In the movie, No Country For Old Men, the monstrous killer Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem, has his latest victim, Carlson Wells, played by Woody Harrelson, at gunpoint, and before he shoots him, he asks, “If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?”

I am reminded of it because I got a call from a man who said he is in heart failure, and his cardiologist prescribed three drugs for him to take, but for quite a few years, he’s been seeing this cardiologist who has been treating his high blood pressure with drugs. So, after placing the care of his heart with this cardiologist, the outcome after some years is that he wound up with heart failure.

So, my question is: “If the medical advice you followed brought you to this, of what use was the medical advice?”

Am I saying that the way the cardiologist has been treating his hypertension caused his heart failure?  I strongly suspect that that is the case, yes.  We know that some of the drugs used to lower blood pressure do so by weakening the heart, such as beta blockers and calcium channel blockers. And other drugs that are used likely contribute to it as well.

Unless his blood pressure was so high that he was on the verge of a catastrophic event, he never should have agreed to take any of this man’s drugs. He should have sought to bring the pressure down by improving his diet, cutting out all bad habits, including caffeine, shedding any excess body fat he may have had, and then taking perfectly safe supplements that may help coax down blood pressure, such as magnesium, CoQ10, resveratrol, Vitamin D3, and more. None of that is disruptive. None of it involves causing abnormalities to fix an abnormality. And even if it took a while to work, such as many weeks or even a few months, it would have been worth it because he would have fixed his problem right. There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything, and  the stuff Medicine prescribes for high blood pressure is the wrong way to go- even if it works.  

 

And this guy was athletic his whole life, a weight lifter. He was used to being physically active.  I’m sure that the situation he is in now is a nightmare for him.

But, what is the doctor thinking? He treats this guy for years for blood pressure, and then the guy winds up with heart failure, and he doesn’t feel responsible?

Conventional cardiology, occasionally it does some good things, such as fixing holes in kid’s hearts, and when valves go bad replacing them. But, most of what it involves, especially drug-wise, is counterproductive, in my opinion, and that’s putting it mildly. I wouldn’t want it even if it were free.