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    Old 10-09-2007, 07:31 PM   #16
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    Re: HCTZ and edema question

    Hi Boots,

    Your post is so very interesting to read! I think herbs should be used more frequently. They can often be just as effective as the regular meds. Did you know that celery seed is a natural diuretic? I first heard of its use in lowering blood pressure when travelling to visit my son earlier this year. I talked to a person who uses it daily. It's supposed to work very well in reducing blood pressure.

    My total cholesterol was good when last tested. (Lipitor & diet). The HDL is low. I hope it doesn't drop. I won't get tested again until next year. I was told by a specialist (two different ones, actually) that I have to remain on Lipitor, regardless of my cholesterol levels. Apparently, it helps with the kidneys (I forget how, exactly, though it was explained to me), and it protects from plaque-buildup (when combined with aspirin). That does not mean I can't drink carrot juice. Something else worries me now. I can't stick with my proven diet now that I am working again - have 2 fruits on breaks & 1 veggie with lunch, and, maybe, one more fruit in the evening for dessert. Considerably less than the usual 8 servings (or more) I had on my diet. No more daily oatmeal for breakfast, either. Therefore, no flaxseed, cinnamon or berries. I don't want to risk restenosis and higher cholesterol levels by not adhering to the diet. I find it extremely difficult to eat all the things I am supposed to. I'll have to give this some thought and try to figure something out.

    Thank you for your insights, Boots. Take good care of yourself.


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