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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.

Dr.James Smith
(208) 343-7940
287 West Jefferson Street
Boise, ID
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci
Year of Graduation: 1968
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Hospital: St Lukes Reg Medctr, Boise, Id
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Robert Stone Lee, MD
(208) 343-7940
614 E Curling Dr
Boise, ID
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1977

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Dennis B Cooke
(208) 676-9913
700 W Ironwood Dr
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Graham K Wetherley
(208) 322-1686
900 N Liberty St
Boise, ID
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Dr.Charles Rasmussen
(208) 343-7940
520 S Eagle Rd # 2205
Meridian, ID
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1988
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Ronald Dean Jenkins, MD
(208) 676-9913
700 W Ironwood Dr Ste 350
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1982

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David N Sim
(208) 376-8666
6014 W Emerald St
Boise, ID
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Graham Kevin Wetherley, MD
(208) 322-1686
900 N Liberty St Ste 302
Boise, ID
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: St Lukes Reg Medctr, Boise, Id; St Alphonsus Reg Med Ctr, Boise, Id
Group Practice: Treasure Valley Cardiology

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Dr.SAMUAL BASS
(208) 336-4141
300 E Jefferson St # 101
Boise, ID
Gender
M
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Robinson Cook, MD
716 Winther Blvd
Nampa, ID
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
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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