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What is the Free Thyroxine Index? —

Free thyroxine index is considered to be a reliable indicator of thyroid status in the presence of abnormalities in plasma protein binding. The free thyroxine index has generally been replaced by Free Thyroxine in the assessment of thyroid function, but is occasionally useful when a free T4 result is suspected of being anomalous. Reference ranges for the […]

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High Blood Pressure Cured in Your Sleep (even when drugs don’t work)

by: Christian Goodman

A good night’s sleep is relaxing and recharging and can, therefore, tackle many diseases, including high blood pressure. However, we will not be discussing sleep in this article. There is something else that happens in your sleep that directly causes high blood pressure. And by fixing this one thing naturally, your blood pressure will automatically return to a healthy level. Even if nothing else has worked in the past.

Up to 30% of people with high blood pressure do not respond to blood pressure medications (even if 3 or 4 types are used) or other traditional “cures” for high blood pressure. At the same time, about 20% of the population has some level of sleep apnea. It is a disease where a person’s breathing passages close up, and they suffocate for a few seconds until the body catches its breath again. This can repeat itself several hundred times during the night. Most people suffering from sleep apnea don’t even know about it. They may just think they had a bad night. Traditional symptoms include daytime tiredness, waking up sluggish, and increased body weight. Loud snoring is very often associated with sleep apnea but not always. Researchers from Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, therefore, thought it was possible that sleep apnea was one of the main causes of persistent high blood pressure.

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A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is the most common way to treat sleep apnea. It ensures that patient’s breathing passages do not close, and they get enough oxygen throughout the night. In their study, the researchers looked at blood pressure numbers from more than 300 patients with resistant, high blood pressure. On the average, their systolic blood pressure went down by more than 7 points and their diastolic blood pressure decreased by almost 5 points when they began using a CPAP machine.

This was after all medications had failed.

If you have high blood pressure that just doesn’t go down, and especially if you often wake up tired, it’s a good idea to stop by your nearest sleep center and have yourself tested for sleep apnea.

There is, however, one more problem:

Even though CPAP machines are very safe and effective in treating sleep apnea, many people feel that using a big mask and machine throughout the night is inconvenient. Some even pull the mask off while sleeping. Therefore, the machine is often not used, and this dangerous disease goes untreated.

However, there is another way to treat sleep apnea.

Years ago, I developed a set of simple, easy stop-snoring exercises. These exercises open up and strengthen the breathing passages. Besides stopping snoring, thousands of readers have reported amazing results for sleep apnea.

You can learn more about (and test drive) these easy 3-minute snoring/ sleep apnea exercises here…

For high blood pressure, I always recommend these easy, blood pressure exercises, guaranteed to lower your blood pressure below 120/80 – starting today…

 

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What is Alpha-1-Globulin, Serum? —

Protein in the serum is made up of albumin (∼ 60%) and globulin. Globulins are divided into alpha-1, alpha-2, beta, and gamma globulins.Globulins are made in your liver by your immune system. They play an important role in liver function, blood clotting, and fighting infection. In general, alpha and gamma globulin protein levels increase when […]

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What is Beta Globulin, Serum? —

Protein in the serum is made up of albumin (∼ 60%) and globulin. Together with albumin, globulin forms the total protein level on a blood test lab report. It includes carrier proteins, enzymes, clotting factors, and, predominantly, antibodies. Globulin is categorized into three main groups: alpha globulins beta globulins gamma globulins While alpha globulins and beta globulins are […]

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What the heck are hookworms? —

Distribution, transmission and infection: The distribution of hookworm (Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale) is worldwide, with particular prevalence in rural areas of the moist tropics where there is inadequate sanitation and people walk barefoot. Four essential factors in the spread of hookworm are: shaded sandy or loamy soil; sufficient moisture to assure development of eggs and larvae […]

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What is Hemoglobin? —

Hemoglobin is the main component of red blood cells. Hemoglobin (abbreviation: Hb) is a red substance made of iron and protein in the blood that carries oxygen to the cells in the body from the lungs. Hemoglobin also carries carbon dioxide away from the cells to the lungs, which is then exhaled from the body. Carbon dioxide […]

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