The latest National Institute of Health sponsored SPRINT STUDY (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial) determined that heart disease could be reduced by lowering systolic blood pressure (the TOP BP number) from 140 mmHg to 120 mmHg. The study showed this reduction resulted in 30 percent decrease in heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes as well as a 25 percent decrease in death.

We hear it all the time; “if diet and exercise are not enough to lower your blood pressure, medication may be needed.”

If your doctor told you to exercise and eat “healthier” without offering any structure or guidelines, how effective do you think the results would be for the average person? Now, if your doctor told you blood pressure medications were needed without offering structure or guidelines and left it up to you to decide what medication and in what dosage, how effective do you think the results would be for the average person?

Have we EVER seen medical research determining that LESS MEDICATION would lead to better results for patients with chronic conditions? Have we placed anywhere near the time and financial investment that pharmaceutical companies do into educating the public using STRUCTURED GUIDELINES to modify unhealthy lifestyles to reduce the patient’s DEPENDENCE on pharmaceutical products?

Most people reading this are probably thinking:

  1. When it comes to pharmaceuticals, it’s all about MONEY!

  2. When it comes to taking drugs, it’s easier to “pop a pill” than alter a lifestyle.

Money certainly plays a substantial role in a “for profit” health care system. This, however, only explains why doctors tend to over prescribe. It doesn’t explain why people fill prescriptions, open their mouths and swallow them!


People do not believe that prescription drugs are the best option; they believe it’s the easiest and CHEAPEST option!


They choose this because: (a) a third party payer absorbs a substantial amount of the expense, (b) it’s easier than committing time and effort to living healthy. Take away health coverage and see what the patient would do. They would either:

  1. go without the medication because they wouldn’t be willing or able to spend the money

  2. modify their lifestyle









The drug companies remind us of this in EACH and EVERY ad they run. We even take medications that CAUSE the side effects we’re taking the medication to AVOID! (ex. migraine medication may have side effects causing migraine headaches.)

Where is the “tipping point” that pushes the consumer over the edge and opens their eyes to the reality of what it takes to be HEALTHY? Is it insurance premiums? Cost of prescriptions? Lack of quality of health? Loss of function? All four of these questions relate to PAIN (financial, physical or emotional.) Is this really the best motivator to use?

What about CONTROL over one’s life? What about REDUCED medical expenses? What about SELF WORTH? What about QUALITY LIVING? What about FUNCTION providing capabilities to enjoy physical activities in life?  All five of these questions relate to PLEASURE (financial, physical or emotional.)


Why not use PLEASURE to motivate your decisions and actions rather than PAIN?


You might want to consider this option before the next study for the next drug reveals another erroneous reason why you “NEED” MORE MEDICATIONS TO BE “HEALTHIER.”

Two Old Women PART II

Guess which person takes daily pharmaceutical medications?





  1. This is really timely for me. Since December, when I reluctantly went on .5 Lisinipril for BP that was 140/90, I have lost 10 lbs, walked 4 miles a day, introduced more organic into the food I cook and went back to yoga. Dr upped my rx to .10 mg. BP is avg. 130/mid 80s. I don’t even know what to do to self-correct. I haven’t started the increased rx yet, still trying to lower it on my own.

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    1. 1. Have you looked in a Functional Health Provider?
      2. What steps are you taking to CHANNEL stress in life?
      3. How nutrient DENSE is your eating? How much processed salt are in the foods you eat (including condiments?) Notice, I didn’t ask how much salt you ADD to your food.
      4. Qualitatively speaking, how is your sleep?

      These are 4 questions that can provide you a base line for creating an Action Plan. You have to be willing to “take the bull by the horns” by taking TANGIBLE ACTION STEPS to create a path achieving LONG TERM changes.

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      1. I think the food is pretty nutrient dense, that is super important especially the salt aspect, to me. Sleep seems ok, 7 hours average. The stress… I am working on, but it’s so much less than it was last year so I am grateful. There’s a functional health provider about an hour away, and she’s on my list for after the first of the year. Not being stupid here, I’ve just had physician overkill the last couple months. All great suggestions for me to work on. Thank you!

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        1. With all you’ve been through, this challenge, too, will likely be overcome AT THE RIGHT TIME.
          Always a pleasure.

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  2. Hey Doc! That elderly lady is dead lifting 405lbs, she is one freak of nature!

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    1. There are plates the size of 45 pound plates as light as 10 pounds. Regardless, she is a pretty strong woman!


  3. maureenrose7 · · Reply

    Well, you know my feelings on all of this and reading this post just makes me feel even better about my decision to actually become much healthier and much happier by leaving the wierd meds and their awful side effects behind! It will take me some time but I will remove the ibroprofen from my daily life as well I have no doubt…as it is once I set my mind to do something I usual don’t give myself the chance to back out of it. I like to see what Im made of Jonathan haha! 🙂 not to sound like a broken record but truly another excellent post by you!

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    1. Thank you Maureen. The sound of a person taking CONTROL of their life creating greater quality, joy and happiness NEVER sounds like a broken record to my ears.

      As a 57 year old trying to sound hip, “you’re the bomb!”

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      1. maureenrose7 · · Reply

        hahahhaaha! Nice! I take that as a huge compliment! The feeling is mutual! 🙂

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  4. Will power, self-discipline, these are all habits that our generation is losing in my opinion. People want things now and they want it yesterday. I see it all the time in the personal finance community. We buy things with money we don’t (credit). I guess why would a healthy lifestyle be any different. We want to be healthy but don’t want to put in the work for it.

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    1. Hopefully, the reason is because people aren’t convinced applying the effort would cause any tangible difference. Reinforcing the message with concepts and realities people can relate to (over time) might make the difference. It is certainly frustrating trying to help people with health (or finances) when their effort seems questionable. If we can find the various “buttons” that motivate different individuals, the outcomes should improve.

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  5. always informational…love this…kat

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    1. Thank you, Kat.



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    1. Thank you again for sharing these messages with your readers.


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