I know this is a controversial topic, but I am going to talk about it anyway.

If you are taking any sort of medication, do me a favor and please look up all the side effects. One great resource I recommend is RX List, the internet drug index for prescription drugs, medications and pill identifier.

Yesterday, I did a medical intuitive healing with a gentleman in his early 40s. He is married and has two young children. For the past year, he has been unable to work due to kidney failure.

Three times a week, he gets up at 4 a.m. to go to the dialysis center for kidney treatment.

When he came to see me, we discussed the fact that he happens to be taking not just one but four medications for high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure.

There is a direct correlation between your kidney function and your blood pressure. If your kidneys aren’t working properly and can’t effectively remove waste from your body, your blood pressure may go up.

Many blood pressure medications are diuretics, which affect the kidneys. ACE inhibitors are well known to decrease kidney function.

So we are talking about a tricky balance here.

There is no doubt that doctors are our friends. My father and brother are both medical doctors. Like all others in their profession, they studied very hard to earn their degrees.

One of the questions we always have to ask ourselves is whether or not the medications we are being prescribed positively affect our whole body.

It is quite common for me to see clients whose very complaints they are talking to me about come from the side effects of their medications.

My client with kidney failure had initially been prescribed medication for high blood pressure after shoveling snow one morning. His blood pressure at that time was extremely high.

Within a year of taking the blood pressure medication, he was diagnosed with kidney failure.

Although doctors are our friends and medications can be very important when we need them, we also have to remember that natural healing methods have zero side effects.

I taught my client an eight-minute breathing routine that he can practice to lower his blood pressure naturally. You can find the directions about how you can do this for yourself at this link. I call this routine, “Eight Minutes To Inner Peace.” Even if your blood pressure is totally normal you can follow that routine and feel better on all levels in a very short period of time.

If you are highly training in pranayama – the breathing techniques of yoga – as I am, all you have to do is listen to someone and you can tell that they have high blood pressure.

Simply put, people with high blood pressure do not exhale properly.

I also recommended he start drinking distilled water, which acts as a solvent to remove toxins from the body even more effectively than filtered water. In fact, my client was so blessed that the delivery man bringing me my distilled water showed up exactly at the same time my client got out of his car. What great karma! My client received a flier so he can order distilled water for himself.

You can also chew or juice 4 to 6 stalks of celery every day to lower your blood pressure naturally, as celery has phthalides that are smooth muscle relaxants that act as vasodilators in much the same way as blood pressure medications but without the adverse side effects.

In addition to the way blood pressure medication affects your kidneys, another common side effect is depression. Over the years, I have worked with many clients taking psychiatric medication for depression who also took high blood pressure medication.

What is healing? Healing happens when we recognize that our whole body works together and we take advantage of natural healing methods that do not cause further damage to our organs.