Chronic Disease Specialist Camas WA

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.

M Manohar Punja, MD
(503) 235-4278
20442 NE Interlachen
Troutdale, OR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1965

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Paul Bhella, MD
(503) 494-1500
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd UHN62
Portland, OR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Balaji Tamarappoo, MD
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road UHN62
Portland, OR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Jerzy Olgierd Giedwoyn, MD
(503) 665-4278
24900 SE Stark St Ste 103
Gresham, OR
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med W Warszawie, Warszawa, Poland
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Legacy Mt Hood Med Ctr, Gresham, Or; Providence Portland Med Ctr, Portland, Or
Group Practice: Oregon Clinic

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Darrell R Lockwood
(503) 667-1015
24900 Se Stark St
Gresham, OR
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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John Megchelsen Stone, MD
(503) 721-7042
Vancouver, WA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1964

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John A Blanchard, MD
2004 NE 158th Ave
Portland, OR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1950

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Michael T Ontkean
(360) 256-2640
200 Ne Mother Joseph Pl
Vancouver, WA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Benjamin John
(360) 397-1240
700 Ne 87th Ave
Vancouver, WA
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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James A Reiss
(360) 256-2640
200 Ne Mother Joseph Pl
Vancouver, WA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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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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