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Posted by Mark on February 12, 2000 at 15:11:32:

Looking for non-medical methods for lowering bp in a stressful prison setting. A 64-year-old friend with a history of low bp and blood clots in his legs (for which he is given aspirin to take daily) has just been tested and his bp is 195/90. He's caucasian, of Scandinavian origin, but doesn't know anything about his family's medical history. He deliberately drinks close to 8 quarts of water a day and does over 600 pushups, trying to reduce the lilkelihood of cardiovascular illness. He can no longer take long walks for exercise due to the pain in his legs from the blood clots. He does smoke, but has eliminated table salt as of this recent diagnosis. Still, prison food is largely canned and has a high salt content. There is no way for him to receive any medical treatment other than the slight palliative measures available at the prison infirmary, which is not set up to deal with normal geriatric syndromes. So, are there any natural or "home remedy" measures he can take, using scant available resources, to get his bp down?

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