Welcome to my blog. I am Miriam Downey, the Cyberlibrarian. I am a retired librarian and a lifelong reader. I read and review books in four major genres: fiction, non-fiction, memoir and spiritual. My goal is to relate what I read to my life experience. I read books culled from reviews in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Bookmarks, and The New Yorker. I also accept books from authors and publicists. I am having a great time.
Hope you will join me on the journey.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Blood Pressure Down
by Janet Bond Brill
Three Rivers Press, 2013
Blood Pressure Down is another book about losing five pounds,
eating more valuable foods like bananas and spinach, and exercising, although
this time the book is about lowering your blood pressure. High blood pressure
is not one of my physical problems, although I am eating less, eating mineral-rich
foods and exercising more for other ailments that happen at my age. I still
found the book valuable. I didn't know as much as I should about magnesium,
potassium, and calcium. Brill, who has a PhD in nutrition, has a personal stake
in getting people's blood pressure down; several members of her family have
died from ailments related to high blood pressure.
This is a very clearly written guide to lowering blood
pressure. It talks a lot about vitamins and minerals that aid in lowering blood
pressure--magnesium, potassium and calcium in particular. It encourages the reader
to cut the salt out of his/her diet and take Vitamin D3, CoQ10, Omega 3 fish
oil, and low-sodium vegetable juice. It suggests a blood pressure reducing
diet, and an exercise plan. Included are several good recipes and meal plans.
The best advice, I think, is to drink one glass of red wine
every day and eat one to two squares of dark chocolate. This I can do! Everything in Blood Pressure Down
is very clearly stated, logical, and relatively easy to follow. Her message is
this: “High blood pressure is the most preventable cause of premature morbidity
and mortality in the United States and the world, and that lifestyle therapy is
the cornerstone of treatment of the disease.” Her simple message is this:
1. Lose five pounds
2. Cut the salt out of your diet
3. Eat bananas
4. Eat spinach
5. Eat yogurt
This book came to me from the publicist. I can recommend it
to readers who are struggling with blood pressure.