1) Blood Pressure Ranges and Their Meaning
A) Under 140/90 = Upper limit of normal
B) Under 135/85 = Preferred
C) Under 120/80 = Optimal
UPPER NUMBER = SYSTOLIC = MOST IMPORTANT
LOWER NUMBER = DIASTOLIC = LESS IMPORTANT
If you have consistently high blood pressure readings, DO NOT
ignore the situation. Instead, see your personal physician in order
to evaluate whether or not your condition needs to be treated.
2) Office Visits
Who should I see for my care when I go to my medical office:
A) The physician. If you are required to see another individual
(physician assistant or nurse practitioner etc.) you are receiving
inferior care. Find another physician.
3) Vitamin C
Years ago Nobel laureate Linus Pauling proposed that large amounts
of Vitamin C could prevent and / or ameliorate the symptoms and
shorten the course of the common cold. Current scientific
knowledge disputes this claim and advocates that Vitamin C, either in
tablet form or as orange juice, not be used to treat the common
cold because it is ineffective.
4) Kidney Stones
The majority of kidney stones (renal calculi) are composed of
calcium oxalate. Common knowledge is that dietary calcium should
be restricted in order to decrease stone formation.
This approach, however, is incorrect. The real problem is with
dietary oxalate. Calcium in the diet should be increased and the oxalate
in the diet should be decreased. The extra calcium in the
gastrointestinal tract will combine with the dietary oxalate to form
insoluble calcium oxalate which will be elimated in the feces
and, consequently, the oxalate will not be available in the urine for
If you are a calcium-oxalate stone-former, please consult your
personal physician for more details.
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