In September 2001, Ann Marie suffered a short period of unconsciousness. Extremely high blood pressure was soon determined to be the cause. Of course, her doctor prescribed medication. For some reason the medication didn’t control her pressure while it did cause undesirable side effects.
She had heard of me and the benefits I had experienced by taking alternatives. For that reason, she came for a visit. I showed her literature which suggested various herbs which help to control blood pressure. She decided to take hawthorn berries which proved to be successful.
Dr. John Day was scheduled to be at my house one day in October 2005. He would be giving consultations regarding the use of alternatives. I considered Ann Marie a prime candidate for his advice. After all, she suffered from high cholesterol, liver problems, heartburn, indigestion and diverticulosis as well as high blood pressure. Several trials had determined that she is one of those people who simply cannot take most prescribed medications.
First, Day gave her advice regarding her diet. He stressed the importance of eating properly. He also advised her to exercise three times a week. (This is good advice for all of us.)
She was advised to take natural food enzymes, milk thistle combination, red yeast rice and combination potassium as well as hawthorn berries.
FOOD ENZYMES supplement the body’s production of important enzymes. They provide a blend of enzymes to digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats. They provide a blend of hydrochloric acid and bile salts to help digest proteins and fats. They help prevent or relieve occasional indigestion.
MILK THISTLE COMBINATION supports the hepatic system, stabilizes liver cell membranes, facilitates elimination of toxins from the body, acts as a powerful antioxidant and provides 14,000 IU of vitamin A and 480 mg of vitamin C per serving.
RED YEAST RICE supports the circulatory system, helps the body to maintain normal-range cholesterol levels and supports the production of HCL (good) cholesterol in the liver.
COMBINATION POTASSIUM supports the urinary system, provides 42 mg of elemental potassium per capsule, helps generate energy, drives excess sodium from the body and supports kidney function.
HAWTHORN BERRIES contain constituents that help to enhance heart muscle function and provide circulatory support. The berries’ effects on the circulatory system have been well studied.
(This information regarding food enzymes, milk thistle combination, red yeast rice, combination potassium and hawthorn berries are quotes from the publication, NSP A-Z.)
By taking these recommended products as directed Ann Marie improved at a slow but steady pace. She regained energy and stamina. Realizing that this patient could not take prescribed medication, her doctor welcomed the alternative results.
Ann Marie and I met for the first time in late 2001. A lasting and wonderful friendship resulted. She continues to take alternatives regularly and enjoys exceptional health.
To learn more about John R. M. Day, MD, go to www.haelanlifestream.com and/or refer to The Herb Lady’s April 2014 column in Cooperative Farming News.
Check with your physician before taking any alternative remedy.