Mental Toughness and Health Issues (Part 3)

solved(This is the conclusion to my long journey to finding a cure for my high blood pressure issues and to get off dangerous prescription drugs. Again, I would like to admit that after nearly 20 years of looking, I got lucky when I met my new brilliant physician Dr. Keroack. In fact, it was completely by accident.)

So finding the solution to my hypertension problem was purely inadvertent. I was seeing a new doctor and my visit with him had nothing to do with high blood pressure issues. I went to him to get a blood test after a friend of mine recommended Dr. Keroack to me.

As soon as Dr. Keroack saw me, he diagnosed my hypertension problem and immediately said I was suffering from a magnesium deficiency. He did this by looking at my tongue. I won’t even try to explain how he saw my health issue by just checking out my tongue. Dr. Keroack is trained in both Eastern and Western medicine and the dude is just a genius.

He put me on a magnesium protocol. Not too high or excessive, but just enough to meet by daily requirements.

I’ve had some weird and very strange ideas to solving my health issues by practitioners that were probably more on the fraud side than the legit side. From holding stones to going to the zoo three times per week and interacting with animals. Seriously, I’m not making this shit up.

At this point, I knew very little about magnesium. I didn’t know there was a direct connection with high blood pressure nor did I really believe it would cure my hypertension. The only thing I knew is that from first impressions, I liked Dr. Keroack a lot. I didn’t know if he was correct with his diagnosis from me, especially since he all he did was look at my tongue. After all, I had various herbalist and acupuncturist do the same and they did nothing to cure my problems.

So, I was more than a little skeptic, but I had a little sense of hope because I felt that my new doctor was pretty bright. So I gave the magnesium therapy a try.

After take the supplement for a week, I decided to take my morning blood pressure before I ingested my daily drugs. My usual morning scores are horrendous. The average being 180/100 which is the score of someone on the verge of having a stroke. To my great surprise, my diastolic (bottom number and the important number) dropped to 94. That’s still in the red zone, but I don’t remember my number to every be this low without taking my meds.

I still wasn’t convinced. Maybe it was luck or something I ate last night that leveled my blood pressure.

So, I took it again the next morning and again it was in the low 90’s. Over the next couple of weeks, my blood pressure varied. At times, it was high, but most of the time it was lower than normal. Some mornings was pressure was actually in the high 80’s which is a miracle to me.

I was ecstatic. This was the closest I ever came to having a normal range of blood pressure in over 15 years. I contacted Dr. K to give him the good news.

Dr. Keroack wasn’t surprised at my low pressure. He said that he knew instantly when he looked at my health chart and tongue that I had all the symptoms of someone who had a magnesium shortage. He expected my pressure to drop after only days on the supplement. Also, with some more health tweaks, he would expect my blood pressure to be normal in couple of month and I will drug free.

I love this guy’s confidence.

By my second month of working with Dr. K, I was ready to tapper off Norvasc and Lisinopril, the two drugs that I have been taking. I took my last pill of Norvasc on December 1, 2015 and have been pharmaceutical free since.

I have been drug free now for 6 months now.

The purpose of this blog isn’t to write about my solution to my hypertension issues. It’s a huge part of it, but more than anything, I wanted to share with you all one of my biggest adversities that I got over. There is no greater accomplishment than solving a major health threat.

My health issue was high blood pressure while your problem may be something else. It could be insulin resistance, MS or even something more immediately dangerous like cancer. The point is, without sounding like a cliché, if I can get over my issues, so can you.

The most important advice I can give to you all is to always take your health in your own hands. You must be aggressive in your search and never give up. This is the frame of mind you must have when you are looking for a cure.

However, you could say this advice isn’t a good one because even though I searched feverishly for nearly 2 decades for a cure, I never found the cure. It came to me indirectly.

This is true. I got lucky. But, my attitude remained hopeful when my good fortune happened.

In other words, I still had hope.

Even though I dealt with mostly frustrations and setbacks on this health journey, I held fast to my hope. My hope took it huge hit along the years, but I never had any doubt that I would get off my drugs.

I have no doubt that this training helped develop my perseverance skills to deal with all the rejection and health failures that I had to overcome. My hope wavered, but it always bounce back, only because I worked on my maintaining an optimistic outlook.

In reflection of these last 15 years, I went through a lot of bullshit. However, at the same time I am a hell of a lot stronger than I how I was when I first got diagnosed with this serious health issue.

In a lot of ways, my health sickness made me a stronger person. So in a twisted way, I am very thankful for the all the emotional pain I went through to get to this point.

If you are pursing to get off your prescription drugs, I hope the ideas, coping skills and tenacity you get from can help you along your journey as well.

Looking forward to your questions and emails.

Today’s WOD:

Run a 5k or approximately three miles.

I don’t run as much as I used too since most of my training is dedicated to power training. However, when I do find the time to run, the WOD is usually a huge pain in the butt. I struggle big time. So an easy WOD in the past is now a real challenged.

The last time I did a 5k, I thought back about the time in my life when I shattered my ankle and I couldn’t run. I felt a great sense of gratitude that I could do something that was almost taking away from me. This sense of feeling grateful helped pushed me through the run.

Many of you may not have had the same rehabilitation experience like I did, but during the run, try to find a strong sense of gratitude as well. Think of aspects of your life when you weren’t healthy and couldn’t train as hard as you do now. Reflect on your past when you would give up easily and not persevere through a physical obstacle. Be specific in your self-reflection and let it motivate you and be thankful for the your ability to be able to run a 5 k.

It may be only three miles, but most people can’t even sustain a 5 k run.  Trust me, most people are lazy and too out of shape to run this relative short distance.

So take pride in today’s run. Enjoy it, but more importantly, appreciate the fact that your body can do something that once you couldn’t do.