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Most of the therapies I use draw on a combination of meditation ™, diet, herbs, massage, and behavioral changes. Here are some questions my patients with high blood pressure commonly ask.

Douglas Neri Whatmore, MD
(208) 535-4300
165 Harvest Run
Idaho Falls, ID
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
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Male
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Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1977

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Karl Peter Undesser, MD
(208) 322-1680
300 E Jefferson St Ste 201
Boise, ID
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1989

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Dr.Melinda L Marks
(208) 322-1680
300 E Jefferson St # 101
Boise, ID
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F
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1985
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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William C Owens, MD, FACC
(208) 377-1415
4910 Lake View Pl
Boise, ID
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Robert Lewis Holman, MD
(208) 263-2505
606 N 3rd Ave Ste 203
Sandpoint, ID
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1981

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Robert Joel Fulton, MD
(509) 747-4455
1400 W Northwood Center Ct
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialties
Radiology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: St Lukes Rehab Institute, Spokane, Wa
Group Practice: Inland Imaging North

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Lee P Enright, MD, FACC
(208) 726-5737
PO Box 1314
Sun Valley, ID
Specialties
Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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James Weaver Smith, MD
(208) 343-7940
287 W Jefferson St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1968
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Hospital: St Lukes Reg Medctr, Boise, Id
Group Practice: Boise Heart Clinic

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James Charles Field
(208) 454-6363
315 E Elm St
Caldwell, ID
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Robinson Cook II, MD
Nampa, ID
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1967

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Practitioner's Corner—About High Blood Pressure

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By Steele Belok, m.d.

The most common chronic disease in America is a stealthy one. Hypertension rarely announces itself with troublesome symptoms, but people who have it are at risk for many other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death. Despite this grim picture, high blood pressure is often preventable.

As for treatment, I’ve found that hypertension responds particularly well to Ayurvedic (a.k.a. Vedic) medicine. This 5,000-year-old healing system works by balancing three organizing principles, or doshas, in the body: vata (movement), pitta (energy and metabolism), and kapha (structure). According to Vedic medicine, imbalances in any of the three doshas can lead to hypertension, so treatment would depend on which ones are out of balance.

I’ve practiced Vedic medicine for 15 years and can detect imbalances among the doshas by feeling a patient’s pulse and taking a history of lifestyle and symptoms. Most of the therapies I use draw on a combination of transcendental meditation ™, diet, herbs, massage, and behavioral changes. Here are some questions my patients with high blood pressure commonly ask.

Q: My latest blood pressure reading was high. Can I bring it down by changing my diet?

A: Yes, but dietary approaches to controlling hypertension should be tailored to your individual balance of doshas, so it’s difficult to make a blanket statement about what constitutes the ideal diet. Most hypertensives have imbalances in vata, pitta, or both. A diet to calm the vata would include lots of sweet and sour foods, while one aimed at balancing the pitta would steer clear of spicy and oily food. I also recommend that anyone with hypertension eat mostly warm, freshly cooked foods, such as leafy greens and legume-based dishes like dal, and eat as few salty, fried, or heavy foods—like cheese and meat, for example—as possible.

Q: I know that reducing stress is crucial to controlling my blood pressure. What’s the best stress-busting technique?

A: Transcendental meditation is a terrific way to promote relaxation. It doesn’t require a specific diet and while the training can be costly, once you’ve learned the technique, it’s free. The benefits come by way of physiological effects such as slowing the respiratory rate and reducing production of the stress hormone cortisol. Calming these aspects of the stress response helps blood vessels relax and widen, which reduces pressure.

One study found that a group of African-Americans who practiced TM lowered their blood pressure by twice as much as a comparison group who used a progressive muscle relaxation technique. In fact, the TM group’s blood pressure dropped by the same amount one would expect to see if they had just begun taking medication. Eight years later, their mortality from cardiovascular disease was 67 percent lower than that of the other relaxation group, and 75 percent lower than that of a control group that received no relaxation training at a...

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