:12 I am very, very happy with
22:14 my numbers
22:15 and with my nut butters, Dr. Thrash.
22:18 I think you could pass the tape measure test all right.
22:21 In any part of my body.
22:23 Now, there is another part of
22:25 a good diet
22:27 that we want to mention...
22:28 we want to illustrate this for you...
22:30 And that is the
22:31 salt-free diet.
22:32 And just how to do the salt-free diet.
22:35 Now if you
22:37 remove all the salt
22:38 from your vegetables
22:40 and your fruits and your grains,
22:41 and you put those on the table,
22:43 it may not taste very good.
22:45 But there are ways
22:46 that you can PERK-UP
22:48 vegetables and make them
22:49 so that they taste really good...
22:51 even though you don't
22:52 have a bit of salt in them.
22:54 And now, I'd like to ask
22:56 Valerie Schreiber, who is
22:58 one of my co-workers at Uchee Pines,
23:00 a health educator and a GOOD cook...
23:03 How do you perk-up vegetables
23:05 when you have a patient who
23:07 needs to have a salt-free diet?
23:10 Dr. Agatha, there is a way to do this.
23:12 And I want to encourage
23:13 the audience out there,
23:14 there is a way that you can perk-up
23:16 your vegetables and make them
23:17 very tasty.
23:18 Now, it takes a couple
23:20 of weeks of going through
23:22 the transition...
23:23 And really, when you go through
23:24 the transition and you go back
23:25 and you eat a
23:26 regular, salty diet again,
23:28 you'll find that...
23:30 it tastes too salty
23:31 and I've had patients say that over and over again...
23:33 "I can't eat what I used to eat before.
23:35 It's just too salty. "
23:37 So, there's hope for you...
23:38 that if you go into this transition,
23:40 You will find that you can
23:42 acclimate very nicely.
23:44 And so down here...
23:46 or actually, I'd better hold it up...
23:48 Here on the table is
23:49 one of my favorites,
23:50 and this is hickory-smoked flavor
23:52 And, let me tell you,
23:54 if you put this in your
23:55 salad dressings,
23:57 in the loaves
23:58 or the burgers that you make,
23:59 almost anything,
24:01 it will give it sort of that
24:02 hickory smoked flavor
24:04 it will really take away
24:08 the desire for salt
24:09 because it has such an excellent flavor
24:11 and it's absolutely harmless.
24:13 I've called the company
24:14 to see how they make them,
24:17 it's just steam that turns
24:19 into water and they add water and they bottle it
24:21 It has no carcinogens in it.
24:23 It has no msg.
24:25 No chemicals, no sodium, or nothing.
24:26 It's just pure water basically
24:28 that has been flavored
24:29 with smoke from the hickory wood.
24:31 So, it's very delicious.
24:33 Now a few other things that we have...
24:35 You can go to your local
24:36 health food store
24:37 and there are many
24:38 different flavorings
24:40 that you can buy
24:41 in a shaker form
24:43 that have different herbal combinations
24:45 and they're quite delicious.
24:46 And they flavor the food very nicely.
24:49 There is another one
24:51 that's called "Spike... All Purpose"
24:53 and it has again
24:54 a number of herbs in it...
24:56 and will make the food taste very delicious.
24:59 Now another thing that you can do
25:00 that really works
25:01 quite well is lemon.
25:03 You can put lemon
25:05 over a salad
25:06 or over other vegetables
25:08 and it just somehow...
25:10 and I don't know how it does it,
25:12 but it just takes away
25:13 the need for salt.
25:14 But ANOTHER ONE that
25:16 is really excellent
25:17 and that happens to be
25:18 in your garlic and onion family.
25:20 Garlic can really give
25:22 a kick to food,
25:24 as well as give a good seasoning.
25:26 And when you put garlic in anything
25:28 to take away the place of salt,
25:30 you will find
25:31 that you won't need the salt
25:33 because it gives it such a good flavor...
25:35 And onion does the very same thing...
25:36 and sometimes you can combine
25:38 various things
25:39 that I have just shown you.
25:40 You can combine them
25:41 into the foods
25:42 and you will find that
25:44 the foods will be flavored
25:45 very nicely.
25:47 There are some other seasonings
25:49 like basil and bay leaf
25:50 with curry
25:52 and ginger and thyme,
25:53 oregano, rosemary.
25:54 You can just have
25:56 a lot of fun really...
25:57 Go to your health food store and
25:58 just go through the herbal
25:59 section
26:01 and you'll find various things.
26:02 Now, animal studies
26:04 show that a high diet
26:06 in the early years
26:08 of your children
26:09 can perpetuate
26:10 high blood pressure later.
26:12 So moms, I
26:13 encourage you to
26:14 put your family on a
26:16 low salt diet.
26:17 Wouldn't you think
26:18 that is the best thing for us to do,
26:19 Dr. Agatha? Yes... to start early.
26:21 Yes, low in salt
26:22 and start very early.
26:23 Now I've noticed another thing about your cooking...
26:27 and I think this is probably
26:28 a characteristic...
26:29 and that is that you
26:31 don't use a lot of water
26:32 when you cook vegetables.
26:33 I ate lunch with you yesterday and
26:35 we had asparagus and
26:37 some broccoli and some carrots
26:39 and as it appeared to me,
26:42 you had prepared those
26:44 without a lot of water... Right.
26:45 Is that correct?... Right.
26:46 And the reason that I prepare them
26:47 without a lot of water...
26:49 I usually steam them
26:50 or you can buy some
26:52 of your frozen vegetables
26:53 which is another nice way to do it.
26:55 You can buy the mixed vegetables like
26:57 broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas.
26:58 Run hot water over it
27:00 and eat them.
27:01 It retains the flavor.
27:03 If you put them in water,
27:04 it will take the flavor out of
27:05 the vegetables and then you'll feel like...
27:07 "Oh, I've got to put salt,
27:08 I've got to put a lot of seasoning in it. "
27:09 So if you steam them,
27:10 that will not be the case
27:12 and that's the reason that I do that.
27:13 Steaming and baking make
27:16 your vegetables
27:18 almost as if you were eating them raw
27:20 except it develops
27:21 the flavor a good bit
27:22 and so you're quite content
27:24 to eat the vegetables
27:26 if they've been steamed
27:27 or baked
27:28 without using any
27:30 salt in them at all.
27:32 Now, we have gone over
27:34 a lot of principles
27:35 for you in the control
27:37 of blood pressure...
27:38 And we hope that you will
27:39 be mindful of these and
27:42 if you are the kind of
27:43 person who has
27:45 high blood pressure in your family,
27:47 you should get your own blood pressure cuff
27:49 and keep up with these things
27:51 and then work carefully
27:52 with all the Eight Natural Laws
27:54 of Health.


Revised 2014-12-17