Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

New Health Advice I – preventing chronic high blood pressure

I’m not a physician (I only have a BA in Medicine and I never practiced as healer) and certainly not your physician, so I’m not giving medical advice to anyone. However, some ideas I have could be helpful – but not instead of going to the doctor when you should.

Why do people get chronic high blood pressure – the silent killer?

In more than 90% of the cases the doctors don’t know. But I think I do. This insight may be used to prevent it. If it also could be helpful for people who already have this dangerous condition is up to your doctor to assess, but normally it may be too late for that.

Medical scientists are searching for decades already why some people get a chronic high blood pressure, with no success. That’s because they’re looking in the wrong places. They study afflicted patients and try to find out what sets them apart. To what does this compare?

Say, there are people who all day long, bang their head against the wall. Some of them develop headaches, some of them even fractures of the skull. How silly it would be to try to find out why some get these consequences and others not. The solution is: do not bang one’s head against the wall all day long anymore.

We know that people on a Western diet consume 800% too much salt. Asking why some get chronic high blood pressure is silly. The solution is: stop over-consuming salt. When I ate too much salt, I get thirsty and pee it out within a day. (I imagine that if I’d do that twice a day, I might end up with it accumulating, the body “getting tired” of removing enough.) Less salt does not mean that food must lose its taste. Hear me out.

The main reason for too much salt intake is habituation. And it started because much of what people tend to eat is not tasty. Things will shape up once we are getting out of the habit to add so much salt and eat more tasteful real food.

Experiment: Take a bite of something salted you like and then a bite of the same thing without salt. Do you notice that, though the second bite doesn’t taste like the real thing, the only difference is the taste of salt? Then you are ready to gradually (or at once) stop adding so much salt.

Another parallel way is to eat less and less tasteless stuff. Meat is tasteless. We burn it on the outside and spice it up to give it taste. Something that we do not need to do with vegan protein, like lentils, peas, whole wheat, beans, mushrooms. We could add herbs, but why would we taste-bombard food that has a wonderful taste of its own?

White flour produce (bread, pasta, rice) tastes like nothing. You need to add salt, sauce, onions, anything to give it taste. But whole wheat bread or pasta and whole grains and rice taste so awesome, they don’t need much/any makeup at all to be rich in taste. Same with cooked (better: steamed) vegetables and vegetable soup. No salt needed at all.

For instance: cook whole macaroni in lots of water. Poor off this water and cook in it (cut to big pieces) carrots (long time), pumpkin and sweat potato (20 minutes, don’t overcook) and grated beetroot (after putting out the flame). Add nothing and you have a majestic orange or red soup.

Yes, the whole wheat macaroni is sometimes trice as expensive as the white, but it satisfies and prevents you from overeating and eating sweets and other expensive stuff. It satisfies because you need to chew and because of the wholesome ingredients. White pasta can only satisfy from eating bulk amounts and for a very limited time. Same with bread. In the end, the expensive whole stuff is cheaper than the white stuff.

And if in the beginning, it’s hard to enjoy, only add 25% whole (pasta, bread, flour) to your white stuff. Once you’re used to that, make it 50%. Then 75%. And then 100%

Coffee and tea are so disgusting that in the beginning at least, many people need to add milk and sugar to camouflage the revolting taste. Drink water instead. If you insist on a taste, add a little citrus, lemon or apple vinegar. Choose taste, not drugs.

A complete no no is to cook pasta or rice in salty water. The salt disappears into the food, so that a lot of salt needs to be added to taste any of it. Meanwhile, you give the body a lot of useless salt to remove. Cook starch dishes without salt; then add some towards the end, if at all.

In short: eat more real food with good tastes. Add less salt. Live better. Live longer. Tell others.

These opinions do not replace consulting and listening to your physicians.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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