Chronic Disease Specialist Davis CA

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.

Mark A Winchester, MD
(916) 733-1788
5301 F St
Sacramento, CA
Business
Northern California Cardiology Associates
Specialties
Cardiology

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Yvonne Shizue Otani, MD
(530) 757-7057
1955 Cowell Blvd
Davis, CA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1992

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Charles Keyes Whitcomb, MD
(530) 753-1556
644 Coolidge St
Davis, CA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1974

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John Arthur Reitan, MD
(530) 758-0758
RR 1 Box 1135
Davis, CA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: University Of California -Dav, Sacramento, Ca
Group Practice: Professional Svcs Grp Univ Of Ca Davis

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Richard Jos Valente, MD
(530) 758-1348
3709 Los Cerros Pl
Davis, CA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1983

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Anne A Knowlton, MD
(530) 752-5461
GBSF 451 East Health Sciences Way Molecular & Cell
Davis, CA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1979

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Dean Towle Mason, MD
(415) 750-5598
44725 Country Club Dr
El Macero, CA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1958
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Hosp Med Ctr, San Francisco, Ca

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Saul Schaefer, MD
(530) 752-0718
One Shields Ave TB172
Davis, CA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1981

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Augusto Silva, MD
(530) 750-5890
1928 Alicante St
Davis, CA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Chile, Esc De Pregrado, Fac De Med, Santiago, Chile
Graduation Year: 1968

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Koichiro D Hayashi, MD
(916) 784-5693
607 Eisenhower St
Davis, CA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tokyo Univ, Fac Of Med, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: V A Med Ctr, San Francisco, Ca

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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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